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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Knock Out Punch

May 8th, 2010
4:45 pm

Richt has a golden opportunity here. 2 years where he doesn’t play LSU or Alabama. 2 years where Florida will have a brand new QB each year. 2 years where Georgia has the best coaching staff and the best talent on the field. A year where Alabama and Florida both took huge hits on defensive personnel losses. A year where Richt has the best WR.RB.TE. trio and the best kicking duo in the country. A year when Strong left Florida and you have a new defensive coordinator at Florida. A year when Alabama gets 6 games where their opponenets come off a 2 week bye. A year when aban and Meyer all near their itch point (they both ALWAYS quit on their team by year 6)You don’t get this kind of golden opportunity too often.

Florida is on the ropes, Alabama’s defense is on life support, Spurrier can’t find a running game, Petrino’s house is already up for sale, after Richt wins it all in 2010 & 2011, bye bye Saban, Spurrier, Meyer, Petrino, hello Nation’s longest consecutive game winning streak record.

santa cruz dawg

May 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

There is NO WAY Tech is ranked #15th at the end of the season.

detroit rock city

May 8th, 2010
4:59 pm

If Meyer gets to the SEC Championship again and faces either team from the state of Alabama.

Record against Alabama 2-2
Record against Auburn 0-2

Contrast that to Richt:
3-1 vs. Alabama
4-0 vs. Auburn

plus, meyer has to play LSU & Bama this year, Richt doesn’t.

i like Georgia and Richt this year.

Bulldog59

May 8th, 2010
5:20 pm

History does repeat itself. UF over the last 4 years with a great QB, and excellent teams, has had outstanding success.

1980-1984 UGA was 43-4-1 with one National Title, the remaining years, ranking in the top 5, etc. Coincidentally, they had a guy named Herschel Walker for 3 of those 4 years.

After Walker left, UGA continued to have successful teams, but not quite at that level.

UF slipped a little when Harvin left, winning the East but not the SEC. Harvin was a real go-to guy, helping UF move the chains. Time will tell where they land now that Tebow is gone.

Surely, the names Tebow and Walker will always be present in any discussion of the “greatest college player ever.”

Lets see if UGA, UT, LSU, etc. can challenge Alabama and UF in the next few years.

UGAisSoThreeDecadesAgo

May 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

I love GT but we will not be that high and I think we will have 4 or 5 losses this year. How quickly Tony forgot the UGA and Iowa games.

Yeah Ya!

May 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

The only person that Richt’s gonna knock out this year is himself when the Bullfrogs go 0-12 and lose every game by at least 30 points at which he gets fired and Georgia drops their football program in order to concentrate on womens gymnastics.

Yeah Ya!

May 8th, 2010
6:29 pm

Georgia in 2010…Last place in Basketball…Last place in Baseball…Last place in Football.

Yeah Ya!

May 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

Mark Richt couldn’t blow Urban Meyers whistle.

Kip

May 8th, 2010
6:42 pm

If Georgia’s running game can get them past South Carolina and Arkansas and the defense can stay in the base defense and just force turnovers until they get through the learning curve, then Bobo’s offense has 5 weeks to get the QB ready and Grantham’s defense has 5 weeks to get the boys ready for Florida, might get interesting. Georgia gets Florida after Florida plays LSU and Alabama, so Florida could be beat up with injuries, Georgia’s boys will have 5 weeks of rest. Georgia will also get to see Florida’s best stuff on video against Alabama and LSU. Florida will not see the full 3-4 until the Ga-Fla game, no video to study on the Georgia players.

Ike

May 8th, 2010
6:56 pm

Te deal is, you got to force turnovers with a new defense. Florida been beating Georgia like that for years, Georgia needs to do the same thing and beat guys by takeaways. New Orleon Saints defense wasn’t real good this year, but they forced a lot of turnovers, and usually, whoever does that, wins. That got to be Georgia plan this year.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/sports/football/04fumble.html

Ike

May 8th, 2010
7:11 pm

Good write up below on how grabbing turnovers can make a bad defense a great d. Good video clip too. Saints rock da house.

If Georgia can do this stuff, they can win a bunch of games.

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story?id=09000d5d8162db77&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

Gt4ever

May 8th, 2010
8:25 pm

A J

Come on man, that one is really used…… Find some better material..

Kip

May 8th, 2010
9:14 pm

I’m thinking of the schedule in 3 stages:

Stage 1:
La Lafeyette, S. Car & Ark.

Need to win this stage with offense & special teams.

