Will SEC championship also be the national championship?

 

Here’s a simple question for you to ponder this morning: Florida and Alabama are ranked 1-2 in the Associated Press media poll. Based on what you have seen thus far, if Florida and Alabama both run the table, will the SEC championship game ALSO be the national championship game as well?

 

We know that technically it won’t be because the SEC champ will have to play somebody in Pasadena in January to get the crystal football. But if Florida and Alabama are both 12-0 on Dec. 5, will that decide the national championship in your mind?

 

Here is the final question: Knowing the history of the SEC, it is crazy to even suggest that both of these teams can run the table between now and then? Here are the schedules. You decide:

FLORIDA

Oct. 17– vs. Arkansas. Hogs have a great offense with Ryan Mallett.

Oct.  24—at Miss. State. Urban Meyer and Tebow vs. Dan Mullen, their old OC

Oct. 31—vs. Georgia in Jacksonville. Don’t see much of a threat from Dawgs.

Nov. 7—vs. Vanderbilt. Vandy is really struggling now

Nov. 14—at South Carolina.  Gamecocks have a very good defense. They could make it interesting.

Nov. 21—FIU. Please.

Nov. 28—Florida State. This will be Tebow’s last home game. It could also be Bobby Bowden’s last game as the Florida State head coach.

 

ALABAMA

Oct. 17—South Carolina. Bama defense should bottle up South Carolina offense.

Oct. 24—Tennessee. Vols aren’t as good as they looked against Georgia.

Nov. 7—LSU. Tigers have no offensive identity.

Nov. 14—at Miss. State. Undermanned in Dan Mullen’s first year.

Nov. 21—Chattanooga. Tuneup for Auburn.

Nov. 27 (Friday)—at Auburn. It’s at Jordan-Hare, so it could be interesting.

 

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TrueCrimson

October 13th, 2009
7:11 am

In a word… yes.

George G.

October 13th, 2009
7:18 am

No…there is too much time between the SECCG and the BCSCG. With over a month to prepare, a good coach (take Pete Carroll for example) will have any potential opponent very prepare, and it a position to win.

Ron Mexico

October 13th, 2009
7:28 am

The Dawgs stay within 6 touchdowns of the irvin myers go gaiters. BOOK IT.

TrueCrimson

October 13th, 2009
7:32 am

Any football team can win any game on any given day. That said, recent college football history will render the BCS Championship game little more than an afterthought if Florida and Alabama meet in the Georgia Dome with perfect regular season records. For most of college football history, the post-season games were considered nothing more than exhibition games. The Championship was determined by the results of regular season play.

That said, there is still a lot of football to be played in the regular season, and as I said, any team can win any single game on any given day.

Dadgummit

October 13th, 2009
7:40 am

When are we going to discuss last Saturday’s games?

I’m sure the Jacket fans are eager to opine regarding their monumental victory over the Mighty Seminoles on their home turf. After all, this is the first time they’ve encountered a Florida State team that would allow such a disgrace to occur.

Top Dawg

October 13th, 2009
7:42 am

Tony – I love your columns, but I do not understand why you are avoiding the UGA football situation.

Dawggone-It

October 13th, 2009
7:48 am

Texas, Va Tech, and Southern Cal all go down this week…Does that mean that Bama and Fla could play twice provided they stay undefeated?

Gator Nation

October 13th, 2009
7:54 am

IF……They are both undefeated going into the SEC title game then it will be gigantic game (much like last years). But:

1) There is lots of football to be played between now and then. Both teams could lose. The fact that they both have great defenses does make this less likely.

2) Whomever the winner plays in the national championship game will be a very good team that will not just lay down for SEC champ to walk all over.

So….No. It will be just for the SEC title. Which is more valid than the national championship, because it is actually won on the field.

SEC Fan

October 13th, 2009
7:54 am

It’s a good thing for Florida that they started the season at Number 1. If they were to be judged by their body of work this year, then Boise State’s perfect record would place them ahead of Florida in the polls based on each team’s strength of schedule.

Florida’s only quality win this year is against LSU. LSU’s performance against Mississippi State and Georgia, combined with the results of the previous season, left many wondering why they were even in the Top Ten. Georgia’s subsequent performance on Rocky Top only led to more head scratching.

The Gators have an impressive defense. I haven’t yet seen anything to indicate that they have a championship caliber offense. MSU hung 30 on the LSU defense.

Yes… MSU!

crow tastes good

October 13th, 2009
7:58 am

Tony, it would be a great game if 2 undefeated teams meet for the SEC championship. However, just like the Ohio State – Michigan game of undefeated teams from a few years back, it won’t determine the national champion. That comes from the BCS title game as you know (and as Ohio State learned the hard way). So you can consider the SEC championship the title game, but the rest of the planet will consider the winner of the BCS championship game the winner. If the SEC champion loses that game, it will enable you to write a lot of blogs to your fawning SEC followers, but it wouldn’t change the result. That said, if i were a betting man (and I am) i would put my money on the Gators to run the table!

Savadawg

October 13th, 2009
7:59 am

If there were a true NCAA Div 1 NC system rather than the farce we now have then the we would see FL vs Bama twice. Once for the SEC and again for the NC.

DaMan

October 13th, 2009
8:02 am

Bama is playing the most solid football in the country on both sides of the ball. I don’t see anyone beating them.

rhynster

October 13th, 2009
8:04 am

You appear to suggest South Carolina and Mississippi State as challenging games against Florida, but you outright dismiss them against Alabama.

Homer

October 13th, 2009
8:08 am

I am the biggest SEC homer around.

reebok

October 13th, 2009
8:08 am

Alabama has a tougher road than Florida. I figure they will lose once, but still get to the SEC championship. Florida will probably run the table.

Kirby Smart

October 13th, 2009
8:09 am

If momma calls, I ain’t answering !!!!!!!

RTR

SEC Fan

October 13th, 2009
8:12 am

It’s bad enough that the Auburn vs. Alabama game is no longer played in the Iron Bowl. Now they don’t even play on Saturday?

What’s the world coming to?

Will the MSU vs. Ole Miss game now be known as the Egg Beater® Bowl?

Will Jacksonville soon be relegated to hosting The World’s Largest Outdoor Soft Drink Party?

NCDawg

October 13th, 2009
8:15 am

I personally think people are jumping off the GA bandwagon too quickly this year and are causing unnecessary distractions that will hurt our chances of salvaging this season and damage recruiting, which will have very dark long term implications. I think because people don’t have to put their real name on these blogs that they can just yell Fire Willy without actually having a clue how to set up a good defense themselves. Shoot, they looked no worse against UT this year than when they were shellacked 35-14 in 2007, and that was with Stafford and Knowshon.

I will admit that Georgia did not look good against UT, but I feel like this is because too many people were focused on an excessive celebration call when they needed to be focused on a tough game up in Knoxville. Now, we need to get behind this team and get’em ready for a hungry Vanderbilt that is just dying to prove they are not the worst team in the SEC East. This week is the tipping point for the rest of the season. Then in two weeks, mark my words, GA will give Florida every ounce of a fight it can handle! Go DAWGS!

Eric

October 13th, 2009
8:20 am

If F and A are both undefeated, ranked 1 and 2, meet in the SEC Championship and play a very close game, it’s conceiveable that the voters may just keep them ranked 1 and 2 and they’ll meet again in Pasadena. It wouldn’t surprise be even a little bit. Here’s hoping they both get knocked off before that scenario has a chance to play out.

JB

October 13th, 2009
8:24 am

I promise you, if the Dawgs had started #1, played Florida’s schedule exactly as they have, Dawgs would be 3rd or 4th…….Meyer can thank Tebow. He is good. He is proven. But last Saturday, the live reports all day from Baton Rouge about him was something I could not believe. Even the Obama handlers were mad. They were touted as world beaters, and they are just a pretty good football team. I assume they get “well” against my Dawgs, but that proves nothing really.Our pedigree has turned to mixed breed. not a big deal, at he moment.

