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I’ve reached a point in life over the past couple of years where the drive to North Carolina for Thanksgiving has severely inhibited my ability to do the best things done in unison: drink bourbon and watch football.
Leave on Friday? Immediately tick off the family, who feels more time together is warranted. Get stuck in Black Friday chaos traffic in both Charlotte and the Commerce outlets.
Leave on Saturday? Miss out on some great football. Especially with relevant Michigan/Ohio State, scary Georgia/Tech, and a full Rivalry Week slate. Current plan is a 6:30am departure on Saturday.
Leave on Thursday? Out of the question.
Leave on Sunday? Just too damn late. Familial judgment for nonstop guttural yells at the TV for 11 hours on Saturday.
For the rest of you single people who live more than three hours away from your favorite viewing spot, how do you pull it off? Inquiring minds need to know.
The NFL Games Are Over, And Usually Boring Anyway: THURSDAY RUCKUS
Texas Tech at Texas, 7:30, FS1: It’s not Texas/A&M, but the storylines are still fun. Can Texas score enough points to keep up with Tech? Hell naw. Is Charlie Strong going to bolt for Miami? He certainly should. Is this game timed perfectly if you, like me, do the Thanksgiving late lunch? Damn straight.
Friday: Like Saturday, but with Saturday Still to Come
Send the ladies to the mall. There’s more than enough entertainment available. I have to subset a Friday now.
#16 Navy at #19 Houston, ABC: Likely determines which New Years’ Six bowl you don’t watch because of the mid-major involved. Keenan Reynolds is a wizard at the triple option (like, Tech wins 4 more games with him wizard) and Tom Herman is (insert one of 13 vacant FBS jobs here’s) next coach. In two weeks if they lose.
Miami at Pitt, ESPN2: The weirdest ‘Rivalry Week’ rivalry of them all, Pitt is pretty good. All three of their losses are to teams currently ranked in the (AP) top 11. And Miami is probably a loss to Cincinnati away from itself being ranked. GOOD, WEIRD, ACC FOOTBALL! CURING YOUR HANGOVERS SINCE…idk. Today?
Mizzou at Arkansas, CBS, 2:30: Remember last year, when we had a significant rooting interest in an emerging Arkansas team, who was coming off of consecutive shutouts of Ole Miss and LSU? I miss those days. I’d rather have Mizzou play SEC East Patsy in Atlanta than damn Florida. *sigh*
#5 Iowa at Nebraska, ABC, 3:30: Go Huskers. I may watch B1G football on purpose. Dream scenario: Nebraska wins, Iowa beats Michigan State in the B1G championship, we are spared that conference in the Playoff.
#10 Baylor at #18 TCU, ESPN, 7:30: This is just a damn treat. Both teams may be without their starting (in Baylor’s case, second string as well) QB’s, but both will still hang at least 35 points. SEC fan or not, you don’t appreciate football if you don’t watch this.
P.S.: There are other games of note, but most involve eliminated Pac-12 teams. If you stick to the above, you’ll not be cast off by your family.
Saturday, Where I May Attempt to Leave NC at 6AM
Jon Gruden has nothing on my footballgasm for this day. LEGGO
Obviously, there’s Georgia at Georgia Tech, ESPN2. I want to cut that off after Georgia goes up 35-0 on 4 Tech fumbles in the first 8 minutes of action.
#3 (YES THESE ARE LAST WEEK’S CFP RANKINGS) Ohio State at #12 Michigan (ABC): I mean…Harbaugh vs. Meyer has a TON of appeal. OSU’s offense, which should be patently unstoppable, against Michigan’s defense, which has not dominated like it did early on…this is just going to be an incredible game. Get a two TV setup like the one I plan to walk into just after noon on Saturday.
#1 Clemson at South Carolina, ESPN: Clemson’s last chance to Clemson before they Clemson against UNC.
Virginia Tech at Virginia, ESPNU: Perfect world for UNC fan: UVA wins to preserve Mike London’s job, and in so doing keeps Tech out of a bowl for the first time since like, the 80’s.
Louisville at Kentucky, SECN: Getting the ACC/SEC challenge out of the way early, huh? Kentucky can still meet my ‘they’ll make a bowl’ prediction with a win. Or Bobby Petrino is in attendance, which is fun anyway.
3:30, Also Loaded:
Iron Bowl, CBS: Go Tigers. I said it.
