Sunday, October 30, 2011

Clemson-Georgia Tech Provides Another Great Moment In ACC Officiating History

The Atlantic Coast Conference was started in 1953 with seven charter members. From that day, the league has upheld the highest standards of officiating in college athletics.

In last night's Clemson-Georgia Tech game we saw another example of the standard of excellence the ACC holds its referees to.

With 2:24 to go in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets were on the one yard line trying for a touchdown that with the extra point would put them up 38-10 on undefeated Clemson.

Based on the replay, it appears a Clemson defender may have been offsides.

One the play, the Tigers miraculously caused a fumble and recovered the ball. Calls like these are why the ACC is so well regarded in the realm of college athletics officiating.

But wait, there is more evidence of excellence within the ACC!

Earlier this season in the Wake Forest-FSU game a referee appears move the ball closer to the line to make.

Well, ball placement may not be the ACC's strength but clock management certainly is.

The ACC was one of the last leagues to instill the booth review. Why? Because they didn't really need it.

Ok we really do apologize for this refs' actions.  

And please no comments on basketball!

Another Reason Why Coaches Should Not Vote In Polls

and especially should not be 1/3 of the BCS equation...they can't even count to 23 in their top 25 poll!

Ok, so it is probably just an error by but it gave me the opportunity to jump on a topic I like to bash.  Coaches taking the time to vote in a poll.

I am just going to name a coach randomly because we don't have access to how the coaches vote so please don't take offense Badger fans, but is Wisconsin's Bret Bielema a good person to ask who is better LSU or Alabama, where Boise State should be ranked, or if Texas is a top 25 team?

I am sure Bret has plenty on his plate at around Midnight last night after another heartbreaking loss. The last thing he should to be doing is determining where Arkansas should be ranked after nearly getting upset by Vanderbilt or if Oklahoma should be the highest ranked one loss team.

You can gripe about the media and perceived biases they may or may not have, but they watch a lot more games than coaches do.

The only thing coaches should be allowed to vote on is teams in their conference because that is all they have watched and studied.

List of coaches who vote in USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Poll

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday ATS Picks - Can Clemson Go To 9-0 (And 8-1 ATS)?

Spreads I like this week:

Oklahoma State -14 vs Baylor
The Robert Griffin III for Heisman story was nice but he can only carry his team for so long. Oklahoma State's offense has not missed one beat without Dana Holgorsen and despite not having a great defense they can simply make opposing offenses play one-dimensional because of the leads they jump out to. Cowboys rolls at home.
Oklahoma State 51 Baylor 27

Navy +21.5 at Notre Dame
The Midshipmen stroll into South Bend on a five game losing streak. But four of those losses are by a combined eight points. If there a mentally resilient team Navy has to be one.

Navy has also won three of the last four in this series straight up. The caution point here is that Notre Dame blew out Air Force earlier in the season who runs a similar offense.

However, the Irish are coming off a soul crushing defeat to arch rival USC last week in which they were dominated on the ground by the Trojans.

Brian Kelly's team wins this one but closer than the public thinks.
Notre Dame 34 Navy 21

Updated: Evidently Brian Kelly is utilizing one of the worst team building strategies by pointing out who he recruited and who the previous staff recruited to the media and not so subtly placing blame on the guys he inherited. 

Clemson -3.5 at Georgia Tech
I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this line. I know about the series history and how 12 of the last 16 have been decided by five points or less, but in three of those other four games Clemson blew out Georgia Tech by at least 14 points.

The Tigers have a decided talent advantage and look to be much better than their 2010 squad which beat the Yellow Jackets by 14 while Tech is playing much like they did last year of late.

Georgia Tech keeps this close for three quarters, but big plays by Clemson take this one in the end.
Clemson 34 Georgia Tech 28

Other games I like...

I really like Stanford -8 versus USC as I don't think the Trojans can stop a power running game, but the road setting worries me since Stanford has not faced much adversity.
Take Stanford ML

Wisconsin is another road team I like at -7.5, but Ohio State's defense is good enough to keep this one to close for comfort.
Take Wisconsin ML

South Carolina opened as a 7 point favorite at Tennessee but it has moved all the way to 3.5 by gameday. I get that the Gamecocks don't have Marcus Lattimore and that is a huge blow, but the Volunteers will be starting a true freshman at QB against a good South Carolina defense. Since I don't know how much Lattimore is really worth yet I am staying away from the spread here.
Take South Carolina ML

Georgia SHOULD beat Florida easily on Saturday. The Bulldogs are more talented than the Gators at just about every position. The line is only -3 here so taking UGA with the points is not a bad bet at all. I guess I have just seen the head games play too much with Georgia over the years to take any kind of points.
Take Georgia ML

Upset: Michigan State over Nebraska
The Spartans do have to go on the road for this one but they have good experience playing against a run first QB like Taylor Martinez.
Take Michigan State ML

The Original Gator Hator With His Georgia Florida Prediction

It's October 29 and Virginia AND Duke Football Have Championship Eyes

That's right. The Cavaliers and Blue Devils still control their destiny in the ACC's Coastal Division (for those who can't remember Miami, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and North Carolina are also in this division).

