published Monday, October 7th, 2013

5-at-10: What we know, we believe and we wonder about

There's a ton to discuss.

The lengths of what we know, what we believe and what we wonder about are vast and divergent. Let's explore each in matters that pertain to weekend sports.

From the "Talks too much" studios, real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky.

College football

We know...

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    South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is hugged by a teammate after making a sack on Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Alabama is good at tackle football. Oregon is fast and scores quicker than the Fonz at midnight on Friday. Jadeveon Clowney's darkhorse Heisman campaign is deader than Seabiscuit. THE Ohio State escaped Evanston — and that defensive touchdown that allowed the Buckeyes to cover against Northwestern cost Vegas about $100 million according to reports.

Speaking of Vegas, we know the Fab-4-plus-1 picks took a beating last week, going 0-4 on Saturday and finishing the weekend 1-4. Thanks UCLA. And it wasn't even close on most of them, with favorites, Arizona State, NC State and Penn State losing outright. That's it, we're taking a State break. No, the picks will be back on Thursday, we just won't pick any State teams. Stupid State. Stupid Clemson. Side note: We also fell into at least two traps that cost us some entertainment this weekend. If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times, if a line looks too good to be true, it normally is. We also put too much emphasis on last week, meaning we let one good Saturday affect our judgement. Also, the smartest play on the board was going against Alabama minus-56, and we ignored it like the poll voters are ignoring the Auburn Tigers. For the year, the Fab 4-plus-1 picks are 19-10-1. Time to start a new roll.

We believe...

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    Tennessee's head coach Butch Jones slaps hands to greets fans during the Vol's Walk.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tennessee fought tooth-and-nail and took every swing in its bag and gave everyone in Neyland Stadium and watching on CBS — Hi, Verne — a great ride. We believe it was a powerful statement on the following grounds: There were a ton of recruits there, and now Butch can pitch, "If we had one or two more play-makers like you son, we beat the No. 6 team in the country." He can't make that pitch if it's 45-6. His team was motivated and inspired and prepared. It's been a while since a UT team has filled each of those descriptions. We do not believe in moral victories, but we are inclined to notice and praise inspired efforts, and UT deserves that. On the flip side of that coin, the only positive about Saturday for Georgia fans was the end result. The injury run was downright voo-doo-ish (and we say if Keith Marshall doesn't get hurt in such a serious manner, Georgia builds on the 17-3 first-half lead and runs away with it).

Also around the SEC, it was a good day for the Tigers. Auburn beat Ole Miss, Missouri thumped Vandy and moved into the Top 25 and LSU killed Mississippi State to the point that there was entertainment for everyone late Saturday night. That's what some folks in the entertainment brokering industry call a salvage game. God bless Les Miles and the bevy of talent he has.

We wonder...

Whether THE Ohio State will see another test close to Saturday for the rest of the season. When unbeaten THE Ohio State and unbeaten Louisville face off in the postseason, can we get a Duncan Hines Cake (walk schedule) Bowl put together by then?

Whether Tennessee gets to a bowl? Yes, the feelings of warm and fuzzy are deserved and prevalent this morning for Johnny Vols Fans, but Missouri is a lot better than we expected and the same can be said for Auburn. It will be a fight for UT to get to six wins, but if we can take anything away from Saturday, it's these Vols will fight.

Can UTC build on the momentum of thumping a hapless Western Carolina team? It's time to string a few together Mocs, especially with the schedule back-loaded with App, Wofford and Samford.

Speaking of Missouri, the Tigers come to Athens on Saturday to face the walking wounded known as the Georgia Bulldogs.

Good times.

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The NFL

We know...

Peyton Manning is surreal. Dude is playing at another level currently, and we're pretty sure it's a level we have not experienced.

The New Orleans Saints are for real, shedding the "Dome Sweet Dome" security blanket and winning at Soldier Field in the Chicago elements.

There is no team in football that gets more from its home crowd than the Seattle Seahawks, who have a near-loss at woeful Carolina and head-scratching, pull-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory loss at Indy.

