Danielson: No SEC team will go undefeated

New York–Gary Danielson is about to enter his fifth season as an analyst for the SEC game of the week on CBS. I caught up with Gary during a recent trip to New York where we were putting together a preseason show for CBS. I asked him for five good SEC story lines as we approach the start of the 2010 season.

1. Nobody in the SEC will go undefeated: People are saying there is a gap between Florida and Alabama and everybody else. I don’t agree with that. I think the league will be a little more compact this season because the middle has gotten better. Auburn, LSU, Arkansas and Ole Miss will be better. South Carolina will be better. Georgia will be better. Nobody is going to run away from it and everybody in the conference will lose at least one game. I think the SEC will be the only conference in the country where a one-loss team could reach the national championship game.

This could be a year where the SEC looks like the ACC because everybody has 1, 2, or three losses. People will say the whole league is down but just the opposite is true. Except for a couple of teams like Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the whole league is up.

2. Aaron Murray has a very good surrounding cast: I was critical last year when Mark (Georgia coach Mark Richt) didn’t give Murray some reps. I know it would have burned his redshirt year but I thought it was important to get him ready to play this season. I know he had some shoulder problems but I just think it would have helped him to play last year.

That said, he really has a lot of weapons around him what will help him as he grows into the position. He has what may be the best wide receiver in the country (A.J. Green). He has the best kicker (Blair Walsh) and the best punter (Drew Butler). I think with an experienced offensive line they can hide him enough until he gets more comfortable. If Georgia can get past South Carolina (Sept. 11) I think they have a chance to catch fire and make the Florida game (on Oct 30 in Jacksonville) really a high stakes game.

3. Can Florida stick with the spread after Tim Tebow? First of all, Florida has a lot of good football players. When you look at recruiting over a five-year period, which is what I do, Florida has been the best.

Now I’m not the biggest fan of the spread (offense). I know Tim Tebow’s version of the spread works in the SEC. But now you have to look at Florida with John Brantley as quarterback. The SEC is the closest thing to the NFL because of the size and speed of the defensive linemen. And Brantley’s too valuable to take 15-20 hits a game the way Tebow did. So how will this offense work for Brantley?

 I thought the spread peaked when Rich Rodriguez went to Michigan. Texas has dropped it. Alabama has shown that you have to have a tight end and a power rnning game. The big worry I have for Florida is what they will do on third and three.

4. South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia is not that far away from being a good SEC quarterback. His light flickers. I’ve seen that before. When I was doing Big Ten games Brian Griese (of Michigan) was not that well thought of and then all of a sudden the light went on late in his career. I’ve seen glimpses of what Stephen can do. He has the natural, raw ability but he has to earn the trust of Steve Spurrier.

We know that Steve is not the most patient guy in the world when it comes to his quarterbacks. But if you can earn his trust, Steve also understands that quarterbacks don’t play perfectly. He understands that you’ll throw the odd pass every now and then.  If he trusts you and you’re his guy, he’s a good coach to play for. But if he doesn’t trust you Steve tends to look for the other putter in his bag.

5. Why Alabama is picked to repeat despite losing nine starters on defense: First of all, they are loaded on offense: Heisman Trophy winner at tailback with a backup like Trent Ricahrdson. Good offensive line. Solid quarterback. They are loaded everywhere.

Secondly, it’s a little misleading to say they lost that many starters on defense. There were a lot of role players on that defense and a bunch of guys got playing time. (Defensive end) Marcell Dareus wasn’t considered a starter. The backup nose tackle (Josh Chapman) played a lot for Terrence Cody. (Linebacker) Dont’a Hightower comes back. They will miss the mental side of Rolando McClain but I think Hightower will be able to replace him physically.

But the guy they are going to have the toughest time replacing on the defense is (cornerback)  Javier Arenas. He was a smart blitzer. He had a great alter ego from that slot position which is a difficult one to play. He was a great tackler. If they can find a replacement for Arenas they will be fine on defense.

The real challenge for Alabama is that they’ve have gone two straight regular seaons going undefeated. That is so hard to do in this league. Who’s going to block the kick this year? Who is going to engineer the two-minute drive like they did to beat Auburn? It just seems like the clock is ticking against them. You can be the best team in college football and still not win the championship.

BONUS STORY LINE

The addition of Jeremiah Masoli at Ole Miss is a game changer: If he can get comfortable and take advantage of what Houston Nutt likes to do–which is run the ball downhill–he is going to make a difference.

They’ve got a great defensive front seven–really a legit SEC front. Houston’s always found a running game and so if he also has a running/passing quarterback it is definitely a game changer. Is it a game changer to win the Western Division? No but they could impact who does win the division.

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Nesbitt for Heisman

August 31st, 2010
6:45 am

Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
6:45 am

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
6:46 am

Tech to unveil Nesbitt Heisman campaign TODAY !

Greensboro, GA

August 31st, 2010
6:47 am

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Great Joke!

August 31st, 2010
6:48 am

Nesbitt for Heisman

Beautiful Eagle Creek

August 31st, 2010
6:56 am

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I thought Todd Blackledge did a much better job at CBS.

Greensboro, GA

August 31st, 2010
6:58 am

There are no jokes from Greensboro, Georgia.

Joshua Nesbitt is by far the toughest QB in college football.

Best of Atlanta

August 31st, 2010
7:05 am

Danielson is a Big 10 guy from Michigan, who played at Purdue.
He really has a lack of knowledge concerning the SEC.

Tony Barnhart is the source for southern college football.

Marietta

August 31st, 2010
7:06 am

And the 2010 winner of the Heisman Trophy is…………………………..JOSHUA NESBITT of GEORGIA TECH!!!!!!

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:07 am

Danielson is probably right. Tough game, tough conference. Kind of makes Bama’s 2009 undefeated season & resulting National Champs run even more special and more extraordinary than ever. Two things are for sure, though, for the 2010 season. Bama will see Gator in December (again). Auburn will lose four regular season games and is headed for Nashville’s Muzak City Bowl (Go Tigers!), and TN of KnoxVegas will win 5 games and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. Roll Tide. CB

Dooley the Vol

August 31st, 2010
7:15 am

Charlie, enjoy your time w/ CNS cause you know the Cowboys will come calling at years end.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:17 am

Dooley — Funny guy. Better pay attention to your own house and K-Ville city jail roster.

Dooley the Vol

August 31st, 2010
7:23 am

We know what we are w/ no unrealistic expectations, but we will rebuild and have a steady coach at the helm. Not a hired gun for the short term. Lets see Dallas vs Ttown, no contest.

Vikes

August 31st, 2010
7:29 am

Alabama lost 70% of their defensive production, that’s tackles. Say what you want, but that’s a HUGE loss. And Saban’s been the most inconsistent coach in America over his career, 6, 6 ot 7 win seasons, follows a great year with a lousy year 4 out 5 times in his career so far. Wake up, Alabama isn’t in it this year, but they had a good year last year, but this isn’t last year. McElroy will have to pass to win, teams will stack 9 in the box and dare McElroy, all 16 td’s of him, to win games. And he won’t. And you can double Julio.

Banjo Player

August 31st, 2010
7:31 am

You have say, either Georgia and Florida will struggle, or both won’t. The both face the same thing: 1) new QB with no starts 2) new defensive coach and system.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:35 am

Vikes: Can we revisit this in December after McElroy doubles his passing this year (and fyi, Julio is not the best reciever on the team, he’s only better than most others in the SEC). And the Ingram/Richardson duo stuns the SEC defenses every game, running wild over inexperienced D’s. Bama’s weakness will be kicking and special teams–And that’s why they’ll go to Hot-lanta Dome in Deccember with a loss. And who knows how that 2nd game against the Gators will turn out.

Banjo Player

August 31st, 2010
7:35 am

Hate to dissapoint the ‘experts’, but Richt will go undefeated in 2010. His head to head record is fantastic against everybody on the schedule except Florida, and he’ll find a way to win that one. The schedules right for Richt. He has the strongest team: sp teams, def, off. And Richt’s 7-1 against Alabama & Auburn, so he’ll win that SEC Champ game. And beat Oklahoma or Ohio St in the big one.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:37 am

BanjoBoy: Com’on. Just walk quietly to the nearest exit, before your buddies in white medical jackets arrive.

DawgByte

August 31st, 2010
7:39 am

Bama was given no favors from the SEC with six opponents having the bye before facing them…they will lose two games as a result. Florida could run the table but new DC, lack of experience in the D, and a new QB will cost them a game or two. UGA has Richt…even with a loaded offensive team that spells a couple of losses. The West is loaded overall so everyone of those teams lose a couple of games. The East is easy in comparison but missing an elite team this year. The SEC is down overall and will not have a National title contender this year unless UGA the team with by far the easiest schedule makes a good run (which due to Richt) is very doubtful.

Vikes

August 31st, 2010
7:40 am

Saban went 9-3 at LSU after his National Championship season. H’es already loading up for 5 years from now. He throws complete seasons for 1 good run per decade. He’s inconsistent. He’s not a true success. He has 4 great years in his 36 year career. Not impressed.

Banjo Player

August 31st, 2010
7:43 am

Football is a team sport. There are a lot of ways to win, lots of combinations, even with an inexperienced QB. this is not tennis or golf. Richt will find them, he’s the 3rd winningest coach in the NCAA, say what you want, he finds ways to win more games than just about anybody.

Banjo Player

August 31st, 2010
7:45 am

Story line: How will Brantley make it through the season healthy? He won’t. Count on it. He won’t make it healthy through October.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:45 am

Vikes: Ok, let’s pretend for a moment. Who would you say is a “true success” (since 2 NatChamps in within a decade doesn’t qualify in Saban’s case). Bear Bryant and, uh, who else? Remember, 2 natChamps in one decade doesn’t count.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:46 am

Banjo: Agree with your story line. Brantley looks fragile to me. Not sure he can take very many SEC hits in the backfield.

Ned in Smyrna

August 31st, 2010
7:51 am

Tony:

Do you seriously think Ole Miss will be better in 2010 than they were in 2009? Please recall that they went 9-4 in 2009. Having lost several key players (Snead, McCluster, Jerry, Hardy), I just don’t see them topping 9-4, even with the admittedly weak schedule.

I agree the addition of Masoli is a game-changer, but do you really see them doing better than 9-4 this year as a result? (And please remember this is a team that many picked to finish last in the SEC West, admittedly before Masoli was added but still.)

Thanks as always for the great analysis and commentary,

Ned

Vikes

August 31st, 2010
7:52 am

Saban has 4 great years in his 36 year career. 32 were not good. He had a LOT of 6 or 7 win seasons. Richt’s never had 1. Richt’s had 19 top 10 finishes in his 24 years. Richt’s in top 3 in win %, Saban’s in top 20.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:53 am

Vike: I see. You can’t answer the question. Ok, let’s move on….

Banjo Player

August 31st, 2010
7:55 am

Brantley’s either going throw 15 interceptions, or he’s going to be sacked 25 times like Tebow was. I’m guessing he’ll opt for sacks, but he’s not as mobile as Tebow, so he’ll be sacked 30+, if he survives all 30 sacks without a major injury, which he won’t. The spread’s dead, you can’t risk your QB, ask Texas.

Vikes

August 31st, 2010
7:57 am

Anyone who defines success as having 4 great years out of 36, doesn’t understand success. If you’re truly great, you’ll be great more than 11% of your seasons.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

August 31st, 2010
7:58 am

Speakin’ the truth Tony, if Dawgs make it out of Columbia with a W then they could be 8-0 headed to Jax-vegas!

