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

UGA WHO?

May 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

UGA IN THETOP 25? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA THAT IS SO DAMN HILARIOUS.

KGator79

May 9th, 2010
2:46 pm

From Kip:

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Georgia will have 5 weeks of rest before playing Florida? Really? Did you just start watching SEC football? Hate to break it to you but AT Mississippi State, AT Colorado, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and AT Kentucky is far from 5 weeks of rest especially considering UGA lost last year to Tennessee and Kentucky along with continual struggles with Vandy over the last few years. Additionally, as much as UGA fans like yourself dislike Florida, I can assure you the entire UGA coaching staff is not going to plan their whole season and hold back their season looks and formations all so Florida doesnt see it. In the SEC you go all out every week. You cant afford to hold things back even if you think a team like Mississippi State is a push over. As LSU and UF will tell you, playing in Starksville is not always an easy task. But good lucky with that theory of yours.

KGator79

May 9th, 2010
3:07 pm

For those who think Florida slipped or fell when Harvin left…

Lets see..

2008 Record: 13-1 2009 Record: 13-1
2008 Total Offense: 4894 2009 Total Offense: 5754
2008 Passing Offense: 2363 2009 Passing Offense: 2827
2008 Rushing Offense: 2528 2009 Rushing Offense: 2927

Same record as ‘08, most total offense, more passing offense and more rushing offense in 2009 than 2008. Granted having Harvin would have helped, but there was only one team who was going to beat Florida last year that was an Alabama team looking for revenge. Without Bama being as good as they were, UF goes undefeated and wins the National title.

Hank Tank

May 9th, 2010
3:38 pm

Meyer National Championships with nfl rOOKIE OF THE yEAR Percy HarVin = 2

Meyer National Championships without Percy Harvin = 0

Yeah, losing Percy made no difference. Good point.

Gatorbait 17-3

May 9th, 2010
3:57 pm

Tony,

I agree Florida, has more than it can handle Oct 2 in Birmingham, but I think
the Gators will have another shot at them in Atlanta. It’s very hard to beat the same
team twice in any year.

I would much rather lose in Oct. and beat Bama in Atlanta, because who ever
wins that game will win the National Championship.

rtr13rtr

May 9th, 2010
4:05 pm

Oct. 2 = Tuscaloosa

I agree with you about the difficulty of beating a team twice, but it will be fun to try.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
4:21 pm

Hank Tank, here is my original comment that KGaytor is trying to rebut. Thanks for giving the stats to prove my point…..

From earlier today:
“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.”

My conclusion, KGaytor is a UF fan, he believes UF’s success in recent years under Meyer, Tebow, etal., somehow makes him a statistical and football genius.

Don’t bother arguing with with, he simply types in inane comments all day long. I personally ignore his posts at this point, only reading this one because of your rebuttal.

Nice job.

Dave In Tampa

May 9th, 2010
4:24 pm

I always believe that until someone knocks off the best they are the best. Bama & FL are the tops now. In the East the others making a possible run will be SC & UGA. If SC finds a balanced offense with a good running game they will be tough. If UGA Defense gels, they will have a good chance. I just don’t see it being a problem to score points this year if everyone is healthy.

In the West – I might be blind, but other than ARK QB, do they have a good defense? True question, I don’t know. They did not show me anything last year. I think Auburn can sneak up on a few people. Don’t hear much about LSU this year. I can’t see them not having a good team with the past couple years of recruiting.

It sure looks to be a great season for the SEC this year. Let’s get it going!

willieg hates bill shanks

May 9th, 2010
4:53 pm

g.t. all the way , taKE A RIGHT HEAD TO MILLEDGEVILLE BECAUSE YOU ARE A ASS CLOWN , IWISH I KNEW WHWERE YOU LIVED SO I CAN TAKE ALL YOUR MONEY IF YOU BET CALL ME IWILL TAKE EVERY DIME YOU HAVE YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

KGator79

May 9th, 2010
4:59 pm

Hank….sorry if thats the reality. Florida did not lose to Alabama because Percy Harvin wasnt there. Florida lost because they got beat at the line of scrimmage by Alabama’s offensive line. UFs defense did not show up. Having Harvin, wouldnt have helped that. Lets not forget that UF beat Alabama last year without Harvin. Im not dismissing what Harvin brought to UF in terms of playmaking ability. But facts are in 2009 the offense produced more total yards, passing yards and rushing yards than the 2008 team. The 2009 team also went through the season 12-0 while the 2008 team did not. If UFs defense shows up against Alabama and holds them in check, UF probably wins, goes to 13-0 and probably beat Texas. If they did that do we consider them slipping then with a 14-0 record and National title? Probably not. But they lost one game to the eventual National Champion and they are refered to as that, despite what the stats show.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

Dave, agreed, both divisions should be a real fight this year.

