On Mettenberger and way-out bowl predictions

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

Well, one thing we know for sure about Zach Mettenberger: He won’t be transferring to Valdosta State, as some had speculated, since he’s banished from the town that calls itself Winnersville.

Monday’s news that the former UGA quarterback had pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery stemming from the spring break bar incident in the Valdosta area frankly came as no big surprise. As I said on the day news of Mettenberger being kicked off the Bulldogs first broke, the fact that Mark Richt had taken such drastic action pointed to more than just underage drinking. And, for once, the most prevalent rumor on the grapevine — which I first heard literally minutes after the news of Mett’s dismissal — pretty much was on the money.

A couple of other thoughts on the Mettenberger situation: He indicated in his statement taking “responsibility” for his actions that he hopes to get “a second chance to compete at another university.” That should put an end to the hopes some fans had that he could return to UGA. But despite being tainted by a transgression of a sexual nature and a very public demonstration of poor judgment, that NFL-caliber arm he has and his showing in Georgia’s spring game probably will mean Mettenberger’s wish will come true. There’s talk (how credible, I don’t know) that Tommy Tuberville is interested in bringing Mettenberger to Texas Tech.

And it’s been gratifying to see that most UGA fans speaking out on the subject accept that Richt kicking Mettenberger off the team was absolutely the right thing to do. I have, however, seen a couple of postings here and there from folks who don’t think there was anything wrong with Mettenberger grabbing a young woman’s breasts and buttocks against her will and who believe it’s ridiculous that he was punished for what they seem to think should be categorized as just being a guy.

Obviously these yahoos don’t have daughters.

RIDICULOUSLY EARLY BOWL PREDICTIONS
Moving on, CollegeFootballNews.com calls its bowl picks for the coming season “ridiculously early,” but really it’s only taking things one more step than all the prognosticators who already are picking Florida in the SEC East and Alabama to repeat as SEC champ. Besides, as CFN says, “it’s always goofy fun to look at the possibilities.”

Notable for UGA fans is that CFN sees the Dogs beating Florida this season and winding up playing Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 3 as one of the BCS at-large picks,  with the “Florida/Georgia loser” facing Penn State in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Says CFN of the Dogs: “Georgia has the right schedule and the returning talent to slip through to win the East over a rebuilding Florida. The Orange would snap up the Dawgs getting the first pick of at-large teams (after the Rose).”

CFN sees Alabama as an SEC champion carrying a couple of losses and winding up in the Sugar Bowl against Nebraska, though it notes “this could very, very easily be Florida, Georgia or LSU if Alabama winds up playing for the national title”— which they think would happen only if Bama has just one loss. If, as they expect, the Tide has two losses, CFN predicts Ohio State and TCU meeting in the BCS Championship game.

So … Dogs fans should root for Bama?

359 comments Add your comment

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

oh and please repost anything that you said that was clever…I saw you claiming 12-1 and needing a team to lose being better than 12-1 and needing a team to lose..but you have yet to explain how. DiD Fla go to UCLA or Ore St and change UNis to beat USC?

termigator

May 4th, 2010
3:30 pm

South Georgia UGA Hick if both were hurt, Trey Burton would be far better than Hutson Mason. Mason sucked in his only big game of his career. Burton is already enrolled, went thru Spring and over 200 yards of offense. Not worried.

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May 4th, 2010
3:31 pm

No but fl never needs to worry about uga having to lose because we take care of them ourselves.

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May 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

please do be clever now and explain how 6 top ten finishes is worse than 3. I kinda cleverly thought that 6 is double 3. Who knew that you would come on here and cleverly disprove that 6 is double 3

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May 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Seriously I am thru talking to myself. I will do like Hershel and let my other self talk to myself.

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May 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

See I am good at it.

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May 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

UNDER Richt

Vs. SEC foes: 52-23

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Vs. Top 25 foes: 29-18
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Vs. Top 25 foes away from home: 18-12
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Vs. Top 10 foes: 8-6
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In postseason games (bowls and championships): 9-3
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In games decided by a touchdown or less: 34-14
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Record at home: 46-11
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Record on the road: 42-6 (including bowl games)
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Losses to unranked teams: 6
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Top 25 finishes: 8
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Top 10 finishes: 6
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Fact:………UGA was 12-1 in 2002 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Fla was 12-1 in 2006 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Not UGAs fault there were 2 unbeatens that year. “unlucky”
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Fact……….Not Flas credit that there was only one unbeaten in 2006. “Lucky”
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Fact:………Luck (not merit) had more to do with Fla getting an invite to the BCS not that Fla was more deserving to go to a NC than UGA with identical records.
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Fact:………No SEC team has ever lost a BCSNC game and if UGA would have been invited nothing indicates that it would have been different
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Fact……….UGA has 2 SEC titles..same as Fla in last 9 years and equal amount of total wins (90) over all.
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Fact……….UGA has been ranked more times top ten in last 9 years than any SEC team at 6. Fla has only been ranked top ten 3 times in 9 years (real impressive).
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Fact……….In 9 years under Richt the only SEC team with more wins is LSU

