September 2, 2014
Remember, all polls are for show now as the great and powerful Oz holds the teams' post-seasons in their hands.
1. Georgia Bulldogs, 147 points (6 first-place votes)
2. Auburn Tigers, 135 (2)
3. Texas A&M Aggies, 132 (1)
4. Alabama Crimson Tide, 131 (2)
5. LSU Tigers, 115
6. Ole Miss Rebels, 87
7. Mississippi St. Bulldogs, 78
8. South Carolina Gamecocks, 74
9. Missouri Tigers, 70
10. Florida Gators, 62
11. Tennessee Volunteers, 57
12. Kentucky Wildcats, 29
13. Arkansas Razorbacks, 27
14. Vanderbilt Commodores, 11
My ballot is here. Vandy is your only consensus pick. It isn't hard to see the clear breaks between 5 and 6 or 11 and 12. Also, I don't think you can say anything other than numbers 1-4 are pretty much tied.
Let's not get too worked up over this. All this means is money is moving off the top three to some of those other team, most notably Texas A&M.
I'm surprised Kenny Hill didn't go higher. Also, note that only one running back has won the Heisman in the past ten years. It's been the era of the QB for some time now.
All Saturday games this week, y'all. Also, we've got some regional/national games as the SEC slate is pretty craptastic.
Tie Breaker Game
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- Alabama: An impressive win over an improved West Virginia. Considering they have a new QB, secondary, and LBs. Given they had to over come Kiffining from within, the Tide looked pretty good.
- Georgia: Gurley is a beast, but Georgia's defense isn't being given enough credit for their performance. If the secondary continues to improve, the story of this season could be more about defense than Gurley.
- Texas A&M: Hidden by all those points they scored against South Carolina is all those yards they gave up to an offense that looked out of sorts for half the game.
- Auburn: Auburn looks to be back where they were mid-season last year. The only downside is they were a couple of breaks going against them from being Texas A&M with a less sexy coach last year.
- LSU: I want to say LSU got lucky, but we are talking Les Miles, so it might be better to say luck got Les Milesy.
- Ole Miss: Rebel Bears as the Bad News Bears. Please make it happen, Hollywood.
- Mississippi State: Nothing to see here but an out talented C-USA team getting run off the field.
- Missouri: I think the Tigers offense will be ok with Mauk. The question mark will be their defense.
- South Carolina: Possibly the best 0-1 team in the state of South Carolina.
- Tennessee: I'm willing to concede the Vols are better, but they are still only going to go as far as Justin Worley goes in finding Pig Howard six plus times a game.
- Florida: Scoreless in 2014.
- Arkansas: They lost, but looked much more like the teams Bielema had at Wisconsin. Now, if they had the speed....
- Kentucky: Before we get too excited about them, let's remember this looked a lot like their game against Alabama State last season.
- Vandy: I was tempted to rank them lower.
September 1, 2014
|Not exactly a smile, but certainly some excitement from Pruitt|
- Gurley Named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week
— Wright Thompson (@wrightthompson) August 31, 2014
So is Eastern Michigan that tough?
There is a Mark Richt has lost control of Will Muschamp snark here, right?
Remember when we only had 22 more players than that on scholarship?
August 31, 2014
First off, you have to give credit where credit is due. At halftime, I was scratching my head wondering what in the world Mike Bobo was doing. It was clear he knew what he was doing and had a plan along to just tear Clemson's defensive line up in the second half. Our offensive line got stronger as the game went on. The line was absolute monsters on that toss sweep were we had two or three guys pulling. David Andrews coming down the sideline on that touchdown was just nuts.
Defensively we went all in on putting pressure on the quarterback, especially once we got the lead. Jeremy Pruitt is not fancy. He doesn't care if you know what's coming; he is still playing his game and making you figure out how to beat it. In short he's everything Todd Grantham isn't as scheme coach. Clearly, he's everything Todd Grantham wasn't as a teaching coach. Guys looked prepared, they were almost always in a position to make a play, even when they didn't, and had confidence they could plays.
A few thoughts:
* Todd. Gurley.
* I still can't get over David Andrews being down field, lead blocking at the 5 yard line, after 40 yards. Just awesome.
* Hudson Mason and his receivers were not on the same page at times. That's a nit pick, and it worked out fine, but there may come a point where we need him to soften up the front or move us quickly.
* Conversely, we have a lot of really good young offensive players. And not just the running backs.
* I loved seeing some of that spread and read option stuff. Don't be surprised to see more of it.
* Our special teams are special again. This time in the good way.
* Ramik may not have been listed as the starter on the depth chart, but he was out there on the first defensive play. He still has some work to do in pass protection, but he was with receiver on that great touchdown pass by Watson. That is an improvement over last year.
* I don't know about you, but I sure liked to see us going for it on 4th down inside three minutes to go.
* It was fun to see Floyd in beast mode.
* Props to Aaron Davis with that great interception. Perfect read.
* I loved our substitution on offense and defense. I'm not sure if it was a Georgia record for participation, but it seemed like every time I looked up there was a new face in at a position somewhere.
* Happy preseason conditioning talk was not just happy talk.
A quick note about the pipped in music. I'm on the record as not a fan, but I have to admit there were times it got the fans jazz up when we wouldn't have been in the past. It helps to have the running game we do, but even in the first half, when I thought the crowd was going to get out of it, the music pumped the crowd up.
With all the positives, I'm sure there's some stuff I missed. What are your thoughts?
- How does our offensive line match up with their defensive line? Well, it was a tale of two halves. In the first, it was a stalemate. The Tigers got good push on pass plays, they were disruptive in the middle, and generally did well in bottling up all runners not named Gurley. In the second half, especially on toss sweeps, we utterly crushed their Dline.
- Has Bobo found the secret to getting Mason to being the QB he can be? Do we really need a QB?
- How much does the Pruitt factor mean? Who is Todd Grantham? Seriously, the adjustments we made at half were spectacular. As their Oline got tired, we increased the pressure.
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