Breaking down the Coaches Poll

 

The USA Today Coaches Poll came out Friday. Of the 59 coaches who vote on the poll, 53 of them voted Florida No. 1. No, we don’t know (and we really don’t care) which six coaches didn’t vote Florida No. 1 because the voting is secret.

 In fact, we don’t even know if the coaches filled out their own ballots. Of course, we have reason to be skeptical about that and we wonder how much longer the Coaches poll will remain a viable part of the BCS process. But that’s another argument for another day

Here is a breakdown of the poll by conference with a little commentary to get your Monday started.  Feel free to add your own.

The number of teams each conference placed in the Top 25 is in parentheses in bold. The other numbers are where those teams were ranked. I’m not ranking the conferences today. That will come later.

SEC (5): Florida (1), Alabama (5), LSU (9), Ole Miss (10), Georgia (13). It’s not surprising to have five SEC teams ranked. It’s not totally surprising to have four in the Top 10, because Ole Miss is getting a lot of love from a lot of people. What is surprising is for the SEC not to have a team ranked in positions 14-25. Auburn, Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Tennessee all received votes. Vanderbilt and Mississippi State were the only SEC teams which did not receive votes.

ACC (4): Virginia Tech (7), Georgia Tech (15), Florida State (19), North Carolina (20). The ACC continues to be a very balanced league as Clemson, Miami, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Maryland, and Boston College all received votes. The ACC sent 10 teams to bowls last season and could do it again this season. But the league would trade a couple of those bowl slots for a serious contender for the BCS championship on the first Saturday in December.

Big East:  (0): Yes, you read that right. The Big East got shut out of the preseason Coaches Top 25 and don’t even scratch until No. 29 with Cincinnati, the defending conference champions. The Bearcats lost 10 starters off the defense that led them to the Orange Bowl. Pat White is gone as West Virginia’s quarterback. South Florida and Rutgers could also win this league.

Big Ten (3): Ohio State (6); Penn State (8), Iowa (21). I was a little surprised to see Iowa sitting there at 21 because the Hawkeyes lost their best offensive weapon in running Shonn Greene (1,850 yards rushing in 2008). As a college football fan, it’s hard to accept that Michigan is bad. They are going to get better under Rich Rodriguez, but in the short term it’s painful to watch. I don’t see anybody other than Ohio State and Penn State in this league challenging, but keep an eye on Illinois and senior QB Juice Williams and WR Arrelious Benn.

Big 12 (4): Texas (2), Oklahoma (3), Oklahoma State (11), Nebraska (22): This league is pretty top heavy but you’d better be aware of Kansas in the North Division. The Jayhawks have a very good quarterback in Todd Reesing and Nebraska will have a new quarterback. Texas Tech will have to replace the prolific Graham Harrell at quarterback, but head coach Mike Leach always seems to find somebody who can throw for over 300 yards a game.

Pac-10 (4): USC (4), California (12), Oregon (14), Oregon State (25): If anybody is going to challenge the Trojans, this is the year. USC will have a new quarterback for the second straight year. It could be sophomore Aaron Corp or it could be true freshman Matt Barkley. The Trojans also have to replace eight starters on defense. I really like California with running back Jahvid Best, the nation’s leading returning rusher (131.67 ypg in 2008).

Mountain West (3): TCU (17); Utah (18); BYU (23):  About right now the folks who play in the Mountain West are saying: “We have three teams ranked in the preseason Top 25. We had a team (Utah) to go 13-0 last season with a win over Alabama. Now explain to me why the Big East, which has NOBODY in the Top 25 gets an automatic bid to the BCS and we don’t?”

WAC (1): Boise State (16). Only a 17-16 loss to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl kept the Broncos (12-1) from perfection last season. Sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore returns and maybe this time Boise State can be the BCS buster. The Broncos open the season at home against Oregon on Sept. 3. Win that one and they could be looking at 13-0.

Independent (1): Notre Dame (23). The Irish have a schedule that should allow them to significantly improve on last season’s 7-6 record. Jimmy Clausen enters his third year at quarterback with some weapons at wide receiver who can make plays. The defense will be better now that (former Georgia Tech DC) Jon Tenuta is running it.

 

So who was left out of the Coaches Top 25 who absolutely, positively should have been in there? The floor is yours.

 

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142 comments Add your comment

Spike

August 10th, 2009
7:31 am

Times have sure changed in the ACC. With Tech ranked ahead of FSU, and UNC ranked but not “The U”. Tony, don’t buy into this typical Notre Dame preseason hype. EVen with that schedule they will go nowhere. We will see about Ole Miss also. A lot of talk so far. And what has happened to Michigan? I bet the Wolverines wish they had their money back on Rodriguez.

Billy Bennett's Right Leg

August 10th, 2009
7:53 am

No way three teams from the SECW will finish that high since they all play each other. LSU and ALA have talent, but unproven qbs, with LSU getting a slight nod. But why does ALA get so much credit for losing, A) Andre Smith, arguably the best, and craziest, OL in the league, B) their starting qb and replacing him with someone with no experience, and C) their top rb, also losing their last two games and yet they are ranked top 10 everywhere? Of course, they have an easy schedule, so 9 wins are assured, but any other team with those kinds of replacements get hammered.

LSU as well looked awful last year at times. Their qb looked good in the bowl game, but that was against a pretty bad GT defense. But you don’t lose some of those games LSU did without some problems deep in the system. We’ll see how Les handles things, but I see three struggles this year and three losses won’t surprise me.

GT gets so much love for their win over UGA its not even funny, but that D was awful in their loss to LSU and the UGA win but no one seems to care. Yes, the offense will win them some games, but that D is not good. And yes the ACC is “balanced”, but with no really quality teams that scare you, how do you judge any of them? We’ll see if VA Tech beats Bama, then they, I think could run the table in what is essentially still a weak ACC. 10 bowl teams when we all say the bowl season is way too bloated means nothing. Their BCS bowl record is awful, they played lots of 6-6 teams and in bowls no one cared about. Until they get a couple of good OOC wins against good teams, I won’t believe they are really strong.

m

August 10th, 2009
7:59 am

Having a pre-season poll is an IDIOTIC part of and IDIOTIC system.

These pre-season polls unfairly slot some favorite teams ahead of other teams with no evidence whatsoever that they deserve it. Then the teams ranked lower have to work their way up the rankings when it wasn’t fair that they were ranked low to start with.

It is a stupid system that stupid people like Tony Barnyard perpetuate.

We need a 16 team playoff. Take OPINIONs out of football….let only what happens on the field COUNT.

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever….he should have taken the BSbcs with him.

Hootie Bookems

August 10th, 2009
8:02 am

Billy Bennett was a left footer by the way

Gator in Miami

August 10th, 2009
8:05 am

This poll—no big deal. Florida should easily run the table, beat either Texas or USC in the title game, pocket their 3rd national title in 4 years–it’s hard to be humble when you’re a Gator!! 14-0 baby–watch it happen!!!

Fast Eddie

August 10th, 2009
8:17 am

M, you sound like a broken record. Don’t you ever have a fresh idea about anything?

Atlanta Gator

August 10th, 2009
8:18 am

For a preseason poll, and based on the end results of last year’s season, the Coaches Poll looks about as good as I would expect.

Tide4u2c

August 10th, 2009
8:25 am

Alabama deserves the 5th place in the coaches poll based on several things.

