Monthly Archives: November 2014
That’s a serious question I have.
I understand the geographical convenience, but Clemson’s close and much more enticing as a potential rivalry game.
I understand the theoretical recruiting impacts, but Tech has never threatened Georgia in that field.
I understand the history of it, but does that matter in the college football playoff era when a late season win isn’t as valuable as a late season win over a real and consistent threat?
I wrote at length about this over at Bleacher Report, but what matters most in this instance is a hypothetical scenario. Pretend the following comes true:
- Arkansas wins today, propelling Georgia into the SEC Championship Game.
- Georgia wins out, including a win over Alabama in the SECCG.
- Enough teams are picked off or Georgia’s win over Alabama is enough to propel the Dawgs into the Top 5(ish) of the AP and Coaches by general consensus.
The Bulldogs would need, in this hypothetically but not necessarily impossible scenario, something to put them into a position to leapfrog an otherwise undisturbed Top 4 team.
Does a win over Georgia Tech do that? This year, maybe. But a double-overtime win over unranked GT (last year’s game) certainly wouldn’t. A 42-10 thrashing of the Yellow Jackets (2012) probably wouldn’t either.
The point is this: very little is to be gained from beating Georgia Tech late in the year. Perhaps something more impressive should be taken on.
Leonard Fournette Doing Herschel Walker Type Things, What Each Coach Would Bring To Thanksgiving, And More
Herschel > Fournette
I have watched the Leonard Fournette play several times, and still come to the conclusion that is was not near as awesome as Herschel running over Bill Bates. Bates was an All-American at UT and a Pro-Bowl selection for the Cowboys. Herschel did not run over some scrub DB from A&M, and Fournette is not even a top two freshman running back in the SEC. Here is the impressive (but not Herschel impressive) run from Fournette.
What do you think Mark Richt would have brought to Thanksgiving this year? That is tough question to answer, but I think Richt would have brought the deserts. Everyone likes them, but not everyone buys into eating the because they do not trust how good they are actually going to be. Here is what every SEC coach would have brought for Thanksgiving this year.
We do not watch Gameday to see who the guys pick. We do not watch Gameday to see a tearful story by Tom Rinaldi. We do watch Gameday to see the signs, and we have seem some of the best signs this year. The guys over at Busted Coverage put together a list of the best signs of the year, and you will not be disappointed. Here is the full list.
364 Days Of Pain
For 364 days I have been waiting for this game. I watched as Chris Davis returned the short kick 108 yards for a game winning touchdown, and I have still not been able to fully cope with it.
When I saw Chris Davis run back to have a chance to return the kick, I leaned over to my Dad and told him that he might return this if it is short. I wish I was wrong. When he slipped by the last Bama defender I lost it. I took off the shirt I wore that day and threw it in the trash. I even tried taking a shower to get the loss off of me, but nothing I did could get the feeling of having my heart ripped out taken away. Even to this day, when I am listening to sports radio there is a commercial that replays the radio call from that day. I deal with it EVERY SINGLE DAY. But saturday, my pain can finally go away.
They seemed to have misplaced the horseshoe from last season, and it could not have come at a worse time for the Tigers. Auburn lost AT HOME to an A&M team that Alabama beat AT HOME by 59 points. You can state that it was a “fluke” if you want, but then Auburn goes to UGA and gets embarrassed by a count of 34-7. Remember when Gus Malzahn said that Nick Marshall would “start in the NFL at QB” one day? Clearly, he is not the best judge of QB talent because Nick Marshall seems to have gotten more and more inaccurate as the year has gone on. If Auburn is going to pull the upset, they will have to see improved QB play from Marshall.
Alabama has improved week to week. After the WVU game the first week, I was not sure Alabama would win 9 games with Blake Sims at QB. Sims has proved to me (and college football) that he is a great leader, who keeps the defense honest with his legs. The Tide defense is just as improved ranking number 1 in total defense this season, and only allowing teams 63 rush yards per game. Alabama also has the best punter in the NCAA on their side with J.K Scott. Scott is the MVP for the Tide this season with his ability to flip the field. If Alabama can not turn the ball over, and play assignment football, they should have no problem winning this game.
For those thinking this will be a blow out, I am sorry that just wont happen. Just like GA/FL game (aside from this season) it does not matter how good either team is, it is typically a tough game. Auburn has the tools to keep this close, but they do not have the late game heroics on their side like last season. The worst pass defense in the SEC should see a heavy dose of Amari Cooper, and just like other teams, Cooper will have his way with the Tigers secondary. With the assistance of Amari Cooper and the Tide defense, my heart will finally be put back in my chest after last season’s disaster in the pasture.
Roll Damn Tide
MVP For Chubb
Nick Chubb is the best freshman running back in the whole country. Is he the SEC’s MVP? No, not yet. As great as Nick Chubb is, he has yet to play an entire season as the starting running back. Chubb could surpass Gurley as the best running back in the Mark Richt era, but this season the SEC’s MVP is Amari Cooper or Dak Prescott. Here are the chance Chubb gets MVP.
Iron Bowl Friends
It is no secret that there is a lot of hatred in the Iron Bowl, but even amidst all the hate we can find a bright spot. Two women diagnosed with cancer have found a beautiful friendship that gets stronger with each Iron Bowl. If you read anything today, read this touching story. The full story here.
Non Conference Rivalries
I love the out of conference rivalries that SC, UGA, and Florida have. UGA basically has two with Georgia Tech and Clemson, and those are some of the most hyped up games of the year. I would love for Alabama and Ohio State to play each and every year. Imagine Urban and Saban on opposite sidelines once again. It would be magical. Here are the must have out of conference rivalries.
Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
Jonathan Ledbetter – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
Natrez Patrick – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
Jackson Harris – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
Michael Barnett – ☆☆☆☆
Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.) SDE
Rashad Roundtree – ☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
Quincy Vasser – ☆☆☆
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX) SDE
Johnathan Abram – ☆☆☆
East Marion (Columbia, MS) S
Chidi Valentine-Okeke – ☆☆☆☆
Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ludowici, GA) OT
Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
Javarius Davis – ☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
Good Shot At:
Josh Sweat – ☆☆☆☆☆
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
Justin Martin – ☆☆☆
Overton (Nashville, TN) CB
Albert Huggins – ☆☆☆☆
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, SC) DT
Montavious Atkinson – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) ILB/S
Adonis Thomas – ☆☆☆☆
Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) ILB/ATH
Ronnie Harrison – ☆☆☆☆
Florida State University School (Tallahassee, FL) S
***Harrison, an Alabama commit, visited the Classic City for the Auburn game, and he loved it. He immediately moved the Dawgs up there with Alabama, and he’s strongly considering signing a financial aid agreement with UGA which would bind the school to him, but not the other way around. Harrison also tweeted out that he was going to visit for the Charleston Southern game as well. That’s big when a kid from Florida will visit a school two weeks in a row, especially when it’s not that great of a game. Harrison also visited Bama this weekend, so I’m not positive if he made it to Athens, but even so, you can tell he is very interested in the Dawgs.
Will Not Get, But Dawgs Will Be Close:
Chuma Edoga – ☆☆☆☆☆
McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) OT
Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
***I really thought the Dawgs had a great shot at landing McFadden, even once he committed to FSU, but after he canceled his official visit for the Auburn game, I’m calling this one over. Georgia will certainly continue to come after him hard, but I don’t see him flipping at this point.
Antonio Callaway – ☆☆☆
Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OT
Micah Abernathy – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) CB
**Rankings from 247 Sports Composite
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