UVA got their destiny back with an upset win at Miami on Thursday knocking the 'Canes back to the 99% of college football (i.e. those whose destinies are determined by others).

Now, Duke does have a little bit of a hill to climb starting with a game against perennial favorite Virginia Tech today, but heck Wake won this conference back in 2006 so never say never (For full disclosure, I am picking Va Tech to win in my pool).

John Swofford, if you are reading this, hopefully you have a trash can nearby for the vomit you just expunged into your mouth.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Beano Cook Explains Why Georgia Tech Left the SEC...

And couldn't be more wrong.

Thank goodness Ivan Maisel corrected him. If you don't know the story of why Georgia Tech left the SEC, I won't spoil it for you, but just skip ahead to about 27 minutes into the podcast for the beginning of the discussion.

ESPNU College Football Podcast: 10/26

I Just Love Futures On Undecided Matchups

Alabama as a 10 point favorite over Boise State in the Sugar Bowl? I guess that sounds about right because I could the Tide winning this one by 21 or losing this one outright like they did with Utah a few years ago.

Clemson -7 vs Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl is what is calling for at this time. I would think that line would move higher almost immediately. The Bearcats lost by three touchdowns at Tennessee earlier this season. The Tigers are more talented the Tennessee and I don't think Rocky Top is worth two scores. - Projected BCS matchups and spreads:

What's Eating Terry Bowden?

2011 October 27 20 59 43

Has he been hanging out with Janoris Jenkins too much?

via 30FPS:

Gary Danielson: "If Mark Richt Can't Beat This Florida Team...

when is he going to beat a Florida team?"

Those are the words of CBS SEC Color Commentator Gary Danielson to 680 The Fan when asked about this weekend's Georgia-Florida game. 

And you know what, I pretty much agree with Danielson. 

Gary Danielson Audio:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

One Florida Gator Sounds Very Confident It Will Be 19 of the Last 22

Florida DT Sharif Floyd sounds very confident his head coach Will Muschamp will get his first Win in the worlds largest outdoor cocktail party.

From CBSSports-: The Georgia game resonates because of coach Will Muschamp's history with the Bulldogs. "It's special to me because not only did Coach Muschamp play there, but he never beat Florida," sophomore DT Sharrif Floyd said. "Now he gets to play for Florida and come out with his win."

Would Clemson Fans Really Rather Play in Sugar Bowl Than Orange Bowl?

Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News and Observer was on 790 The Zone today discussing Clemson's post season possibilities.

Of course if the Tigers win out (and they will be favored in everyone of their remaining games barring injury) they could be in line for a BCS Championship Game. But they would also likely need some help from Stanford or Kansas State and maybe even Boise State.

Giglio surmises that IF Clemson is not going to be playing in the BCS Championship Game, then their fan base would rather LOSE the ACC Championship Game to a likely Virginia Tech team and play the Alabama/LSU loser in the Sugar than WIN and play the Big East Champ in the Orange Bowl.

I know Tiger fans are constantly measuring their program (much like FSU and Georgia Tech) against the SEC since they have in state rivals in that conference, but would they really want to turn down the first conference championship since 1991 just to play a much better bowl opponent?

I find that very hard to believe, but I will turn it over to the Clemson fans to decide.

Would you rather?
A) Win the ACC and play a mediocre Big East Champion in the Orange Bowl or
B) Lose the ACC Championship Game and play the Alabama/LSU loser in the Sugar Bowl

Joe Giglio Audio

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Houston Nutt Is Excited About Covering The Spread Against Arkansas

And wants this reporter to know about it.   This guy is as good as gone.

Nutt post game press conference

Tommy Bowden: "It's Easier To Recruit Against Georgia Tech"

The former Clemson Head Coach was on 790 The Zone's Mayhem in the AM this morning talking about the players he recruited at Clemson and the matchup with Georgia Tech this weekend.

Bowden was discussing Paul Johnson's scheme and says he always thought it was easier to recruit against Georgia Tech because [paraphrasing] "its hard to convince an offensive lineman to go there because he won't practice pass protection, a defensive lineman doesn't want to get chop blocked all spring, a defensive back doesn't want to work on run support, a receiver wants to catch more than three passes a game, a quarterback that wants to throw doesn't want to go there."