Last year Alabama was playing with less depth and talent than other teams like Florida and yet won 12 games in a row and played Florida tough in the SEC champ game for alittle over 3 quarters.Florida dominated all other teams they played and yet only beat Alabama by 11 points.

Alabama’s depth will be improved this year even on the O-line and despite Alabama starting Greg McElroy who has very little game time starting experiance he has been in the system for 2 years now and knows the offense and just like last year the coaches will come up with an offense that will play to this years team’s strengths.

Last year Alabama was playing the most true freshmen of any other SEC team and them freshmen were coached up enough to make a solid contribution to the team allowing Alabama to go undefeated in the regular season.

Now imagine Alabama with even better depth as well as talent this year,thanks to 2 #1 recruiting classes in a row.Alabama will be improved despite all the misunderstanding about this Bama team and the coaches.I doubt Alabama will go undefeated again just because of how hard it is to do(even Florida can’t do it) but Alabama will still be improved over last years team.Bama’s D will be awesome.

Roll Tide!

m a broken record

August 10th, 2009
8:27 am

m

get some new material & quit acting like a 5 year old

the only words you ever repeat are stupid & idiot

grow up

bhamwreck

August 10th, 2009
8:28 am

Which league’s teams have the most active players on NFL rosters right now? And how can you explain it?

tom-vinings

August 10th, 2009
8:30 am

I hope Auburn realy sucks this year, but how can they really be nuch worse than last year? I know, the new coach can’t win games in the midwest/central garden league, but I can see them in the top 25.

bhamwreck

August 10th, 2009
8:32 am

Alabama can win the most recruiting national titles – nobody cares. They will self destruct and Saban will leave. He is unstable. But its you fans fault that they got taken behind the woodshed in the sugar bowl. Aiight!

Gen Neyland

August 10th, 2009
8:32 am

At this point of the (non)season, polls are based on legitimate concepts by writers and coaches. Come week 4, Sagarin begins to take a foothold and gives us a truer, unbiased breakdown. Just my opinion.

Reality Check

August 10th, 2009
8:37 am

All of you need a Reality Check! You’re doing coke by the coke and getting robbed or working at Wendy’s. tickling nerds and ugly girls or som zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Bamafan

August 10th, 2009
8:41 am

If you told me 2 years ago that Alabama would be in the top 5 season poll this early in Saban’s regin
I would have said that you are crazy. Give Saban his credit the man is a recruiting machine and one
hell of a head coach. He needs to work on his relationship with the media and not come off like a sob.
ROLL TIDE FOLKS!!

Braedon Stephenson

August 10th, 2009
8:47 am

\” They\’re The ACC. You are positioned in Oklahoma State \\(11\\) so you want to try semi-bluffing. Pat White of winning however is firmly against them.

unemployed

August 10th, 2009
8:50 am

Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas have to be the top 3 with their Quarterbacks.
Georgia and GT are better than their rankings show..

JB

August 10th, 2009
9:06 am

We all know KNOW this poll will look nothing like the one at year end…….

Top Dawg

August 10th, 2009
9:09 am

Dawgs will run the table.

JWalker

August 10th, 2009
9:10 am

South Carolina is very underrated this year. They will beat NC St by 3 TDs and upset a couple of people in the SEC to finish the year in the top 25.

AtlantaTruth

August 10th, 2009
9:11 am

Bama will not be nearly as good as this poll predicts. They have many flaws that early games will reveal. Saban teams have been known to always disappoint thier fan base when expectations are high. Bama will lose four games this year…count on it!

terrell

August 10th, 2009
9:13 am

lsu being ranked over ole miss is a disgrace, we beat them in the head to head game, we played in a better bowl game and destroyed that team, we were ranked higher than them at the end of the bowl season and we return more skilled accomplished athletes than they do.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
9:13 am

Billy Bennett’s Right Leg is a total moron.

Since all 12 coaches in the SEC votes each other in the top 20, it makes perfect sense that the SEC is always over-rate each year.

Sure makes it easy to lose 2 games a play for a NC when you got a staked deck.

UGAg #13 LMAO what a joke.

Tide4u2c

August 10th, 2009
9:16 am

Alabama only replaces 4 players.Take a look at USC and see how many they lost and they have a new QB too.

Otto

August 10th, 2009
9:21 am

Ramble On!! I didn’t know the SEC had 53 coaches to vote UF #1.

EW

August 10th, 2009
9:25 am

At this point I could give a shi* who beats who and where ppl are ranked. I am just itching to watch some FOOTBALL, please let it get here fast.

Eric

August 10th, 2009
9:27 am

m is RIGHT!!!

ahope3

August 10th, 2009
9:31 am

Billy Bennett’s Right Leg,
You’re not thinking at all. GT lost that game because of special teams. Three turnovers led to 21 points. They have a good defense and you should recognize that they will be taking the ACC (including VT) by storm. I’ll just wait for the season to see all the doubters pick their lips up off the ground just like last year. Remember this, “THE OPTION WON’T WORK”. Well guess what it did and it will continue to work.

toga

August 10th, 2009
9:32 am

Alabama will be 11-1 going into the SEC Championship game. Right now, I think Florida is better than Bama. We will see in early December if Bama’s QB and Oline will have what it takes to beat FL. Georgia is soft and will never take the next step with Richt. Auburn & LSU will be looking for new coaches.

superDawg

August 10th, 2009
9:33 am

ramble you will see the error of your ways soon hold on don’t blow a fuse.The reason the SEC is ranked higher is because they have better programs better recruting and a better fan base.Free hot dogs won’t get it done.

Ed-Covington

August 10th, 2009
9:34 am

I remember when they revised the BCS a few years ago after BC, VT & Miami left the Big East for the ACC. Everyone wanted to take away the Big East Auto-Bid, but WV was ranked #1-#3 in the pre-season polls and the BCS committee didn’t want to be embarassed if the final poll #1 team did not get an auto-bid. So the Big East kept the auto-bid. WV flopped that year and ended up not even ranked in the final top 20. I am sure that if the BCS knew that would happen they would have revoked the auto-bid then. Events since have proven that they should have.

Tide4u2c

August 10th, 2009
9:42 am

terrell,

I tend to agree with you about LSU being ranked over Ole Miss.LSU has the talent and depth to be the top team in the west but something held them back but they still replace more starters than Bama and Ole Miss also their QB(if it is Jefferson) has only started 2 games.Ole Miss has a much more favorable schedule this year too.It would not be impossible for LSU to still win the west despite the tougher schedule but their coaching must improve especially on defense.Ole Miss has the schedule to make a run but I worry about the high expectations for Ole Miss this year, can the team handle it?It has been along time since Ole Miss was favored.All I can say is the SEC west is sure to be exciting to see how it all plays out.Bama,Ole Miss or LSU?Arkansas might surprise a few teams too.

nashville vol

August 10th, 2009
9:43 am

Last I checked turnovers was a part of the game. LSU’s defense may of had something to do with that.

Lisa

August 10th, 2009
9:43 am

There should be no preseason polls. They are useless and sway voting during the year. I mean look at UGA last year….that worked out real well didn’t it?

Tech Buzz

August 10th, 2009
9:45 am

Tech beats Georgia again, in a 20 point rout in Atlanta–mark it down! Joe Cox is terrible and Ga Tech’s offense is loaded!!! Tech may make a BCS bowl with a couple of breaks this year. Ga will be in another minor bowl.