Jacksonville, which is a record-setting 28-point underdog at Denver, this week, is awful. The Jags are so bad their second-best player is Cecil Shorts and the mid-1970s Tampa Bay Bucs are making fun of them.

We believe...

Tonight is a must-win for the Atlanta Falcons against the New York Jets. This actually could be in the I know catetory. In fact, a Falcons loss tonight could cap a downright-crud-tastic sports weekend for the Peach State. Georgia escapes Knoxville and has three key offensive players hurt; Tech gets thumped by Miami; Georgia Southern losses to Samford; the Braves are all-but cooked; and now the Falcons. Ouch-standing.

The Titans win Sunday if Jake Locker's healthy. We also believe that can be viewed as a Jake Locker compliment, which would likely be our first. Good times.

We wonder...

If the hullabaloo about the Broncos is not a touch overblown? Yes, Peyton is playing on another level that's bordering on another planet. (Seriously, when he throws an incompletion, we're surprised.) Gang, they just allowed almost half a hundred to Dallas, and let's remember that Manning's record in less-than-40 degree weather is less than inspiring. And last time we checked, it can get cold in Denver in the winter.

Who is the biggest disappointment so far? Falcons are in that discussion with the Jags — no one expected much, but this is dreadful. The Steelers are the front-runners, right, edging the winless Giants.

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Baseball playoffs

We know...

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    Los Angeles Dodgers' Carl Crawford rounds the bases after he hit a three-run home run during the second inning in Game 3 of the National League division baseball series against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Braves are in trouble. Big, thick and deep trouble. After last night's 13-6 Dodgers win, L.A. leads 2-1. Game 4 is tonight with the Dodgers sending Ricky Nolasco against Freddy Garcia. And after a long and largely successful season, the Braves put their hopes in Freddy Garcia?

This begs the questions, how did we get here and does anyone this side of Sanford and Son/Chico and the Man doubleheader on NickatNite have more Freddy/Freddie/Fredi(s) prominently involved. (Side note: It's not unlike a softball team with Ashley/Ashleigh/Ashli for crying out loud.)

We believe...

The Pirates are the funnest team in professional sports right now. Watching them play, especially at home is good times personified. Pittsburgh has a 2-1 lead over the Cards in the other NL Divisional Series. And for those of you — Stuck and Spy — praising the play of Andrew McCutchen, well, dude is hitting .538 with an on-base percentage of .684 in the poseason. Game 4 is today.

There is no way a nine-inning baseball game should take 4 hours like the Braves-Dodgers did last night. Egad.

We wonder...

With all four series in action today — and the Braves starting at 9:37 p.m. — if there will be more than 15 hours of baseball today. We say yes.

Can Tampa even take a game?

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This and that

— We know that Tiger Woods, when he's swinging like he did this weekend, is still the best show in golf.

— We believe it's been a tough 2013 for Dario Franchitti, who split with Ashley Judd earlier this year and fractured his spine in an IndyCar wreck this weekend. A broken back and a broken heart, and we can all agree that Miss Judd is top shelf, correct?

— We believe that the FSU-Clemson winner in two weeks will have the most direct path to the national title.

— We wonder what the longterm future is for a more-and-more troubled NASCAR. The sport's teams are married to big-money sponsors that are harder and harder to come by. Plus the ratings are falling and the names are more and more forgettable. Quick, can you name the points leaders?

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Today's question

There's a million chances to interject, and we'll make this one easy.

You pick the topic, and toss out what you know, believe or wonder. Heck, you can even do all three if you'd like.

We've started the ball rolling, can you keep it spinning?

Here's another one:

Sideline coaches

We know that Les Miles' non-finger-touching clap is the most sure sign that his Tigers are playing well.

We believe that every single Auburn play is called "Run it. RUN it. RUN IT." Because that's all Tigers coach Gus Malzahn screams between offensive snaps.

We wonder how many places Vandy coach James has sent resumes?

Discuss.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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chas9 said...

Georgia just stepped on their face with a hobnailed boot and broke their nose.