Banjo Player

August 31st, 2010
7:59 am

Did you know Urban ain’t had an RB get 1000 yards since 2006? How’s that going to help out a QB with 0 starts? The spread is dead.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
7:59 am

Vikes: Ok,We get it. Saban and U. Meyer are bad coaches because they both won NatChamps twice in a decade. CMR is the power of stats that no one (NO ONE) watches/goes to football games for, so he’s a great example of a successful coach. Move on.

Beast from the East

August 31st, 2010
8:00 am

Danielson’s assessment looks pretty accurate to me.
1…I don’t believe anyone will make it through the SECundefeated this year.
2…Murray will need to grow up fast and learn to manage the game. If he becomes a “gunslinger” like some have described him, then he’ll put an untested defense in some bad spots.
3…Florida’s offense has been changed to resemble what they ran in 2006 with Chris Leak. We’re more concerned with the D than the O.
4…Spurrier gets more upset with mental mistakes than bad throws. If you can’t read the defense and know where to go with the ball then you’ll likely be on the bench.
5…As far as Bama, they will be very good (again) but with the schedule they have I expect them to drop at least one game. Their run the last 2 years has been very impressive.

Masoli…..who cares. He should not be allowed to play college ball.

Only a couple of days left!
GO GATORS!!!!!!

Vikes

August 31st, 2010
8:02 am

This year, teams iwll make Florida & Saban do what they fear: double best receiver & throw it 40 times a game to beat them. Neither can do it.

5IML

August 31st, 2010
8:03 am

Charlie,

Don’t waste your time debating Vikes. He/She is a troll who uses several other names (e.g. Patrick Sulley, Simple Simon, Q Dog).

Beast from the East

August 31st, 2010
8:04 am

Vikes, Banjo Player,(aka Simple Simon),
Glad to see you’re up early this morning.
Have a great day!

Saban envy

August 31st, 2010
8:04 am

Vikes I’m sure you think Iran is a better country than the US…keep talking because any football expert would call you a complete moron. Keep telling yourself that Chizik is a better coach and everyone will keep laughing at you.

Vikes

August 31st, 2010
8:04 am

you’ll get how good Coach Richt is after this season if you ain’t figure dit out by watching his 2002 & 2007 teams. And you’ll get how bad Saban is this year and how lucky Meyer’s been with Strong & Tebow. this year will seperate the true successes from the flukes and the Georgia guy will come out on top.

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Beast from the East

August 31st, 2010
8:06 am

Vikes,
I think you’re right. Saban’s terrible and Meyer has just been lucky.
Richt is DA MAN!!!
Now, can you just go away? LOL!!!!!!

G Mack

August 31st, 2010
8:07 am

Saban Envy/Beast from the East/5IML/Charlie Bama (all your other fake handles–could it be 1 person?)

We get it. You have a lot of fake handles and like to blog to yourself. Enjoy the rest of the day blogging to yourself under all your fake handles.

Clue:
Look for handles that Bash Richt & Georgia. Dead giveaway.

TonyBFan

August 31st, 2010
8:08 am

What does Florida do on third and three? Seriously? They run the ball! The spread has many different variations and is at heart a running offense. There are multiple backs in the backfield when shifts to a more single wing type set-up (which Florida has run under Urb on occassion). A two back set with a qb gives multiple run options. No big deal. I hate… HATE Florida, but you have to give the devil his due, Urb is one of the best coaches around and there’s a solution. Believe it.

King Gator

August 31st, 2010
8:09 am

Vikes, not that GA can’t have a great season, but if you somehow think CMR is way better than Saban and Urban you’ve been sniffing the “red panties” too long. Go Gators!

destin dawg

August 31st, 2010
8:10 am

Can’t wait to see our rejuvenated Grantham “Junkyard dawg”… aggressive Defense.. with our kickers… Belin helping coach Special teams…. offense can be conservative… Run the ball !!!! roll out pass to our great TE’s… control the clock… a few long balls to AJ , Durham or Brown.. we have the players and a more reasonable schedule… Go Dawgs !!!!!

TONY B ROCKS

August 31st, 2010
8:11 am

poopdawg

August 31st, 2010
8:11 am

A 1 lost SEC team will not make it this yr to the title game. Too much has been promoted for Boise ST (4) and TCU(6). One of those teams will get in unless 2 teams from the big conferences go undefeated. I don’t agree with it but listen to ESPN, and look at Boise and TCU’s scheudule. Tony i agree Arenas will be hard to replace, not bad for a 2 star recruit.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
8:15 am

G Mack: Hi. I’m Charlie Bama and I’ve never used another handle. Doesn’t make sense to me. My opinions are my own. And I still say Saban and Meyer are great coaches, and I have more fun watching them coach than I do calculating CMR’s stats that lead to ….. Shreveport.

destin dawg

August 31st, 2010
8:19 am

Parity this year.. will be fun to watch.. everyone will lose a couple… Go Dawgs !!!

D Fence

August 31st, 2010
8:20 am

Danielson is usually much more right than wrong so it should be an interesting year for the SEC.

A one loss SEC team should make the title game every year. Period. I think the trackrecord speaks for itself.

Tony Barnhardt

August 31st, 2010
8:20 am

Well now.. What can I write about today that is something new, something fresh? Ummm.. I got it!! SEC football. I never write about the SEC!! How can anyone claim I am a SEC and UGA homer when I have never written about the SEC!! Take that you stupid bloggers!!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 31st, 2010
8:22 am

agreed, SEC teams have gotten better, faster and tougher over the past few years. I highly doubt anyone will go undefeated this year. Both Murray & Brantley are going to hit with reality very fast. It’ll boil down to who can handle the pressure the best.

destin dawg

August 31st, 2010
8:22 am

last UGA vs. Ala. game (2007?) I won $100…. just sayin……..

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
8:23 am

I agree with Beast on all five of his (last) points.

I do think Bama will lose at least one (that’s a far cry from declaring Saban a bust….who posted that?).

excuse me, I’m still laughing…………….

I also think Florida will look a lot like 2006 (i.e. solid) with Leak – a big problem for them will be no Tebow for critical 3rd downs.

But with all of the predictions being bandied about on this last week of August, one big wild card is missing; INJURIES. I remember Shula’s second season at Bama. Never saw so many crutches on a team’s sidelines in my life. The SEC should be close races in both divisions; injuries will play a major role in determining the outcome.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
8:24 am

destin dawg: You bet on Bama in the last UGA v. Bama game?

17 of 20

August 31st, 2010
8:28 am

You guys do not need to worry about John Brantley; his teams will win two SEC championships 2010 & 2011

Bama Tide Rules

August 31st, 2010
8:30 am

What’s Gary D been smoking? This Bama team may be better than last year! Florida’s way down and no other SEC team can come close to Bama’s talent. Bama runs the table easily and beats Ohio St. in the BCS title game for #14! Mark it down–this bama team is going undefeated!

K Jack

August 31st, 2010
8:33 am

runnwild

August 31st, 2010
8:35 am

All this discussion about what Saban did before mean nothing. These same people said 2009 would be a down year because Saban had never had back to back 10 win seasons, guess that logic was wrong. He has never had the facilities, the backing or the talent he has at Alabama and that is what is different. If the Dawgs are happy not winning anything of consequence, then you have the right coach. Personally, I hope you keep him.

Old Gold

August 31st, 2010
8:35 am

Nesbitt will get hurt in the second game.

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3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
8:39 am

re: Danielson.

Contrary to what a lot of my fellow Bama fans believe, I think Danielson is the best in the business. He an Blackledge are Big 10 guys, but both are very good at what they do. That’s not to say that I agree with everything they say. All I ask from a commentator is that they present well thought out opinions. Both do.

Mikey in the SAV

August 31st, 2010
8:39 am

Gary D- I agree- but a one loss SEC team might have a tough time getting in due to the love being given Boise State. We all better pull real hard for Va Tech….

What dawg?

August 31st, 2010
8:44 am

Nesbitt has issues with accuracy. I don’t see him winning any Heisman.

destin dawg

August 31st, 2010
8:47 am

2007 UGA 26 to Bama 23 ??? YES !!!! $100

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
8:50 am

comparing coaches…….

lies, damned lies, then statistics.

Let’s face it. The SEC is packed with great coaches/staffs. If you don’t believe me, just check the payrolls. Comparing Saban with Bryant is like comparing Aaron and Ruth. Both were solid coaches, and both dealt with their own set of problems. Saban has a pretty good resume’. Look at his whole body of work: Toledo, Mich State, LSU, (we’ll skip Miami) and Bama. I was not a huge fan when he came, but have to admit he is impressive. I don’t see Bama slipping as long as he stays on the job. That’s not to say that I expect an undefeated season/championship every year.

Richt is a solid coach…..again look at his resume’. Can’t believe all of the press putting him on the hot seat. Georgia has a legit chance to win their division. They also have a legit chance to win it all.

The same can be said for the coaches/staffs and teams such as: Auburn, Florida, USC, LSU, and Arkansas.

That’s why I tune in every week.

runnwild

August 31st, 2010
8:51 am

hate to tell you destin dawg, 2007 wasn’t the last time the dawgs played bama? does blackout in athens ring a bell?

Pago Pago DAWG

August 31st, 2010
8:52 am

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just beat UT/UK/UF in one year?

Tomsjeep88

August 31st, 2010
8:55 am

Danielson is okay, but he’s teamed with the insufferable Verne Lundquist. Tough to watch and listen to.

RxDawg

August 31st, 2010
8:57 am

1. I agree, it’s hard to see an SEC coming out unblemished. It will be a sad sad day if the voters put an undefeated Boise St in the BCS game over a 1 loss SEC champion. The schedules say no way, but the media has been pushing the idea ever since last season ended.

2. I’m really excited to see what UGA’s offense can do. If Murrary is good, this offense has the potential to be one of UGA’s best ever.

3. I said this a few blogs back, but I think Florida’s offense will be a more risk/reward type of offense. They will be less likely to methodicaly move the chains, but more likely to hit some homeruns. Besides, they were fine with Leak I’m sure they will still be good with Brantly.

4. Why do I feel like I’m the audience in a magic show. While the magician is distracting me with this hand (Garcia isn’t good, we might start Conner, blah blah blah), I feel like his intent is in the other hand (Garcia will be fine). In other words, I’m not buying this smoke and mirrors act.

5. Bama’s team is good enough to win the SEC again. There is no doubt about that. However, they have two things going against them. They have to get hungry, and they have to fend off other team’s hunger. That will be harder to do than it sounds.

Bonus: I might eat some crow on this one later, but I think Masoli will hardly be noticed. His name will fade by mid season.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
8:57 am

Tomsjeep88

I like Lundquist. I can put up with the occasional blunder, he makes the game fun for me.

TommyJack

August 31st, 2010
8:59 am

Danielson does a good job. He did butcher the last play in the TN/AL game, however.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:03 am

RxDawg

I tend to agree with your assessment of Masoli. If I’m not mistaken, Ole Miss is going in with a fairly inexperienced OL. Masoli hasn’t played against DLs that were as fast, or as deep.

Ron Mexico

August 31st, 2010
9:05 am

I love that you’re touting Murray’s “weapons” as being the kicker and punter. That’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight.