Tommy Bowden Audio

Even Chad Morris Is Surprised By Clemson's Early Success

Clemson Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris was on 790 The Zone Monday and admitted even he was surprised how successful the Tigers offense has been in his first season.  

Chad Morris on Barnhart & Durham:

SEC Power Poll Week 8: How Far Did Auburn Fall?

1. LSU
I bet if I looked at the middle school pictures of LSU players they all had full beards.

2. Alabama
You think the Birmingham Police would ever ticket Paul Finebaum's car? Didn't think so. Finebaum 1 Saban 0.

3. Arkansas
Razorbacks avoid saving Houston Nutt's job.

4. Georgia
Lose two games early. Near post game fight at Vanderbilt. Injured Gator QB. It seems a lot like 2007 for the Georgia Bulldogs.

5. Auburn
Most lopsided loss by a defending national champ since 1984.

6. South Carolina
The smoke route to Alshon Jeffrey is your friend Connor Shaw.

7. Florida
Will Muschamp tries to do what even Ron Zook could do.

8. Vanderbilt
James Franklin streak of avoiding post game confrontation sits at 1.

9. Miss State
Hopefully Chris Relf figured out how to throw the football during the bye week.

10. Tennessee
Derek Dooley knows he may not be around for Justin Worley's fifth year so why not play him?

11. Ole Miss
Houston Nut. LOL WUT?

12. Kentucky
The Wildcats had a very ACC-esque crowed on Saturday. Piss poor.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Paul Johnson Georgia Tech Miami Post Game Press Conference

Johnson looks (and sounds...turn your volume up) about as despondent and distant as I have ever seen him during a season.

From RamblinWreckTube

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Derek Dooley and Paul Johnson Have Two Different Philosophies On Redshirting Players

Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley burned the redshirt on QB Justin Worley in the 4th quarter trailing 37-6 at Alabama on Saturday.

The Volunteers are without their normal starter Tyler Bray so Worley had moved up to the #2 on the depth chart behind Matt Simms.

When asked why he burn the redshirt on his freshman QB in late October, Dooley offered this response:
“I’ve never worried about redshirts,” Dooley said. “I don’t care. These guys don’t worry about staying for four years anymore, so why should we worry about redshirts?”

On the other side of the coin we have Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech who would like to only use his freshman QB Vad Lee in an emergency.

With two straight losses where the offense mustered 21 points total in the two games, calls are being made to take the redshirt off Lee and prepare him for next season. Adding to the possibility of this is backup Synjyn Days, who replaced struggling starter Tevin Washington in the 4th quarter, was injured and did not return.

But Johnson was steadfast early on in the season about redshirting the freshman from Durham, NC.
Additionally, he said he has told Lee he’d like to see him compete to be the starting quarterback for four years. “He’ll be much better as a fifth-year senior than as a true freshman"

When asked after the Miami loss if playing Lee was a possibility, Johnson said "probably not" 

If Days cannot play that would automatically move Lee up to number #2.  However, I still think Lee only plays if Washington and Days both get hurt.

Decisions like Dooley and Johnson have made with their talented true freshman is how they earn their paychecks.  We won't know if they were the right ones until three or four years down the road.

(h/t Get The Picture)

At Least He Looks Good Doing It

I am a fan of the orange pants but...
...Dooley has gotta start winning some games soon. Dabo Swinney has realized this.

via Mocksession

SEC Fans: If You Have Ever Navigated Atlanta, You Will Find This Funny

Occupy Atlanta tried to expand ts protests into Buckhead on Thursday with a planned march through Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. But the demonstration got sidetracked when several protesters apparently got lost riding MARTA to the Lenox Station.

Occupy Atlanta costing city thousands

Friday, October 21, 2011

UNC Overwhelming Favorite to Win ACC Basketball Title; Georgia Tech Picked 10th

While the UNC selection is no surprise, I am a little surprised at the Yellow Jackets being picked above Wake Forest and Boston College.

Georgia Tech lost by far their best player off a bad team that was last seen getting blown out by 40 in the ACC Tournament to a team that did not even make the NCAA Tournament.

Maybe the Paul Hewitt boomerang effect is on hand.

ACC standings, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

North Carolina (57) 706
Duke (2) 649
Florida State 560
Virginia 463
Miami 455
Virginia Tech 411
Clemson 403
N.C. State 316
Maryland 264
Georgia Tech 176
Wake Forest 109
Boston College 90

More on the Tar Heels selection at ACC Now

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Top Ranked Teams Are Killing Vegas Sportsbooks This Season, Especially Stanford

If you are interested in the world of sports gambling from how it works to some of the "wise guys" picks I highly suggest you start listening to the Behind The Bets Podcast on ESPN.

