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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Jim

January 4th, 2010
9:24 am

David

January 4th, 2010
9:27 am

UGA beat a .500 Texas A&M team. Is that a good win, or should be expected? Granted UGA did not pick their opponent. I think the field should be open to all bowls to get what ever team is available. The bowl match ups would be better.

Ohio State fan

January 4th, 2010
9:29 am

Did you guy watch the Under Armour game? Danged near everyone that made a big play was heading to Gainesville – and they picked up two more recruits during the game, two studs that will probably end up in the NFL.

Keep on fooling yourselves, UF is a runaway freight train . . .

Samuel

January 4th, 2010
9:30 am

I would also call Ole Miss’s performance subpar along with Arkansas. One of the ugliest games in recent memory…12 turnovers total! And a few crucial blown calls from the ACC officiating.

What a disgrace

January 4th, 2010
9:31 am

Tony,

What did you think about Kiffin not shaking Beamer’s hand after the Peach Bowl?

Lindsey

January 4th, 2010
9:31 am

This Dawg fan is glad the Tim Tebow college football era is over!! GO DAWGS!!

EW

January 4th, 2010
9:31 am

TB, I agree about Tebow. I’ve always felt that with him you can throw the normal measuring sticks out the window. Yeah he doesn’t have the precise fundamentals we are used to seeing in an NFL QB, but he didn’t have the makeup a normal NCAA QB has and didn’t play the typical style of QB and that worked out for him ok. The kid’s a winner and he’ll be successful in the NFL wherever they play him.

WonderDawg

January 4th, 2010
9:34 am

I wouldn’t bet against Tebow. He’ll be a good pro QB.

Kirby Smart

January 4th, 2010
9:36 am

The tide Rolls and I say at Bama.

Jax Dawg

January 4th, 2010
9:37 am

Hey Buckeye. 90% of the offensive output from this year will be in the Philippines next year. Freight train?

David

January 4th, 2010
9:38 am

I thought Penn St didn’t have the athletes to play with that “SEC Speed” LSU team Tony? Stop buying into that SEC crap.

PMC

January 4th, 2010
9:41 am

The same experts had throwing motion issues with Phillip Rivers too.

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.

Otto

January 4th, 2010
9:43 am

As for point #1 The SEC maybe fighting to be above 500 in the bowls but Okie St. was very close to a BCS game and lost to Ole Miss. LSU played strong and lost a close one. For the most part the upper half of the SEC can play a close game with conf title contenders in the other BCS conferences. Just take a look at the selection process. The SEC played the top nonBCS pick from the Big12, Big 10, and ACC.

The Ghost Of Erskine Russell

January 4th, 2010
9:43 am

About Florida and Alabama being the top of the SEC…

I see a day coming – after a few more years of Florida and Alabama domination – where a parity policy will be installed in the SEC, and maybe all of Division I. I said “Division I” not the politically correct term whatever that is these days.

The NFL has parity through scheduling, salary cap, draft. The SEC parity policy can’t be money, since we don’t pay them (directly and openly anyway). So my idea is ……

Not a SALARY CAP, but a THUG CAP. No SEC team can have any more THUGS than any other SEC team.

Then again, if having a team of THUGS = SEC Champs, what happened in Athens? Hmmm.

Aw, hell. Nevermind.

PMC

January 4th, 2010
9:43 am

The Big 10 played excellent fundamental football last weekend. Very impressed with the efforts of Ohio State and Penn State. They could have found the endzone more but Pryor and Clark matriculated their teams down the field quite well. Clark’s numbers would have been better if the city of Orlando didn’t let them play on that embarassment of a football field.

Jax Dawg

January 4th, 2010
9:44 am

David. Do you really think that slop of a field didn’t negate any speed for either side?

Joe B.

January 4th, 2010
9:48 am

The SEC was simply mediocre this year, and Texas will expose that whenever the national title game is played.

Dostoyevskiy

January 4th, 2010
9:49 am

Just my feelings. Maybe it doesn’t fit here, but I would just like to say that I really like having Tech in the ACC (I’m from another ACC school). They are well-respected academically, and while they have a very good football program, football is not the be-all/end-all for the school. On that note, I respect all of the schools in both the ACC/SEC (there are not too many of us or too many of our children who can learn more than any of the universities can teach). Further, I would like to see UCONN in the ACC. I am not just now jumping on their bandwagon after their big bowl win. I wanted this when the ACC recently expanded. (I also supported the adding of BC). I’ve been on the UCONN campus and it is a very good school with excellent facilities, has a great basketball program, a fantastic football coach (classy with character), and it would extend the ACC media market. Part of my feeling is because I don’t want the ACC to be just a southern conference, but a truly mid-atlantic conference. While I respect FlState, I truly think it would be a good fit for the SEC for many reasons, but I will not enumerate them here. My impression of the “U” is that because of the overall character of school (small, private, good academics, especially medical school), that it fits well w/ACC. I don’t want to give up Clemson either, although its fans have a SEC football mind-set. It is a good school that is historically connected with the ACC. I would also like for SC to be back in the ACC. Just my feelings.

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Publicity Stunt?

January 4th, 2010
9:50 am

Urban Meyer is a fraud. Some advice – If you have a mid-life crisis, do it in private.

heyberto

January 4th, 2010
9:50 am

Regarding the Sugar Bowl, why can’t we get a good matchup there? Last year was an anomoly in that Utah was a quality opponent and beat Bama… but it’s become more of a much bigger and talented team playing an undefeated team that just gets blown away by the SEC team.. UGA v. Hawaii, Florida v. Cinnci. I’d settle for one of the bowls having matchups like this year’s Fiesta Bowl matchup if it keeps BCS conference teams playing each other in the rest of the BCS bowl games. I’m tired of seeing blowouts against inferior teams in the Sugar Bowl.