But I give due credit to Butch and the boys, especially Worley, and to long suffering Johnnyvolsfan. UT's farther along in rebuilding the mailbox than we thought.

But UK, playing on the road, beat their spread by more than UT beat theirs, at home. And The Big Blue Air Raid now has a settled QB. Last time we went to Columbia, The Cocks won 54-3, so we're in the game now.

Doc B's favorite Pig came up big, until he didn't.

Gawga was IMHO the best SEC East team coming in to the game, but with all their injuries, they are considerably weakened.

The ever-bolder TFP devoted all of a technicolor page one to the close call, apparently thinking nothing else in the world, not the government shutdown, not a dangerous war in Syria, is nearly as important as Vols Scaring Dogs. The old grey lady theory of newspaper layout is dead.

But there is other news to report.

The Gus Bus is a better ride than The Lane Train.

First, the oracle JMC is right. He told us first that The Mizzou Tiger is a force to e dealt with. Tip o' the derby to JMC. With a weakened Gawga, the other James Franklin could lead his team to the top.

And another new QB Famous Jameis could become the second freshman in a row to win the Heisman. Cowboy Joe's team is back, and they didn't fear The Turtle. Shoot, they didn't even notice the turtle. So much for Vegas predicting the spread.

Where does DeAndrew White's acrobatic TD grab against Gawga State rank in most spectacular catches of all time? And Bama didn't cover the spread. Jay said Saban would kick a kitten if The Tide allowed The Panthers two points. So what happened to the poor kitten after giving up three? Careful, it's still a FOIB space.

Dennis Dodd points out that Texas Tech ran 100 plays against Kansas but didn't exactly run well -- 2.7 yards per carry. Still, 100 plays!

October 7, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.
Walden said...

Jay, you forgot Ashlee...

Also, what about Lindsey, Lindsay, Linzee, Linsee, Lynsey, Lynsee, not to mention, Kristy, Christy, Kristee, Krystee, you get the picture.

October 7, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.
jomo11 said...

amazing how Tennessee football has now become the University of Moral Victories . . . . as they say "it only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades"

October 7, 2013 at 10:24 a.m.
Astropig said...

There's an elephant in the room here that needs discussion: Does anybody else believe that an agent has gotten to Jadaveon Clowney and whispered in his ear to take it easy and not end up like Marcus Lattimore? Clowney seems to have gone into the tank and is killing time until draft day.If he plays against Kentucky,the 'Cats might have scored 10 points.As it was,Big Blue made a game of it.I've got a real bad feeling about this one.

October 7, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
chas9 said...

Walden--I have a niece named Ashley, her sister is Lindsey. My nephew married an Ashley Lindsey. True story. No Bubbles in the family though.

And Ms. Judd is indeed top drawer. You like shelves, I like drawers. See UK's hockey calendar.

Of course, when you survive a crash like Dario's, you're having a good year. Of course, I'm an excellent driver.

Pig's right that the Jadaveon thing smells.

October 7, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent

Per the computer rankings:

Tennessee plays Kentucky (currently ranked #100) and Vanderbilt (currently ranked #85). Let's assume for the moment the Vols win both of those. They still need to find one more win for a bowl game. Alabama? They're #2 in the computer rankings. Missouri? They're #11 (holy overrated, Batman). Auburn? They're #20. (How's that for some Top 25 love for you???) That leaves South Carolina, who sits at #31 at the moment. Wow. The Vols moved up to #38 following the loss to Georgia.

Who is #1, you ask? Now that Alabama is not #1, a stunning thing has transpired. Florida State, fresh off a 63-0 drubbing of a pretty good Maryland team, jumped to #1. BTW, Washington, despite losing, only dropped to #5. If you watched the Stanford-Washington game, you might agree that the Huskies should be right around there. They outplayed a Stanford team that many think could win a national title for most of the night. What happens this week at home against Oregon? Now that will be a fun one.

