Alabama, Ohio State to meet for BCS title

There is a reason why nobody has repeated as college football’s national champions since Nebraska in 1994-95. It’s hard. Just look at a few examples:

1996: Florida won its first national championship with Danny Wuerffel, the Heisman Trophy winner. The following year the Gators were ranked No. 1 until they went to Baton Rouge and were knocked off by LSU (28-21). Florida didn’t go to the national championship game, but they did knock No. 2 Florida State out of it with a 32-29 win in Gainesville.

2001: Miami looked like a virtual lock to repeat as national champions after destroying Nebraska in the Rose Bowl (37-14) and bringing almost all of that team back in 2002. The Hurricanes went undefeated in the regular season but lost to Ohio State (31-24 2 OT) in the national championship game at the Fiesta Bowl.

2004: With two future Heisman Trophy winners (Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush), USC rolled to the 2004 national title by beating Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. But the Trojans’ chance at immortality ended with a brilliant performance by Texas quarterback Vince Young, who scored with seconds left beat USC 41-38 for the national title at the Rose Bowl.

2008: Behind quarterback Tim Tebow, Florida won the 2008 national championship and had everybody coming back in 2009. The Gators were number No. 1 for the entire regular season and did not lose. But they had to beat No. 2 Alabama in the SEC championship game to earn a return trip to earn another shot at the BCS title. The Crimson Tide won the game 32-13 and went on to beat Texas for the national title.

So it’s safe to say that Alabama knows that it is—pardon the pun—swimming against the Tide as it tries to repeat as national champions in 2010.

Coach Nick Saban has been in this position before. His 2003 LSU team won the national championship. But on Sept. 18 in 2004 his No. 5 Tigers lost 10-9 at Auburn, which went on to go undefeated and win the SEC championship.

“We have stressed to our guys the importance of looking at this team and making it the very best it can be and that it is a daily process. That has to be your focus—not what you did last year,” said Saban. “They understand that it is more difficult to repeat something than to do it the first time. There is a reason for that.”

But the consensus coming out of spring practice is that if anybody can repeat as national champions, Saban and this Alabama team can do it. Alabama, like Florida in 2009, will be one of the most compelling stories of the 2010 season.

On that note, let’s celebrate the end of Spring practice with our early top 25 for 2010. I left a lot of good teams out. Feel free to tell me which ones you believe should have been included:

1. Alabama: Talent is not an issue at Alabama. Mark Ingram (the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner) and Trent Richardson are the best running back duo in the country. LB Dont’a Hightower and DE Marcell Dareus will be All-Americans. A Sept. 11 home game with Penn State will be an early indicator if this Alabama team has the right stuff.

2. Ohio State: In its 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes showed us what is possible when QB Terrelle Pryor plays well (23 of 37, 266 yards). But the Buckeyes will run the table because of defense. DE Cameron Heyward (from Atlanta) will have an All-America season. Road games at Wisconsin (Oct. 16) and Iowa (Nov. 20) are the key. A Sept. 11 visit from Miami is also intriguing.

3. Texas: Yes, quarterback Colt McCoy, college football’s all-time winner (45 victories), is gone. So are big-time defenders Sergio Kindle and Earl Thomas. But don’t kid yourself, the Longhorns are still loaded. Garrett Gilbert, who subbed for an injured McCoy in the BCS championship game with Alabama, is now ready to take over. Texas will win the Big 12 again.

4. Florida: Ditto for the Gators, who lost the most decorated player in school history (Tim Tebow) and five NFL Draft choices off what may have been the best Florida defense ever. But Urban Meyer and the gang have recruited well. The offense won’t miss a beat with John Brantley at quarterback because he has a great arm and a bunch of guys who can run fast. I can’t see the Gators winning at Alabama on Oct. 2 but other than the Tide, who is going to beat them?

5. Boise State: The Broncos return 21 of 22 starters from a 14-0 team that beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. One of those returning is quarterback Kellen Moore, (39 TD, 3 INT) who should be in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy. Boise State flies all the way across the country to open with Virginia Tech on Sept. 6.  On Sept. 25 they host Oregon State, a dark horse in the Pac-10. Win them both and Chris Peterson’s team will be in the hunt for a trip back to Glendale, Ariz. This time, however, the BCS championship will be on the line.

