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

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
3:18 pm

Ric Flair he also said “I’m just like Space Mountain.. you gotta wait in line but the wait is well worth the thrill….WHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Mike

January 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

The SEC is Bama, Florida and the ten dwarves. Kinda funny when the whole conference hangs its hat on one or two teams at the top, rather than being solid and competitive up and down the line.

HellsBells

January 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

You know they’re from Aladamnbama when they quote professional wrestlers.

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

Considering he made a living and a name for himself wrestling out of Altnata, I’d keep quiet.

AltamahaDawg

January 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

Somehow I don’t think being able to adjust a ball throwing motion is going to rate very highly in the list of things that Tim Tebow does in his life. Being successful in the NFL, not being successful in the NFL….it seems like a pretty big waste of his energies either way.

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

excuse me . . . Wrestling out of Atlanta

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

It was a joke lighten up Hells Bells a weak attempt at humor>>>

Edugator

January 4th, 2010
3:37 pm

AT least in wasn’t out of Tampa with the great Milenko and Eddie Graham..

Rebel Fan

January 4th, 2010
3:43 pm

or out of Connecticut or Minnesota like Hulk hogan

AceDawg

January 4th, 2010
4:02 pm

Bowl matchups don’t always prove much, but more importantly they sure are lame compared to the regular season and compared to what a playoff would do. What other sport has a WORSE post-season than regular season? None – Only D-1 college football.

WTF

January 4th, 2010
4:06 pm

Hey Enough already!!!! , making it or not making it in the NFL is no reflection on wheather someone was/is a great college player. Oh, and by the way, Herschel did do a little bit in the NFL (after playing in the USFL:

In 12 NFL seasons, Walker gained 8,225 rushing yards, 4,859 receiving yards, and 5,084 kickoff-return yards. 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. 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.

Judas Priest

January 4th, 2010
4:13 pm

Tebow might be overated as a football player but he certainly isn’t as a person!People who knock him wish their kids will turn/turned out that good!All I can say is the world would be a better place if there were more Tim Tebow’s!

Neutral observor

January 4th, 2010
4:26 pm

Now ya’ll arguing about who has a losing record against alabammer? Hell everyone in the sec has a losing record against the bammers for that matter. geniuses all of ya….

JD

January 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

Don’t know if someone already posted this but regarding the penn st lsu game the field was a joke no one could make any cuts….i think this leveled the speed and quickness advantage of lsu

Ric Flair

January 4th, 2010
4:30 pm

I always am humored when Georgia folks start mocking folks from other states for watching wrasslin. As if Georgia doesn’t have its fair share and then some of wrasslin watchers. Why else do you think I wrassle out of Georgia. More rednecks here then in Bammer, Mississippi, Carolina, or Tennersee for that matter. Go 20 miles outside the center of atlanta and this whole area is full of rednecks, Douglasville, cumming, lawrenceville, carrollton, kennesaw, hampton, etc. I could go on and on and on and on

Not Bad

January 4th, 2010
4:32 pm

It is good to finally see someone point out that the SEC has been down the last few years. Yeah \, yeah I realize the probable national title and all, but the same can be said for Texas. Other than them and 1 or 2 other teams, that conference is mediocre as well. The truth of the matter is that three (3) teams are solely responsible for keeping the SEC’s head above water over the last 5 years. Those being Bama, LSU, and Florida. The rest is a 7-5 nightmare. But, whatever.

Other rebel fan

January 4th, 2010
4:34 pm

Georgia’s record against the bammers 25-36 looks like they own you too. And lets not forget blackout night.

GaGator

January 4th, 2010
4:35 pm

Judas Priest

All I can say is you are absolutely right.

LuvMachine

January 4th, 2010
5:06 pm

Eugene (2:32) When John Wooden (UCLA) won 10 bb cham’ships n a row, did that make the Pac-10 the best bb conference? Or when Kentucky was on top in bb, was the SEC the best? I don’t think so…

LuvMachine

January 4th, 2010
5:08 pm

Will UNC succeed in climbing back to where they were at the time of Mack Brown’s departure? Why, or why not?

