There CAN be an Alabama-Florida rematch for BCS title


What we learned over the weekend:

1. There CAN be an Alabama-Florida rematch for the national championship. Last week I said that if Alabama and Florida were undefeated, ranked 1-2 and played a close SEC championship game, there would not be a rematch for the BCS title. That statement was based on the logical position that the human voters, who make up two-thirds of the BCS formula, would not watch one of those teams lose on Dec. 5 and less than 24 hours later vote them in to the BCS championship game.


But after seeing the first set of BCS standings on Sunday, I think it is now possible if No. 3 Texas loses at some point. That’s because there is a huge gap in the BCS average between No. 2 Alabama (.9526) and No. 4 Boise State (.8083) and No. 5 Cincinnati (.7870). Boise State’s computer ratings are only going to go down as the season progresses while Cincinnati’s will go up.


Secondly, I can’t remember when we’ve had this much of a competitive gap between the top two teams in the standings and the rest of the Top 10. Example: If you’re a voter in one of the polls, do you put a 12-0 Iowa into the big game over a 12-1 SEC team that just lost a close game to the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the nation?



2. Georgia Tech needs to pull for Clemson—hard. While it is possible that the ACC’s Coastal Division could end in a three-way tie among Miami, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech, all of the tiebreakers are falling towards the Hurricanes because they won the head-to-head matchup with the Yellow Jackets.

If those three teams tie at 7-1, then the spot in the ACC championship game goes to the team with the highest BCS ranking on Nov. 29. Miami is 10, Georgia Tech is 12, and Virginia Tech is 14. So that favors Miami. If the top two teams in the BCS standings are within five spots of each other, the winner of the head to head competition gets the spot. That also favors Miami.


The point is that Georgia Tech could run the table, which would include a win over Georgia, and finish ahead of Miami in the BCS standings. But if Miami is within five spots of Georgia Tech, then the Hurricanes go because of the head-to-head results. So Georgia Tech’s best chance of getting to the ACC championship game is win out and hope that Miami stumbles somewhere. The Hurricanes have five conference games left against Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia, North Carolina, and Duke.




3. Georgia really needs a week off. I got criticized last week for even suggesting that Georgia’s schedule was a contributing factor to the Bulldogs’ poor play at Tennessee on Oct. 10. The fact is that you will not find a team in the country whose first six games were stronger than Oklahoma State (5-1), South Carolina (5-2, with a loss to No. 2 Alabama), Arkansas (3-3, with losses to No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Alabama), Arizona State (4-2), LSU (5-1 with a loss to No. 1 Florida), and Tennessee (3-3, with a loss to No. 1 Florida). There were no breathers in that bunch and teams get physically and emotional fatigued. You just can’t get up to play every week. You have to be able to win when you’re tired and don’t play well.


For those of you keeping score at home, Georgia last had a week off before the Florida game in 1997 and 2007. The Bulldogs won both games.


4. This Alabama team is much better than the one that started 12-0 last season. The Crimson Tide of 2008, which rose to No. 1, could really only beat you one way on offense. They would get behind that that huge offensive line and just grind you into submission. And that worked until Alabama played Florida in the SEC championship game. This Alabama team is much more diversified on offense, and showed it against South Carolina as running back Mark Ingram ran for 246 yards, with a lot of it coming out of the Wildcat formation. This team can do more things in the passing game with QB Greg McElroy (even though he has struggled for two straight games) and WR Julio Jones and TE Colin Peek. Defensively, despite the loss of LB Dont’a Hightower, the Crimson Tide can just beat you up. I believe all of this is by design because Alabama has been tweaking its team in anticipation of a rematch with Florida in the SEC championship game on Dec. 5.


5. Florida had no business beating Arkansas on Saturday. The Gators turned the ball over four times. Arkansas and QB Ryan Mallett were moving the ball with great consistency. The Arkansas defense had a great scheme to slow down the Florida running game. The game was looking like a carbon copy of Florida’s 31-30 loss to Ole Miss last year in the Swamp. But Florida did not lose because of No. 15, Tim Tebow. If he has any lingering effects from his concussion it did not show as Tebow carried the ball 27 times. When Arkansas missed a field goal that would have given them the Hogs the lead, was there any doubt No. 15 was going to take the Gators down the field and put them in a position to win? Tebow is the difference maker of all difference makers. That’s why the Gators will be undefeated when they play in the SEC championship game on Dec.  5.



