SEC’s “okay” season could end in another national title

 

Hope everybody had a Happy New Year. We’re heading towards the home stretch in the bowl season with the BCS championship game set for Thursday night. So what have we learned?

1. The SEC is what everybody thought it was. It became apparent after the first month of the season that the SEC had two great teams (Alabama, Florida), two teams that were pretty good (LSU, Ole Miss) but lacking in several areas, and a bunch of teams that were, by SEC standards, just okay. The bowl season has reflected that.

There have been some good wins (Florida over Cincinnati, Ole Miss over Oklahoma State, Georgia over Texas A&M, Auburn over Northwestern) and some really bad losses (Tennessee getting dominated by Virginia Tech, South Carolina not even showing up against Connecticut, and LSU once again having clock management issues in losing to Penn State). Arkansas, we have to say, was fortunate to beat East Carolina when the Pirates missed three field goals in the final 1:08 and overtime.

But if Alabama beats Texas on Thursday night the SEC will win its fourth straight BCS national championship. That trumps everything else.

 

2. Rich Brooks has done a great job at Kentucky: Kentucky coach Rich Brooks has called an 11 a.m. press conference today to announce his future plans.  I hope he doesn’t retire because he’s one of the truly good guys in coaching. But what he has done at Kentucky has been remarkable. Three years into his run at Kentucky there was tremendous pressure to let Brooks go. But athletics director Mitch Barnhart and President Lee Todd stuck with the former Oregon head coach and Falcons assistant. They have been rewarded with bunch of “firsts” in the school’s history (four straight bowl trips) and some of the biggest moments (UK’s home win over No. 1 LSU in 2007).

If Brooks steps down today, offensive coordinator Joker Phillips takes over as head coach.

 

3.  I’m looking forward to tonight’s the Fiesta Bowl: I lot of people have trashed the TCU-Boise State game because it didn’t create a David vs. Goliath matchup. And I’ll admit I would have rather seen TCU against Florida instead of against coach-less Cincinnati.

 But this has a chance to be a very good game. I like TCU because I think the Horned Frogs are one of the best teams I saw all year. They have the nation’s No. 1 defense (233.25 ypg) and a defensive end (Jerry Hughes) who is simply unblockable. I just don’t think that Boise’s offense, led by QB Kellen Moore, is going to have time to breathe.

Here’s a question: If Texas knocks of No. 1 Alabama on Thursday and TCU destroys Boise tonight, do you think TCU will get some No. 1 votes in the final Associated Press media poll?

 

4. I’m not going to bet against Tim Tebow. On New Year’s Day I heard the experts tell us a million different reasons why the Florida quarterback will not make it in the NFL. I understand all the throwing motion stuff. I understand that the defensive backs are so good and that the passing windows for a quarterback in that league are microscopic. I know all the technical reasons why Tebow is not going to be a professional quarterback. But after watching him play for four years, are you going to bet against this guy?

 

5. Urban Meyer needs to make his plans, at least part of them, public: The Florida coach is going meet with his staff and school officials and decide what role, if any, he should play with the program during his extended leave of absence. While he doesn’t owe the public or the media all of the details of that plan, it would spare him some aggravation to at least share the outline of what he plans to do. According the various published reports, Florida has 20 verbal commitments and the Gators hope to hold that class together until national signing day. In the absence of any specific information, speculation fills the vacuum. Speculation caused this story to get out of control in the first place.

 

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226 comments Add your comment

Nerd alert

January 4th, 2010
12:47 pm

Roll tider… actually Ga Tech is 2-1 vs SEC teams not 2-0, we beat Miss St and Vandy and we lost to UGA. And Clemson is 0-1 vs SEC teams, only playing and losing to SC.

Bama beat Va Tech to start the season, not Clemson
Duke did not play or beat any SEC team, neither did Wake Forest.

Note: this is all regular season bowls not taken into account.

Jefferson

January 4th, 2010
12:51 pm

You dim wits and girl logic uga fans, Clemson is now the ACC champ since they beat Ky.

Bo Williams

January 4th, 2010
12:55 pm

What will be the preseason order of rank among these teams:

UGa, Fl. Tn., SC, Auburn, GaTech, VaTech, Clemson, UNC, Miami, Ole Miss?

KingGator

January 4th, 2010
12:55 pm

Just an observation with a new decade upon us.