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
5:18 pm

That gimmick offense Tebow ran won him a Heisman, 2 N.C.’s, and 8 all-time SEC offensive records, I hope we keep running that gimmick offense, funny how all those other QB’s in a “normal” offense don’t brake records like that? and also I said College not NFL..start at Dick and Jane and work your way up super reader..

joe

January 4th, 2010
5:30 pm

“He’s got to be faster no doubt, he can’t wind up and pitch like Byron Leftwich, he needs to model his game after Rothlisburger but the idea he can’t play QB in the NFL if he works his tail off on the areas he needs to work on is hogwash… I think most of the people scouting just like him more in the 2nd round and they feel like someone is going to reach for him in the first and end up having too much money invested in a guy that is going to need some time to acclimate to the league.”

Please! Tim Tebow has so many problems that it’s not even funny. Painfully slow throwing motion is just the first of them. He also has;

- piss poor footwork
- bad mechanics
- no 3 and 5 step drops because he’s always in the shotgun
- doesn’t play under center which means he doesn’t read defenses
- plays in a spread
- no pocket presence because he won’t stay in it long enough to go through his reads
- knows nothing about going through progressions
- average arm strength

joe

January 4th, 2010
5:31 pm

“Georgia’s record against the bammers 25-36 looks like they own you too. And lets not forget blackout night.”

LOL! You’re an Ole Piss fan. You shouldn’t be talking smack at all.

Shug

January 4th, 2010
5:33 pm

Tebow will follow in the NFL footsteps of other great Gator qbs: Spurrier, Grossman, Wuerrfel, Reaves. . . . I wouldn’t have betted against any of them either.

DAWG07

January 4th, 2010
5:46 pm

The media and the national has already given the National Championship game to Alabama. Can we go ahead and chalk it up and forego the game.
If they need any help the refs will be there.

Larry

January 4th, 2010
5:51 pm

There was a guy named Michael Vick who also came out of college (and still has today) with poor throwing techniques (baseball-like wind-up). I would draft Tebow in a heartbeat and take my chances on his development and leadership. For sure, you wouldn’t have to worry about illegitimate children, herpes, electrocuted or drowned dogs, smelly particulates in water bottles, failing drug tests, fingering his fans or serving prison sentences. Plus, Tebow has a 3.6 GPA so, unlike Vick, he is a least capable of learning the NFL game.

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
5:52 pm

Once again I said College player, don’t care about NFL right now

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
5:58 pm

Thanks Joe ..Mel Kiper wants his old job back…Your probably a Dawg fan so I understand your feelings.. getting your butt kicked 17 out of the last 20 will do that to you…. Dawgs had the no.1 overall draft pick and no. 17 in the first round of the NFL draft and lost to Tebow and the Gators 41-10..hilarious

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
6:00 pm

Tebow went 31 of 35 with 485 yds passing in the Sugar Bowl did your no.1 draft pick(Stafford) the loser with the Lions, ever do that, don’t give me any excuses they played Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, Cincy’s gotta be better than them

killcasualfan

January 4th, 2010
6:05 pm

How is Auburn rolling into the planted leg of the NW kicker for the win, “good”?

Georgia beat the #5 team in the Big12 SOUTH with a losing conference record. Again, how is that a “good win”?

Tron Carter

January 4th, 2010
6:10 pm

Ole P*ss and GT (GEORGIA INSTITUTE of Free Cokes, Hotdogs and $5 TICKETS) fans should start their own area to discuss who was greater in pre-Korean war football.
What’s next, some Vandy smack talk? Maybe South Carolina?

killcasualfan

January 4th, 2010
6:14 pm

In 2008, Stafford would have ranked #7 in the Big12 in QB rankings. The SEC continues to have joke QB play, which leads to their lofty defensive stats.

Let’s review Staffords final year in college football.

Tebow aside, this is the worst collection of QB’s in SEC history, which makes the league’s defensive stats a mirage. This is especially shown by games OUT OF CONFERENCE against mostly below average teams. Thus the counter-argument that its “simply great SEC defense” causing their QB’s to look bad is nonsense.

Remember the bizarre Auburn 3 – Miss. St. 2 game early in the season and SEC fan was claiming that was just great defense… Then weeks later, reality set in when the Auburn defense got blasted by West Virginia and the Miss. St. defense got blasted by Georgia Tech, who also put up 45 pts. in their win over Georgia.

Georgia’s Stafford, the leagues #2 rated QB, would rank #7 in the Big12.

