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If You Are Traveling To Little Rock

If you are going to Little Rock today, and are driving, you probably are already hitting the road.  Safe travels and cheer us on to victory.

When you are stopping to make a pit stop, and if you read this becuase I know you wouldn’t while you are driving, make sure and stop in Memphis for a meal or snack.  Gotta stop at the BBQ Shop in Memphis either on your way there or on your way there.

Uchee and I went there several years ago, and it was awesome.  Worth the stop for sure.  Some of the best ribs you’ll ever have.

Go Dawgs!

Corbindawg

What you missed on Thursday afternoon

Now, Mason Is The Best Choice

Hutson Mason went 22/28 with 156 yards passing and 1 TD with 0 interceptions against Missouri. This was an outstanding performance for the embattled quarterback.   Throwing it nearly 30 times, while completing ~78% of passes and 0 picks is quite impressive.   He deserves kudos for a great performance.

I came out strong a couple of weeks ago against Mason. Once you come out that strong, it is hard to go back on it.   I’ve been wrong before, and I’m not afraid to say when I was wrong.  Matter of fact, I still stand firmly behind what I said.  I still believe, despite the excellent performance Saturday, that at some point over the course of the season your quarterback is going to have to stretch the field and win a game for you.  I still don’t think Mason can do that.

But something different has happened. With Todd Gurley out of the mix for an undetermined amount of time, Mason becomes the best option. With Gurley, Brice Ramsey could learn his way with the best player in America to help take the pressure off.   Without Gurley, Mason is needed to be the field general and game manager.

Basically, someone to be there who knows what the hell they are doing.

So while I still believe what I said a couple of weeks ago, and nothing Mason has done changed my mind, with the changing situation Mason is the currently the best option we have.

So far, so good.

Corbindawg

Thoughts on Todd Gurley’s suspension

Frankly, I don’t want to talk about it.

Lugnut Dawg

More Keys For A Georgia Win

Yesterday, I said I was changing my heart on the outcome of the Missouri game because we have Todd Gurley, and they do not.

I was reviewing the stats and box scores from last year’s game, and something I had forgotten (I have tried to forget that game as much as possible) were the amount of turnovers we had.

One fumble by Murray led to s scoop and score, right after Missouri scored a TD to go up 21-10.  So just like that, it was 28-10 and the Dawgs were behind the 8 ball all day.

On the very next possession for Georgia, they put togethr a nice drive, going all the way down to Missouri 10 yard line before Brendan Douglas fumbled.  Missouri then basicallly ate the clock to end the first half.

Right there, that was a 14 point swing.  Georgia lost by 15.

Georgia fought back to make it 28-26 early in the 4th quarter.  James Franklin got hurt, then Missouri and Pinkel made a great call to do a trick play on a WR pass for a 40 yard touchdown.

So having a year to digest everything and looking back, to over simplify things, three big plays were really the difference.

Like with any game, if Georgia can avoid turnovers and big plays we should be in good shape.  If Georgia just goes out and plays its game and avoid the catastrophic moments, Georgia should win this game.

The good news is Georgia has been on the plus side of the turnovers this season.  We’ve only lost 1 fumble-which was a questionable call on Michael Bennett, and for the most part with the last two games excluded, Mason has been solid protecting the football.

As bad as the secondary has been, Georgia is the only team in the SEC who hasn’t given up a passing play of 40+ yards.  Georgia does rank dead last with passing plays of 20+ yards.  But overall, the big plays haven’t hurt hus.  For long running plays, Georgia is one of the best teams in the conference in lmiting long runs of 20+ yards, and has not given up a rushing play of 30+ yards.

If these trends can continue-not turning it over and limiting the big plays-Georgia should be in good shape Saturday.

Corbindawg

 

 

Has the Secondary Become the New Offensive Line?

For years and years, it has seemed that the offensive line was the one position that has always plauged Georgia.  Beginning in 2007, every year it seems that we are just one catostraphic injury away from being in serious trouble on the 0-line.  In 2009, Georgia was best in the SEC in sacks allowed.  In 2011, Georgia was near dead last in the Conference with 33 sacks.  Of course, Murray detractors point to him not being very good as a reason why he threw so many interceptions that season, and not to the fact he was under constant duress.  Injuries, attrition, and just not recruiting well

However, it seems that this season Georgia’s offensive line is playing much better than normal.  Having a special back like Todd Gurley makes the running game look stronger, and of course we don’t throw it much so therefore there are less opportunities for sacks, but I’ve been overall pleased with the line play.

It seems now that the secondary has become the booger bear.  In the 2012 season, things were so dire becuase of suspensions that Connor Norman was your starting safety at Missouri and Malcolm Mitchell had to start the season at corner.  Last season the lumps they took are well documented.  None of the starters outside Damian Swann are back from last season, and it clearly shows.  Injuries, (LOTS of) attrition, and not recruiting well have brought us to this point.

Corbindawg

But, They Don’t Have Gurley

I was thinking about the Missouri game last night as I was driving home from a late night meeting.  Somewhere around McDonough, I had a moment of clarity.

Missouri couldn’t beat a mediocre Big 10 team without Todd Gurley.

How can they beat a mediocre SEC team with Todd Gurley?

Missouri gave up 241 yards rushing to Indiana, and the Hoosiers’ leading rusher Tevin Coleman had 19 carries and 132 yards (6.9).  He even broke a long run of 49 yards. 

Now, I watch as much college football as my wife and 2-year-old will allow.  Admittedly, I can say I had no clue who Indiana’s leading rusher was in that game before going back and looking at the box score.  So this may be an ignorant statement since I’ve never seen Coleman play, but I can all but guarantee you he isn’t as good as Gurley.

Georgia is playing good football in areas that have traditionally plagued us.  We are one of the fewest penalized teams in the league, we are on the plus side of turnover margin (about equal with Missouri), and our OFFENSIVE line is doing a good job in run blocking and pass protection (only given up 6 sacks).

Just looking through some of the stats at http://www.cfbstats.com, Georgia and Missouri pretty even statistically.

Both teams have a single bad loss.  Georgia lost to South Carolina, who is losing to everyone.  Missouri’s lone loss was to Indiana, which was beaten by Bowling Green.

Missouri had to struggle to beat South Carolina.  Georgia really struggled, but was successful, in losing to South Carolina.

The difference in this game should be Todd Gurley.  Both teams are very even.  It is on the road, but it is an early kick off, so that is a wash, too.

Georgia has Todd Gurley.  Missouri doesn’t.  Georgia should win simply because of that.

Corbindawg

 

 



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