Stage 2:
5 game stretch:
MSU, Col, Tenn, Vandy, Kent

Can get by with offense & special teams with this stage.

Stage 3:
4 game stretch:
Florida, Idaho St., Auburn, and Ga Tech

Defense needs to carry Georgia in stage 3 & win the turnover margin.

In any game, if one of 3 phases is struggling, the other 2 must dominate (Special Teams, Defense, Offense)

Yeah Ya!

May 8th, 2010
9:26 pm

Stage 4. Richt and his entire coaching staff get fired.

Jared

May 8th, 2010
9:32 pm

What about Alabama’s 6 bye week games? Don’t hear people talking about it, to me, pretty big deal, especially when you see who they’re playing those 6 weeks. All 6 teams will have 2 weeks to prepare for Saban:
MSU, Tenn, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU. I can’t see Alabama winning more than 4 of those games. Alabama also has 2 more top 20 ranked teams on their schedule: Arkansas,& Penn St. I don’t know who will win the SEC, but it will DEFINATELY, not be Alabama.

Gt4ever

May 8th, 2010
9:42 pm

Hysteria, go take your meds, UGA SUX, plain and simple….

secfactcheck.com

May 8th, 2010
9:47 pm

AL and FL are 15-1 against the “other 10″ SEC teams the last two years. UGA’s schedule sets-up great this year. They DO NOT play AL or LSU. FL and TN do! This is why I could not understand Red-Shirting Murray… to have him more ready for this coming year. This is UGA’s best chance to sneak in and win the East. FL will be vulnerable as well as TN with their schedules and slightly down year (personnel wise).

Jared

May 8th, 2010
10:00 pm

If you at the schedules and ESPN’s pre-season top 25:

Florida plays 5 top 25 teams–Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Alabama plays 4 top 25 teams–Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Alan

May 8th, 2010
10:59 pm

Alabama and Florida both averaged a +20 scoring margin in 2009. Georgia’s margin was +1.

You need to be win by about 20 points on the average to win the SEC and the National Championship. Florida’s scoring margin was +29 in 2008 when they won the National Championship. This is the number to watch for this year.

Georgia’s offense in 2009 scored about 28 a game, and the defense gave up 28 a game. That’s no margin for error. If you get bit by turnovers, bad calls, penalties, you’re sunk.

Georgia needs for the offense to go up to from 28 to 40 points a game on the average, and the defense to go down from giving up 28 points a game to just 20 points on the average, that’s a +20 scoring margin. If the defense could average giving up just 15 points a game, even better at +25 scoring margin.

Bulldog59

May 8th, 2010
11:35 pm

Alan, good points, but Florida’s margin of victory in their 8 SEC games was 15.6. Adding in blowouts of Charleston Southern, Troy and FIU just skews the stats.

But still, good point, 15.6 (125/8) points margin is impressive and UGA has to improve both offensively and defensively to get more in line with these championship numbers.

Hopefully, with the coaching changes at UGA, and a change at QB, we can make a run for the East. No telling how good Brantley will be at Florida, but no one thinks he can match the success of Tebow. We’ll see.

Bulldog59

May 8th, 2010
11:38 pm

secfactcheck…..supposedly, somewhere around the midpoint of 2009, Richt and Co. wanted to try Murray, but he was suffering from shoulder tendinitis….at that point, we had to ride out the storm with Cox on O, and Martinez and Co. on D.

Alan

May 9th, 2010
12:12 am

Winning games by +20 points seems daunting, until you break it down.

1) Work on forcing 2 takeaways a game, 1 per half.

2) offense/special teams needs to score 10 points a quarter

3) Defense needs to hold other team to 10 points per half

thunderbull56

May 9th, 2010
12:57 am

Man, Whoa,eight pages of responses.Whoa.Wait, I forgot you only do one article a week.Now on to business at hand and some maybe off topic.Beeg Tin finally contemplating ’spansion.Why? To further water down their weak ass conference schedule.Gimme Illinois,Northwestern,Minnesota,Indiana any day over Kentucky,MSU,Vandy,and South Carolina or Arkansas.Whoa.Notre Dame does not want to be weekly pummeled by the all those Beeg Tin Goliaths.They would rather bully the likes of Army,Navy, other independents, few they may be and take an annual whipping from SC than take their chances at a conference championship.Would someone point out where and who the SEC would “EXPAND” to.And why? Yeah, Ohio State will ‘Prolly win thee BEEG TIN.And the Tuskers will ‘Prolly win the SEC,.BEEG WHOOP! For that to be the national championship game, BEEG YAAWN!

biggbuzz

May 9th, 2010
2:18 am

With all these comments by UGA fans about playing for the SEC championship and even a national title I think it is safe to say that the SHORT BUS from athens has unloaded!!!