K Jack, if you read Mandel regularly, you’ll see he said that Florida will win the East, lost to Bama in the title game, and be by-passed for 2nd place UGA for the BCS slot. Kind of the way it happens in the Big 12, when the conference champ game loser doesn’t have enough shine to pull a BCS bid after a loss…

vols-in-tears

August 31st, 2010
9:07 am

I very much agree with two points:

1) The loss of Arenas is, by far, the biggest shoes to fill for Alabama. He was a game changer, especially on special teams. Arenas – like Skylar Green at LSU – was very much a prototypical “Saban” player. Alabama has plenty of talent to fill the other losses on defense, but who can do everything that Arenas did?

2) Ole Miss is really being sold short and Masoli changes a lot. First, the schedule has never been more kind to Ole Miss (no UGA, Florida or Carolina in the east) and no big non-conference game (the rebs have dropped a non-conference game for the past 8 seasons). Ole Miss opens as gently as you can in the SEC and they will have time to find an identity. My guess is that Rev. Nutt will get to nine wins for the third straight year.

gatorhead1013

August 31st, 2010
9:07 am

The NCAA is going to need to rule Masoli eligible before he can be a “game changer”.

Brantley for HeI2man!

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
9:08 am

destin dawg: 2007 was NOT the last UGA-Bama game. Mine your mind! In 2008, Bama stomped UGA (had’em 31-0 at halftime on national broadcast. Whew!). Remember the Blackout Bust? Wardrobe Malfunction was more like it.

mozactors

August 31st, 2010
9:11 am

So Vikes, let me get this straight, Saban became a head coach when he was 21 years old?

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:13 am

Darius.

A key to Bama’s defense is M. Darius, It looks as if the NCAA is going down to the wire in deciding his fate. Last year they cleared Jones and Ingram hours before the first game, but J. Harris was suspended for six weeks.

If Darius suffers a similar penalty, he will miss one on the more crticial phases of the season. That will put more pressure on the secondary, which is the weak link going in.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
9:14 am

mozactors: Vikes didn’t know math would be involved. 2 NatChamps Saban + 2 NatChamps Meyer = 0. 100’s of great recruits + plenty of opportunity = CMR < Shreveport. FUNNY!!

McDawg

August 31st, 2010
9:15 am

without Arenas Bama does not run the table

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:16 am

vols-in-tears

I agree 100% on Arenas. He was my personal MVP last year. I think two or three different Bama players will have to fill those shoes.

Also….just goes to show how accurate those four and five star recruit rankings really are.

RxDawg

August 31st, 2010
9:17 am

Exactly 3rdn8. He’ll be pretty shocked and stunned when a 270 pound DE chases him down and drives him into the turf like tackling dummy. Not to mention the LB coming in right behind him.

robodawg

August 31st, 2010
9:20 am

Excellent rundown, Mr. CFB. It’s gonna be a great season for the SEC.

Charlie Bama

August 31st, 2010
9:21 am

3rdn8: Amen on the accuracy of multiple ’star’ recruiting and the resulting class rankings we all love to hate. A good coaching staff (especially position coaches) can make a five-star out of any eager kid who has the speed & stength, regardless of the team or conference….

Dawgs Rule!

August 31st, 2010
9:24 am

The dawgs have the best punter in the SEC! That could be the difference. Dawgs on top in 2010!

T3

August 31st, 2010
9:24 am

This sounds more like Tony’ usual SEC-biased interpretation
of Gary’s thoughts, rather than Gary’s actual sentiment.

Predicted Finishes:

SEC WEST
1. Bama: 12-0 (Sorry Tony aka “Gary’s opinion”)
2. Arkansas
3. Auburn
4. Miss State(Very close 2009 losses to Florida, LSU,
and a beatdown of Ole Miss mean good things in Starkville)
5. Ole Miss (Nutt is really desparate to have signed Masoli)
6. LSU: Say goodbye to Les Miles and probably John Chavis too

SEC East
1. USC: (Spurrier “threatened” USC Admin over recruiting and admission standards. USC Admin rolled the dice and its now DO OR DIE time for Darth Visor and EVERYONE in Columbia knows it. The SEC EAST is their’s for the taking).
2. Florida: Tebow, Harvin, Spikes and many others are gone. A new OC & DC and new QB? Way too many BIG changes for Florida to repeat in the East.
3. UGA: 6-6, with losses to USC, ARK, MissSt, Florida, Auburn, GT.
4. Kentucky:
5. Tenn: A Disaster waiting to happen
6. Vandy: A Disaster thats already happened

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

August 31st, 2010
9:26 am

1. I absolutely agree with the point that no SEC will go unbeaten. I think too many teams have too many question marks going into the season for any one of them to go unbeaten.

2. Call me crazy, but I have a feeling UGA’s going to win the SEC this year. I’m not saying they’ll be undefeated (see point 1) or go to the National Championship, but I think things click faster than people think en route to an SEC Championship and Sugar Bowl win.

3. I don’t see how UF can keep the spread with Brantley, either. Brantley’s still not a spread guy. I think it’s kinda funny that UGA has a QB who’d be ideal for a spread playing in a pro set while UF has a QB playing in a spread who’d be ideal for a pro set. But still, if UF alters it’s offense to resemble a pro style-ish set, I don’t know that UF has the running back talent to pull it off. Don’t get me wrong, Rainey & Demps are good running backs, but they’re scat backs meant to run the sidelines. They aren’t built to go between the tackles the way Percy Harvin was. Now Emaneul Moody (spelling?) is, but I’m not sold on him as being that good. At any rate, I think the UF offense struggles early for these reasons (I also don’t think Steve Addazio is that good an OC, look at their offensive production PLUMMET between ‘08-’09).

4. I don’t think Steven Garcia is that good, and I think SC acts as a statement game for this UGA team … a POSITIVE statement. ‘Nuff said.

5. Alabama’s picked to win the SEC because they won it last year. ‘Bama proved last year that defense wins championships (you think they beat Tennessee with their offense? Think again. They were also lucky to get outta Auburn unscathed, but I digress). I don’t care how much talent they have, when you have to replace 3/4 of your defensive starters, you’re going to take a hit. And, in ‘Bama’s case, I think it’s going to be a big hit.

Bonus: Massoli will help Ole Miss win a couple games, but he’s not gonna be a game-changer. You see how he did against those big, corn-fed defensive lineman of Ohio State last year? He’ll face big boys like that EVERY WEEK in the SEC. Also, with the whack-job head coach in Oxford, they’ll win 8-9 games and call it a season.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:27 am

Defending the title (Saban refuses to accept that concept).

Bama doesn’t have to win fourteen straight games to win another championship. They just have to win the next game.

jumbeauxtiger

August 31st, 2010
9:29 am

Danielson does a good job and is one of my favorite analysts.

I agree that I don’t see any SEC team going undefeated. I think this the year a SEC team doesn’t make it to the BCS title game. I see Bama going 11-1 and the Gators 10-2.

Murray is in a similar situation as Jefferson at LSU. Jefferson has more experience but both need a running game to have a chance of success. UGA’s OL has been touted as one of the best in the SEC but preseason injuries could be a factor. LSU’s OL was lousy last year and must improve significantly if the Tigers are to challenge Bama.

There is no doubt Brantley can’t take the hits that Tebow did. Meyer is a smart coach and no doubt has revised their offense to fit Brantley’s strengths. I see the Gator defense as more of a concern than the offense.

Garcia has the talent to be an excellent QB. This may be the year he is consistant. He will have to be to get by the Dawgs on 9/11.

Bama has had a great run the last 2 seasons. Arenas was an outstanding player and certainly was a weapon as a returner and will be missed. It’s rare for a team to start off at the top and finish there. That said the Tide is still the team to beat. It was fun for me when LSU was ranked number 1 during the 2007 season so I know Bama fans are excited.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

npgator

August 31st, 2010
9:33 am

Florida won’t use the spread the way we did with Tebow so you folks need to take that right out of your minds. T3 – USC = no chance at winning the east.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:33 am

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

re: your Point (3)

I think Florida may be better on offense this year. I’m a big Tebow fan, but think Meyers was too – to a fault. I think he placed too much of the load on Tebow last year. That showed up in Atlanta. Bama was able to contain the guy for most of the game, and UF had no answer.

I don’t see Meyers making the same mistake twice. I think many more guys will shoulder the load, and UF will be harder to stop.

jlc

August 31st, 2010
9:34 am

Gary is indeed a midwest guy, but a pretty good dude overall. I played golf with him once and took him to the woodshed. Good guy though.

TruthbeKnown

August 31st, 2010
9:37 am

I recently attended a Florida practice to see what all the hype around Brantley was about…here’s what I saw. Brantley is a good passer…good not great….Florida’s running game is average at best for an SEC team. The team appears to rely on a number of trick plays and misdirection in running their offense….which in the SEC isn’t gonna cut it over a season. I believe their defense will have to carry them this season.Their defense is full of talented players however they appeared to be undisciplined. During a scrimmage I saw at least five late hits and players jumping off sides many times…and players out of position on a number of plays.Look for Florida to lose at least three games this year…the talents there but they no longer have Tebow to ‘take charge” and pull them out of close games and Brantletly didn’t appear to be a “take charge” type player …….it just isn’t gonna happen. Mixing in the five/six new coaches they have on staff and the continuity from past years isn’t gonna be there….Meyer’s not that good…Look for either S.Caroilina or Georgia to win the SEC East. ..both will beat Florida…… Looks like the jeans wearing mullet heads are in for a disapppointing season.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:39 am

jumbeauxtiger

I’m guessing things are going to be noisy in Baton Rouge on November 6. That field will be no place for the faint at heart.

BG

August 31st, 2010
9:40 am

Bama will rule the SEC again this year. UF will lose 2 or 3 games. Mark it down!

redneck 61

August 31st, 2010
9:44 am

Alabama will lose 1 maybe 2 games this year.

JMac12203

August 31st, 2010
9:46 am

hey Destin dawg, you are like most UGA fans – that is, you have selective memory. The Tide rolled in on the dressed for a funeral Pups in 2008. You do not remember the bad times , just the good ones.
IF the pups go 8-4 this season consider it a great season, because it could be mush worse, but not much better.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:46 am

How does Bama stop Arkansas?

I look for Mallett to pick our secondary apart. I think the way to beat Arkansas is on offense. Long sustained drives that eat clock not only keep Mallett on the sidelines, but keep him from getting in rhythm.

I don’t see anyone stopping that guy on the field.

SCboy

August 31st, 2010
9:49 am

UGA will lose in Columbia by a significant margin if there are not a lot of suspensions for USC. But the Dawgs will rebound to win 9 games. No SEC, though.

5IML

August 31st, 2010
9:51 am

Even though Julio is returning punts, and Trent is returning kickoffs, it will be impossible to replace Arenas. But then again, the critics said it would be impossible for BAMA to replace 2008’s departing offensive players.

I’m tired of watching replays on CBS and ESPNU. Thursday night, I welcome you.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
9:51 am

does anyone know how to spell “rhythm”?

5IML

August 31st, 2010
9:54 am

3rd,

We will beat them the same way we did last year: The offense will build an early lead. The defense will then blitz on every play. Mallett will be beaten into submission.

Harry Houdini

August 31st, 2010
9:55 am

Gary Danielson has super-powers.
He can read the future.
Yea, right.

T3

August 31st, 2010
9:56 am

Likely 2010 BCS-NC game:

Alabma(13-0) vs. Iowa(12-0)

Alabama is loaded with “almost” everyone back.

Iowa is loaded with EVERYONE back.

Several consensus NFL draftees chose to return to Iowa for 2010 for what they expect will be a BCS Title run.

