July 30, 2014
Now, both teams have new QBs and strong D lines (noting UGA's front seven is a step behind Clemson's). Offensively, UGA should be more dynamic than Clemson. Defensively, Clemson's Vic Beasley is a difference maker.
Then there is Brent Venables' coaching, which really took hold with the defense in 2013. In 2012, Clemson was ranked 64th in total defense, with 396 ypg. In 2013, they were ranked 24th, with 356 ypg. They also dropped nearly 3 ppg from 2012. Now, it could be a function of improving talent, but some of it is getting the guys to play in a way Kevin Steele couldn't.
Now, if Jeremy Pruitt can get some improvement, particularly with scoring defense, we're in business.
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Reigning national champion and nondescript football world over on campus site. So ESPN.
July 29, 2014
I'll assume, unless it is just a really, really compelling match up, GameDay will be at a WWL broadcast game (ABC/ESPN) site.
Week 1 (August 30)
Prediction: Georgia at Clemson (5:30pm, ABC)
Not a lock, but it is close. FSU vs. Oklahoma State could trump that, with FSU being the reigning National Champs, but they'll get some other chances, notably in week 4 with Clemson coming to town.
Other Candidates: FSU vs. Oklahoma State (8pm, ABC); LSU vs. Wisconsin (9pm, ESPN).
Week 2 (September 6)
Prediction: USC at Stanford (3:30pm, ABC)
Going off the charts here with a Pac-12 game. Yes, it is early...12:30 local. Oh, I have Michigan State at Oregon as my second choice.
Other Candidates: Michigan State at Oregon (5:30pm, Fox); Virginia Tech at Ohio State (7pm, ESPN)
Week 3 (September 13)
Prediction: Tennessee at Oklahoma (8pm, ESPN/ABC)
USC at Boston College could end up making the cut if they aren't in week 2. Also, if Tennessee is a dumpster fire, it is possible ESPN does one of their crazy wildcard picks with this week.
Other Candidates: USC at Boston College (8pm, ESPN/ABC); Georgia at South Carolina (3:30, CBS)
Week 4 (September 20)
Prediction: Clemson at FSU (TBA)
Actually, this is a great week for football. Miami at Nebraska might sneak in here, but it isn't 1989.
Other Candidates: Miami at Nebraska (8pm, ESPN/ABC); Florida at Alabama (TBA); Oregon at Washington State (TBA)
Week 5 (September 27)
Prediction: Notre Dame vs. Syracuse (TBA)
This week is a bit of a toss up. There aren't any rivalry games. The match-ups are very record dependent at this point in the season. I went with location here. This game will be in East Rutherford at Giant's Stadium, so it wouldn't surprise me if they do something with NYC in the background, or actually broadcast from Time Square, since that is so close to East Rutherford. It isn't unprecedented. They did Game Day from the USS San Diego for a Navy game a couple of years back.
Other Candidates: Missouri at South Carolina (TBA), Stanford at Washington (TBA), Oregon State at USC (TBA), Colorado at Cal (TBA); Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (TBA); Duke at Miami (TBA)
I'll do weeks 6-10 and 11-15 later.
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Hopefully, I'll be able to get my predicted Week 1-5 sites posted before then. The post is already scheduled for later this week, so I'm fighting technology and kids who are really invested in learning to water ski.
Think about that. We've lined up TEs fairly consistently at the end of the line, with the possible exception of spacing out Orson Charles on occasion. Ian Boyd at SB Nation thinks we are onto something.
I'm not saying that we'll wholesale change what we are doing, but think about this:
July 28, 2014
The penalty will be called regardless if the QB is inside or outside the pocket. If a player is blocked into the passer, there will be no penalty called.
July 27, 2014
This is the primary reason I feel good about our offence. We've gotten good at the soul crushing long drives. Think the end of Florida or the South Carolina game where the master piece above came from. While Gurley is getting all the love, and for good reason, Brendan Douglas is very much a part of why I think out offense will help keep our defense covered.
I'm still mulling around an idea, but it wouldn't surprise me to see Georgia play out of a bit of different set this season. Jay Rome is hurt. Quayvon Hicks is listed as Hback. Something is up, which leads me to think Bobo is cooking up a bit of a different set, especially for when Brendan Douglas is in the game. Imagine this very play, with Hicks or Rome lead blocking out of the backfield.
July 26, 2014
With the latest news of an arrest involving a defensive player (Bellamy for DUI, I can't post links from here), I figured we need a name for the defensive unit that will actually end up playing against Clemson.
The Relatively Clean Dozen
Athens' not Wanted (yet)
Do your damage in the comments. I'm to the point of macabre humor on this. Let's just go full bore and win The Fulmer Cup, boys.
3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. The NFL continues to shy away from drafting running backs early, but Gurley's the type of player who can be an exception. After rushing for 1,385 yards as a true freshman, injuries limited him to 10 games last year, yet he still ran for 989 yards (six per carry) and 10 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns. He's one of the most complete running backs in recent history, a 232-pounder who is frightening to tackle because of his size and physicality but can also break away from defenders in the open field.Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston were two and one, respectively.
UGA placed Ramik Wilson (#39) and Leonard Floyd (#46) on the list, as well.
As far as players we'll face, Clemson's Vic Beasley (#6) and Garrett Grady (#71), South Carolina's Mike Davis (#34) and AJ Cann (#55), Tennessee's AJ Johnson (#84), Florida's Dante Fowler (#31) and Vernon Hargreaves (#10), and Auburn's Sammie Coates (#65), Reese Dismukes (#49), and Nick Marshall (#15) made the list.
July 25, 2014
Get psyched. We are nearly at five weeks until Clemson.
July 24, 2014
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Full listing of the games for UGA is below. I didn't notice, but I'd guess Georgia will be in some of the other team's showings as well.
2007 Auburn at Georgia (UGA 45, AUB 20) – Fri. 8/15 (11 p.m. ET)
2013 LSU at Georgia (UGA 41, LSU 38) – Sat. 8/16 (1 a.m. ET)
2007 Georgia vs. Florida (UGA 42, FLA 30) – Sat. 8/16 (5 a.m. ET)
1980 South Carolina at Georgia (UGA 13, SC 10) – Sun. 8/17 (10 p.m. ET)
I'm looking forward yo that 1980 South Carolina game. I don't think I've ever seen it replayed.
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Oh, and I'm probably a lot less likely to get trolled by a South Carolina fan in a way that is going to result in me making boneheaded decisions.
July 23, 2014
That leaves James Deloach.
And Louisville folks are having fun with it:
Louisville is killing the free agency period.I don't have any inside info on Taylor going to Louisville, but if you think about it, it makes sense.
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) July 24, 2014