Analyst: Georgia Is Team With ‘Most To Prove’ In CFB

first_img Georgia football isn’t the first program that most would say “has the most to prove” in the sport, but Sporting News‘ Bill Bender argues just that.In his recent “unpopular opinions” column ahead of the college football season, he thinks Georgia needs to get over the hump sooner than later.From SN:You could say Alabama faces the most pressure considering last year’s 44-16 loss to Clemson. Maybe it’s Ohio State and first-year coach Ryan Day, or Texas, given the high expectations. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley also has to prove it with another transfer quarterback.The answer, still, is Georgia. Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma have won a national championship this century. Georgia hasn’t won since 1980, and they’ve taken Alabama to the fourth quarter each of the last two seasons. The Bulldogs still haven’t closed the door. Georgia remains the team best-equipped team to challenge Alabama and Clemson, but it has to prove it several times this season.Bender lists the Notre Dame game in Week 4, the Florida rivalry game, and a potential conference title rematch with Alabama as “hurdles” that Georgia needs to clear to really prove that it is among the two top-tier elites.That is certainly easier said than done, but its a reasonable ask if Georgia is to ascend to that level.[Sporting News] Kirby Smart yelling during a Georgia game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kirby Smart has quickly developed Georgia into one of the most talented, powerful teams in college football. Just two years ago, the Dawgs were a few plays from winning a national title.Unfortunately, it is hard to rise above the shadow that Alabama casts over the entire SEC. Outside of Clemson, Georgia has played Alabama as well as anyone, but has lost in two huge spots against the Crimson Tide in the last two years.We’re still very early in Smart’s tenure at UGA. It seems inevitable that he will win a title there, with how he’s gotten out of the gates so far.Still, with a nearly-40 year drought from the Dawgs’ last national title, there is clearly some pressure mounting.last_img read more

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WA6008 the latest wheel loader from Komatsu

first_imgKomatsu America Corp has introduced the new WA600-8 wheel loader. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, this latest addition to the wheel loader family combines an enhanced lockup torque converter function and SmartLoader logic to achieve low fuel consumption and high travel speeds.By optimising control of engine power, and improving power train and hydraulic efficiency, the WA600-8 consumes up to 13% less fuel than its Tier 3 predecessor. Also, the standard bucket capacity increased to 9.2 cubic yards and the bucket now “fills easier, retains material better and provides better visibility, contributing to machine efficiency and productivity.”“With significant enhancements in production capacity and fuel economy, the WA600-8 is designed to maximise production efficiency in loading off-highway trucks or load-and carry applications,” said Rob McMahon, Product Manager for Komatsu America. “Full rear fenders with steps and handrails at both sides of the machine add convenience for daily inspections. And operators will appreciate enhancements in cab comfort and machine stability,” McMahon said.Standard features of the new WA600-8 include:Under The Hood/Performance Enhancements– A powerful 23.15 litre, 529 HP, EPA Tier 4 Final certified, SAA6D170E-7 engine uses up to 13% less fuel than its Tier 3 predecessor.– Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter (KDPF) and other after treatment components are designed in conjunction with the engine for efficiency and long life.– More than 98% of KDPF regeneration is performed passively, with no action required of the operator and no interference with machine operation.– Komatsu’s SmartLoader Logic, combined with the enhanced lockup torque converter that activates in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear, provides optimal engine torque for improved acceleration, hill-climbing ability, a higher top speed and fuel savings.In-Cab Enhancements/Features– A new, air-suspension, high-back, heated seat softens machine vibrations for operator comfort and cast frame members increase strength.– Seat-mounted electronic pilot control levers with F-N-R switch add operator ergonomic comfort and convenience.– Pioneering KOMTRAX Plus telematics system and monitor provides key machine metrics, including KDPF status and DEF-level data, fuel consumption, plus performance information collected and sorted by operator ID.– Komatsu Auto Idle Shutdown reduces idle time and saves fuel.– Seven-inch, full colour, high resolution monitor delivers a sharp picture and vivid colors, even in harsh light.– Separate, full-color, rear-view monitor comes standard and improves line-of-sight.Additional Features/Benefits– Variable Traction Control system and Modulated Clutch system provide optimal tractive effort for various ground conditions.– Full rear fenders with stairs and handrails are now standard for both sides of the machine.– Swing-out cooling fan with wider fin spacing and reversing fan eases cleaning.– Sight gauge at DEF fill cap minimises overfilling.– Additional hinged panels at each side of machine eases access to regeneration components.– New enhanced auto-dig function reduces operator effort required to fill the bucket.– Komatsu integrated load meter data is available on the machine monitor and remotely via the web.The WA600-8 and every other Komatsu Tier 4 Final construction-sized machine, whether rented, leased or purchased, is covered by the Komatsu CARE® program for the first three years or 2,000 hours, whichever comes first. Komatsu CARE includes limited scheduled factory maintenance, a 50-point inspection at each service, and one complimentary Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter exchange in the first five years. “With select labour, fluids and filters covered by Komatsu over this period, Komatsu CARE lowers ownership costs, raises resale value and improves equipment uptime and availability.”last_img read more

