Sunday, October 30, 2011
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!
Ok, so it is probably just an error by ESPN.com 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
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
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
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.
Clemson -7 vs Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl is what Covers.com 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.
Covers.com - Projected BCS matchups and spreads:
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.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Nutt post game press conference
Chad Morris on Barnhart & Durham:
I bet if I looked at the middle school pictures of LSU players they all had full beards.
You think the Birmingham Police would ever ticket Paul Finebaum's car? Didn't think so. Finebaum 1 Saban 0.
Razorbacks avoid saving Houston Nutt's job.
Lose two games early. Near post game fight at Vanderbilt. Injured Gator QB. It seems a lot like 2007 for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Most lopsided loss by a defending national champ since 1984.
6. South Carolina
The smoke route to Alshon Jeffrey is your friend Connor Shaw.
Will Muschamp tries to do what even Ron Zook could do.
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.
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?
The Wildcats had a very ACC-esque crowed on Saturday. Piss poor.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
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:
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.
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)
Occupy Atlanta costing city thousands
Friday, October 21, 2011
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 Tech 411
N.C. State 316
Georgia Tech 176
Wake Forest 109
Boston College 90
More on the Tar Heels selection at ACC Now
Thursday, October 20, 2011
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Having Trent Richardson is unfair
The Razorbacks feel a lot like Iowa or Michigan State did in the Big 10 when Michigan and Ohio State were rolling
Auburn may really be looking forward to joining the East the way things currently stand
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
I really hope Will Muschamp and Todd Grantham disagree about something in two weeks
I like James Franklin's attitude about where he wants this program, but best of luck actually living up to it
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?
I hear Hal Mumme is available
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
"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
While Blue Devils are well coached, don't let their "unathletic" players fool you.
(hat tip to LarryBrownSports)
Sounds like the Yellow Jackets got a bit of their own medicine Saturday.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Miss 0 games.
Miss one class during game week.
Miss 1 game.
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)
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.”
Saturday, October 15, 2011
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?
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 ESPN3.com)
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
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit audio with 680 The Fan
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
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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
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
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.
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
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
Jacory Harris with an interception free game. Baby steps
7. Wake Forest
Nice road win for Demon Deacons at Boston College
Terrapins get their first look at Paul Johnson's offense this week. Good luck
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?
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
As with an injury to a starter, you don't lose your number one spot with a 28 point win
Tide LB corps is the size of some ACC defensive lines. Scary
Razorbacks are back in my good graces after dispatching new SEC member Texas AM
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
When Aaron Murray stops throwing interceptions this team will be very good
The Gators are better than this ranking at full strength, but the problem is they are far from that with John Brantley out
Don't laugh. With the Gamecocks loss Vandy is back in the East race
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
Midnight Madness is coming. John Calipari is coming
Sunday, October 2, 2011
2011 October 1 19 29 20
On the field...or in the stands.
I envision something this went down maybe?
‘Pitiful’ overtime call costs Navy Commander-in-Chief comeback
Saturday, October 1, 2011
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)
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.
The Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in scoring plays over 60 yards with eight. The Wolfpack are second with five.