For the record, if the Braves had somehow won last night, the Dodgers would be putting their trust in Ricky Nolasco??? That's not exactly awe-inspiring either. I think it could be 2-2 going back to Atlanta, but beating Kershaw is going to be a huge chore.

October 7, 2013 at 11:32 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Chase- I appreciate the complement more than you can imagine, but my take was merely the fact they were playing Vandy. Yes, Vandy has improved a LOT since way back when but now has to "really" prove itself by taking on the Samfords and the Woffords of the SEC. With Georgia it'll be close if not a really, really, good ball game.

I'm not a fan of moral victories either, but Saturday's game was living proof Butch is heading the program in the right direction. And let's face it, Murray is the Peyton Manning of Athens and can back it up. Period. At the same time, the Vols looked a lot more disiplined then in the past. My hope is that they build momentum on this. Will it help them beat you-know-who on October 26th? No. But it will help with the remaining games on the schedule? I believe so.

I had no intention of watching Mocs-WCU since paint drying is more entertaining, but my activity budget was either chose State Fair on a weekday ($3.00 on Tuesday if you bring in three cans for the North Texas Food Bank) or the comic book convention. I only get to eat quality fried goodness once a year and comic book cons are dime a dozen more or less. But it was a nice change of pace but was not watching it with intensity. Sadly, because we lost to G. Southern, trying to convinence 18,000 people to show up on Saturday even on Vols bye week and Chattanooga Homecoming is about as likely as convincing a "typical" Chattanoogan to host an SEC tailgate party at a vegan restaurant. Especially with Dawg Nation on a roll.

October 7, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

When Freddy Garcia is carrying your hopes, all hope is lost. He wasn't good even when he was good.

October 7, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
chas9 said...

JMC--I concur about Murray's greatness. Dennis Dodd says his Heisman top five are: 1) Johnny Manziel, 2) Marcus Mariota, 3) Jameis Winston, 4) Bryce Petty, 5) Zach Mettenberger. How can you have a Heisman watch list without Aaron and A.J.? Dum and dummer.

October 7, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

The other James Franklin is now 3-3 and just had his team dumptrucked at home by the other James Franklin. Perhaps Vanderbilt has come back to earth after all.

Miss Judd may have some miles on her, but she's still quite the floor model.

Could the Presidents Cup be more irrelevant? Did anyone know it was on? Because this truly may be the best time of year ... good college football (except when your starting QB FUMBLES while driving in for a potential killing TD for what would have been a 24-7 lead on the No. 15 team in the country and somebody laid a stinky on the field Saturday in Birmingham. The latter would be you, Georgia Southern), good pro football (um, somebody else filled up the diapers in Cincy over the weekend. That would be you, Tom Brady), playoff baseball (see above references and just plug in Los Angeles and Atlanta), and the start of the NHL season.

October 7, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Top shelf? Top drawer? Let's just concur on top-notch. Deal? Deal.

The baby cat is missing an presumed dead. There are no clues.

It was an interesting weekend to be sure, and Deandrew White's grab was Ashley Judd-esque. And yes, we have seen the hockey promotion.

Walden —

We get the picture better than most, considering a big part of our day job involves properly spelling proper names.

Pig —

There is something rotten in Dem' parts for sure.

Jomo —

C'mon now. When you are looking for positives, you want to have something on which to build.

And weren't you defending the Mocs' go-down-to-Statesboro-and-play'em-tough loss from the week before?

Stuck —

Murray is slick and efficient, and did so with a slew of his favorite running buddies in street clothes.

Still, Georgia got lucky. Tennessee was the better team for the final two quarters.

Spy —

He wasn't good even when he was good? Is that like, "That place is so crowded, no one's going there any more."

October 7, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Some sports fans, not to mention the average Joes and Janes, regard Moc football as Division II, inferior, other similar descriptions. Unless they're dominating that "second-rate" division, people are not going to be out in large numbers to watch them. Georgia Southern apparently wasn't that great either, bad calls or not.

Speaking of bad calls, how about that 15 yarder on the hit on Alex Smith. That might have cost the Titans the game.