Fact………..UGA has won 4 str8 bowls….more than any other SEC team.
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Fact……..UGA has won 11 of last 13 bowls…Thats more than any team (tied with LSU and more than FLA)
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Fact…… UGA has won 8 or more games in last 13 years…more than any other team in the nation including Fla.
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Fact…….UGA is clearly as good or better than any SEC team over last 9 years. Only a fool or a fan of the mythical BCSNC selection process (non playoff) would think otherwise.
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Fact…….UGA had same record when they won the SEC title in 2002 as Fla did in 2006/8 when they won the SEC title. But UGA had the misfortune (luck) to have that record in a year that had 2 other teams with undefeated records.
Hardly an indictment on UGA but rather on the NC selection process.

y

May 4th, 2010
3:33 pm

I did. I said 2 trumps 0…that’s the only stat that the majority of the nation cares about. Thats all I was saying. Im not even a Florida fan….like I said I was just presenting the broader view. Im not saying its right or wrong but Florida is the better program in the eyes of the majority as a result of there recent success in the BIG GAME. I understand your facts and while they are valid to me and you they most likely don’t matter to anyone outside of the state of Georgia. Like I said Florida is currently royalty in college Football and UGA isn’t…im sorry I had to be the one to tell you. But hey if you stay in Georgia your whole life…you can ignore other peoples opinions.

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May 4th, 2010
3:34 pm

I cant help but notice “Y” left without clever repose on the questions I asked. Hmmm real clever.

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May 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

I live in San Clemente Ca. Not Georgia. I was raised in Port Orchard Wash.

and you have yet to answer how 6 is worse than 3 and how 7-2 is worse than 5-4 and how 12-1 is better than 12-1. I think I will never get that answer

y

May 4th, 2010
3:37 pm

Its all lies in 2>0. Thats the answer.

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May 4th, 2010
3:39 pm

I live in San Clemente Ca. Not Georgia. I was raised in Port Orchard Wash.

and you have yet to answer how 6 is worse than 3 and how 7-2 is worse than 5-4 and how 12-1 is better than 12-1. I think I will never get that answer
and I forgot to mention my name is Patrick and I am as gay as a 4 dollar bill.

y

May 4th, 2010
3:40 pm

Why are you a Georgia fan? Just curious. Did you attend UGA?

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May 4th, 2010
3:41 pm

No I lived there when I was kicked out of the marines for sleeping with my chihuaha.

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May 4th, 2010
3:42 pm

curious…the NCAA does not even consider the BCS champ as a legit NC. look at page 108 of the record book

http://collegefootball.procon.org/sourcefiles/2009FBSRecords.pdf

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May 4th, 2010
3:43 pm

except for of course the 1980 Bulldawg championship which is only one ever.

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May 4th, 2010
3:43 pm

No I was in the USMC stationed in Albany Georgia. I went to Ga Southern. I married a Georgia girl and lived there for 8 years before moving back

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May 4th, 2010
3:44 pm

And then we had our dog.

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May 4th, 2010
3:45 pm

actually the NCAA (look on the site above) has them with 6 NCs.

1927 – Record: 9-1
Boand System
Poling System

1942 – Record: 11-1
Berryman
DeVold
Houlgate System
Litkenhous
Poling System
Williamson System

1946 – Record: 11-0
Williamson System

1966 – Record: 10-1
Massey Ratings

1968 – Record: 8-1-2
Litkenhous

and 1980

but all of them are opinion polls. Until there is a playoff all are mythical

y

May 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

Gotcha. I went to UGA for law school. I never became a UGA fan though…..undergrad at Florida State University. Go Noles!

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May 4th, 2010
3:48 pm

y, dont you hate the gators too?

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May 4th, 2010
3:49 pm

and as a lawyer you cant come up with a better defense for Fla than USC’s failure to beat UCLA and Or St?

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May 4th, 2010
3:50 pm

I do wish my doppelganger would post under his own moniker.

y

May 4th, 2010
3:50 pm

I have respect for what they have done in the last few years. It does however hurt to see FSU get its doors blown off by Urban the past few years. I think Jimbo has them going in the right direction though…recruiting is looking good.

