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I watch a lot of college football. I watch football games from multiple conferences including the PAC 12, BIG 12, BIG 10, ACC and SEC most often. When I watch conferences other than the SEC there have been a fair amount of targeting calls. When I see the targeting calls I would say 90% of the time they make sense and were targeting. There actually is some consistency too on they types of hits that lead to targeting calls. However, in the SEC it is terrible. There is no consistency. In the weeks since the Ray Drew and Ramik Wilson calls against Georgia that led to personal fouls I have seen those same plays happen 50+ more times and they have not led to an ejection any other time. Then as we all know, the rule needs to be changed to where if the targeting call is overturned the penalty needs to be overturned as well.
While the lack of consistency with targeting calls in the SEC is troubling, what is even more troubling is the horrific calls being made on a weekly basis. Since I am a UGA fan I am going to focus on Georgia's recent game against Auburn First, the “leaping” call on Jonathan Taylor. He came to a jump stop and jumped vertically to try to block the kick and the Auburn blocker submarined him. When I watched the Florida v. South Carolina game I saw a SC player do the same thing Taylor did twice and there wasn't even a thought of throwing a flag. That was an absolutely terrible call. Then the even more egregious call was awarding Auburn possession of the football. Apparently now having the ball pinned behind your hamstring with one hand is more possession then a player with two hands on the ball? When you watch the replay it is clear as a bell that the Auburn player did not have possession. Yet the ball was awarded to make matters worse Penn Wagers throws a personal foul penalty on Richt for unsportsmanlike conduct.
One thing is now clear, when Penn Wagers crew officiates a Georgia football game they are targeting the Bulldogs - and the SEC needs to fix both of their targeting problems!
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