If Iowa QB Stanzi can stay health ALL year,
they will steamroll every team on their way to 12-0.
Iowa will easily shut out at least 5 teams during the season

They will beat Bama in an EPIC game.

DawgMike

August 31st, 2010
9:57 am

SC winning the SEC East?
now that;s a good one T3 !

Mrs. Ferentz

August 31st, 2010
10:00 am

Kirk Ferentz is a sissy.

LOL

August 31st, 2010
10:02 am

Funny article! The SEC is up??? Now that is FUUUUNNNNNNNYYYY! Bama has to replace 9 staters no matter how you spin it. The SEC let 6 teams have a bye before Bama. UF has a new DC, New QB, 7 new defensive starters…simply can’t be as good! Neither of the SEC’s elite two will be as strong. LSU and UGA both have inferior coaches with great talent. But coaching counts even in a down year for the SEC neither of those programs will go undefeated due to weakness at the top. UT is WAY DOWN! Fact is this is likely the weakest the SEC has been overall since UGA played Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. BigXII, Big X and even the ACC are likely stronger than the SEC this year.

jumbeauxtiger

August 31st, 2010
10:02 am

3rdn8,

November 6 will be a great night indeed. Bama brings more fans to Death Valley than any other team so I know they have alot of fun there.

LOL...

August 31st, 2010
10:04 am

Damn Tony… you are the biggest SEC HOMER alive… and stop dying your hair !!

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 31st, 2010
10:05 am

Georgia Tech has a great chance to go undefeated,
with Joshua Nesbitt at the helm.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
10:06 am

jumbeauxtiger

I have that one circled. I’ve been to several Bama-LSU games at Bryant-Denny, but have never made it to Baton Rouge. I’m looking for tickets.

I just hope the fans from both schools are a little more civil this year, but ain’t getting my hopes up.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
10:09 am

How does anyone write that a 9-2 regular season and a bowl win is a down year.

A down year is when you are Pre-Season No. 1 and Predicted to Win the SEC and finish 2nd in the East Division.

Some moron wants to count a coaches win while an assistant at FSU as winning percentage?

Get off the crack pipe and smoking that weed listed as “Richt”.

I actually know the Murray Family, and this kid is the real thing. He is tough and is a winner. However the inexperience and speed is going to hurt him for a while in the conference games.

Lets also revisit some wrinkles from the past: Joe Lee Dunn and NOW Gus Malzahn.

When Joe Lee brought his wild line em everywhere, come from anywhere defense, it took most schools a couple of games against this defense to defeat all the angles and coverages. Now Gus Malzahn will be in his second season at Auburn and as he has done before( but now with better talent) he calls plays by feel and situation. You will see many many teams be able to stop alot of the misdirection and stay disciplined against this offense the second time around. This will make Auburns year a little longer than many Auburn fans want to realistically accept.

Lets all get into the second and third weeks of the season and see where our teams are and the injuries hampering our schools.

Good Luck everyone….4 days and 2 hours for Saturday games and 2 days and 9 plus hours for Thursdays game….

Bama Tide

August 31st, 2010
10:15 am

This bama team will not lose a game—-too much O and tons of new talent on D. Saban–best coach in America, hands down.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
10:15 am

Playmakers

If you look at personell changes on the Bama roster this year, a few names jump out.

Bama lost a number of their playmakers from last season.

Arenas has already been discussed – the guy had more big plays than I can count.

McClain was the heart and soul of the defense.

Reamer was a solid performer at LB all year.

Jackson and Johnson at CB were good enough man-to-man to allow K. Smart to insert several blitz packages.

Tiffin was solid at PK

Fitzgerald was a solid punter. I thought his open field tackle on Demps changed the mo’ in the SECCG.

Selmon – no one ever talks about the LS. Selmon was a great one. I don’t recall a bad snap all year, and he was an outstanding cover guy.

These are my big question marks. How soon Bama fills those slots will make or break the season.

T3

August 31st, 2010
10:22 am

Regarding a likely Alabma vs Iowa BCS-NC Game,
here are the 2 key “benchmark” games:

September 11: Penn State at Alabama

October 2: Penn State at Iowa

We’ll see how good Bama and Iowa are
with the outcomes of these 2 games.

Gatorzone

August 31st, 2010
10:22 am

This is hilarious! You UGA fans act like Florida should not even be in the top 10 this year! To hear you tell it their offense will be unable to move the ball without Tebow and their defens is nothing but a bunch of walkon scrubs! Apparently, the rest of the educated nation disagrees with you since they are starting the season #4 in the country! Also, all you guys saying Brantley is not going to hold up are crazy. He will not be asked to take the hits Tebow took. Lastly, his arm is much stronger and more accurate than Leak’s was and you see how that worked out for Florida.
This year Burton will play the same role Tebow played on 06!

Gators will be in the SEC championship game again this year! Count on it!

how2fish

August 31st, 2010
10:23 am

Charlie Bama while I think the Tide will again be a really good team,whether or not they can repeat is no given..6 bye weeks will hurt and injuries are everyone’s concern every year. Nesbitt for Heisman the Bugs have a excellent chance to go undefeated ?? Only if the drop the UGA game.and Nesbitt will never win the Heisman never because the Bugs would have to be undefeated for him to have a real shot.That being said the season is upon us best wishes to everyone until you play UGA. Here’s hoping the injuries are at a minimum and the games are all exciting . Go Dawgs!

5IML

August 31st, 2010
10:23 am

3rd,

I agree with all those points except for Reamer. He had a lot of heart and smarts but he was a liability. When he was in the game, teams schemed to get him in coverage or in space then take advantage of his limited athleticism (in comparison to BAMA’s other LB’s). Watch the SECCG, in particular. Texas also got him on a couple of plays. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated his grit but he will be the least missed from your list.

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
10:24 am

17 of 20: “You guys do not need to worry about John Brantley; his teams will win two SEC championships 2010 & 2011″
———-

Hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha……hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Oh my.. that was a good one, 17.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
10:24 am

Penn State

Watching a pre-season practice can be very deceiving. The Big 10 network aired an hour long practice session at Penn State last week.

I have a lot of respect for JoePa, and the PSU program. But watching their OL go through its paces led me to conclude that they would have a losing season in the SEC. They are painfully SLOW.

PSU can coach ‘em up, but they can’t coach speed.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
10:27 am

5IML

I agree with your assesment that Reamer will be the easiest to replace on that list. But I still contend that he was a solid performer all season. He did get burned on a few plays, but so did Mark Baron.

5IML

August 31st, 2010
10:27 am

3rd,

I watched that same PSU special. In the limited drills shown during the special, their quarterbacks looked horrible. Maybe they were just nervous in front of the cameras. If so, can you imagine who they’ll do in front 101K BAMA fans during a nationally televised night game?

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3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
10:30 am

5IML

yeah, I didn’t mention the QBs. They did look bad. I hope JoePa has a good season (bouncing back from a loss in Tuscaloosa), and calls it a career.

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August 31st, 2010
10:32 am

Joe Paterno is a GREAT man.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
10:34 am

bare necessities

no argument here.

HugoStiglitz

August 31st, 2010
10:37 am

I would agree. I dont think the SEC will have an undefeated team. I dont think the Big 10 will either. It may open things up for a team like Boise to get into the MNC if they win on Monday.

SEC Psychic

August 31st, 2010
10:37 am

I like your enthusiasm Bama Tide, but settle down. Saban is always tenacious.. until he wins the cup. After that, he lets his focus wonder (ie: LSU in 04′). No, I’d bet Alabama will go 10-2 this year. Perhaps losing to Penn State or Florida, with a dark horse possibility being Arkansas. And, they’ll make it to Atlanta, but they will lose to the Georgia Bulldogs.

Gatorzone

August 31st, 2010
10:39 am

Every year it is the same. UGA fans predict the demise of Florida.

Will you guys ever learn? UF will continue their dominance of UGA!!!

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PMC

August 31st, 2010
10:40 am

The thing is looking at the schedule. Who is going to beat Alabama?

There’s no one you can pick right now on paper who is even close.

Certainly no one in the west. Arkansas and Auburn can’t stop anybody. LSU (is coached by Les Miles) and really isn’t all that good. Ole Miss doesn’t have enough weapons (at WR) and not much depth.

Florida is as talented but they have too much turnover in thier program to beat Bama this year.

Alabama will be undefeated at least in the regular season once again.

how2fish

August 31st, 2010
10:40 am

Gatorzone from the post I’ve seen at least half of the UGA fans know the same thing I do that the Gators are the team to beat for the East and that will be a tall order..I think your missing the point because so many folks think the Gators are a little down due to new DC and starting QB..no one with a shred of sense is thinking the Gators are suddenly a weak team.if they stay healthy the Gators will just get stronger as the season goes forward..but are they quite as strong starting the season this year as last year.no they just can’t be..are they still the proven team to beat in the East without a doubt in my mind.

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
10:56 am

Tony:

“The big worry I have for Florida is what they will do on third and three.”

Answer: Trey Burton

T3

August 31st, 2010
10:57 am

The most likely undefeated teams at end of 2010 regular season:

1. Iowa
2. Alabama
3. Miami
4. Oklahoma

T4

August 31st, 2010
11:01 am

THE MOST LIKELY UNDEFEATED TEAM =

1. GEORGIA TECH

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
11:04 am

season in a nutshell

SEC – There are at least seven teams that could make it to Atlanta.
Big 12 – with the rise of Nebraska, and TA&M, this should be that conferences’ best entry – top to bottom.
ACC – solid conference….assuming UNC can still field a team.
Big-10 – OSU, Wisconsin and Iowa can play with anyone.
WAC – Boise State gets to prove themselves against VaTech, and Oregon State.
PAC-10 – USC should be as good as they come. But with the sanctions, look for Oregon or Stanford to rise to the top.

My point in all of this is…..any of the top teams can walk away with it on any given night. I personally think the SEC plays the best overall brand of football, but all it takes is running into a team with a hot-hand (see Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl), and not bring their own “A” game.

It would be intersting to see how all of the “Predictor’s” pre-season predictions played out in 2009.

how2fish

August 31st, 2010
11:06 am

T4 thanks that’s the funniest thing I’ve read all week !

Gen Neyland

August 31st, 2010
11:07 am

Garcia is still Garcia until he proves otherwise. He’s remained a ‘project player’ over his term of college eligibility that all of a sudden is expected to awake his Senior year and carry his team. Garcia just hasn’t been able to string together enough pizazz to convience me 2010 will be his shining moment Saturday after Saturday. He is one of the best hot-cold guys I’ve ever seen. Too bad Spurrious can’t tell which Garcia will suit up on any given gameday…Garcia’s receiving corp may save his rear…

404

August 31st, 2010
11:09 am

how about uga winning the sec-east?

now thats down right hysterical !!

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
11:12 am

PMC

I disagree with your comment on Auburn not being able to stop Bama. I’ve watched the replay of last year’s Iron Bowl twice (my wife is threatening to take away my remote if she sees it on again), and I get nervous every time.

Auburn’s defense played well enough to beat anyone that day. Josh Byne was a consensus All-American that day. A couple of bad plays by Chris Todd kept Bama in the game, and they were able to win late. I can’t imagine how gassed their defensive line was on that last drive.

AU will be better/deeper on both sides of the ball in 2010. Better strap ‘em on tight when you play AU this year.

T3

August 31st, 2010
11:12 am

#1 SEC Defensive strategy against UGA: KO Murray.

No Murray. No chance.