Pecan

August 10th, 2009
9:55 am

Buzz, if I could spell delusional I would call you that.

reservoirDAWG

August 10th, 2009
9:58 am

Buzz, you have no clue about what kind of player Cox is. Another minor bowl? I don’t remember UGA ever playing on a blue field or in the peanut bowl like the nerds.

mcdawg

August 10th, 2009
10:00 am

Auburn will be alot better than last yera-still had an outstanding defense, not convinced Notre Dame’s vaunted O-Line knows how to block (maybe 9 wins)-Phil Steele i believe loved Iowa-and the Big 12 is going to have to prove me wrong about its Defenses and lack of depth

BIG BEE

August 10th, 2009
10:08 am

TOPDAWG, this is football, not billiards. Were you talking about a pool table?

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
10:12 am

Otto, it’s on a point system, over your head for sure.

Not the 45-42 kind either.

KingGator

August 10th, 2009
10:15 am

Let the season begin!!

Gotta like the, “Gator in Miami”’s take, that “it’s hard to be humble when you’re a Gator!!” We would have had the train rolling back in the ’80’s if Pell had not gotten so greedy, but hey, patience pays off. Yes, the Bear was right when he once said, that the Gators were a Sleeping Giant!!

Not sure if we’ll run the table this yr., but I wouldn’t bet against us. If Tebow stays healthy, and the wideouts make plays, it’s a walk in the park!!

KG

GA Tech Insider

August 10th, 2009
10:15 am

The sad state of affairs is that the early polls typically help those which are perceived to be the strongest and hurt the teams that are perceived to be the weakest in the beginning of the season.

The teams that are perceived to be the elite, and lose early-to-mid season, don’t fall far and have a chance to recover and still maintain a chance for a high ranking at the end of a season. The loss is considered as a fluke, etc, and they are still in the “hunt”.

On the other hand, teams that are perceived to be on the outside looking in have a very difficult time moving up if they have an early-to-mid season loss. They are expected to have these losses and they’re tough to recover from in the eyes of the “pundits”.

If the polls were started several games into the season, and everyone came in after the dust settled so that the rating services actually had a chance to see the teams in action prior to starting their rankings, then maybe, just maybe, we’d start to see a more “honest” ranking of the teams week-to-week.

I also think strength of schedule should be considered in the ranking selections. Sure, it may look nice to have an undefeated Boise State sitting at number 10 and a one loss UGA sitting at 11 come week 8, but strength of schedule-wise, Georgia beats them hands down and there’s no way Boise State should be ranked ahead of UGA in this case.

Finally, I would also support a Championship Playoff, with Quarter-Final and Semi-Final Games leading into the Championship Game. This means the top 16 teams play in the Quarter Finals and then the 4 Quarter Finalist winners play in the Semi-Final Game for a chance to play in the Championship Game.

I would have the Holiday, Motor City, Cotton, and Chick-fil-A Bowls (just examples of Bowls spread across the US, these could obviously be changed, such as the Gator, Capital One, Liberty, Alamo, Sun, etc.) to always be played as the Quarter-Final Bowls, and then the Rose, Orange, Sugar, and Fiesta hosting the Semi- Final Round Bowls. I would then rotate the Championship Game just like it’s being rotated now.

The other “lesser” Bowls could still exist.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
10:15 am

The SEC west is totally up for grabs between LSU, Ole Miss, and Bama, with Arkansas possibly being a player. Miss. State will be better and upset someone along the way. It will be a recovery year for Auburn. The East is a two-way battle between Georgia and Florida, and I think the Gators just has too much 2 and 3-deep talent and experience for Georgia this year. My wish, a real Gators beat down of the Vols (more a beat down of Kiffin) in the Swamp in early September…to shut his mouth.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
10:17 am

Sorry, my blog should have read, “the Gators just have too much 2 and 3-deep talent” for those grammar searchers out there.

The Truth 2009

August 10th, 2009
10:20 am

The BCS makes college football resemble a bodybuilding competition. Everyone gets on stage and prances around……posing for the judges…. while you fans are the ones rubbing down the BCS commisioners with tanning oil and fulfilling their gay fantasies by supporting such a sham of a sport!
All you fools are getting USED! Do your azzes hurt yet from getting raped as fans? haha
Boycott CF…. boycott all the MEANINGLESS bowls!
They will NEVER give us a playoff system till us fans DEMAND IT and prove it by taking our support away!
Wanna watch REAL football…… the Falcons start soon!

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
10:20 am

superDawg “The reason the SEC is ranked higher is because they have better programs better recruiting and a better fan base.”

hmm, let’s hear you explanation/spin for going 6-6 against the “always crappy conference”?

get ready for a losing record against the ACC this year and riding UF coat-tails once again.

Ramblinwreck1378

August 10th, 2009
10:21 am

Preseason polls are simply about flare and name recognition. Georgia has proven nothing to anyone, yet they are still ranked 13, ahead of Georgia Tech I might add. To the NFL, they lost their best 3 skill position players. It doesn’t matter how great your offensive line is, if your quarterback can’t throw it, if your runningback can run it, and your wide receivers can’t catch it, you’re not going to score points. I admit, the defense will be much improved, but an above average defense and a solid offensive line doesn’t warrant a number 13 ranking. I realize Joe Cox won in high school, but this is college, and he plays in the SEC, the same conference everyone on this blog is so high about. So please tell me why it is expected by all Georgia fans that a quarterback that has started one game in his college career, and two runningbacks who have never started a game, are going to make an impression, and even think about playing in early december? I just don’t understand. And the dawgs better stop worrying about Florida, LSU, etc. and start worrying about the Cowboys in Stillwater, because your defense better be ready to slow that offense down, because let me be the 143048932nd to say, you damn sure can’t score with them.

dap01

August 10th, 2009
10:23 am

If Notre Dame is able to win 8 games, they may be ranked #1 and play for the National Championship.

Tide4u2c

August 10th, 2009
10:26 am

It is not looking good for Auburn at all.They almost might as well be on probation with scholorship reductions it is that bad.Tubs left them in a pretty bad state.It is effecting the way they practice too because they are so fearful of injuries.Their coach even decided to not practice in the heat for fear of heat strokes and practices inside where the AC is.They do have quality players in key positions as starters but their lack of depth is gonna hurt them. It could take a couple of years of strong recruiting to get where they want to be.I still would’nt under-estimate them though.

Joke!!

August 10th, 2009
10:28 am

College football is a joke as usual.
Pre season rankings- a joke. If you aren’t ranked in the top 15 most years why even bother playing?

BCS system- a joke.

Florida’s schedule a joke- they play 4 games they should win by a total of 200-0.

USC’s schedule- a joke (as usual). THey played two games against teams with 1 win between them!!!!!

It’s the worst run sport yet it’s the most popular, go figure. People bitch every week about the system yet they tune in every week. Way to get your point across! Rewarding 6-6 teams with bowl games?!?!?!? Rewarding mediocrity?!!?!? Notre Dame played the service academies UNC and Stanford in ‘06, got their a$$es kicked by the only 2 good teams they played, got a BCS bid and promptly got their a$$es kicked by LSU!!! IT’s a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UGAsRuffYear

August 10th, 2009
10:35 am

The Dawgs are certainly getting traditional respect. We’d better enjoy it now. Call me a pessimist but I see us having our worst year in a decade. The OSU, ASU and GT out of conference games look like two losses of the three and of course LSU, Fla, and pick some other SEC loss leaves us with 5 or more losses. Just don’t get the warm and fuzzies with Martinez back (means we will give up some serious points even to the Vandy’s and Kentucky’s) and then we lost such top shelf talent on the offensive side of the ball (means we score less this year). Tougher schedule with less talent equates to several more losses. Why not start the frosh QB so that next year we can challenge for an SEC and natl title?