In this week's episode they talk about how the top ranked teams are covering at such a high rate that the Sportsbooks are taking it in the shorts because much of the public likes to bet the best teams to cover.

Stanford has been a particular thorn in Vegas' side because of their blow out wins. So much that some books are leaving the Cardinal off their parlay sheets this week.

Some good afternoon listening...

Behind The Bets: 10/18 Audio Download

Not Surprisingly Vanderbilt Fans Have An Entirely Different Viewpoint of James Franklin's Actions After The UGA Loss

Vandy fans love the attitude of new head coach James Franklin sticking up for his team after Saturday night's loss to Georgia.

This viewpoint differs greatly from UGA fans who see Franklin as a whiner who should have not have been talking to Georgia players or Mark Richt about his team's behavior. 

For their actions, UGA DL Kwame Geathers and S Shawn Williams have been suspended for the first half against Florida while Vandy C Logan Stevens has been suspended for the first half against Army.  The SEC is handling any punishment of UGA Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham and Franklin "internally".

Georgia AD Greg McGarity will not comment on whether past issues with Grantham will affect any punishment the school hands out. 

Voice of The Commodores Football Joe Fisher Audio Download:

How Does UGA Not Have An Indoor Practice Facility?

"Rain drenched the team at practice Tuesday, the first of three scheduled days of work during the bye week. Players went in shoulders pads, helmets and shorts for just over an over, with the pouring rain cutting the sessions short. "We got most of our work in," coach Mark Richt said."
From CBS Rapid Reports

This is the same school that generated over $70 Million in revenue from football in 2009 with a profit of over $52 Million.

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Opponents of Paul Johnson Teams Are Among Least Penalized In The Nation

In his weekly press conference Paul Johnson was asked why his teams seem to get so few penalties called on their opponents.

So I decided to look at where his teams ranked in terms on opponent penalty yards per game at Georgia Tech and Navy.

At Georgia Tech
Opponent Penalty Yards Per Game (NCAA Rank)
2011: 23.1 (120 of 120) 7 yards less than team 119
2010: 40.8 (107)
2009: 39.8 (118)
2008: 37.5 (115)
AVG: 35.3 (115)

As you can, the Yellow Jackets opponents are the least penalized in the nation by a wide margin. This has been a consistent theme over Johnson's four seasons with the team ranking 107th or lower. So I wanted to see how the penalty yards compared from his time at Navy.

At Navy
2007: 47.2 (99)
2006: 38.3 (101)
2005: 45.9 (105)
2004: 53.7 (72)
2003: 49.6 (93)
AVG: 46.9 (94)

The yards per game was slightly higher, but still in the bottom fourth of FBS with opponents garnering just 47 yards per game in penalties.

It is apparent Johnson's teams gets way less penalty yards called on their opponents than average. And especially so when compared to previous Georgia Tech teams.

Georgia Tech Opponent Penalty Yards Per Game Under Chan Gailey 2003-2007
2007: 52.0 (75)
2006: 60.2 (12)
2005: 64.0 (34)
2004: 71.4 (8)
2003: 61.5 (39)
AVG: 61.8 (34)

Related: Georgia Tech is the "dirtiest team in college football"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dana Holgorsen Says Many Schools Give Every Player an iPad

In his weekly TV show, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen answers a fan question about what piece of technology could he not live without as a football coach.

The new Mountaineer coach talks about how important technology is today and goes on to say that iPads are really helping the program.

WVU has about a "handful" iPads the the coaches use and they have begun giving them out to players. Holgorsen goes on to say many schools give them out to "all their players."

Now the coach says the purpose of these devices is to watch film on, but they don't want them taking them to class where they could be distracted.

Players have had copies of game film on video or DVD for personal use for years, but they probably weren't given the VCR or DVD player to watch it on.

But where does the NCAA stand on a player getting an iPad to watch film?

Go to about 1:50 to start the iPad question

Go here for video if it does not show

Pic of Geno Smith's iPad

(hat top to Smart Football for the original link)

UGA AD Declines Comment On Whether Todd Grantham's Past Actions Could Have Effect On Potential Disciplinary Action

A very good interview with UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity on Atlanta's 790 The Zone.

The guys ask McGarity specifically if Defensive Coordinator was already under any leash after last year's choking signal to a Florida player and McGarity declined comment repeatedly (I found this no 'comment' interesting.  If he was not under scrutiny previously why not come out and say it?).