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October 19th, 2009
4:38 pm

The sec is by far the weakest I have ever seen it in my lifetime. If we had a legitimate 16 team playoff system…instead of the INSANE BSbcs…there is no way an sec team would make the finals.

The real sec champion will be Georgia Tech…who will go 3-0 in the pitiful sec this year. Being sec champion this year is truly nothing to brag about.


October 19th, 2009
4:39 pm

Let’s also talk about ratings…. Wouldn’t the powers that be much prefer a Florida/Alabama winner matchup versus a Texas or USC. Especially if the game is in LA. Finally, a decent game without one of the O schools (Ohio State-Oklahoma).


October 19th, 2009
4:43 pm


Not only would the powers that be much prefer a Alabama/Florida winner matchup verses a Texas or USC but so would the fans of college football. Who would want to see Alabama vs TCU or Florida vs Boise St compared to the ones I mentioned above?

Head in the sand...

October 19th, 2009
4:48 pm


would last years Oklahoma offense count as hurry up?

They sure did turn the gators into Swiss cheese.


Tide rising

October 19th, 2009
4:53 pm


Beating a disinterested Alabama team in a one game upset is not the same as beating a fully focused Florida team playing for a national championship. There is no way on God’s green earth that Utah would have beaten a focused Florida team. You’re talking about a Florida defense that completely shut down OU(14 pts). This was an OU offense averaging over 60 pts a game in their previous 5 big 12 contests.

I respect Boise and Utah and the mountain west in particular. A lot of sec fans in particular don’t realize that some of those teams out west play some pretty good football. But Boise plays 1 or 2 tough games a year. Utah plays a good BYU and TCU game every year and that’s about it.

There is a big difference between winning a one game upset like Utah over Bama or Boise over OU than winning against those teams week in and week out in an sec schedule or a big 12 south division schedule. For example through 7 games Bama has already played and beaten 5 ranked teams that will all probably go bowling.

By the time we complete our season including the seccg should we get there we will have played probably 8-9 teams that will end up in bowl games and of those most of them would have been ranked at some point. And out of all of them at least 3 of them LSU, UF, VT are teams that would have been ranked in the top10 when we played them.

When Boise and Utah play and defeat 8 -9 teams that either go bowling and or are ranked at some point in a single season including several top 10 teams then I will give them full credit. But the fact is they will never play that level of competition week in and week out for a full season and hence that is why they never get the respect they crave.


October 19th, 2009
4:54 pm


Alabama and Florida would still be in the playoff picture if we had playoffs.What would it change?You’d still think Alabama looks like the toughest team to beat right now in college football.


October 19th, 2009
5:05 pm

Florida has played 1 ranked team, Texas played one ranked, Boise St. has played one ranked team, and Oregon has played 3 ranked teams. I guess Oregon is #1 they are the most dangerous team in the country right now. The SEC from the bottom is not as great as you think. When a team like Utah obliterates a team like Alabama I guess SOS don’t matter after all or Alabama should’nt have one. The term “disinterested” you used to describe Alabama in the Sugar Bowl is a disgraceful excuse that all BCS teams use when they stink it up.


October 19th, 2009
5:11 pm

How about the SEC send your best team to Boise, ID or Utah and see how they like it? I got a feeling you won’t like it after 4 quarters are up but you can suckerpunch our players when we win. The SEC might have better players but Boise St. and Utah are a better team possibly. Utah was the best team in the country last year and everybody outside the south knows it. Boise St. could be this year’s version of SEC Buster if given the opportunity. Florida looks worse and worse every week and offensive playcalling is not going to win them anything in Pasadena against a defense like TCU or Boise St. The MWC all but owned the SEC last year and history could repeat. Alabama is better than Florida but neither one of them is better than TCU or Boise St. so far this year.


October 19th, 2009
5:15 pm

Tide4u2c, I think an Alabama vs. USC or Texas or a Florida vs. USC or Texas in the Rose Bowl for the National Championship would break all sorts of ratings records. Especially, since the game is in LA, an Alabama vs. USC game would be awesome. One can only hope this is the year. Four years ago, it was in Pasadena and that game was incredible as well. Lets hope the voters and/or “computers” get it right.

Sting 'em Buzz

October 19th, 2009
5:16 pm

CFB Lover,

I like that plan for a bonus for every flag I throw. Call the GHSA and get that one implemented.