#17 UNC at N.C. State, ABC/ESPN2: Shit, we’re going to crap the bed. (Remembers State’s 7 wins are against the following: Troy, Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion, South Alabama, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse.) Nope, still not comfortable.
Penn State at #9 Michigan State, ESPN: I don’t know if Christian Hackenburg is good. I tried to watch some of their game against Michigan, and I saw him get sacked twice, throw 4-yard outs on 3rd and 8, and the offense punt from the Michigan 34. James Franklin brought 2015 Vanderbilt offense to 2015 Penn State, and the fact that he coaches two mediocre teams is amazing.
UCLA at #24 USC, ABC/ESPN2: Literally cannot NOT be fun. Jim Mora is going for his fourth straight different USC head coach’s scalp, which is amazing on so many levels.
The Night Slate: On One Hand, Year’s Best Combination. On The Other, Hell on Your ‘Prev CH’ Button:
The three highlights are simple: Bedlam (ABC, 8) pits #7 Oklahoma and #6 Oklahoma State. ESPN gets #14 Florida State at #8 Florida (ESPN, 7:30). Oh, and #4 Notre Dame at #11 Stanford is on FOX at 8 just to sufficiently blow our collective minds with overrated football.
But the undercard may be more intriguing.
Les Miles 200% deserves to keep his job. His record over the last five years trumps Saban’s last five at LSU. He would be a saint even in Athens. Yet, he’s coaching for his job as Texas A&M visits #15 LSU (7:30, SECN). Unreal.
Additionally, there’s the small matter of the Egg Bowl, which I’ve counted on for hilarity for my whole adult life. 7:15, ESPN2, Mississippi State at (randomly) #22 Ole Miss. Thank me later.
The new rankings come out tonight at 7. Georgia likely won’t be a part of them, but who knows with the committee’s ever-changing criteria? Alabama was ranked 4th last week based on the new metric of ‘wins over teams with winning records’, which is absurd when teams buy 2-3 easy wins every September. The ‘eye test’ is subjective, at best. Listening to Jeff Long discuss the rankings on various programs each week is an exercise in futility of understanding what the committee does in their weekly meetings.
But, its what we’ve got, and what it lacks in transparency is more than made up for in intrigue. What storylines should you follow tonight?
All rankings cited, until the predictions at the bottom, are from last week.
The Big XII Cannibalism Race
With the SEC, ACC*, and Pac-12 North races all but salted up, the focus shifts to the crazy Big XII, where all of the games involving its exciting top 4 all take place in November.
*knocks furiously on wood
#14 Oklahoma State served notice that a little luck and an easy schedule weren’t a problem, as they housed #8 TCU in Stillwater, 49-24. They’ll move up, and deservedly so. They still go to Iowa State (which has been a problem before) this week before closing at home with #6 Baylor and #15 Oklahoma.
Gameday will be in Waco this week, as the Bears host the Sooners in an elimination game. Nothing comes easy for them, as they finish on the road against OSU and TCU, then hosting Texas on December 5. With true freshman QB Jaret Stidham at the helm, odds are they drop at least one.
TCU, despite being behind the eight ball with its loss to Oklahoma State, has the ‘easiest’ road. Kansas this week will be a laugher. At Oklahoma and home against to Baylor? not so much. I’d rank them last among the four contenders due to their 0-1 head-to-head record against the rest, and the fact that they’ve been more than fortunate to escape games against middling K-State and Texas Tech.
The odds that the XII has a team finish undefeated are looking extremely slim. Oklahoma is probably the most balanced, OSU is the biggest mystery, and Baylor is still the most explosive. If Oklahoma wins out, I think they’re in. But I expect chaos to keep the league on the outside looking in for the second straight year.
The Looming Notre Dame/Stanford Showdown
#11 Stanford hosts Oregon this week, and you never know quite what’ll happen. But this is an Oregon team that plays ZERO defense, and a Stanford team showing its most competent offense since the days of Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck. After hosting Cal the following week, #5 Notre Dame comes to town.
Notre Dame plays Wake Forest and BC prior to this. One logically assumes they’ll win those.
What that will set up is likely a 4 vs. 5 or 5 vs. 6 game on The Farm on Thanksgiving Saturday. I don’t particularly care for either of these teams, and neither poses a threat to WIN the CFP…but a 12-1 Stanford or 11-1 Notre Dame is likely as deserving of that #4 spot as anyone.