He also has a unique perspective on the UGA-UF rivalry having worked under Gator AD Jeremy Foley for many years. McGarity talks about how each Florida head coach prepped for this game and how that might have played into the Gators recent dominance.

Also, don't expect any end zone celebrations this year as McGarity discussed how disappointing that was to see from the other side and how the situation could have really gotten out of hand.

Greg McGarity Audio

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SEC Power Poll Week 7: Did Alabama overtake LSU?

Latest submission to the SEC Power Poll. The conference feels a lot like how the the Big 10 used to with the Big

2 and Little 8 (or 10 in this case). The league is ridicuously strong at the top but the bottom half is as weak as any BCS conference.

1. LSU
The Jordan Jefferson experiment seems to be working, but I not convinced it still may not blow up in Les Miles face down the road.

2. Alabama
Having Trent Richardson is unfair

3. Arkansas
The Razorbacks feel a lot like Iowa or Michigan State did in the Big 10 when Michigan and Ohio State were rolling

4. Auburn
Auburn may really be looking forward to joining the East the way things currently stand

5. Georgia
The Bulldogs should cake walk to the East title now. Just a little, tiny speed bump game against a team they are 3-18 against over the last 21 stands in the way

6. South Carolina
Without Lattimore it is hard to see Spurrier game planning his way back to the Dome

7. Miss State
Dan Mullen is staring to lose his luster

8. Florida
I really hope Will Muschamp and Todd Grantham disagree about something in two weeks

9. Vanderbilt
I like James Franklin's attitude about where he wants this program, but best of luck actually living up to it

10. Tennessee
The Volunteer Navy has raised the white flag on 2011

11. Ole Miss
Will Houston Nutt appear in the Blind Side 2 as another SEC coach portrayed in his old job?

12. Kentucky
I hear Hal Mumme is available

The Best Part of This Was The Fans Coming Out Of The Stands

Southern and Arkansas Pine-Bluff got into a fight after their game last Saturday and some fans came out of the stands to join in.

Really? You are going to come out of the stands and fight people with helmet and pads on?

As Antoine Dodson would say "You are so dumb"

SportsGrid Story (with video)

Monday, October 17, 2011

This Stat On Georgia Tech Rush Defense Is Not A Surprise

Paul Hewitt Already Keeping Suit Stores in DC Area Busy

Don't worry Men's Wearhouse, Hewitt has $7 Million more suits coming.

"New Patriots coach Paul Hewitt has already accomplished something his predecessor Jim Larranaga probably wouldn't have been able to do. He pulled off the above outfit. Hewitt donned an identical suit to Doc Nix, the iconic George Mason band leader known for dressing like, well ... like a pimp"
- from Yahoo's The Dagger

Duke Basketball Myth Exposed

The common thought is that Duke Basketball players aren't as athletic or talented as some of the other elite programs in the country, but they win because of toughness, work ethic, and coaching.

While Blue Devils are well coached, don't let their "unathletic" players fool you.

(hat tip to LarryBrownSports)

Mark Richt Hoping SEC Does Not Suspend Kwame Geathers For His Actions Against Vanderbilt

“When they run the ball right at you and you can’t stop them, it’s frustrating.”

This is a quote from Georgia Tech Linebacker Julian Burnett describing the loss to Virginia in Mark Bradley's piece.

Sounds like the Yellow Jackets got a bit of their own medicine Saturday.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Brian Kelly Has An Interesting Philosophy on Player Suspensions

Get a DUI and your third alcohol related offense?

Miss 0 games.

Miss one class during game week.

Miss 1 game.

Why Miami Might Escape Major NCAA Sanctions

The key words here are 'subpoena power'. As in the NCAA does not have it with former Miami players implicated in the story by Charles Robinson of Yahoo.

From the Miami Herald today-
"An official close to the NCAA’s investigation said several former UM players have refused to speak to the NCAA, as expected, and the NCAA probably won’t be able to corroborate most of what Nevin Shapiro claimed against more than 50 former Hurricanes players. "

(hat tip to Conquest Chronicles)

Will Muschamp Is Must See TV

BMF is going to be fun to watch as a head coach.

And I agree with the announcers that Chris Rainey was not given enough room to make the catch. I am guessing Muschamp thought the same.

Hat Tip to Alligator Army

UGA Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham Adds To His Legend of Bringing The "Fire"

Georgia won a hard fought game at Vanderbilt 33-28 last night with the Commodores failing to score on their final play.

However, the real fireworks didn't start until Vandy Head Coach James Franklin caught up with UGA Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham as what was supposed to be the post game hand shake.