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:08 am

Amazing, UGA has a horrible year by our standards, still beats GT for the eighth time in nine years, and the knuckleheads at GT are still knocking our program?

Techsters….. The option has been figured out boys, you can only get so far with CPJ and that offensive scheme. Maybe you win that watered down excuse for a conference called the ACC occasionally (but not in 2010), but you certainly won’t beat UGA with it, or a quality team in a bowl.

Start talking again when you beat us, so we’ll see you in another 5-7 years, maybe.

Reality

May 9th, 2010
7:40 am

Alabama wins the NC. UF wins the SEC East. UGA finishes 4th or 5th in the East and unranked. The ACC win have 2 BCS teams (GT and FSU). GT wins all road games this year…45-42!!!!

Reality

May 9th, 2010
7:42 am

By the way…I think all UGA fans have claimed another NC for 2010…so now they have 99 to GT’s 4.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2010
7:47 am

It’s you time UGA (May). Enjoy it while it lasts!

Reality Check

May 9th, 2010
8:36 am

Hey Swami Dog, do you really think anybody else other than yourself, cares about Georgias rushing totals for the last 3 games of the season ha, ha? What a loser. Dude, do you really think anybody cares about who led the nation in rushing the last three games of the season? Wake up pal, you’re a delusional Dawg fan that will stoop to any statistical level to attempt to make your pathetic program appear relevant. No worries, you’ve still got that 1980 National Championship you earned when Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler were still coaching & Mark May and Jim McMahon were still playing football, in college. L O S E R!

Wee - Ga Tech hater

May 9th, 2010
9:08 am

At least a true Dawg does not wear yellow – Oh great news, I sprayed a yellow jacket nest the other day, they’re gone! I’m now taking collections to distribute cans to each opponent at each GT game LOL.

Yeah Ya!

May 9th, 2010
9:17 am

UGA fans on here remind me of a tourist attraction I went to last year while on vacation called
“Fantasy in Flight”.

Tim E

May 9th, 2010
9:28 am

I don’t see Georgia in the top 25….they last couple of years they seem to be headed in the wrong direction. Chance of Georgia playing in Atlanta for the SEC Championship….0%.

Phillip

May 9th, 2010
9:34 am

I have a hard time finding much fault with what McElroy has been able to accomplish at Alabama, but funny as it sounds, I think Bama’s best QB is Freshman A.J. McCarron. If Mcelroy slumps…like he did in games 6,7,8 last year, I don’t think Saban will hesitate to put McCarron in. Bama won’t miss a beat if that happens, and in fact might gain a beat. Like a previous poster said, that early trip to Arkansas could be scary for Bama.

UGASlobberknocker

May 9th, 2010
9:57 am

Good stuff Tony..although UNC at #10. I cant see that happening with Yeates at QB.
Also congratulations to Oregons State who plays TCU and Boise State in their non conference games.good to seer someone scheduling tough. Also congrats to Alabama for having the balls to schedule Penn State. Congrats to Tenn who ALWAYS plays a tough non conf game..this yr Oregon

Damon Evans..why cant you do some scheduling like this? New Mex St.? Coastal Carolina? Really? that is pathetic. And I dont care of Fla and SC’s future schedule look just as bad..I want to see somebody worth a crap on my season ticket for a change..looks at the schedule this yr..here are the home games:

La Lafayette
Idaho State
Vanderbilt

Good ones
Arkansas..(only because they are decent for a change)
Tenn
GT

Thats 3 games that my attendance will be only to tailgate and see my friends..thats awful. and those games will be a dull affairs with a disinterested blase crowd who begins to leave at the end of the 3rd Q.

And who can blame them?.if its 31-0 against LA Lafayette for example at the end of the 3Q, who cares about watching the 4th qtr played by scrubs who arent trying to do anything but run the clock?.If it was Penn State or Oregon it would be a close game with worthy opponent..people would stay.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2010
10:28 am

Slobberknocker, I agree. It does get old seeing the “laughers”. We do have USF this year and FSU annually. When they added the extra game, most teams felt they had to schedule a “laugher” so they do not have to make a return trip, thus keeping all of the proceeds from the extra home game. I know it’s all about the money, but would love see us play a USC, Texas, PSU, etc. Oh well, there’s plenty of great in-conference games.

