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Keyes To The Game: Purple Tiger Edition

‘Keyes’ To The Game: The Purple Tiger Edition

What’s not to love about Alan “Tha Spin Doctor” Keyes?  Answer: Not a thang, baby!

Down to business…

The Purple Tigers and the Dawgs, a top ten match-up and the premier billing for the opening weekend of the 2013 College Football Season.  Way-oooo!

Let’s get it broke down, broke up, broketed and see where we are….

 

Here is my breakdown comparing Apples to Apples (Or Units to Units, if you will):

 

Offense

UGA

Clemson

X

OL

X

Running Back

X

Wide Receivers

NA

Fullbacks

NA

X

Tight Ends

Quarterback

Advantage

Push

Coaching

Push

Defense

UGA

Clemson

X

Front 4 (or 3)

X

ILB

X

OLB

X

Corners

Push

Safeties

Push

X

Coaching

 

 

As you can see, UGA (when compared directly to Clemson) Has the advantage in almost every category.  I do not see Clemson having any advantage if you look at the two teams on paper other than QB.  And I know a lot of you are like, “What in the hell are you thinking?” and my response to that is that Murray has yet to come into a huge game, take over, and rest in the 4th Quarter while we have a 3 score lead.  I’m not saying that Taj has actually done that, but Taj is a better runner.

 

 

Now I’ll break down the Offense to Defense Comparison:

UGA Offense vs. Clemson’s Defense:

OL vs Front 4
Georgia’s offensive line is more experienced, bigger, stronger, and more cohesive than last year.  Clemson’s front 4 are supposedly improved, but I doubt that they are anything better than a mediocre SEC front 4.  Not that Clemson has a bad line, but no world-beaters there.  UGA’s OL should be able to take over the game, if not, it could be a long night for Murray and co.

Advantage UGA.

 

Receivers vs Secondary
This most likely is the largest disparity in the game.  Clemson’s secondary is pretty awful.  UGA’s receiving core is one of the deepest and best in the nation.  Getting open should not come hard to ANY of the UGA receivers nor will be cashing in on the talent gap.  Sammy Watkins, take note of Maclome Mitchell.

Advantage: UGA

Running Backs vs ILB and OLB
Hell, I could say UGA’s running backs vs the entire defense.  We all know the drill here.  I see us passing to get ahead and then the backs to stay ahead with some timely long runs and a couple of TD’s to seal it late.

Advantage: UGA (huge advantage)

 

Tight Ends vs LB’s
Lynch and Rome.  Enough said.  SEC linebackers could not cover them last year.  Why would this be any different?

Advantage: UGA

 

Fullbacks vs LB’s
Quayvon Hicks, please introduce yourself.  I doubt Clemson will send you a Thank You note.

Advantage: UGA

 

Quarterback vs. Secondary/Defense
Murray should be able (if the line holds up) to carve up this defense.  I do not see any reason (other than an OL meltdown or poor play calling) why we can’t score a good amount and take complete control of the offensive game.  If we don’t , some heads should roll on the OL.  Murray should have a really nice game unless he goes out too amped (like he has in the past) and super freak himself into a pick bonanza.  Turnovers on the offensive side of the ball for UGA could almost be guaranteed to spell disaster in this game.

Advantage: UGA

 

Coaches
Bobo vs. Brent Venables.   Brent is a good Coach, don’t get me wrong, but the talent he is working with could barely field Ole Miss’s unit (maybe it couldn’t).  Even if  Bobo doesn’t have his best night, UGA still should put up some points.  Clemson’s defense is tailor made for Bobo’s balanced attack.

Advantage: UGA

 

Clemson Offense vs. UGA Defense

OL vs Front 4
Clemson’s OL is pretty good they say.  They may be for an ACC powerhouse, but compared to what Tennessee and Alabama has had in the past 2 years, they are awful.  UGA’s front 4 (or 3) are really good, even if they haven’t played a ton of snaps.  Garrison Smith is solid (maybe even a little underrated) and I expect him to control the edges.  I also can see Mike Thornton and Ray Drew each making good contributions and getting a ton of penetration, even a sack or 2.

Advantage UGA.

 

Receivers vs Secondary
This will be one of the biggest stories of the game.  How will UGA’s secondary match-up with Clemson’s receivers.  Truth is, no one knows.  On one hand, UGA’s corners and safeties are IMMENSELY talented.  But besides Swann, IMMENSELY inexperienced.  The game will tell all about UGA’s freshman and the preparation they went through.  Until I see any sort of consistency with covering them, I am not giving them the vote of confidence.  Even if the secondary plays basically lights out, I still see a few blown coverage big yardage plays.