From the slow motion video (below) that Franklin is pointing in the direction of #36 for UGA, Shawn Williams, as he approaches mid field

Williams received two personal foul penalties in the game. Another Bulldog Kwame Geathers also received a personal foul penalty for throwing a punch in what appeared to be retaliation for a chop block. The Vanderbilt player involved in the Geathers incident also received a flag.

But back to the Grantham/Franklin altercation.

IF Franklin was calling out Williams then yes (we can only assume this to be true based on what happened next) Grantham has a right to be upset. But he does not have the right to start a near brawl at mid field

What we do know is the UGA DC completely lost his cool towards his opponent. Plain and simple. I might expect this from a player involved in a heated play, but not from a coach making $750,000 per year.

Maybe it was a simple, one-time loss of judgement on his part. I could believe that if there wasn't a history with Grantham.

Earlier this season in a blowout win against Coastal Carolina, arguably UGA's most talented player Tight End Orson Charles was able to convince Grantham to let him go into the game on defense. When Grantham approached head coach Mark Richt, he was quickly vetoed.

Can you imagine Alabama DC Kirby Smart agreeing to let Trent Richardson play defense and then approaching Nick Saban with this proposal?

And when it comes to Grantham's judgement lets not forget this little incident from last season that introduced us to the "fire" that he brings.

Yes, Grantham has a right to defend his player. He has a right to do it appropriately and not to start a near brawl at midfield and completely hog the spotlight from his team who just won a SEC road game.

I am sure Marlon Brown wishes people were talking about his break out game instead.

And here is some close up, slo-mo of Grantham after the game.

Richt seemed disappointed in his post game press conference at how the game ended.
“I don’t know for sure what happened. I’ve heard a couple of different sides of the story. It’s hard to know which one is 100 percent the truth. But the bottom line is when the game is over the game’s over. You shake hands and you be thankful for the victory. Just like at the end of a play. When a play’s over, it’s over. Go to the sideline. We didn’t do a very good job of that at times.

“It was heated. It IS battle. It’s not war with real bullets but it’s a war in a sense and it’s very physical. Tempers do get flared up. I don’t mind our blood getting hot but we have to be able to get excited or maybe even angry but not foul.”

Auburn Assistant Trooper Taylor (Sans Towel) Mocks Florida Gators

via Gifulmination

Saturday, October 15, 2011

SEC Picks for October 15

Just getting back from my trip last night and running some numbers for this weekends game this is how I see Saturday's matchups shaking out.

South Carolina 28 Miss State 21 (12:20 ET SEC Network)
LSU 33 Tennessee 17 (3:30 ET CBS)
Alabama 41 Ole Miss 6 (6:00 ET ESPN2)
Florida 31 Auburn 27 (7:00 ET ESPN)
Georgia 28 Vanderbilt 17 (7:00 ET FSN)

So there you go. I like LSU and Alabama to continue their march to an 1 vs 2 matchup on Nov 5 (though I do like Tennessee to keep it closer than expected).

I think Florida-Auburn will be one of the best games of the day going right down to the wire. I am taking Florida because I think they win the turnover battle.

Who do you like Saturday?

ACC Picks For October 15

Just getting back from my trip last night and running some numbers for this weekends game this is how I see Saturday's matchups shaking out.

North Carolina 27 Miami 23 (12:30 ET ACC Network)
Florida State 34 Duke 20 (3:00 ET Raycom)
Georgia Tech 37 Virginia 23 (3:30 ET ESPNU)
Virginia Tech 28 Wake Forest 24 (6:30 ET
Clemson 34 Maryland 17 (7:00 ET ESPNU)

Who do you like to win on Saturday? Can Clemson and Georgia Tech both stay undefeated on the road?

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Taking the next week off for a much needed vaca.

I have been very fortunate to be able to travel around my wedding anniversary the last three years and as much as I love college football I wouldn't trade these experiences.

I should be back in full swing next week.

In the meantime be sure to check out some recent popular posts as well as the updating feeds to some of my favorite sites on the right hand side.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Is Georgia Tech Looking Past Maryland (And Virginia and Miami)?

Ranked 13th in the country and a two touchdown favorite against Maryland this weekend has the Yellow Jackets feeling good about their chances of going to 6-0 after Saturday. Maybe too good...

Orwin Smith told after the win over NC State the following...
"RB Orwin Smith said the Jackets haven't accomplished enough yet. “(5-0) means a lot, obviously,” he said. “We just have to keep going. In my mind, we haven't played real competition yet to really test our skills... I'm looking forward to the tough games -- Virginia Tech and Clemson. Those really are going to make a statement.”.

If Georgia Tech takes cares of Maryland they have two more games where they will likely be favored before setting up a matchup of undefeated and top 10 teams when Clemson comes to Atlanta on October 29. ESPN GameDay is already in discussions to bring their show and a prime time slot for that game expecting the Tigers to be unbeaten as well.

