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A look ahead to the 2023 defensive depth chart

I did the offensive breakdown back in November, and man has a shit ton happened since. Some of it was wonderful (back-to-back titles), and some of it was gut wrenchingly sad. I did not know Chandler Lecroy or Devin Willock personally, but that tragedy did hit close to home for me as I'm sure it did many of you. Chandler and I were from the same small town of Toccoa, Georgia. Suffice it to say we have a lot of mutual connections despite the fact that I’m more than a decade older than her. Devin w

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Current State of Running Back Recruiting

As many of us are aware it appears as if Georgia is set to miss out on highly coveted in-state running back recruit, Justice Hayes. Nothing is set in stone until LOIs are signed, and even then the portal is always an option, but as of right now, Georgia isn't getting great news. This post began as a comment on Jason Brasell's post about Haynes, but once I hit three paragraphs I figured it would better serve as a separate post. I hate to lose Haynes, and it makes it worse seeing him sign with Ala

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Simple Explanation for Bennett's Heisman Candidacy

So Stetson Bennett is headed to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Everyone's head is exploding, and Tennessee twitter has melted into a beautiful puddle of orange sherbet rage. We've seen the back and forth all week, most of the national media is either against Bennett being invited or at the very least, think Hendon Hooker should be there with him. Cases have been made and stats have been cherry picked. I'm not trying to both sides this thing, but I totally get all the arguments. They make sen

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Breaking down a 12 team playoff in 2022: The stupid parts anyway

I've written previously about some potential major negatives that will come along once the college football playoff expands to 12 teams. Back in July I was using fabricated hypotheticals, but now that the playoff field is set we can take a look at what would have actually happened through the first week of December and the playoff implications that would have resulted. Let's begin with what the field would be.   Anything jump out at you? The first thing I noticed (and that I frankly fo

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A look ahead to the 2023 offensive depth chart

It's November 2022, and Georgia is currently ranked #1 in every recognized poll. They also have an inside track to the SEC Championship game, high odds to make the playoff, and perhaps even repeat as national champions.  After setting a modern era NFL record with 15 players drafted off of last year's championship team, many assumed that 2022 would be a rebuilding year for Georgia. So far that has not been the case.  Reader: "You're getting way ahead of yourself, dude!"   Me: "Buckle up

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Overlooking Florida

I should have posted this earlier, and I meant for it to be a more in-depth piece, but we mentally moved on to Tennessee two days ago so I'll be brief. A friend and fellow Dawg, Jacob Hawk, messaged me after the Vanderbilt game and suggested I write something about how nice it is to live in an age where Georgia can essentially look past the hated Florida Gators. Even with Georgia's sloppy third quarter the game was never really in doubt. It wasn't long ago that a trip to Jacksonville was almost

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My Trip to Knoxville

First off, that ain't me in the picture. It's a well known fan from Vol twitter and the man spews fire. IYKYK. Next, as a rule, I would normally never miss watching a Georgia game for any reason regardless of who the opponent is (especially not for a dumbass fall wedding that isn't on a bye week), but this past Saturday I was in Knoxville for the Alabama, Tennessee game. This is probably the first time I have missed watching a Georgia game live since I was doing broadcast work for Mercer footbal

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ICYMI: SDS posts another riveting Danielson/Alabama article

Question: What could be better than listening to Gary Danielson chortle Alabama during a CBS broadcast?   Answer: Keith Farner’s weekly column on Saturday Down South recapping people tweeting about Gary Danielson chortling Alabama.    Holy shit folks. Does anybody know how long this has been going on? I just noticed it, but three weeks back is all I had the patience to look for. The sources for all of these articles are, of course, tweets from such influential ac

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When will Georgia lose again?

Stewart Mandel had the following thoughts on when all the currently undefeated teams will lose their next game. Dawg fans should find the first and last ones especially interesting $$.    Sign me up for all of that sweet, sweet action. He followed it up with this qualifier. I don't see that happening, Stew, but I get the urge to hedge your bets.

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Offensive line clips: Room for improvement.

As I was re-watching the Samford game there were a couple of offensive line plays in the first half that stuck out to me.  Before we dive into the first clip I'd like to point out that while, as an FCS program, Samford does not have an SEC caliber defense, they do have players with SEC frames. I took the liberty of listing the on-field defenders from the first clip below. Some of them have experience playing in Power 5 programs having transferred from schools such as Michigan State, Wake Fo

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Playoff Expansion: A conversation with Dan Wetzel

Rece Davis was on Finebaum yesterday and openly admitted that playoff expansion comes at a cost. The cost being that late season, winner-take-all match ups between the highest ranked programs (such as LSU/Alabama 2019) will basically be reduced to fodder for seeding purposes. See the full comment below. Hear that folks? Perhaps it's time to give up the only thing that makes college football unique. Dan Wetzel had the following response.   Which led to this exchange betwe

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Why Preseason CFB Predictions are Consistently Terrible

Week Zero is behind us and we’re just a two days away from the first full slate of college football. We've almost made it folks, but at this moment we're still suffering through national pundits making their annual, largely uninformed, and mostly incorrect predictions. Every August these people fill dead air with wild speculations mostly so they can be replayed and lampooned in the months to come. There's nothing wrong with that and it's all in good fun, but I recently found myself wondering how

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CFB Playoff expansion would increase fan interest, but at what cost?

It wasn’t too long ago that CFB playoff expansion seemed like a forgone conclusion. Then Greg Sankey got into a pissing contest with the other P5 conference commissioners over automatic bids and other such logistical bullshit, and the power struggle that ensued put a pin in the entire conversation… for now. These are big money decisions and expanding the playoff means more eyes on television screens and more money for everyone. Expansionist revolutionaries will argue that more teams in the playo

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