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The Evening Fix now with added Mr Darcy

first_imgThe Daily Beast has put together this very interesting history of the US Senate filibuster, featuring examples of what senators read during their speeches – including recipes, poetry and even the constitution. Be warned though; a depressingly large chunk of filibustering tactics were employed for racist causes.As an adult, you might feel cut off from the joy of exploring woodlands, beaches, and other natural places that were special to you during childhood. Liam Heneghan puts an ecological lens over the phenomenon using the archetypal child adventurer – Christopher Robin (and his friend Pooh, of course).Zachary Woolfe, writing in the New York Times, considers how music fuelled the invention of abstraction: painting music and listening to art.Orang-utans love human babies. Proof:Uploaded by Tejokiz Basset Hound Larry after coming third in class at Crufts 2013, NEC, Birmingham. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)HERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED: #JOBS: Wicklow pharmaceutical plant MSD has announced that is to cease operations by 2015 with the loss of all 280 jobs at the facility. MSD said the decision comes as the firm reviews its worldwide manufacturing capabilities “that has resulted in sites being sold, closed or consolidated in all regions of the world”.#MEATH EAST: The Labour Party was not due to hold a convention to choose its candidate in the Meath East by-election until the end of March, meaning the party may have not have expected the ballot to be called this week, TheJournal.ie has learned. It has emerged that senior figures within the Labour ranks had not expected the election to be held for another month – and that Fine Gael may have called the vote without its coalition partner having chosen a candidate.#NEWSPAPERS: The High Court has approved the appointment of interim examiner Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton to the company behind the Sunday Business Post newspaper. Justice Peter Kelly was told that the newspaper has 76 full-time employees, and 123 freelance contributors and has made a loss of €1.2 million in the year to 2013 having been loss-making since 2009.#SOCIAL MEDIA: The Joint Committee on Transport and Communications heard from representatives from both Facebook and Twitter today. Both companies expressed a belief in a fundamental value to online anonymity but noted that structures were in place to protect other users of the social networking sites.#ECB: Speaking after a meeting of ECB governors in Frankfurt today, the President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said the ECB will not use its programme of buying bonds to make it easier for Ireland to break free from its EU-IMF bailout later this year.Member of staff Hanae Tsuji looks at a section of papyrus belonging to the priest Nesmin from part of the exhibition ‘Cairo to Constantinople’ 8 March-21 June 2013 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Thursday March 7, 2013 (David Cheskin/PA Wire). THINGS WE LOVED:How social media-savvy would your favourite literary characters be? Would you follow Mr Darcy on Twitter? Would Charles Bingley say things like: “Big shout out to Mr Bennet for allowing me to shoot on his land today #considerable generosity”? We very much like to think so, along with Gwen Smith at Litro.This scaffolding in Kerry. A-maz-ing.THINGS WE SHARED: last_img read more

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