Saint Crompton

October 13th, 2009
8:24 am

((((( 45 19 ))))) hahahahahahahaha

Crompton for Heisman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RedKneckerson

October 13th, 2009
8:24 am

WHAT? No article from Tony about the arse whopping in Knoxville?Kinda skimmed right over that one didn’t he?

meee

October 13th, 2009
8:25 am

George P. You are totally correct. The entire bowl system is a joke not even bc we need a playoff but bc there is so much time between the last game and the bowl games that the teams arent the same functioning teams they were in the season.

toga

October 13th, 2009
8:26 am

Tony – What if Alabama loses to Florida 10-9 in a epic SEC showdown. Florida goes on and gets beat badly in Pasadena and Alabama smashes Texas in a BCS bowl. Could Alabama win the NC?

Starring Peter Graves as Capt. Over

October 13th, 2009
8:27 am

Ron Mexico: Way to go out on a limb.

SEC Fan

October 13th, 2009
8:28 am

NCDawg,

I admire your loyalty, but living in NC seems to have destroyed your football perspective. Vols fans would LOVE to have the 2007 squad over the team that they’re fielding this year.

Georgia might be a trap game for Vandy, since they face South Carolina the following week.

Florida will be amped up for Georgia — it’s their marquee game this season.

Al

October 13th, 2009
8:29 am

It took a missed extra point from Fla from tying Ole miss and going to Ot and likely winning. So it nearly happened last year. The question is who will play the winner.

KR

October 13th, 2009
8:30 am

It really all depends on what everyone else in the nation looks like at that point. There’s a lot of football to be played between now and then…

Alabama looks incredibly strong, but I haven’t yet seen them play what looked like a strong team. Even so, I’d bet they make it to the SEC Championship Game undefeated. And I’m an Auburn guy.

Florida has looked less strong to me. I could see one of their remaining opponents rising up to beat them, although the odds aren’t very good.

I have to admit: if we see undefeated Alabama take on undefeated Florida in the SEC Championship Game, I really won’t have much interest in the BCS Championship Game. It would most likely be a letdown.

Eric

October 13th, 2009
8:33 am

Regarding what we say on this blog, I’m pretty sure there are no SEC coaches or players reading any of it. So our comments are pretty much irrelevant to everyone except us.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 13th, 2009
8:35 am

Well we know you’re going to do everything in your power and pen to make that happen Tony.

Head in the sand...

October 13th, 2009
8:38 am

Curious that the two obvious stories of the state of the UGA program and Bowden’s train wreck get no mention from Mr. CFB. Bias maybe? After the celebration penalty we got a quick post and tons of investigative journalism with the SEC officials. Yesterdays topic was fine and timely but today we get a mid-April type topic.

Interesting that dog fans are getting better coverage about the current state from Mark Bradley of all people instead of one of their own.

Dink

October 13th, 2009
8:38 am

IMHO

Javier Arenas and Jordan Shipley are the two most under-rated players in the country.

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
8:39 am

Eric,

Just like other college students, football players do read blogs and other sports articles. Coaches do too but they won’t admit it. Hopefully, they are not affected by the stuff we say.

BTW, how does it feel to come back to Earth?

TrueCrimson

October 13th, 2009
8:40 am

KR,

Arkansas looked like a pretty “strong team” last Saturday.

RTR!!!

JB

October 13th, 2009
8:40 am

NC DAWG………………….I hear you………………but, we are not good at any phase of the game, and for the first time, I felt they “laid’ down last week. We were over matched on the Field and coaching, by a program who supposedly in a flux of rebuilding. Tennessee was inspired, well coached, prepared for our schemes and just wanted it more. We ALL love our dawgs. IT is just not the Tennessee game, it been coming from last year. You look at this team as a business you frequent and over time you see a trend of that business slipping. It’s not one bad game. there is a problem. We won 10 games last year, but we still struggled and could of lost against some VERY AVERAGE TEAMS. I’m not happy. We have the most fertile talent state in the SE, more money than all but say Florida and fan support, facilities, we have it all……..We have a management problem. We can’t dance around it.

Dadgumit = Cry me a river

October 13th, 2009
8:42 am

Way to be a sore loser Dadgumit. Your team sucks, get over it. Oh, and have a nice day

Hokie in waiting

October 13th, 2009
8:45 am

Bama vs VT for the MNC, mark it down. Tech goes to the Gator Bowl after we spank em this weekend.

Eric

October 13th, 2009
8:46 am

Maybe they do, but it seems like a colossal waste of time to me. You’d think they’d have plenty of important things to keep them busy.

Dadgumit = Cry me a river

October 13th, 2009
8:47 am

Enter your comments here

JB

October 13th, 2009
8:48 am

Glad to see most of that Florida Defense leave and Tebow, but watch Florida respond. There are expectations……………………..and there are excuses……………………………………………….

UGA is the BEST

October 13th, 2009
8:49 am

The dawgs are still going to beat the socks off those nerds on North Avenue! i don’t care that we had a bad game against Tenn, we will expose that mickey mouse 500 yrd rushing offense for what it is. I mean who can’t beat FSU this year?

GOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bark bark bark bark

N SABAN

October 13th, 2009
8:50 am

I WILL, dye my hair again before the SEC Championship Game. I know i should have gray at this age coaching Div 1 football, But I love this “chestnut’ brown dye”.

Dave R

October 13th, 2009
8:53 am

BCS #2 seems to win the BCS title game about as often as BCS #1, even when #1 is a huge favorite going in, so I’d say regarding the BS national championship game, err, the BCS national championship game as a fait acompli seems like a bad idea.

SecIsFootball

October 13th, 2009
8:53 am

KR……you say…”Alabama looks incredibly strong, but I haven’t yet seen them play what looked like a strong team.” ??????

#4 ranked Virginia Tech says hello. And, if Arkansas is not a good team, what does that say about AU after this past weekend?

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
8:54 am

Keep doing whatever you’re doing (recruiting, coaching, and dying your hair), Coach!

RTR!

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
8:56 am

…and we just beat Ole Miss.

Geez, you just can’t please some folks.

Secondguesser

October 13th, 2009
8:56 am

That’s right. Everybody jump on that bama bandwagon. This is just about the time last year that UF took off as an offensive juggernaut. Granted they’ve lost Harvin and Murphy which are two big losses. As I remember everybody was on that tide high last year as well. I think they were ranked number one when gators met them last year, weren’t they? ………………..Hey JB, you guys tried that “startin out number 1″ last year didn’t you? Didn’t work to well for ya did it?

gatorrashad

October 13th, 2009
9:01 am

Bama/Florida II Saban v. Meyer it should make for another great match up and winner would be favorite to take the crystal….I see Florida winning close tho…..24-17

KR

October 13th, 2009
9:01 am

True Crimson: Actually, I’d say Auburn looked pretty weak last week. Different view, same outcome.

SEC is Football: when VT played Bama, they did not look all that strong. They have improved over the last 5 games.

Ba'ii

October 13th, 2009
9:02 am

Were we not hearing the same thing about Michigan and Ohio State in 2006? Florida and Alabama may be the best two teams in the country, but the gap between them and USC, Virginia Tech, and Texas is not so great as to assume that they’ll easily get win number 14.

Trade School Junkie

October 13th, 2009
9:03 am

Folks, isnt it ALL juts too plain to see.

“Mr. College Football” is a complete HACK with no credibility left.

Two of the MOST NOTEWORTHY games of the year over the past weekend for both of the LOCAL/STATE teams…and not one word.

What a COMPLETE HACK.

Marta Evangelist

October 13th, 2009
9:06 am

When a UGA fan’s (Tony) team is doing poorly, he tries to talk about how good the SEC is to make himself feel better. UGA is losing because the SEC is so good. Unfortunately for UGA, none of their losses are to two the SEC’s only good teams. By the way, in what fantasy land would the SEC championship be considered the national championship? Alabama is most likely a GREAT team…but Florida is most likely only a very good team. If Florida loses in the Championship game (or stumbles before) they should be viewed as no better than OSU, USC, VT, UM, Cinn, or Oregon. Either one of these 1 losses (there or more) or an undefeated TCU would have the legitimate claim to challenge Alabama for the national championship. And yes Tony (and all UGA fans), the national championship is a way bigger deal than an SEC championship.

NCDawg

October 13th, 2009
9:07 am

SEC Fan and JB,

Thanks for the comments and logical explanations for some of the feelings that fans are having.