Not Disappointed

August 10th, 2009
10:37 am

I agree with Coach PJ. It’s really too early to pick the top 25, but Florida should be Number 1 without a doubt.

It’s almost time for Football!

Ramblin Wreck!

Miles

August 10th, 2009
10:38 am

Notre Dame in the top 25? How?

FalconUGAFan

August 10th, 2009
10:39 am

Hey TampaGator,

Glad to see you are back to talking football instead of getting in the weeds with the haters!

I agree with your assessment about the SEC West with Bama coming out on top. As far as the East, Florida is bringing the big guns. On paper, they are the best team with a pretty soft schedule. A few unknowns on my Dawg squad. If they come out playing hard-nose football, well anything can happen. Let’s play some football!

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
10:43 am

Joke…I will remind you about one of those “easy” teams Florida plays…Troy. They were way up on LSU towards the end of the year last year before finally losing a close game to the Tigers in Tiger Stadium. They are no pushover for the Gators this year, with excellent talent (up to 7 possible NFL draft picks as starters). Troy will be no easy task for the Gators. Charleston Southern was a last minute schedule due to USF pulling off the schedule when they decided that playing Miami, FSU, and Florida in one year would not be good for recruiting or their record (although very good for the pocketbook)…and I don’t have a clue why the Gators are playing FIU (other than maybe to help out that program financially). But playing LSU at night in Baton Rouge and Georgia, plus the rest of the SEC schedule (plus a much improved FSU team), will more than make up for the FIU and Charleston easy wins.

Otto

August 10th, 2009
10:43 am

Ramble On!! How did it go in the Bowl after the SEC had a chance to get players back healthy. Care to post how the SEC vs ACC record has been over the past 5 years?

Joke!! I love the system and hope it does not change except maybe to give BCS teams more scholarships. The SEC wins their bowl where they usually have a team with a later picker than the other conf. The SEC plays the highest finishing team not to go to the BCS from the Big12, BingTen, and ACC. Peach was ACC#2 vs SEC#4 (well really SEC #5 since they sent 2 into the BCS) Yet even at that disadvantage the SEC does well in the Bowl Challenge.

When did an ACC team last get picked for a BCS at large bid? Keep in mind that the ACC #2 is usually sentenced to a but kicking in the Peach Bowl.

Cow

August 10th, 2009
10:47 am

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

"War Eagle" is a battle cry, not a mascot

August 10th, 2009
10:48 am

Definitely not a USC fan by any means, but how is playing Washington and Wazzu an indictment against USC’s team? It would be one thing if they sought them out to play them, but USC is obligated to play those clowns. The fact that out of USC’s 3 OOC games (you know, the ones where schools have a choice of who to play), 2 of them are against Top 25 teams on the road. The same goes for a lot of schools, not just USC. How is USC supposed to rectify the fact that they play in the Pac-10 (which is obviously weak, only going 5-0 in bowl games last year)? Move their university location?

King of Sandy Springs

August 10th, 2009
10:50 am

Preseason polls and polls in general are worthless. Auburn had three losses early in the year, last year, and was still ranked in the top 25. Why? Because the idiotic voting polls are based on people’s opinions, and human’s hate to be wrong. TB, you’re probably one of the ones who kept AU in the AP top 25 after three losses. Because “He-haw shucks, SEC football, I say, I say it’s SEC football” Does the SEC have four of the top teams in the country, um, you’ll never know. Just look at their out of conference schedule,

Charleston Southern
Troy
Florida International
Florida State
Va Tech
Florida International (again)
North Texas
UTChat
Memphis
Northern Arizona
Southeastern Louisiana
UA Birmingham
Washington
Louisiana-Laf.
Tulane
Louisiana Tech

Only 3 out of 16 OOC games are BCS schools. Cowards.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
10:51 am

get players back healthy….LMAO, spoken like a true fleabag.

who would have ever thought injuries were a part of football, geez whiz?

If the SEC is soooooooo great, top to bottom you can’t rationalize 6-6 unless you’re just ignorant.

which is it?

Reality Check II

August 10th, 2009
10:52 am

Ramble On, you are always way off base, UGA does not need UF’s coattails to defend ourselves against the ACC. You have taken one game in a mediocre season (By UGA’s standards, ring worthy by yours) and put your weak spin. Since CMR has been there UGA has traditionally flogged the ACC conference powers 7/8 against GT, 2-0 Clemson, 1-0 VT. The SEC is better traditionally that is a fact. That is the reason the SEC traditionally gets two teams in the BCS in one year and your pathetic ACC is lucky to lose in its one BCS game. Your champion is lucky to play teams like Cincinnatti, Kansas, etc. that is the only chance you have to win a BCS bowl game. The SEC was down overall last year with traditional teams like Auburn, Tennessee having bad years. The teams from SEC are ranked because the Coaches all have proven with results that if they have the talent level they will finish ranked high. LSU, Florida, Alabama all have NC coaches and UGA has won a conference championship this decade.

reservoirDAWG

August 10th, 2009
10:54 am

Joke, then you will not be watching any college football this year?

"War Eagle" is a battle cry, not a mascot

August 10th, 2009
10:54 am

TampaGator, UF is playing FIU as a “breather” game, nothing more. Every SEC school does it (and deserves it, let’s be honest), yet for some reason most SEC fans only feel that the “other team” does it, you know? There’s really nothing to be ashamed of.

"War Eagle" is a battle cry, not a mascot

August 10th, 2009
10:58 am

As for my beloved Auburn, we always seem to play better (and tougher) when expectations are low, but I am not expecting much this year. We simply have too many questions and not enough talent.

Redo man

August 10th, 2009
11:02 am

King of Sandy Springs…FYI…Ohio State’s out of conference schedule includes home games with Navy, Toledo and New Mexico State (not exactly BSC competition, my friend)…the Buckeyes’ in-conference schedule isn’t so great either. So lighten up, would you.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
11:02 am

End of week one:

ACC 2-0 vs. SEC. Sorry USC, NC. ST has their 1st string QB back this year, not the 3rd string. Wow, injuries happen in the ACC too Otto.

Like GT offensive line, full of walk-on’s that ran 409 yards against you.

BANK IT!!!

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Cleatm

August 10th, 2009
11:06 am

North Carolina State is going to be the suprise team in the ACC. But the ‘Noles will win the Atlantic, Va Tech will win the Coastal, and Va Tech will win the ACCCG.

King of Sandy Springs

August 10th, 2009
11:09 am

Here’s the ACC’sour teams in the top 25 OOC games,

Alabama
Marshal
Nebraska
East Carolina
Jacksonville State
Mississippi State
Vanderbilt
UGA
Jacksonville State (again)
BYU
U. South Florida
Florida
The Citadel
UConn
East Carolina
Ga. Southern

That’s 8 out of 16 OOC games against BCS schools. Gosh, that’s almost 50%.

reservoirDAWG

August 10th, 2009
11:12 am

King, I couldn’t help notice you left off OSU, ASU and GT from the SEC’s ooc schedule.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
11:15 am

Hey…the King of Sandy Springs. Here is a schedule sampling of 5 Big Ten teams:
New Mexico State
Murray State
Western Kentucky
Northern Iowa
Eastern Michigan
Delaware State
Montana State
South Dakota State
Not exactly BCS powerhouses either, so I guess the Big Ten is made up of cowards, too, like every major conference that, like “WAR EAGLE” wrote, needs a breather or two due to a challenging in-conference schedule. So why did Georgia schedule Oklahoma State…and as their first game, too? Mr. Evans was not thinking clearly on that one.