Go Teams From Michigan
#7 Michigan State took its much-anticipated slide on Saturday in Lincoln. They just never performed relative to their rankings, and got by on an incredibly easy schedule. They, along with #17 Michigan, are no longer real contenders, but could play spoiler for #3 Ohio State.
Both will get their shot. State travels to Columbus on Nov. 21, and the Wolverines host the Bucks in their traditional Nov. 28 nooner.
Please, someone, beat Ohio State.
Extreme Long Shots
First and foremost, piggybacking on the B1G words, #9 Iowa is very much a contender if they somehow win out and take the East winner (sigh. Still likely Ohio State.) down in Indianapolis on Championship Weekend. I just don’t think the committee will be able to justify leaving out a 13-0 power five champ, as garbage as their schedule is.
#13 Memphis lost to Navy on Saturday, effectively ending the hopes of a Group of 5 team making a bid. But #25 Houston still lurks with games against both Memphis and Navy, the latter of which will decide who plays in the New Years Six. Could they make a run at the top 4? No, probably not.
And finally, delusional Carolina fan coming in hot. After (unranked last week, WTF?) North Carolina’s 66-31 dismantling of Duke’s acclaimed defense, the Heels should jump comfortably (given the chaos at the bottom of the top 25, which saw #18 Ole Miss, #19 Texas A&M, and #24 Toledo lose) into the back of the top 20. Were they to beat Miami, Virginia Tech, and N.C. State, it would set up a top 10 matchup vs. Clemson in the ACC Championship game. Is there precedent for a bad early season loss and subsequent dominant performance getting you in the playoff?
Yes. Yes there is.
Now watch them lose to Miami with me in attendance this week.
Projecting the Rankings
This will be useless in 4 hours. Oh well.
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Michigan State
- Mississippi State
- Florida State
- North Carolina
What a difference a win makes.
Given the tumultuous chain of events spanning the timeline from October 31, 3:30pm until noon on Saturday, the collective emotion of Georgia’s fanbase can only be described as ‘dumpster fire in nuclear holocaust.’ A 27-3 win over Kentucky should do little to get the ship sailing back in the right direction, but one can see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Georgia Bulldogs. They have a chance to make the best of a litany of bad situations*.
*bad situations include the following:
- Hiring Brian Schottenheimer. On Friday night, I told a friend the end-of-season ultimatum for Mark Richt should be “he goes, or you all go”. I still may be invested in that.
- The failure of Brice Ramsey. After a few recruiting misses, transfers, and graduations, he needed to step up and take the quarterback position. He did not.
- Nick Chubb’s injury.
- The goofiest, saddest, special teams performance by a team I’ve ever seen, and given recent years of Georgia fandom, that’s saying something.
- The Faton Bauta thing in Jacksonville.
- The Jeremy Pruitt situation.
That is a whole hell of a lot for one team to swallow. The Kentucky game wasn’t aesthetically pleasing by any means, but it was workmanlike. As Palmer alluded to in his kneejerks, Georgia did what this team came out of fall camp built to do: dominate time of possession, suffocate the other team on D, and (largely) keep mistakes to a minimum.
While it’s not enough for anyone to claim the ship has been righted, one can see how the season has potential to be deemed at least a moderate success…right?
Well, that all depends.
Georgia travels to Auburn in what should be college football’s saddest failed expectations game of the season. With both teams righting the ship somewhat this past Saturday (Auburn over A&M 26-10 in College Station is downright impressive), the Dawgs can consider themselves fortunate that the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry is at noon.
Win at Auburn, and you close with two extremely winnable (albeit kinda scary) games against in-state ‘rivals’ to close it out.
Does 9-3 save CMR’s job? Absolutely. Does it quiet rumors that Jeremy Pruitt is one foot out the door? Probably, but he very well still could be, despite reports that he has reached out to recruits to assure them that all is well.
The Kentucky win has the DudeYouCrazy braintrust feeling a lot better. Three more, a 9-3 finish, and something like a Music City Bowl win over some middling ACC opponent, and we can queue up the hype machine for 2016.
Dude’s note: Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting data courtesy of 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Let’s be clear here: this is not another indictment of Mark Richt. I wrote that earlier. To be sure, this is an extension of that sentiment and as such this may touch on shortcomings of Richt and it may not paint the most optimistic picture of the future of a Richt-managed program. But I’m not going to state and re-state and re-re-state my stance on CMR. I’m not a #FireRicht guy at my core. I’m a “this isn’t working” guy. So I refuse to focus on the same broken narratives that premature Richt-haters have been pushing for years.