Before they get to 8-0, the Jackets will have to overcome some history especially with their next two opponents after the Terps. On October 15, Tech travels to Charlottesville where they will face an underwhelming Virginia team. However, many a promising season has ended at Scott Stadium where GT has won just once since 1990. The 1999, 2001, and 2005 losses were an especially bitter pill to swallow for Jackets' fans as they were defeated by inferior Cavalier teams. See a pattern here?

Following UVA on Oct 22 is a trip to Miami. The Hurricanes have defeated Georgia Tech the last two seasons outscoring the Yellow Jackets 68-27, a dominance far outweighing any other ACC team. Al Golden's team should be at full strength by then with all suspended players back. If there is a team that has "figured out" Paul Johnson's system then it would be Miami (I don't actually believe that but the stats against UM are damning).

Georgia Tech probably wins their next three to enter the Clemson game at 8-0, but not if they are looking ahead like it appears they were after last week's win.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kirk Herbstreit Shares His Thoughts on UGA, Georgia Tech

Kerbstreit as I like to call him also talks about the impressive start the Clemson Tigers have had and what their pitfalls could be and who he likes LSU or Alabama in addition to the Bulldogs and Jackets.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit audio with 680 The Fan

Mark Richt Explains Differing Punishment Regarding DUI Arrests

On the Bulldog Hotline (aka Mark Richt Call In Show) this past Monday, the UGA Head Coach was asked why Cornelius Washington was suspended (at least) two games whereas Demetre Baker was dismissed from the team last year.

Richt's answer?

Says our Athletic Association has a policy for a 20% suspension on a DUI. That’s what he followed. A year ago the situation was different. There was a lot discipline problems and the young man who got in trouble knew what was at stake. He’s sad that he had to go but that’s just the way it went.

Back to my thoughts...
I have always thought that it was completely up to the coach what they wanted to do regarding discipline.  Each player and situation are different.  Black and white rules are very hard to apply.  If you have a guy who has never had one ounce of trouble and then runs afoul which could cause dismissal do you throw away all the good work he has done?

What about a player who consistently fails with one minor screwup after another but nothing law breaking.  When that player is arrested do you not have to consider his entire history?

Full recap of Richt's call in show at The Anti-Orange Page

If There Is A Pitfall to UGA Winning The East, It's This

South Carolina already has one SEC loss and still has to play at Arkansas, at Miss State and home vs Florida.

Florida already has one SEC loss and still has to play at LSU, at Auburn, Georgia, and home vs South Carolina...and maybe all with a true freshman at QB.

It looks like a very manageable road for UGA to win the East, but the one thing that get in their way was thought to be their strongest part heading into this season. Quarterback play.
QB Aaron Murray has thrown six INTs through five games after having eight last season. “I want to protect the ball, and get my team the best opportunity to win,” he said. “I have to work on my accuracy and decision-making and not throw those passes. I'm working on it.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"Stephen Garcia Looks Like A True Freshman"

Those are the words of Kevin McCrary of the South Carolina Radio Network in his interview with Atlanta's 790 The Zone

McCrary was also asked why Steve Spurrier has not been able to recruit and/or develop a high level Quarterback thus far in Columbia. A pretty good question.

Spurrier has announced Connor Shaw will start for the Gamecocks though Shaw was not overly impressive in his start against East Carolina to open the season.

Kevin McCrary Audio Download

Do Paul Johnson and Randy Edsall Have an Icy History?

Apparently the Georgia Tech and Maryland head coaches have had two less than pleasant post game hand shakes when they were coaches at their previous schools according to this recollection posted on the wildly popular EDBS (Every Day Should Be Saturday).
In 2002 UConn played Navy in Annapolis during Paul Johnson's first year as head coach of Navy. Navy went 2-10 that year, including this shutout loss to Connecticut. Of course, 2-10 was an improvement over the 1-20 record Navy had the previous two years. But I digress.

After the clock hit zeroes, PJ and Edsall met at midfield. While shaking hands, Edsall smugly said "Don't worry, I won't share the tape with anyone," implying he had found out how to shut down the triple option offense. But revenge is a dish best served by a heartless coach after the jump.

Fast forward to 2006. Navy is playing at UConn in the 2nd of the scheduled 4 game home-and-home series started in 2002. At this point Navy was coming off three straight bowl games while UConnhad gone 5-6 in 2005. I could go into detail of the horrors experienced by Huskies that day. But to make a long story short, Navy amassed 605 yards of offense, gained 464 of them on the ground at an 8.3 yards per carry average, and stomped UConn 41-17.

