Tyrann Mathieu Doesn’t Give a Shit (About Gamblers)

Posted: December 4, 2011 in NCAAF Gambling
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Based on the amount of offense in yesterday’s SEC Championship Game, one would have expected the total to be under 47. After taking an early 10-0 lead, the Georgia Bulldogs failed to put another point on the board. They were able to move the ball rather effectively  but all drives stalled before points were added. LSU on the other hand, failed to move the ball at all. The Tigers finished the game with only 13 first downs (zero in the 1st half) and 237 total yards of offense. Add in the 296 yards of total offense by Georgia and the combined 533 yards barely topped the  495 yards of offense that Oklahoma State produced against Oklahoma alone. So how do 237 yards and 13 first downs turn into 42 points by LSU? Two words: Tyrann Mathieu.

Mathieu, nicknamed “Honey Badger” because he seemingly is all over the place and just takes what he wants, is responsible for 21 points in this game all by himself without playing a snap on offense. He returned one punt 62 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble that led to a touchdown (what a shocker since he leads the SEC in both forced and recovered fumbles). As impressive as the first punt return was, he returned another punt 47 yards down to the Georgia 17 which might be one of the best returns I have ever seen (watch the first video on this page and see for yourself). In other words, Mathieu was solely responsible for putting this game over and costing gamblers across the world millions. Hiding in the shadows of Patrick Peterson last year, Mathieu didn’t get nearly as much respect or hype as he should have. Thanks to his cool nickname and the number of huge plays he has made in the national spotlight, the media has finally caught on and it blows my mind that he is not a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy (I’ll have another post on why the Heisman is the most bogus award of all time later).

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