Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday chat wrap
By Edward Aschoff
Every Monday after our chat we take a look at how things went. We got a little backed up yesterday, so here's the wrap from yesterday's chat if you were logging in extra fantasy football time during your lunch break and missed out on our fun:
3 days (ga)
Am I crazy to assume todd gurley and keith marshall will exceed 300 yards rushing and over 3 touchdowns?
Edward Aschoff (12:03 PM)
For the season? No. I think both will have way more than 300 yards and three touchdowns this fall. ... Against Clemson? Yeah, I think that's stretching it a bit. I don't think they'll combine for that or get it individually. I still think they'll rush for a good amount against Clemson, but I'm sticking with under 300.
Seth W (Columbia, SC)
Edward, even with the Gamecocks breaking in some new linebackers, they return Legree, Hampton and Williams in the secondary and also a stout defensive line. How do you see the game vs. UNC playing out?
Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
I think you'll see some growing pains early from LB and in the secondary, but I still that defensive line will be too much for the Tar Heels. Having a good defensive line can mask issues behind it. The Gamecocks should be able to do that in Week 1.
Noah (Oklahoma City, OK)
What's the latest on Johnny Manziel's NCAA investigation?
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
Nothing has really changed. It doesn't sound like Texas A&M is going to sit Manziel this weekend against Rice. What does that say? Not sure, but the Aggies appear to be comfortable with the thought of playing him now.
Joe (Jacksonville, FL)
It seems like everyone is sleeping on UF again this year assuming that they won't able to navigate through their tough schedule. Do you think they be able to? What is your win/loss prediction for them? Thanks.
Edward Aschoff (12:07 PM)
It comes down to the offense. I think the defense will be fine. Yes, some key parts are gone, but that staff rotated so many players in all season last year, so a lot of those guys have pretty good experience. It's all about developing to be able to play more in games. But the offense is still a major question. Who will be the go-to receiver? How will the line look in pass-block? Will Matt Jones be healthy? Is Jeff Driskel really that much more comfortable with his receivers? Not sure yet. Time will tell. I think this could be a better team but lose more games. Nine wins is what I'm looking at right now.
Sitting in a company meeting. Can't pay attention. Football on the brain. KID - biggest impact player Saturday for the Bulldogs: Todd Gurley, Aaron Murray, Jordan Jenkins or are we surprised by someone else?
Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
Jordan Jenkins. We know what those offensive players can do, but is this defense ready for a high-flying offense like Clemson's? Jenkins will need to make a lot of plays.
IDeclawedScratchesFromNC (Parts Unknown)
Edward, with some coaches (particularly Les Miles) complaining about the annual cross divisional rival, I see the SEC moving to two rotating cross divisional opponents before going to 9 conference games. I know Alabama and Tennessee fans want the Third Saturday October to be played every year and Georgia and Auburn fans want to see the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry annually. Do you think the conference would allow Bama and UT and UGA and Auburn to play each other in non-conference games in seasons they are not scheduled to play as cross divisional opponents?
Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I think it would be tough to say some teams could do it and others couldn't. I think if you have two rotators then the one permanent wouldn't be a bad thing. I think if the SEC goes to nine games you'll see a 6-1-2. One permanent and two rotators. I think that's the best way to go.