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Monday, September 08, 2008
I tell you one thing, Central Michigan does have a good team. This post might be laced with a joke here and there about their performance on Saturday, but make no mistake, this team is bowl bound and could probably win the MAC again this year.

In fact, I'd put them up against South Carolina, but that's another post for another day. Let's get to the review:

The Stats Say:

I forgot to add this in last week, but the stats say one overall thing: Our Offense is SICK. As The Good Senator noted, Phil Steele's computer guessed that UGA would rack up about 597 yards of total offense and we received further proof that Steele tends to have an idea of what he's talking about. Turns out that the Dawgs tallied up 552 yards of total offense, which isn't a bad performance at all, don't you think?

The Good:

1) Matt Stafford -- Don't worry, we'll get to Knowshon in a second, but in the meantime, did you notice that Stafford has yet to throw an interception and he's currently the highest rated passer in the SEC? Oh, you didn't? Well, I'm here to tell you that it's true. Stafford's progression has been a thing of beauty, even over his gameplay last year and I think we're going to see him get better and better. He's making wise decisions, throwing accurately and taking care of the football. Right now I see him as the most important cog for us to finish the season with the record (and hardware) we expect.

2) Knowshon Moreno -- Seriously, he JUMPED a guy...while running the football...after making a sick ass cut to get into the open field. If he'd had finished that play with a TD, he would've received the Heisman shortly thereafter. Don't let the hurdle fool you, though, it was a very bright spot in a flat out blinding day for the guy. Knowshon finished with 168 yards rushing (198 yards total) and 3 TDs. His production is off the charts and I think he's starting to feel his way around this young Offensive Line. It took all our running backs a minute to kind of see how this line was going to set up blocks, and now that we're gelling a little bit, I think you can expect to see more big performances.

3) Rennie Curran -- The Liberian Dream is back! After being nearly invisible against Georgia Southern, Curran recorded 11 tackles (8 solo and 1 sack included) and was absolutely disgruntled against the Chippewas. Dannell Ellerbe is the heart and soul of the Defense, but Curran is going to be our playmaker this year. He's a tackling machine and is a man amongst boys physically. I'm a fan, in case you can't tell.

4) Joe Cox -- I know he only saw mop up duty, but every time he takes the field I have the sneaking suspicion that he can flat out play ball. Is he as gifted as Stafford? No, but not many people are. However, if (heaven forbid) Stafford were to go down with an injury, I know that with Cox, we're not facing a similar situation to what Oregon faced last year. We are not as good without Stafford, but we're not necessarily bad without him either.

The Bad:

1) Our Kickoffs -- Man, we've got to find some consistency in the kicking-off-the-tee game. I know Blair Walsh has a cannon for a leg and the kid is doing the Dawg Nation proud right now as a true freshman, but he has got to get more consistent on the kickoffs. While we're playing scrubs, it's OK for them to have starting position outside the 30, but news flash, the days of playing scrub teams are over. We've got to start kicking it deep and start kicking it deep RIGHT NOW.

2) Willie's Soft Zone Defense -- Ugh. I don't even want to talk about this one. It was bad enough that we didn't blitz enough people to sack LaFevour more than twice, but it's worse when we're giving him so much time to throw that our DBs are getting toasted. Bryan Evans had one of the worst games of his career, and the truth is that no one else's was much better. Sure, Central Michigan only scored 17 points, but it was 17 well-earned-because-our-Defense-got-carved-up points. There were a couple of times where I would focus specifically on our DBs at the line, only to see them run up but not lay a hand on a receiver when the ball was snapped. That sh*t isn't going to cut it against Florida.

3) Lack of the TE -- Yeah, I know this is kind of ticky-tacky, but I really like how we utilize the TE. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to see our WRs catch the ball consistently, get yards after catch, snag in the deep ball, etc. but I still like to see our TEs get some receptions as well. I'm sure we'll see more as we get deeper into the season because we have kept the play calling vanilla so far.

The Ugly:

1) The Heat -- It wasn't as brutal as I heard it was last Saturday, but it was still hot nonetheless. I know it's good to play in the heat since we're traveling to the F*CKING DESERT at the end of September, but I personally cannot wait for one of those perfect Athens-in-October fall days.

2) Being Hungover on Saturday -- Note to self: Drinking heavily on Friday, not good. It's called "moderation."

Well, there's my recap of the game. What was your Good, Bad & Ugly from the weekend?

Until next time kids.

Be safe. 

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Anonymous watcher16 said...
yeah you definitely missed out last Saturday though...This past game felt like a nice day by the pool compared to the sweltering heat and humidity of the GSU game!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
you forgot to mention the turnover for a touchdown by our 6 foot 4 inch 300 lb DE

Blogger Mackalicious said...
The heat wasn't so bad because right at kickoff a cloud that was 30 minutes long floated overhead blocking the sun out.

I'm with you on the zone defense. But overall, I thought they did alright. For a Mid-American team their O-Line was very solid so I don't see LeFevour getting much pressure against their other opponents.

Blogger Oob said...
Good - Following the score by hitting "refresh" on my blackberry every 2 minutes.

Bad - Following the score by hitting "refresh" on my blackberry every 2 minutes.

Ugly - Having to follow the score on my blackberry at all. Cable in the Northeast= fail.

Here's to watching the Dawgs/USC in Manhattan!!!