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Your Complete 2012 Season Review


My two week review of the 2012 season is exhausted – both literally and figuratively.  It was a great season, but I think we’re all ready to move on.  Tomorrow I’ll start digging into recruiting to a disgusting extent, but that’s usually a little bit more fun.

In the meantime, here is a complete recap of subjects that I covered.  If you haven’t read this stuff, feel free to check it out.

SEC Topics

 

Georgia Game Recaps:

 

Other Late Season/Recap Stories of Interest

 

As always, thank you sincerely for reading.  Looking forward to recruiting talk.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

No Fairy-tale Ending: Remembering Georgia’s Last Three Games and the Incomplete Season


If you stood on the outside and looked in at Georgia’s final three football games it would be easy to rave about the success of the team.  From the outside in:

  • The Bulldogs went 2-1 against their closest rival, the eventual National Champion, and top-25 team that was supposed to win the Big 10.
  • Georgia dismantled Georgia Tech for the 11th time in 12 years, this time by a margin of 42-10.
  • Georgia overcame a sloppy 2.5 quarters to defeat Nebraska (then ranked 16th) by fourteen points.
  • Georgia’s lone loss during this stretch was sandwiched between the Tech and Nebraska games and was by four points (of a few yards) to the eventual National Champion.

 

From the outside looking in, it was one heck of an ending for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs.

But this was no fairytale for Georgia fans, players or coaches.  The points above don’t accurately represent the following facts:

  • Georgia was a few short yards (or a number of other breaks) from going 3-0 and beating Notre Dame for the National Championship instead of beating Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
  • The Georgia Tech rivalry means next to nothing these days as almost every Bulldog fan under the age of 40 would rather beat Florida and Auburn than GT.  Yes, Tech fans would still rather see Georgia lose on any given week than see the Yellow Jackets win, but that’s just how annoying little nerdy brothers are.  A 32 point win over GT was nice to have, but didn’t add much value to the season.
  • The Nebraska game was a harsh reminder of how ugly the season had been at times.  Bo Pellini and his staff did a heck of a job with the gameplan, but Georgia came out largely unenthused.  Talent and speed ultimately won out late in the game, but the first half was rough.

 

So, while I’ll always look back on this season with fondness, I’ll look back at it as somewhat incomplete.  I can’t take away the accomplishments of this team (namely the impressive 12 wins), and I wouldn’t dare do so, but I also can’t fully be satisfied with the season.  I’d love to redo the South Carolina game, I guarantee we wouldn’t see another outcome so favorable for the Cocks.  Frankly, I wouldn’t want to redo the Alabama game; I don’t think the Dawgs would be that close again.

 

But maybe next year. Right?

How the Preseason Coaches Poll Held Up


This is the next-to-last Season Recap Article.  Thanks for Hanging in There.

 

Remembering the Preseason Coaches Poll

Below is the Coaches Preseason Poll accompanied by where each team finished ranked (in the Coaches Poll) and a few brief thoughts.

 