Heisman talk bores me, I'm sorry, especially when it takes the place of game highlights and discussion on the recap/highlight shows.

Two 5-AAA games decided by just a point or two, this should be a fight to the finish in that league. East Hamilton has been a great addition.

October 7, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

What is this NHL of which you speak.

And to add to the President's Cup debacleness is that is was done before it aired. In the age of interwebs, this simply does not work for sports anymore. Plus, Tiger Woods vs. Richard Karns, or whomever that young go-getter was? That's the best match-up we could muster there?

Here's a thought: Tiger Woods-Adam Scott. Go time.

October 7, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Interesting. No comments regarding my handiwork. Must had hit bullseye on all the points. ::deep scary voice:: Johnny Cook wins...Flawless Victory.

October 7, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
jgreeson said...

JMC —

You were spot-on across the board. Well other than expecting there could be 18K at Finley for homecoming.

If they were 5-0 right now, what would the expectation be? 15-plus,000, maybe?

Unless you could schedule Tennessee State to come for homecoming. Or Alabama.

LB —

It's tough when so much in football now is determined so frequently by whether a guy hits a QB a step late or six inches too high or too low.

So it goes. And the battle royale going on up 75 for the district is fun to watch.

October 7, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.
chas9 said...

Spy--She's been around the track a few times.

Jay--Yes, UT looked like a well-oiled machine second half. But up for discussion: On that TD grab when M. North went horizontal out of bounds, what are the odds he really dragged a toe in bounds? I couldn't tell from the replay. Call on the field stands.

Thoughts, anybody?

October 7, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Jay Greeson wrote: "Still, Georgia got lucky." Yep, that's it, luck. It was nothing but four-leaf clovers and ladybugs for the Dawgs Saturday. We had the best running back in college football with us. He was on the sideline in street clothes, but he was there. Not to worry though, those lucky Dawgs have Keith Marshall backing him up...Not anymore. Scott-Wesley down. Bennett down. Hell, even the punter suffered a concussion Saturday. Aaron Murray got lucky and led his team down the field for a late touchdown. It's not as though Murray has ever done such a thing before Saturday. Pure luck.

Old lady luck really let us have our way with her. Mark Richt should have bought a lottery ticket Saturday. I'm sure his number would have come up, but on his way out of the store, the Lucky Strike cigarette display would have fallen on him causing a torn ACL.

October 7, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

UT is improving, but can they maintain? Auburn should be bowl eligible by the time they hit K-town. This might be a good game.

5- Should we call Matt Schaub Steve Sax now? If he throws a 5th pick 6, does he get sent to Jacksonville for Gabbert?

October 7, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
chas9 said...

GD--Another classic philosophical treatise.

October 7, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

It was an amazing catch. It was an amazing no-catch. It was amazing.

GD —

Luck was maybe the wrong word, because we did not mean it as an insult. Maybe fortunate was a better choice, and there was a lot that plays into that.

Because, as we stated earlier, we believed that if Marshall stays on the field, UGA builds on 17-3 halftime lead and the final is 31-13 or something in that neighborhood. And one of the main reasons was that was one of those horrific injuries that affected the Bulldogs' mood as much as the plan. Add in the wide receiver setbacks and Georgia was fortunate as heck to get out of there with a win.

And yes, Aaron Murray made a slew of plays down the stretch to win the game — something he has done each of the last two weeks.

They still make Lucky Strikes?

McPell —

Yes, the UT-Auburn game is shaping up to be an interesting tussle between teams fighting for position in the middle of the league.

While Sax was more well-known, we'll go with Mackey Schaub, playing off the old Mets catcher Mackey Sasser, who could not throw the ball back to the pitcher consistently. Ouch-standing.

That said, no one is trading for Blaine. Going into this weekend, Blaine had a QBR (ESPN's QB rating) of less than 4 on a 1-100 scale. Peyton Manning had a 90-plus. Put it this way, Blaine Gabbert is only four points better than Spy in the QBR. Or Bernie from Weekend at Bernie's — and that dude's dead.