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Tennessee – Phil Fulmer fired over debacle at QB spot. Scored 13 pts. on
Northern-Illinois and 7pts. in a loss at home to Wyoming.

Auburn – Offensive Coordinator fired in Sept. due to failed transition to the Spread. Head Coach Tubberville just resigned.

South Carolina – Scored 23 pts. on Wofford and 26 pts. on UAB.

LSU – Scored 3 pts. in 1st half v. Troy

Kentucky – Scored 20 pts. on Middle Tennesse State

Miss.St. – Head Coach fired. Scored 14 pts. in loss to LA Tech and 7 pts. in loss to GA Tech.

Arkansas – Scored 28 pts. on Louisiana-Monroe and Western Illinois.

Vanderbilt- Scored 7 pts. in loss to Duke

Ole Miss – 0 TD’s & 2 Int’s v. Samford.

Bama – Scored 6 offensive pts. v. Tulane. Tulane had a 2 to 1 yardage advantage

Georgia – Preseason #1 has been most disappointing team this season. Stafford, the SEC’s #2 rated QB, would rank #7 in the Big12.

Ha, and how’s the jolly green giant doing out in Oakland?

Can you dig it?

January 4th, 2010
6:17 pm

You Bama fans need to lighten up….by the tone of your blogs you all are wound too tight…don’t worry BAMA WINS BIG over Texas….But ….you BAMA fans also need to remember that your football team has been an after thought in the SEC the past ten years. Its only since Saban arrived that you have gotten worth a crap. Before his arrival nobody was scared to play BAMA for at least ten years….congrats…isn’t it amazing what a $4M coach will do for a program….but please quit talking like your entitled to the NC…try acting like you’ve been there before. Not like the Tech fans who pound their chests everyday like they are the best team in the country…..Please remember with the exception of maybe five teams the SEC fields teams that on any given year can run the table in the majority of the other conferences. I laugh when I see the blogs saying “my coach is better than yours”…..its no more than the rantings of school boys that haven’t yet grown up….I’m a Dawg fan but I’m also an SEC fan….I hope BAMA lays the wood on Texas. All the rest of the BS on this blog is nothing more than wasted energy…because in the end you really don’t give a sh_t what I think and I certainly don’t give a sh_t what you think either…..Can You Dig It!

Realist

January 4th, 2010
6:42 pm

Everybody can say what they want about the SEC. We had 10 teams playing in bowl games. Mediocre or not, no other conference put that many teams in bowl games this season. Who won the NC the past 3 and will be 4 years? The SEC.

Unless anybody can prove it otherwise, the SEC is the best and toughest conference in the nation. Hands down.

some guy

January 4th, 2010
6:53 pm

brucemac: acc went 4-6 last year in bowls, & the sec will go 6-4 assuming a bama win. not a huge difference, esp considering two of your wins were escapes against east carolina and northwestern

as for the NFL and it ‘not even being close’, in the last four years combined, ACC has one less player drafted to the nfl compared to the SEC (158 to 159)

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042609aan.html

TampaGator

January 4th, 2010
6:57 pm

Hey, “Tebow is Overrated,” Joe Cox has a better chance of playing in the NFL that Tebow. Got some money you want to lay on that one? Also, dude, LSU was #5 in the country when Tebow and the Gators went into Baton Rouge, at night, and beat them. And, if you don’t remember, they beat Georgia last year when Georgia, I belive, was in the top ten. Tebow and the Gators also beat the #1 team in the country at the end of the year last year….Oklahoma, in the NC game. I would say that is beating a top team, wouldn’t you. Man, you are just OFF…..

Mark

January 4th, 2010
7:01 pm

Joe, thanks for gracing us with your presence on this site. Didn’t know that we had NFL scouts reading and posting for us. We’re honored. Your so knowledgeable of Tebow’s skill set is remarkable. With all the QB’s that play well in college and become available each year, the fact is that the NFL is starving for more QB talent. Tebow has a chance. Sorry you’re so bitter that you can’t see it. Must be a Vol fan? How’s that Kiffin working out for ya?

TampaGator

January 4th, 2010
7:03 pm

Shug….the word, bet, is an irregular verb. In the case of the verb, bet, you do not add a suffix to make it a past tense verb. I am not trying to be peronal. I just wanted to let you know. But I have bet on people not taking such comments personal and have lost that bet.