Just a couple of points, last year was last year and UGA should never have been rated #1 with an Offensive Line starting 3 Freshmen. Setting up those unrealistic expectations immediately makes last year a disappointment.

GA has had some flashes of real potential this season on both offense and defense. I’ll admit that UT made the plays to pull away in the game last week, and we could not stop a play action pass to save our lives. However, we are at the midpoint of the season. We can either choose the path of 2007 and do our best to pull ourselves back up.

Or….. we can go in toilet and start crying for our legendary coach to pack it up (FSU). We can fire our offensive coordinator mid-season and see his family packing up his truck in the middle of the season (Auburn). Even with far worse coaching staffs in the 90s, we at least had enough respect as a program to operate in the right way. Shoot, Donnan even still lives in Athens. Richt has given us the longest run of success in SEC football we’ve seen since the early 80s, I think we give him a little more credit for knowing how to run a football team than some of the posters on these sites do.

Maybe I’m too optimistic and I’m sure St. Simons just wet his britches with laughter, but I still think this team has potential they can realize this season. Maybe I’m wrong, but what if maybe I’m right?

GSU Eagle 91

October 13th, 2009
9:07 am

I think Texas is the wild card this year. Their game against OK this weekend will be tough, but they’ll squeak by. Before the year started, I thought it would be FL/TX for the trophy. I still do. How about AL/USC in the Sugar Bowl, Boise St/VA Tech in the Orange Bowl? FL trips up Texas 24-20 in the BCS title game…

Gator Mike

October 13th, 2009
9:11 am

Thus far, it has been a very interesting season in every conference. Anything can happen in the SEC between now and the evening of 28 November. The Gators still have a lot of tough games ahead of them in the SEC. The UGA loss was a fluke, and they will be back. The SEC is still dangerous.
I also find GA Tech to be very interesting. They are very well coached.
Go Gators!

NCDawg

October 13th, 2009
9:13 am

SEC Fan,

Also, Florida won’t take GA seriously until its too late. It’s great to be a Gator Hater! Ok, time to do some work….

Gen Neyland

October 13th, 2009
9:19 am

There might be a bunch of Texans that disagree by December. Let’s play the games and see what shakes out…

jumbeauxtiger

October 13th, 2009
9:24 am

SEC Fan,

State did not score 30 on LSU it was 26. Further, LSU took an intentional safety and on another occasion the ball was snapped over the punter’s head and the Bulldogs took over on downs at the Tigers’ 1 yard line. That’s 9 points basically gift wrapped so the 26 points scored is deceptive.

LSU arguably has the 3rd best D in the SEC right now and if they can turn the offense around, they can have a very good season.

On paper Bama and Florida are by far the best teams in the SEC and should run the table. But as other posters have pointed out, anyone can be beat on any given day so you just never know.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

jp

October 13th, 2009
9:26 am

sec fan you are an idiot for even suggesting that boys bronco be listed ahead of fl .I am a ga fan but fla would beat boys bronc 55-0

Joey

October 13th, 2009
9:27 am

I have to admit I’m more than a little jealous of the UF program these days. Our stars from last year’s team never even won their division, then bolted a year early to the NFL. UF’s stars, and they have many 1st and 2nd rounders all decided to stay and try to win another national title. Is it character or love of you coach or what? I don’t blame Knowshon and Stafford a bit for leaving. I just wished they would have waited and declared their intention to win a title, a la Tebow and Spikes. I just wonder what the difference is. Is one coach’s players more inspired by him than the other’s?

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
9:39 am

Joey,

You are right. Stafford and Knowshon made the right decision, the smart decision. They knew they weren’t going to win the division this year either. That probably has as much to do with Florida’s dominance as it does Richt’s staff’s ineptitude.

Spikes should have left for the NFL.

Tebow really didn’t have a choice but to stay. Sure he loves the Gators and Meyer but he also needed to increase his stock as an NFL quarterback. That really hasn’t panned out so far.

Otto

October 13th, 2009
9:54 am

In short yes and even if they both come in with 1 loss they are still the top 2 in the country. UF may stumble. Tebow was not 100% against LSU but the defense played lights out. Bama is clearly better than anyone on their schedule but upsets can happen.

IWANNA KNOW

October 13th, 2009
9:56 am

HEY TONY …HAVE YOU HEARD FROM TEE”MONEY TRAIL” MARTIN YET??!!

IWANNA KNOW

October 13th, 2009
9:57 am

Enter your comments here

G8R GRAD

October 13th, 2009
9:58 am

Yes, emphatically!
The national championship WILL be played on Dec. 5th.
A rematch if the game’s close?
Never happen.
The Big 12/PAC 10 would burn the house down.
Most likely: the SEC champ v. Texas in Pasadena.

im4bama

October 13th, 2009
9:59 am

Without a doubt I believe that will be the real Championship game. Whoever wins that will take the whole thing regardless who the final opponet is in January.

slaw_dawg

October 13th, 2009
10:05 am

both teams have “hammer dropping” defenses

Alabama: watch out for USCar, LSU, Auburn
– I think Alabama goes undefeated

Florida: watch out for Miss State, UGA, USCar, FSU
– MSU is trickey b/c UGA is the next week…look ahead? Anyway, who likes a trip to
Starkville?

If I had to pick either Florida or Bama to go undefeated in regular season play, I’d pick Alabama

Vol Navy

October 13th, 2009
10:11 am

“Tennessee. Vols aren’t as good as they looked against Georgia.”

BUT, They are better than Georgia!

im4bama

October 13th, 2009
10:12 am

I am so glad I didn’t have to go into meltdown this week because if Texas would have stayed at #2 ahead of Bama I would have lost it. I think the quality of wins are way better. As far as some people making the comment “on paper” about Bama, that’s crap. Bama is proving were better on the field. Right now, I say were playing better than Florida too; but we still have a lot more improving to do and business to take care of, so we get our chance to prove it to everyone.

Atlanta Gator

October 13th, 2009
10:12 am

On paper, and assuming no key injuries, the Crimson Tide and the Gators should win every remaining game on their schedule, but this is the SEC. The SEC does not crown a champion; the SEC conducts a blood-letting. On any given Saturday, just about any team can beat any other team. We don’t need to look any further than last year’s Florida-Ole Miss game for an example of what happens when an SEC “leader” does not play lights-out, relatively mistake-free football against an SEC opponent.

If both the Tide and Gators arrive in Atlanta undefeated in December, the hype surrounding the SEC championship game will be deafening. Again. No predictions on the outcome of a rematch of last year’s game. Despite the Tide having replaced their quarterback and several star players who graduated or left early for the NFL, the Tide appears to be an even better team than last season. The Gators do not appear to have reached their full potential on offense, and the verdict is still out despite their number one ranking.

And, as Gen Neyland quite rightly said above, “let’s play the games . . .” and see what happens. There’s still a whole lot of football to be played, and from the standpoint of this long-time Gators fan, my team’s path is strewn with interesting little land mines, any one of which could still explode unexpectedly in their faces and derail their title hopes.

hsf

October 13th, 2009
10:18 am

Bama will have their hands full with Tennessee. This is an upset in the making.

Heavy Dawg

October 13th, 2009
10:20 am

We are not out of this race yet people. We only have two losses. If Florida can loose a game and then when we beat them we will be in first place and that will put us into the champship game with LSU again because they are not going to loose another game and they will also beat Alabama.

And ya’ll leave Tony alone becuase he don’t talk about one game. My Dawgs lost, it was one game and we are still in it. He probably has a stack of things to write about that is 3 feet tall and the fact that you people are saying mean things about him because he don’t talk about just one game is stupid to me. Where are all the people yelling about how he don’t write about Arkansas beating Aurburn!

elcubismo

October 13th, 2009
10:25 am

ummm, doesn’t this post only prove what crazy m has said all along? that the sec is florida, bama, and 10 wannabes? after all, let’s be honest here–no sec team has given bama the heartburn that vatech did. as of now, no sec team has even made it a game. considering that bama is weaker–having lost hightower–that’s even more of an indictment on the competition.

if bama blows out lsu, m looks like a genuis (though a tortured one at that)

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
10:26 am

This week’s game against S. Carolina is trap game for us for several reasons:

1. It’s homecoming for UA. No matter what Saban does, there will be distractions.
2. We have UT next week. UT is down but it’s still a big rivalry game.
3. The media says Bama is the best team in the country. What if we start to listen?
4. S. Carolina is definitely capable of pulling the upset if we have an off day.