Gen Neyland

January 4th, 2010
9:50 am

The Sugar Bowl has become the So-So What Bowl. Nothing against any of the teams playing there but the matchups over the past years could have been better…Tebow played relaxed and looked at peace against the Bearcats. I contend he’s one of the best ever…The field LSU and Penn St played on was terrible. I see nicer cow pastures up here in NE Georgia…A 9-3 ranked beats a 7-5 unranked and we’re surprised..? TCU over Boise…Why Auburn struggled with Northwestern still has me baffled…Did USC East even score..? Win lose or draw, 10 SEC teams bowling is great for the conference…Nebraska made strides in 2009…Good luck to us all in 2010.

The Grinch

January 4th, 2010
9:52 am

If the SEC is just having an “okay” season, please tell me which conference is having a better season? Alabama and Florida will probably end up #1 and #3.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 4th, 2010
9:53 am

the South Carolina/Conn game was an embarrassment to the SEC. I see Tebow becoming a fullback in the NFL.

[...] Tony Barnhart on SEC, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks. [...]

CatsFly

January 4th, 2010
9:54 am

The LSU-UNC tip-off game in 2010 in Atlanta should be a closely-contested event. To wit, the news first broke on Twitter over the weekend, as several Tar Heels revealed the developments on the social networking site, and on Sunday ESPN offered further confirmation: all of UNC’s junior defensive stars will return to Chapel Hill for their senior seasons. This includes All-ACC First-Team members LB Quan Sturdivant, CB Kendric Burney and S Deunta Williams, as well as All-ACC Second-Team members LB Bruce Carter and DT Marvin Austin.

he'll bite you if you try that

January 4th, 2010
9:54 am

Auburn got very lucky , Arkansas ditto, Ole Miss ditto, all three deserved to lose.Two solid teams and thats it. The old grey mare ain’t what she use to be. Its like radio, they keep playing lady gaga till the masses like it, and Espn keeps telling the world the sec is the best. The same thing would work for any conference they were to promote them insted. This nation is waiting for the football tellers to tell them where to go. It’s really like that Wendy’s commercial where every one is running to jump in that big black hole.

JB

January 4th, 2010
9:55 am

Georgia is really at a crossroads. They have some super young players, a pretty good OL coming back, a decent running game. Next year the schedule will be their biggest friend. They will have a Rookie red shirt freshman QB with no game experience and a depleted defensive front. I think the offense will be good next year. A. Murray, with no experience, will be as good as or a little better than Cox. Mix in the running game, the line, the receivers, we will be pretty good on offense. The new DC will have a challenge. Kicking game will be the best in the Country.

McDawg

January 4th, 2010
9:55 am

UT & USC embarrassed themseleves and the SEC -poor showing Ole Miss and AK didn’t look much better but at least they won

Mighty SEC

January 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Both Northwestern and East Carolina nearly beat mighty SEC teams if not for their idiot kickers. South Carolina got manhandled by a smaller, slower, less talented UCONN team. Tennessee got demolished by a puny ACC team. Great start to 2010 for the “best conference in football”.

Look at the Bowl Challenge Cup created by ESPN. Every big 6 conference including the Mountain West has won it, except for the SEC. More than ever, the SEC is a 2 team league, Florida and Bama are great, everyone else is just average.

Mountain West 4 bowl wins, SEC 5 bowl wins. Mountain West 5 bowl teams (one plays tonight), SEC 10 bowl teams (one plays Thursday)

leland

January 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Dear Mr. TB–I am really disappointed. I thought with the new year you would expand to six or maybe eight spaces between paragraphs and thereby show even more creativity than usual, and then next year move to ten or twelve spaces. There is still time! Your pal, Leland

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
9:57 am

The SEC was mediocre huh? Unlike that Big 12 juggernaut Texas hails from. Ole Miss/UGA were similar seeds from their conference to Okie St./ Tx A&M. We see what happened there. And it is still true that two middle of the pack SEC teams beat the two ACCCG participants.

JB

January 4th, 2010
9:59 am

Clemson and Vandy need to swap conferences.

Mighty SEC

January 4th, 2010
10:04 am

Its also true that a Mountain West team beat a participant in the SEC championship game when Utah smoked Bama last season.

Mountain West 4 bowl wins, SEC 5 bowl wins with double the teams.

Blindog

January 4th, 2010
10:04 am

Steve Spurrier needs to retire,he is embarrassing himself and the SEC, and could someone please teach Les Miles how to manage a clock! THE SEC RULES!!!!

he'll bite you if you try that

January 4th, 2010
10:05 am

true that two middle of the pack SEC teams beat the two ACCCG participants. Both State Rival games, and the two ACCCG participants both looking past their Sec opponent. lots of crazy stuff happens in rival games . Those were two fine examples. CMR still voted Tech into the top ten the next week. even he understands that.

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:06 am

Might SEC: “Mountain West 4 bowl wins”

Wow. They won the Las Vegas, New Mexico, San Diego Credit Union, and Armed Forces bowls.

Next.

