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Rambling this and that....
WKU - I'm patient and understanding of the financial realities of the situation that we're in scheduling wise. I know that we need 1-2 teams per year that will give us a game without a return trip. Also, the rumors of the AD's office reaching out t bigger names for the schedule are exciting. However, Div I-AAs other than GSU offer nothing of interest. I've never been less up for a game than I was this one, and I've never known so many folks who refuse to leave a game early walk back to the tailgate on this one. When there's absolutely positively no chance that you lose a game, it sort of spoils some of the magic of going. That said, we sold the place out and attendance was way, way higher than I expected. Because of that, I'd wager that there's no end to our yearly Div I-AA seal clubbing.
[Random Photo of Mikey Henderson from Georgiadogs.com]
Stafford - Lots of folks want to see Stafford start SC. It isn't going to happen, and it shouldn't. When Richt goes to him as a starter, he's turning to him for good. He can't yank him after a few INTs in his first start on the road and wreck his confidence (See Drew Weatherford's first year and Erik Ainge last year for how not to handle QBs). If he comes in against SC, it'll be because we're either way down or way up and whatever happens the expectations will be low. If he goes in, he's not coming out. That's why you can't rush him.
[Random Photo of Joe Cox from Georgiadogs.com]
Run Blocking - We don't. It's back to the drawing board. Why didn't we just blow them off the ball at the line of scrimmage? Why do we insist on standing up at the point of attack and dancing with the DL? I don't get it. That said, pass blocking looked better than I expected.
SC Game - Our biggest assets are special teams, defense and running backs. Our biggest weakness is QBs, WRs and run blocking. SC is going to stick 13 or 14 men in the box and force us to throw it, and we don't throw, catch or run block well enough to move the ball on them. Luckily their offense stinks too. First one to 18 wins.
New Play Clock Rules -- Richt can complain all he wants about it, and I don't blame him. But if there were EVER a year for this experiment. This is it. With our offense, we're going to need shorter games. It will work to our advantage.
UK vs. Lville - 28-0 before UK scores a point. That's why you don't renew Rich Brooks contract. UK let Guy Morris walk away over a $200,000 pay raise while Louisville pays their coach over $2 million. That's all you need to know about UK vs. UL.
Ole Miss vs. Memphis - Better OL coaching plus 3 new skill players equals much further along than I thought. OM might be in the Liberty Bowl this December. However, other teams are going to scheme that young WR a heap differently than Memphis did.
Miami vs. FSU - Watching FSU try to run the ball is a lot like watching us. Only worse. No ability to move the line of scrimmage whatsoever. Both of these teams will lose another game before the end of the season because they just don't have the offense. GT can beat Miami again.
ND vs. GT - Cause and effect question. Did GT's offense stop in the second half because Gailey put the headset back on, or did he put the headset on after they stalled? I'm not sure, but once he had the headset on there was no movement offensively and Calvin saw it maybe once more. Did my heart good. No special teams + Reggie Ball + weak DBs = same old 7-5 GT.
UAB - they scared the crap out of Oklahoma, but much of that was OU self destructing with turnovers. UAB isn't as good as the score indicated.
Colorado - Dan Hawkins is now official off the Sooper Genius Watch List. Wow. I mean just wow. Can you imagine the meltdown if our new coach lost to a Div I-AA team? I'd be apoplexic.