Five “Quality of Life” games

 

 

For coaches, they are known as “Quality of Life” games. Those are games that, if you lose, you’re not going to get fired. But a win would certainly improve your quality of life over the next few weeks. Here are just five quality of life games, and whose quality of life they could improve, coming up this week:

 

1. Ole Miss at South Carolina, Thursday: Steve Spurrier could be 3-0 right now if Stephen Garcia completes just one more pass at Georgia. But the Head Ball Coach needs a quality victory over somebody he’s not supposed to beat in order to prove that he still has the touch. Ole Miss (2-0), ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll, is set up perfectly for this game. The Rebels really haven’t been tested, with wins over Memphis and Southeastern Louisiana. They also have to get on a plane today and fly to Columbia after playing last Saturday. Also, Ole Miss is just getting over a serious bout with the flu that kept 31 guys out of practice two weeks ago. Everybody in Oxford, Miss., is already talking about No. 3 Alabama’s trip to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Oct. 10. It is hard to focus on the Gamecocks. Come to think of it, this would be a quality of life win for Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt as well. His team needs to prove that it can handle being in the spotlight.

 

2. North Carolina at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson is frustrated and I don’t blame him. While Clemson and Miami deserve credit for their defensive game plans the past two weeks, Johnson would be the first to tell you that the Yellow Jackets are not executing the offense the way it is being drawn up. And the defense, quite frankly, could stand to be a little tougher than they’ve shown. After two less-than-scintillating efforts on offense, Georgia Tech needs to show some kind of spark when the Tar Heels come to Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday. A 1-2 start in the ACC is not what Johnson—or Georgia Tech fans—expected in the 2009 season. And both losses would be to divisional foes (Miami, North Carolina) which means things would get messy should Tech find itself in a tie-breaking situation at the end of the season.

 

3. Florida at Kentucky: Here is why this is a quality of life game for the Gators and coach Urban Meyer. They are ranked No. 1, but there is an element of doubt about the defending national champions after a tough 23-13 win over Tennessee, a 29-point underdog, last Saturday at The Swamp. The Meyer-Lane Kiffin feud was still in the headlines on Tuesday when the Florida head coach should have closed the books and turned his public attention to Kentucky (2-0), which may be a little better than people think. Florida needs to go out and get a convincing SEC win so that some of those questions about the Gators will go away. To be perfectly blunt, Gator fans, Florida looked like a mere mortal football team against Tennessee. The Gators looked talented, but beatable on a given day.

 

4. Arizona State at Georgia:  Now we expect Georgia to win the game because Arizona State really hasn’t best tested in wins over Idaho State (50-3) and Louisiana-Monroe (38-14). But what the Bulldogs, and specifically defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, need out of this game is the sense that the Bulldogs have a clue when it comes to defending the pass. For two straight weeks Georgia has not been able to put any pressure on the passer and receivers have just been roaming free in the Bulldog secondary with only token resistance. With LSU coming to Athens a week from Saturday, it would be helpful for the Georgia defense to show some signs of life.

 

5. Rutgers at Maryland: Ralph Friedgen hired a new defensive coordinator (Don Brown) in the offseason with hopes of getting things turned around. But this season the Terps have given up 52 points to California, 35 to I-AA James Madison, and 32 to Middle Tennessee. The only game Maryland won of the three was James Madison and that came (38-35) in overtime. Friedgen needs something good to happen to happen in College Park, Md., on Saturday. Rutgers’ coach Greg Schiano needs this one as well. The Scarlet Knights got off to a rough start against Big East foe Cincinnati, losing 47-15 and since have two pedestrian wins against Howard and Florida International. Two years ago Schiano was the hottest young coach out there. Now the Rutgers program is starting to slip a little bit.

 

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Steve Spurrier

September 23rd, 2009
7:10 am

We’re ready.

McDawg

September 23rd, 2009
7:11 am

UGAs trap game

PTC DAWG

September 23rd, 2009
7:36 am

As a fan, I’m not sold on Ole Miss….we’ll see. Look for FU to roll. GT, who cares? If they call the OL for diving at the opponents knees at every snap, that offense won’t work.

Nachos

September 23rd, 2009
7:39 am

What about the Alabama – Arkansas game ??? Freaking Tony Jabroni…. you are such a UGAy homer.

JB

September 23rd, 2009
7:41 am

Tech AND Georgia could be/will be out of the top 25 and thinking about which second tier bowl will best suit them. Tech already out, and will stay that way. Dawgs not far behind. I love’m but I don’t see us scoring 40 plus against Tenn., LSU and Florida and I sure as heck know we can’t stop them. Two very Average SEC teams moved on us at Will. If coach Martinez is retained, you will see something in Athens you thought you would never see. 15-20 thousand season tickets NOT renewed and the Hartman fund donations down 30-40%. That will cause the earth to move over there, and IT WILL HAPPEN. I know 3 friends that have told me they will not renew. Economy to bad to pay $10,000 for this product. Look out Damon, it’s coming.