T5

August 31st, 2010
11:20 am

ga tech undefeated?… bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah-hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

PMC

August 31st, 2010
11:22 am

3rdn8 That was one of the best football games all of last year. I expect it to be VERY entertaining again this year. Unfortunately I think it’s going to be a little too much for a very good Auburn team to beat them on the road. We’ll see. Maybe the new QB will be the difference this year. Good luck to the tigers.

kaput

August 31st, 2010
11:22 am

When Chris Leak won the title in ‘06, the Gators didn’t have near this amount of offensive talent – not even close. The running backs were average, the wide outs were better than average and the offensive line was above average. This version of the UF’s offense features a lot more speed and more talent, it’s not close. The offensive line is very, very good. The running backs are explosive and talented. And John Brantley can make throws that Leak only dreamed of.

They may not go undefeated, that’s always tough to do, but to somehow disregard what has happened over the last few years (i.e., Meyer, UF’s offense) is just bizarre.

UF will be very, very good on offense. And defense too.

And the next time somebody starts to say that Georgia has the best special teams in the country, ask them why they finished so low on kickoff and punt coverage units – it’s about more than gross average.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
11:23 am

T3

I agree with your assessment re: Murray. One of the big keys for UGA (I think) is how well their RBs block. UGA is going to have to keep players in the backfield to pick up blitz packages (they have enough skill at WR to make this work). Their OL looks solid. If their backs can help keep Murray’s pants clean, UGA should be able to move the chains.

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
11:28 am

404, I think the word you were looking for was ‘hilarious’ and not “hysterical”. Hysterical means uncontrollably emotional. But, you may be right, a lot of people will be uncontrollably emotional when Georgia wins the SEC East because that will undoubtedly put them in the NC game.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
11:30 am

Bet your finger….

does anyone remember the SNL skit called “Bet your finger”? A contestant puts his finger in a device that whacks it off if he misses the question – sometimes it misfired before the question was sked.

That’s how I feel about this season. There’s about eight games on Bama’s schedule where I’d be afraid to bet my finger……and I’m an optimistic guy

ADMAN

August 31st, 2010
11:33 am

You Bama fans need to throttle it back a little bit…let your teams actions on the field of play speak for you. Let the Florida fans act like the pompous asses(they can’t help it it’s inbread in them) ….
I’ll bet the house right now that Georgia Tech doesn’t even come close to winning the ACC….I don’t care how good Nesbitt is…the rest of Tech’s team won’t be able to prop him up throughout the season…Tech will lose 4-5 games…sorry Tech fans your team is simply not as good as you think they are. Bama will win the SEC and Georgia and Auburn (Auburn will upset Bama) will be the surprise teams. Both will go to a major bowl…..Look for Florida to show up in the Outback bowl with three loses (Georgia will beat the Gators this year)……. T3 what are you smoking? Your posts are so full of BS it’s comical..How old are you ?..eleven, twelve? …..Let the games begin!

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
11:35 am

T3, Georgia’s backup to Murray is a 6′3″, 215 lb, 4-star QB, so Georgia will be just fine at that position regardless. But Murray’s pretty tough. His leg was broken during a game in October 2008. He recovered quickly enough from that to lead his team to a State Championship in December of that year.

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
11:36 am

On the Sports home page of the AJC.com is the headline: “Will an SEC Team Go Unbeaten”
And beneath it, pictures of Saban, Richt and Miles.
Classic.
Ain’t it great to be a Florida Gator in Bulldog Country!

Otto

August 31st, 2010
11:37 am

Bama can have a perfect regular season. The offense returns most of the starters and they do not turn it over, further the keep the ball for large chunks of time.

If the offense creates 5+min drives killing the clock and resting the young defense, and further giving the coaches time to coach up players with less experience it is a big advantage.

Also I think the defense returns enough playing even if not “starters”.

Arkansas has made mistakes and has been very weak on defense. Chances are Ark. turns it over and Bama’s big OL is having their way the entire 2nd half with 2 great RBs having a great day.

Auburn will be tough as usual and would love for the odds to run out against them.

LSU IMO continues the slide.

Bama biggest problem is Penn St early, teams can gel strangely early on. and likely facing UF twice. It would not surprise me for Bama and UF to finish with 1 loss each, losses being to each other.

DawginLex

August 31st, 2010
11:42 am

I do not think Tech or UGA can afford to lose their starting QB.

T3 predicting 6-6 for UGA is comical and typical Tech.

UGA won’t win less than 9 games this year.

The key to the whole season is the SC game. It will set the tone. I could see UGA winning the SC and Ark games and then going down to MSU and getting upset. MSU has a D-line that is very good. QB is the question for them.

UGA will destroy UT in Athens. The Colorado game will be fun but will end up UGA by 10. UK in Lexington will be a potential trap game before the Florida game but they have a former walk-on starting on the DL.

I see 7-1 or 8-0 heading to Jacksonville. Florida will be 7-1 also.

9-3 or 10-2 is my prediction. GT and UGA should have the same record when they meet.

If VT beats Boise and GT, they could go to the BCS title game.

T3

August 31st, 2010
11:42 am

ADMAN said:

“I’ll bet the house right now that Georgia Tech
doesn’t even come close to winning the ACC.”

“Tech will lose 4-5 games.”

ADMAN, Go ahead and put your house keys in the mail,
and call a moving van.

November 13th

Clemson at FSU

Miami at GT

Miami & GT will both be (10-0) when they play on Nov 13th.

Winner of these two games will be ACC Division Champs.

Gen Neyland

August 31st, 2010
11:43 am

The SEC tie-breaker format will rule these pages by the end of NOV…

Otto

August 31st, 2010
11:44 am

kaput I agree on UGA’s special teams. Last year, yhe kicker were great, the coverage was horrid. The new coaches will change the schemes alot.

UGA will improve during the year but the young QB and new scheme on defense will show up for some mistakes. The saving grace is the S. Car has the NCAA all over them, UT has nobody returning on OL, UF has new coaches and QB, and UK has some new coaches. I still expect UGA to drop 1 maybe 2 of the games with Miss St, Ark, or S. Car. and again to UF.

Eddie and the Southern Cruisers

August 31st, 2010
11:44 am

Auburn will need Cameron Newton more than Ole Miss will need Masoli
Alabama will need Hightower Healthy more than USC will need Garcia
Georgia will need a Healthy Murray more than Florida will need an Average Brantley
Arkansas will need Mallett to stay upright all year or down goes the Hawgs
LSU will need someone who can spread the offense out or down goes the season
Ole Miss will need to play good defense because the Offense will goes as far as Masoli takes them
Tennessee will need a miracle to finish 500 or better
Vanderbilt will lose at least 3 games by 28 points or more
Miss. State will upset at least 2 teams this year.
If Florida can not run the ball consistently, 2 losses by game 10 of the season
UGA’s defense will give up more than 18 points a game.
UGA’s offense will score 18 points or more a game.
USC’s defense will be pretty good, and keep USC in some close games
Tennessee will be handed two years of probation and loss of scholarships, Kiffin will get hammered by the NCAA and USC will be forced to relieve him of his duties within 18 months.
Kentucy will suprise many with a few tight games along the way and win at least 7
Auburn will have a sophomore jink season under Chizik
Malzahn will be named a head coach in Division I by Bowl Season
Notre Dame will win 7- to 8 games and the Catholics and Beano Cook go wild
LSU will be more than happy to send Les Miles north.

Tim Brando never learns to shut his mouth and keeps rambling on……
Kirk Herbstreit finally shows his Ohio State LEANINGS….until Terrell Pryor goes down with an injury

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
11:45 am

G8R GRAD

I have worked in south Florida for the past ten years, so feel your pain. They decorated my desk with Orange and Blue, and put lubricant in my telephone ear piece. I’m still looking for the guy who spiked my coffee with a chocolate-laced substance. He owes me for a laundry bill.

GT Fan ...

August 31st, 2010
11:48 am

Answer to point #5 Mr B ….
Because all you “experts” are friggin idiots.

Good DAY!, sir

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
11:51 am

According to an article quoting Coach Meyer this morning, he’s most concerned about our offensive line.
In particular, he (Meyer) was concerned about the left tackle position with both the starter (Xavier Nixon – knee) and his backup (Matt Patchan – wrist).
Not good news considering those are the guys protecting Brantley’s blind side!

CMS

August 31st, 2010
11:52 am

There’s no way GT loses 4-5 games this year. They’re better than that. Eventhough UGA may not like him, Nesbitt has the skills to take them to a high stakes bowl game. H’s the pride of Greene County and he’s representing us quite well.

JMac12203

August 31st, 2010
11:52 am

UGAlien, let me ask this….. How many stars did Joe Cox have, and we all know how that worked out. Your backup has never been on a college field much less taken a snap. He has more to learn than Murray. 8-4 AT BEST, more than likely 7-5 with losses to either SC or Ark, Missy St. or Kty., Florida’s annual beatdown, Auburn and the season ender as GT, in their new home of Athens, knocks the pups down yet again.

GT Fan ...

August 31st, 2010
11:53 am

Fellow GT fans … quit posting idiotic “GA wins/loses at least 6 games” comments.

Take a look at 2009 vs 2010 … NO OK State or LSU. These 2 are replaced with Colorado & Miss St. Should be 2 W’s for GA which would equal 10 wins. GA just can’t lose games like SC, ARK, AUB, GT, or less than 10 wins comes into play. But definitely not 6 only! And A.M., as a RS Fresh, is better than Joe Cox IMO.

T3

August 31st, 2010
11:54 am

VT-Boise could be decided by a last minute FG (or miss).
Too close to call IMHO.

GT will beat VT in Blacksburg by 14+.

VT 9-3 at best, with at least 2 losses: GT and Miami.

IMHO, VT has ZERO chance at ACC Title.

DawginLex

August 31st, 2010
11:56 am

jmac Joe cox threw 17 interceptions. Our turnover ratio was minus 16 for the season. If Murray can reduce the interceptions to 10 or under and our new defensive scheme forces turnovers, we can at least get the turnover ratio to even and that is a 16 turnover improvement.

Despite all the turnovers and penalties, UGA still went 8-5 and came close to going 10-3(KY and LSU). Clean up the turnovers and penalties and UGA can win 9 or 10 even with a RS freshman QB.

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
11:57 am

Eddie Gatorboy said: ” Georgia will need a Healthy Murray more than Florida will need an Average Brantley”. I know Fla recruited Murray really hard so you assume that he’s the only real gun on UGA’s squad. Well, Georgia has a couple other blue-chips waiting in the wings. The name Christian LeMay ring a bell? It should… Fla recruited him hard too.

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
11:58 am

3rd:

Apparently, I’m a glutton for punishment, I attended three years of graduate school in Alabama and you know how crazy those folks are!
Hang in there.
BTW:
Where in S. FL?

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

G8R GRAD

Boca Raton

T3

August 31st, 2010
12:01 pm

The 2010 Arron Murray “hype” sure does sound a whole lot

like the 2009 Joe Cox “hype.”

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
12:01 pm

BTW, 3rd, the “Bet Your Finger” bit was classic!

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
12:02 pm

“The Mouth of the Rat?”
No wonder!

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
12:03 pm

T3, I don’t know where you were getting your “Joe Cox hype” but it wasn’t from Bulldog people. He was a 5-year senior and the only thing we had. No, I’d say the Aaron Murray hype is equal to the Matthew Stafford hype.

