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Weekend Summary

I was a bit late to see if any of you were still out there given the lack of responses lately. I did go out of town for a family function so I was a bit limited in watching games. I am fine as to the Gator outcome because what I expected to happen did happen.

We saw it in 2015, saw it again in 2016 and again in the semis in 2017, and you are going to see it in 2018. Of course, that is Alabama playing Clemson for the title. I know it is college football and anything can happen, but those are clearly the best two teams. This is based on recent history, talent level and the play thus far this year.

Clemson went into Tallahassee in what once was a very compelling series, but not anymore. The T-I-G-E-Rss-S sent FSU to its worst loss at home in program history 59-10. Clemson started slowly but found their stride and started scoring points in bunches while holding the FSU offense to negative yards rushing. Dabo knew he needed Trevor Lawrence to beat Bama and while the decision to start him looked shaky a month ago, it looks great now. FSU, for the first time in almost 50 years, now has to deal with a coach in over his head (and yes, I am still scared they will beat the Gators).

For the first time in ages, the "cocktail party" in Jacksonville was between two ranked teams. Georgia used their depth and overall talent to win 36-17 in a game that was more competitive than the final score. The Gators needed to play a clean game to win, but a minus three turnover margin plus missed opportunities on open pass plays sealed their fate. Florida lost their best cover corner early, CJ Henderson, and that made them have to play vanilla defense thereafter. Dawgs QB Jake Fromm gladly took advantage by throwing three TD passes on 3rd down.  The Gators still have a big problem at QB in Feleipe Franks, so hopefully the frosh QB plus the two recruited ones can solve that problem. Georgia is still alive although they have to beat pesky Kentucky (who edged Mizzou 15-14 on the last play of the game) to play Bama in Atlanta. The Gators still can exceed their preseason goals if they can shake this loss off.

The only other big upset was Texas losing in Stillwater to Ok St 38-35. The Horns appear to be one year away and this puts OU back in the playoff hunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He's gone now.  Like in many states, the highest paid state employee is the football coach at the big state university. Durkin earned $2 million.  He'll get a buyout of about $4 million. Meanwhile, an assistant or associate professor of something important, like physics, engineering, math or English, gets 5-7% of that.  (And most English professors do not kill their students)

U of MD. Class of 1975.

irwin posted:

He's gone now.  Like in many states, the highest paid state employee is the football coach at the big state university. Durkin earned $2 million.  He'll get a buyout of about $4 million. Meanwhile, an assistant or associate professor of something important, like physics, engineering, math or English, gets 5-7% of that.  (And most English professors do not kill their students)

U of MD. Class of 1975.

When you get fired for cause you should receive nothing!  Not the 4-5 Million on the balance of the contract.

Weekend Summary

Well I went to my one game a year in Gainesville, although I had a missed a few years, and it is fun to relive memories, traditions, etc. That being said, this Gators team is reverting to the mean based on its talent level and culture from previous regimes. There is no way that Missouri should dominate Florida in any year, maybe beat them, but not dominate. The Gators need to search within and maybe play some guys now that the four game limit for redshirts will allow it. Mizzou QB Drew Locke had a great time in a 38-17 win.

Alabama is simply making college football boring. The Tide went into Baton Rouge, Death Valley, against a 3rd ranked LSU team and methodically whipped them 29-0. The galling thing is that everyone expected it to be more and it feels like the Tide played an average game. Maybe Georgia, Michigan or most probably Clemson can give them a game, but it does not look that way. I will always hedge with anything can happen, but we could be looking at a historically dominant team.

As for the others, Clemson is on a roll and maybe Dabo can give his alma mater a tussle. The Tigers crushed Louisville 77-14 and suddenly Bobby Petrino is not an offensive genius anymore. Notre Dame won another game 31-21, this time against Northwestern. Michigan made  a statement against Penn St 42-7, and maybe Harbaugh is getting his groove with Shea Patterson. Meanwhile, Penn St is not elite, they are not great and maybe merely good. Georgia won their half of the SEC by going to "bluegrass territory" and dispatching Kentucky 38-17. Georgia simply has too much talent for Kentucky. Finally, the Big 12 is down to OU and West "by God" Virginia for possibly a playoff slot. The Sooners edged Texas Tech in a high scoring affair and the Mountaineers beat Texas 42-41 on a two point conversion late. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scbeerman posted:

Weekend Summary

Well I went to my one game a year in Gainesville, although I had a missed a few years, and it is fun to relive memories, traditions, etc. That being said, this Gators team is reverting to the mean based on its talent level and culture from previous regimes. There is no way that Missouri should dominate Florida in any year, maybe beat them, but not dominate. The Gators need to search within and maybe play some guys now that the four game limit for redshirts will allow it. Mizzou QB Drew Locke had a great time in a 38-17 win.