Advantage: Clemson

Running Backs vs ILB and OLB
Clemson’s RB’s are (for the most part) unproven and without a true identity now that both Spiller and Ellington are gone.  That doesn’t mean they aren’t talented.  However, Herrara is experienced and Jenkins and Floyd are apparently freaks of nature.  With the DL getting penetration, I see them flying around to the ball.  However, the second biggest story of the night is if they can contain Boyd.  If they can, this should be a huge win for the Dawgs.  If not, it could spell disaster.

Advantage: Push (only because of Boyd’s running ability)

 

Tight Ends vs LB’s
Clemson’s tight ends are a work in progress.  That doesn’t mean UGA can sleep on them, though.  I just don’t see them anywhere close to UGA’s level of TE play and that is what the defense is currently used to.

Advantage: UGA

 

Fullbacks vs LB’s
N/A (either that or I don’t know much about Clemson’s FB enough to even call this one)

 

Quarterback vs. Secondary/Defense
Taj Boyd is big, fast and tougher than a Waffle House steak.  He is not a super accurate passer, yet has great arm strength.  He is one of those “carry the team on my back” and “we’re never completely out of the ball game while he’s in” type of players.  I’m not sure how rattled Boyd can become regardless of how many sacks he takes (SEE Chic-fi-la Bowl against LSU last year) and he definitely is the difference maker for Clemson.  Let me put it this way: Without Taj Boyd, this game  wouldn’t even be close.  UGA would win by 30 points.  Again, there is no way of knowing how UGA’s secondary and defense holds up against Boyd.  They definitely have the talent, but the inexperience factor is looming large a big plays for Boyd and co are damn near inevitable.  However, according to all reports, this defense is built for takeaways.  Grantham finally has an entire team he hand picked and recruited for what he wants and he says he likes what he sees.

Advantage: Clemson

 

Coaches
Grantham vs. Chad Morris.   Chad Morris is the highest paid assistant coach in the country.  His offenses are as dynamic as they are efficient.  He runs the fast paced spread; something UGA has definitely had experience with.  Grantham will definitely get all he can stand yelling at all of his new players out of position; in fact I see Grantham inventing a few new obscenities.  This is a tough call.

Advantage: Push

 

CLEMSON WINS IF:
UGA has a massive OL cranial rectum inversion.  I concede that Clemson will score a lot of points, but if the OL for UGA cannot protect Murray or consistently open holes for Gurley and Marshall, UGA will find themselves in a hole they probably can’t come back from.  Clemson’s offense will have to be turnover free and make sure to take advantage of the youth of the defense.

UGA WINS IF:
They step on the gas early through the air and find themselves a 1.5-2 touchdown lead.  If that happens, then crank up the stable and play ball control.  Taj Boyd cannot score if Clemson’s offense is not on the field.  And if Gurley and Marshall pound the rock to a few more scores, Clemson will be in catch-up mode and will find themselves with the clock tick-tocking away.

Go Dawgs!

-Inspector G

Conditioning Problem?

Not that I am looking ahead (and I hope that the team isn’t either), but was it just me or did everyone else notice how winded completely exhausted Clowney seemed to be ALL game long?  It was oddly fascinating and what’s more is the Pollack was saying how he was in the best shape of his career?  He is nowhere near game shape and I do not think he’ll get there in a week.  Let’s hope.

Also, it looks like Nkemdiche is being handled pretty solidly right now by Vandy’s OL.  Just an observation.

It’s nice to see some reality hit instead of pundits sunshine pumping these cats all day and night.

-Inspector G

2013 Time Capsule

I always like to make pre-season predictions for the year.  I rarely (at least in writing) try to measure how successful the dawgs will be or how many wins they will have, or (God forbid) predict a MNC.  Rather, I want to put some things in a sterilite box, tape it shut, bury it in the Hail To Thee backyard and dig this thing up in mid-January 2014 (after we have all gained 15 pounds and no longer have an excuse to catch a buzz at 7:30am on a Saturday) and see how true they are. Here are some BOLD (see what I did there?  Eh?) predictions for the 2013 Season.

 

1) Alabama will NOT repeat as National Champs.

Analysis:
Whether they are cannibalized in the regular season or take one on the chin in the SEC Championship Game, I do not see enough to three-peat.  Whether any of the sports-media pundits, Bama fans, or Stewart Mandel see it my way or not, one thing is clear: it takes a little bit of good fortune to win a MNC (yep…I’m about to say it).  That’s right.  The ‘L’ word: LUCK.  Every year the team that wins (or at least goes) to the MNC has some sort of fortune go their way.  For Bama over the last 2 years it has been the lack of the ‘injury-bug’ and other programs’ untimely losses.  This will not be the case this year.  Don’t get me wrong, they will be good.  I just don’t see their OL knocking Interstate-75 sized holes for Yeldon and Co to run through or an Iron Curtain to protect McCarron.  Their defense lost a good bit too and that definitely will play a factor.