How many national titles does the state of Florida have since Miami began it’s run in the early ’80’s? I think that # is 10 over the course of roughly 25 yrs. That’s a 40% clip. That does not include the national title games each school has played in and lost. If you add those in, the state of FL since the early ’80’s has dominated the college football landscape. I don’t see that changing either anytime soon, esp. with the dynamics of our population, weather, high school sports programs, etc.

My point is that UF is humming right along, and regardless of how the Urban situation unfolds UF will never regress. FSU is moving back up the food chain now that Bowden has moved on, and Miami is making some noise and will certainly be hitting on all cylinders once they get a more dynamic head coach in place.

So, be warned, the state of FL is where the action in college football will reside for years to come. Only USC and TX will be able to compete over time, with similar dynamics in their states. And for the AL fans that think they are back, keep on dreaming. Saban will not hang around long after he wins a NC, and the NFL comes calling. He will follow in his father’s footsteps and make a run in the pros, esp. after his debacle with the dolphins, and his desire to rectify that image.

How2fish

January 4th, 2010
1:11 pm

KingGator…really never regress…are you kidding me?? If UF loses 2 games next year that is to my mind still a great year with all the players and coach turnover..in a sane world..but your talking college football and Gator football at that…08 CMR and UGA go 10-3 and the Bull Dog nation was nuts…regression is in the eye of the beholder and unless your thinking your going undefeated next year up till the SEC Championship game anything is regressing..

Mikey in SAV

January 4th, 2010
1:12 pm

Nice to see you back, m.
New year, same tired old drivel.

Otto

January 4th, 2010
1:14 pm

m, The ACC is the most overrated conf just by wasting a BCS automatic bid.

brucemac

January 4th, 2010
1:15 pm

Some Guy, you finished 4 and 6 last year and you are proud? Good run for your half azz conference. You obviously don’t have your facts straight on NFL, it ain’t even close. Turns water, Texas won’t win so we won’t have to worry about that argument. Are all tech fans idiots or just the ones on this blog.

CatsFly

January 4th, 2010
1:20 pm

Order of rank:

GaTech
Fla
VaTech
UNC
Miami
Auburn
Clemson
Tn
Ole Miss
SC

dawgsux

January 4th, 2010
1:22 pm

“Tebow is overrated”….New Years Eve is over. You need to stop drinking or doing heavy drugs which is obvious that you are on. I know you are a Ga. fan. How does it feel to play a bowl game before IDAHO does?

LuvMachine

January 4th, 2010
1:33 pm

Order of rank:

GaTech
VaTech
Fla
UNC
Miami
Uga
Auburn
Clemson
Tn
Ole Miss
SC

BAMA STAN

January 4th, 2010
1:34 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Regarding SEC dominance – I’ve have always thought that you could take the top couple of teams in any conference – match them up – and each game would be very competitive.

The strength of the SEC is teams 3 thru 7 are usually pretty dang good – making the SEC a tougher conference as you have a couple extra tough games on the schedule.

However, not every year fits into this scenerio – and this year – teams 3 thru 8 was a lot of parity. Look how MS STATE smoked Ole Miss. Look how Tennessee could have – and maybe should have beaten BAMA this year.

Other conferences have shown that they are also worthy for praise – the Mountain West conference has played well – B10 does have some very good teams – the Big 12 is better than most posters give credit – and the ACC is also a very competitive conference – just without a marquee team fighting for a national title.

Partiy = 85 scholarships = college football. Makes winning a championship all the more remarkable.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
1:35 pm

Whoever the person was that said the Mountain West is better than the SEC needs their head examined. Look at the quality of opponents and that speaks for itself.

BYU was the only team to beat a quality opponent (#18 Oregon State). Utah beat a Cal team that did not have their best player, Jahvid Best. HE plays, Cal wins and it aint close. Wyoming beat Fresno St and needed overtime to do it. Air Force beat a very overrated Houston. So you went 4-0 but against some crappy teams. We’ll see how TCU does tonight against Boise. I’m hoping for another classic like last year.

Where should I enter my comments?

January 4th, 2010
1:37 pm

Enter your comments here

Ryan

January 4th, 2010
1:38 pm

Yes, Clemson should be switched over to the SEC…as should Louisville (Vandy to the ACC). Arkansas should be moved to the BigXII South and Oklahoma to the North. Mizzou moves to the Big10/12.

That’s my realignment plan…only because someone mentioned it earlier…

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
1:40 pm

King Gator,

Miami really looked good against Wisconsin. They got steamrolled in their own back yard in Orlando. They were outplayed in every facet of the game. Mark it down, if Florida loses 2 games next year, the “Gator Nation” will be furious.