Alabama is simply making college football boring. The Tide went into Baton Rouge, Death Valley, against a 3rd ranked LSU team and methodically whipped them 29-0. The galling thing is that everyone expected it to be more and it feels like the Tide played an average game. Maybe Georgia, Michigan or most probably Clemson can give them a game, but it does not look that way. I will always hedge with anything can happen, but we could be looking at a historically dominant team.

As for the others, Clemson is on a roll and maybe Dabo can give his alma mater a tussle. The Tigers crushed Louisville 77-14 and suddenly Bobby Petrino is not an offensive genius anymore. Notre Dame won another game 31-21, this time against Northwestern. Michigan made  a statement against Penn St 42-7, and maybe Harbaugh is getting his groove with Shea Patterson. Meanwhile, Penn St is not elite, they are not great and maybe merely good. Georgia won their half of the SEC by going to "bluegrass territory" and dispatching Kentucky 38-17. Georgia simply has too much talent for Kentucky. Finally, the Big 12 is down to OU and West "by God" Virginia for possibly a playoff slot. The Sooners edged Texas Tech in a high scoring affair and the Mountaineers beat Texas 42-41 on a two point conversion late. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agreed on the boring. It looks like a two horse race to me with a Tua led Tide having a wide lead. But if Clemson can bring the defensive heat like LSU did, they can make a match-up a lot more interesting with their offense.

It sure isn't boring for us Bama fans.  My son decided not to come home for Thanksgiving this year and go to the Iron Bowl instead.

its almost a shame that Notre Dame is undefeated, because I just can't see them getting past the first round of the CFP.  This isn't the same Michigan team they beat in week one, and they've had too many close games with teams they should be blowing out. Vegas has Notre Dame at a 20.5 point underdog if they played Bama today.

The Michigan/ND conversation is interesting. Michigan is definitely better than this season and is probably playing better than ND right now. However, people forget ND is playing better than they were at the start of the season two. Their first 3 games Wimbush started at QB and they had no passing attack. Now, they sling it and score points in bunches. Plus, head to head has to count for something.

This is all just pissing into the wind though. Bama and Clemson are going to brutalize whoever is 3 and 4.

Weekend Summary

We all talk about the excitement, the unpredictable nature of the sport, the upsets, etc, that make the game the one we love. Well, it did not happen this weekend. In fact, for the first time since 2009, all top ten teams won this late into the season. Almost all of the games were non-competitive.

The game that was actually exciting was an earlier than expected Bedlam Bowl in Norman. Oklahoma did was they usually do, win a high scoring affair late 48-47. The Sooners offense is led by young genius Lincoln Riley who has another playmaking QB in Kylar Murray. Ok St also scored points at will and the mullet national spokesman Mike Gundy gamely went for two at the end, probably saving both teams from a four hour OT session. OU has the offense to play with anyone, but a team that can pound it will give them trouble. 

Summarizing the top ten, Bama was held under 500 yds offense for the first time this year. Miss St actually matched them physically and made them look ordinary. The health of Tua is a concern and he is looking ordinary at this point. Even though Miss St got robbed of a TD on a phantom penalty, Bama still won 24-0. Clemson went up to cold Boston to methodically win 27-7. Notre Dame beat FSU 42-13 in the JBurman classic. Michigan routed Rutgers, as they and everyone else does, 42-7. In the south's oldest rivalry "tween the hedges" Georgia over Auburn 27-10. LSU, Wash St, WV and Ohio St all kept their hopes alive.  As for the playoff picture, nothing changed.

Finally, I was one play away from leaving the TV to the driving range but stayed. For the fourth straight week, teams were running up and down the field against Florida. The Gators are really weak at DT (no inside push), LB (I can cover better) and S. However, they have a coach with a will to win and came back to beat SC 35-31. Never should of happened but then again I would have taken anything over 7 wins this year in August so I will leave it there. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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