  1. LSU (12) – I find it hard to criticize LSU’s 11-spot drop as I think they played to their potential this year.  The loss of the Honey Badger left Les Miles and company with an anemic offense and a lack of play-making on defense and Special Teams.  Frankly, I doubt the Tigers would have been ranked first had the votes taken Mathieu’s absence into consideration.
  2. Alabama (1) – While the merits were there for LSU, Alabama probably should have claimed this spot from the season’s onset.  Naturally, the Tide rose in the end.
  3. Southern Cal (Unranked) – USC ended the season beyond unranked.  The Trojans dropped completely out of the rankings and were not included among the thirteen teams that “also received votes.”  So, at best USC dropped from third to 39th.  Talent notwithstanding, that may be typical for a Lane Kiffin coached team.
  4. Oklahoma (15) – When you lose three games you aren’t going to finish in the top-5.  That being said the Sooners three losses came to the third (Notre Dame), fifth (Texas A&M) and 11th (K-State) ranked teams.
  5. Oregon (2) – The Ducks were a late season loss to Stanford away from playing in the National Championship game.  With Southern Cal’s fall from favor, fifth was about as low as the Ducks could have finished up given their talent, coaching and schedule.  They eased up a bit.
  6. Georgia (4) – The Bulldogs quietly (at least on the national scale) overcame one of the season’s most embarrassing losses of the season to have one of the best season’s in the country.  I’ve said a thing or two about this team.
  7. Florida State (8) – With the lone exception of the NC State loss, Florida State’s season went exactly how it should have.  The Seminoles beat inferior opponents and lost to the one team they played that was better (Florida).  I’m sure they regret the Wolfpack loss but they were still handed a cupcake BCS Bowl, which is one heck of a consolation prize.
  8. Michigan (NR) – The Wolverines bookended the season with losses to SEC teams (Aloabama to open, South Carolina to close) and dropped three games in the middle.  If that doesn’t scream “Overrated Traditional Power” nothing does.
  9. South Carolina (7) – There was a point in the season at which South Carolina looked like the best team in the Country.  The defense was dominant, Lattimore was getting it back and both QBs were clicking.  Then they slipped up in back-to-back weeks against LSU and Florida and lost Lattimore.  Yet through all of that the Cocks finished an impressive 11-2.
  10. Arkansas (Unranked) – Yeah.  Petrino happened.
  11. West Virginia (Unranked) – This team also looked like a contender for a while behind a QB that seemed to throw for a mile a game without incompletions or turnovers.  The wheels came off for him (to an extent) and the porous defense proved insurmountable.
  12. Wisconsin (Unranked) – We finally saw the Badger team we expected in the Big 10 Championship game.  Prior to that the season was a real disappointment.
  13. Michigan State (Unranked) – The Spartans opened the season with a grueling victory over the Boise State Broncos, but the Spartans struggled to find a rhythm and one  consecutive games just twice.
  14. Clemson (9) – The Tigers had an almost perfect season that was capped off with a win over LSU in the Chick-fil-A bowl.  They return a lot of offensive firepower and should be a force in 2013.
  15. Texas (18) – A ho-hum 9-4 year left the Texas faithful disappointed in a year that was supposed to mark the return to elite-ness.
  16. Nebraska (23) – The Big 10 was weird this year.  Penn State and Ohio State weren’t eligible for the Championship Game so it ended up being Nebraska taking on five-loss Wisconsin.  Then somehow Wisconsin woke up in time to beat the twilight out of the Huskers.  Point being: everyone expected the Huskers to punch a ticket to the Rose Bowl, but instead they ended up losing out and taking a loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
  17. TCU (Unranked) – Whatever.
  18. Stanford (6) – The Cardinal is back.  Maybe this is a real thing.  I was sure the loss of Harbaugh and then Luck would do the team in, but they’re rolling behind big, bad offensive lines.
  19. Oklahoma State (Unranked) – I’m so over the Big XII.
  20. Virginia Tech (Unranked) – Ironically this seemed entirely too low to me as the season opened.  Has the talent dried up there?  What’s the deal?
  21. Kansas State (11) – For a while the Wildcats were in the driver’s seat to the BCS National Championship.  Thankfully the world restored equilibrium and sanity.
  22. Boise State (14) – Frankly, I don’t care where the Broncos are ranked.  As long as I don’t have to hear about them.  So this year was a perfect Boise State season as far as I’m concerned.
  23. Florida (10) – This ranking seemed way too low back in August and was part of why I felt the SEC East was underrated.
  24. Notre Dame (3) – SOOOOO GOOOOD!
  25. Auburn (Unranked) – HAHAHAHAHAHA!

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Handicapping the SEC West: How I did.


This is the eleventh article reviewing the topics I deemed most important to the SEC before the season began.

The previous articles in this series can be found here:

 

The SEC West

As you probably saw, I did really well handicapping the SEC East before the season started.  I wasn’t quite as dominant in the West as you can see below.

Team DYC Projected Wins Actual Wins Vegas Spot Dude Win $?
Alabama 11-12 11 10.5 Yes
Arkansas 7-8 4 8.5 Yes
Auburn 6-7 3 7.5 Yes
LSU 10-11 10 10 No
Miss. State 7-8 7 7 Even
Ole Miss 2-3 6 3.5-5.5 No
A&M 7-8 10 7 Yes

 

But hey, four wins isn’t awful.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Remember when I Handicapped the SEC East Before the Season? Here’s How I did.


 

This is the eleventh article reviewing the topics I deemed most important to the SEC before the season began.

The previous articles in this series can be found here:

 

In August I spent some time handicapping the possible outcomes for each and every team in the SEC.  Here is how all of that turned out and how some of the projections could have made you some money in Las Vegas (keep in mind this only includes regular season wins):

The SEC East

Team DYC Projected Wins Actual Wins Vegas Spot Dude Win $?
Florida 8-9 11 8 Yes
Georgia 11-12 11 9.5 Yes
Kentucky 3-4 2 4.5-5.5 Yes
Missouri 6 5 6.5 Yes
S. Carolina 9-10 10 8.5 Yes
Tennessee 7-8 5 7.5 Off
Vandy 7-8 8 5.5-6.5 Yes

 

In general, I used the following process for determining a Vegas “Win”: If one number was reached by me, I used that relative to the spot of Vegas, if a range was found be me, I split the middle and compared to Vegas.  Vegas offered two ranges (Vandy and Kentucky) but both ends of the ranges were clearly above and below where I was, so there was no gray area.

Tennessee was the lone “off” bet, as my range yielded a 7.5 and the Vegas spot was 7.5.

So, betting on seven games with clear differentiation would have yielded you seven wins.

 

I’ll put up the figures for the SEC West tomorrow.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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