LuvMachine

January 4th, 2010
1:44 pm

Ryan, I like UGa going to the ACC in exchange for Clemson. There is a large segment of the UGa academic community that would like to improve its academic prestige. It would also help its bb program without detracting at all from football.

Leon Orr

January 4th, 2010
1:57 pm

Yes, another BCS Title for the SEC, when are the Dawgs going to get involved and catch up with their “rivals?” NEVER

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:04 pm

Would Georgia going to the ACC be the only way they could win a League championship?

ratherBgambling

January 4th, 2010
2:13 pm

Seems the reported demise of the Gators was a premature.

Tony is obv anti-gator, told you hanging around that clown Finnebaum would rot your brain. Nothing on Finnebaum comparing Urban’s situation to Tiger Woods Tony? Classless Bammer homer.

You need a leave of absense Tony!

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:13 pm

Clemson coming to the SEC would solve nothing. they would be whipping boys for Florida and Tennessee

Not Disappointed

January 4th, 2010
2:14 pm

I appreciate the blog Tony. Thanks

Ramblin Wreck!

Edugator

January 4th, 2010
2:15 pm

Bo, the point I was trying to make was that both teams had severe distractions going into the game but the point that Cincy didn’t have a defense all year showed up big time as seen by the score 30-3 at half time.

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
2:17 pm

Urban meyer is a FRAUD? you are a complete idiot …his coaching record is 96-18..I bet that is far surperior to almost if not all coaches in college football. And I don’t think your wife having to call 911 in the middle of night is called a mid-life crisis… it’s called a medical emergency….hence the ambulance….genius

LOL at Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:17 pm

Rebel Fan

When was the last time Ole Siss won a league championship?

Will Hill

January 4th, 2010
2:19 pm

“Tebow is overrated”
” Tebow never won a game against a top 10 team without riding shotgun to Harvin.”

Ha Ha, Cincinnati was a top 10 team, probably not #3 but for sure a top 10 team with a 12-0 record. LSU was a top 10 team, #4 actually when Tebow beat them 2 weeks after the concussion. 2008 SEC Title game he beat #1 Bama WITHOUT Percy Harvin. Nice theory.

He also embarrassed the Dawgs two years in a row including 2008 when the Dawgs were ranked #3. He brought a National Title to Florida, 26-2 record Junior and Senior year, and contributed as a freshmen when they won another title including two touchdowns in the Title game as well as the only two touchdowns in the LSU win that year.

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

Tim Tebow is The Greatest college football player in SEC history..The stats tell the whole story look it up, it’s all right there, put aside your jealousy and face reality…

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:27 pm

9-4 this year compared to 7-6. i rest my case.

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
2:32 pm

No, having the National Champion from your Conference does not make your conference the best..but with that being said, winning 4 in a row does..

Tron Carter

January 4th, 2010
2:32 pm

Worst orange bowl in history. It will be watched by tens of fans, just like tech games, except without the free food.
More people will be watching pimp my Moped on PBS.
30-24 all year long and until you get your next once per decade win.
#1 in a joke conference, #2 in Georgia, even your hometown.
8 of 9 BBBBBBBBBWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

Ole P*ss Fan – Please keep talking about other people’s football programs. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while, at least since Paul Johnson talked about punching us UGA fans in the face with his gobbley turkey neck.

LOL at Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:34 pm

1963 was the last time Ole Siss won an SEC title, 6 total.

2005 for UGA, 12 total.

I rest my case.

Tron Carter

January 4th, 2010
2:36 pm

ZZZZEEEERRRROOO SEC Championship game wins
No SEC Championships since 1963
I rest your case too.

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:36 pm

In this “what have you done for me lately” world, what has Ga done to make the world of college football tremble? Not a damn thing. Wait a minute, you are good at being the Bi***** for Florida every year.

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
2:37 pm

Florida would destroy Ga.Tech No contest….

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
2:38 pm

Georgia does have an inflated sense of self worth don’t they …1980 was a long time ago

Alphare

January 4th, 2010
2:40 pm

A down year record of 5-5 for SEC bowl record is not too shabby, a good year is 8-2. The average would come to 6.5 wins, which is 65% or a 2 to 1 ratio. I don’t think any other conference can make that claim.

But don’t read too much into bowl game results. In the old time, a bowl game is a show game, and a reward for your regular season success.