6. TCU: A total of 16 starters return from what I thought was one of the top five teams in the country last season. The defense will miss Jerry Hughes, the pass rusher extraordinaire, and linebacker Darryl Washington. But Andy Dalton (3,268 total offense), the Mountain West offensive player of the year, is back and with his first victory this season (No. 30 in his career) will become TCU’s all-time winningest quarterback, replacing the great Sammy Baugh. The Horned Frogs open with Oregon State, which should be a good one.

7. Iowa: Here is all you need to know about the Hawkeyes. Eight starters are back on a defense that finished No. 10 in the nation. The offense returns QB Ricky Stanzi (18-4 as a starter) and splendid running back Jewel Hampton, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Iowa has some work to do on the offensive line but when has Kirk Ferentz not had a good offensive line? Ohio State comes to Iowa City on Nov. 20.

8. Oregon: If quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was back (he was suspended for the entire season in March), we’d be talking about the Ducks as a national championship contender. But with 19 other starters coming back from a Rose Bowl team, the Ducks are still the favorite to win the Pac-10. Oregon goes to Tennessee on Sept. 11. That should be interesting.

9. Nebraska: The Cornhuskers were one tick of the clock away from winning the Big 12 championship a couple of years ahead of schedule. And I’ll be surprised if Nebraska doesn’t win the Big 12 North again. Of course, Nebraska will be great on defense, even without No. 2 pick Ndamukong Suh. The concern once more is on offense where the Cornhuskers must get more production out of the quarterback position. 2009 starter Zac Lee played with a torn tendon in his right arm, which was repaired in the spring.

10. North Carolina: The Tar Heels had the No. 1 defense in the ACC last season and with nine starters returning should finish there again. The issue is at quarterback were T.J. Yates needs to have a good senior season if North Carolina is going to win its first ACC championship since 1980. Butch Davis has been building for four years. This is the year his recruiting should pay off.

11. Wisconsin: Running back John Clay, who led the Big Ten in rushing with 1,517 yards, sat out the spring while recovering from ankle surgery. He doesn’t need the practice. He’ll combine with returning QB Scott Tolzien (2,705 passing) to give the Badgers a very good offense. Ten starters on offense and six on defense return.

12. Oklahoma: The Sooners saw a lot of talent walk out the door in the NFL Draft (three of the first six picks played at Oklahoma, which had four first-round picks). So why did Oklahoma go 8-5? Simple:  No. 1 pick, QB Sam Bradford, barely got on the field due to a shoulder injury in the first game. Tight end Jermaine Gresham missed the whole season and OT Trent Williams had to play out of position due to injuries. Now Landry Jones takes over quarterback and RB DeMarco Murray, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2008, is set to have monster season in 2010.

13. Pittsburgh: No mystery here. The Panthers will give the ball to sophomore RB Dion Lewis, who ran for 1,799 yards on 325 carries (only Stanford’s Toby Gerhart had more with 345). Lewis is the nation’s leading returning rusher and will get into the mix for the Heisman. There are a lot of starters to replace (six on offense, seven on defense) but I’m picking Pittsburgh to win the Big East.

14. Florida State: For the first time since 1975 somebody other than Bobby Bowden will walk the sidelines as head coach in Tallahassee. That job now falls to Jimbo Fisher and with a veteran offensive line and a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback (Christian Ponder), I’m picking Florida State to win ACC Atlantic. The key to success will be the ability of new DC Mark Stoops to rebuild a defense that finished last in the ACC in 2009.

15. Georgia Tech: The defending ACC champions had four players drafted (RB Jonathan Dwyer, WR Demaryius Thomas, DE Derrick Morgan, S Morgan Burnett) but should contend for another conference title  if Al Groh’s 3-4 defense rounds into shape. The schedule, however, includes trips to Kansas, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Georgia.