Tide rising

October 19th, 2009
5:17 pm


Its true that UF has only played 1 ranked team so far. But by the end of the season they will have played probably 5 teams that have been ranked and overall probably 7-8 teams that will end up going bowling. Can Boise or Utah say the same? Nope.

When I say disinterested Bama team I’m not making excuses. Utah whupped us fair and square. But if you think Utah could have rolled through the sec 12-0 please put down your crack pipe. You know damn well there is no way in hell a Utah or Boise could consistently post 10 win plus records playing in the sec In any given year a good Utah or Boise would go 7-5 or 8-4 in the sec. And while we take note of good wins by Boise you conveniently ignore the 49-14 obliteration that the dawgs put on Boise a couple of years ago. Seems Boise don’t want no more of that. Better to stay in the friendly confines of the Big western athletic conference. And again. Beating Oregon is an accomplishment. But could they go through a pac 10 scheudule and beat USC, Cal, and everyone else on top of beating Oregon? Nope! Same with Utah, TCU, or BYU. BYU beat OU by a pt when Bradford went down but then got blasted 59-14 by a mediocre FSU team.

Still not getting my point? These are good teams but my point is that they can’t and don’t play and beat good teams on a consistent week to week basis.And that is a point you simply cannot dispute. San Jose state is not the same as LSU or South Carolina, etc.


October 19th, 2009
5:18 pm


Tell us how you would not be disinterested if you were in Alabama’s shoes. You just won 12 games in a row and was about 10 minutes away from beating Florida and playing for the NC and you are rewarded by a game in the sugar bowl against Utah.Why not Texas or USC,etc? Utah? You gotta be kidding.

Fleischman in Chi-Town's bed

October 19th, 2009
5:22 pm

Whats the over/under on Tony Jabroni picking UGAy to upset UF?

“Georgia wins because they HAVE to!”

Fleischman in Chi-Town's bed

October 19th, 2009
5:23 pm

Did you get those “sexts” yesterday stud?

Tide rising

October 19th, 2009
5:25 pm


The MWC owned the sec last year? And you base this on what? One freaking game? R u serious?

And everyone outside of the south knew for a fact last year that Utah was better than Florida? Really? Then why didn’t people out west, up north, the midwest, etc all vote Utah no. 1 over Florida?

You really are doing drugs if you think Utah was better than Florida last year? How many top 10 teams did Utah beat last year other than Bama? How many bowl teams did they beat? Mmmm. Not many. You’ve lost all credibility when you try to assert that after one big win that Utah and or Boise or or were better than Florida.

Bamain the A-T-L

October 19th, 2009
5:27 pm

I’d like to talk some smack here but last year we were No. 1 and lost to Florida. Until they lose a game they should be No. 1.

I still think Bama is 2 years away from being fully stocked. Saban has only had 2 full recruiting classes. His first one in 2007, he was only on the job for one month.

Give Saban 4 full recruiting classes and by 2011 Bama will be unbeatable.


October 19th, 2009
5:35 pm

You would have to be blind not to see the absolute bias this year for Tebow. Is he a great athlete? Yes. But it is very unfair and unprofessional to call excessive celebration and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in other games and ignore him. He frolics up and down the sidelines, (something the TV cameras don’t always show) doing the gator chomp and is never called for any penalties. Then Georgia fans are called whiners because we only want all the refs to be equitable. Arkansas should’ve won that game and even you gator homies have to realize, though it appears you don’t have the wherewithal to admit it, that the refs gave you quite a few assists on your “win” via non-calls and bogus calls.

Tide rising

October 19th, 2009
5:35 pm


I went to and looked up Boise and Utah’s alltime records vs the SEC. Utah’s win over Bama last year makes them a collective 1-10 against the sec with Boise being 0-4 with an average loss margin of 39-17 and Utah going now 1-6 with an average score of 17-34 vs the SEC. Now kindly dispense with the Utah and Boise nonsense.


October 19th, 2009
5:45 pm

Just more evidence that if we had a playoff nothing would change on who wins the NC. The little teams might make it to te playoffs but will lose just like in college basketball.I know some of you will say well lets see it happen but then you are ruining college football by making championship teams have to play games that nobody really wans to see.Now sure it is always possible that a little team could pull it off maybe 1 time out of ten times winning a NC but why ruin college football to get the same outcome we have now?The big teams winning in the end.