Logical Call

October 13th, 2009
10:28 am

They both could have a loss in the SEC championship game. Yet, the winner still goes on to win the NC!!! Alabama still has 5 legitimate teams capable of winning if they do not bring their A game. More than likely they stumble or fumble away one game.

Florida has four teams capable of pulling an upset, unfortunately one of those four is not Vandy or UGA. I personally would not be surprised to see them lose to MSU, S Car., Ark or especially FSU. UF defensively has looked impressive but Tebow just does not appear to have the weapons from years past. Those four teams each have the offense to score enough points to make the games interesting. UF may lose multiple games before the CG in Atlanta but will still get to the game providing it beats S. Carolina since everyone else will have more than two losses. Looks like the SEC West is the much stronger section this year with LSU, Ole Miss, and Auburn being stronger than the SEC East number two team.

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
10:30 am

elcubismo,

Va Tech did not give Bama heartburn. Bama gave Bama heartburn.

And it’s not Bama, Florida, and 10 wannabes. It appears to be Bama, Florida, and 118 wannabes.

Greg

October 13th, 2009
10:30 am

Look for SC to pull the upset this weekend. It will catch everybody by surprise but if SC can shore up its d-line, I believe the SC offense has found some momentum with its new Wideout in Alshon that could cause some problems for bama. I’m 75% certain that Bama will come out on top but I would not be surprised one bit if SC came through with a “W” to go 6-1 then loose next week to Vandy at home.

G. Kassing

GO BIG ORANGE

October 13th, 2009
10:31 am

A couple of comments on and off the topic.

Florida and Alabama are probably the best two teams in the country. Since the Vols have played Florida, I noticed one thing that is hard to deny…as great as Tebow is, the team really misses a player to fill Percy Harvin’s shoes. With Harvin still on the team, I suspect that that “beatdwon” everybody seemed to want for Lane Kiffin might have occurred. Every team needs two strong offensive alternates. Tebow alone could (not saying he will, saying he could) be stopped.

Regarding the GA controversy, sometimes it takes the wheels totally coming off before changes will be made. Many people, me included, thought that Fulmer should have stepped down voluntarily several years before he was fired. I liked Fulmer, but his tried and true methods had been left behind by the likes of Meyer, Sabin, even Richt. Tennessee may be finally the catalyst for change that has been needed in Athens for awhile. Martinez and probably Bobo will never get you to the promised land as long as Florida can just reload and GA steps on one or two of those landmines every year. To illustrate what I am saying, think about it…if memory serves mecorrectly, my Vols have tripped you up three of the last four years, and four of the last six. Not one time in that period did TN have the calibr of players you had top to bottom. Your ship is taking on water and truthfully Richt has been just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic for awhile.

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
10:32 am

Florida misses Harvin and Murphy but they miss Mullen even more. If he was still the OC, he’d find a way to get production from the WRs.

GO BIG ORANGE

October 13th, 2009
10:34 am

@ Got 12

True, I could not remember all of thee names, just the half a hundred they kept putting up on my Vols.

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
10:38 am

Charlie Strong gets a lot of credit for UF’s success (and rightfully so) but Dan Mullen was also a big part of it. Everyone looks to Tebow and Meyer but Mullen engineered that offense. I’m glad he’s gone. lol

jjbamaman

October 13th, 2009
10:40 am

No one else in the SEC looks as prepared as Alabama and Florida to win their divisions. Which team wins the SECC game is a toss-up at this point. Whoever loses will drop to #3 or #4. Whoever wins will take the NC.

T

October 13th, 2009
10:43 am

I love the way Tony is staying away from “The Georgia Topic” this week… LOL… too funny… to hot to touch there Tony??

homer

October 13th, 2009
10:44 am

Both of them should go undefeated. They don’t have anything left on the schedule but a few weak SEC teams and a couple of throw-away games. With those schedules should either one be ranked that high? Tell me again why the SEC is so powerful…is it because they have two good teams and a bunch of stiffs? Guess so.

murfdawg

October 13th, 2009
10:47 am

Everyone in the country wants a playoff and the SEC and the Big 12 deliver. You have to play each team in your division, and three teams in the other division and then the two winners play for a championship. For the MNC, the winner of the SEC plays the winner of the Big 12. The conference runners-up play each other in a BCS bowl. This gives you teams 1-4. After that…..who cares.

If Texas runs the table, they deserve to be in the MNC. With all due respect to the loser of the SECCG, Texas would deserve a shot and it would be earned on the field. Would a one loss Fla or Bama be better than Texas? Possibly. Let’s hope Texas wins out, because we sure don’t want HoHo St and the other USC voted into the MNC.

Sam

October 13th, 2009
10:48 am

George G: UF/Bama would also have a month to prepare. Meyer has shown that he can take apart a team in a week.

GO BIG ORANGE

October 13th, 2009
10:50 am

@ Homer

“it because they have two good teams and a bunch of stiffs?”

Who is deeper/different, the Pac 10, the Big 10, the ACC. Even if I believed what you said was true, which I don’t, who is different?

Yellow Fuzz

October 13th, 2009
10:50 am

Georgia = Gymnastics, Equestrian, Park & Leisure Services degrees
Tech = Football, Basketball, Baseball & Engineering degrees

Georgia = Few athletes can spell Calculus
Tech = All athletes take it

Georgia = Fits the mold
Tech = Makes the mold

Georgia = Tech’s bitch
Tech = Georgia’s daddy

Georgia Tide

October 13th, 2009
10:51 am

Bama beats Florida in the SEC title game—mark it down. Bama’s D will shut down florida’s offense, which doesn’t have a deep threat. Bama beats Texas easy for the national title: Bama 33 Texas 20

13 titles!!!

Tide Rising

October 13th, 2009
10:52 am

We are more likely to lose than UF because of schedule. I think Carolina is a big trap game for us, LSU will be tough, and despite what happened Saturday the Auburn game is in Auburn, they are still a good team that can score, and anything can happen in a rivalry game. And if MSU can score and almost beat LSU then they can do the same to us. They’ve done it before.

But even if we lose 1 or UF loses one or we both lose one in the regular season the seccg will still be the true national championship game. The winner will absolutely be given a shot at the national title game over a 1 loss team from any other conference. That is a precedence that I feel has certainly been set.

Besides, when I look around the country and look at all the good teams left I can still see a lot of teams like VT, Ohio St, and USC losing a 2nd game. Texas is the only team I can realistically see getting through the season either unscathed or with just one loss.

UGADawg83

October 13th, 2009
10:53 am

Alabama seems to be the more solid team at the moment, spectacular at nothing but good at everything, Florida obviously is more head shot away from disaster.

Gator Nation

October 13th, 2009
10:53 am

By the end of the season and prior to the SEC championship game Bama and Florida will have played 7 common opponents. We will then be able to jaw-jack back and forth about who is the better team. Until then we don’t know. Our only common opponent has been Kentucky and we both squashed them. Let’s hope both teams win out. It will be one hum-dinger of a game!

Jefferson

October 13th, 2009
10:54 am

No, but you can declare anything you want — maybe someone will listen.

PTC DAWG

October 13th, 2009
10:55 am

If either team had chosen to play more than 1 team from a BCS conference OOC, it would be a fairly good validation. As it stands, if VT wins out, Bama’s game with them looks very strong, the other 3, not so much. UF didn’t even bother to leave the state, much less the region for an OOC game. I realize they don’t have control over the strength of FSU, but they did have control over the other 3 teams they scheduled.

In short, UF won’t be standing undefeated anyways…BAMA has a chance…..

TommyP

October 13th, 2009
10:55 am

There is NO WAY the 2 teams in the SEC championship game should play again in the national title game.

The system is already a sham but if that happens, it’ll take this joke of a system to a new level.

It’s absurd…and stupid to even write about.

FireMarkRicht

October 13th, 2009
10:56 am

Well, at least it’s a dilemma Mark Richt will never have to worry about.