Law Dawg

January 4th, 2010
10:07 am

Enter your comments here

JB

January 4th, 2010
10:08 am

Carolina will be pretty good next year if Steve can motivate this team. Lot’s of starters returning, but they mailed in that Bowl Game. I think Steve gives it one more year, then if this bunch can’t win 9 or 10 games, he’s off to Florida to golf, and who could blame him.

CatsFly

January 4th, 2010
10:09 am

I don’t believe the Clemson STUDENTS would like for their school to move to the SEC. I would like to see a poll among the students.

Ahem

January 4th, 2010
10:10 am

“after watching him play for four years, are you going to bet against this guy?” — Yes Tony, I am going to bet against this guy. Keep your head buried up his — and see where he is this time next year.

GreggJ

January 4th, 2010
10:12 am

Tebow will make a good tight end for some NFL team but that is it-either that or he will get beat to death by all the Ray Lewis in the NFL. Also how does FL gets all those recruits?

he'll bite you if you try that

January 4th, 2010
10:13 am

it is a fact that the 85 scholarship rule is working. Alabama cannot offer 200 players a year only to renig after it too late for the players to regroup. The field will level off more and more and thats that.

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:13 am

It’s also true that the SEC put 10 out of its 12 teams in bowl games this year. Is it really surprising that one of the best teams in a smaller conference (ECU) would match up well with the 8th or 9th rated SEC team (Arky)? And seeing how poorly South Carolina played, the ACC should be THOROUGHLY embarassed that they smoked the ACC runner-up (who then struggled to beat the 6th SEC team). The VT-UT game was a total mismatch, and simply shows how badly VT undarachieved midseason. They are, IMHO, the most talented team in the ACC… and it isn’t that close.

Law Dawg

January 4th, 2010
10:14 am

After watching Kiffen not shaking Beamer’s hand, and reading Kiffen’s quote today about not regretting anything that happened this year (despite 6 NCAA violations and an investigation to go along with armed robbery and shoplifting arrests), I think we’ve learned that he is dangerous, arrogant, and in denial. It’s “scorched earth” and to-hell-with-the-consequences!!

some guy

January 4th, 2010
10:15 am

the acc had 10 teams in bowls last year. i bet you were writing off acc bowl losses as a product of the number of teams instead of trashing the conference eh?

Edugator

January 4th, 2010
10:15 am

As a Gator, I loved seeing the Bearcats spanked and Tim get that many total yards (533 yds.)but I would have much rather seen a competitive game than this Sugar Bowl. The game was over at the half. The only questions were how many points the Gators were going to score and how long Tim was going to play.

Jimbo

January 4th, 2010
10:18 am

Tony, everyone keeps tauting, especially you, that the SEC is the best conference. I’m sorry, but even your analysis puts that into question. How can you make the statement that the SEC winning the championship validates that the CONFERENCE is best? Shouldn’t you look at the entire conference results and not just the best two teams? I don’t think anyone is doubting that Florida and Alabama are national contenders, but seriously, is there another team in the SEC that even belongs in the top 10? LSU looked ok but lost to Penn State and a number of the SEC wins were very unconvincing and quite lucky in fact. The conference as a whole could easily be below .500. The only premier win this bowl season has been Florida, which was expected. If Alabama loses I just don’t see how you can crown the SEC as the best league THIS YEAR (I’m not debating previous years or historical perspective so please keep my comments in context).

Frank Lane

January 4th, 2010
10:18 am

Tony,

Go back and look at the SEC bowl games from the point of view of the FIFE FACTOR, Remember that three things shoot yourself in the foot, 1) turnover, 2) a penalty that kills an offensive drive, and 3) a penalty that sustains a defensive drive. So the FIFE score is the number of plays you can run before shooting yourself in the foot. The higher the number the better.

Some of these games were a direct result of the FIFE FACTOR.

Jimbo

January 4th, 2010
10:19 am

Other than Florida and Alabama is there another SEC team that belongs in the top 15?

Jimbo

January 4th, 2010
10:19 am

Other than Florida and Alabama is there another SEC team that belongs in the top 20?

dawgsux

January 4th, 2010
10:20 am

Ahem, Tebow is the best college football player to EVER play the game.
All the Georgia fans were saying Florida would lose recruits when Urban had his moment….instead, Florida is racking up and reloading again.

Buzz29

January 4th, 2010
10:20 am

Tony,

Are you embarrased that CBS couldn’t get a microphone that would work when interviewing Coach Bowden after his last game as a head coach?

Me thinks CBS should stick to televising Sucks Enormous Cok games.

CatsFly

January 4th, 2010
10:23 am

Roll Tider, while I respect your opinion, you are not as qualified to speak to which ACC team is the best “by far”. I focus on ACC teams (you probably focus on SEC teams), and see many SEC games as well, but VaTech is not far and above the best team in the ACC, and the facts support it. UNC beat VaTech at their place this year, and was beating them handily last year until their QB went down and had to put in a QB who had never played a down. Anyone who saw both of those games would not reach the same conclusion that you did. In fact UNC has the best defense in the ACC and is ranked 6th nationally, with all of them coming back next year. Many of them will play on Sundays in the future. GaTech is certainly the equal of VaTech, and I have no “dog in that fight”. In short VaTech, GaTech, Clemson, and UNC are all going to be good for the foreseeable future (and you can probably add NCState, FlState and Miami to that mix, and possibly UVa with their new coach). No offense intended Roll TIder, but you are wrong in your assessment.

m

January 4th, 2010
10:26 am

Tony…don’t sugarcoat…after you sec blowhards picked the sec to go 10-0 or 9-1 in the bowls, the sec has lucked into a 5-4 record.