With that in mind, I think another false narrative needs to be addressed. Jacob Eason and the 2016 Recruiting Class can’t save Georgia football.
Here are the facts surrounding the notion that next year’s recruiting class will vindicate Mark Richt and save a program:
- Georgia has an elite recruiting class coming in.
- Mark Richt has influenced that class positively.
- This recruiting class features elite commitments at pivotal positions.
I can’t argue with any of that. But these items are also facts:
- Georgia’s recruiting class (currently ranked sixth nationally) still trails the two best teams in the SEC, Alabama and LSU.
- Ole Miss and Florida are within arm’s length of also matching Georgia.
- Perennial contenders Ohio State and Florida State are also ranked ahead of Georgia.
- Every head coach influences recruiting. That’s why James Franklin and Penn State have the nation’s fourth-best class.
Oh, also: none of this data is final.
And as it relates to recent history, it’s pretty damn hard to make a case for this class being significantly stronger than other classes in recent Georgia history. Recruiting isn’t an exact science. There are hits and there are messes. But consider these measurables:
- From 2011-2015 (the five most recent recruiting classes) Georgia boasted an average recruiting class ranking of 7.8. Right now, Georgia is ranked sixth.
- From 2011-2015, Georgia had an average SEC ranking of 4.4. Right now, Georgia is ranked third.
So there is improvement, but some of that has to be chalked up to early commitments. It’s worth noting that 13 of the nation’s Top 20 recruits are uncommitted and that pattern extends down the rankings. Many of the best of the best are still up for grabs.
Adjusting for the currently small class size (again, that’s normal at this stage), doesn’t make Georgia’s 2016 class look that much stronger than recent Bulldog classes. Over the past five classes, Georgia has boasted an average recruit rating of .90094. That probably doesn’t mean much to you (or me) in a vacuum, but it’s worth observing that this year’s class is projected at .9085. So as a reflection of per-recruit “points” this class is merely .00756 points ahead of recent history. By the same per-recruit measure, this class isn’t as strong as the 2012 or 2014 classes. To be sure, Georgia could fill in the rest of its spots with high-point players and raise its average. Or, it could not.
In fairness, that 2012 class was pretty spectacular.
Over the past five years Georgia has hauled in an average of 26 recruits. Projecting that total across 16 current recruits and their position rankings is difficult. But The Bulldogs currently have just two commitments from players that ranked in the top five of their position and age group in the class of 2016 and six that are ranked in the top 10. Over the past five years, Georgia has averaged 7.6 in the Top 5 and 10.4 in the Top 10 by the same measures. And again, recruiting rankings aren’t everything. We know that looking back, but it is worth remembering as we look forward.
There’s work to do for this class to be elite relative to Georgia standards. That’s not to say it won’t happen or to say it isn’t likely to happen. But I say all of this to emphasize that this class is very, very good but it doesn’t yet stand out compared to other strong Georgia classes. And it certainly doesn’t imply a head-and-shoulders-above-the-rest-program-changing status (think Ole Miss’s out-of-nowhere 2013 class).
Of course, the personified reason for optimism surrounding the 2016 recruiting class has nothing to do with numbers and everything to do with one player—quarterback Jacob Eason. I confess that I’m unusually excited about his potential. He looks like the real deal. But at this point Eason is nothing more than an elite recruit. And it’s important to remember that Georgia has had no shortage of elite recruits—even at the quarterback position.
Consider even the past five classes:
- 2011: Christian LeMay was considered the nation’s best pro-style QB in a relatively weak (as defined by recruiting rankings) QB class. He was ranked ahead of the likes of Everett Golson, Brandon Allen, Cardale Jones, Jacob Coker and Connor Cook.
- 2012: Faton Bauta was the nation’s tenth-best dual-threat QB. Why Georgia wanted a running quarterback is still a big mystery (even after his first career start and 3 rush attempts on Saturday), but he was mentioned in the Top 10 at his position along with the likes of Jameis Winston, Chad Kelly, Maty Mauk and a handful of legitimate starters at respectable programs.
- 2013: Brice Ramsey was a huge QB recruit and the nation’s sixth-best pro-style QB. How sought-after was Ramsey? Nick Saban controversially spent 90 minutes Skyping with the kid after he committed to Georgia.