Auburn, I’m in the same boat as you, they can sneak up on some folks, but I don’t know that they can play with enough consistency to contend in the West.

We’ll see. Chizik, Taylor, and Co. certainly recruited the athletes. Let’s see if they can put it together. My gut feel, Chizik will have to have his hand in the D, I don’t think Roof can put them over the top.

KGator79

May 9th, 2010
5:03 pm

Bulldog59…your conclusion is that Im a UF fan? Really? wow! Can’t put anything past you can we?

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
5:13 pm

Gee Hank, I guess all those comments by broadcasters and analysts last year were totally off base. They were just making it up, Harvin wasn’t the go-to guy, Tebow’s Mr. Automatic, etc.

I guess having Harvin to run some quick slants, end around, fades off a 3-step drop, etc., wouldn’t have made any difference at all.

We should simply stop listening to football announcers, ESPN analysts, etc., all together.

Fact:Tebow was totally lost in the SEC Championship w/o his go-to guy, and your statement was right on the money.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
5:14 pm

KGaytor, really that’s your come-back, that’s all you got? Figures.

KGator79

May 9th, 2010
5:21 pm

Bulldog59….Tebow was totally lost in the SEC championship without his go to guy? Remind me again what happened in the 2008 SEC championship game without Harvin? Oh yeah right! They won and scored 31 points. Thanks for playing!

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
5:38 pm

Can always count on you KGaytor79, stating stuff that has nothing to do with the topic. In case you forgot, the topic and point from Hank Tank, was Meyer 2-0 in SEC Championships with Harvin, but 0-1 without Harvin. In last year’s game, Harvin certainly would have had a major impact for Tebow to slow the relentless attack of the Alabama D. Harvin beats them on a few plays with an end-around, quick-slant, or fade, those OLBs and CBs won’t be coming forward so quickly.

I knew we could count on you and your A.D.D. to go off the topic. Thanks for finally showing up.

Hank Tank

May 9th, 2010
5:44 pm

Percy Harvin was the guy Georgia always worried about. Meyer got lucky and had a guy that was so good, he went on to dominate in the NFL as a rookie. Percy was special. But, Meyer hasn’t ever won the big one without Percy Harvin, just happened to coach a guy who was the best in college football. Meyer won’t ever have another Percy, it was a once in a lifetime thing. As you can see from Percy’s rookie NFL highlights that won him NFL rookie of the year, he’s an absolute nightmare for defenses, and if he did this in the NFL, he was miles beyond any college defense.

Percy Harvin NFL highlight video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjQ15yqOXJo&feature=related

As we all know now, if Tebow was the X Factor, they would have won last year without Percy, and they got routed without him by Alabama. Percy was the reason, and Percy’s gone.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
5:52 pm

Well said Hank. We knew what Tebow was going to do, he was just tough to stop on third and short. Harvin, hell, we chased him for 60 minutes. He is UF’s version of Hines Ward when he was at Georgia, only better.

KGator79

May 9th, 2010
5:58 pm

Bulldog59….How is Meyer 2-0 with Harvin in SEC Championship games when Harvin did not play in the 2008 title game? Your genius amazes me.

KGator79

May 9th, 2010
6:06 pm

You two are hilarious. So funny that your probably the same person. Truely sad when you have to have a conversation with yourself to feel as if someone agrees with you.

To 'Love Them Haters'

May 9th, 2010
6:07 pm

UGA….always contenders but never winners.

Hank Tank

May 9th, 2010
6:17 pm

Percy was exceptionally productive as a runner and receiver, he got 60 yards rushing on 6 runs. He also got 70 yards receiving on 5 passes. That’s 130 yards a game they lost. Percy also got 17 TD’s his last year at Florida–that was the biggest blow–he has a nose for the goal-line. That’s a lot of productivity, and he has shown to be irreplacable for Meyer.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
6:19 pm

So, factor in your change, Hank is still 100% correct. Harvin is gone, UF is 0-1. Look at his stats from 2009, he was THE primary target for Tebow and the offense, with 659 rushing yards and 627 rec. yards, and 17 TDs, 17TDs, 17TDs as a junior. This point is no longer worth debating, once again, you are an unarmed man.

