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How Big a Difference Did Todd Grantham Make?

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Year 2 at Team Speed Kills disagrees with Matt Hinton's assessment of the improvement made by Coach GrAnThAm this year. In a year when offensive production was up, UGA's defense was better. Certainly better than the 2008 and 2009 versions of third-and Willie.

Since the last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957 (and I was born in 1965) it is fair...

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Since the last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957 (and I was born in 1965) it is fair to say that this is a once in a life-time opportunity. Without Cam Newton (or Nick Saban as our coach) it is hard to imagine this ever happening again.

An attorney and Auburn fan requests that a trial be scheduled so as not to conflict with the national championship game. (Hat tip: Scott Key.) This is, of course, a perfectly reasonable request, but could the guy have done a little research before filing his request? "[T]he last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957"? Really? There wasn't a game with the "national championship game" designation in 1957, and, if there had been, Auburn wouldn't have been in it, because the Plainsmen were on probation and were banned from postseason play. At least he's realistic about the prospects for a repeat, though. Go 'Dawgs!

The lesson: Old bulls get a short leash when boosters start to grumble and attendance starts to...

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The lesson: Old bulls get a short leash when boosters start to grumble and attendance starts to slip. The other lesson: Be careful what you ask for – five of the eight successors to the coaches on this list were fired themselves within five years, and another (Lane Kiffin at Tennessee) bailed on a depleted roster after just one. The new must replace the old, but it doesn't always amount to progress.

For the benefit of those who are anxious to send Mark Richt to the unemployment line, Dr. Saturday offers a word of caution. Go 'Dawgs!

Clemson, Ole Miss, Purdue and UCLA are the only universities among the nation's...

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Clemson, Ole Miss, Purdue and UCLA are the only universities among the nation's automatic-qualifying Bowl Championship Series conference schools that do not require a member of its football team to miss any playing time after two positive drug tests, a FanHouse investigative study discovered. However, six universities – Baylor, Cincinnati, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami and Virginia Tech -- have a much stricter policy, suspending its players at least one game for a first positive drug test.

This report released by FanHouse points out that Georgia has the strictest drug policy in the SEC (tied with Kentucky). Georgia and Kentucky are also the only two SEC schools to mete out any punishment at all for the first drug offense. It also points out an... ahem... "potentially significant factor" in Jeremiah Masoli's decision to transfer to Ole Miss.

SB Nation College Bowl Pick Em' Update #2

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40 out of the 135 people who signed up for the game correctly picked BYU and Northern Illinois. The Top 10 in the standings now look like this: 1. COUGS 2. Wurtland Warriors 3. FlaGators 4. Hilary Lee (Off Tackle Empire) 5. Miller 6. jerjharris 7. Hustle Belt Compensation Picks 8. nebraskasux 9. mojo133/2 10. WMH9

SB Nation College Bowl Pick Em' Update

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85 of the 135 people who signed up for the game correctly picked BYU. The Top 10 in the standings now look like this: 1. 4JD 2. Easy 1 3. OH_IO! Go Buckeyes! 4. Miller 5. CODawg 6. Wurtland Warriors 7. mojo133/2 8. The Gary Carter's 9. COUGS 10. nebraskasux

My Interview with Shakin' the Southland

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The proprietors of SB Nation's Clemson weblog interviewed me about the Bulldogs' season, Mark Richt's job security, and the future of the rivalry between the ancient border foes. They do great work at Shakin' the Southland, particularly on the X's and O's, and I look forward to some spirited back and forth between our weblogs when the Bulldogs and the Tigers meet in 2013 . . . if not before. Go 'Dawgs!

Georgia Football Players Aid Accident Victim

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I'm just glad that, when the police got there, they didn't check the players for suspended drivers' licenses. Seriously, Washaun Ealey and Mike Gilliard deserve kudos for a good deed. Go 'Dawgs!