Monday, December 31, 2012

Something You Don't See In Just Any Bowl Game

Yes, that is Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu going through the stands (for presumably an x-ray) after being injured.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Notre Dame Has A "SEC" Defensive Line

Its nice to have others agree with you.

Alabama Blog Roll Bama Roll breaks down the Notre Dame defensive line pointing out the home states of Irish defenders and their offers.

Back in September after their dominant performance at Michigan State I took a look at NDs defense noting its SEC likeness.

This unit on defense is what has allowed the Irish to beat teams like Oklahoma and likely keep it close against Alabama

Roll Bama Roll: Breaking Down Notre Dame: the Defensive Line

SEC Leads Pro Bowl Rosters With A Surprising Frontrunner

Tennessee? Tennessee!

Welcome to Butch Jones best selling point as he hits the recruiting trail to rebuild the Volunteers football program.

Tennessee tied Miami with six 2012 NFL Pro Bowl selections.

The SEC, once gain, led all leagues with 20 selections from its 14 members.

In a more surprising development, the ACC was second with 16 selections from its 12 members according to a press release from the league. The Big 12 was third with 11, followed by the Pac-12 (10), the Big Ten (8) and Conference USA (4).

Miami and Tennessee are a bit of a surprise considering their recent lack of success.

Only one of the Hurricane Pro Bowlers actually played in the ACC (Chris Myers) and they did so for only one season (2004). Since joining the ACC in 2004, Miami is just 59-40 after going 46-3 the previous four seasons in the Big East.

Likewise, Tennessee has struggled for the better part of a decade going 57-44 since 2004.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Former Duke Football QB To Make NFL Start...

...for the Cleveland Browns.

Thad Lewis who ACC football diehards will remember throwing for more than 10,000 yards in college will assume the long line of Brown signal callers.

Other Duke quarterbacks to start in the NFL were Sonny Jurgensen, Bob Broadhead, Leo Hart, Al Woodall, Dave Brown and Anthony Dilweg.

Who knew Sonny Jurgensen played for Duke (besides Duke fans)?

UGA, Georgia Tech Football Wine and Dine With State Legislators May End

As if you didn't know about all of the politics in college football you may not have been aware of all the politicians at football games each Saturday.

The Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are both public schools fighting for money from the state legislature each year. Writing the check becomes a little easier for politicians after they have been wined and dined in a football suite.

For UGA, most of the “legislative day” games in recent years have been on days they face SEC opponents. This year’s, on Sept. 22, was against the Commodores of Vanderbilt. It turned out to be a good day to bring in more than 60 lawmakers and their spouses: UGA romped 48-3. UGA lobbyist Patricia Chastain reported spending about $15,000 on legislators, and another $360 on tickets for Attorney General Sam Olens, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Kristy Lindstrom, communications director for Speaker David Ralston.

Tech had its “legislative day” Sept. 15. It cost about $4,800 for lawmakers and $50 for tickets given to Olens. Again, it turned out to be a good day to show off the team and school: Tech pounded Virginia 56-20

Yellow Jacket fans may remember Attorney General Sam Olens for sending this tweet about Georgia Tech's appearance in the ACC Championship Game.
Olens later deleted the tweet and posted an apology tweet.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I Have Seen It All...Paul Johnson Dancing

In addition to this message board and twitter avatar gold, apparently USC showed up an hour late to the Sun Bowl welcome dinner. The Georgia Tech ate, got tired of waiting and left.

A USC reporter said the Trojans practiced today (while the Yellow Jackets did not) and that was likely the cause of the lateness.

Showing up late to a bowl dinner after being ineligible for the last two seasons may be the most Lane Kiffin thing ever.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012-2013 College Football Bowl Picks With Confidence Points

Better late than never.

If you are like me than you signed up for 1 or 2 or 6 bowl pools online and made a couple of cursory picks just to get through the first weekend. Then, you completely forget there is a bowl game literally every day from now until the Super Bowl and you fail to fill out your confidence pool picks.

Never fear, here are some last minute bowl pool confidence picks to get you back in the standings and fortunately most pools made automatic picks for you with the lowest available points so you haven't missed out on much.

Even missing out on the early games confidence points I am 5-1 and an onside kick away from 6-0.

And after going 25-14-1 ATS this season I am feeling good lucky about taking on some more picks. Maybe if I have time I will even make some ATS picks.

2012-2013 Bowl Winners with Confidence Points

Winner Margin Confidence Notes
CIN 17.8 35
BOIST 15.7 34 (Auto Pick - 5 pts!)
UTAST 15.0 32 (I actually did submit this one)
OKLST 13.6 31 Safe bet since Cowboys are biggest bowl favorites at 18pts
GEO 10.5 30 UGA should crush Nebraska but is their mind still stuck on 15 seconds?
CENFL 10.5 29 (I did not submit this one and kicking myself for it)
ARZST 9.5 28
ALAB 9.1 27
TULSA 8.7 26
FLA 8.7 25
TXTCH 8.5 24
VAN 8.1 23
OREST 7.6 22 The Beavers don't have a single player Mack Brown offered at Safety
WKEN 7.2 21
RUTG 6.8 20
ORE 6.6 19
ULLAF 6.5 18
TXAM 6.1 17
BYU 6.0 16
PITT 5.9 15 This one surprised me but Panthers had some closs losses
USC 5.4 14 Will Barkley play?
SJST 4.5 13
UCLA 4.4 12
FSU 4.1 11 Seminoles should really be ranked a lot higher but will they be motivated?
SOCAR 2.9 10
ULMON 2.5 9
NEV 1.3 8
CLEM 1.2 7 LSU played much tougher a schedule that comparable stats are really hard
TCU 1.1 6
ARKST 1.1 5
SYR 1.0 4
NWEST 0.9 3
RICE 0.7 2
WISC 0.4 1 May be only person outside of Wisconsin picking this one

The Story Behind Former Georgia Tech and NFL Record Setting Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson

The former Georgia Tech star known as Megatron set a new receiving yards in a single season record last night breaking the mark held by Jerry Rice.

