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No. 6: Georgia

If football games were 15 minutes long, Georgia would have been the best team in the country. If football games were 30 minutes long, Georgia would have worn the SEC crown for the first time since 2005. The Bulldogs allowed only 27 points in the first quarter all season: Boise State, Florida and Auburn scored one touchdown apiece; Mississippi State and Kentucky added a field goal; and the rest, the other nine teams, were held scoreless. In the first half of games, Georgia outscored its 14 opponents by a score of 275-111. Against Auburn on Nov. 12, the Bulldogs put together the program’s most dominating first half of SEC play since… when? But it was a different story in the second half, with this fact illustrated no better than in the two biggest games of Georgia’s season. In the opener, Boise State left Georgia in the dust with back-to-back touchdowns to open the second half. In the SEC title game, Georgia’s 10-0 second-quarter lead was followed by 42 unanswered L.S.U. points, 35 of which came over the game’s final 30 minutes. Georgia has already proved it can play with anyone for 30 minutes. But to be the best in the SEC, the Bulldogs need to round into 60-minute form.

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    It’s Open Season on Penn State’s Roster

    It’s open season on Penn State’s roster. We’ve seen this before, in the early days of the sanctions assessed on U.S.C. three years ago and, if you can think back far enough, in the weeks following the penalties levied onto S.M.U. in 1987. There’s something different about this raid, however. One reason may be the fact that everything will be done in the open: Jim Delany, the Big Ten and the N.C.A.A. have essentially turned Penn State’s players into recruits, turning back the clock to those days when, as high school recruits, these same players were available to any school that would have their services.

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      Boise Gives Petersen a Lifetime Contract

      Chris Petersen’s new contract at Boise State looks a lot like his old contract at Boise State, albeit with a slight boost to his annual salary. In 2010, Petersen inked a deal with the university that raised his annual salary from $850,000 — his payout beginning in 2007, after he led the Broncos to a Fiesta Bowl win — to $1.6 million. The new deal, which kicks in beginning with this coming season, will pay Petersen roughly $11.75 million over five years; that’s an average of $2.35 million per season, though the contract is back-loaded to pay more in 2015 and 2016 than in 2012 and 2013. The first-glance takeaway from this new contract: Petersen is being paid significantly less money than the F.B.S. head coaches who inhabit the same coaching stratosphere.

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        Georgia Suspends Rambo and Ogletree

        As reported late this evening by DawgPost.com, Georgia will suspend free safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree for at least two games, and as many as four games, for a violation of team rules. That duo joins another pair of would-be starting defenders, cornerbacks Sanders Commings and Branden Smith, who have either already been suspended or face a future suspension for offseason arrests. Commings, who was arrested in January on charges of domestic violence, will miss the first two games of the season. Smith has yet to have his suspension formalized after he was arrested on misdemeanor drug possession charges earlier this month.

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          The Year in Review: Georgia (10-4, 6-2)

          If football games were 15 minutes long, Georgia would have been the best team in the country. If football games were 30 minutes long, Georgia would have worn the SEC crown for the first time since 2005. The Bulldogs allowed only 27 points in the first quarter all season: Boise State, Florida and Auburn scored one touchdown apiece; Mississippi State and Kentucky added a field goal; and the rest, the other nine teams, were held scoreless. In the first half of games, Georgia outscored its 14 opponents by a score of 275-111. Against Auburn on Nov. 12, the Bulldogs put together the program’s most dominating first half of SEC play since… when?

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            Future Members of the Hall of Fame: Coaches

            So there are issues with the College Football Hall of Fame’s eligibility criteria for coaches, as discussed at length earlier today. Eliminating those whose career spanned less than 10 years is silly; excluding those with a career winning percentage less than 60 percent is ridiculous. But rules are rules: Howard Schnellenberger deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame, but he’ll continue to be ineligible until the National Football Foundation alters its criteria. For now, active or recently active coaches who deserve Hall of Fame consideration must meet the Foundation’s existing — and puzzling — stipulations for inclusion.

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              Write Off the Bulldogs at Your Own Peril

              The Bulldogs have already made one important choice heading into Saturday’s game against L.S.U.: given the option of wearing the same Nike uniforms they wore in September’s loss to Boise State, the Bulldogs opted for a more traditional look. Red shirts, red hats, gray pants. As Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote on Wednesday, thinking outside the fashion box has typically backfired on Georgia, which in recent years has donned red, black and black against Boise State, Florida and Alabama, respectively, and promptly lost by 14, 24 and 11 points, respectively. And can you blame Georgia for putting September in the rearview mirror?

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                So Yeah, Richt Isn’t Going Anywhere

                The stories were written in September. They came too easily; they rolled off the fingertips, with a little background and an empty space for quotes. There are deadlines to meet, remember, and it seemed like many wanted to get in ahead of the curve in ending Mark Richt’s tenure after an 0-2 start to his 11th season in Athens. Those stories, written in September in advance of December, need to be rewritten — it not deleted altogether. Richt isn’t going anywhere. Not in 2011, not in 2012 and not until he opts to step down on his own volition, in my opinion. His team, written off in September, is in the driver’s seat in the SEC East; his team, after being written off, is firmly in the B.C.S. hunt.

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                  The Countdown

                  A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.