October 19th, 2009
5:45 pm

The facts will be that an SEC school will be in the NC game. If Florida and Alabama go to the SEC Championship undefeated, there is a good chance they will be slotted against each other for a rematch due to strength of schedule, etc…One of the teams losing to the other, unless it’s a blow out, doesn’t hurt you. Losing to #1 or #2 won’t hurt much. Then you have Texas who would be up next. One thing for sure, an ACC, Big Ten, Big East won’t be making an appearance. Miami and Tech would need every team to lose in front of them and maybe twice to move up. Strength of schedule again. We may as well plan on it, another NC will be an SEC team.


October 19th, 2009
5:48 pm

Tide rising….

We don’t know if Utah was better than floriduh or not….we don’t know if floriduh was better than Utah or not.

But we do know for a absolute fact that Utah came into the mecca of the sec…the Sugar Bowl and stomped a mudhole in the Tide.

You didn’t know who would win last year and you don’t know who would win this year.


October 19th, 2009
5:53 pm

Bowls are horrible comparison’s. Utah beating Alabama, well that was the only game Utah had to get up for the entire year. That is why a 7-5 LSU team with a poor defense beat a 9-3 heavy offensive Georgia Tech team. The SEC’s only loss in the bowls last year was the Sugar Bowl. Does anyone think Boise State could play in the SEC and go 6-6? Utah in the Big 12 and go 6-6? I doubt it.


October 19th, 2009
6:00 pm

Tony you have failed miserably as someone who is supposed to be covering college football. First off the #1 post is idiotic. We are halfway in the year. It’s still too early to talk about that dumb scenario. It’s won’t happen. Second you should represent the fans more than you do. The officiating in the arkansas-florida game was why Florida won. You remove those bad calls and it’s most likely Florida does not win that game. How about actually address the horrible calls that went in florida’s favor. Florida had 3 penalties all game long. In a game like that which was very physical and they were behind for a lot of it you really think they had just 3 penalties all game? You really don’t think the 4 straight calls or no calls for two PIs that should have been called on UF did not affect the outcome of the game? Don’t give Tebow credit for what the officials did.


October 19th, 2009
6:04 pm


Bama was gaining on Utah in the 2nd half without an O-line.Utah won fair and square but lets not go overboard.Utah did not dominate Alabama.Go back and look at how many points Utah beat Bama by it was not domination.Not even Florida dominated Alabama.Ne team has dominated Alabama since Sban arrived.Yes Alabma has lost but has not ben dominated.And it goes back to what I have been saying Yout team might beat Bama but you are going to have to earn it and even then you won’t dominate Bama.

Rolled Tide

October 19th, 2009
6:07 pm


Did you hurt yourself when you and the other Stick Men of Tech tried to wrestle with your goalposts? Heard there were numerous asthma attacks and acne breakouts and a few of the geeks even shat themselves.

I know this winning thing is new for you guys but try not to embarrass yourselves further.


October 19th, 2009
6:58 pm

I personally think that UGA is the “Cal” of the Pac 10.

Every year – come in repectfully ranked.
Every year – win a good share of their games and go to a good bowl.
Every year – they get blown out at least once – yet another wannabe team -finishing 3rd or 4th in their conference.

Looking back:
Tennessee has won 3 of the last 4 against UGA
Florida has won 3 of the last 4 against UGA (FL has won 8 of last 10)
2006 – TN beat us 51-33
2007 – TN beat us 35- 14 (up 28-0)
2008 – Beat TN – but blown out by Alabama and Florida
2009 – TN beat us – again by blow out – 45-19

The reality is that we are the SEC East #3 for the last 4 years – with exception to 2008 – #2.

I understand that it is a tough conference with Parity – but in the last 4 years – we have been beaten by all SEC East teams (Vandy, KY, SC, TN and Florida – as well as AUB, LSU and Alabama)

The reality is – since 2005 – we are going backward – and dadgum lucky we are not 3-4 and possibly 2-5 this year. This is the culmination of an underachieving staff that is reaping what is has sowed over the last few years.

I for one think we will be 4 – 4 after the Florida game – and let’s hope that at least we show up and compete. I would wager that BLOW OUT CITY is around the corner.

Guys – that leaves TN Tech, Aub, KY and GT – we will need to win two of these games to get to Shrevesport or Nashville.

Know since in specualting our current rank in the SEC – we are midpack and hanging on – not improving like ARK or South Carolina.

What has happened to this program??????????????????????????????????????

Time to quite selling carpet and Ford trucks – and focus on this program on how win SEC titles and National titles – not just competing.