MightyKc

September 23rd, 2009
7:46 am

Tony,
meyer answered questions abt Saturdays game on Sunday, which is common. Why it’s still being talked abt on Tuesday is because “last word lane” has kept responding, & continued to call out urban by name. And of course that the media has eaten up every second of it.

Crabster

September 23rd, 2009
7:54 am

My upset of the week: Mississipp State 17, LSU 14

JB

September 23rd, 2009
7:57 am

Thought for the day ( off subject and sports) Can Obama make this Presidency any more of a Cluster ? WTF is this guy thinking.

bamafan

September 23rd, 2009
7:57 am

guys – Meyer had the upper hand and everyone thought Kiffin was an idiot. However, Meyer opened his mouth about Tennessee’s game plan and he sounded dumb and whiny. All Kiffin did this time was say the obvious about the flu in Gainesville. By the way, news reports today are that there was or is no flu in Gainesville. Kiffin is still an idiot but Meyer looks petty. Cannot blame this one on Kiffin.

JB

September 23rd, 2009
8:00 am

Gators surprised me Saturday, but Tennessee really surprised me. IF they had a stud QB, That game is a toss up. And you know Meyer had them “lathered” up for them. Very interesting.

MoDawg

September 23rd, 2009
8:07 am

Nachos, you obviously zeroed in on the UGA game and ignored the other 4 that Tony lists. I think we know who the “Jabroni” (with no cojones, is….)

Alabama should be able to beat Arkansas, don’t you think? We still have no idea who we are at UGA. We’re trying to find our identity and hopefully will get close Saturday. I don’t see Tech losing 2 in a row against UNC, but UNC has a very good defensive front, so we’ll see. NEVER bet against Tebow. The guy is a winner, as much as it pains me to admit it, but they do look beatable this year. Spurrier has something in store for Ole Miss…something about this game tells me that SC wins it, going away. Don’t know or care about Maryland vs. Rutgers, but the Maryland faithful should be getting “cold” on the Fridge (budump, bump).

Go Dawgs!

RedKneckerson

September 23rd, 2009
8:09 am

I love America.

Tony B

September 23rd, 2009
8:12 am

I….must…..find…..any……means……necessary……to write…….about…..Georgia……even….if…..I…..have…..to…..make…..things…..up

SimpleDawg

September 23rd, 2009
8:13 am

Steve Spurrier: Stephen Garcia “may be the dumbest quarterback I’ve ever coached.” Williams Brice will be rockin’, but Ole Miss wins a close game.

Paul Johnson: ‘Stupid players, my scheme is sheer genius, I just need smarter players’…I should’ve stayed at Navy. Grunt Field will be a buzz with those 32,000 wailing Techmites….except when they have to stop to pray to the east. Who cares who wins….almost no one.

Urbane Crier: ‘If Kentucky acts like they’re trying to win the game, we’ll crush them….hopefully we aren’t sick.”

Mark Richt: Mums the word.
Willie Martinez: The players need to make plays.
Dawgs out score another “prolific” offense.

Ralph Frigidaire: Maybe I should’ve hired Dan Brown….he’s great at deception. Another “who cares game.”

Spike

September 23rd, 2009
8:15 am

South Carolina and the Old Ball Sack will beat somebody tgis year who is not expecting it. Maybe Ole Miss, they better watch out. Maybe the mighty Gators. Same for Arkansas. They will beat somebody in the SEC West they are not supposed to. Bama, Ole Miss, Auburn? Beware boys.

Brad in Jasper

September 23rd, 2009
8:29 am

Yeah, I get a funny feeling about the SC/Ole Miss game. An “upset” would really not be much of a surprise. On the other hand, if UM comes in and wallops SC pretty good at home, then the validation of the Rebel hype begins.

ED-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
8:32 am

Does anybody REALLY believe that Ole Miss is the 4th best team in CFB? Do Archie & Eli have that many votes? Doesn’t a team actually need to beat another legitimate team in order to move this far up in the polls by the third week? Thank the Lord the computers will have some say eventually. Wouldn’t be the least bit surprised, if SC had a defense, for them to lose Thursday night. But if Joe Cox can beat that defense, Kevin Sneed will shred it. Ole Miss will lose at least two games this year to teams with decent defenses. Alas, SC does not have one.

m

September 23rd, 2009
8:35 am

The ACC was 6-4 vs. the SEC last year.

Tech will still play in the ACC Championship game against Rutgers.

Thank God & Greyhound we don’t play William & Mary.