16. Arkansas: Quarterback Ryan Mallett had a very good first year (3,624 passing, 30 TD) in his first year in Bobby Petrino’s offensive system. He had no contact in the spring as he recovered from foot surgery. If the Hogs can improve just a little on defense (they finished last in the SEC in 2009) then they have a chance to give Alabama a run in the SEC West. The Crimson Tide goes to Fayetteville on Sept. 25.

17. Virginia Tech: With the last two ACC rookies of the year (Darren Evans, Ryan Williams) at tailback and with senior Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, this will be Virginia Tech’s best offense since Michael Vick led the Hokies to the 1999 national championship game. A lot of people have the Hokies winning the ACC and in the mix for the BCS championship. I think there are too many holes on defense and a back loaded schedule. Let’s visit again about Virginia Tech after a Sept. 6 game with Boise State.

18. Oregon State: When is Mike Riley going to get the credit for being a really good coach? The Beavers return 15 starters from an 8-5 team including TB Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10’s leading rusher (1,440 yards) and wide receiver James Rodgers, who led the conference in receiving yards (1,034). Sophomore Ryan Katz has to replace QB Sean Canfield. Oregon comes to Oregon State on Dec. 4 for the annual Civil War, and the Pac-10 title could be on the line.

19. Stanford: The Cardinal will certainly miss Toby Gerhart, who led the nation in rushing yards (1,871 in 13 games). But sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck (2,595 yards, 13 TD) is more than ready to take a larger role in the offense. The key is the improvement of a defense that returns seven starters from a unit that finished ninth in the Pac-10 (402.69 ypg). The Cardinal switched to a 3-4 scheme looking for better results.

20. Miami: I love the number of athletes on this team and the way that QB Jacory Harris leads the Hurricanes when he’s healthy.  That’s one of the keys. The offensive line, which gave up 35 quarterback sacks last season, has to protect Harris better. The defense, coach Randy Shannon said, has to get nastier and force more turnovers than the 21 it got last season. Some people tell me that Miami is set for a breakout season in the fourth year under Shannon. We’ll see.

21. Georgia: If a veteran offensive line can be good from Day 1, then Georgia has a chance to improve on its 8-5 record from a year ago. The key is Georgia’s ability to run the ball with Caleb King and Washaun Ealey and thus keep the pressure off redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray. If Murray is put in too many third and long situations, then Georgia will have problems. The defense must, must be better than the unit that recovered only two fumbles and gave up 25 touchdown passes last season.

22. Clemson: The Tigers got to ACC championship game last season and if quarterback Kyle Parker passes on minor league baseball and returns, Clemson should challenge Florida State in the ACC Atlantic. Clemson will certainly miss RB/KR C.J. Spiller but there is still a lot of talent on offense with running backs like Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington. The defense is deeper and more athletic than a year ago.

23. Penn State: The Nittany Lions ended Spring practice still unsure who was going to replace Daryll Clark at quarterback. It could be freshman Paul Jones. There is much work to do on the offensive line but the real concerns should be on defense, where NFL draft choices DT Jared Odrick and linebackers Navarro Bowman and Sean Lee are gone. After spring ball Coach Joe Paterno called his team “average.” That means I probably should have Penn State ranked higher.

24. Oklahoma State: I made this pick because of my “Talkin’ Football” buddy Brady Ackerman. There is no way the Cowboys should be ranked after losing WR Dez Bryant and QB Zac Robinson. Only four starters return on each side of the ball. But one of the starters returning on offense is RB Kendall Hunter, who ran for 1,555 yards as a sophomore but was limited to only 89 carries last season due to injury. But new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen comes over from Houston, where Case Keenum lit up the scoreboard last season (5,671 yards, 44 TD). Will Weeden becomes the QB and will get a chance to put up some big numbers.

25. Navy: I have a soft spot in my heart for the Middies because you have to be impressed that the program that Paul Johnson built has just kept on trucking under his successor, Ken Niumatalolo. I also have a soft spot in my heart for quarterback Ricky Dobbs (Douglasville, Ga.) who is now a senior. Last season Dobbs rushed for 1,192 yards (plus an NCAA record 27 touchdowns) despite playing with a broken kneecap the last six games. He also threw for 1,031 yards. Navy was 10-4 last season and won its seventh straight Commander-in-Chief’s trophy.