 

2) Johnny Manziel will NOT repeat as the Heisman winner.

Analysis:
I think everyone knows (none more than Kevin Sumlin) how much of a distraction he has been.  There is NO WAY ON EARTH that the same team who was so successful last year has been focused enough to filter out the proverbial shit-show that I like to call  “The Johnny Manziel Hooker MNC Giving Autograph’s Out Like Nino Brown Baby! Parade of Human Debris 8 Kegger Gambling Boat River Cruise Spartan Run”.  Johnny football is like a death of a celebrity; wall-to-wall news coverage all of the time.  The team morale is shot to hell and I’d be surprised if this team lays it all on the line for this wanna-be athletic version of Justin Beiber. Distractions such as this lead to complacency, poor communication, and ultimately lower performance.  And as good as he is, without his team, he is just a freakishly short athlete who is very talented, yet has found a way to not take action on a single free ProActiv promotion on late night TV.

 

3) Speaking of The Heisman, UGA will have a member of its offense present in New York this December and his name will be Aaron Murray.

Analysis:
Murray has nothing to prove but proof itself.  Er….or something like that.  As prolific as he has been, he still does not have that one dominating performance when all the chips are on the table.  Will he be found wanting?  Something tells me this year that he will not.  I see him crushing the all time SEC passing TD record, total career yardage record, and have at least the same passer rating as he did last year.  He’s worked harder than ever, has improved EVERY year (despite never having a returning line, such as this year. OR continuity at running back; this year he has both).  Sounds like a Wolfgang Puck recipe for a Heisman candidate, doesn’t it?  Now whether he wins or not is a different story.

 

4) UGA will beat Sakerlina this year.

Analysis:
Most collegiate football games in the modern era are decided by match-ups and not necessarily who has the ‘better’ team.  When Sakerlina beat the brakes off of the Dawgs last year, it was about match-ups.  We were outgunned and out coached in our weakest areas and you saw the result.  Not this year, I believe.  We return an offensive line that should be able to at least put up some excuse for a plan for Clowney and should be able to score on a secondary that is good, but not great.  I don’t see a barn burner by any means, but (much like Lattimore did to us his first 2 years) all it will take are a couple of well-timed plays to go ahead and then use Gurley and Marshall to stay that way.  This time, we have the bruising, crushing beast behind our QB who could takeover the game and put it away for good.

 

5) USC (Trojans) will not make a bowl game.

Analysis:
A few more incidents, poor management blow-ups, or injuries and the media will start calling them the New York Jets.  Man…what a dumpster fire.

 

6) Georgia Tech will begin the addition by subtraction initiative to replace Johnson.

Analysis:
Besides being a COLOSSAL PRICK, Paul Johnson’s offense has been figured out.  So has his defense (just run, pass, or kick a field goal; it all works!).  As I have stated for years, College Football is the innovator of Offense on EVERY level (from little league to the NFL) and we are in the age of the Pistol, Rifle, and the Modified Spread and NOT the triple option.  Being stubborn and ignorant by insisting on running an offense that cannot win you ball games when you are more than 2 TD’s behind is not ‘Genius’; it is a complete tell-all of your ego and lack of innovation.

 

7) This year will either be the start of 2 paths for the NCAA: (1) They become more strict, more consistent in both rule creation and enforcement, and begin to earn the trust of the institutions it supposedly serves  - OR –  (2) They continue on the “Snow ball Fast lane Down-Hill To The Hell Express Pass Exit Ramp” of incredulous favoritism, a rules and enforcement division that should more aptly be called ‘The Keystone Cops’ and whose  massive leadership deficiencies dwarfs every other organization of its type save our own Federal Government and the Conferences decide to begin the processes of secession from the NCAA.

Analysis:
They are  a joke.  And the funny thing is they know it.  If things do not improve and their image and trust are not restored, look for the mega-conferences to begin looking to form another collegiate athletic governance organization.

 

 

What are some of your Time Capsule items?   Let the comments fly and I’ll revisit those as well when the time comes.

College Football is here!

-Heart-

-Inspector G

Faurot Field and Mizzou Review

1656 total miles driven through some of the prettiest country I’ve ever seen, but also I will never be driving there again because by the end of the trip, I was so tired of being in the car that I could scream.  I literally did a few times.

I can’t really tell you how proud I was of our team as I was leaving the stadium.  I know that we pissed the bed the first 2 quarters, but coming back like we did, how we did, and dominating all 3 aspects of the game (minus that one broken coverage breakdown) was glimpse into the world that could be the rest of the season.  I also landed several up close and personal seconds on ESPN during the broadcast.  Can’t lie, that was pretty great.

71,000 my ass…

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