TommyP

October 13th, 2009
10:56 am

And I agree with another poster….when the hell you gonna chime in on the Georgia situation? Are you friggin’ kidding me, Barnhart? This is the biggest story in the state of Georgia and not a word from you YET?

stoopid

October 13th, 2009
10:57 am

I just had a scenario i was curiuous about, if anyone could help me out…
First of all, lemme start by saying we looked god awful saturday and in no way do i think this would ever happen but just enlighten me…
So we lost to UT, what if from here, we beat UF and run the table, UT loses to another east team and we have the win over the gators.. where does that put us?? Do we sneak into the championship or what?? I realize this is crazy talk but im just going over things in my head! Anyone care to help me sort it out??

Tide Rising

October 13th, 2009
10:57 am

Precedent not precedence.

One other thing that’s interesting statistically even if the Carolina game scares me to death.

Ryan Mallett and Jevan Snead are both good qbs. But the 2 worst performances in the NCAA this season where a qb had 30 or more pass attempts were the 2 games these 2 qbs had against the Bama Defense. They were both something like 11 of 35 and 12 of 34 for something like 140 and 130 yards each. I’m scared of Garcia still but looking at that stat especially in light of the way Mallett has lit up other defenses makes me thing our D really is that good.

Has me feeling good but we’ll see. Lot of football yet to be played.

North FLA Falcon

October 13th, 2009
10:58 am

Florida needs to mix it up a little bit. They have not left the state for a non-conference game since 1991 (at Syracuse). Their schedule is a JOKE. Playing FIU in November is a DISGRACE! If they are so great, go on the road and prove it and I don’t mean going to Jacksonville. UGA, Tennessee, and Alabama have done it — going to Arizona or California even. Instead, they sit back and say “we’re in the SEC” … please … they are the Ohio State of the South. They are doing what Oklahoma and Nebraska did back in their “dynasty days”: fluff schedule with 1-2 tough in-conference games, half of which are at home. I can’t wait until next year when they lose EVERYONE and the Gator nation comes back to reality. ROLL TIDE.

stoopid

October 13th, 2009
10:58 am

I just had a scenario i was curiuous about, if anyone could help me out…
First of all, lemme start by saying we looked god awful saturday and in no way do i think this would ever happen but just enlighten me…
So we lost to UT, what if from here, we beat UF and run the table, UT loses to another east team and we have the win over the gators.. where does that put us?? Do we sneak into the championship or what?? I realize this is crazy talk but im just going over things in my head! Anyone care to help me sort it out?

jumbeauxtiger

October 13th, 2009
10:58 am

Got 12?,

I also believe that the USC game this weekend is a trap game and the reasons you listed I completely agree with. Saban has a history of losing an unexpected game just as every other coach has. I’m not taking a pot shot at Nick as I like the guy and think he’s a great coach. However it’s impossible to get these guys up every week.

Spurrier will not let his team be intimidated by playing in a hostile environment. He will certainly use the fact that the game is homecoming as a motivator and he has come very close to pulling off big wins on the road (ie UGa this season and in Gainesville in 2006).

Of any games the Tide has left I think this one is the most dangerous.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

G8R GRAD

October 13th, 2009
10:58 am

Got 12?:

I had tyhe same impression saturday night:
Dan Mullen’s play calling would’ve been woth two more touchdowns.
And I agree with Atlanta Gator in that the Florida offense has yet to impress.
Last year’s SECCG was also a NC game IMO.
The Oklahoma game was anticlimactic in comparison.
Right now, I think Alabama is playing the best football on both sides of the ball.
If a December rematch is in the offing and if UF doesn’t mount an offensive attack that is considerably more effective than any I’ve seen yet, I fear the Tide will play in Pasadena.
Either way, the BCSNCG will be yet another clinic in SEC football.

jumbeauxtiger

October 13th, 2009
11:02 am

I meant an “unexpected loss”

GO BIG ORANGE

October 13th, 2009
11:07 am

Cut Tony some slack by the way. I suspect he is waiting for the dust to settle before commenting on GA. Maybe this is an issue that giving up a few days to collect one’s thoughts is appropriate. I doubt he can let the biggest “Dawgs” story of the year go by without commenting.

Cry babby

October 13th, 2009
11:08 am

Cry babby cry.

McDawg

October 13th, 2009
11:09 am

not quite sold on UF yet-want to see their Offense against south Carolina-right now my money is on Bama

#1 BAMA FAN

October 13th, 2009
11:12 am

There is one thing I do know…the Gators will not beat Bama running dive plays over & over with a 170 lb running back. RTR

Joe Bob Thibodaux

October 13th, 2009
11:13 am

Tony, your assessment of the LSU offense rings true. I believe the Auburn LSU game will tell the tale for both teams.

If Alabama and Florida go undefeated until the SEC championship, then, depending on how the game plays outo–they could be ranked 1 and 2. I doubt it though. As much as we appreciate our conference, the nation at large is not going to support that possibility. After the bowl, however, they could end up 1 and 2.

There is still a lot of football this regular season, and I believe Bama, not Florida, is the team most likely to be defeated before the SEC championship. Were LSU to find an offensive sparkplug, all bets would be off–but I ain’t holdin my breath.

Go Tigers, whip up on Auburn. then, lets see!

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
11:15 am

Yes, cut Tony some slack. He’s a journalist but he’s also human. As a UGA grad, he’s probably just a disappointed and upset as the rest of the Bulldog nation. Unlike most of the Bulldog nation, the abilitity to perform his job is tied to favorable relationships with athletics departments.

I’m sure we’ll see an article about UGA tomorrow.

elcubismo

October 13th, 2009
11:24 am

Got 12, a little humility would be nice. You sound like a serious doofus suggesting there are 118 wannabes. Pete Carrol is almost undefeated in big time games, including against the SEC. Texas aint bad, and VaTech has improved big time–and again, come far closer than the all-powerful SEC at disrupting your team.

We’ve all been saying LSU is overrated, and Florida only put up 13. In my mind, that suggests Florida has a lot of room for improvement.

Bama is a very, very solid team right now, no doubt. But bottom line, when you speak in such strong terms, you look like a blowhard the second one result goes a way you did not expect.

Call it Like It Is

October 13th, 2009
11:26 am

Hey stoopid

Keep dreaming your team ain’t that good.

Gators steamroll through their schedule and will meet Bama again for another classic SEC.

Enough Said!

stoopid

October 13th, 2009
11:31 am

umm yeah… thats why i said i know this will never happen. read before being an a$$hole.

12 & 21

October 13th, 2009
11:41 am

HEY ERIC, YEAH I’M CALLING YOU OUT YOU PUNK@$$.
WDE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

ARK LIT YOU UP FOR 44 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I JUST LOVE TO SEE A BARNDWELLER SO OBVIOUSLY AWARE AND JEALOUS OF THOSE THAT ARE BETTER THAN THEM.

36-0 WAS JUST THE BEGINNING, IT IS GOING TO GET COMICAL, SEE YA AT THE FEED AND SEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 13th, 2009
11:47 am

The BCS title game should obviously be Georgia Tech, because they’re awesome every year, and William and Mary, since they played their ACC opponents so well, and as everyone knows, the ACC is the bestest conference in the land. Just ask my good buddy m.

TommyP

October 13th, 2009
11:48 am

I wonder how many resumes Richt has received so far for the def.coordinator job?

Jon

October 13th, 2009
11:51 am

Boy you can tell Barmhart is a Jawga grad–he won’t mention the Dawgs. When he had to mention Jawga in his Fla–Ala blog he sidestepped saying anything relevant about his Pup-Py Dawgs.Mark Schlabach is a Jawga grad too–but he tells it like it is about Jawga. Tough lineup ahead with Tenn Tech & Vandy on the schedule—LOL.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 13th, 2009
11:54 am

Haha, the funny thing is Mr. SEC Football blocks any post that quotes his bias and crybaby article he posted after losing to LSU. Sad actually.

If we had a Mr. College Football somewhere in this Newspaper, maybe they would notice there’s a really big local game going on Sat. night.

Oh well, I can dream.

Mark

October 13th, 2009
11:55 am

Kirby Smart isn’t leaving Alabama for a sinking ship. He has a chance to win NC’s with Saban. Kirby eventually leaves Bama for a HC position. But no chance he goes to a program that’s sinking faster than the Titanic. That would be a career mistake. Coaches todat are more interested in their career than bleeding for some alums.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 13th, 2009
11:56 am

I see my imposter @ 11:47 is back.