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889 comments Add your comment

RTR!!!!!

May 8th, 2010
12:30 am

Here’s what I would like to see, but likely won’t:

1.) Bama and Boise St. for the BCS title.

2.) Bama tearing Boise St. a new a$$.

3.) The talk of WAC football being good enough to warrant a shot at the BCS title to cease and desist as soon as #2 happens. However, I know #3 won’t come to pass. It didn’t when UGA tore Hawaii a new a$$ in the Sugar Bowl, and it probably won’t if Bama does the same.

Wise Old Man

May 8th, 2010
12:43 am

Don’t know if CPJ is at the level of Saban/Meyer but he’s got to be better than Richt.

REALIST

May 8th, 2010
12:46 am

Tek wasn’t a top 20 team last year and they won’t be this year…Tony you may be as deluded as Bisher.

AJ Chitwood

May 8th, 2010
1:07 am

What do UGA grads call “Techies” after they graduate????

BOSS!

BuLLdawg

May 8th, 2010
1:58 am

Alabama, Florida, and Arkansas all better than UGA; I see that in your rankings; but, where is LSU ?

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6:46 am

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[...] There is a reason why nobody has repeated as college football’s national champions since Nebraska in 1994-95. It’s safe to say that Alabama knows that it is—pardon the pun—swimming against the Tide as it tries to repeat as national champions in 2010. Coach Nick Saban has been in this position before. His 2003 LSU team won the national championship. But on Sept. 18 in 2004 his No. 5 Tigers lost 10-9 at Auburn, which went on to go undefeated and win the SEC championship. “We have stressed to our guys the importance of looking at this team and making it the very best it can be and that it is a daily process. That has to be your focus—not what you did last year,” said Saban. “They understand that it is more difficult to repeat something than to do it the first time. There is a reason for that.” But the consensus coming out of spring practice is that if anybody can repeat as national champions, Saban and this Alabama team can do it. [More] [...]

BuLLdawg

May 8th, 2010
8:24 am

Georgia tek latest Graduation Rates just announced in 2010 for your

FOOTBALL 49 %

MEN’S BASKETBALL 38 %

http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/nH8egsr2009/255.pdf

Less than half your football players and about one-third of your men’s basketball players are suited for the purpose for which they are intended.

And, you LOST both games 24-30 and 66-73.

ALL BLOGGERS ARE LOSERS IN LIFE

May 8th, 2010
8:43 am

Read the name.

Reality Check

May 8th, 2010
8:43 am

Hey Tony, if the Dawgs OL has so much potential, why did their full-back led “pro-style” offense rank 7th in rushing last year?

2009 RUSHING OFFENSE G Att Yards Avg. TD Yards/G
1. Miss. State 12 555 2731 4.9 21 227.6
2. Florida 14 555 3105 5.6 30 221.8
3. Alabama 14 601 3011 5.0 31 215.1
4. Auburn 13 550 2756 5.0 24 212.0
5. Kentucky 13 551 2486 4.5 26 191.2
6. Ole Miss 13 503 2387 4.7 22 183.6
7. Georgia 13 447 2093 4.7 17 161.0
8. Vanderbilt 12 451 1920 4.3 12 160.0
9. Tennessee 13 477 2043 4.3 19 157.2
10. Arkansas 13 395 1713 4.3 23 131.8
11. LSU 13 435 1596 3.7 15 122.8
12. South Carolina 13 435 1576 3.6 12 121.2

Swami Dog

May 8th, 2010
9:32 am

UGA averaged 247 yards per game over last 3 games, including 2 teams that ended up ranked in top 25.

Good for #5 in Nation.

Fla/Bama both averaged 192, 55 LESS than the mighty Dogs

S Car averaged 120 a game, 127 LESS than the unbeatables Dogs

LSU averaged 76 a game, 171 LESS than 2010 National Champ UGA

Dogs gonna run all over Florida & South Carolina folks.

Pawleys Island Jacket

May 8th, 2010
9:41 am

Nope Tony…wrong again. Ohio State will not be in the Championship game….and UNC won’t crack the top ten.