Jim Donnan left the program in great shape with exceptional talent. He wasn’t the coach to get us there.

Is the program in better shape now than in 2001?

Ha s our coaching staff gotton complacent?
4 -4 guys! 4-4!!!!!

Again – what the heck has happened to this program.


October 19th, 2009
7:12 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC Titles!!!

Tide4u2c – hate to argue with you – we lost to Utah 31-17.
For credibility – I would say we were not blown out – but we were DOMINATED. We lost by 14 points!!! We were sloppy and just showed up thinking we were too good to lose. UTAH had something to prove – and beat our A$$.

As I recall – we never lead in this game – played frantically to get caught up – but UTAH lead by more thatn 2 scores pretty much the entire game. Great Lesson here. We were never in this game – maybe not a blow out – but we were DOMINATED.

We beat UGA 41-30 – by 11 pints. Gave up 30 points in the second half!
Yes – this game was a Blow out – after leading 31-0 at the half – our boys were thinking DREAMLAND BBQ. FINAL SCORE WAS NOT A BLOW OUT – but we DOMINATED THIS GAME and cruzed!!!!


SC Rules!!!

October 19th, 2009
7:16 pm

Howdy folks,

Miss me?? I’m sure y’all have. Well now that we are into the heart of the season I figured I’d come on back and see how y’all are doin. As for that near miss for Urban Crier and his ilk, I mean the lizards well I can only say y’all are gonna need to do a whole lot better if y’all hope to making your way to SoCal for the NC game. BTW we already know the way to Pasadena, it’s become our home away from home for New Years lately. Well we’ll be waiting for which ever sacraficial lamb y’all put before the alter of Pete. Look what he does week in and week out, what the hell do ya think he’ll do to y’all with a month to prepare!

Fight On!!

Dawg Days

October 19th, 2009
7:22 pm

Jimmy Ray Richt has indeed lost his mojo. If UGA was a stock it would be a strong sell.

We spackled over a lot of problems with good/great athletes last year. Jimmy Ray Richt stressed that he would evaluate the program in the off-season and make the necessary changes. He did nothing except pay all assistants bonuses thereby rewarding failure.

The biggest issue is that Jimmy Ray Richt doesn’t think last year was a failure. Predictably we have all the same problems as last year plus a few more!!

Every time our defense plays half-way decent, Jimmy Ray Richt defends CWM, removing all hope for the most necessary change of all. Fans can/will put up with a lot as long as there is hope on the horizon. Unfortunately, there is nothing great on the horizon at UGA. Next year, we will have an inexperience D-line, an inexperienced QB, the same RBs, the same O-line. We will have an easier schedule, so we may only lose 5 or 6 next year.


October 19th, 2009
7:28 pm

SC Rules!!!:

How about we put KY, Vandy or Miss St on the alter of Pete? You guys would doubtless give our best a good game but your trademark is losing to the dregs.

BTW, what’s with all the ya’ll stuff? I live in So Cal and do not hear that from the natives.


October 19th, 2009
7:32 pm

I did’nt know a 14 point win was domination.To me domination is when you beat a team by 3-4 or more touchdowns.

SC Rules!!!

October 19th, 2009
7:34 pm


‘Bama blood on my Mommas side. Little Arkansas mixed in for good measure.
KY gets propts, Coach Brooks has the boys in blue playin some decent ball.
I’d love nothin more than for a ‘Bama vs. SC matchup in the NC; be just like the good ole days. (Coach McKay & Coach Bryant in the early 70’s)

Fight On!!

p.s. The Song Girls are sure easy on the eyes too!!!!


October 19th, 2009
7:34 pm


idh – I can answer your question.

Why is ARK 3-3 ranked over UGA 4-3?
Perception my friend!!!!
What have you done for me lately!!!!

- exciting loss to UGA (considered a quality loss at the time)
- Blown out by Alabama. (ARK is now forgotten)
- Totally Blew out TEXAS A&M (National audience)
- Domintated unbeaten AUBURN – (ARK considered improving)
- Played lights out against FLORIDA – had the upset in their sights.

1. Perception
ARKANSAS is an improving team. that struggled early to find itself but can now compete against excellent competition.
2. What have you done for me lately?
– Huge blow out win over TEXAS A&M
– BLOW out win over AUBURN

- lost against OSU (UGA did not look good in this game)
- Beat South Carolina (a game that SC OUTPLAYED uga)
- Exciting win over ARKANSAS in yet another close game.
- Beaten by LSU (quality loss)
- Blown out by TENNESSEE (not considered a good team)
- Beat Vandy.