The sec is the most overrated conference in history. The only was alabammer is in the BSbcs game is because they were handpicked. The would not be there is they had had to earn their way there in a legitmate playoff.

Tony…your overhyped sec is mediocre as usual and does not matchup to your silly hype…as usual.

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:28 am

Jimbo, here’s a better question…

Who is BETTER than the SEC? Here’s an exercise for you. Insert any conference you want and run the results. Who would win the following:

#1- UA vs. UT (we’ll get to see!)
#2- UF vs. Neb.
#3- LSU vs. Okie st.
#4- Ole Miss vs. OU
#5- Auburn vs. TTU
#6- UT vs. Mizzou

The top three are total mismatches (as evidenced by the Ole Miss beatdown of Okie St.) and the next three pick ‘em type games. I didn’t go any further because nobody really cares if UK is better than Iowa St. Point is that the SEC has comparable depth to anyone while also boasting the two best teams in the land. Easy pick as the top conference.

Toast is in the oven and about to be done

January 4th, 2010
10:33 am

The Florida debacle reminds me of the obama regime. They are botth beseiged on all fronts due to their poor management of events and they are now faced with defections of recruits w/ U of F and voters with Barry O and his congressional henchmen/women.

Urban takes a permanent/semi permanent walk, which will totally screw up the acting coach’s message about “dedication” and the players will not maintain the right attitude and by summer, it will be a huge mess. This after 4 or 5 so called commitments walk BEFORE signing day.

The gator’s fine, long 20 years in the sun ………….are over. Back to mediocrity and being dominated by the others in the SEC. All great things end like the Reagan era or the 2 Bushs.

Roll Tide.

Unbiased Opinion

January 4th, 2010
10:35 am

I guess we can stop all the pretense about the SEC being a tough football conference!!. Most of their bowl teams have either lost or have needed overtime to win (Arkansas nearly lost to East Carolina – that’s East Carolina!!; and Auburn nearly lost in OT to NW; LSU couldn’t cut it, neither could S. Carolina; and UT got their butts kicked).
I bet if even the top two in the SEC – Alabama and Florida, played the top teams from other major conferences on a REGULAR basis, they would come out second best

Gen Neyland

January 4th, 2010
10:36 am

m : I usually pass over your posts, but dudette, we of the SEC have 5 Crystal Footballs since 1998. 5 grand prizes, 5 brass rings. 5-0 in championship games. Any other conference tops that..? Help me out. Help me help you…

m

January 4th, 2010
10:36 am

Tony… the ACC was 6-4 versus the SEC last year.

alabammer will be expose as a fraud this week.

GT will throttle Illinois in the Orange Bowl.

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:41 am

You mean conference champion ECU? Against number 9 SEC seed Arky? Seriously? Bama beat Arky 35-7. We know they suck.

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:43 am

m with his same tired crap. Please list the teams the ACC beat m. How many of them were Missy St. or Vandy?

CatsFly

January 4th, 2010
10:47 am

Fl certainly looked good against CIncy (who did not have a coach or a defense), but I’m not sure they are any better than the top teams in several other conferences. Bama handled them more so than they handled VaTech. I believe that VaTech and GaTech would match up well agains Fl. I am not putting Fl down, they did win 2 MNCs. Just my opinion based on observation of the play of these teams. No flaming intended.

brucemac

January 4th, 2010
10:48 am

Mighty, you are correct. The Mountain West should take the ACC’s spot as automatic qualifiier. The ACC never has a National Championship contender and the Mountain West will finish second in the nation two years in a row. ACC isn’t and won’t sniff NC in the future while Mountain West is knocking on the door. Oh, by the way SEC National Champions again in 2009. It is getting old. What is that, 5 of the last 7 years and 4 in a row. Yea, SEC is weak.

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:50 am

Actually, here’s your answer: Vandy twice, Missy St., Ole Miss, UGA, and S. Carolina once each. Half the wins vs. non-bowl-eligible teams. Enjoy that.

Clemson 1-1 (Alabama loss, SOUTH CAROLINA)

Duke 1-0 (VANDY)

Florida St. (0-1) (Florida)

Georgia Tech (2-0) (MISS ST., UGA)

Miami (0-1) (Florida)

NC State (0-1) (South Carolina)

Wake Forest (2-0) (OLE MISS, VANDY)

SnarkySybil

January 4th, 2010
10:50 am

I do not understand why LSU keeps having clock-management issues. It seems that managing the clock is a fundamental skill that Les Miles and his staff should have down pat. He needs to straighten that out immediately. As a UF alumna, it was fun to watch Timmy and his boys blow out the Bearcats, but as a college football fan, the game was silly to watch. Cincy was overmatched.

Bo Williams

January 4th, 2010
10:52 am

In my opinion the SEC has arguably been the best football conference much of the recent past, but not necessarily the last two years. Fl great last couple of years (but not “great” this year), Bama good last year and very good this year (they’ve yet to beat Texas, so not “great” yet). The rest of the SEC seems to enjoy parity with several other leagues.

Dweeb

January 4th, 2010
10:54 am

Sixty Fifth!

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:55 am

CatsFly, Florida’s defense practices every day against a single-winged attack with many of the same principles that CPJ uses. Being an Atlanta native who as a kid really started getting into sports about the time Price and Dalrymple were starring, I actually like GT. That said, no way they have the athletes defensively to compete. Plus, Joe Haden could lock up Bay Bay one-on-one, allowing both safeties to play run support. I just don’t see it.

