We had another great chat today. Here's a short recap if you spent your lunch break trying to find that sandwich you thought you hid in the back of the refrigerator:
Mike (Sunny Scottsdale, Az)
Hey Ed, I realize that Missouri is a good team, but the Vols didn't even look competitive. I believe they got into Missouri territory eight times and only managed three points. So, after the beating the Vols took at Missouri, do you think they can compete against Auburn? The Vols opened up as seven-point underdogs.
Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
With the struggles Tennessee is having on both sides of the ball, I just don't see it. I think Auburn, even though this is on the road, rolls this weekend. The Tigers lead the SEC in rushing and are third in total offense. Tennessee is 13th in the league in total defense. The offense might be able to hang for a little in the first half, but Auburn is just getting better every week.
Thoughts on B Peace having a job after this year? Tired of Gator Nation getting on [Will] Muschamp's back after Year 3, not sure who else is even available out there and wouldn't be worth it to lose all those recruits. Something has got to change on offense though, thoughts?
Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
I think it's tough to say at this point. I think both are on the hot seat right now, but that doesn't mean that either will lose their jobs. Things certainly have to change, but players have to get healthy, too. This team lost it's RT, QB and RB for the season and WR Andre Debose has been out all season. There isn't elite talent on offense so it's hard to get a good game plan going when you are limited at QB and WR. Plus, the offensive line has struggled.
Dash, How in the world does [Todd] Gurley not get tossed for throwing a punch right in front of two officials on Saturday? Not saying my Gators would have won anyway, but there were some ridiculous calls, and we got Gurley throwing left hooks and not even getting flagged. Is this something the league will review?
Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
Both were pretty blatant, and I'm surprised he didn't even get flagged for them. Pretty bad. The league can still review the film and take action afterward. Gurley lost his cool. Can't do that.
George Hronas (Dallas)
I am a huge Razorback fan and I've accepted that Coach B was left with almost no talent to work with. Do you think he will be able to string together consistent top-15 to top-20 recruiting classes to make us contenders again?
Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
He has to get going with that now. The Hogs are [ranked] No. 35 by ESPN right now, but I think [Bret] Bielema has to do a lot more. He needs to make more inroads in Florida and Georgia (where he has three commits total right now). Alex Collins was a big get, but I think he has to be more consistent in that part of the country in order to compete. He just doesn't have the horses or the types of players he needs to succeed with his style. It won't help that Missouri is improving and Texas A&M is elite.
How big of a difference does a healthy Todd Gurley make? He scored two TDs on like six touches and you could tell he wasn't the same after the second one, How lucky is Georgia to have him?
Edward Aschoff (12:12 PM)
I said it on Saturday, and I'll say it again now: When Todd Gurley is healthy, he's the best running back in the country. No disrespect to Mike Davis or Jeremy Hill, but Gurley is the best running back. He can break long runs, and he can grind out tough yards. He has great instincts and great movement. His vision is impeccable. He was averaging 6 yards a carry before Saturday and totaled 187 yards in his return. Stud.