DawginLex

August 31st, 2010
12:04 pm

Joe cox threw 25 TD passes. There was no doubting his ability to pass and read a defense. He made too many stupid decisions and forced things over the middle when he should have thrown the ball away.
He should have played more in 2006 and gotten more game experience.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
12:05 pm

UgAlien…I did not know Christian LeMay was on UGA’s squad this year? When did that happen?
Did I miss that…?
The other quarterback on the depth chart is a true freshman.

ADMAN

August 31st, 2010
12:05 pm

T3 ..You’ve definitely confirmed my belief…you are at least eleven years old….At least I have a house to bet my keys on…that tralier you live in doesn’t have any keys does it?…I’ll bet you were the same idiot who said Tech would be 12-0 last year…how’d that work out for you?…..nice loss to the Dawgs….(Tech held to 204 yards rushing- 150 below their season average) ….way to get your asses handed to you by Iowa in the bowl game…..Either Miami or Florida State will win the ACC…Tech will be out of it before the season is half over…T3 you can bet your trailer keys on that.

RxDawg

August 31st, 2010
12:05 pm

Alien, LeMay isn’t a Dawg yet. I wouldn’t exactly brag about him to our rivals. That chicken hasn’t hatched yet.

DawginLex

August 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

I’m hoping for Murray’s sake that the first game is a blowout. It will also allow Mason to get into a game.

I’m hoping that Mason is a quick study. He has a lot of ability but is unfortunately, a true freshman.

JMac12203

August 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

Yeah, but they are still counting on a starter and a backup that has NEVER taken a snap in a college game. I realize that both are very good and will eventually be ok, but gambling that 2 untested, untried QB’s can play well enough to get more than 7 or 8 wins AT THE MOST is, well, kind of foolhardy. As I said earlier, an 8 win season should be considered a great season. 9 wins is not reachable unless you can win the Music City Bowl.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

G8R

I moved back to Alabama earlier this year, and am getting reacquainted with my fellow Bama loonies. There (as you know) are an equal number of AU loonies here.

I’ve found that moving over to the left shoulder of the road is the best way to avoid trouble.

Anonymous

August 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

T3 = premature ejaculation

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

Eddie, how many handles are you going to be today? Helmet head is the forth I have counted. I’m sure there are more.

DawginLex

August 31st, 2010
12:08 pm

jmac,the SC game holds a lot of keys to the success of the season.

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
12:10 pm

3rd:

Continuing with the masochistic theme: I married an Auburn grad!
WHAT was I thinking?
Nice girl, it’s just so hard to keep shoes on her feet!

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
12:14 pm

G8R

We’re pretty much in the same boat. I have three AU grads in my immediate family. My oldest son has completely blocked out the past two years, and only talks about Cadillac Williams.

My wife and I are hoping that the new meds help.

JMac12203

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Even using Stafford as a comparison, where did that take you?? An SEC championship – NO; A An East title – NO. Just what was Stafford’s legacy??? He was the QB of a team that won the PRESEASON NC, won their first game, dropped to #2, won their second game, dropped to #3, then got absolutely embarrassed by Alabama. What else did he accomplish?? He had the distinction of being the QB that led the pups to 42-45 in his last regular season game. Yes, he got the big money from the Lions, which I believe now they see was a mistake, but other than that, what did he accomplish???

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Lunch time. Gonna find a panini with my name on it. BBL.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

guess I’d better call it a day.

enjoyed talking football with you folks.

HAGO G8R

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
12:18 pm

I don’t know, 3rd, your boys were lucky to get out of Auburn alive last year!
Having that #1 target on your back makes for a very long season.

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
12:20 pm

Showing my ignorance here, but what does the acronym “HAGO” stand for?

Saban's Law

August 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

With Saban running things in Bama, florida will not be winning any more titles anytime soon. He’s built a monster over there and the tide will rule the SEC for years—take it to the bank.

3rdn8

August 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

“Have a good one”

and I agree about the target on our backs.

“Potential is the heaviest burden in life”

– Dandy Don Meridith

GT BABY

August 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

how2fish

August 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

JMac12203 I’ll tell you what is foolhardy running your mouth about your chief in state rival after going 1-8 against them….that’s down right goofy ! 9-1 is coming do me a favor try and show up in Athens on time and undefeated it will make it more interesting.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

Helmet head here…only got one handle….what got your panties in a wad…? Just reading post and some jackleg says that LeMay is on UGA’s squad….the uninformed and homers on here are a hoot!

Washun Ealey

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

“I..I..I…swear coach…..I neva did eva touch dat white gurl afta i wrecked my home boi’s ride, I promiss coach richt”

GT BABY

August 31st, 2010
12:27 pm

WOW……I GUESS EALEY REALLY DID R@PE THAT WHITE GIRL BEFORE HE WRECKED THAT CAR! WOW!

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
12:31 pm

GaAlien,,,,must be lunch time at the mental hospitol….be careful they put stuff in your food to make your junior gaalien a noodle…..

You came on here with such ill informed material and insight without any credibility to any aspect of your postings….it is okay to have an opinion..but you have stated facts that just are untrue , unfounded and without merit…I had rather read some die hard “DAWGFAN” post with compassion but with a least some form of sense than to read some made up news from the halls of the insane asylum.

Read, or have someone read to you the sports section, ESPN, Fox Sports, The Dawg Report., CBS Sports today, USA Today…the Dawg Bite, just get your facts right ..you said LeMay was as good as Murray and Florida recruited him…the problem with that is LeMay is NOT playing ANYWHERE in 2010 not even high school the last time I checked…

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

Of course.
I’m an idiot.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

Just Read Mark Ingram is injured and out for the San Jose St. game..do you think they are saving him..from the small news out…it is a minor injury…the one area where Alabama can afford an injury is at running back..

5IML

August 31st, 2010
12:36 pm

Helmet,

He had (minor) knee surgery so I don’t think they’re saving him. Plus, that’s not Saban’s style. Did you notice how many carries he had in the A-Day game?

Trent and Lacy are more than capable for the next few weeks.

how2fish

August 31st, 2010
12:37 pm

You know we have a lot of reasons to hate the Bugs but GT BABY the racist comments from a couple of you are deplorable. How low will you stoop..I know your not real Tech fans the ones I know are too classy to Pis% on you if you were on fire.

bills

August 31st, 2010
12:40 pm

Not a Tech fan here, but I like Nesbitt’s toughness. Terrific runner, executes PJ’s offense well. Key to Heisman is whether he has learned to pass. GT likely will go undefeated through creampuff schedule first 7 games and Nesbitt will have great stats. Then we’ll see what happens when jackets play Miami, VT, UGA and watch whether or not he crumbles. My guess: Tech looks worse as the season goes on, UGA looks better as Marray gets experience. Neither has any hope for undefeated season.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
12:43 pm

5IML

Yeah just read that Dr. Andrews did the scope…I know Trent, Lacey and Goode are all studs and Smart said at a Luncheon this summer that Goode was better than Upchurch and Coffee and he presents more problems to defenses because his speed..and route running ability..

We will see…Kickoff in 4 days…going to 3 games on Saturday…in the state of Florida..

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
12:48 pm

HelmetHead Eddie, you illiterate buffoon. I responded to your statement that “Georgia needs a Healthy Murray more than Florida needs an Average Brantley”. In my response I said that Georgia has a couple of blue-chip QB’s waiting in the wings. I did NOT say that Christian LeMay was going to play this year.. only that he was waiting in the wings and that Florida recruited him heavily. Where is the error in that statement? If you would stick to one handle, people could prove your idiotic statements wrong more readily. But it’s hard to keep up with your moronic babbling from one handle to the next. LeMay will be in school in January, Einstein. Mason is there now and all reports show that he is more than the coaches expected he’d be…. true freshman or not. Jesus! Good thing I came back for my keys. Imbecile.

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
12:49 pm

Great article by Tony- pretty much spot on.

1) Nobody goes through the sec unbeaten this year. Too much balance. The west division is as good as I’ve ever seen a division be and mark it down. This could be the year that all 6 teams in a division go bowling.

2) Murray- dogs will have to hide him somewhat till he grows into the role.

3) Florida- what will they do on 3rd and 3? This is the only place where Tony clearly didn’t do his homework. Gators have Trey Burton and one other guy that can step in and run that 3rd and short play the same way Tebow did in the 06 season. How quickly Tony forgot that UF won it all in 06 with a dropback qb in Chris Leak and a running qb in Tebow providing spot duty.

4) Garcia- Lost 10 lbs and looks to be serious in having a great sr year. This could be the year he finally grows up. The UGA game will tell us all we need to know about both teams.

5) Bama D- I guess Tony realizes that we really aren’t replacing 9 starters since so many of the new starters are really guys that have previously started or played in the regular rotation. God’s 11th commandment will still be in force. The front 7 is big, physical, and fast. Nobody shalt run the football against the tide. Nobody! But the secondary is suspect and will have to grow up in a hurry. Kicking game is questionable also.

Masoli- Tony was right- Masoli at Ole Miss is a gamechanger. They are going to be exciting with Masoli at the helm and for several years now Ole Miss has had a good defensive front.

LuvNmbr24

August 31st, 2010
12:49 pm

Pshewww the bids are in! this thing is nuts! http://www.UGAKickoff.com/dawgforaday Run THROUGH THE BANNER with THE DAWGS no Freaking way!

UGAlien

August 31st, 2010
12:53 pm

Oh, and before I go HelmetHead, Hospital is not spelled HOSPITOL. florida grads.

sec chumps

August 31st, 2010
12:55 pm

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
12:58 pm

Mark Ingram out? Will miss 1st game and possibly the Penn State game?

No big deal. Insert Trent “the beast” Richardson and then put in Eddie Lacy who outrushed both Ingram and Richardson in the last scrimmage. Can’t wait to watch Eddie Lacy show you what he’s got.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

Ga Alien….just for the record..I unlike you never change my “Handle”…I am classy enough to post something and stand by it….

What was wrote as I just read it again was UGA will need a healthy Murray more than Florida will need an Average Brantley…. I agree that statement and you swoop in with an idiotic off the wall statement that LeMay IS in the wings..when LeMay was not part of the conversation…the reason I agreed with the comment is because an Average Brantley has multiple multiple backs to get the ball too, as well as recievers who can play. While reading other post I read that the coaches around the conference would hammer and pressure Murray( who I actually know and respect his family very much) to force him to make mistakes or even injury(god forbid) him. This kid has had a broken leg, an injured shoulder and early in his junior year ankle problems(although minor). He is a scrambling qb who tucks it an runs it if he has to. So that statement about a healthy murray is more important than an average Brantley is so true..

Your logic needs some balance…and do not sit there and accuse someone of changing handles..Read more…understand and then make a comment..you biased uninformed blow hard..get out the state of Georgia and see some other teams play a game a two..you might understand how far the UGA has fallen due to the lack of discipline and arrest..

Paul in RDU

August 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

Masoli hasn’t seen defensive players as fast as he’s going to face in the SEC???
Yep – USC is noted for having no talent on D. I mean who the heck have they put in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball

5IML

August 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

TR,

San Jose St this weekend.
Penn State (brand new linebackers, brand new QB) next weekend.
Week 3 is Duke.

No need to rush back from injury. Take your time, Mark. You have an NFL career to consider.

PMC

August 31st, 2010
1:03 pm

Penn State is replacing most of the OL and starting a Freshman.. not to mention replacing all thier linebackers. This is a bad year for them to be venturing down to Tuscaloosa early in the year. I do applaud both the Lions and the Tide for improving their usually dull OOC schedule… but I don’t think it’s going to be as good as the matchup suggests. I like Penn State but they are rebuilding.