NICE DREAM not

May 8th, 2010
9:53 am

neither bama nor ohio state will play for title because they will both choke…L O S E R S

NICE DREAM not

May 8th, 2010
9:55 am

BuLLdawg does the nurse in the psyciatric ward of the hospital your in know your back on your computer again? UGAY stinks just like the SEC east..SI sure doesn’t know who you are, God how your team has dropped to the outhouse in two years.

clueless

May 8th, 2010
10:21 am

Dorsey,

You are so clueless about the Gators roster even though you try and come off like you know what you’re talking about. Fact is you’ve proven with post after post you don’t.

The Gators are more talented than UGA and have a better head coach. The Gators return 9 of 10 on the 2 deep OL and their top 4 RB’s who outrushed UGA’s returning RB’s by a good bit in 2009. The Gtaors have been top 5 in the SEC in rushing every year Meyer has been there and top 3 the past 4 years. The Gators will have what will probably be their best OL in the programs 100 plus year history. On defense the Gators return 11 players with starting experience who played a major role in going 26-2 in the past 2 seasons and winning a National title. The Gators secondary returns 3 of 4 players who made them #2 in pass defense last year and were #7 Nationally in interceptions and #2 in 2008.

Outside of Aj Green at WR and Orson Charles at TE there isn’t a unit on offense or defense where UGA has an advantage over the Gators.

Recruiting wise UGA isn’t close to what UF has brought in cumulatively over the past 5 seasons.

I am realistic enough to know UGA has a very legimate shot at beating the Gators and/or winning the East. However on paper right now the Gators definitely have the advantage. Losing Tim Tebow is in no way any reason to give UGA a leg up when you consider the experience, talent and coaching of both teams.

This whole blog has been asolutely comedy to read post after post from UGA fans who have no knowledge of football and who extremely overvalue what their team consist of because they are so blinded by their fandom. Thats no different than every other fanbase but the continued ignorance by Dorsey and others makes the UGA fanbase look like a bunch of crazed 13 year olds hopped up on ritalin poinding their chest with no muscle to support it.

Hysteria is Good

May 8th, 2010
10:24 am

Would L-O-V-E to see Alabama as Georgia’s foe in the SEC Championship, Richt would make Saban’s Shadow look like silly with his offensive wizardry as Georgia would be used to seeing the 3-4 in practice every day. Unfortunately, won’t happen. Bama’s defense has been worse than Florida’s this Spring, giving up over 120 points in 3 Spring scrimmages–that’s not good enough to win the SEC West, and it sure isn’t good enough to stop the best offense the SEC has seen in 25 years. Georgia’s defense has looked good in the spring scrimmage,s holding the offense down. Georgia wins big, crushes Florida & South Carolina in blowout fashion, wins the SEC Championship by 20 points, and wins the National Championship by 20 points. Richt will win by big margins this year to take the refs out of the games. This offense is unstoppable for UGA foes. No one else in the country has as much talent and weapons as UGA. The new defensive staff additions of Grantham–Belin-Lakatos makes this staff, which has been the #3 best over the last decade, the #1 best in the nation. UGA foes should be worried, very worried, best staff and talent Richt has ever put on thei field.

Nance

May 8th, 2010
10:30 am

Whoever Georgia plays in the SEC Championship, Richt has a DOMINATING record against:

Alabama: 3-1
Auburn: 4-0
Arkansas: 4-0

Believe me, when you’re 11-1 against those SEC West teams, NONE of them want to face Georgia. But one of them will.

Gus

May 8th, 2010
10:38 am

How bout the Tide defense getting rolled for 6 TD’s in the Spring Game?

http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/040210aaa.html

UGA fans newest hope

May 8th, 2010
10:40 am

I think UGA fans have reached the level of desperation that they subconsiously believe if they say something enough it will happen. The level of outlandish proclomations by UGA fans have gotten downright hysterical.

They should have learned from Lane Kiffin and UT fans last year this doesn’t work.