The former Yellow Jacket was heavily recruited, but Rivals ranked him as 4 start recruit and their 6th best WR nationally in 2004 behind Early Doucet, Cameron Colvin (who?), Fred Davis, Lance Leggett, and Xavier Carter. Scout did a little better pegging Johnson as a 5 star and third best receiver.

But Johnson was hardly considering an NFL career when he was catching passes at Sandy Creek High School just south of Atlanta. "Professional football wasn't even on the radar at the time", education and staying close to home was the biggest draw for Johnson.

Watch Calvin Johnson's story from E:60 (and Johnson's top 5 catches while at Georgia Tech)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Urban Meyer Comes To Georgia To Steal Your Recruits

Source: My TV, My Phone
The head coach of the 12-0, undefeated, untied, and on probation Ohio State Buckeyes was utilizing his non-bowl practice time to check out some of the top prospects in the Georgia High School Football State Championships on Saturday.

Meyer was there to see DB Vonn Bell of Ridgeland who is uncommitted and heavily considering the Buckeyes but was probably also checking out Shaq Wiggins (UGA) of Sandy Creek as well as Junior Demare Kitt in the 5A game. 

In the 6A game the Buckeyes head coach got a look at Georgia Tech commits Travis Custis and JuMichael Ramos as well as Norcross star RB Alvin Kamara and Junior Myles Autry. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

UGA vs Georgia Tech Basketball Preview

Source: Savannah Now
The Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets renew their basketball rivalry this Tuesday in Atlanta.  While the hard court rivalry is not as fierce as the gridiron one it is always the most anticipated non-conference game of the year for each school and does have some bragging rights.

Last season, Tech won in Athens for the first time since 1976. In his first season as head coach, Brian Gregory gained a needed boost over his in state rival and curried him some much needed favor in a rough season.   Overall, the Yellow Jackets lead the series 101-86.

The biggest news coming into the game this week is a potential injury to starting Georgia Tech point guard Mfon Udofia.  The senior went down with an ankle injury on Wednesday night against Illinois and is listed day to day.

His presence is huge for a young, but talented Tech squad.  Udofia is averaging the most minutes per game of any player on the Jackets roster at over 30mpg and the dropoff to his backup Pierre Jordan is significant.  

Season Breakdown



Recruiting Comparison

Georgia Tech Avg Stars: 3.44
Georgia Avg Stars: 2.76

Position by Position Recruiting Breakdown:

GT Stars
UGA Stars
PG Mfon Udofia 4
Vincent Williams 2.5
SG Brandon Reed 2.5
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 4.7
SF Marcus Georges-Hunt 4
Marcus Thornton 3.3
PF Robert Carter 4
Nemanja Djurisic 2.7
C Daniel Miller 3
Donte Williams 2.3


Key Reserves

F Kammeon Holsey 4
Sherrard Brantley 2
G Chris Bolden 3
Charles Mann 3
F Jason Morris 4
John Florveus 2.3


The Yellow Jackets possess the higher recruited starting lineup and have a significant recruited talent advantage coming off the bench. 

But not all 4 star recruits are created the same.  It is logical to think a 4 star in their third or fourth year would be be better than a 4 star in their first or second year.  This talent + experience model is what allows programs like Butler or VCU to compete on the highest level as their key contributors are typically upperclassmen and rarely true freshman. 

Now with "Experience Points"

GT Stars Pts
UGA Stars Pts
PG Mfon Udofia 4 16
Vincent Williams 2.5 10
SG Brandon Reed 2.5 7.5
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 4.7 9.4
SF Marcus Georges-Hunt 4 4
Marcus Thornton 3.3 9.9
PF Robert Carter 4 4
Nemanja Djurisic 2.7 5.4
C Daniel Miller 3 9
Donte Williams 2.3 6.9

3.5 40.5

3.1 41.6

Key Reserves

F Kammeon Holsey 4 12
Sherrard Brantley 2 8
G Chris Bolden 3 3
Charles Mann 3 3
F Jason Morris 4 12
John Florveus 2.3 9.2

3.7 27.0

2.4 20.2

Here I have attempted to assign what I am calling "Experience Points".  For each year the player has played at the collegiate level (including the current) they get a point.  For example, Mfon Udofia is in his fourth year and since he was a consensus four star recruit he has 16 "Experience Points".

Based on this model, UGA actually outpaces Georgia Tech in the starting lineup.  However, the Yellow Jackets again have a significant advantage off the bench.

Again all of this, the recruited talent, the "Experience Points" are a moot point if Mfon Udofia is not close to 100% for Georgia Tech. He is that important to the Yellow Jackets.

Assuming Udofia is able to go, I see this game being tight for the first 30 minutes, but Georgia Tech pulling away late as their depth will overwhelm Georgia.

If Udofia is not 100% then this could be a big win for a struggling Bulldogs squad at 2-5 and give Mark Fox so much needed momentum.