Probably the most difficult areas of Week 1 isn’t overreacting to all you see. It’s just … it’s tough never to do this when you’ve waited such a long time to see teams doing his thing, and they’re there before you … doing his thing. The human brain is desperate to attain a conclusion about players, coaches and teams generally. These guys are excellent, this business suck and the ones uniforms are nice.
But despite having that at heart, sufficient reason for a concerted effort on my part never to overreact to anything I saw this weekend a proven way or another, I possibly could not escape a definite thought while you’re watching Georgia dismantle Oregon 49-3 with surgical precision: Imagine if Georgia is way better this year?
It wasn’t the entire ability on display; that has been evident last season once the Bulldogs won a national title. There have been hardly any teams in the united kingdom with the capacity of matching them in the talent department, and also after losing so many key parts to the NFL (and also the transfer portal), I knew Georgia had plenty behind it. It didn’t take miss the Dawgs to flex in that person, as five-star freshman Malaki Starks showed you how he earned all five of these stars and probably deserves a sixth having an early interception.
No, what stood out a lot more than anything was the Georgia offense. Last year’s Bulldogs offense didn’t receive much credit. It had a former walk-on at quarterback in Stetson Bennett, which may be the era of the Five-Star Prototype QB. Unless you have one, most dismiss your offense entirely. So nobody pointed out that the Georgia offense finished third nationally in offensive success rate (Alabama was 18th), seventh in points per possession or eighth in EPA (expected points added) per play last season. Those that did dismissed it as a byproduct to be paired having an otherworldly defense that took the pressure off and handed Georgia excellent field position all year. There is certainly truth to it.
Georgia’s average starting field position last season was its 31-yard line, which ranked 24th nationally. That’s certainly an edge, nonetheless it was tied with Clemson, another team having an otherworldly defense that gave its offense every advantage. Yet, the Clemson offense didn’t quite compare to Georgia’s, achieved it?
On Saturday, Georgia didn’t have that benefit. Its average drive began at the Georgia 21.7-yard line, but that didn’t stop the Bulldogs from scoring seven touchdowns on nine possessions. Those seven touchdown drives averaged 76.6 yards. This is no offense benefiting from a brief field. Their success rate of 63.1% ranks third nationally but first among teams that played FBS opponents (Miami and Baylor rank first and second). And Georgia’s FBS opponent was ranked No. 11 to start out the entire year.
Another unexpected facet of it had been that Georgia’s passing attack was what thrived. Bennett was throwing the ball all around the field, and the Bulldogs had a 29.7% explosive play rate (6th nationally up to now). Now, it isn’t as though Bennett was chucking the ball downfield or anything; the common air yards on his passes was only 5.06 yards. It had been plenty of short passes with big gains afterward. But we’re not evaluating Bennett being an NFL prospect, we’re evaluating him as a conductor of the offense, and he and Georgia made beautiful music together.
I arrived to the growing season thinking Georgia would reach the College Football Playoff again, nonetheless it didn’t have the horses to beat both Alabama and Ohio State. If the offense I saw face Oregon may be the same one which turns up all season, it is time to reevaluate.
Is Georgia better this year? It might just be.
Worst Scheduling Decisions of the Week
That one is out to the ACC, which hadn’t one, not two, but three of its schools playing road games against Band of Five opponents this weekend. Virginia Tech was on the path to face Old Dominion, while NC State made a vacation to East Carolina and NEW YORK visited the mountains to play Appalachian State. The intrepid trio were able to escape with a 2-1 record, nonetheless it quickly could’ve been 0-3.
East Carolina missed a field goal and a supplementary point in a 21-20 loss to NC State. Appalachian State didn’t convert on two different 2-point conversions in a 63-61 (sixty-three to sixty-one) loss to NEW YORK. And none of the games should’ve been played.
I obtain it. It’s an admirable move to make for these ACC schools. Playing in-state rivals from smaller leagues within their stadium is really a genuinely nice move to make and an excellent show of solidarity. The thing is there is a thin line between admirable and stupid, and the ACC isn’t able to do the admirable thing.
The league is locked right into a bad television deal for roughly another billion years. Probably the most feasible solution to increase revenue for the reason that time will undoubtedly be money from the brand new College Football Playoff contract — money that may likely be divided by just how many teams you obtain in to the playoff. The ACC’s reputation isn’t the very best at this time, and scheduling games it might lose such as this won’t help.