RIG

May 8th, 2010
10:57 am

Ever noticed the way Florida fans TRY and dance around that SEC Championship game–4 carries from the running backs for 16 yards–if so good–why 16 yards?????? Wake up, that’s atrocious. Then you have Georgia running backs going for near 400 yards against #13 Ga Tech. 377 yards vs. 16 yards. Alabama ran for over 200 yards against Florida, so you can’t use the excuse that you can’t run against a good defense, Alabama ran all over Florida, a good defense with Strong. Does Florida have an RB averaging more than Branden Smith’s 12.2 yards per carry? Add King & Ealey and it’s the best 3 runners in the nation. AJ Green is better than any WR they have–Florida has no experience there. UGA has 3 other WR’s averaging over 18 yards a catch (King–Troup–Wooten). Durham is likely the #2 WR. The UGA tight ends are the best in the nation, getting over 18 a catch. GA O-Line gave up 10 sacks versus Florida’s 25, and getting RB’s over 250 a game at end of season vs Florida’s under 200 a game. Murray and Bentley have about the same amount of game experience, Bentley has thrown for what, 40 passes against Charleston Southern, Troy, and Florida Intl? Murray played against the big boys in High School, Bentley played AGAINST 2B.

Frisky Crumpy

May 8th, 2010
11:04 am

Hey your a Georgia fan??? You know what my favorite game was….. the BLACKOUT.

Les

May 8th, 2010
11:05 am

These naysayers remind me of 1979 when UGA was 6-5. Went 12-0 in 1980, naysayers were all wrong. They always come out after bad things happen, they thrive in negative environments. They came out in force in 2001 & 2006 after Richt had tough seasons. UGA finished in the top 3 in the country in 2002 & 2007 both times, the naysayers were wrong again. Maysayers havn’t had any luck talking down Georgia yet, it’s never worked, but they keep on trying to make us believe things are MUCH worse than they really are. Please, open your eyes.

Nachos

May 8th, 2010
11:05 am

Gus – your really reaching bringing up the Spring game….. get a life you pathetic Bulldawg fan.

Enjoy Shreveport too

Frisky Crumpy

May 8th, 2010
11:07 am

hey NICE DREAM not …..

Choke? Are you f’n kidding me?

Try 14-0, undefeated SEC & National Champions….

choke on that slapnuts

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2010
11:07 am

What does Alabama’s man-handling both lines of scrimmage in the SECG have to do with how UGA has fared or will fare against UF? You guys are just grasping for any shred of hope. Don’t pin your hope on the successes of others. You need to try and win one every now and then before you EARN the right to talk smack to the Mighty Gators! You have been served (17 of 20)!

Manny

May 8th, 2010
11:10 am

Too funny, the same critics come out every time Coach Richt has a down season. Heard it all before in 2001 and again in 2006. Richt can’t coach, they all say. Ended up #2 in 2002 and I think wehat, #3 in 2007. Critics have been wrong every time with Richt. now here they come again, what’s new, some folks are just donnie downers who hope Richt finally fails to be as bad as they wish. Never has, never will.

RDR

May 8th, 2010
11:12 am

AJ Chitwood

May 8th, 2010
1:07 am
What do UGA grads call “Techies” after they graduate????

BOSS!

Oh boy! Another nerd with a complex.

RIG

May 8th, 2010
11:13 am

You missed my point. Florida got 16 yards with their backs in the SEC Champ game. Florida’s excuse is “you can’t run against a good defense”. Wrong. Alabama ran for over 200 yards against Charlie Strong. You can run if you have a good o-line and good rb’s. Florida didn’t, and doesn’t. If they could have, they would have.

Wise Old Man

May 8th, 2010
11:15 am

People who place such emphasis on spring statistics being a direct barometer of the coming season are just plain stupid. Take UGA for example, who was the Spring game “star” in 2009?? Hint: he is a little running back that didn’t even crack the 2 deep last season. I looked it up in Lindy’s and found that Floridas Spring “star” last year was a WR named Frankie Hammonds. Who?? Wonder if he even caught a pass last season? Now I’m not saying that these guys won’t become FUTURE stars but that’s the whole point Poindexter…Spring is all about playing the young guys and building your depth chart. It ain’t about playing Alabama or Texas! And for you morons out there, when you play a Spring game, it’s primarily a show for the fans and the defenses are handcuffed. And here’s the key phrase you Einstein’s…YOU PLAY AGAINST YOUR OWN TEAM! So the next time you read one of these posters quoting Spring statistics or reciting the spring game like it was some kind of a real season in itself…just know it’s from someone who doesn’t have a freakin’ clue when it comes to football.