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeeee

October 13th, 2009
11:56 am

Probably. This will be the National Title Game then the winner goes and plays a weaker team just like the last several years. Uhhhhh North FLA Falcon – Florida just went on the road dummy in front of a record crowd and shut LSU down to 3 points. Okay it was a conference game, so what. They left the state to play a couple of National Title Games over the years and when they played Ohio State they killed them. They were winning two National Titles in the last three years while your teams were watching at home. On another note Florida will not be #1 next year but they will be up there and either them or Tennessee is going to win the east. Florida is a top program, Brantley is the man and there are plenty of strong players sitting on the sidelines this year as well as coming to Gainesville. Reality? 2 National Titles in the last 3 years and a great shot to win it this year, any team would take an off year after that dynasty, but Florida will be right there fighting for the SEC title, you can bet on it. Go Gators, Tebow and Spikes will lead us to victory at the Georgia Dome again just like last year.

Albert the Alligator

October 13th, 2009
11:58 am

How bout’ that Florida D. 5 Games = 2 Touchdowns Allowed. 32 Total Points Surrendered.

m

October 13th, 2009
12:00 pm

The sec is the most overrated, overhyped conference in history.

david corr

October 13th, 2009
12:13 pm

Dawgs beat Gators win SEC East and whip Bama in SEC title game then whip Texas or VT in National title game. It ain’t over till it’s over. BTW ACDC plays in Jacksonville on October 30th the night before we whip the Gators! For those about to rock we salute you!

RxDawg

October 13th, 2009
12:14 pm

Will SEC championship also be the national championship?

It always is. The BCS bowls are just runner ups.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

October 13th, 2009
12:14 pm

m: If you look at the bowl season last year, you might get a clue. Good luck with your conference you WAC.

what about it

October 13th, 2009
12:24 pm

What if Alabama wins the SECCG by 2 points in 4 overtimes. Do you think the BCS would go for a rematch? I guess not since the rule for UGA a couple of years ago was if you don’t win your conference championship you can’t play in the title game.

Gator Rob

October 13th, 2009
12:25 pm

You local idiots kill me. You’re not happy with Tony unless he’s blowing UGA and/or GT. He covers college football in the largest market in the southeast, that’s more than two teams. If you want your exclusive sugar-coated BS go to your athletic dept’s official website or get a rivals membership.

DawginLex

October 13th, 2009
12:30 pm

I predicted before the season started that GT would maul VT at home on a Thursday night. Now if it happens, GT is in the conversation to play the winner of Bama/Florida.

IF:

Texas loses to Oklahoma

Would a one loss USC or a one loss Ohio State jump GT? Since Taylor can throw and GT can’t stop the pass, GT winning might be more of a stretch but, it could be a shootout which favors GT.

I’m just sayin’

Joe Bob Thibodaux

October 13th, 2009
12:35 pm

what about it:

yes, provided the score then is 2 to nothin.

Paul The Vol

October 13th, 2009
12:53 pm

As much as I hate to agree with a Gator, I have to agree with Gator Rob. Tony has a bigger constituency than just UGA and GT. In fact, when he writes about UGA the Tech fans howl that he is an SEC homer. When he doesn’t write about UGA after a loss the Tech fans howl that he is ignoring the UGA story. It’s no wonder so many writers hold their audiences in contempt.

I’m sure he’ll get around to writing about the current state of affairs at Georgia but he probably wants to do his homework and get some perspective from other sources rather than jumping to conclusions.

they played who?

October 13th, 2009
12:53 pm

The sec is weak as water the only two teams worth watching are Fla. and Bama…and they play no one. ..I’m happy to see the public finally coming to and recognizing that fact . not saying their not great teams…they just don’t play any one with winning records.

they played who?

October 13th, 2009
12:57 pm

wow I forgot to answer the question…….NO

2Cents

October 13th, 2009
1:01 pm

Besides Bama and UF, who in the SEC is any good? LSU? Nobody in the country thought they were playing like a top 5 team, even though they were ranked #4. Arky, TN, UGA, Vandy, Old Miss, SC – any of them a top 10 team? I know SEC fans like the feel of that smoke going up their skirts, but really… FL and AL are great teams and deserve the attention they’re getting. The rest of the SEC needs to sit down and ponder on how they might field a real team sometime in the near future.

Aloha Gator

October 13th, 2009
1:03 pm

G8R GRAD

October 13th, 2009
1:06 pm

they played who[m]?:
“The sec is weak as water the only two teams worth watching are Fla. and Bama…and they play no one. [..]I’m happy to see the public finally coming to and recognizing that fact.”

Would that explain why UF and UA are ranked #1 and #2 espectively?

G8R GRAD

October 13th, 2009
1:08 pm

sorry – [r]espectively

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
1:10 pm

Let’s settle this once and for all (for now) by doing what college basketball does–start the season with a conference v. conference challenge series. Anyone who says the SEC doesn’t win is simply delusional.

According to pre-season hype:

Bama (SEC #2) v. Va Tech (ACC #1)
Florida (SEC #1) v. FSU (ACC #2)
Georgia (SEC #5) v. GT (ACC #3)

I’m sure there are some other games between evenly matched schools. Someone come up with a few more. (And I don’t mean games like GT (ACC #3) v. Miss St (SEC #12).)

OZZFEST

October 13th, 2009
1:14 pm

That has proved true just about every year…except 2002….DAMMIT!

BG

October 13th, 2009
1:16 pm

Texas will win the national championship this year.

[...] Top 10.  Easy answer isn’t it?5.  The excellent Tony Barnhart of The AJC takes a look at whether both Florida and Alabama can go undefeated right up until the SEC title game.  (He beat me to the punch ’cause I was going to write [...]

Willie

October 13th, 2009
1:20 pm

I wonder if a CMR can get the dawgs ready for Vandy. Maybe he should call in sick that day.

Willie

October 13th, 2009
1:23 pm

Seriously, no way! USC, OH St, OK, and the normally top rated five will not stand for it. Where does all the votes come from anyway? They will just vote them down. It is the BCS way!

Willie

October 13th, 2009
1:26 pm

I mean how can you compare the SEC championship game where 1 & 2 play eachother over the prestigious Rose bowl(Inconsequential bowl where a 10 & 1 will play a 6 & 5 team)! I mean just who do you think you are?

robodawg

October 13th, 2009
1:26 pm

Both could definitely go undefeated, and the SEC championship would be huge. But there’s a fair chance that Texas or even USC or Va Tech (who played Bama fairly well to start the season) could give the winner a run for their money in the BCS championship.

archangeladidas

October 13th, 2009
1:32 pm

To North Fla Falcon….you know whats embrassing? losing to a team that doesn’t play “ANYBODY”. what happen last year in the dome? GATORS by 10! you better hope bama show up to play this year. and where has bama been the past 10 years anyway? so you have some recent success and you want to talk big huh. the GATORS are going to take “YOUR” national title again this year also. its about time your program came back to life. GO GATORS!!!

Chuck

October 13th, 2009
1:44 pm

As weak as some of the future opponents of Florida and Alabama seem, they still do not rise to the level of mediocrity of the teams left on the schedules of Texas and Southern Cal. And do not even bother to bring the Big 10 and ACC Champs into the argument. If Virginia Tech was smart, they would try to get into the SEC where they would have a schedule competitive enough to make an argument for the national championship, as opposed to the weak basketball-oriented teams they now play in the ACC. So, Tony, the answer is YES. The SEC Championship game is the real national championship game.

McDonoughGator

October 13th, 2009
1:47 pm

To all of the level-headed posters on this blog, the one key ingredient we are forget to mention, is injuries. Football, is a very very physical game. I don’t make predictions for two months down the road, but I will say this, Coach Saban, has done a fantastic job at Bama. If everything plays out, this SECCG game, could top last years game.

I agree with most everyone on the UF offense. I think this year is going to be more like 2006 and not 2008 for the Gators. Urban is a very conservative coach. The Vols did a great job of “shortening” the game. I think we decided to “buy” into the philosophy against the Vols.