Mike Hamilton, UT AD

January 4th, 2010
7:03 pm

Can someone loan me some bail money? The UT bail money fund has run dry with 4 more arrests—we need to get these players out of the slammer in time for the next game—please, help!!!

TampaGator

January 4th, 2010
7:04 pm

P.S. I did make a typo on the last post “peronal”…serves me right.

TampaGator

January 4th, 2010
7:09 pm

Even the former Baltimore Ravens head coach was impressed with Tebow’s accuracy and arm strength during the game. Obviously, Tebow has to fix his throwing motion and lead the 3, 5, and 7 step drops. He also has to learn to make more than just two reads, which he did not have to do in the Florida offensive scheme. But I would expect that some top NFL team will take a chance on Tebow…a team like New England, where Tebow can play behind a top QB for 2 or 3 years while learning the pro style offense and working on his steps and delivery mechanics. In the meantime, they could use him effectively in the Wild Cat formation. I can tell you this, he can throw the ball better than Mike Vick right now.

TampaGator

January 4th, 2010
7:15 pm

One last comment for Tony…….how did the prediction last weekend about the FLorida program being in trouble work for you. NOT. Meyer also does not need to make anything else public. The Florida program, homer, is much bigger than the head coach…proven by the commits at the UA game last weekend. Meyer is making calls to recruits to reassure them and that includes the big names that Florida is still after. I expect they will land 3 to 5 more big names before it is over and end up with, if not the top class, one of the top 3 classes in the country (nine of the top recruits are enrolling at Florida this week), and Addazio and company will just keep the ball rolling until Meyer walks back into his office at the end of August or sooner. You are like many of the Dawg fans out there (and you are obviously a Dawg fan), just dreaming and wishing the Florida Gators would just go away somehow. NOT. The train has just begun to roll…they just have to beat back the Tide next year.

Eugene Honeycutt

January 4th, 2010
7:18 pm

The reason big 12 QB’s are so good is because the Defenses are so bad, Chase Daniels, Todd Reesing, and Sam Bradford is more fragile than Grandma’s flower vase, Every year Texas Tech’s QB lights up everyone but never get’s drafted wonder why? I don’t like Stafford but I’m sure NFL scouts know what they are doing for the most part…one thing in common they all have.. never won anything, and never will, and Colt McCoy is in alot of trouble come Thursday, he has no running game to speak of..

Joe the Pro?

January 4th, 2010
7:50 pm

The dog fan that indicated Cox will be a QB in the NFL is….___________________!

Man, you need to give advance warning on that type of announcement…I almost wet from laughing so hard.

Cin surely made Tbo look better than ever…he plays them every game, he IS the best ever.

[...] Tony Barnhart of the AJC on Brooks: “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).” [...]

Lane Pimpin

January 4th, 2010
8:40 pm

Do not understand how UF can keep getting the upper echelon (a word my wife taught me, she is a UF graduate) players with all the seeming disarray. Here they are with no coach, and Saturday they get commitments from two of the top 25 players in the nation. Now, it looks like several others in that group will commit to Florida at the Army game on Saturday.

I thought all my magical words would do the trick. I suppose that the truth from Urban is worth more than the baloney I have spread.

Larry Munson

January 4th, 2010
8:46 pm

Florida has a lock on the East next year. They probably lose to Bama in Tuscaloosa and lose again, but a two-loss Gator team goes back to the Dome over mediocre UGA and UT that loses almost everyone.

Sure it will be a down year, but these recruiting classes in Gainesville make it look like Sugar will be falling from the sky in Gatorland.

macrotech

January 4th, 2010
9:29 pm

Tron Carter, I’ll concede that MORE uga football players will be watching “Pimp my Moped” than the Orange Bowl…. way to tee it up!

EdEarl Mcgilicutty

January 4th, 2010
9:29 pm

Any of you goofballs still think TCU is better than Bama I didn’t think so….

tat game mint evriething to Tech

January 4th, 2010
9:29 pm

My Uncle Remus rendition of the game between the slums at Grunt Stadium…booby dud Field…30 to 24…325 more days till revenge of the nerds III featuring Tony Bone Hard and Jeff shultz as Pauls Johnson holding “what has Georgia done since 1980″ in their arms ..the baton twirling trio…maggot bug lovers…lmfao…see ya in athens F(a)gfly nation!