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Dennis Green would be disappointed

The Common Man’s approach to CFB, brought to you by the most normal person on any team.


Well... we did it again... they are who we thought they were.

Somewhere in my memory, a four year old iteration of myself looks up at his father. For some reason, he is standing next to a door frame, hand on the light switch. He looks down at me, the thing he cares about most (my brother would be born a few months later in this scenario, and nothing changed), and utters this phrase: “I’m not mad, I’m disappointed.” Four year old me, not understanding the nuances of the English language, hears “not mad”.

In many/most ways, I hope to one day become my father. But in this very specific, possibly imagined, instance, I hate that I know find myself in his shoes.

I don’t find myself mad anymore at Georgia Tech.

It’s a sense of disappointment, knowing what they can be, and watching them again and again not live up to this imagined image I hold of them.

I don’t really know where else to go with that train of thought, and now find myself in the mental equivalent of:

Anyways...

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Pivot Time

As a service to both myself and you the viewer, I’d like to invoke some changes. I’d like to trade out Quick Hitters and Things I Think I Know. Regardless of their inherent correctness, there’s something off about them in my mind. So correct me if I’m wrong, but I’d like to reach to something that adds more value beyond the general emotions of angry about x, y is good, z is banana-land crazy. We’ll work through this patch together. After all, we found each other and decided to stick together for a reason. I owe it to you to care for you regardless of the storms we whether, so bear with me.

G5 Recap:

Here’s what you’ve got to know prior to the “Selection Sunday” that’ll occur after Conference Championship weekend so you don’t get surprised by the random little man team that comes out of nowhere to win the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

The Players:

UCF - Head Coach: Scott Frost - Record: 7-0

S&P+ Ranking: 5

Pro’s: Obliterating everyone. Largest University in the state of Florida. Blake Bortles.

Con’s: Best win is 10 points @ a Navy team that looks to be showing signs of struggles. Second best win? @ Maryland by 28 (post-QB cataclysmic destruction).

Hurdles: Season finale at home against South Florida

Memphis - Head Coach: Mike Norvell - Record: 7-1

S&P+ Ranking: 36

Pro’s: Second best G5 win of the season (UCLA). Riley Ferguson (former UT QB) is like the taller, more tattooed Johnny Football in terms of having a rocket for an arm and having a knack for evading pressure. Have a KTHotW winner at tailback

Con’s: Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad loss to UCF (40-13).

USF - Head Coach: Charlie Strong - Record: 7-1

S&P Ranking: 17

Pro’s: Quinton Flowers at QB is a true marvel.

Con’s: Took an L in the one true test they’ve had this season. Could ruin the entire G5 if they were to beat an undefeated UCF team.

Toledo? - Head Coach: Jason Candle?? - Record: 7-1???

S&P Ranking: 18????

HUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Pro’s: ummm... could legit win out. (NIU, @Ohio, @ BGSU, WMU)

Con’s: lost to Miami by 3 scores. Has a propensity to be confused with Tulsa.

Could Also Be Headaches/ Ranked Higher than the $EC (L)East minus uga

Oh man... there’s actually a list here... with a surprise twist to close it out.

  1. Arkansas State (22) - does this weird thing where they frontload their schedule then poop all over the Sun Belt. Go look at their past couple of years.
  2. Fresno State (25) - only lost to Overlord Saban and Washington in back to back weeks as previoulsy mentioned. Followed it up with losing to UNLV, but shhhhhhh.
  3. Southern Miss (27) - please beat Tennessee. Currently at +5.5 @ Neyland
  4. FAU (28) - currently rocking on O with no signs of slowing down.
  5. SMU (32) - beat Arkansas State I wanna say? I got nothing.

Ok this is getting dumb. I only wanted to highlight like 5 teams, but there are A LOT of teams ahead of the next team in the (L)east. Here we go:

UTSA (34), Boise State (37), Colorado State (38), Northern Illinois (40), Troy (41), Houston (44), Marshall (47), Appalachian State (48), Western Michigan (53), [FOREIGNER]ING NORTH TEXAS (54), Navy (56).

Then at #57 in the country, propped up undoubtedly by the lopsided nature of their only wins this season (scoring 64 ppg in wins, 18.4 ppg in losses), comes Missoura. You have to go to 65 to get the South Carolina, and it only gets more ugly from there.

So in recap, there are 20 teams that are statistically superior to 6 of the 7 teams in the SEC East. Just keep that in mind when your drooling dwag friends spout off schedule dominance and remind you that they won the 1980 championship.