CharlotteGator

August 10th, 2009
11:16 am

King of Sandy Springs,

Congratulations. 1 above average team on the entire list that is being played by choice. GT gets some credit for playing Vandy and Miss. St., however, let’s not equate that w/ an SEC schedule. Those teams are tough to play when they’re book-ended with UGA, LSU, TN, Alabama, etc. Playing them apart from the big boys of the conference obviously removes some of the difficulty those games pose.

As far as the vaunted 6-6 record last year, is there any reason that’s the only year we’re getting records for? Seems like if the SEC was ‘consistently overrated’ we’d be getting more examples than one season’s record. Just a thought.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
11:19 am

King…what is your point? That the ACC is better than the SEC based on the out of conference schedule they play? How about the conference schedule they play? The ACC is getting better, but it is not exactly the SEC yet.

Gator Nation

August 10th, 2009
11:24 am

King of Sandy Springs…. You get an “F” on your homework.

Georgia plays Oklahoma State and Arizona State. And I haven’t even checked the other schedules yet.

First day of school and your already on the retention list. Lucky for you, M is on that list too. You can keep each other company in summer school.

How2fish

August 10th, 2009
11:25 am

The Truth 2009…what planet are you from??? CF suxs ?? WTF are you smoking I agree the Falcons are mildly amusing but for the love of GOD what other sport stirs fans more that CF ?? Your even moved by it..admit it….admit it…I mean you want a playoff system..me too but really CF suxs??

dawgdaddy

August 10th, 2009
11:30 am

Hey king of sandy springs….in your first post you forgot Ok State, Arizona , and Ga Tech. And in your second post do you realize that 5 of those games are against the SEC. The other 3 or mediocre teams at BEST.

TechDan

August 10th, 2009
11:33 am

Hey, SEC guys, King was referring only to the top 4 (by ranking) in each conference. Georgia is the fifth highest.

Georgia should be applauded for their OOC schedule, and that’s coming from a Tech fan.

Cow

August 10th, 2009
11:37 am

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Not Disappointed

August 10th, 2009
11:38 am

<——— Die Hard Jacket and Alumn

Tampa Gator, changing subject back to Troy, which is not a push over. You mention Troy with their talent & recruiting. “Troy could be the next Wake Forest!” They reach into Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Troys success makes one think that Georgia State Univ could eventually be the third Div 1 school in Georgia. As you know, alot of talent that wasn’t picked by UGA or Tech for whatever reason has a third local choice. It may sound strange or funny now, but just wait and see.

Back to the subject at hand, Florida should be number 1, but the field is wide open.

Ramblin Wreck!

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
11:38 am

Reality Check II, SEC coaches vote each other up and the ACC down (except for the teams that coach play). That’s the way it is.

AND, some of the coachs in the ACC don’t even bother voting in this poll.

haha, I guess these coaches think losing 3 stars on UGAg’s offense and GT losing nobody makes the fleabags better….sure thing buddy. I’ve got a nice health care plan I’d like to share with you too.

Otto

August 10th, 2009
11:39 am

Roamble On!!! Ignorant? Top to Bottom? Injuries yes they play a part and if you are a basement dweller as Miss. St. and Vandy playing in a league of top 25 teams with the SECCG being a BCS playoff you can not expect to win every week. Yes Ole Miss lost too but, how long had Nutt been there? It was his 2nd game. You nerds like to point out that CPJ improves but Nutt doesn’t get the same pass?

Top to Bottom, would be great I’d love to see ACC#1 vs SEC #1, ACC#2 vs SEC #2 and so on. The closest we get are the bowls where the ACC is given a clear advantage and lost badly. Top to bottom lined up the SEC beat up on the ACC. So are you a homer or a typical Nerd that has never touched a football?

Again no argument from the ACC when it comes to BCS bowl wins or even invites. Shocking all buzz no sting.

dawgdaddy

August 10th, 2009
11:47 am

There is a reason that SEC coaches vote each other up and why they vote the ACC down. The SEC is superior and the ACC is inferior. Just because Georgia lost some good players doesn’t mean there isn’t anybody good to fill their shoes. I’ve said this before and I’ll say til he proves me wrong, Cox is a more accurate passer than Stafford. Cox has been on the money just about every time he has come into a game. He will be fine, Tech fans, you all seem to be worried. If you think Tech will be better, than you shouldn’t be whining so much about why Georgia is ranked 2 spots ahead of you. It must suck to be in your position though. I mean, you finally, after 7 tough years, come away with a win. You think coming into this year you can brag from beginning to end, then ooops, the polls come out and most coaches think Georgia is better. I don’t know what that feels like but it must suck.

My allegiance lies with Auburn, not the SEC

August 10th, 2009
12:03 pm

Now, even though it’s manifestly obvious as to why they did it, Alabama is going to take a ton of grief for putting Georgia State on the schedule next year (deserved or not). I hope Bill Curry appreciates what UA administrators are going to have to go through to make that happen.

Joke

August 10th, 2009
12:05 pm

Reservoir- no, I’ll be watching NFL. You know, that league that has playoffs. That league, just every other sport, that decides their champion on the field with a playoff. They don’t rely on a voting system. By the way, the way college football has their tie-ins for the BCS bowls is also a joke. Why do I want to see USC/OSU every year in the same bowl?? There is no reason that those two teams shouldn’t win their conferences every year, there is no competition for them. At least let the bowls pick from the conference champions and at-large.

BAMA STAN

August 10th, 2009
12:21 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

KING OF SANDY SPRINGS:
Nice of you to notice that if an ACC school plays an SEC OOC – it’s a big deal. Props to those schools on both conferences that schedule each other.

ALSO – MR KING OF SANDY SPRINGS – noticed that you conviently left out other OOC games for ACC schools. Here is a revised list of opponents for ACC schools in 2009 …… and remember – THOSE THAT LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES……….

Northeastern
Kent State
Central Michigan
Mid Tenn
Coastal Carolina
Richmond
Army
NC Central
Jacksonville State
James Madison
Rutgers
Fl A&M
Citadel
Georgia Southern
Murray STATE
Gardner Webb
Williams & Mary
Southern Miss
Marshall
Baylor
Elon
UConn

My boots are shaking!!!!!!

Where is Appalachian STATE? NO ACC school will play them!

So What’s the point? – We can make the “same” list for all conferences.

Scheduling OCC is tough to begin with – you do not want to beat up your team when the first goal is to win your conference – Or schedule a killer game or guaranteed loss before a big conference game.

I think we can both agree with – would love for each school to have either two decent OOC games against BCS Opponents.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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August 10th, 2009
12:29 pm

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Frozen_Gator

August 10th, 2009
12:30 pm

I think the team to watch is Alabama, Kids they recruited awhile back should start showing up adding the power and depth to be a formidible opponent to all they play. The Rebs won’t end up the top 10 because of depth and hype. LSU is a mystery, there just may be more warts than a young QB.

uga should be much improved and have a chip on their shoulders, if not HOT SEAT time. I’m asking for a second glass of koolaid on the Gators, I know I shoudn’t but this anticipation far eclipses SOS’s senior year.