RDR

May 8th, 2010
11:15 am

Assuming Murray develops quickly, Dawgs should be favored in and should win all games heading into Florida. Florida v UGA for SEC East. Beat Florida and it’s probably Bama and UGA in the SECCG this year. I like the dawgs chances!

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2010
11:18 am

Florida had no rushing yards because they were playing from behind all game AND (most importantly) they got owned at the line of scrimmage. No one is making excuses (except Dawgs). But my question was, what does that game have to do with UGA? Florida ran pretty damn good against UGA. I don’t expect that to stop. UGA’s D is not Bama’s D. It might improve, but you can’t seriously classify yourselves with Bama until you’re proven something in a real game against a real opponent…..not a scrimmage against your own team!

Thomas

May 8th, 2010
11:24 am

My take is that Georgia will lose to SC and Arkansas early but then will finish 10-2. The talent is there but it will take time to click, especially on defense. Bama has a tough row with all the bye weeks but Tennessee and Ole Miss will be down this year to mitigate that situation. Florida will be very good but Georgia will upset them this year. It’s Bama in the west and either South Carolina or Georgia in the east.

KGator79

May 8th, 2010
11:28 am

Beast…..I wouldnt even bother trying to justify it. UGA fans like that want to believe so badly in what they type on here. They want to forget 2 straight beatings by the Gators a 1-4 record vs. Meyer and a 3-17 record vs. Florida over last 20 games. Its gotten so bad that they now attempt to piggy back off what Alabama did and their success against Florida last year. Next thing you know they are going to start trying to claim FSU’s past national titles because Richt was there.

The Insider

May 8th, 2010
11:31 am

RIG, when I watched that Fla/Ala game last year it was not the Florida offense not running the ball that surprised but how Alabamas offense just rolled over the Fla defense which had played so well all year. Ala jumped on em so early and Fla was always trying to play catchup and teams normally do go to the passing game when they get down like that. But in hindsight, Fla should have tried running the ball more probably.Whether or not Florida could have actually established a running game we’ll never know but they were pretty good during the season with it. But that Fla defense, I don’t know where they were that day. And Bama played lights out, I thing their QB had one of his best days passing with a very good game plan that surprised Fla with the early passing game. Bama dominated for sure. Would’nt be surprised to see a rematch once again this year. Georgia and Tenn are just too weak to challenge. South Caro, I’ll believe when I see it.

RDR

May 8th, 2010
11:35 am

As a die hard dawg, I’ll be the first to admit the Gators and Tide are the two most dominant teams in the conference and probably in the country. Gators have been there for awhile, Bama looks to be on the upswing with NS after being down (relatively speaking) for a couple of years.

2nd tier teams in the conference and top 10 nationally include Rocky Top, Bengals and Dawgs.

On any given day anyone of these teams can beat the other. The difference is that the Gators have been doing it consistently for several years, and until the other 4 teams start doing it consistently, we’re ALL just trying to catch the Gator.

I’ve been around long enough to know things do change, and hopefully this will be the year of the Dawgs.

Someone asked me the other day, as a dawg fan which team I hated the most in the SEC. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I came to the conclusion that I don’t dislike any of the SEC teams. Truth is, I lik’em all even if they do beat my dawgs from time to time. I think I came to this conclusion because of the respect I have for these universities and teams who go into hostile environments week end and week out and compete at the highest level. You just don’t find that in the other conferences except maybe the Big 10 and 12. Certainly not the PAC 10, or the ACC.

Anybody got in thoughts on that??

Justin

May 8th, 2010
11:35 am

Alabama will lose to Arkansas, South Carolina, LSU (all away games), then to Auburn and Penn St. Might lose to Florida too.

ANOTHER 7 win season for Saban (his 7th).