1. Perception
- UGA is perceived (and righfully so) as a team that is not improving
- but is struggling to find itself.

2. What have you done for me lately
- lost to LSU
- Blown out in embarrassing fashion by Lane Kiffin and Tennesee (which had a losing record including a loss against Auburn which ARK dominated).

So you can see – UGA is not respected this season after the BLOW OUT LOSS against TENNESSEE – and will tumble further after they get killed by FLORIDA.

As DAWGMAN stated, “4-4″ “What happened to this program?”



October 19th, 2009
7:43 pm


tide4u2c – Score did not indicate how we were dominated. Sometimes – the score does not tell the story.

I did a poor job of communicating that to you.

Would you say we blew out UGA and dominated them?
My answer – hell yes! – 31-0 at the half?
UGA was never in this game!

Were we blown out by UTAH?
NO – we did our best to keep it close – but they dominated us on the line – out hussled us on every play – Dominated the action – we were never in this game and UTAH kept it that way – beating us by 14 points.
They truly domintated us – but the score did not indicate the story of the game.

See what I am saying?

Another analogy is soccer. I have watched my daughter play club for years. I have seen games where we dominated and outshot an opponent 20-2 – yet only won the game 1-0.

However – we have lost games 3-0 – which were actually very close games with each team getting great shots and the play was even or maybe we possessed and outshot the opponent – yet lost 3 -0.

Score does not always indicate what happened on the field of play.


SC Rules!!!

October 19th, 2009
7:46 pm

Dawg fans,

Now don’t y’all go fixin to run Coach Richt up a flag pole or nothin, he’s a damned fine coach and real good person. Y’all should be greatful to have someone of his calibur runnin your program. Look where the previous to got ya. Change for the sake of change may bring back some very unpleasant memories. Y’all lost some fine players from last year and the recruiting has been a bit of struggle of late what with the raids on GA talent that Coach Saban has made of late. Just sit tight, all will be well with the Dawgs if y’all don’t go throwin the baby out with the bathwater.

SC Rules!!!

October 19th, 2009
7:50 pm

Lizard fans;

Now don’t go blamin us for stokin the Urban Cryer flames at ND after we took care of ole Charlies “boys” but once again. I know the thought of him headin North last winter about drove y’all to Crocodile tears with the rumors that Charlie was out and Urban was being given the keys to the Pope mobile.

Fight On!!

Dawg of Pleasure

October 19th, 2009
7:55 pm

Bama Stan:

Holy $hit! Are you really beating that dead horse from early last year??!!!
Of course, if there was no past, you’d have no life. What a pathetic loser. You are worse than the Tech geeks. At least they don’t know better!


October 19th, 2009
7:57 pm

Stanly Bama:

Utah assed rape you last year. It was an SEC embarrassment. Now, go the fuc away!

Driver 8

October 19th, 2009
7:58 pm

Wow Stan. I’ll bet your friends just can’t stand you.

SC Rules!!!

October 19th, 2009
8:02 pm

Dawg of Pleasure,

BS I mean Bama Stan can’t help himself, he only has that ghost of a memory of real glory to cling too. True when Coach Bryant was runnin rough shod over the SEC the Tide was a great program. But hells bells people give the 21st century a try. Y’all have had one great year in how long??? Let’s not give Nick “Knighthood” just yet. Win a NC or two in this century first!

Fight On!!!

Delbert D.

October 19th, 2009
8:06 pm

The Florida-Arkansas gamed lacked only Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby and Earl Warren as far as conspiracy/controversy goes. Refs in the tank for UF? ESPN/ABC money? There ain’t no mulligans in football, and UF got a few. I hope that Bama gets some when they need them to make it fair.

SC Rules!!!

October 19th, 2009
8:13 pm

Later Gators,

Gotta go jump into the mix on the 405; don’t go Urban cryin yourselves to sleep thinkin about what Ole Pete is brewin for y’all come January. That is IF y’all can con your way past Bama again. (Better save some of that $$$ for the refs come SEC Championship time, lord knows y’all ‘ll need it)

Win Forever!!!! Fight On!!!

SC Rules!!!

October 19th, 2009
8:18 pm


Now on more than one occasion I have gladly given propts where they are do with respect to the fine work you do year in and year out reporting on the great game of college football. But what is with todays column??? The loser of the SEC title game deserves to be in the NC game??? Clearly this is a pre-emptive April Fools joke on your part.(?) Where’s the love you show SC at the start of a season??