Corrine Brown (D) Florida couldn’t screw this championship speech up

Sanford Drive

August 10th, 2009
12:59 pm

While UF’s schedule certainly is softer compared to UGA’s, it doesn’t matter anyway. Even if UGA traded schedules with UF, the gators would still come out undefeated.

Bill' Sass

August 10th, 2009
1:15 pm

If I need a quiet place to reflect on a Sunday I’ll go to an NFL game. I usually go to a couple CF games every year as well as a couple NFL. There is no comparing atmospheres. You can feel it in the air at a college campus on gameday. NFL doesn’t have it.

WDEnATL

August 10th, 2009
1:24 pm

Alabama will be a good team this year but the expectations are very high for a new QB and replacing an all-american OL. Defense is stacked. 2010 will be their year though as so many teams will be gunning for them. 2 especially in LSU and Ole Miss. Both teams lost late in the game last year and VT is not Clemson under Beamer. Florida’s schedule is sick and could not be better for them. UGA looks like the same team to me; what could improve there? the defense? The folks who say LSU will not play well are forgetting Chavis is now DC. Kiffin appears to have Deione Sanders mouth without the game. Ole Miss looks just like a Nutt team: great one week against top 10 teams and bad the next. Auburn has some great new coordinators with great 1st string talent but no depth which translates to nothing left for the 4th quarter and doesn’t have a full scholarship roster either. Will not know if Chizik is successful until mid part of 2010

Gator Mike

August 10th, 2009
1:27 pm

Tony, great article.
I agree with Lisa on these pre-season polls. It would be more interesting to start the polls after week 4 of the season. I do not like UF at #1. They would be better off at 5 or 6 without a bull’s eye on them. UGA was in this tough position for many good reasons last year, but injuries, etc. hurt them. I want the Gators to win it all, but if they don’t I hope a quality SEC or ACC does it.
Go Gators!

GeorgiaOldDawg

August 10th, 2009
1:30 pm

Florida plays Charleston southern and Troy, while Georgia plays Oklahoma State on the road and Arizona state for their out of conference games. What a joke! The SEC commissioner should order all schools to play schedules with equal difficulty. Florida will blow out these schools without breaking a sweat. It’s not fair that GA has to play a harder schedule!

WDEnATL

August 10th, 2009
1:36 pm

OldDawg:
What is “fair” about college football at all and, your school set up the schedule not the SEC or NCAA or BCS.

Sometimes you have to play tougher OOC to get to the big game see AU 2004. weak OOC although they had played USC in 2002 and 2003, it did not help in 04.

UGADawg83

August 10th, 2009
1:51 pm

Pre-season polls mean little unless the #1 and #2 teams run the table-every Saturday is a playoff. Looking at the SEC teams I think most are ranked about right, based on last years performance and returning talent. Ole Miss as a rule stumbles when picked to do well. UGA stumbles when picked high but is great coming out of the second ten. The SEC west will be a war with LSU, Ole Miss, and ‘Bama slugging it out. Give the nod to Ole Miss on the schedule as they drop Florida. LSU gets the bummer of a break on the schedule having to go to Georgia, and play Florida from the east, while Bama drops Georgia and picks up South Carolina. In the East it will all come down to Halloween on the St. Johns–though UT and Vandy can be spoilers along the way. By the way Vandy should have gotten a little love in the poll.

Tide4u2c

August 10th, 2009
2:03 pm

Even in the NFL the Giants were at a disadvantage because they had to play their rival the Philadelphia Eagles and beat them, then had to turn right around and play them again to make it to the Superbowl so the NFL with playoffs is not perfect either.College football is what it is.

Gurn Blanston

August 10th, 2009
2:11 pm

UGADawg83 – You say Ole Miss gets the nod because they don’t play Florida, but Florida is a team that Ole Miss ususally beats — 3 out of the last 4 attempts, anyway. More than UGA can say. Removing Florida from the schedule may actually hurt Ole Miss . . .

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
2:20 pm

Tony, I hear someone has finally read through the 1000+ page health care bill and it has a clause in it that Obama’s top 25 poll must be factor into the BCS to eliminate the stress moonbats will have for not knowing who our beloved messiah wants in the NC game.

Is this true?

Anonymous

August 10th, 2009
2:32 pm

Hey Tide4u2c,

“Florida dominated all other teams they played and yet only beat Alabama by 11 points.”

Need I remind you that UF was playing without Percy Harvin, its biggest playmaker?

Anonymous

August 10th, 2009
2:37 pm

Oh and My allegiance lies with Auburn, not the SEC,

Alabama owes Coach Curry a favor for the way they treated him.
He was (and is) a great coach and the UA powers that be had him sumarily dismissed for not beating AU.
Too bad.
Had y’all stuck with him, you might not have had to go through what must have been a painful six-coaches-in-ten-years run.

superDawg

August 10th, 2009
2:46 pm

ramble what makes you so upset is the ALMOST COMPETETIVE CONFERENCE is well not very good in bowl games not to mention their lack of support for their own teams in it’s championship games.When toe meets leather be in stands pulling for your team win or lose.55.000 seats bring a friend and get a free hot dog.

Anonymous

August 10th, 2009
2:48 pm

Sorry:

Had they stuck with him they might not have had to go through what must have been a painful six-coaches-in-ten-years run.

Tide Rising

August 10th, 2009
3:06 pm

King of Sandy Spring,

12 teams in each conference with 8 conference games and 4 noncon games. That’s 48 noncon games for both the ACC and SEC.

So why did you only show 16 noncon opponents for each conference when showing a supposedly higher level of noncon opponents for the ACC?

Rather than cherry picking 16 games that give the impression of the ACC having a tougher noncon and 16 noncon games that make the SEC look weak you should have just laid out either all noncon opponents for each conference or only the ranked noncon opponents for each conference.

What you did was blatantly dishonest and you now have zero credibility.

Tide Rising

August 10th, 2009
3:10 pm

Anonymous,

Alabama owes Curry for the way they treated him? You must be referencing the one nut who threw a brick through his office window. If you’re going to let one nut run you out of the job then you probably don’t have the mental toughness to be the Alabama coach anyway and you’ld be better off at UK. BTW, he left Bama of his own volition to go to UK. He was not fired or forced to leave.

G8R GRAD

August 10th, 2009
3:48 pm

Unless I am reading this wrong (and please, correct me if I am), Vegas has a different opinion than the coaches’.

UF
OK
USC
Tx
Ohio St
Bama
Va Tech
LSU
Ole Miss
Penn St
OK St

see: http://www.thespread.com/ncaa-football-top-stories-300/2009-college-football-top-25-coaches-poll.html

Anonymous

August 10th, 2009
3:53 pm

Tide Rising:

You’ll get some disagreement on that position from those outside the Alabama program.

Unless I am mistaken, Coach Curry won the SEC, went 10-2 and had the best winning percentage since your beloved Bear.
Why then would any fan be dissatisfied with that record unless one of the losses was on the plains?
Going by the numbers, he was the best coach you’ve had in close to two decades.

G8R GRAD

August 10th, 2009
4:03 pm

I beg your collective pardons:

Cal tied Ole Miss for 9th

G8R GRAD

August 10th, 2009
4:08 pm

Alright.
One more try.
Jeez:

FSU tied for 8th with LSU;

Notre Dame at #10; and

Ole Miss and OREGON tied for 11th.

