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Jakobe HBTFD on Twitter asks if Carson Beck is heir apparent at quarterback or if there isAny ambiguity about the future of the Georgia offensive behind center?
Reply: To clarify, it will be a 12-team playoff and the question now is whether it will start in 2024, 2025 or 2026. I believe the parties involved want it to start sooner rather than later.
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As for how I feel, I’m fine with him going to 12 teams. It keeps more fan bases invested throughout the season and adds more nationally intriguing games later in the season.
I completely understand how some might feel about teams like Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State getting a pass to the College Football Playoff every year because their current talent advantages are so overwhelming. It’s true. As long as Kirby Smart is in Georgia, the Bulldogs should never lose a 12-team playoff.
For those worried about a diluted regular season, though, think back to the Tennessee game. What made that victory so satisfying for Georgia fans wasn’t that it helped clinch the SEC East or lead Georgia to a No. 1 finish in the college football playoff standings. It was Georgia beating rival Tennessee and got Volunteer fans to stop talking long enough until they came up with an excuse as to why their team was emasculated at Sanford Stadium.
College football is special because of the people. The stakes of the playoffs don’t change that. Beating Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech will always be great for Georgia fans. Losing to those teams will always suck. The playoff stakes aren’t going to change that, even if it seems to have skewed everything else in the sport.
Reply: We mentioned it briefly in the video, but Saturday would be as good an opportunity as any to see Beck after the Vanderbilt game.
Georgia just had its toughest game streak, so it’s understandable why we didn’t see Beck in wins over Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Kentucky.
This Saturday, however, Georgia is a 35.5-point favorite against Georgia Tech, the biggest margin since the Vanderbilt game. If Georgia does what Vegas thinks they should, the Bulldogs should get a lead big enough to get Beck into the game.
What Beck does though is a very different discussion. Since the SEC championship game is next week, Georgia may just want to go in and out with a win and move things around.
Or, like the Bulldogs did against Vanderbilt, they could really let Beck tear it up. He had 11 pass attempts in the win, completing eight for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Every game rep matters, and getting Beck — who could be Georgia’s starting quarterback next season — more seasoning could help Georgia in the long run.
First, Georgia needs to deal with Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are playing for a bowl game and aren’t likely to flip like they did a season ago under then-head coach Geoff Collins.
Jim Wallace on the DawgNation forum asks: Remove Kirby and Saban from the equation… which SEC Coach is doing the best job?
Reply: This time, a week ago, you could have said Lane Kiffin. But after falling 42-6 to Arkansas and then all the nonsense that took place this week, it’s hard to say.
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So instead, let’s go with Brian Kelly. In his first season, he led LSU back in the SEC championship game. The magical 2019 season wasn’t long past, but LSU won just 11 games in the two seasons leading up to Kelly’s arrival.
If the Tigers were to beat Texas A&M on Saturday, they would be up 10-2 and in a very real position to make the College Football playoffs. This LSU team has improved over the course of the season and Kelly appears to be building a culture that should bring lasting success to Baton Rouge.
He also convinced Harold Perkins to come to LSU instead of Texas A&M and Florida. The linebacker has become one of the best players in the country in recent weeks. And he’s only a freshman, which means Kelly has two more years to build around him.
Josh Heupel is also a worthy pick for what he did at Tennessee, but LSU, in my opinion, feels closer to a national title right now and has a bigger lead. So with that, Kelly gets my vote.
Brian Green on Twitter wonders how Deion Sanders can help add more energy and passion to the Georgia Tech rivalry
Reply:After Saturday’s game, Georgia Tech will have to make a decision about who to hire as head coach.
Deion Sanders seems to be a very popular name. He has brought real success to Jackson State and proved he can recruit. He also has ties to the Atlanta area that date back to his days as the Atlanta Falcon.
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I’m convinced Sanders would be good at Georgia Tech. And that it would be a home rental for Georgia Tech. I’m not sure Sanders is ready to leave Jackson State at this point and that he couldn’t get a better job if he chooses to remain patient.
Remember, Kirby Smart had other offers and jobs he might have taken before becoming head coach at Georgia. But he chose to wait until the job he really wanted opened up. The move has worked for all parties, and Sanders would do well to follow a similar path.
As for who Georgia Tech might hire besides Sanders, let’s not overlook Brent Key. He brought real energy to the Georgia Tech program, providing the substance Collins could never have done as a head coach. With new AD J Batt coming out of Alabama is also Bill O’Brien, the current Alabama offensive coordinator. Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell also makes sense, although hiring him would be a step toward Paul Johnson’s model.
Whoever ends up getting the job will be worth monitoring from a Georgia perspective. Since the Yellow Jackets are scheduled every year through 2037 as it currently stands, Georgia will often see whoever is the next head coach at Georgia Tech.
Perhaps the next manager will be able to coach more games in Athens than Collins, which would be zero.