You’ve only got twenty-seven days to break down film on the Oklahoma Sooners, email your notes to Kirby Smart, secure Rose Bowl tickets, and find a suitable barbecue joint in Pasadena, California. So I don’t want to take up too much of your time. But before you take a look at that Tulane game, let me catch you up on the news you can use in Bulldog Nation.
Bill C has some thoughts on the playoff selections which are well worth your time. My two cents? As I indicated beforehand I am 100% okay with Alabama over Ohio State. The committee has shown over the past couple of seasons that they view wins as the “table stakes” to get into the final four. The criterion that really separates the wheat from the chaff is losses. Ohio State had a clunker, a 31 point defeat at the hands of unranked Iowa in which the Buckeyes were absolutely manhandled.
Alabama lost by 12 in a game that was competitive well into the fourth quarter to a top ten Auburn team that very nearly made the field itself. If you can’t see the distinction between those two losses I can’t help you. Also, can you imagine if Bama had dropped a gane by 31 points to Kentucky or Missouri? They’d be out if the discussion never to be heard from again for years.
You know about Baker Mayfield and the potent Oklahoma offense. But our friends at Crimson & Cream Machine, would like you to take note of positive developments on the defensive side of the ball for the Sooners. I think Georgia will field the best defensive line the Oklahoma front has seen all season. But I know that the Okies haven’t faced a rushing attack like the one Georgia will bring to California.
I’m less upset by Bulldog fans blowIng up Mayfield’s cell phone than the fact that he can’t spell "applaud."
To whoever posted my cell #, bravo. But I got it changed! And to the Georgia fans that had the kind words of encouragement... I applaude your creativity— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) December 4, 2017
What do you do after guaranteeing a ten year, $75 million contract to your new football coach? Immediately and urgently ask your boosters to pay for it, ASAP. Texas A&M will come to regret Jimbo Fisher’s redonkulously large deal, and though it may take some time it’s going to be hilarious for the rest of us. Sort of like an annuity that pays off in schadenfreude.
"There are very few places in America that I would have left Florida State for, and Texas A&M is at the top.”— 12th Man Foundation (@12thManFndtn) December 4, 2017
Join coach Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies at Kyle Field in 2018.
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As you’ve likely heard Roquan Smith has been named the 2017 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker. Smith won the award with a full 60% of first place votes, the largest margin of any winner in a decade. While three other recent Bulldogs have been finalists for the trophy (Justin Houston in 2010, Jarvis Jones in both 2011 and 2012, and Leonard Floyd in 2015), the pride of Montezuma is the first Georgia player to win the award. Smith is still up for a few other post-season awards, including the Nagurski Award presented to the nation’s top defensive player.
In other good news, Kirby Smart updated us on Sony Michel’s knee last night. Michel left the SEC Championship Game and underwent an MRI Saturday. It appears that everything is structurally sound, Sony’s got some soreness, but he should be 100% by the Rose Bowl. That’s the best news I’ve got, so I’m stopping there. Until later . . .