- 2014: Jacob Park was the No. 5 pro-style QB in the country and the biggest controversy surrounded the notion that he might actually be a dual-threat QB.
Georgia’s problem has not been the recruitment of an elite quarterback. Georgia’s problem has been the inability to develop one of these guys (and that list includes Greyson Lambert who was highly recruited) into a valid option under center. And that problem won’t go away purely with the arrival of Eason. If anything, Eason extends the the excuse window of a program looking for change. After all, any rational person (meaning: anyone other than fans) doesn’t expect a total transformation under a first-year QB.
Georgia doesn’t have much of a hot-streak with first-year QBs (freshmen and veterans alike). How’s the Lambert/Ramsey/Bauta experiment playing out in year one? Hutson Mason was serviceable last year, but he wasn’t going to win games by himself and he wasn’t good enough to beat declining South Carolina or Florida teams or little brother Georgia Tech. Aaron Murray set conference records as Georgia’s QB; he also led Georgia to a 6-7 campaign as a freshman. Joe Cox’s one season as a starter: five losses. Matthew Stafford’s freshman season: four losses.
The reality is that even dating back to D.J. Shockley and David Greene, first-year QBs have yielded lower success (as measured by wins and losses) than returning starters at Georgia under Richt. In 2001 (Greene), 2005 (Shockley), 2006 (Stafford), 2009 (Cox), 2010 (Murray), 2014 (Mason) and 2015 (Whatever This Is) Richt’s teams posted a .6588 winning percentage. In all other seasons, his teams have posted a .7944 winning percentage. Over the course of a 13-game season (12 regular season games and a bowl), that’s the difference between winning an average of 10.33 games with a veteran starter and winning 8.56 with a first-year passer.
And that’s not a Richt thing or a reflection of poor personnel decisions. It’s not a Georgia thing or an SEC thing. New quarterbacks struggle. That’s a way of college football life. And it’s not hard to find statistics to support that notion.
Greyson Lambert, who once started at quarterback and is still probably the best QB on Georgia’s roster, ranks 31st in the nation in passer efficiency. Only one player ahead of him is a freshman. I say that not to imply that statistics tell the whole story or to indicate that Lambert should be good enough for Georgia to win, but rather to showcase that 18-year old QBs aren’t known for their dependability.
Even as it relates to Georgia, it’s hard to imagine Eason making up the difference quickly in Athens. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama and Florida by a combined margin of 52 points. If that gap were to be made up solely with improvements to the passing game, the Bulldogs (who have already thrown 10 total touchdown passes) would need eight more scores through the air. Guess how many FBS freshmen have thrown 18 TD passes this season? The answer is one.
But the broader issue here is not whether or not Jacob Eason can instantly be one of the best quarterbacks in the entire nation as a true freshman. The question that needs to be answered is how big of an impact could a stud quarterback—freshman or otherwise—have on this team? Football is a fluid game and each phase is intertwining, but how many recent disappointments lie solely on quarterback play?
- 2014 South Carolina: Hutson Mason led Georgia to 35 points in a hostile road game environment after a weather-delay. He hit on 73-percent of his passes, tossed two TDs and threw no interceptions. Georgia lost this game with some combination of special teams errors (missed chip-shot field goals), play-calling (though I disagree here) and an inability to stop the run late.
- 2014 Florida: Hutson Mason threw for 300 yards for the second (and final) time in his career and did not throw an interception. The offense as a whole was fine, accounting for 460 yards. The defense allowed more than 400 rushing yards.
- 2014 Georgia Tech: Hutson Mason threw a game-ending interception in overtime, but this game was lost by the defense (allowing 399 rushing yards on 70 carries) and special teams (the pooch kick).
- 2015 Alabama: No one played well here. No one. But this game was finished by Alabama in a five-minute period that featured Georgia’s defense allowing a 30-yard run for a score, Bama blocking a punt for another score, and Bama getting a 45-yard TD pass. Greyson Lambert was responsible for stalled offensive drives. But he didn’t give up that onslaught.
- 2015 Tennessee: If Reggie Davis hauls in the gift-wrapped 56-yard TD pass from Greyson Lambert late in the fourth quarter, then Lambert finishes the game with 335 passing yards, 3 TDs and no INTs and the game might not have been a Georgia loss. But even without that drop, Lambert didn’t contribute to Tennessee’s fourteen points in the final 64 seconds of the first half. He hardly came onto the field during that time period. He didn’t allow Josh Dobbs to rack up 430 yards of offense and five TDs.