Dawgrulz

August 31st, 2010
1:03 pm

Enter your comments here

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

GaAlien..just man up and say you were wrong for bringing a High School Player into a college discussion about 2010….the truth shall set you free….

5IML

August 31st, 2010
1:08 pm

PMC,

In addition to PSU this year and next, BAMA has opened the last two seasons with #9 Clemson in 2008 and #7 VaTech last year. Are you not entertained?!

Good analysis of PSU–this is definitely a rebuilding year. They should take a real beating next weekend.

Munson

August 31st, 2010
1:09 pm

Not going to defend this Vikes guy, but Charlie Bama I have to ask you a question. Why do you slam Richt for going to Shreveport when your team played in that very same bowl game 3 short years ago? Why does Saban get a pass, but Richt does not?

how2fish

August 31st, 2010
1:10 pm

Tide Rising good comment on Gracia losing the 10 lbs shows how much he is maturing I think Visorhead is sandbagging on Gracia between you and me. It will be a tight contest UGA vs USC just like always.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
1:10 pm

5IML…The one game that really has me worried about Bama is the game in Columbia…Bama had a tight game last year in the Capstone until Ingram started his Heisman run and took over the 4th quarter..

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
1:11 pm

5IML,

I’m hoping Ingram takes his time recovering. We know what Richardson can do and I’m really interested in seeing Lacy get some carries. I have a really good feeling about Lacy’s future prospects. We got 4 years of this kid as well as 2 years of Richardson assuming he goes pro after next year.

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 31st, 2010
1:14 pm

Does it really matter what bowl game you are in if you are not playing for the Crystal in the last game?

We all have some teams that have really stunk it up and even Tennessee is going through now what UGA, AL, FL, LSU and AU have gone through….we just need one team from the conference to keep the streak alive and get it to 5 BCS Titles in a row..

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
1:14 pm

how2fart,

You gotta allow me saying that one last time since it gives me farts and giggles. I’ll go back to addressing you by your more dignified handle momentarily. The UGA-CAROLINA game I think is going to be the best early season game out there. I’m not missing that one. Plus that one game will set the tone as to who really is going to mount a challenge to UF in the east. The loser could be out of the divisional race early. Not completely out but a loss would certainly hurt.

ugaclassof2004

August 31st, 2010
1:16 pm

1. No way any team in the SEC finishes unbeaten or even with 1 loss. I can see a scenario where Bama wins the SEC but finishes 12-2 or 11-3.

2. The Jury is still out on Murray. We’ll know what we have with him after that 3 game stretch with SC, Arkansas and MSU. I refuse to make any more projections about UGA until I see them in action. That program right now is one big question mark.

3. I think Florida will tailor its offense to meet Brantley’s skill set. I think he’ll run the offense similar to how Alex Smith ran it at Utah, missing up the run and pass and handing it off to his backs more as opposed to the last few seasons where Tebow was 70% of the running game.

4. Garcia has the tools, but he is an idiot. CAN he be a great QB? Yes. Will he? That’s debateable. As John Wooden used to say ” Ability is a poor man’s wealth”, and Garcia has been pretty poor the last 2 seasons.

5. Tony you non-chantly say that Alabama is losing 9 starters on defense as if that is no big deal. The defense is what CARRIED this team last year! Even if the offense is better, the defense is the bread and butter. The 2006 Gator National Title team was carried by the defense, and they finished 9-4 in 2007 because they were breaking in new starters. And don’t think 4 losses can’t happen to Bama! There are 5 teams that have bye weeks prior to playing Bama. The Tide has an few off days and 3-4 losses is not out of the question.

5IML

August 31st, 2010
1:19 pm

ugaclass,

There are “six” teams with by-weeks before their game with BAMA.

how2fish

August 31st, 2010
1:20 pm

Tide Rising no problem at least you didn’t steal my name..did you? LOL I agree USC has been a pain in our side for a long time this year its even bigger we have them and then ARK the next week..with a new DC and QB..it will show us a lot about what we really have..good luck Sat to the Tide..not that you’ll need it.

Munson

August 31st, 2010
1:21 pm

JMac, I know you are a Tech fan and like most Tech fans are an expert on all things UGA. I’m not about to say that he is great or that I am comfortable with him taking the snaps, but Logan Grey is our backup and he taken plenty of snaps in real games.

Hell, he has even threw a touchdown against Florida last year……to Brandon Spikes :)

im4bama

August 31st, 2010
1:26 pm

Man, I can’t stand Gary Danielson. I was really hoping he and Vern Lundquist would be replaced this year.

I do believe every SEC team will lose at least one game. Yes, even my beloved Tide. Not because of the defense, but because of special teams.
New freshman kicker,punter and replacing Arenas on returns and the good field position that he usually gave us will be our undoing in one game for sure. I don’t care which team in the country, any would need some luck to go undefeated, on top of talent and coaching. I just hope we can get to the big dance to face Ohio State or Boise State and smack dat ass. ROLL TIDE!

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
1:31 pm

UGAclassof2004,

I would agree with you that the winner of the sec could end up with 2 losses.

On the number of starters on our D I would have to disagree with you little bit. The D didn’t completely carry our team last year. The O came through with 32 and 37 against UF and Texas and it was the O that rallied to get the win at AU.

Also what people forget is that we had to legitimately replace 8 new starters on offense coming into the 09 season. For some reason people seem to forget this when talking about the 9 new starters on our D. And as everyone knows its harder to replace O starters because of the timing involved, the cohesiveness of an O-line which generally develops over time, etc. On our D you have to remember that most of the new starters are guys that have played a lot of football and have started multiple games.

Of the 11 starters only 1 is a true sophomore, 2 are 3rd year sophomores, and the rest are jrs and srs. That’s 10 guys who are in their 3rd year in the program. These are guys who have been in the system for years and have appeared in a lot of games.

As for losing 4 games that just aint gonna happen. I could realistically see us losing 2 in the regular season. But 3-4? 3 is an outside possibility but even then I doubt it.

Paul in RDU

August 31st, 2010
1:56 pm

PSU would have a losing season in the SEC???
The same PSU team that beat the #3 SEC team in a bowl last season?

JMac12203

August 31st, 2010
2:03 pm

Sorry, I have heard that Logan is working at wide out exclusively. I get my info from you guys, and yes, I should know better than to believe what I read here.

KR

August 31st, 2010
2:03 pm

I don’t mind Lundquist, but I can’t stand Danielson. I’m usually tempted to turn down the sound when he starts talking.

However, I can’t argue with his five points. Top to bottom, the SEC West looks daunting. The East doesn’t look quite as strong, but there are a few tough one and others who will probably provide some surprises.

Sooner or later, Bama’s luck will run out; that’s just the nature of college football. They scraped by a couple of close ones last year and one has to wonder if they’ll be able to do the same this year.

Enough talk. It’s time for football!

WAR EAGLE!

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
2:03 pm

Paul,

Last year’s Penn State team would have done fine in our conference and would have done no worse than 3rd. This year’s PSU team lost a lot of key players and probably will drop somewhat. PSU has won 11 games 3 years in a row. Only a couple of teams in the US that can say the same. Someone saying PSU would have a losing season in the SEC is just SEC homerism- something we are often guilty of.

Chip Kelly

August 31st, 2010
2:04 pm

Just an FYI Mr Barnhart, my version of the spread is the best and the SEC is going to see it firsthand when we lay waste to the Vols in Neyland Stadium. It’s going to be a beatdown in Knoxville!

Reality Check

August 31st, 2010
2:07 pm

To your point Tide Rising, over the past ten years the Big 10 is doing just fine against the SEC (Ohio State being the massive exception). The Big 10 is 6-4 against the SEC in the Outback Bowl and 5-5 against the SEC in the CapitalOne Bowl. Is the SEC better? Of course it is- just not by as large a margin as some provincial SEC fans think. Although, the Tide really are going to bury the Lions.

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

KR,

I don’t particularly like Danielson either. Seems a lot of us don’t. You usually have reasonable posts but saying we got lucky last year would be quite inaccurate. Only 2 games were within 1 score- UT and AU. There was no luck in the AU game. We did what we had to do and drove the ball the distance of the field to put the game away. One could say AU was lucky in having 2 huge plays in the 1st qtr where they caught Bama in the perfect D for one play and then scored a long td on another play on a broken defensive assignment. Take away those 2 huge lucky plays and you have nothing from the AU offense. It should also be noted that AU did a good job of scouting and knew Bama’s defensive calls early in the game. Just a little more luck that helped out AU.

As for the UT game let me tell you what luck is.Luck is when the game is on ice with a 12-3 lead and Mark Ingram loses his only career fumble as he’s going for a 1st down. That would be luck. Luck is also when you get an onsides kick. How often does that happen when the receiving team is expecting it? 10% of the time? That also would be pure luck. Sorry but I just get tired of people saying we “got lucky” in several games. And as for Cody bowling over the UT center to block a kick. Nothing lucky about that. If the UT center can’t stop the man then he can’t stop him. It is what it is. I just find that the harder our team plays the luckier we get. And as forrest gump would say “That’s all I got to say bout that”.

KR

August 31st, 2010
2:17 pm

Tide Rising: I didn’t mean it to be “you got lucky.” I meant it to be that when you needed it, the luck went your way. It could just have easily gone the other way (Cody missing the block; McElroy fumbling).

I wasn’t trying to take away from Alabama’s season, just pointing out that every champion needs their fair share of good luck to get through unscathed, and that it is unrealistic to think that luck will go on forever.

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
2:17 pm

Reality check,

That would be a very accurate analysis. I agree that we are overall a better conference but as you say people fail to note that other teams like Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan have had success against the SEC. I don’t feel the big 10 is as deep as the sec but OSU, Penn State, Iowa, and Wisconsin are all decent football teams. Agree on penn state they are a little down this year so it is possible we could run away from them. But one should never underestimate the venerable JoePa.

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
2:21 pm

KR,

You know me man. I just get in a dander when people say we were just lucky. And I guess people can say the UT game is lucky. But when I think about it anyone would be hard pressed to find a national champion in any year that didn’t have minimally one close call at least. Every team that wis an nc has to have a little bit of “luck” somewhere along the line. If we did get lucky in any game last year I would say it was the bad call that took away Patrick Peterson’s int in the LSU game. I still think we would have won that game but the bad call that went in our favor was indeed a bit of luck.

Paul in RDU

August 31st, 2010
2:23 pm

Tide Rising – PSU has to replace the QB and a number of other players but I expect them to keep it close to ALA, albeit in a losing effort. PSU will likely finish in 4th in the Big 10 – OSU will be good this year as will Iowa (who always seems to beat the Nittany Lions). Wisconsin will be solid as well. There is a big drop off after that.
Some of the SEC “homer comments” do crack me up. I liked the one about the PSU players being nervous in front of a big crowd at ALA – they play their home games in a bigger stadium, not to mention playing in the Horseshoe and the Big House regularly.

CrackDaddy

August 31st, 2010
2:30 pm

So, if two or so UNC players had papers written for them by their tutors, unbeknowings to the Coaches and the administration, and the players go before the Honor Council and get booted from school, you think the football team should be sanctioned? I don’t see your logic if you view what I have said otherwise. If you do, and do not present a legitimate case, then you have an agenda that you are attempting to serve.