At the post game handshake, PJ grabbed Edsall's hand leaned in and said "Don't worry, I won't share the tape with anyone."

The poster also says that Edsall had UConn buy out the remaining two games of the Huskies four with Navy.

The Terps lackluster performance the last two weeks could mean they just aren't very good or they have spent a lot of the time preparing for Georgia Tech and Johnson's offense.

Hoping a UConn/Navy person will come verify this stories truthfulness.

(h/t: The Hive)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sure Texas AM, We Will Take You In the SEC

Where after this past weekend, head coach Mike Sherman is a 0-5 against the league.

Add that to the rest of the Aggies games against the SEC and you come up with a 42% winning percentage all-time against their new conference.

In Coach Sherman's five contests against the SEC, his Aggies are being outscored by 16 points a game.

Seems like an awfully high price to pay just to create a spotlight opposite of Texas.


ACC Head Ref Answers Questions About Controversial Georgia Tech Blocking Schemes

ACC Head of Officiating Doug Rhoads talks about the Yellow Jackets and whether or not his refs are missing chop block calls on Georgia Tech as well the new calls on targeting and what he tell his guys on to call. 

The Jackets blocking came into question after a former UNC Lettermen called Georgia Tech "the dirtiest team in college football" two weeks ago.

Rhoads also does a good job of talking about the inner workings of how the conference hires and reviews referees.

Doug Rhoads Audio

ACC Power Rankings Week 5; Yabo Dabo Do

1. Clemson
Clemson has been uncharacteristically un-Clemson so far this season

2. Florida State
Seminoles get a chance to get some wins while getting EJ Manuel healthy over next couple of weeks

3. Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets offense makes it look easy again, but the defense has some serious work to do if they want to win the ACC

4. Virginia Tech
We can now stop the Logan Thomas to Cam Newton comparisons

5. North Carolina
Thanks for holding up the league rep in a tougher than average non-BCS road game at ECU

6. Miami
Jacory Harris with an interception free game.  Baby steps

7. Wake Forest
Nice road win for Demon Deacons at Boston College

8. Maryland
Terrapins get their first look at Paul Johnson's offense this week. Good luck

9. Duke
Blue Devils with a nice road win at FIU.  Its something Louisville couldn't do.  Take THAT Rick Pitino

10. NC State
So Tom O'Brien chooses Sean Glennon over Russel Wilson and then doesn't even play Glennon all game against Georgia Tech?

11. Virginia
The Mike London project is not getting that second year bump most successful coaches do right now

12. Boston College
Offense is a necessary evil for the Eagles

SEC Power Poll Week 5: LSU Still Tops

1. LSU
As with an injury to a starter, you don't lose your number one spot with a 28 point win

2. Alabama
Tide LB corps is the size of some ACC defensive lines. Scary

3. Arkansas
Razorbacks are back in my good graces after dispatching new SEC member Texas AM

4. Auburn
Say what you want about Chiz but he knows how to win close games

5. South Carolina
Stephen Garcia is going to gift wrap the SEC for Flor....Georgia

6. Georgia
When Aaron Murray stops throwing interceptions this team will be very good

7. Florida
The Gators are better than this ranking at full strength, but the problem is they are far from that with John Brantley out

8. Vanderbilt
Don't laugh. With the Gamecocks loss Vandy is back in the East race

9. Tennessee
Can the Volunteers go at least month without a new reason to hate Lane Kiffin?

10. Miss State
This Bulldog team reminds me of Georgia Tech in 2010.  No threat in the passing game

11. Ole Miss
Rebels move out of my cellar with a road underdog win

12. Kentucky
Midnight Madness is coming.  John Calipari is coming

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wisconsin Has No Business Being An Elite Program

But they are.

Credit to Barry Alvarez for building that program and to Bret Bielema for adding to it with outstanding player development.

Alvarez once said about his Badger program "Our hearts will come from Wisconsin but are hands and feet better come from somewhere else" (or something very similar)

Paul Johnson Explains The Importance of Kneeling To Cover The Spread

Well maybe not in those exact words.  The Georgia Tech head coach looks about as unhappy as you could after a 10 point* conference road win.

Watch "Head Coach Paul Johnson Postgame at NC State - 10/1/11" on YouTube

Expect Some Big Plays From Georgia Tech NC State Today


The Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in scoring plays over 60 yards with eight.  The Wolfpack are second with five.

Saturday Picks

Wake Forest +1 @ Boston College
Texas Tech -6.5 @ Kansas
Ga Tech -10 @ NC State

Ga Tech
Alabama @ Florida
Georgia vs Miss State

What picks do you like today?