UGASlobberknocker

September 23rd, 2009
8:36 am

It is very obvious that poster JB above is not a season ticket holder and has no clue when it comes to true Dawg fans.. If the Dawgs went 6-6 this yr they still would renew over 98% of their tickets.And the not renewed 2% will be snapped up by people on the long waiting list. .if JB truly does have three friends, and if those 3 are going to drop the tickets because of the Dawgs play, then good riddance..this has been the best decade in Dawg history. If that isnt good enough, then please go. We could stand to lose a few fair weather fans. Maybe JB would take his friends cue and quit blogging on this blog. The Tech prograqm could use some fans, go pester them for a while.

On the other hand, if his supposed friends are going to drop the tickets because they cant afford thm any more, then Damon Evans cant really help that now can he?.

Im guessing JB is a frustrated fan who cant afford to even think about tickets

Hurley

September 23rd, 2009
8:43 am

Ole Miss is clearly overrated. What have they done that deserves a Top 5, or even a Top 10 ranking? I view this game with SC as a tossup, with the edge going to Spurrier. Final SC 24 Ole Miss 21.
UNC-GT- GT will win because “they have to”. Where have i heard that before? GT switches to new defense that will get their best LB on the field (true freshman Julian Burnett). GT 38 UNC 24.
…….more later (my class is arriving)

gdawginkalamazoo

September 23rd, 2009
8:44 am

The SC/Ole Miss and Ark/Bama games might give us some insight into how UGA is doing. If Ark and SC get shut out completely then we can guess that we have a long way to go. If they play them close or win then maybe we aren’t that far off the pace.

RxDawg

September 23rd, 2009
8:47 am

ASU leads the country in turnover margin. UGA is 116th. It’s time to pull our heads out of our @$$ and play some smart football. I love my dawgs keep winning, but it wont last.

Kid Ray

September 23rd, 2009
8:51 am

Thanks for the Rutgers mention!! Go Scarlet Knights

gdawginkalamazoo

September 23rd, 2009
8:54 am

I won’t harp on Ole Miss and their ranking. They took care of business last year when they had to. Beat the NC, beat a funky O Texas Tech in the bowl game. So far they have taken care of business. It really doesn’t matter to me as a dawg fan. We don’t play them and if by some miracle we get to the dome (not Chick-Fil-A bowl either) for a match up it still won’t matter, you have to beat them.

KC in Athens

September 23rd, 2009
9:08 am

Nachos, we’re in Georgia. Amazingly obvious common sense mandates there would be more coverage in a Georgia paper for Georgia. I’ll bet no one from Georgia goes to the Alabama papers and calls their columnists homers when they leave Georgia out. Blatant stupidity.

KC in Athens

September 23rd, 2009
9:11 am

JB, they’ll renew the tickets, because with or without Martinez, Georgia wins ten games this year just like they always do. We’re 2-0 in the SEC for freak sakes, and a long season remains.

obscure reference

September 23rd, 2009
9:15 am

KC in Athens,

You are trying to impose a logical thought on a guy named Nachos who is an Alabama fan. I’ll bet his real name is Nachos and he thinks the whole universe revolves around Bama football. Try banging your head against a wall and see if you get better results.

SimpleDawg

September 23rd, 2009
9:16 am

Ole Miss got to where they are by virture of the way they ended the previous season….the same way the Dawgs started out last year as #1. It’s just a starting place, but if you’re good enough, and keep winning, then you can be in position to play for a National championship.

This weekend will begin to answer some of the questions about who or what the Dawgs are…..

Dawgday

September 23rd, 2009
9:16 am

I still can’t believe JB knows three friends.

MoDawg

September 23rd, 2009
9:23 am

…okay, it should be obvious to everyone now that “m” drinks…heavily!

Mark

September 23rd, 2009
9:24 am

M- I was unaware that Rutgers played in the ACC.

ED-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
9:26 am

Simpledawg & Kalamazoo:

Everyone knows HOW they got to be #4 in the polls: they were ranked high in the pre-season polls and teams ahead of them lost. I’m just askin’: does anyone really think they are the 3th best team in the country?

Kiffinisatosser

September 23rd, 2009
9:26 am

Ole Miss v Carolina will tell us nothing. The HBC is over the hill and mediocre. Ole Miss is vulnerable and overrated. Given the quesiton marks about both, a win over either is of questionable value.

I is a bit like a win of Tennessee actually.

RoswellNed

September 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

Chiziks…get your red hot Chiziks while they’re hot! They start to lose flavor quickly when they get cold.

Rebeldawg

September 23rd, 2009
9:29 am

Beware of the Rebels….they have far more speed throughout their whole team than S. Carolina has. This game will be close for a quarter and a half and then Ole Miss will pull away for a 17 point win. Believe me….. Ole Miss is loaded. If I were S.Carolina and Alabama I’d worry…..especialy Bama…..they won’t leave Oxford with a win when they play the Rebels…the last two years the officials decided the outcome on bogus calls in the forth quarter….Ole Miss did not forget and Bama will pay…..Hotty Toddy from the Grove!

