Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Nugget

Scanning across a Banner Herald article and found this nugget:

Making the right decisions will be a key determining factor for coaches in choosing the next starting quarterback after the Bulldogs’ 17 interceptions last season were their most in 25 years — since Todd Williams, David Dukes and James Jackson combined for 17 in 1984.

I remember those days, boys. Those were some of the worst ever in UGA QB history. We were flat out lousy. Luckily we had a bruising TB (Lars) and the greatest kicker in the history of college football. That just tells you how bad it was. By the way, we threw 16 picks in 2006 and Bobo threw 16 himself in '96. That's the recipe for a flat out crappy season. It's hard to imagine Aaron Murray will be that stupid with the football. If he's not, chalk at least 1-2 more games up for the Dawgs, and that's w/o improving in a single other area. Recovering 2 fumbles and throwing that many picks…I really can't believe we won 8 ballgames in 2009.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thoughts from the Saturday Scrimmage at Sanford

We have us a QB. He's #11. Unbelievable release and accuracy. He is in my opinion, better than the other two QBs and it's not really close. How will he react with 90,000+ in the stands?

#8 is better than ever. It did not matter where the ball was, he caught it. He wore out Boykin on 1 on 1 drills all day. The good thing is Boykin will only be better because of that, and we won't play anyone as good as AJ.

Todd Grantham is awesome.

#42 was dominant. No one could stop him.

Richard Samuel may need a redshirt. Lots of talent ahead of him. Not to say that Richard's not talented, but he may need some more time to get back in a defensive mode. Just a thought.

#3 and #4 know how to run a football. They looked very sharp and very polished. #3 looks great.

Jakar Hamilton looks awesome in a uniform and you can tell he knows how to play ball.

Nick Williams is HUGE. He looks odd at Safety he's so big.

Jordan Love also passes the eye test. Sanders Commings was working at CB again.

The "starting" DL was Dobbs, Abry Jones, Kiante Tripp. Don't know if theres anything to read out of that, but that was the first unit today.

The 3-4 looks almost like a 5-2 the way the OLBs are positioned, and we were bringing pressure from everywhere. Corners were blitzing often. It was really fun to see.

And Orson Charles is really good, in case you did not know...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


So, I've been meaning to give my 2 cents worth on conference expansion. Like playoffs, I'm always concerned that the powers that be simply aren't as smart as the rest of us. Also, there's so much that would have to happen to make it happen, and a lot of complicating factors (see Notre Dame). But, there seems to be some consensus among many of the commissioners that this is very much going to be a reality one day. So, we're looking at four 16-team leagues. Already, that's a problem. There are 65 BCS teams right now, not counting Notre Dame. Plus, cutting that number down to 64 won't include teams like BYU, Utah, TCU, & Boise St. I, for one, wouldn't worry too much about those non-AQ schools. I've got a solution for them. Notre Dame is a hitch in the giddy-up, and trying to find the team that's going to willfully get off the money train will be hard to find, and it's hard to find a team that SHOULD leave. For that reason, I'd say that this is the time to tell ND to put up or shut up. I'm going to work out a system in which they are involved in a conference (with maybe some contengiency plans if they're not.

The New SEC:
12 current schools plus Miami, FSU, Clemson & GA Tech

The New ACC:
UNC, Duke, NC State, Wake, Maryland, VA Tech, Uva, BC plus the 8 Big East Football schools - Uconn, WVU, South Florida, Rutgers, Pitt, Syracuse, Cincy, Louisville.

The New Big 16 (formerly known as the Big 10):
The current 11 schools plus Notre Dame, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas St., Iowa St.

Pac 18:
Current Pac-10 schools plus Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech, A & M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St.

How you divide those up could be done in a myriad of ways. The SEC would be a challenge to not make the East terribly difficult, but I'll have to think about that later. Basically, you would have the winner of these conferences meet 1 week or 2 weeks after the conference championship games. Use the current BCS rankings to determine seeds. #1 & #2 host #4 & #3, respectively. That’s the key, without home field advantage as paret of the system, non conference games lose all their luster. Losers of those game go to a BCS bowl, winners go to the big dance. Also, you would have to ramp up conference play to 9-10 games. I think 10 games would be a stretch, but this new system would almost eliminate most non-conference rivalries. Clemson/Fake SC, UGA/Tech, FSU/Florida, Florida/Miami, Missouri/Illinois would all be conference games now. USC/Notre Dame would be about the only real traditional non-conference rivalry left. So, you could play 10 conference games (7 division - 1 non division constant - 2 rotating).

So what about the non-AQ teams? This is where it gets complicated. It's easy to say that if one of those teams is ranked in the top 4, they go ahead of the lowest ranked conference champion. However, you're going to have a hard time convincing the conference commissioners of that. They know they're going to face a brutal schedule each year plus a conference championship game. Winning those leagues with only 2 losses is an accomplishment, and to think you could fight all season and lose a tough game in Gainesville and one in Baton Rouge but win your conference and some 12-0 TCU team that beat Baylor in non-conference play is going to go ahead of you. So, I'd do something like if the non-AQ team is in the top-4 and a conference champion is ranked below #12 in the final BCS poll, the non-AQ team goes to the final 4. This would stop us from having those 4 loss conference champions in the tournament.

That would be a pretty doggone true national champion.