With Tebow having not practiced, but two days last week, we shortened the game, and won in one of the most hostile environments in college football. We had the ball for over 36 minutes in the LSU game.

I look for the UF offense to stretch the field against the Hogs, but Urban know’s that he can rely on his defense.

I love all of the traditions that come with college football in the south. Hope you all have a great day!!

Jake

October 13th, 2009
1:57 pm

Seems UGA fans are like rats jumping off a sinking ship. Hang in there, every team has ups and downs. Mark is a good man and good coach.

Chuck

October 13th, 2009
1:58 pm

As weak as some of the teams left on the schedules of Florida and Alabama seem, they still do not rise to the level of mediocrity of remaining opponents of Texas and Southern Cal. And do not even bring the Big 10 and ACC champs into the argument. Their leagues are a joke. If Virginia Tech was smart, they would try to get into the SEC so they could have a schedule worthy of national championship hopes. So, Tony, the answer is yes, the SEC Championship game is the real national championship.

Archie

October 13th, 2009
2:30 pm

It happens in every sport, but the two best teams don’t always play in the final matchup of the season. So yes, the Florida-Alabama game could be the real national championship. How many times in the NFL is the AFC or NFC championship more competitive than the Super Bowl, or the ALCS or NLCS in baseball. It happens a lot in sports, it’s even happened in college football. Those classic matchups of Florida-Florida State in the 90’s, or Florida-Tennessee were like that.

Archie

October 13th, 2009
2:35 pm

Texas hasn’t gotten to the meat of their schedule yet, they still have ranked teams on their schedule they haven’t gotten to yet. Oklahoma this week, Missouri the week after, Oklahoma State and Kansas after that, then a likely matchup with a possible top 10 Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game. They won’t play as good a team as Florida or Alabama, but the rest of their schedule is as strong as Florida and Alabama’s.

Tide4u2c

October 13th, 2009
2:39 pm

Well you’ve got to get to the SEC champ game first to have a chance to win the NC.Let’s take it one game at a time.Having said that the Gators just don’t look as strong offensively as they were last year.They seem to be missing something on offense.Bama’s offense on the other hand looks better this year than last years offense eventhough they are not as much of a power run offense, it seems to be a more balanced offense with passing and running.Greg McElroy has really stepped up and surprised alot of people despite his lack of starting experiance coming into the season.He has really played well and can throw the deep ball better than JPW could.Remember McElroy in the pre-season finised in 2nd place at the Manning QB camp beating out Sam Bradford,Colt McCoy,Jevan Sneed,etc and really turned alot of heads from the NFL scouts that were on hand.They were asking Who is this Greg McElroy?So far he has played well.I still think both Alabama and Florida have a chance to win their remaining games though.They just have to avoid having a let-down game where they don’t bring their A-game and slip.It is hard to go undefeated in the SEC.Right now it looks like it is going to Bama and Florida in a rematch for the SEC championship.

Gene Chizik

October 13th, 2009
2:40 pm

Dear Coach Petrino,

Can I pull my pants up now? are you finished?

Love,
The Chizzz

Fleischman in Chattanooga

October 13th, 2009
2:42 pm

Where is Roswell Ed? Should we change his name to Roswell Dead?

Waaaawwwwww weagle

The 2 guys in the Allstate commercial

October 13th, 2009
3:36 pm

Bobby Bowden walks on H20( that’s water for you techsters)

Pago Flyer

October 13th, 2009
3:40 pm

Don’t forget, FL still has to get by the DAWGS!

Gator Rob

October 13th, 2009
3:58 pm

yeah, Florida always has such a hard time beating Georgia, and this years Dawgs look particularly tough…

Dawg Fud

October 13th, 2009
3:59 pm

who the hell wants to discuss the UGA footbal situation? we are awful.

end of discussion.

Dawg Fud

October 13th, 2009
4:01 pm

cannot wait to watch bama and gators rematch in the dome. got to see it live last year and it was an electric atmosphere.

Got 12?

October 13th, 2009
4:02 pm

Fud,

We are trying to keep the blog positive today–no discussion of UGA football.

Miles

October 13th, 2009
4:45 pm

Like last year, the national championship will again be decided in the Georgia Dome in early December…simple…

Tony is a UGA Homer

October 13th, 2009
4:54 pm

Hey Tony when are you going to write about Tech, a$%hol$

TechCrybaby

October 13th, 2009
4:55 pm

Who cares what happens with the SEC? This week: Sack THYROID ! Kill TURKEYS ! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING everybody !
GO JACKETS !!

ckgator

October 13th, 2009
5:08 pm

North FLA –

Sorry to break the news to you, but Florida is still a young team. Tebow is replaced by a better passer, and most other defenders are sophomores or juniors. Not very many seniors on today’s squad and not too many will go pro early.

As for schedule – its lighter than it usually is for Florida. Consider last year’s first 3 games: Miami / Hawaii / Tennessee. Then FSU as the finale. I agree that FIU is a joke. Would just as soon make that an idle week.

But don’t forget – no one was complaining about our schedule when the Nolies could field a team. That’s a home and away that is going nowhere…

New Champ

October 13th, 2009
5:52 pm

“Americas Team” the 2009 University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

We will dispose of the gators all in good time. We have bigger stronger and faster recruits coming in by the bushel basket.

UF is darn good and will continue too be the major competition in the East year in and out, the 2010 SEC CG is going home with “Americas Team” this year.

Just call him Bonehead

October 13th, 2009
5:57 pm

Hey Bonehead, the SEC is a joke this year. My money is on the Tex/Ok winner and USC. Now that will be a match up. One last thought bonehead, your drivel is just plain irritating and gay.

BK

October 13th, 2009
5:59 pm

The championship games are the closest thing the NCAA has to a playoff system. Whoever wins the SEC Championship will have an opportunity to play in the National Championship game and whoever loses it will have proven that they were not deserving to win the National Championship. I just look forward to the Longhorns winning it all. Hook ‘Em!!!

Johnnyboy

October 13th, 2009
6:02 pm

Chuck

So are you telling us that because a team may play in a presumed “week league ” they are not good enough to play for the NC.
Your clueless but hey you are an SEC fan so I understand. Most of you have an IQ that matches your age.

secrules

October 13th, 2009
6:06 pm

sec=gay. You kiss each others @ss so much. Why don’t you just drop the name of each of your schools and call yourselves sec(a), sec(b) ect.
How pathetic!

Tampa Gator

October 13th, 2009
6:15 pm

No one has even challenged the Gators defense this year, and the Gators have had zero need to open up their offense as a result. Meyer just wants to win games. That is all the Gators have to do…win the game. He will open it up more offensively this Saturday and the Gators D will “pick” 3 to 5 passes (one for a TD)vs. Arkansas. Tebow will also throw 3 or 4 TD passes. Florida 45, Arkansas 10 (maybe). If I had a vote, I would vote Bama number one right now. Their defense is currently a little better right now, and that is something to say because the Gators D is NFL like.

Tide4u2c

October 13th, 2009
6:31 pm

Tampa Gator,

Come on man are you trying to imply Urban Meyer is holding back some offensively? I mean he loves to run up the score while Saban backs off with a big lead and brings back-ups in to play and runs the clock out.That is really hard to believe Urban Meyer is holding back offensively. Now as far as defense both Bama and Florida’s look great, statistically Florida’s defense might be better but I think Bama’s is more physical.And both have NFL style defenses.Anyway I think until somebody beats Florida they should remain ranked #1 but I think Bama has the better resume so far to be ranked #1. 1 or 2 it will be decided on the field and I can’t wait.

MaDoubleT

October 13th, 2009
6:47 pm

TrueCrimson

October 13th, 2009
7:04 pm

I don’t think that Tony implied that there would be a re-match in the BCS game in the event that Bama and Florida meet undefeated in the SECCG. Some on here seem to have the impression that he did.

Even if they did come into the SEC game with flawless records, and even if the game went to five overtimes and was won by three points, the loser would drop to third or fourth place. The computers wouldn’t do this, but the human voters would.

Still, the point being made is that Alabama and Florida have been the most impressive football teams in the nation so far this season. If the Georgia Dome hosts two undefeated teams, then the game in Pasadena will pale in comparison to that game. Everyone knows that, whether they like it or not. That’s why Tony and so many others are writing about it.