(I think I should’ve had lunch)

Tide Rising

August 10th, 2009
4:15 pm

Anonymous,

You are right. I’ll get some disagreement from people “OUTSIDE” the program. Curry did well except for one thing. He went 0-3 against Auburn. A prerequisite for success whether it be Auburn, Bama, Georgia, whoever is that you have to beat your main rival. At least once in awhile. Not only could Curry not do that but there were other issues as well.

He was regarded as somewhat of an elitist. For example, other coaches remarked after he left that Bama left several prized recruits to Auburn because Curry didn’t want to go into some rough neighborhoods and housing projects to recruit some black athletes because he didn’t feel safe. This was one of the major criticisms of Curry. That policy borders on being discriminatory and at the least it shows the man either to be elitist or a wus.

In any event the man left of his own accord and went to UK. It is what it is and frankly I don’t even see why an Auburn fan like yourself would want to rehash stuff from 20 years ago. Personally, neither I nor most bama fans have bitter feelings against the man. Things didn’t work out and both he and Bama were better off without in the end.

G8R GRAD

August 10th, 2009
4:15 pm

To recap:

1) UF
2) OK
3) USC
4) TX
5) Ohio State
6) Bama
7) Va Tech
8) LSU and FSU
10)Ole Miss and Oregon
12)PSU
13)OK State and Nebraska
15)Cal, UGA and GA Tech

ThaMan

August 10th, 2009
4:16 pm

You idiot fleabags need to get something new to talk about. All you can come up with is stadium capacity and hot dogs. I don’t know how many people were in your former landfill last year to see close to 500 yards rushing put on your “D”. It’s about winning, morons!

Tide Rising

August 10th, 2009
4:19 pm

G8R GRAD,

The 2 polls seem very similar to me. I guess they won’t ever be perfectly aligned but for the most part they are close. I didn’t see which poll had ND #10 but I guess that’s because with the exception of USC they have an absurdly easy schedule. I doubt if more than 1 or 2 opponents other than USC on their schedule will have a winning record in 09. It would suck because if ND does go something like 10-2 then of course they would go to a bcs bowl where they would be shellacked.

G8R GRAD

August 10th, 2009
4:37 pm

Here we go!
Latest RB injury report out of Gainesville:

Emmanuel Moody: Ankle

Jeff Demps: Hamstring injury from Track & Field season

Andre Dubose: Hamstring

Brandon James: Offseason surgery to reapir a broken bone in his foot!

Who’s left you ask?

Chris rainey – all 180lbs. of him!

This is not good.

Big Daddy Lane Kiffin

August 10th, 2009
4:53 pm

Wait til my Big Orange waxes the azzes of Florida, UGA,,…..well, you get the picture. We are flying well below the radar right now but come September the can of whoop-azz gets opened up. See all you SEC East chumps in Atlanta……….the Big Orange will rise to the top in 2009!!

G8R GRAD

August 10th, 2009
4:57 pm

Tide rising:

Thanks.
I missed Notre Dame at #10 since they are ranked by the coaches 13 places lower than the oddsmakers’!
FSU is 11 places lower and Nebraska is 8.
Those are the most striking divergences I see.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
5:02 pm

As a Gator fan, I hate going to games like FIU and Charleston Southern In fact, I am not going to the Charleston game. I gave the tickets away. But until South Florida agrees to a home and home series and can guarantee Florida the money a Swamp visit brings USF, then Florida will continue to have puff cakes in the Swamp because they get the same revenue for a Swamp puff game as they do for a LSU game (especially now that all the Florida games are on regional or national TV). Since USF plays in the Outback Bowl and not in a home stadium, USF has to pay the city of Tampa revenue that would otherwise go to the Gators. Why would Florida want to play USF home and home as it now stands. I am sure that disagreement was the main reason USF decided not to schedule the Gators this year. I am sure the deal for Georgia to go to ASU last year and OSU this year was a sweet one for Georgia, financially. And I don’t think Georgia would have played ASU there if ASU had not agree to play Georgia in Athens this year. But I am still not understanding why Georgia would agree to give up Stanford Stadium revenue to go out and play ASU last year. It had to have been a real sweet money deal for the Dawgs, tied probably to national TV guarenteed money as well.

Tide Rising

August 10th, 2009
5:57 pm

Tampagator,

Exposure. That’s why UGA went out and played ASU last year. For 50 years the dawgs didn’t venture outside of the friendly confines of the immediate southeast for big time noncon opponents. But now they are doing it because financially both teams still make good money and because most programs nowadays want to have at least one huge noncon opponent because it gives their program exposure to other parts of the country. The fans love it to. When I grew up I watched us play big time non con home and homes with teams like Nebraska, ND, Penn State, USC, OU, Ohio State one year, The exposure helps solidify a program as a true national, elite program and that’s something the dawgs had never done before. Obviously richt and damon evans realized this and are changing that in a hurry. That’s why we scheduled Clemson last year, VT this year, and we pick back up a home and home next year with Penn State who we had several great home and homes with over the past 30 years. Personally I absolutely love these big time intersectional games and I wish there were even more of them.

P-head

August 10th, 2009
6:01 pm

G8R Grad…relax my man. I was over at the practice this week. Demps is running full speed and Moody’s injury is minor. Andre Dubose is fully revovered and is everything he has been made out to be and is going to be a good Percy replacement when he learns the complete playbook. He is unbelieveably quick and fast and may be just as good a runner as a receiver…sound familiar??? James is mostly a return man and will be full speed by the start of the season. And Chris Rainey is bigger than last year and maybe faster…he looked great in practice.

Camden Mark

August 10th, 2009
6:04 pm

T.G. the Dawgs have no problem,unlike UF,of playing a real schedual.
Florida fans should be ashamed of how candyassed thier schedual is this year.Ya’ll have a great team and should play more teams worthy of that status.
By the way,Ryan Stamper,thats my nephew.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
6:09 pm

TIDE RISING….I agree. I would love to see Ohio State and the like come to Gainesville and Florida go to Columbus and the like the next year. Georgia deserves a lot of credit for what they are doing and I hope their fellow SEC teammates will follow the lead in the future. With Randy Shannon’s attitude, I don’t think the Miami series is going to picked up by the Gators anytime soon. And, like I said, USF (an up and coming program) is hurt by not having its own on campus stadium. So why not schedule some tougher opponents, Gators??? But I still have a question…why does Georgia need national exposure? They get plenty of it already without playing ASU, etc. It has to be more money driven, like almost everything else these days.

Camden Mark

August 10th, 2009
6:10 pm

Tide Penn State and the rest of the weeny 10 are a joke.
U ‘Bama boys give ‘em a good ‘ol fashioned SEC whippin next year,ya hear.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
6:17 pm

CAMDEN MARK…how soon you forget…Florida had maybe the toughest schedule in the country last year. As I wrote earlier, Florida wanted to schedule USF at the opening game this year and thought it was on up until the 11th hour of scheduling. But the game failed to develop in negotiations and the Gators stuggled to get a 12th game on the schedule (they tried to schedule tougher opponents for the opening game but no good team was available). The Gator AD had to go with Charleston or not have a 12th game in the Swamp. And Troy is a good team…I repeat. And FIU was scheduled to be the puff game…as Georgia has a puff game with a gimme as well this year. So, there is nothing for the Gators to be “ashamed about” Camden Mark. I don’t think the Gator players are afraid to play any team, any where, this year…or ashamed of how good they are.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
6:21 pm

Camden Mark…Ryan Stamper is a true example of what it means to be a Gator. He is not as talented as most of the LBs on the team. But he is a total team player and plays almost perfectly to a game plan. He hardly ever makes a mistake on the field or hardly ever is out of position on the field. I have never seen him miss a tackle either. He is also a good student and will graduate, if he hasn’t already. I would not be surprised to see Ryan Stamper as a head coach of a major college football team in the future. He is that type of person.