October 7, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Look here, 5, the arm strength may not be what it used to be - and it was never much - but the touch is still there. So is the desire not to throw into triple coverage. Which unfortunately Mr. Gabbert has not yet mastered. Man the Jags are bad. I mean but bad. Blaine from Cruel Intentions could have a better QBR now than Blaine Gabbert.

October 7, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay, I think you might have mis-read something. Allow me to review:

I wrote "Sadly, because we lost to G. Southern, trying to convinence 18,000 people to show up on Saturday even on Vols bye week and Chattanooga Homecoming is about as likely as convincing a 'typical' Chattanoogan to host an SEC tailgate party at a vegan restaurant."

I did not predict there would be 18,000 at Finley. I stated because we lost to Georgia Southern, the odds of us getting 18,000 are slim to none. Hince the comparison to an SEC tailgate party at a vegan restaurant.

I do believe if we were 5-0, we would at least 18,000 for Furman. Grant you that's a far stretch. Fifteen Thousand is a predictable number. Now that Wofford and Samford are top dogs in the conference due to beating GSU and App State being the Ottoman Empire of the SoCon, as long as UTC doesn't lose any more games, those two match-ups (which are both at home) should generate a larger crowd (I hope).

October 7, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

9er,

"Another classic philosophical treatise." Kind words, but a bit much don't you think. While I have read some of the works of Plato and Aristotle, at the end of the day I am just a smartass hillbilly with internet access. I think, therefor...Who farted?

Jay,

I didn't take your usage of the word luck as an insult. However, following a tough road win in the SEC that feels like a Pyrrhic victory, you'll have to excuse me and the rest of my Bulldog brethren if we're not feeling the good vibes of accumulating luck right now. Not to mention the fact that we are a little grumpy about our defense's inability to stop anyone from converting on third-down. Other than that, it's all sunshine and giggles. Come on get happy...

October 7, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

You still qualify as a dual-threat, in that you know the difference between duel and dual and you have not threatened anyone in at least 2 weeks, right?

Heck, the Blaine that stays mainly on the plains in Spain has a better QBR than Mr. Gabbert.

JMC —

Appreciated the Vegan line, and we got you are saying there's no way to get 18K in there at 3-2.

We're saying if they were 5-0 UTC would be hard-pressed this weekend to get 18K. That may be the question for tomorrow's 5-at-10: UTC's over/under for Saturday.

GD —

Pyrrhic had a theory, right. A-screwed + B-screwed = C you later. Something like that anyway.

No, there's legitimate hand-wringing among Johnny Bulldogs everywhere for sure. Some of it rightful and some of circumstance because of the river of injuries. That said, Georgia has too much talent defensively to be this vulnerable.

Is Saturday now a concern against a Missouri offense that is scoring points in bunches?

October 7, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

See what JMC did there? Wofford, Samford: top dogs [Terriers, Bulldogs]. Well played sir. Unfortunately, the Nov 16 game vs Samford is in B'ham. Too bad, because the Vols do not play that day; and a 6-1 [SoCon] Mocs team might draw 15K [actual attendance] on a sunny afternoon.

Billy-In-Brainerd

October 7, 2013 at 5:06 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Jay,

To answer your question of is there concern amongst Bulldogs about Mizzou and their high-powered offense rolling into the Classic City Saturday...Yeah, we've got concerns. The Show-Me-State Tigers are undefeated and putting up serious offensive numbers. Our defense looks great on paper, but confused and ineffective on the field. The crazy thing is, even with all the injuries suffered, I still have more confidence in our offense than I do in our defense. Aaron Murray has built a ton of confidence capital with his heroics this season, but if we need a two-minute drill every week it stands to reason that eventually we will fall just short of victory. It is beyond time for our defense to step-up and contribute to the effort. Mizzou cornerback E.J. Gaines has made more plays this season than all of our defensive backs combined.

Cautious optimism abounds. And all the Bulldogs join in a big Cornfield County Salute to Aaron Murray. Saaaaa-lute!

October 7, 2013 at 5:39 p.m.
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