I just hope that the players at the Capstone don’t let all of this fan noise affect their attitudes. The most important game of the season happens next Saturday. The next game is always the most important game.

RTR!!!

DAWG

October 13th, 2009
7:31 pm

Florida and Alabama are like two trains going down the tracks and the station is the dome in Atlanta. This will be agood game and i think Alabama has a chip on there shoulders from last year and a much improved team. One of these teams will end up in the big dance and i think Texas or USC will be the other team, just a guess. Of course there is a lot of football left and crazy things can happen between now and then.

Davidc

October 13th, 2009
7:52 pm

Last year game was basically the National Championship game. Florida and Alabama were #1 & #2 in the country when they meet last year. The Difference is most experts Think Alabama can beat Florida this year where last year Alabama was a 10 Point underdog even thou they were the #1 Team in the Country.

Bama Tide in Georgia

October 13th, 2009
8:19 pm

I’m not worried at all about florida this year. Their offense isn’t that good. Bama wins that game by 10 and plays Texas for the title, which bama should win on defense. Make that thirteen titles baby!!!

Simply the Truth

October 13th, 2009
8:47 pm

Yeah Bowden walks on water… He walks on the same water that the Tidy Bowl man fishes for brown trout in.

Tide Rising

October 13th, 2009
9:08 pm

Gotta disagree with some of you guys. I think the gator offense still is that good. They lead the nation in rushing. That says something.

If LSU held them to 13 that’s more a credit to LSUs defense than anything else. They also have the nation’s no. 1 D statistically. I give Fla the edge as being no. 1 until someone beats them. Can’t claim we’re even with them or better than them unless we do beat em.

Its like the saying goes ” In order to be the man you gotta beat the man”. And for now UF is the man until someone beats em.

Tide Rising

October 13th, 2009
9:11 pm

Jumbeaux tiger,

I have to agree with you. I’ve been thinking all year South Carolina was our trap game and they come in with a D that has been very good at times and a good qb who is only getting better. Can’t have a letdown against these guys. And with all this talk about maybe us being no. 1 and not Florida its exactly what I don’t want to hear. Its when you start believing the hype that ya let your hype down. Sometimes being brought back to earth for example the Utah game can be a good thing.

Nativebird

October 13th, 2009
9:38 pm

Jevon Snead, puulease. We now all know the hype was..er…uh…hype. Al v Fl SEC championship will be the de facto National championship game (again).

Nachos

October 13th, 2009
9:54 pm

oh where oh where has that little Eric gone oh where or where can he be?

He must of joined the witness protection program along with the rest of the barners.

36 – 0 …… more to come this year.

BGWILL

October 13th, 2009
10:06 pm

Auburn is not going to be as hard as what everyone is thinking. Last week there “ace” linebacker started choking one of the assistant coaches and basically got into a fight with one of them and for that was kicked off the team. That was one reason for only having four scholorship backers on the Arkansas trip.

BGWILL

October 13th, 2009
10:10 pm

The linebacker was antoro freeman and from what im hearing from the auburn players coleman is not happy with the coaches either and told them in practice the other day that they are terrible play callers!! It was a short sweet ride to 5-0 for the barners.

Tide4u2c

October 13th, 2009
10:23 pm

Tide Rising,

Bama has earned the right to be ranked where they are.To not honor it would be ashame.You say you don’t like the talk about Bama being ranked #1 yet Bama earned it and besides we are fans and it has no bearing on the team what I say or you say.I am tired of all of the bias against Alabama.

I mean sure Bama is getting alittle respect now but they had to earn it and they have.Before the season all we heard about was about how good Ole Miss and LSU were going to be and they were ranked higher than Bama going ino the season.It is about time some people start eating crow for overlooking the great 12 game winning season Bama had last year and the fact that Bama was about 10 minutes away from beating Florida.

This team has had to earn every bit of respect they might have now but its been along time coming.

Roll Tide!

Lee C.

October 13th, 2009
11:13 pm

IF uat (the biggest serial cheaters in college football history) survive the season undefeated they will be out classed by the uf’ers. The tiders offense is so ho hum they don’t have the complexity or the savvy to stay with uf. Look for a so so much-a-do about nothing type of game. Then when their NEXT letter from the NCAA hits home saybear (the coach in waiting for ND) will fly away with most of his recruits and the dashed hope and hearts of uat fans will litter the denny chime landscape…Da Chikins Don Come Home Ta Roost!

Valdosta Dawg

October 13th, 2009
11:30 pm

I know a handful of Bama friends who all bought tickets to the Auburn game in their stadium from their own athletic department.

There will probably be 30% Bama fans in that place for their game.

Tide4u2c

October 14th, 2009
12:37 am

If you want to truly know who the cheaters are check out Auburn’s hstory with the NCAA.Auburn fans don’t want you to know their dirty little secret so instead they try to make Aabama out to be the cheaters that they have been.Yes it might surprise you to realize how many times Auburn has been caught cheating by the NCAA.

TrueCrimson

October 14th, 2009
7:03 am

Tide Rising,

It’s true that Florida has impressive stats on both offense and defense. That said, their schedule this year is downright shameful. I know that there is little control over the SEC portion of the schedule. I also know that their schedule could have been much more impressive were it not for the meltdowns at Georgia and Tennessee. FSU has also been surprisingly awful. Who knew?

Still, the OOC schedule is just chicken-poop for a team that is challenging for the national title on a regular basis. It is easy to make excuses when you compare the schedule to those of the PAC 10 and Big 10 contenders, but come on man — this is the SEC.

I’ll be impressed with Florida’s offense when they put big numbers up against a solid defense. Looks like we’ll have to wait for the SC game to see how that works out.

In spite of all that, I agree that the Gators are Number 1 until proven otherwise. I feel better about Bama’s chances to prove otherwise this year. I just hope we get the opportunity to do that. It’s a long row to hoe.

RTR!!!

RISINGREDTIDE

October 14th, 2009
7:48 am

GOT 12?

Alabama has never been known as a team that looks ahead, even before Saban. If it was a bottom of the pile team like FIU, ULM or someone like that then I would have fear, because Alabama is known to not get up for those types of games and squeak by (or even lose) sometimes. SC is no bottom of the pile team, and they WILL be ready for them. Take the 17 and go to bed…not going to be close. Snead could not set his feet and neither will Garcia.

This is a test

October 14th, 2009
8:18 am

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ATL GATOR

October 14th, 2009
8:37 am

3 things are certain:

1. Floriday is running the table.
2. Tebow is winning another Heisman.
3. Tebow will be breaking the all time SEC rushing record and it will probably be the UGA game.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 14th, 2009
8:55 am

…standing by for Tony’s homer and bias article about UGAg.

minutes away, bring it!!!

XXXVII

October 14th, 2009
9:10 am

then maybe the BCS will finally accept the fact that the SEC is the best conference.

MemphisYellowJacket

October 14th, 2009
10:15 am

Is it crazy to think of a SEC Title re-match in the Rose Bowl?

WildBill

October 14th, 2009
5:03 pm

Before looking ahead to the Fla. game, I would suggest a THOROUGH review of the second half in the Tenn. game. The dawgs trailed 24-19 and were still in the game. Then boom, the wheels came off and the rest is history. Each and every play, and player, should be noted as to where the breakdowns occurred. This analysis must be done, and adjustments made before the next game.

TrueCrimson

October 16th, 2009
6:59 am

MemphisYellowJacket

October 14th, 2009
10:15 am
Is it crazy to think of a SEC Title re-match in the Rose Bowl?

In a word… yes.

Rich

October 29th, 2009
2:09 pm

should be no beter teams out there

Rachel

November 7th, 2009
7:01 pm

um no way. the national championship game will be the rose bowl no doubt. texas could take both alabama and florida. i think they could win alabama by a touchdown or two, but against florida i hope texas would win but its up in the air. the seccg will not be the national championship game.

Rachel

November 7th, 2009
7:03 pm

3 things are certain:

1. Floriday is running the table.
2. Tebow is winning another Heisman.
3. Tebow will be breaking the all time SEC rushing record and it will probably be the UGA game.

maybe… dont get ahead of yourself. colt mccoy is ahead of him right now for the rankings for it.