To repeat Hank, NFL Rookie of the Year, imagine his impact his in college if he would have stayed….

Perhaps you should take a remedial reading class to learn how to identify the topic, theme, or main point of a sentence or paragraph. Hank’s point is 100% correct. Harvin was the playmaker UF needed last year to have any chance of beating Bama. If he was Rookie of the Year in the NFL, imagine his impact had he stayed in college!!!! (Hank’s point)

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
6:20 pm

stats from 2009 should say 2008. 2009 he was tearing up the NFL.

Hank Tank

May 9th, 2010
6:30 pm

Florida in 2009 really had some struggles in the red zone, and Meyer could not fix. It was one of the chinks in his system Alabama exploited. Tebow’s abymally low efficiency rating and poor decision making in the red zone in 2009 was another big problem in 2009 for Meyer.

2008, 4.3 red zone scores a game, 92% red zone scoring %

2009, 3.5 red zone scores a game, 76% red zone scoring %

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2010
6:48 pm

Hank, you sure are an expert on the Gators. Obsess much? Don’t worry, one day your team may have something/someone to obsess about.

Hank Tank

May 9th, 2010
6:48 pm

Tebow struggled in the red zone in 2009, 35% pass accuracy in the red zone, and @2 yards a carry running the ball in the red zone.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
6:58 pm

Quite the opposite Beast of the East, you have to study your opponent! Unlike some of your bretheren that simply take moronic/idiotic/childish shots at anyone from any other school, I think many educated and informed UGA fans respect the UF football program, as we do many others.

UGA 80-83 unbelievable success with Herschel, National Title, perrenial top 10, mostly top 5, etc. Florida with Tebow and Harvin, same story, unbelievable success.

Those “once in a lifetime” players are gone. We hope we can even the playing field a bit now. Time will tell.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2010
7:04 pm

I still see a bright future down there on G’ville. Lots of talent on both sides of the ball. It remains to be seen how far that new talent can take them, but if I were a betting man I’d say the have at least one NC run in them. That’s what most Gator fans belive anyway. This year will be tough with Bama and FSU on the road.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:13 pm

EXTREMELY tough for UF with the SEC West schedule rotation they have in 2010. Add in a new QB, although he looks like he has all the tools. The question is, can he do it for 13 games and not just in mop-up duty? My bet is he can.

To your point, UF reloaded unbelievably well and shouldn’t miss too many beats.

Goals for all SEC teams are basically the same (other than the basic, win the game you’re in.) Win your division, win the SEC, depending on where things fall in the BCS, you could have a title shot. It’s worked for the last 4 years.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2010
7:17 pm

I really don’t see an SEC team making it all the way this year. I think the winner may have 2 losses and there will probably be an unbeaten (BSU) and a couple of one loss teams (OSU, Tex, Neb, Iowa, Oregon are all possibilities). That would leave the SEC out of the NC game. Hope I’m wrong, but that’s what I feel like will happen.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:20 pm

KGaytor, nope sorry, don’t know anything about Hank Tank, but he seems like a knowledgeable fan. He’s diving far deeper into UF stats than I ever do. Not a bad thing, just shows he studies the game.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2010
7:24 pm

What’s with the constant “Gaytor” referrence? Are you homophobic or just childish?

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:29 pm

Beast of the East….I think UF’s only competition for the East Title will come from UGA and SC, and we both have question marks for sure.

UT according to a high $$$ booster I know, is reeling. Fan base is split, DD is building some confidence within, but probably doesn’t have the horses or the time to win everyone over.

Believe it or not, the UT big $$$ boosters expect….. a very poor showing by DD next season, followed by Hamilton being fired, and Fulmer returning as AD. DD will be a caretaker for the program for another 1-2 years. UT will then do everything possible to lure Peyton Manning, straight from NFL retirement to HC of UT.

Of course, all of this is assuming Manning retires in 3 years, doesn’t want to take any time to enjoy the $200 million or so he’s earned, etc.

An unbelievable scenario if it actually happened.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:32 pm

KGaytor79 has an unbelievable attraction/affection for Meyer, just read back a few pages, it’s actually scary. Doesn’t matter, based on his postings, I don’t think he’s smart enough to get the inference.