Camden Mark

August 10th, 2009
6:39 pm

Wifes sisters boy.And yes he is a fine well mannered young man.
But I beg to differ on your schedualing as per Urbans own comments in the past.
Don’t count Ryan out for a shot at the pro’s either.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
7:07 pm

Big Daddy…wez juz down here in the Swamp pickin’ oures nozes juz waitin on ya’az to gets heres to kicks out buttsez. Comes on downs when yez ready for the arzes kickin’. Wez really afraids of ya boys, Kiffin. That good oles boys gots us Gators wurried, bigs times.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
7:14 pm

Camden…just going by what the ESPN talking heads said going into last year (ranked Florida’s schedule as the toughest in the nation) and what they said about the Gators schedule before the National Championship game. From Miami to start the season (in Miami) to Oklahoma at the end (also Florida Atlantic went to a bowl game as well), it was a really good schedule last year. Ryan is a good college player and he might get a free agent try in the NFL…but not drafted I don’t think.

can't tackle, huh?

August 10th, 2009
7:15 pm

UGa has a tough (not many cupcakes) schedule this year and actually start with a ranked team.
Why is that? Was it a mistake? If (big IF) they lay an egg in still waters, their season could be a bummer? I thought they taught a course in risk management…

TampaGator

August 10th, 2009
7:20 pm

Camden…just checked. 10 of the 12 teams Florida played last year went to bowl games. 2 of them went to BCS bowl games (Ole Miss and Bama). Then, the Gators beat the #1 ranked team in the country to top it off in the NC game. I would say that was a fairly good schedule, wouldn’t you?

Camden Mark

August 10th, 2009
8:36 pm

Ya’ll had a fine year no dought,and I like it when anyone of the SEC family (even Tenn) whips up on some outsiders.
But I’m talking reg season,not SEC champ or NC.
Good showing,schedual makes us all stronger (SEC),hell even Vandy can strut a little cause there in our confrence.

Blue54white11cats

August 10th, 2009
8:45 pm

Anybody who thinks that the SEC is overrated needs a reality check. You dont win all but two bowl games last season and have the most bowl bids out of any conference and be underrated. In fact, it should almost be argued that the other conferences that got their *** handed to them last year are the overrated ones. Yes, GA is probably too high in the rankings, but be real, the other teams not ranked but recieving votes are better than the ranking suggests. Speaking of individual teams, I think Utah should have been playing against Florida in the Championship last season. And as much as I hate the gators, they are awesome. Hopefully this year USC can freaking finally run the table and actually face Florida (who will probably run the table) and have a battle royale in the BCS championship game.

toccoa

August 10th, 2009
10:08 pm

ACC football should not have a conference championship if they can only sale 25,000 tickets.What a freaking joke.

Jimbo

August 10th, 2009
10:38 pm

Who cares about out of conference scheduling. just play the damn game. schools go through cycles of scheduling tougher opponents than others. besides they are done a couple years in advance. and to the ramble on idiot. you are probably making your fellow fans sick. you are the epitome of dumb tech fans. congratulations on being a complete and total moron. so. please go home because we are all now dumber for reading your remarks. oh and how is USC 4th? shouldn’t they be 2, right behind fla. rest of it looks ok i suppose. its still early. go dawgs

SwellMagnet

August 10th, 2009
10:40 pm

“Hopefully this year USC can freaking finally run the table and actually face Florida”

Yeah, it’s been a whole 5 years since SC went undefeated. They sure do suck all right! How long since UF’s last undefeated season?

obomaisaclown

August 10th, 2009
11:10 pm

BOY HOW THOSE BAMA BOY’S LIKE TO DREAM , BETTER THAN LAST YEAR THAT MAY BE TRUE BECAUSE THEY WERE OVER RATED LAST YEAR. THEIR WILL BE 5 LOSES BETWEEN THEM BAMA AND LSU WITH BAMA LOSING THREE , AS OLDE MISS WITH THE BEST QB PLAYS FLA. FOR SEC

dan

August 10th, 2009
11:23 pm

I think Auburn will surprise some folks this year. Regardless of what folsk think, the Tigers do have talent especially on defense, and that Ben Tate is the real deal. That conversion to the spread last season was a horrible move by Tuberville, and was a last ditch effort to save his job. The Tigers really fell apart because of things going on behind the scenes. A team like Auburn doesn’t lack talent, they lack confidence. And when they find it, any team that underestimates them will be in big time trouble! I think Gene Chizik is a better coach than he’s given respect for( yes Iowa State was awful), and that offense can’t be any worse than last year. I think the Tigers make it back to a bowl game this year.

GT-It's DORKTASTIC!

August 11th, 2009
1:15 am

RambleOn, I think it is hilarious that you’re puffing your little bird chest out about the ACC going .500 against the “overrated” SEC. You know what? You’re absolutely right: The SEC going 6-6 against the ACC is a FAILURE for us. What does that say about your pathetic ACC, that 6-6 is worth BRAGGING about? Oh well, enjoy running that punk lip while you can. It all comes crashing down in November. Mark THAT down, little man.

Dave

August 11th, 2009
5:25 am

I think we all know the coaches poll is a joke. Chances are unlike fans no coach probably even watches one other football game in total when most work probably 80 hours a week during football season. The question should be what do you do about it. I think the most appropriate alternative is to use the AP poll. It is my understanding the AP does not like the poll being used for free. Why not pay something for it’s use like subscribing to premium content for a newspaper subscription. Sportswriters do actually watch football games nobody would deny that no matter what prejudice some may have against the press. This would be a larger sample of voters than coaches so it would be less subject to bias if enough writers voted. One thing there should never be is a secret ballot by anybody. This allows people to hide a vote and if somebody is voting irresponsibly maybe some should be pulled from future voting at a point in time or asked to explain a vote if it is an abberration as was Spurrier’s Duke vote he was called out on. Tony you would be doing America and the coaches a favor if you tried to kill the coaches poll by you and others asking the coaches directly how many of them actually vote in the coaches poll rather than assigning it to say sports information directors. I suspect the coaches are like you and want to kill this sham. It is time to embarrass the NCAA and BCS by showing the coaches poll is a joke..

Big time?? Not

August 11th, 2009
6:57 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Spike

August 11th, 2009
7:20 am

Big time?? GATA!!

Jim morrison

August 14th, 2009
2:10 pm

Gators roll again to another SEC, NC, and a Heisman for TEBOW!

Enough Said!

REBill

August 20th, 2009
7:14 pm

#1FLORIDA(12-0) vs. #2OLE MISS(12-0) in Atlanta. Tebow gets stuffed again. GO REBS!

NotaTech fan

August 21st, 2009
3:04 pm

Tech did not get love because they were unable to win two games in a row – I do not think it really matters if you are 15th or 13th at this point in the year – after all 1 out of 7 is your standard you can only get better – Lots of Luck

justin

September 16th, 2009
5:35 pm

might wanna rethink about michigan being bad. michigan is one of the top teams in the big ten now .