Roll Tider

January 4th, 2010
10:58 am

Sybil, I would’ve loved to have ssen TCU. They are the one small school that could compete this year a la Boise or Utah.

Chris Dunkley

January 4th, 2010
11:03 am

Lindsey

January 4th, 2010
9:31 am
This Dawg fan is glad the Tim Tebow college football era is over!! GO DAWGS!!

I bet you are honey, unfortunately for you the John Brantley era is about to begin you just don’t know it yet.

GatorG

January 4th, 2010
11:03 am

Tony,

I’m sorry, but Urban Meyer doesn’t owe you (or me) any explanation at all. It’s not like he’s a politician using my tax money to live on. If he wants to keep things private, that’s his prerogative. Will it annoy the fire out of you just because you think you deserve to know what’s going on in a coach’s private life? Of course! Does that make you a better person for using your bully pulpit to hound him into releasing every detail of his life to you? Most definitely not.

Now, he does owe recruits an explanation, but all indications are that he’s talking to them and giving them the information they deserve. You are not a recruit.

As a Gator fan, does it worry me that the program could take a step back because of this? Yes. But I believe that two National Championships in five years has earned Coach Meyer the right to do whatever he feels is right for his family, even if it might keep us out of championships for a while. How many other coaches out there right now have done what Urban Meyer has done for Florida?

Let it go, Tony. Unless, of course, you feel that we deserve to know all about your personal life, too. After all, you’re in the public eye, too, right? What does your recent health exam say? What difficulties are you going through right now? Come on, Tony. Open up! Don’t we all deserve that?!

Edugator

January 4th, 2010
11:03 am

CatsFly, Cinncy did NOT have a defense ALL YEAR. They relied on out scoring the opponent and all the turmoil about their coach… Didn’t UF have that with Meyer and Charlie Strong leaving?? Sorry, but that is what UC was.. Sorry. They should not be #3 and that was shown in the Sugar Bowl and they should have played somewhere else.

murfdawg

January 4th, 2010
11:04 am

With 34 bowl games, you get a lot of mediocrity.The SEC was full of 7-5 teams this year, so there was not any way for them to dominate their bowl game.
The Bowl System is a cash cow for college football and will not and should not change. If college football goes to a playoff, every school will have to cut out minor sports programs.

The highlight of the bowl season so far is the enthusiam of the Idaho coach. I guarantee he enjoyed his bowl game more than Saban and Brown.

Bawney Fwank

January 4th, 2010
11:08 am

The bottom six SEC teams would win 70% of their games if they played in the majority of the other conferences across America!

UGADawg83

January 4th, 2010
11:09 am

Maybe this is a “down year” overall for the SEC. However, who is better? Didn’t think there would be an answer for that.

What have we learned ??

January 4th, 2010
11:14 am

We have learned the following this year ….

(1) Tony hates Florida with a passion and is really upset that Meyer will be back .. Tony is obsessed with the Gators

(2) Tony IS NOT .. . “Mr Football” …. he is “Mr. SEC Football” …

(3) The older Tony gets… the harder it is for him to hide his Dawg feelings

(4) Georgia over A&M was a good win? I hope you are kidding? Lets see.. who else finished 6-7 this year… besides A&M?

BILLY JACK

January 4th, 2010
11:14 am

M never brings anything to the table,so listen up JACKASS-SEC is the most dominating conf in the country WHY?Count with me no.1- 10 teams in bowl games nobody close.2-another SEC team playing for national title 4 in a row.3-more players will go to the NFL from the SEC than any other conf-4-for the people who say SEC is top heavy-take a closer look-example-ARK-FLA LSU-ALA OLE MISS-ALA MISS ST-FLA and many more games were very competitive.These are the facts and they are undisputed.

some guy

January 4th, 2010
11:21 am

yo billy, not saying its better, but the acc had 10 teams in bowls last year and im actually has had the most nfl draft picks in the last 5 years or so. still dont have a dominant team to make a championship run though…

also, your competitive in conference games argument doesnt really work when those middle of the road teams get blasted out of conference in bowl games.

GoJackets

January 4th, 2010
11:25 am

I dont see how LSU and Ole Miss can be considered pretty good. LSU didnt beat anybody this year that would be considered good. They got lucky to beat UGA and Arkansas. Ole Miss has maybe one good win against Oklahoma St when Oklahoma St had 7 turnovers. Most bowl eligible teams would have beaten Oklahoma St in that game. They also lost to Mississippi St. I would agree that Florida and Alabama are great teams. I would throw the rest of the conference in the okay(at best) category.

m

January 4th, 2010
11:26 am

the m at 10:36 is an imposter.

Bowl record this year …Acc 2 sec 0

The sec is the most overhyped conference in history.

I am going to laugh when Texas kicks alabammmers arse just like like Utah did last year.

ReptilesRule

January 4th, 2010
11:28 am

GatorG…Your 11:03 post could not have said it any better. As a person who had been “involved” in mental health care for almost 25 years I can tell you that there are state and federal laws protecting your health care privacy for very good reasons. Urban doesn’t “owe it” to anyone to detail his specific health situation. I do believe that UF and Jeremy Foley will outline a plan for the sake of the players, recruits, boosters and fans to give as specific as possible an idea of what’s going on as far as UMs future. Urban will receive all the time and professional help he needs. I personally will be shocked if we don’t see him on the sidelines in the fall.

What?!

January 4th, 2010
11:29 am

“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.”