Fight On!!


October 19th, 2009
8:19 pm

It sure looked like UF got the benefit of two huge 15yd penalties. The SEC is a well-oiled money-making machine. An Arkansas win over UF would have hurt the revenue potential for the entire conference. Who is paying those officials anyway? Oh yeah, the SEC. At this point, UF and Bama will get the close calls to make sure they get to the SEC championship game.

Army Vet

October 19th, 2009
8:53 pm

Has anyone seen or heard from HEATH……the internet “war hero and all around tough guy”?

Two-minute Stevie

October 19th, 2009
8:55 pm


Two-minute Stevie

October 19th, 2009
8:56 pm

If Ga Tech is the SEC Champ, why did they run out of the SEC 30 years ago?

War Eagle

October 19th, 2009
8:58 pm

The fad of of facilities, TV marketing and rap tunes from coaches has brought football into an era compared to Barry Switizer, Woody Hayes and John McKay.Win at NO cost.
Sportswriters, TV announcers and local bars have their favorite teams. It seems college President jobs sometimes appear jeopardize by “football team State of the Union”.
My point is Florida and Alabama are leading all Nations in the above. The Tide will change and the Gators stop snapping as the the Tigers will roar again, Bulldog will bark again and Smoky Mountain hound will howl soon.
You can go to the Colonial Bank on that…..

Obama for Heisman

October 19th, 2009
9:01 pm

The calls were BS. No one is denying that. Not even Florida. However, we gave the Arkansas high-powered offense four turnovers. Three in our redzone. You can point to the refs all you want but they had every opportunity to put us away early and never did. What about when the Razorback defender kicked the ball out of Rainey’s hand? Shouldn’t that have been a penalty? He takes that ball to the endzone had the defender not kicked him. An illegal play.

I hope these calls are addressed. Unsportsmanlike Conduct calls are almost always crap.


October 19th, 2009
9:03 pm

For all your bleeding heart, Techies, your “Lord Bobby Dodd” decided Tech should leave the SEC. This is an excerpt from the book Dodd’s Luck. It is Dodd’s description of the events.

Bobby Dodd insisted there was no other reason he left the SEC, other than the 140 Rule. The 140 Rule stated a college program could only have 140 football and basketball players on scholarship at any one time. The teams were allowed to sign up to 45 players a year, but could not exceed the 140 Rule.

Dodd would not allow any of the football players choosing Tech to be dismissed from Tech, because they were not good players. Dodd said, “it is not the recruits fault for not making the squad, it was the coaches fault for misjudging their talents”. If a recruit came to Tech, he would stay on a football scholarship until he graduated.

Dodd would sign about 30-32 players a year to meet the guidelines, but the other schools in the SEC were offering 45 scholarships a year. Those players, not good enough to fall under the 140 Rule, had their scholarships withdrawn and sent packing before the end of each year. Dodd insisted, the recruiting of athletes by this method amounted to nothing more than a tryout for a scholarship.

Dodd thought it unfair and would not withdraw scholarships from his players. He wanted the SEC to limit the amount of scholarships to about 32 per year. This would keep the other schools from offering 45 scholarships, picking the best, and sending the rest packing.

A vote was to be taken by the presidents of the colleges on the issue, and Dodd made it clear, Tech would have to leave the SEC unless the rule was changed. Dodd said he would live with 10, 20, 30, 40, or even 50 recruits per year as long as he did not have to chase any of his players off.

The presidents were split six for Dodd’s position and six against. Bear had promised Dodd he would get his president to vote for Dodd’s position, which would have changed the rule.

When the meeting was held, Bryant did not show up and the Alabama president voted against Dodd’s position and the 140 Rule was upheld. Tech’s president immediately walked to the podium and announced Tech was withdrawing from the SEC. Bryant never told Dodd why he reneged on his promise.

Some year’s later there was a movement to get Tech back into the SEC, but the two main schools to fight it the most and keep Tech from re-entering the SEC were Georgia and Auburn.

The ACC immediately offered Tech the opportunity to join its conference, but Dodd thought Tech could not compete in basketball in the ACC. Dodd decided to try the independent route as Notre Dame, Miami, and Penn State were faring well as independents. Tech WAS well known as a football power at that time, so Dodd figured the independent route would be the best for Tech.