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Fixing College Football, Part I of ?: Doing Away With Divisions


Divisions in Power 5 conferences are stupid. There, I said it.

At a time where revenues are such that all away games, with few exceptions, call for chartered flights, I don’t buy the monetary concern. When preserving the ‘sanctity’ of a Georgia/Kentucky or Mississippi State/LSU rivalry, I don’t care. And following another season similar to the last few, where:

  • The SEC East is a complete dumpster fire, where 5 West teams could have easily won it.
  • Clemson and Florida State carry the crown for the ACC and play in the same division.
  • Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State (and Michigan State, until 2016) play in the same division because of geography, and THAT’S A BETTER SYSTEM THAN THE ONE THEY HAD IN PLACE!

I’m adapting from a model Bill Connelly posited on SBNation this summer, because its a fascinating thought exercise, and it makes too much sense. In it:

  • The Pac-12, with divisions and a 9-game schedule, is fine for now.
  • The Big XII, jumbled mess as it is, has a round-robin (and a conference championship game starting next year, because SPORTS).

For the three fourteen-team conferences, division play doesn’t work. Unless you look forward to Georgia’s FIRST trip to conference rival Texas A&M during the end of Trump’s second term. Or your next trip to the Grove in 2029.

I’m not down for that. I’m not down for watching the Missouris and Floridas of the world get PASTED in the SEC Championship. I (Bill C first) want the following: keep an eight-game schedule, with three annual rivals and a rotation through the other 10 teams on a semiannual basis. Meaning, instead of going Mark Richt’s whole tenure before playing an SEC West opponent twice, you play a home-and-home with everyone every four years.

I’ll workshop this for all 42 teams involved below, but an example of what this would look like for Georgia:

Primary rivals: Auburn, Florida, South Carolina

Year 1: Alabama, at Kentucky, Ole Miss, at Missouri, Vanderbilt
Year 2: at Arkansas, LSU, at Mississippi State, Tennessee, at Texas A&M

Done in four-year cycles, one could even adapt years 3 and 4 from the first two to account for random shifts in competitive balance. Perhaps pair off each team for their non-rivals, so Kentucky doesn’t draw Alabama and Auburn, Mizzou doesn’t draw Georgia and Florida, etc.

This is the best I could come up with from a “PRESERVE OUR RIVALRIES!” perspective (and this may match Connelly verbatim, but I’m not checking):

Team Rival Rival Rival
Alabama Auburn Tennessee Ole Miss
Arkansas Mizzou Texas A&M LSU
Auburn Alabama Georgia Miss State
Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina
Georgia Florida Auburn South Carolina
Kentucky Missouri Vanderbilt South Carolina
LSU Texas A&M Miss State Arkansas
Mississippi Miss State Vanderbilt Alabama
Mississippi State Ole Miss LSU Auburn
Missouri Arkansas Kentucky Texas A&M
South Carolina Georgia Florida Kentucky
Tennessee Vanderbilt Florida Alabama
Texas A&M LSU Arkansas Mizzou
Vanderbilt Tennessee Kentucky Ole Miss

Some thoughts: South Carolina and Kentucky were SUPER hard to place. Kentucky gets, from a historical perspective, the easiest three games of anyone. Off the top of my head, there are no major rivalries that go unprotected, with the exception of Alabama/LSU (a more recent one, anyway).

The biggest misses? Tennessee/Kentucky, as Kentucky gets screwed out of the one game they get really worked up about. Bama/LSU, obviously.

I’d give myself a 10/10 for this. A&M, Arkansas, Mizzou, and LSU all preserve their regional rivalries. South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida all keep many of theirs. Vanderbilt/Ole Miss in the Khaki Bowl is still an annual event. Bama maintains history with Tennessee and Ole Miss, in addition to (obviously) Auburn.

If you don’t care about the ACC, you can stop reading now. Tried to draw it up there as well, but it is MUCH harder with the four North Carolina schools and the ‘old vs. new’ mentality that persists behind the scenes:

Team Rival Rival Rival
Boston College Syracuse Pitt Clemson
Clemson Georgia Tech N.C. State BC
Duke North Carolina Wake Forest Louisville
Florida State Miami Wake Forest N.C. State
Georgia Tech Clemson Miami Virginia
Louisville Pitt Virginia Tech Duke
Miami Florida St. Georgia Tech Syracuse
North Carolina Duke N.C. State Virginia
N.C. State North Carolina Clemson Florida State
Pitt Louisville BC Syracuse
Syracuse BC Miami Pitt
Virginia Virginia Tech North Carolina Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech Virginia Louisville Wake Forest
Wake Forest Duke Florida State Virginia Tech

This was friggin’ impossible. So many games that don’t make sense, especially for the Florida schools and the Northern schools, who would indubitably want games in the fertile Florida recruiting grounds.

Competitive balance, as it stands now, is a problem. N.C. State gets hosed, while UNC, Virginia Tech, and Pitt get relatively easy runs. I thought I’d be able to place Miami with more than one old Big East rival, but no dice.

For the B1G, I quit because I don’t care. But they need it worse than anyone else.

What do you think? Should we do away with divisions in order to make the conference feel like a conference again? Did I blow it on any rivalries?

 

 

 

Georgia to Play Virginia in 2020… Neat.


For those looking ahead to Georgia’s next trip to Atlanta, assuming they don’t win the SEC East in the next three years, you have a date!

The ACC just finished the season 9-3 in bowls, 10-4 against the SEC, and is sending its worst team all decade to the league’s marquee opening-week game.

We at DudeYouCrazy.net look forward to new UGA coach Lane Kiffin starting 2020 with a win.

Georgia Football: Bright Future on the O-Line?