Sure, it is possible to mock the SEC for playing FCS teams late in the growing season. It is possible to roll your eyes at those home games against MAC teams the Big Ten plays in September. But do you know what? They win those games, head to bowls and enhance their conference’s reputation.
Be considered a bit more selfish, ACC. You’re an electrical Five conference. Become one.
UNDESIRED FACIAL HAIR of the Week
Looking good, Brad Robbins. Looking good. Robbins may have much more time and energy to focus on his undesired facial hair this year, because after watching Michigan set up 51 points against Colorado State, he could not be asked to punt often.
Fourth-and-Goal Punt of the Week
Congratulations to Rutgers, a college football program that cannot stop making history. Not merely was Rutgers the initial school to play a college football game, but on Saturday, it became the initial college football team to punt on fourth-and-goal from the opponent’s 43-yard line.
After facing a first-and-goal from the Boston College 10 in the initial quarter, an offensive pass interference call backed the Knights around the BC 23. A holding ask another play pushed them back again to the 33. That has been accompanied by an incomplete pass, a false start and a holding call.
What’s crazier? While I have no idea for certain that Rutgers may be the first team ever sold to punt on fourth-and-goal from the 43 (I’m uncertain where I possibly could even look it up), I’m confident Rutgers may be the first team ever sold to punt on fourth-and-goal from the 43-yard line in a casino game and win the overall game. That’s what the Knights did, beating Boston College 22-21. Maybe we have to add not scheduling home games against Power Five opponents to the ACC’s new scheduling rules too?
THE TRUNK Team of the Week
It happens each year. A team which has been down the previous few seasons includes a big win to start out the brand new campaign, and we officially declare they’re back. Well, in cases like this, it’s Florida State’s players declaring they’re back following a 24-23 make an impression on LSU in the Caesars Superdome. I don’t think it, but I’m pleased to play along strictly for the vibes.
Listen, it is a huge win for Florida State and something Mike Norvell and Co. needed. But nothing I saw between your Seminoles and Tigers Sunday night leads me to trust that each one of the teams will undoubtedly be anything special in 2022. That isn’t to say they don’t flirt with being ranked all season long, and honestly, that needs to be enough for both. But Florida State isn’t BACK. It’s simply on the right course.
Superstar of the Week
Remember last season when Florida fans were begging for Dan Mullen to place Anthony Richardson in over Emory Jones? It wasn’t that Richardson was lighting it up when he did obtain the opportunity; it had been more that Gators fans had seen enough of Jones and thought there is an increased ceiling in Richardson.
Well, the ceiling was on display against Utah. I saw people comparing Richardson to Vince Young and Cam Newton following his standout performance (168 yards passing, 106 rushing, 3 total TD), even though we’re putting the cart way while watching horse there, I could at least start to see the vision.
Needless to say, I also wonder what unintended unwanted effects Florida’s 29-26 make an impression on No. 7 Utah may have. It had been Billy Napier’s first game in control and Richardson’s first because the starter. It ended with a make an impression on a top-10 team. I fear, however, that it might raise expectations in Gainesville prematurely.
Stat of the Week
I sometimes wonder if Iowa football exists solely to let fans who hate their team’s offensive coordinator understand that it may be worse.
Low Key Game of the Week
Every week in The Monday After, I’ll highlight an excellent game that wont get much national attention since it wasn’t a matchup featuring highly-ranked teams. This week, we tip our cap to Houston’s thrilling 37-35 make an impression on UTSA in triple-overtime.
I went into Week 1 with this particular game circled on the schedule since it intrigued me. Houston this season has high expectations since it is probably the most experienced teams in the G5, and folks start to see the Cougars as a genuine contender for a fresh Year’s Six bid and an AAC title. I also wished to see what UTSA appeared as if coming off a thrilling season but without star running back Sincere McCormick and offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr.
I did so not think the overall game will be as incredible since it was, but my primary takeaway is that both teams are legitimately good and may find yourself winning their respective conferences this year.
College Football Playoff Projection of the Week
Only a reminder, this is simply not what I believe will happen by the end of the growing season, but instead my guess in regards to what I think the choice committee would do if releasing rankings this week.
- Ohio State
Before next Monday After!