Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Porch Pickin: Saturday Night Slap Down by the 'Cocks

Wow - gotta say I didn't see that coming. Give it to the Cock's; they came out fired up and took no prisoners.  Georgia had an early opportunity to steal the Mo' from the crowd with that pick by Rambo and he let them steal it.  Bam!...TD.  Mitchell has a nice return out to the 50, Murray throws the batted ball pick.  Bam!...TD.  The Dawgs special teams get caught flat footed on the punt return and Bam!...TD.  10 minutes in and it was over.  At that point, their DC could just pin their ears back and tell their talented DL to go eat 'em up.  And that is exactly what they did.  Give them full credit, they got the early edge and took full advantage of it.  I wonder sometimes if we would/could do the same if the situation was reversed???.....

However, I don't think that same situation happens if the game is in Athens.  Those first 3 big plays coupled with their crowd, ESPN Gameday, etc created a perfect storm that the Dawgs could never get out of.  I don't think Bama would have survived it either.  This is not to say that the Gamecock's are not a very good team, nor that they don't deserve all the credit for the win.  They do.  End of story.

That said, South Carolina is not that much better than the Dawgs.  Better coached?.....now that's a damn good question.  Which really concerns me.  This game, the way it went and the outcome is eerily similar to the game with Alabama in 2008.  That game sent Georgia into a tail spin which I thought we had finally come out of.  Maybe not.  Only the next two games will tell.  If Georgia comes out and lays the wood to Kentucky and plays solid and beats the Gators, then I'll be on board that the game against the Cock's was just a fluke.  If they lose to Florida and lose badly, it's time to reconsider who we are at Georgia and where we should be.

As I've said before, all the ingredients are there for Georgia to be a premier Top 5 program:
- money
- tradition
- high schools loaded with talent
- best conference in the land
- tremendous fan base
- attractive stadium scene
- great college town
- highly rated university with flexible curriculum

If we come out flat and get hammered by the Gators, it will be time to start the search.  And that search should be a short drive 3.5 hours west of Atlanta...

Eagerly awaiting that next kickoff.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Porch Pickin: Hey OBC, maybe its time to put away the Kleenex

Having watched the debacle that was the Bama vs Arkansas game on Saturday afternoon, can we all agree that this whole scheduling "advantage" isn't nearly as big as thought back in August at media days.  Coach Spurrier - are you still crowing about having to play the Hogs?  What a disaster in Fayetteville.  Not only did Petrino trash that Harley but he also sent the Razorback program into a tailspin.  For those of us from Georgia...we're not surprised as we remember that chump when he was here with the Falcons. 

Let's take a gander now that we're a few games in.  Each worth a point or half point advantage. The team with the scheduling advantage is awarded the points.

* Yearly West game:  Yes, Auburn too looks pretty awful. So call it a wash with Georgia playing Auburn and S Carolina playing Arky.  But, ours  is a rivalry game and on the road...just saying.  SC  + 1/2 point

* Comparing the West rotation games UGA gets Ole Miss at home and S Carolina gets LSU on the road.  Scheduling advantage - Georgia.  Quite obviously here.  But keep this in mind: it's one game - and if uSC could beat Georgia, that gives the Cocks essentially a two game swing, right?
UGA  + 1 point

Then, let's look a little deeper than just the names and preseason hype on the schedule.  The games that will matter:

* Georgia had to open SEC play on the road at Mizzu in their inaugural game. That certainly adds much more electricity to the environment and not to mention they're a solid squad...the season will show that out.    The Gamecocks get Mizzu at home and in the middle stretch of the schedule.  The  Tigers will be more settled into being an SEC member.  No extra mojo to compete with.  Scheduling advantage:  SC  and  + 1 point

* The Mighty Gators:  Recent history gives the Gators the advantage over Georgia in Jax. Hopefully that tide is turning, but one game does not indicate a streak.  The Cocks must travel to the Swamp one week after traveling to Baton Rouge.  That is no easy task and playing 2 physical teams back-to-back on the road.  Schedule advantage Georgia, but mostly due to the Gamecock's trip to LSU the week before.  UGA + 1 point

* Deer Hunters Orange:  Both squads get the Vols at home - Georgia in the middle of league play, Carolina towards the end but also right after LSU and Florida.  But, as shown by the Gators last night, the Vols lack of depth will hurt them down the stretch.  Schedule advantage - I'd say a draw being that Georgia plays them in September, not late October.  No points

* Vandy:  having to open on the road in Nashville was a big hurdle...much more so than it looked on paper. And the Dore's just about pulled out the W.  With Vandy coming between the Hedges and now a night game, the schedule for this one goes in favor of the Dawgs.  UGA + 1 point

* Kentucky:  no further comment needed.  Both Georgia and S Carolina have equally favorable chances against the Wildcats....even if Bear Bryant came out of his grave to coach the Cats again.  No points 

Pick's schedule favorability point totals:
South Carolina:  1-1/2 points
Georgia:  3 points
Difference being 1-1/2.  As noted previously, the Georgia/S Carolina winner gets a two game,  2 'point' swing. 

So...upon further review, doesn't it really just come down to winning the game in Columbia (SC) and holding equal serve on the rest?  The winner gets a "free loss" so to speak.  As the great Al Davis once said - Just win baby!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Porch Pickin: The Take from the Zou

 What an exciting environment at the Zou last Saturday.  From all I hear and saw it looks like Missouri is gonna fit nicely into the kingdom.  Maybe not so much with that midwestern talent - but hey not every school is stacked with homecoming queens.  In time they'll trade in those hoodies and t-shirts and really distance themselves from the Jayhawks and Buckeye faithful. That goes for their football team too...which leads me to - that new age football is gonna beat someone in the East this year!  Mark my words, call it the Pick guarantee, but they'll upset one of the 3 remaining teams in the East that are contending for a trip to the Dome.  Call it a hunch, but i'm trending towards them beating the Cock's.  As you've read here before, I'm not too big on Connor Shaw or his backups and that offense.  Mizzu is gonna score points, can the Gamecocks match them?  Too bad that game is at Carolina.  Either way though, I see Missouri getting at least one big win in the East this inaugural season.

One last point from last Saturday's game.  Of course Jarvis Jones played like a freak and stole the show by making huge plays all night, but once again I gotta point to one of our favorites - Richard Samuel - for again making another major impact play on that fake punt. Shedding not one, but two blockers and throwing the guy down.  I would have hugged him too.  Much like that last drive against the Gators last season, dude's relentless effort plays a key role in helping his TEAM get the W.  Isaiah - did you see that?

Happy owl hunting!


P.S. the Red's are starting to pick up down here.
DickSamIV running around a gator
DickSamIV high steppin over a gator

DickSamIV a "damn beast"
DickSamIV running through Gators

DickSamIV mo' changer at the Zou

DickSamIV gets a hug