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Jake Fromm as the SEC’s 6th best QB? That’s absurd
Jake Fromm has been pretty much perfect this season. He’s completing 80.4 percent of his passes, the best mark in the country. He hasn’t had to throw a pass in the fourth quarter yet and Georgia’s rolled up 40 points in each of its first three games, and all of those points have come before the start of the fourth quarter.
But apparently that isn’t enough to impress former Vanderbilt quarterback and SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers. On Wednesday, Rodgers tweeted out his power rankings for the SEC quarterbacks.
Tua Tagovailoa came in first. That’s fine. Drew Lock at No. 2. Understandable. But Fromm? He’s in sixth, after Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur.
Week 3 SEC QB Power Rankings:
Top 3 SHAKE UP & BIG movers in Top 10 — Agree 1-14? @SECNetwork
— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) September 19, 2018
While Rodgers is entitled to his opinion, I think most Georgia fans disagree with him.
For one it seems like Mond and Shurmur are being rewarded for impressing as underdogs in games that their teams lost. Shurmur in particular, given that Fromm was able to go into Notre Dame a year ago and beat the Fighting Irish in his first career start. Mond looked good against Clemson, but was he more impressive than what Fromm against Auburn in the SEC Championship game or Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl?
Fromm isn’t as flashy or as sexy as some of those other guys but to insinuate that he isn’t better than Shurmur, Mond or Fitzgerald is something I, and most Georgia fans, just disagree with. Fitzgerald is completing 52 percent of his passes. And while he’s shined as a runner, does that make him a better quarterback than Fromm? He was 11 of 27 against Kansas State. This is your third best quarterback in the SEC?
So far this season, Fromm has done everything that’s been asked of him. Rodgers also added that he sees Fromm as an undrafted free agent in terms of his NFL future. It’s worth pointing out that the NFL Draft isn’t tomorrow and that Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is someone who went from mid-round pick to the No. 1 overall pick despite not having traditional NFL physical traits.
We’ve seen what Fromm can do in the Rose Bowl as he led Georgia on a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. Sometimes I feel like this gets passed over by some while the likes of Fitzgerald and Mond roll up stats on the likes of Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Georgia given the second best chance to make the College Football Playoff
A year ago, plenty of people were surprised when the SEC was able to get to two teams in the College Football Playoff. But in 2018, it’s currently the expectation.
According to ESPN’s playoff predictor, Georgia has the second best chance of making the College Football Playoff at 58 percent, ahead of teams like Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State.
Alabama has the best odds at 79 percent. Should both teams make it to Atlanta with unbeaten records for the SEC Championship, it seems like there’s a very good chance that both teams will be in the College Football Playoff.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 19, 2018
It is interesting to note though that the SEC team with the third best chance of making the College Football Playoff is Mississippi State. LSU and Auburn are both rated higher, but both opponents have games against Georgia and Alabama. LSU gets both at home, while Auburn has to visit Georgia and Alabama.
According to the playoff predictor, there is a 98 percent chance that the SEC gets at least one team in and a 49 percent chance that the conference gets two teams in. If that is the case, even if Georgia and Alabama are the most deserving teams, there will be a lot upset fans around the country that the SEC got two teams in, again.
Georgia basketball announces TV times for SEC schedule
We’re getting closer and closer to the start of the Tom Crean era, as Georgia’s first game is set for Nov. 9 against Savannah State. On Wednesday, Georgia’s TV schedule for the 2018-19 season was announced. The highlight is the Jan. 19 game against Florida, which will be broadcast on CBS and tip 12 p.m.
Other highlights include the Kentucky game, which will tip at 7 p.m. A television network is yet to be determined for that game. The Bulldogs home game against Auburn will air on either ESPN or ESPNU and will tip at 9 p.m., which should give fans plenty of time to pack Stegeman Coliseum.
You ready? pic.twitter.com/g5oOc0MTzy
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) September 19, 2018
Fans can get a sneak peak at both the men’s and women’s teams on Oct. 5, as both teams will participate in Stegmania at Stegeman Coliseum. Crean comes to Georgia after previously coaching at Indiana and Marquette.
Make sure to come out to Marlow Tavern’s on Thursday
Want to talk some Georgia football with the DawgNation experts ahead of Georgia’s big game against Missouri? Well DawgNation has you covered.
On Thursday, DawgNation’s Brandon Adams and Mike Griffith will be at the Marlow’s in Brookhaven(3575 Durden Dr NE #301, Atlanta, GA 30319) to take your questions and talk about Georgia football.
Also, if you entered the Marlow’s Tavern DawgNation Invasion to LSU contest, the winner will be announced LIVE! If you haven’t entered, visit DawgNation.com by the 20th and click on DawgNation Invasion in the menu to enter. The Georgia-LSU game figures to be one of the games of the college football season so this is definitely something you’ll want to get in on.
Wear your Red & Black and get a FREE appetizer with your entree purchase.
The festivities start at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. so come on by, have a bite to eat and talk some Georgia football with us. You’ll be able to talk about all sorts of things, whether it be Jake Fromm, Justin Fields or Kirby Smart. These events are always a great time and this one will be as well.
Best stories from around DawgNation
- ESPN names Georgia’s most important remaining game
- On the Beat: Georgia run game, front seven have room to improve
- Georgia football podcast: Jake Fromm’s quietly putting together amazing statistical feat
- Georgia defense plans to make Missouri quarterback Drew Lock ‘uncomfortable’ in battle of unbeatens
- Rating each game on Georgia’s 2019 schedule in terms of fan excitement
- Georgia coach Kirby Smart says Missouri QB Drew Lock ‘in a league of his own’
- Ask Sentell: What now constitutes a recruiting bust for Georgia football?
- Georgia safety Richard LeCounte expects a busy day keeping Missouri in front of him
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) September 19, 2018
Hard to fathom that we had all these guys on roster at the same time. pic.twitter.com/jZN17v4R27
— blakejmorgan (@blakejmorgann) September 18, 2018
Georgia got @Ludacris for a spring football scrimmage.
The Atlanta Super Bowl got Maroon 5.
Once again, college trumps pro. pic.twitter.com/B0X2Pks1OA
— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) September 19, 2018
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) September 19, 2018
Good Dog of the Day
This is Indy. While the other pups were playing, he studied the wag. 14/10 destined for h*ckin greatness pic.twitter.com/bMq61foRAo
— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) September 19, 2018
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