The bowl score is a result of which 2 teams are paired. Who is to say this crabby SEC team should match with that miracle Big-10 team? Unless seeding is used. It doesn’t make any sense to brag about any team’s bowl records. If FL plays a crabby team in the bowl every year in the last 20 years, can you imagine FL’s bowl record?

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:41 pm

Ole Miss fans, while we havent had a lot to brag about, don’t think like Georgia fans. ( wins was a helluva year for us. 9 wins to Gerogia fans is a disgrace.

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:41 pm

excuse me . . . that should say 9 wins is a helluva year.

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
2:42 pm

If SEC wins their 4th National Championship in a row on Thursday …the rest of the nation should shut up and concede that the best conference is indeed the SEC..which us fans in the south already know is true anyway….

Tron Carter

January 4th, 2010
2:43 pm

Ole Miss = Vanderbilt Southern Campus
New coach every 2 years
High School “Tech -Like” Stadium
What have you ever done (since JFK was in office)

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:52 pm

Im sorry that we all can’t be snobs and stuck up like Georgia fans. Georgia fans think the SEC title should be handed to them on a silver platter because Herschal Walker played for them and that it’s their birthrite to win the National Championship just because they are the “Mighty Dawgs.” If you guys would get your heads out of your butts, you’d realize that Georiga is not God’s gift to the SEC. News Flash, Vince Dooley aint walking back through that door to lead Georgia to the promised land.

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
2:54 pm

A famous wrestler said “To be the man, you have to beat the man.” Georgia can’t beat the “man.” That’s Florida for those that don’t know it. 17 out of 20

Enough already!!!!

January 4th, 2010
3:00 pm

Tebow ran a gimmick offense and had his stats inflated playing late in blowouts. I’m not impressed by a 240 lb qb that has 5 rushing TDs a game, all of which are from about 3 yards out or less. Because he can run defenses in college have to honor to be careful. In the NFL he will not be able to run like he did in college, therefore he’ll have to sit back and pick apart NFL defenses. Sorry, don’t see that happening.

There were plenty of awesome college players that didn’t amount to $hit in the NFL. Herschel, Eric Crouch, Jason White, Matt Leinert isn’t going to do $hit in the NFL. Hell David Greene was the all time winningest QB in history and isn’t even in the league anymore!!!!!!

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:04 pm

But enough about “my team is better than yours?” This is about the SEC being attacked for their, rather lackluster, bowl record. We can always beat each other up next year.

Hands down, the SEC is perennially the premier conference in the nation. We have the best talent, the better coaches and the best fans in college football.

HellsBells

January 4th, 2010
3:05 pm

David are you really that dumb?

LOL at Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:05 pm

Rebel Fan,

OK, here’s a Western Division stat for you, Ole Siss’s record against Alabama is …

9 wins – 43 losses – 2 ties.

“To be the man, you have to beat the man.”

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:06 pm

And, if National Championships count for anything, we’ve won three in a row and are going for a fourth. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:11 pm

Hey, i never said we would shock the world. That was the media that put the Rebels on that high perch. No matter, we had a great year and we can build on some things for next year.

HellsBells

January 4th, 2010
3:17 pm

Enough already!!!!….you’re another idiot.

n 12 NFL seasons, Walker gained 8,225 rushing yards, 4,859 receiving yards, and 5,084 kickoff-return yards.[11] This gave him 18,168 total combined net yards, ranking him second among the NFL’s all-time leaders in total yardage at the time of his retirement; as of the start of the 2007 NFL season, ten years after his retirement, he still ranks eighth.[12] He also scored 84 touchdowns: 61 rushing, 21 receiving and two kick off returns for touchdowns.[11] Walker is the only player to have 10,000+ yards from scrimmage and 5,000+ return yards (all of which were on kickoff returns). He is the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways: rushing, receiving, and kickoff returns. He is one of six players (Jim Brown, Lenny Moore, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk, and Thurman Thomas) to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns receiving. Another NFL record he possesses is that he is the only player with a 90+ yard reception, 90+ yard run, and a 90+ yard kickoff return all in the same season (1994). He is also the only player to record an 84+ yard touchdown run and an 84+ yard touchdown reception, in the same game (December 14, 1986). That same day, he had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. Walker is currently ranked eighth all time in all-purpose yards with 18,168, despite spending his first three seasons in the USFL.

Hell of a “didn’t amount to $hit” NFL career, huh moron. Stick to something other than football. Obviously your football knowledge doesn’t “amount to $hit”.

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:17 pm

You guys have a losing record against Alabama as well. Go figure?