Tony, are you suggesting that Urban Meyer should be communicating his plans to these 20 committments via YOU?! What kind of ego trip are you on?! I think he can call them and talk to them privately without any need of your help, thank you.

Denver Dog

January 4th, 2010
11:33 am

m and othere irrational detractors. In a down year we will win the Nat Championship, and the State Championships of all the states in which our Universities reside. Our second place team played the #3 ranked team in thecountry. Our 3rd ranked team played the #11 team in the Cap one Bowl, our fourth ranked team played the #3 big 10 team and beat them in the Outback. Our 5th ranked team got kiled by Va Tech, who should have been your champion. Our 6th ranked team beat the Aggies of Texas A&M our 7th ranked team played your #2. Our 8th ranked team and the beat goes on. 30-24 is the score that you need to worry about.

Tide Rising

January 4th, 2010
11:36 am

Only in the sec could a down year be going .500 or 6-4 if we beat Texas. I’m not sure but I believe the sec has only had 1 or possibly 2 losing bowl seasons in the past 10 years. Anybody know the stat on this?

Also, I would like to see the Mountain West get an automatic bid. If the acc and big east get automatic bcs bids can anybody reasonably make the argument that the mountain west shouldn’t also get an automatic bid based on their accomplishments last year and this year? The last several years they have also been beating the pac 10 head to head every year 5-0, 6-0, etc in the regular season.

ReptilesRule

January 4th, 2010
11:41 am

Also, the SEC was a very mixed bag this season. Bama and Florida, in my opinion, were the two best teams in college football. But there was alot of mediocrity in the league this year as witnessed by UGAs season. STILL, UGA was able to beat the best team in the ACC at THEIR place and look impressive in their bowl game. Florida destroyed the “#3″ team in the country and I believe Bama will raise the trophy in a couple of days. Tennessee and LSU really disappointed in the bowl games and as much as I hate to say it, USC and the ‘Ole Ball Coach are just floundering. SEC was definitely down this year from top to bottom.

Tebow is overated

January 4th, 2010
11:44 am

Tebow ran a spread offens eunder Meyer. Meyer’s Smith at Utah and Leak at Fla both had more success than Tebow. Tebow got worse every year at Florida statistically, never won a game against a top 10 team without riding shotgun to Harvin, and couldn’t throw more td’s than Joe Cox.

Tebow’s delivery is terrible, his leadership skills proved to be no better than Chris Leak’s, Tebow didn’t run a Pro-Style offense, Tebow’s decision making and reads against good defenses are slow and suspect. He’ll never be the starting QB on an NFL team likely will not get drafted.

Cox has a better NFL future than Tim Tebow–MUCH better.

gator gator

January 4th, 2010
11:46 am

GatorG – directly on the mark

Dog Dawg

January 4th, 2010
11:49 am

Murfdawg,

“The Bowl System is a cash cow for college football and will not and should not change. If college football goes to a playoff, every school will have to cut out minor sports programs.”

I’ll bet you still use a typewriter and white out. They can both exist.

mgdawg

January 4th, 2010
11:55 am

Personally I don’t think tebow will last for a totally different reason then those that were mentioned by the tv announcers. In fact the tv announcers told me more reasons that I didn’t even realize. I don’t think he will last because of his style. Yes he is a big guy compared to college players, but he tries to run over people too much and in college football that is what made him so good. I would like to see what happens when he tries to do that against ray lewis. His legs and power is what made him so good in college and in the nfl it just isn’t going to work that way. And NFL owners aren’t going to want their starting qb taking hits like he will take.

However, if he is drafted and used how brad smith is used with the jets. If he is used as a wildcat offense QB I think he could have success, but I don’t think he will make it as a starter in the NFL.

Urban meyer I think does need to explain his plans further. I think he needs to say I’m going to take a leave of absence for a month and be back, or I’m just going to leave. Where he is right now I think just hurts florida.

ReptilesRule

January 4th, 2010
11:56 am

“Tebow is overated”…that had to be the funniest post I’ve ever read, especially the punch line at the end.

Pearly Erps

January 4th, 2010
11:56 am

Yalls need to shut up about Big Daddy Kiffen. Wait till yalls see the recruits we is bringin in. Go Vols!!!!

wiley

January 4th, 2010
11:56 am

A week ago all we heard about was the dominance that the SEC would bring to bowl season. Its not like the SEC got any unfavorable match ups…I mean Northwestern(lost to Syracuse), ECU(lost to southern methodist), Texas A and M(lost to colorodo and lost 62-14 too Kansas State!), Uconn (4-4 in the big east!!!), and Ok state ( who lost 27-0 to a heavily injured and 6-6 Oklahoma team). There is no excuse for a team from “the most dominant conference” in college football to lose/struggle with these teams. VT absolutley destroyed a UT team that had lost on a blocked field goal to alabama, smoked UGA 45-19, and played its SEC schedule pretty well. What a great bowl season! The ACC def looks to be on the rise with VT, Miami,Clemson, FSU, and GT improving every season.

How2fish

January 4th, 2010
11:57 am

m…Tech is playing Iowa …and UGA is ACC “Champ”…and USC is the runner up. And I hope you can find something funny in the Bama/Texas game..Aggies went toe to toe with Texas..and look how UGA beat them like Bugs…no m I’m afraid you will have to wait to laugh….well unless you keep following ACC football teams..lots of giggles there. The SEC put 10 teams into bowl games against the very best in the nation and the worse we can go is 5-5…

BILLY JACK

January 4th, 2010
11:57 am

Reptile-I agree we were down a little but our down years in the SEC are anybody elses great year.6-4 in bowls are not bad.To answer M -you think Texas who almost lost to Tex am will beat Alabama?If you want to put your money where your mouth is, let me know on this blog I will meet you and we will bet any amount you choose.Alabama 24 Texas 7.I also want to tell everybody who said TEX AM was not good-everyone said especially you BAMA STAN Georgia would lose 49-7 or worse before the game.