Kiffinisatosser

September 23rd, 2009
9:30 am

By next year Vol fans will be thrilled even to get a “cold” Chizik.

ED-Covington

September 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

Mark:

You have to be patient with”m”. Last week he had Louisville in the ACC.

David

September 23rd, 2009
9:31 am

2009 Ole Miss = 2003 Auburn and 2004 Clemson… plenty of pre-season hype but will disappoint by seasons end.

Kiffinisatosser

September 23rd, 2009
9:32 am

Jevan Snead is a veritable interception machine as soon as he starts getting a little pressure. Sadly, michael Oher is not around to help. Ole “ignorance is” Miss may escape from that den of mediocrity in Columbia but the trend is downward from here.

TommyJack

September 23rd, 2009
9:34 am

Good read from bamafan…..Barnhart is the best. Like his stuff. Too bad he associates with those numbnuts at CSS.

ChanGayly

September 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

Thank God and Greyhound Tech plays in the ACC where nobody cares that the emperor has no clothes.

J Dub

September 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

Nachos, don’t blame GA that Bama-Arkansas was left out. He should have left out that Rutgers-Maryland snooze fest.

JB

September 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

Mr. Slobber………..section 325, row 16 seats 34-35-36……come by to say hello Saturday. Since 79 I believe.

Really JB?

September 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

15,000-20,000 non renewals if Willie Martinez is kept on at UGA? And you are basing that on 3 friends that told you they wouldnt renew? Wow, let me guess, they also said that Joe Cox wasnt worth a crap at QB after the Oklahoma St game too. What a joke!
JB, do you have any stock tips for us? Maybe some winning lottery numbers? You made my day with that moronic comment! Keep up the good work…15,000-20,0000! Hahahahahahahaha

Kiffinisatosser

September 23rd, 2009
9:37 am

Thank God and Greyhound that Ed Orgeron kept his shirt on all day today.

BeanoCook

September 23rd, 2009
9:40 am

Which of my double chins do you think is sexiest?

JB

September 23rd, 2009
9:43 am

I like Suntrust and Aflac

Spike

September 23rd, 2009
9:46 am

Nachos.. Get some decaf.

CharlotteGator

September 23rd, 2009
9:47 am

bamafan,

Not sure where you’re getting your ‘news reports’ of no such flu found in Gainesville. Everything I’m reading has 6 more players coming down with the flu (including a starting LB) as well as the WR coach (who was at practice with a mask and gloves). Also, Demps and Hernandez are still not 100% and feeling the effects. Nice try.

That said, sickness is NOT the reason the UT game went the way it did. I’ve said it before and stand by the idea that most reasonable Gator fans expected a tough game from UT. Those of us with memories remember that last season with Phil and Chavis at the helm, the UT D was still #3 overall (incredible when you consider their bad O) and played UF extremely tough. The talent is obviously their and when you mix that with a top flight defensive mind who’s been gameplanning for 8 months (both Kiffins were quoted as saying that), you’re in for a dogfight. Throw in the best defensive player in the country, a good front 7, and a really impressive showing by Janzen Jackson (sorry LSU), and it’s not terribly shocking that the UT defense ‘exposed’ UF.

The other dirty little secret out of Gainesville is that for all the ‘greatest defense ever’ hype, Gator fans w/ memories know that except for a couple bodies, the unit is largely the same unit that was torched in 2007. Experience obviously helped and they played w/ great effort last year and improved, but its not like they’re so much more talented than everyone they face (i.e. the great UM and FSU teams of yester year or even USC to some extent last year). To be good this year and dominant (which is their goal yet to be achieved) they have to play smart and with more effort and intensity then last year. That and staying healthy of course. If they don’t (which I think you saw some of on Saturday), then teams will move the ball on them.

And in this Gator fan’s opinion, the Meyer – Kiffin stuff is getting old. Both coaches need to let it go and quit talking about each other. Seems like they try, but then lazy media members looking for a quick headline or story stoke the flames. Just my 2 cents of course.

Will

September 23rd, 2009
9:50 am

UGA will win easily this week Big Tone, 42-17 or something like that. No problems this week. However myself, along with many other dawgs fans, think we are on the cusp of a serious beat-down in the next 4 or 5 weeks if Sweet Willie doesn’t get it together. LSU will want to embarrass us, Kiffin will be looking for that signature win and you know Urban Crier loves to run it up. I don’t know what to think about the clipboards running the D and special teams. We better get it together or its going to get ugly very shortly. We are living on borrowed time.