This is also where this columnist reminds you about Bowling Army, ranked ahead of 4/7th of the SEC.

Ok, one last jab. Eastern Michigan, UAB (WHO DID NOT HAVE A TEAM LAST YEAR), Air Force, AND BOTH INSTITUTES OF HIGHER LEARNING IN NEW MEXICO are ranked higher than 4/7th of the SEC East.

Top 5 Top 5

  1. Alabama 2. georgia 3. Ohio State 4. Notre Dame

Let’s go ahead and piss off half of America all at once. Sorry Big 12, sorry Pac 12, sorry paying members of the ACC. You’re all fired. I hate this possibility exists, and the committee would have wheelbarrow-sized cajones to put previously unproven baby [styx] soft schedule uga ahead of a conference champion if they were to lose a close game to Bama. Because by that same argument, A 1 loss Wisconsin deserves to be in. 1 loss Penn State would be in. 1 loss whatever the Big 12 is going to throw to us would DEFINITELY be in (stupid championship rematch). Don’t do it, you could cost yourself the Hall of Fame.

TARVTSBR: Toledo? South Carolina? You decide.

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TARVTSBR?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    7-1 Toledo
    (30 votes)
  • 36%
    6-2 South Carolina
    (17 votes)
47 votes total Vote Now

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See my memories and understand the significance of a father’s disappointment above. Full tilt.

Kenny Trill Heisman of the Week

October 28th, 2017. The Day the Trill died.

Ames, Iowa strikes again. Missing the 6 year anniversary of their win over #2 Oklahoma State (the game I point to as the end of the BCS) by a mere three weeks, the Cyclones pulled off another improbably upset of a Top 5 team. Knocking off the surging Kenneth Trill took a toll on my heart and wallet (8-2 last week ATS, told you we’d be back). But, since the Trill One has yet to return to the truest of Trill forms (sort of running out of tarmac here dude.... get a move on), we must anoint another into our hallowed halls.

Following in the footsteps of teammate Donnell Pumphrey (KTHotW inductee Class of 2016), we have Rashaad Penny - RB - San Diego State University

BEHOLD:

Congratulations sir. 30 carries, 253 yards and 2 dances with the chalk-ed lady for you on a crisp October evening in Honolulu.

Tin Horn Team of the Week

There’s a joke to be made about Florida, but since this comes out on Wednesdays now (little secret: it’s my fault), you’re surely tired of Florida jokes. So instead, we’ll go here:

Missouri 52 - UConn 12

Missouri is the thing that keeps me up at night. After having been previously mentioned in this blog, we just need to bring up that they score a metric buttload of points when they win. Like I’m talking Week 1 KTHotW numbers from Drew Lock. 31/37 passing for 377 and 5 dances with the devil. Why can’t they be consistent? Why is UConn so bad? Where did the Big East go?

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Does Tech Need a Tee [Boston]?

Truth be told, I hate this still has to be a thing.

Need a pick me up? / miss this from the weekend?

I had to have watched this 345 times this weekend and for some reason, it makes me just as satisfied/happy on a bunch of different levels. Don’t know if it’s some sort of synchronicity thing or what, but I could watch it forever.

Prop Bet of the Week

We got our wish, the Under hit, but it didn’t really make a difference in the outcome of the game. Moral victories right?? Anybody?

This week’s bet: Pass plays by Tech over 40 yards - O/U set at 1.5

Seems like things have been pretty quiet from the A-back passing game this season. Virginia would as good a time as any to get the YPCatch stats up for last year’s yardage monster Clinton Lynch. Also, it’s stupid that Ricky has caught 17 of our 30 completions. Further stupid that Brad and JJ are tied for second with 3 catches.

The More You Know

Hate to plug Climpsun moar, but this was a cool look into their toss game they got real fond of running as of late.

And finally...

(sorry Crees, I forgot you this week, but the intro to this column is pretty much you and Safari Carl [Crees’ father])

Good teams win, great teams cover. Right?

10-0 in the last 10. Both UCF and Fresno failed to cover this past weekend, leaving us atop the pile of money for blind betting loyalty, serving as further proof that “scared money don’t make money.” Thank you Meek Mill. Thank you 75 year old lady Blackjack dealer that pushed me to -$100 within 5 minutes of sitting down at Caesar’s Palace.


As always, thanks for reading, and hopefully next week I'll be bringing you all the column at its normal time, preferably on Monday, preferably in the morning. Just like the doctor ordered.