Bill

May 9th, 2010
11:09 am

I don’t know if it is as inevitable as last year’s matchup but I couldn’t agree more.

Bama 24 Ohio State 21

Rusty

May 9th, 2010
11:33 am

Geeorgia only plays 3 top 25 teams this year, Florida will be the best team, if Georgia can stop turning the ball voer, sholdn’t be too bad.

Alan

May 9th, 2010
11:49 am

Scoring margin is the #1 stat in the SEC.

Fla/Ala (12-1, 13-0)– +19, +20

LSU/Miss (9-3, 8-4)– +9, +8

Kent/Ga/SC (7-5)– +2, +1, -2

Miss St (5-7)– -5

Vand (2-10)— -12

Preston

May 9th, 2010
11:52 am

Wow, matchups with Wisconsin, Iowa, and Miami are really a good reason to get to the nc game. lol. OSWho sucks. They always get WAY too much respect! That’s the easiest path to the cg I’ve ever seen. The SEC champ will roll their asses once again. How many times must it happen before you guys realize how big of a joke they are. They should get stuck playing the ACC champ every year in the turnip bowl because it’s like watching two mules fight over a turnip. Nobody cares. The SEC is where it’s at. The Big 12 is respectable too. The Pac 1 should be OK too. The rest are just impostors that get humiliated every time they play the SEC champ. One day, there will be a playoff where the final four will be three SEC teams and one team from the Big 12 left standing to battle for the title every year. Count on it. Tony, please stop the madness of giving so much respect to OSWho.

Preston

May 9th, 2010
11:56 am

IF Bama wins the SEC and OSWho blazes through their cupcake schedule, Bama 45, OSWho 10. Maybe worse. But OSWho shouldn’t even get to the cg if undefeated. If Auburn’s schedule wasn’t tough enough, OSWho’s will NEVER be! SEC rules!!!

Preston

May 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

UGASlobberknocker, are you drunk? UGA has been playing a very tough out of conference schedule the past few years while the gators and other SEC teams play the cupcakes. I say it’s about time we play some racehorse teams in our OOC schedule because the IC schedule is hard enough.

Preston

May 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Reality, why in the hell would you post a score from two years ago? Oh that’s right. It’s the only time your gnats beat the dogs in almost a decade. That’s as pathetic as I’ve seen on these blogs…and that’s a bold yet true statement.

CLEVON LITTLE

May 9th, 2010
12:20 pm

Tony,
We’re coming up on the 2011 season. ENOUGH with the Tebow stuff!!!!!! Please REMOVE his picture from the UGA page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PT Dawg

May 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

Good news Tonny is I doubt you have ever picked the correct BCS title game

Pago Pago Dawg

May 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

One reason UM/MSU/OSU always plays a MAC team….it’s usually a win, the money stays in the state and the MAC gets a very good pay day. So everybody win$.

rtr13rtr

May 9th, 2010
2:12 pm

Alabama is the best team this year. The defense will come around for sure! The offense will be the most prolific in the history of the Capstone. Having said that that, there will be the mental / emotional slip this season, but the SEC will still be for the taking for the Tide.

UGA will be better.

Auburn will be better.

ARK will be better.

State will be better.

Tennessee will be worse.

Florida will be worse.

LSU will be worse. Miles is an idiot of a coach. I can’t stand to hear him talk.

If South Car could only learn to run the ball…

If UGA fields a decent quarterback, they will win the East. If not, Florida wins again. Playing and beating the same team twice sucks and is going to be tough on the Tide.

I hate the Big Ten. I hope Alabama crushes Penn State early and Ohio State late. Unfortunately our stepbrother on the plain starts some momentum this year and Malzan gets a HC offer. Saban coaches 5 more years and least brings one more title to t-town.

Try the blackout again in Atlanta if you make it. at least you look good getting whipped.

Thanks TB.

RTR

Reality

May 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

Preston…I must have hit a nerve…Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!

Preston

May 9th, 2010
2:27 pm

Reality, yeah…it’s called the funny bone nerve. You guys are a joke of a program with even bigger jokes for fans. My high school had a better stadium than the joke at coke! Tech sucks but you guys keep thinking that you’re going somewhere with a coach that can only win in the weak ACC and lose every bowl that you go to. The Dawgs rule you. Always have, always will. Sucks to be you. LOL!

Reality

May 9th, 2010
2:33 pm

Preshole…Did you go to high school? You sound very intelligent…you probably have never seen the inside of a collrge classroom anywhere….45-42 to you!!!

rtr13rtr

May 9th, 2010
2:37 pm

I miss collrge.