If you’ve followed us for any time at all, 1) I’m sorry, and 2) you know we RARELY talk #crootin’. Let’s buck the latter trend.

Georgia’s offensive line has been awful for two years now, making life hard on the team’s immensely talented backs and rookie QB. I like using FootballOutsiders for a quick rundown of different factors, and Georgia ranked 103rd in the country in Adjusted Line Yards this year, which give credit to the line for the first 5 yards of any carry, the back after that.

This manifested itself on the field in watching Nick Chubb get stuffed time and time again before breaking one, and given Jim Chaney’s conservative approach in year one (not a surprise) Georgia was off schedule more often than not in 2016.

Help, it seems, is on the way. Here’s a look at Georgia’s 2017 commits, with 247 composite rankings:

D’Marcus Hayes OT-JUCO 0.895
Isaiah Wilson OT 0.9845
Andrew Thomas OT 0.9623
Netori Johnson OG 0.9595
D’Antne Demery OT 0.9409
Justin Shaffer OG 0.8776

Four guys rank above .94 on their scale, where .90 is a low-ranking four-star, and .95 classifies as elite. In a quick search of the Alabamas, LSUs, and Ohio States of the world…this is the best class I could find.

Ready to be horrified? This group represents 5 of the 6 most talented guys in the program (with starters Isaiah Wynn and Dyshon Sims, both of whom struggled this year, as the only regulars over .9).

Ben Cleveland OT 0.9528
Chris Barnes OT 0.8696
Solomon Kindley OT 0.8408
Pat Allen OT 0.9131
Sam Madden OT 0.876
Sage Hardin OT 0.8743
Mirko Jurkovic OG DNE
DeVondre Seymour OT DNE

In the last three cycles, only 2016 early enrollee Ben Cleveland qualifies as a top-tier talent. The rest of the names on this list are a group you’d expect to see at Mississippi State, Maryland, or some other middle-tier P5. The horrors that were the previous regime’s offensive line recruiting reared their ugly heads as Wynn, Sims, and now-departed Brandon Kublanow were the only guys who graded out as SEC-caliber starters.

Oh, and none of the guys listed above show up on any two-deep I can find.

You’ll never catch me saying that recruiting rankings are the end-all/be-all, as coaching and development (Georgia has a GREAT developer of talent now in Sam Pittman) play a larger role in the projectability of linemen moreso than any other position. But one cannot help but be psyched for this group.

With the losses of tackles Tyler Catalina and Greg Pyke, in addition to Kublanow, PT up front should be wide open. Hayes, as a JuCo, will be looked to as a day-1 starter at one spot. Wilson and Thomas should challenge Cleveland for another tackle position, and Cleveland is likely a better fit on the interior. Holdovers such as Wynn, Sims, and Lamont Gaillard should be adequate in 2017, at worst.

What does it add up to? A young line that, while talented, will need to gel quickly.

There is talent in the pipeline, finally. Its now time to cross some fingers, pray to a favorite deity, and hope that it comes together in time to allow this offense to prosper.

(Now if only receiver recruiting could make the same progress.)

Rest in Peace, Big Dawg Mike Woods


Mike Woods, AKA Big Dawg, AKA the guy who painted the dawg on his head for Georgia games and has appeared in a picture with literally every female I know who went to Georgia, passed away last night.

By all accounts, he was the epitome of a #DGD, and we at DudeYouCrazy wish the best to his family.

I never met this guy and I miss him.

 

 

Bowl Watchability: HEY! Georgia Plays Today!


Georgia returns to the ghosts of UCF losses past, and today’s bowl lineup is sexy.

My colleague and good friend Daniel Palmer says the 2010 Liberty Bowl didn’t happen. I tend to agree, so…

Sixth Annual Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. TCU, noon: Objectively, this is a complete non-starter for me. Its two bad teams from two bad conferences (where the SEC East is a standalone entity). BUT. I’m excited because:

  • Georgia used their full allotment of bowl practices. I’m interested to see the progress of Jacob Eason, the health of our future senior running backs (!), and the continued development of what will, in the near future, be a thrilling defense.
  • That’s really about it.

Watchability Factor: 2/10 if you have no rooting interest, 8/10 if you want to compare Georgia’s bowl success to Miami’s 31-14 victory over a much-better-than-TCU West Virginia squad.

Sun Bowl: #18 Stanford vs. North Carolina, 2:30: A bowl location so deplorable that Verne Lunquist refuses to end his career here. That’s amazing. Christian McAffrey is not playing. Neither is Elijah Hood. UNC QB Mitch Trubisky (remember how bad he was against Georgia?) is playing to determine if he’ll be the first QB taken in May (or June, or whenever the draft is now in the NFL’s 365-day cycle)…or return to school.

This has some appeal to me, but its not sexy outside of possible continuation of the ACC’s bowl dominance to this point. Watchability Factor: 4/10.

Music City Bowl: Nebraska vs. #21 Tennessee, 3:30: Your gentle reminder that Tennessee, Champions of Life, is still ranked by the CFP committee. Fresh hell.

Watch at your own risk. Watchability Factor: 3.5/10.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: South Alabama vs. Air Force, 5:30: As a real estate broker, I suggest not using Nova Home Loans because your rate is going up 1/8 of a point because they decided to sponsor this bowl game. Watchability Factor: dude, do literally anything else.

Orange Bowl: #6 Michigan vs. #11 Florida State, 8: ALL OF THE FIRE EMOJIS. Dalvin Cook is playing his last game, and he’s the most fun player in America. Michigan is inexplicably salty– not because they messed around and lost to Iowa– but because they STILL think they should be in the playoff after losing to Ohio State.

Watchability Factor: 9/10, I cannot emphasize enough how fun this game is, theoretically (and don’t look up the games I’ve rated highly to this point). 

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