Some thoughts on last night\’s football game, and then I will put college football to bed for the season.
- Georgia didn\’t deserve to win. They came out of the gate trying to play bully ball, presumably because they thought it would be another Boise State game, and the Yokels threw it right back in their faces. By the time Georgia started to take things seriously, they were behind by one hundred thousand points.
- Richt called his usual bouquet of questionable plays (Oh, look, a draw play on 2nd and 27. That\’s fantastic, because it works so often), but why Willie Martinez didn\’t send the house after White and Slaton more often is completely beyond me. That was the game right there. Georgia would rush 3 or 4, and the linebackers would hang back waiting for the play to get to them instead of blasting through WV\’s O-line and stopping the play before it started. By the time the WV offense got to the Georgia linebackers … well … we all saw what happened then.
- I started to grow frustrated with the camera director\’s quick cut to a Georgia fan in disbelief every time something bad happened. Then I realized that many if not most of these horrified Georgia fans seemed to be scorching hot chicks, while the WV fans were, for the most part, accurate stereotypes of what you would imagine a West Virginia fan to look like, which is to say, not scorching or hot. The SEC always wins that battle.
- Ultimately, the depth and perspective that Right and his staff gain will be invaluable going forward. They posted the statistic that Richt was 20-1 against non-conference opponents, the 1 being Boston College in the 2001 Music City Bowl. That\’s an insane statistic. Add that to the fact that West Virginia had lost 12 of their last 13 bowl games going into last night\’s game, and the outcome makes more sense, mathematically. Oddsmakers will almost always tell you to bet on a streak to end. Do you like how I reduced this to cold hard statistics in order to rationalize a bitter loss?
- If you said you were going to watch the game at my house, and then decided not to, this is largely your fault for not caring enough.