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2010
11:37 am

I suspect RIG is actually Patrick. He has to change his handle everyday or no one will listen to him.

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2010
11:40 am

Justin, I’m guessing you’re a WarEagle? No chance that happens unless they lose about 20 startes due to injury. Too talented and too well coached. You can hope.

Kentucky Blue

May 8th, 2010
11:42 am

Saban goes 6, 7 or 8 wins, 50% of his years. Probably be 7 wins like 2007 at Alabama, Saban has a tough schedule, 6 teams coming off bye weeks, and as others have pointed out, he’s the most inconsistent coach in America. 5 seasons of 6 or 7 wins, he usually gets worse after a good year. Losses to Florida, LSU, Penn St., Auburn, and South Carolina.

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2010
11:45 am

You folks are in for a rude awakening if you think Bama is gonna lose 5-7 games this year. I see them at 12-2 or 11-3 WORST case scenario. They’re loaded but they do have a tough schedule. I don’t see anyone from the SEC getting through to the NCG because of the schedules. I’m afraid it’s going to end up BSU vs OSU.

Wise Old Man

May 8th, 2010
11:46 am

A word from the wise UGA fans…better worry about Kentucky and Tennessee before you start talking Florida and Alabama. You guys remind me of “Joe the Plumber” when he was all worried about how he was gonna be taxed at $250,000 when he was making a cool $60K. Oh, and he wasn’t even a real (licensed) plumber! And was his name even Joe? Can’t remember. Well, he had his 15 minutes of fame and so has UGA…Yep, you guys are definitely the “Joe the Plumber” of fandom

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2010
11:48 am

I’m out guys. Too nice outside to be on the internet all day.

DP

May 8th, 2010
11:52 am

To Gus and other delusional fans who talk about Alabama’s defense giving up 6 touchdowns in a spring scrimmage, you apparently don’t grasp the meaning of this:

“*Stats include 11-on-11, situational drills, red area, goalline, 2-minute”

You get it? Some of the touchdowns given up in spring scrimmages (by Alabama and other teams) are a result of the offense being given the ball in the red zone to practice red zone offense and defense.

Those of you who are expecting to see a big dropoff in the Alabama defense this year are going to be very concerned after you see the front 7 terrorize Penn State in week 2.

Wise Old Man

May 8th, 2010
12:02 pm

I’m with you Beast. Got things to see and people to do.

Dallis

May 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

Hey BuLLdawg, go check your mailbox. Your unemployment check and food stamps just came, you moron.

Bruce mac

May 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

Why would BCS want another slow overhyped Big 10 team to get killed in the big game by SEC? Isn’t it about time to give Boise or TCU a chance? How could they possibly be any worse than the Big 10? Please.

Pago Pago Dawg

May 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

Ohio State did get 85,000 for their Spring game and charged between $5-10…how many saw UGA Spring game for free?!

Knock Out Punch

May 8th, 2010
1:55 pm

Richt gonna knock out Spurrier, Saban & Meyer over the next 2 seasons by running away with SEC domination. Spurrier 65, wants to retire anyway. Saban & Meyer have never stayed in 1 place more than 6 years. Richt’s schedule does not include LSU or Alabama in 2010 or 2011. Richt’s 2 year run will knock out the competition and allow 5 years of dominance.

Hysteria is Good

May 8th, 2010
3:12 pm

Time for Richt to pull the Jimmy Johnson strategy.

If the refs are going to flag you 100+ times a year, run up the score on your opponents so the refs can’t effect the game, and then you make the refs irrelvant.

With this offense, putting up 40 points a game won’t be hard. Look for the running game to get 240 yards a game between mobile QB’s/King/Ealey/Smith, and the passing game to get 225 a game between Green/Durham/King/Wooten, for 450 yards a game of offense.

The new defensive coaches will hold opponents to under 21 points a game average.

And there’s your 20 point margin of victory per game.

Penalty problem solved.

Ta da!

blackprix

May 8th, 2010
4:12 pm

Dawgs in the Top 25 … I guess Tony believes the players will stay out of trouble and Rev. Richt won’t have to suspend any of them … LOL!!!!