Stinger

May 4th, 2010
3:52 pm

Anyone arrested today? Keep us posted. I’m sure there will be another withing the next 12 hrs.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
3:52 pm

I liked FSU back when Richt was winning NCs for them. They have done nothing since he left.

Stinger

May 4th, 2010
3:52 pm

Is Methburger still in jail?

y

May 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

Lawyers don’t argue about sports nor do we come up with our own arguments….its a “team sport”. Law is not black and white nor is it anything close to what you see on TV. Plus I don’t openly practice any longer, I am a consultant for several companies. 2>0 seemed to be a pretty strong argument to me also….just saying.

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May 4th, 2010
3:55 pm

I still cant explain why Richt has lost 7 games to a lesser program like Florida. Must be luck.

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May 4th, 2010
3:57 pm

y, you let me down by the 2>0 comment. We dont play the game to win Mythical Championships anyway. We play to make fine young men and to have 6 out 10 seasons with 10 wins. Those are stats that are impressive.

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May 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

Did you see where the fat ass cop tasered that 17 year old in Philly? I seriously doubt a 17 year old kid posed such a threat that required that response.

y

May 4th, 2010
3:59 pm

It wasn’t my own argument. Its the argument that most people would use against you. Like I said the “broad view”. I stated that your facts are valid to me, however they aren’t valid to the majority of the population. Therefore I cant agree with you.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:00 pm

Too bad he didnt shoot him. Would of saved another life down the road.

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May 4th, 2010
4:00 pm

Dawg fans agree with me though, at least those who truly love us and thats all that counts.

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May 4th, 2010
4:01 pm

2>0 is a good argument…its like saying You have 2 unicorns to my zero. I posted actual facts. Until we have a playoff the NC is more an opinion. So 2>0 in opinion polls is not as strong as actual events on the field. Fla did win the bowl called a BCSNC but its no more than that … a bowl. However, 12-1 is no better or worse than 12-1…unless you use unicorn opinion polls.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:03 pm

But 13-1 is better than 12-1. just a fact.

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May 4th, 2010
4:03 pm

7-2 wins in a bowl and 5-4 in bowls is actual wins not unicorn NCs

90 wins and 2 SEC titles are actual events…not unicorn NCs

I could go on but you will resort to unicorns again. Hard to beat unicorns

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

The only thing that worries me is the statement about them being lucky. The word lucky is not a fact but an opinion and that IS a fact.

y

May 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

Alright well that’s your opinion and your entitled to it. Dont be surprised if people say the same thing I did. I support a play off too, but the BCS is way better than the old system. BCS championships should count for something…just saying.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

13-1 was the final record…both UGA and Fla finished 13-1……12-1 needing a team to lose is BEFORE the bowls. Now stop using my moniker. moron

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May 4th, 2010
4:06 pm

13-1 is a better record than 12-1 moron. fact

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May 4th, 2010
4:07 pm

It really is silly to argue with myself. I am the king of blogs like Phil Hendrie.

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May 4th, 2010
4:07 pm

BCS champions…did you read page 108 of the officail NCAA record book?

Here I will do it for you

“NOTE: The NCAA has not enacted, adopted or otherwise approved of the process described below. The NCAA has no role in the selection of the institutions that participate in postseason bowl games and does not sponsor an FBS championship.”

you do know what “not approving of” and “does not sponsor” means right?

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May 4th, 2010
4:09 pm

its a fact that Fla was lucky USC lost.

Thats how luck is a fact.

The only way it would not be luck is if Fla had something to do with it.

They didnt…so it is a fact USC lost and its a fact that Fla was lucky they did.

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May 4th, 2010
4:09 pm

si, do you know what 2-7 means pretty boy?

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May 4th, 2010
4:10 pm

Then is 2-7 under Richt qualify as “unlucky”?

y

May 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

Right but like I said it counts for something…and that’s in the peoples minds. I have made my living on reading documents so don’t be so quick to ask if I know what those words mean. I have appeared in front of the supreme court…twice. This is an internet board…that is an attempt at an insult. I’m done arguing…I presented a broad view and you have done nothing but provide the same useless dribble. Have fun arguing with yourself.

referee

May 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

Tennesse was lucky UGA lost to them and South Carolina in 07.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
4:12 pm

fact….Fla needed USC to lose

Fact …Fla was lucky they did lose.

Fact …If USC won Fla would not have been invited

Fact …..they were lucky USC lost

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May 4th, 2010
4:12 pm

This is wearing me out.