SEC turns water into wine

January 4th, 2010
12:00 pm

Bawney Frank says:
“The bottom six SEC teams would win 70% of their games if they played in…”

This is my favorite argument from the proponents of SEC superiority. Decreeing it to be so doesn’t make it so, Bawney. Nobody knows if they would win 70%, all of them, none of them, nothing.

Another good one is “We suck?? We’ve won the national champioshop for the last…”

So if Texas wins, that makes the big 12 the best conference, right fellows? When SC wins, that means the Pac 10 is the best, n’est ce pas?

Sheesh…..

guy

January 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

to be fair, UGA managed to least impressive blowout in the history of football against a&m

What?!

January 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

Enter your comments here

Old Dawg

January 4th, 2010
12:17 pm

I was really disappointed in the Sugar Bowl. Not only was Cincinnati poorly matched up with Florida, but it was obvious the Bearcats gave up when they fell behind. The game reminded me of the Georgia-Hawaii contest two years ago. I know some of the non-BCS schools have broken through and beaten BCS schools, but just because a school goes undefeated shouldn’t put them in a position to play in one of the upper tier bowl games.

The process continues to be flawed. Oh, well. At least it was football I was watching … blood-letting and all!

Bo Williams

January 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

Edugator, I’m sorry, but I thought I saw Meyer coaching Fl in the bowl game. And I also thought that I saw an assistant coach coaching Cincy. I don’t care who coached the defenses, Fl and a very good defense and Cincy’s was non-existent. Look at how many Pitt put up against Cincy in their game. (Pitt only scored one TD against UNC in their bowl game.)

Tom Davis

January 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

Yes, the Dawgs rule the ACC as Champions – proven on the field not even at a neutral site. We are KINGS OF LEON.

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?

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.

____________

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!

takedowndawg

January 4th, 2010
10:02 pm

fl gator, alias larry munson, Florida will lose 3-4 games next year. Mark it. Or deny it. You or They have lost too much and too much inexperienced personal coming in to be top notch even if the new recruits are ranked high. Don;t think you have a lock on the East at all! Write you statement down and date it and lets chat again about it next Jan. It will be ok to call my hand on it if I am wrong. You are due for a significant letdown. The DAWGS can only go up! We had our letdown this year and then some!

Love GEORGIA

January 4th, 2010
10:48 pm

Roll Tide, You are dumb. GT 2-1 Beat vandy& miss st. LOST to GEORGIA. Clemson 0-2 lost to alabama & s. carolina.

Doo dah- Doo dah

January 4th, 2010
11:04 pm

Auburn was extremely lucky to win against Northwestern. If NW had a kicker they would have beaten Auburn.

Doo dah- Doo dah

January 4th, 2010
11:07 pm

Where is that TCU team that all the experts were giving props to all year? Boise State looks better than TCU.

Auld Lang Syne

January 4th, 2010
11:10 pm

You’ll know that the SEC is REALLY down when SEC fans start whining about how the other conferences are “over-rated”.

ESPN knows what the numbers are. When (if) another conference becomes superior, they won’t be able to keep it secret. After all, It’s not like ESPN is controlled by the Illuminati.

Auld Lang Syne

January 4th, 2010
11:12 pm

“Where is that TCU team that all the experts were giving props to all year? Boise State looks better than TCU.”

They both look pretty lame when they encounter a team with a decent defense.

Doo dah- Doo dah

January 4th, 2010
11:17 pm

David Greene never played in one NFL game!!!

LuvMachine

January 4th, 2010
11:21 pm

I don’t expect SEC fans (other than Bama and Fl) to understand tonite’s game, since they know nothing about playing defense.

Doo dah- Doo dah

January 4th, 2010
11:28 pm

Orlando should be absolutely ripped over the condition of the field that LSU and Penn State had to play on. That was pitiful.

LuvMachine

January 4th, 2010
11:49 pm

I’ve read much about how much money UGa has to burn on athletics, and that they can buy coaches because of this treasure chest. Check out US News College rankings and you’ll find that the UGa endowment as stated is $50,137.517, compared with UNC’s, for example, which is listed at $2,335,824.025. Maybe UGa grads are apparently giving their money to fund athletics instead of academics. That’s why they truly fit into the SEC.

Paul in RDU

January 4th, 2010
11:59 pm

How2fish

January 4th, 2010
11:57 am
….
The SEC put 10 teams into bowl games against the very best in the nation and the worse we can go is 5-5……

Wow – Looks like Tony B isn’t the only one who overdoses on hyperbole.

“Very best in nation” includes Texas A&M (6-7), ECU (0-2 vs ACC), Northwestern (Big 10’s answer to Vandy), UConn (3-4 in Big East)

Jimmy

January 5th, 2010
1:16 am

GatorG:

Tony is absolutely correct when he says uncertainty breeds speculation.
He’s not picking on Meyer.
I am a Georgia fan and I can tell you…I wouldn’t want this thing hanging over our recruits heads.
Whether you or anyone else likes it or not, this is a fact.
Meyer was stepping down…then does a sudden turnaround.
My opinion–that was about holding a recruiting class together…not about his health.
If his health was bad enough for him to step down…it is bad enough for him to stick to that.