- 2015 Florida: We could slice this one hundred ways, but I have a hard time for blaming Bauta (even with four INTs) solely for this loss. What was he supposed to do as Georgia’s third-best QB? He was put squarely in a position to fail and he succeeded at that calling.
The 2016 recruiting class and Jacob Eason may be great, but will that group fix special teams? Because special teams is a problem week-in and week-out. Will the 2016 class rebuild an offensive line? Because this veteran unit has struggled mightily this year. Will the 2016 class stop the run? Because Georgia’s allowed 274.5 rushing yards per game in six losses over the past two years.
Recruits aren’t the answer.
That’s all I got/
Welcome to basketball season!
The Hawks are off to a SCORCHING start, beating down the division rival Hornets over the weekend, and doing it in those idiotic mix and match road jerseys. I don’t like the look, but I also openly acknowledge that I am an old, and these things aren’t meant for me. Hell, win like they did last year, they can wear whatever they want.
What? I HAVE to talk about football? Fine, but you literally asked for this.
I’ve been the babyface of this site since I started working here three season ago. I have single-handedly manned the DPalm Spinzone © against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. I have listened to Jason push for Bauta (LOOK HOW THAT TURNED OUT), Ramsey (hahahahahaha) and insert quarterback here, and I have fought back. I have stood with Chad and Andrew against the #FireMarkRicht crowd, preaching caution and a steady hand than a reactionary bent. But I can’t anymore. And I don’t think Andrew can either. There’s much to be said about what actually happened this season, and best believe we will be doing that down the line. The small sample size of Saturday is 100% on the head football coach for a litany of reasons to be discussed at LENGTH on tomorrow’s DudeYouPodcast (/shamless plug). Let’s get after it and put the events of Halloween 2015 to bed for now.
– It ended? I accurately predicted the amount of bourbon required to watch (and then re-watch, since I’m now exploring the depths of self-harm one can do via football) this football game. Spoilers, it was a lot.
– I get to look super smart for my preseason question regarding the quarterback situation: “What if they’re all bad?” Nostradamus, I’m coming for that prediction title. Then again, you probably saw that coming. Stupid Nostradamus.
– DYP double whammy of good: Chad got to be wrong about Brendan Douglas, AND we should get full blown Heel Jason tonight on the podcast.
– This game was not safe for men, women, children, pregnant women, women who may become pregant, the young, the elderly, people with preexisting heart conditions, Georgia fans, sobriety, hope for a better tomorrow, football fans, people whose wardrobes do not consist mainly of cut off jean shorts, and everything not nailed down in my liquor cabinet. Florida did exactly what they wanted, when they wanted to, and as aggressively as they could.
– Hitting Treon Harris early was a good gameplan, advocated for heavily on Friday’s DudeYouPodcast, and it seemed to have the starter turned back-up turned starter again looking to be playing off of his heels early. But then he hit that there big pass. And that was that.
– The Florida running game is guaranteed to get healthy against UGA’s defense. It’s a metaphysical certaintiy at this point. If Kelvin Taylor and company could play Georgia every week, they’d do it. And that’s not a good thing.
– Hey, special teams. Could you not be so, yanno, special?
– Wait, even Zook? *drinks more*
Here’s the list of Florida head coaches who haven’t beaten Georgia on their first try in the last 30 years: – Gary Darnell – Will Muschamp
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) October 31, 2015
– I’m a Mark Richt fan. I think he’s the best coach Georgia has ever had by far, even in the face of one of the more more entitled, idiotic and whiny fanbases in the country. He has done his job year in and year out despite non-football people talking down to and about him regarding football. It’s not a game for him, it’s how he feeds his kids, and to suggest that he doesn’t take it seriously or doesnt care shows just how divorced the average fan can be from this new thing called reality.
That being said.
For the first time in 15 years, I feel like he let the wailing and gnashing of teeth get to him and act in a very un-Richtian manner. Playing the third string quarterback to spark a team already reeling from the loss of their senior leader and best running back in the nation was a JV, desperate move by a coach I honestly thought was better than that. Wrong again Dpalm.
Well, that was a game that happened, and it was the same game that has happened over and over and over and over again since I was old enough to understand that Florida will always hurt me. Tune in to DudeYouPodcast for more therapy recapping, and let’s leave with one last quick look at the DPalm Spinzone ©.
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