Volman Sam

May 9th, 2010
7:33 pm

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Beast from the East

May 9th, 2010
7:36 pm

No doubt that UT is in for a rough couple of years. I think they’ll be back in about 3-4 years. Too proud a program to fall into mediocrity.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:42 pm

Beast, too proud and WAY too much money in there. From my booster buddy, their belief is, if they can just get a recruit to visit, just once, and see all that UT has to offer, with the new $250 upgrade to Neyland, etc., they have better than a 50-50 shot of signing him.

Per my friend, they simply won’t stand for a non-contender, high dollar boosters will stop donating.

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:43 pm

lol. sorry, $250 should be $250M

Bulldog59

May 9th, 2010
7:50 pm

Beast…question, do you know UF policy for handling underage drinking?

UGA policy since 2005, it’s no longer handled internally if you are caught MIP (underage drinking/drunk, etc.) on campus. Campus police take you to Clarke County of booking. This is one of the initiatives of UGA President Michael Adams.

This makes all the papers etc. since it’s on the police blotter. Many or maybe even most schools, still process you internally, you pay a fine to the university, go see a dean for a lecture, school probation, etc.

Again, do you know the UF policy. Just want to see if we’re talking apples and oranges, or is UGA’s underage drinking problem truly worse than other programs?

dufus head

May 9th, 2010
8:32 pm

Uh, just wonderng, so Tony, uhh, you sayin’ Alabama will beat Urban Meyer TWICE, IN THE SAME SEASON? For real? That’s what they might need to do to repeat as natl’ champs.

MiLES

May 9th, 2010
8:34 pm

Didn’t Alabama lose their best LB, and also, Mt. Cody? Huge looses on the defensive side of the ball.

I gotta say, the seconday for Alabama is weak, they will get torched by teams that can pass well.

dog time

May 9th, 2010
8:36 pm

I went back and check, since 1950, in 60 years, only 4 teams have repeated back to back. So, 1 out of 15 times, champ wins back to back championships.

Bare Briant

May 9th, 2010
8:40 pm

I’ll bet a few laptops, a deep sea fishing trip, a couple Dodge Challengers and some free textbooks that Alabama doesn’t repeat.

dufus head

May 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

Uhh, ok, I know I’m missing something, but let’s talk Special Teams at Alabama.

New kicker.

New punter.

New kick/punt returner, Arenas gone.

Not good.

Smoky Fries

May 9th, 2010
9:00 pm

Saban won the National Championship with LSU and went 9-3 the next year at LSU.

Observor

May 9th, 2010
10:45 pm

Pretty funny reading some of the dog fans comments. One guy says Georgia has the best rushing attack in the nation and he bases it on the last 3 games when the dogs played Tenn. Tech, GT which has an ok but not great defense, and Texas A&M which had a horrific defense. Nevermind the rest of the season. That don’t count. Only the last 3 games against subpar defenses is what counts. Unbelievable. What are they smoking up in Athens anyway?

Crimson Tider

May 9th, 2010
10:49 pm

Smoky Fried,

Your point is irrelevant. They used to say Saban had never won 10 or more games back to back. I guess the last 2 seasons blows that away.

Miles,

Bama returns one all american in Mark Barron at a safety spot. The 2 corner spots will be manned by 2 former 5 star recruits BJ Scott and Dre Kirkpatrick. Coming out of high school 2 years ago Dre was every recruiting svcs number one rated cornerback. Both will be lock down corners. The other safety position goes to former 4 star Robert Lester who has been in the system 3 years now. A bevy of 4 and 5 star recruits are backing up these guys. There will be no drop off at Alabama. Kinda scary aint it.

Crimson Tider

May 9th, 2010
10:52 pm

dufus head,

Our place kicker will be ok but certainly not all america as our kicker was last year. Punter is an issue but we got a guy coming in the fall who regularly used to boom them 50 yards in high school. If there is a single weakness on this bama team it could be the kicking game but regardless we will still be strong and the kicking game will still be okay. Just won’t be great. Matter of fact our punting last year was terrible. Didn’t seem to affect us too much. Javy Arenas will be missed but there is a sick amount of talent to replace him.

Crimson Tider

May 9th, 2010
10:54 pm

Bare Briant,

Dodge Chargers? Sure buddy. Go ahead and prove it. Only an idiot like you would believe internet rumors started on AU websites about dodge chargers. How long ago did this supposedly happen??? 2-3 years ago??? Send me your proof and I’ll send you a grand. Money talks and boolsheet walks and we know which one you are.