An “indefinite” leave of absence is just that–indefinite.
It is in Urban Meyer’s and the university’s best interest to be decisive on this.
Meyer’s medical issues are indefinite.
The university and the coach should just be honest about that and let these kids decide what is best for them based on facts.
Saying, “I feel in my gut that I’ll be back in 2010″ is not honest when you had just stepped down the two days before.
Be honest.
You don’t have to say a word about your condition to say “I can’t be sure at this time if I will return or not. I am hopeful I can.”

Meyer and his family’s life are not the only one’s being impacted by all this.

gcs

January 5th, 2010
1:36 am

1. Auburn’s win over Northwestern was not that pretty.
2. Kudos and much respect to Rich Brooks. Happy retirement.
3. TCU-Boise State game was BOOOORING! Exhibit A & B as to why they should not be invited to the big games.
4. I’m not a Gator fan but if Tim Tebow goes to the right NFL team with the right coach who can build an offense around him, they will do BIG things.
5. As I said, I’m not a Gator fan. Therefore, Urban Meyer needs to keep his plans secret. Act all weird and mysterious. Recruits LOVE that!

.

TeeBerry

January 5th, 2010
1:59 am

Look at 11:59 AM above He’s right: only really good teams SEC teams played was
Kentucky played Clemson—- and lost. And LSU played Penn State——-and lost.

Of course, Bama is what you vulgarians think ALL SEC teams are. They play a fine Texas team.

SEC: Most overrated conference- top to bottom.

Two powerhouses in Florida and Bama The rest are average AND that includes LSU.

Some of you people are infatuated with a NAME. Some of those teams USED to be good.
That was then. Army and Navy (and Michigan) USED to be good. NO MORE.

Preston

January 5th, 2010
2:23 am

Tee, GET REAL! The SEC is on the verge of yet another national title. In fact, the only time an SEC team doesn’t win it is because the FU BCS system scres us out of playing for it. Please admit that you are an Ohio State fan. On second thought, if I were you, I wouldn’t.

Dagny

January 5th, 2010
8:27 am

Win or lose in the Orange Bowl, Tech will be ranked in the top 15 in the preseason polls.

UGA will not even be in the top 25. Based on votes, they’ll be around 40th or so.

That’s remarkable, since Tech plays legitimate student-athletes who have never seen the inside of a jail. Most UGA players could not even get admitted to college if they weren’t athletes.

Pathetic, isn’t it.

Dagny

January 5th, 2010
8:30 am

TeeBerry is right about the SEC being overrated. Put All the SEC teams up head-to-head with all the ACC teams, and the ACC would win 6-7 of the games.

Auld Lang Syne

January 5th, 2010
8:55 am

It doesn’t matter if Tech loses. This game isn’t really all that important. They still get good grades — and everyone knows that’s what college football is REALLY all about, right?

Mr. College Football

January 5th, 2010
9:04 am

Congratulations to the Boise State Broncos (14-0) !!!!

The 2009 College Football National Champions !!!!

Mr. College Football

January 5th, 2010
9:07 am

Just so EVERYONE can CLEARLY see the BCS agenda ON DISPLAY,
just look at the “trashing” ESPN is giving the Fiesta Bowl.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=4797061&sportCat=ncf

Mr. College Football

January 5th, 2010
9:21 am

Looking back on Florida’s season of under-performance and “questionable” wins, and then getting completely dismantled by Bama means simply……

that Flroida was completely undeserving of a #1 ranking throughout 2009.

Just another…in a GROWING LIST OF REASONS…why the BCS isnt legit.

Mr. College Football

January 5th, 2010
9:25 am

I hope everyone saw/heard Jimmy Johnson’s recent quote on the BCS…….

“In today’s level of competition in college football, if it aint a playoff system, it aint legit.”

Amen, brother !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny Test

January 5th, 2010
9:27 am

By SEC standards this was a down year… Playing for the National Championship again, 5 loss SEC teams defeated the ACC champion and ACC Atlantic division Champion, 10 teams bowl eligible, winning bowl record with second tier SEC teams matched up with top non-BCS contenders from other conferences. Winning record vs ACC with ACC top team GT playing the two worst SEC teams… Vandy and Miss ST.

Johnny Test

January 5th, 2010
9:30 am

Mr College football sounds like M.. An ACC fan who is tired of seeing the SEC dominate. Florida proved Cincinatti was a fraud as is Boise. Tech will show tonight they don’t belong in the top 15.

Cindi Erwin

January 5th, 2010
2:39 pm

Tony- This is your cousin Cindi- Need to find out how to stay in touch. Our parents are getting older and I do not want to lose touch with all of my family so if you would e-mail me your contact info to cerwin@classicutility.com we can keep in touch. I think we need to start networking with the rest of our family so we can all get together more often. I have also tried to update with Rodney, Craig, and Caroline. Enjoy seeing you on TV and read your columns all the time. Phil thinks no one else’s opinion matters and brags on you constantly. He is a big fan. Me too for that matter.

volbald

January 5th, 2010
8:50 pm

Tony missed the Boise State v. TCU outcome – but either team could play every week in the SEC. Most of the other big name schools couldn’t. Even with several SEC teams have disappointing seasons, a PAC 10 team, a Big East team, or a Big 12 team having to play some of them and UF or ALA every week would result in their experiencing a lot of bruised bodies, bruised egos, and lacklust won-lost records.