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
2:30 pm

Paul in RDU,

Agreed. I’m a little disappointed that we are catching PSU in a year where they may be a little down. 4th in the big 10 sounds right for them and yes the other 3 big 10 teams in OSU, Iowa, and Wisconsin are all really good teams. Top tier 4 teams are every bit as good as the sec. But yes there is a big drop off after Wisconsin and PSU is in a rebuilding year.

I felt the big 10 was starting to catch up 2 years ago when OSU pushed Tejas around in the fiesta bowl. They lost the game but they physically dominated Tejas. And Penn State did have the largest campus in the country at 106 or 107 before Michigan finished their renovation and added back in seats to put Michigan back in front.

Check with you guys later. I’m going to actually get some work done.

The Important Components

August 31st, 2010
2:30 pm

I’d like to suggest some RELEVANT information in all the otherwise meaningless chest thumping here.

1) There is no National Championship in college football and there never has been. The NCAA neither awards nor recognizes a National Champion. They do in every other sport but not in football. We have a pageant winner……but not a champion. We do however have an SEC Champion and to me that’s what is important because it’s actually awarded by it’s sanctioning body and based on all teams playing under the same rules, circumstances, and competition level.

2) In all prognostications you have to look at who has the resources. All the schools in the SEC (save maybe Vandy, MSU, Kentucky, & Ole Miss and even they can get it done from time to time) have the financial resources to win at the highest level. Florida, Georgia, & LSU have the best situation recruiting wise. Florida has more kids to choose from than anybody, even having Miami, FSU, South FL, Central Florida, & Florida Atlantic in state. Georgia is probably the best talent state in the country behind FL, Cal, & Texas and other than Tech, they are the only show in state. LSU IS the only show in the state and they typically have the opportunity to recruit Texas. Alabama & Auburn are in pretty good shape as they are adjacent to Florida & Georgia, as well as talent heavy Mississippi. Arkansas, TN, & South Carolina have to work a little harder, but they have the financial resources if committed to win.

3) The SEC has more good coaches now than ever. Meyer & Saban have obviously both won their divisions the last two seasons. Spurrier is a proven winner. I think Dooley was a good hire for UT. Houston Nutt keeps on winning and I think Auburn fans are pretty happy with their season last year given the circumstances. Petrino’s a jerk, but the guy knows how to score some points. Richt is a good coach…his biggest failure was being blinded by friendship. Martinez was a huge liability and they should be back in the championship soon with a quality Defensive Coordinator.

4) SEC fans of any team would do well to understand that there are 6-7 other teams in your conference with as much money as you, who can recruit with you, and want to win as bad as you. Which is again why I say that the SEC Championship is the gold standard. You win that and you’ve done something.

Good luck to everyone and may your team have success in 2010.

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
2:51 pm

Also in the “For What It’s Worth” category, Herbstiet’s 2010 SEC predictions:

Likely to disappoint: Arkansas
Biggest Sleeper: Georgia
SECCG: Florida over Auburn
BCS National Championship Game: Ohio State over Oklahoma

WTF? ! !
UF wins the SEC and doesn’t go?
Mark my words, this is going to be a backlash year against the SEC.

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
2:59 pm

What, we get Boise State in the Sugar Bowl? ! !

Gen Neyland

August 31st, 2010
3:09 pm

Tide Rising : I’ll tell you what luck was : Luck was having a banged up UT kicker (quads) attempt a FG that was beyond the scope and imagination for Linclon that day, heck, maybe any day. Luck was UT not having a replacement kicker available that could elevate and kick the distance required…That was luck.

Lou Holtz aka the Spitting Cobra

August 31st, 2010
3:10 pm

Could be G8R GRAD since Boise State is going to beat Virginia Tech soundly on Monday.

ratherBgambling

August 31st, 2010
3:15 pm

“That said, he really has a lot of weapons around him what will help him as he grows into the position. He has what may be the best wide receiver in the country (A.J. Green). He has the best kicker (Blair Walsh) and the best punter (Drew Butler).”

I’m glad to hear Dawg fans are counting on the kickers to help Aaron Murray.

Aubie

August 31st, 2010
3:21 pm

And, Gen. Neyland, let’s not forget the Tide escaping Auburn by the skin of their teeth!

Weegle, Weegle!

G8R GRAD

August 31st, 2010
3:24 pm

Lou:

How strange that you are so much more easily understood in writing than as Dr. Lou!

And if you are correct, sir, it may very well be a repeat of the 2008 Sugar Bowl’s results (disheartened SEC team getting beaten by a non-BCS team).

Tide Rising

August 31st, 2010
3:26 pm

General Neyland,

Injuries are part of the game. Every team has them. Also, one of the kicks was a 50 yarder. 50 yarders are by no means guaranteed to be good. There is no luck about that. But while we’re also talking about luck we can talk about Julio Jones being mugged in the end zone by the db and no penalty being called on what was obvious pass interference. Now THAT was luck. We could both go on all day long but you get the point

dawgpaw

August 31st, 2010
3:42 pm

Danielsons a moron, but I think he’s probably right. Auburn has the potential as well as Florida. Thats about it. I would love to see the Dawgs do it, but the world would come to an end and it wouldn’t matter any more anyway.

Tide T

August 31st, 2010
4:31 pm

I’ve talked to my people in Tuscaloosa and they tell me this bama team has more talent than last year’s team! There’s no team in the SEC that should come close to beating this bunch. Bama-Ohio State in the BCS title game—mark it down! Bama wins another title.

Jay

August 31st, 2010
4:44 pm

Georgia will not lose a game in 2010, 14-0.

How?
1_ Defense
2_Special teams
3_Running game
4_Win turnover battle

Bob

August 31st, 2010
4:45 pm

Too funny. The same guy, suing a bunch of fake names, acting li9ke an Alabama fan, bashing Georgia and Richt. Bloggin to himself for 3 pages.

Bob

August 31st, 2010
5:01 pm

tIDE & tIDE rISING-

We got it, you think Nick Saban’s amazing, you write about him every day hundreds of posts. Got it. We’ll see if you’re right, or not.

MIke Price's Tour Guide

August 31st, 2010
5:18 pm

I cannot believe what I just witnessed. I was watching a sports show that was previewing the Crimson Tide. It is scary how good this team is going to be. Twenty-two NFL draft choices are starting for them (24 if you count kickers; better make that 25 if you count long snappers). Probably 18 are first rounders. In any event, WOW! If this teams fails to score less than 49 points in any game and if it ever gives up more than 7 I’ll be shocked. This team is that good. Be afraid, college football, be very afraid. Nick Saban’s main decision will be deciding when to put in the 3d and 4th stringers. It’ll probably be his biggest decision since deciding whether he should leave Michigan State knowing that he couldn’t compete with that inevitable juggernaut Michigan program. But I digress.

JMac12203

August 31st, 2010
5:35 pm

Jay, all I can say is HARDY HAR HAR. You win the prize for the funniest, most delusional post of the day.

T3

August 31st, 2010
5:48 pm

BREAKING NEWS AT ESPN

NCAA hs DENIED Masoli’s petition to play in 2010.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

ROTFLMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hereby CHANGE my previosu SEC prediction.

Ole Miss now replaces LSU as my predcition
to finish DEAD LAST in the SEC-West.

Somebody better call the local Emergency Room in Oxford.

Nutt may be in there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

NCAA

August 31st, 2010
5:53 pm

masoli’s waiver request has been denied meaning he won’t be eligible to play until 2011. making all of the masoli talk a moot point.

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Beast from the East

August 31st, 2010
6:20 pm

The NCAA finally got something right. First, the kind has a history of trouble. Second, the rule about allowing the transfer was not designed to let a kid walk away from being kicked off of one team and immediately go play for another. It was for kids interested in continuing their education at another university that offered something the first one did not.
As I said this morning, Masoli should not be allowed to play college football. His eligibility is up. Let him go play in the arena league and try to make it in the NFL. Or let him go back to his life of crime.

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 31st, 2010
6:35 pm

`
Tech has a good chance to jump from eleven
to fourteen wins this year.

Nesbitt is
. . . . . . . . COOLEST in the CLUTCH !

17 of 20

August 31st, 2010
6:53 pm

Georgia has a good chance to win 7 games this year with their Tiny Tim quarterback.

jumbeauxtiger

August 31st, 2010
7:42 pm

I agree with you Beast. Finally some sense from the NCAA.

Does anyone have any idea what the Rebs’ chances of overturning the decision would be? Just curious.

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 31st, 2010
8:03 pm

Look here mens, it’s me Josh Nesbitt. I just been trying to get my name out there cause the onliest way that Heisman commity will ever consider a secont-rate QB from a fothe-rate school is if we fludd dees here messich bords wif all kinds a stuff about me. Sorry if yous gettin sick of seeing my name and stuff but coach jonson says I gotta do it. No wat i’m sayin? Peece out.

Beast from the East

August 31st, 2010
8:26 pm

jubeauxtiger,
When have you ever heard of the NCAA backpedaling on a decision they (good or bad)? I think he’s done playball college ball….and rightfully so. I don’t wish Ole Miss any ill will, as I actually like Nutt. But this was really a poor decision to get involved in the process to begin with. It does not look good to the rest of the nation.

Ga Rules

August 31st, 2010
10:18 pm

Georgia wins 9 games, Richt saves his job—bank on it!

WSP Dawg!

August 31st, 2010
11:12 pm

Tony,
Because Danielson comes across as slightly nerdy, and has traditionally covered Big 10 games, people haven’t given him the chance he deserves and are always longing for Blackledge. However, I genuinely believe Gary Danielson is the most knowledgeable analyst in college football, and I appreciate you sharing his insight. He always seems to be right on and never misses the smallest nuance in any given play. Folks are missing out on some incredibly deep information if they don’t listen to his analysis.

ugaclassof2004

August 31st, 2010
11:36 pm

Tide Rising,

The offense definitely did not carry the team in the National Title game. The Tide benefited from 5 turnovers in that game, 4 INT’s and 1 fumble that was returned for a TD. McElroy was hurt in that game only throwing for 58 yards. Ingram was good for you guys, but if Colt McCoy stays in that game, that score is a LOT lower and a LOT closer.

Check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me:

http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=300070333

Tide Rising

September 1st, 2010
12:04 am

ugaclass2004,

Bama benefited from 5 turnovers? Are you on crack? A fumble was returned for a td by Bama. Is this guy possibly this stupid? Please show me where a Bama player returned a pass for a td.

Tide Rising

September 1st, 2010
12:06 am

otay, i forgot about dareus. But comeone, we whupped that azz.

The Old Man

September 1st, 2010
12:15 am

Last!!!!! Cannot wait for CFB to start!! Tired of reading most of you and your ill informed/rah-rah opinions – although it has helped get me through the summer. Mr. CFB has forgotten more about college football than most of you will ever know- even though he is a Georgia homer. The Florida spread offense will look more like 2006 and from what I recall they did pretty good that year (with help from Michigan) All of you hoping for some of these young fellas to get hurt are bad sportsmen and probably never played organized sports. The First!!!!!!!!! thing is beyond stupid- please stop this immediately. Where did that start and what does it have to do with CFB? The Old Man has spoken. Good luck to all of you and your teams. Good luck Coach Curry and Go Georgia State Panthers!

LOL...

September 1st, 2010
6:07 am

“Yeah, Gary and I love to sit around and eat Vienna sausages and talk about the SEC”

TampaGator

September 1st, 2010
6:36 am

Barnhart….

I will tell you what the Gators will do in 3rd and 3 situations

….they will have more than one option (other than Tebow just running the ball)….which will make the Gators a much more dangerous on offense this year. Moody and Gillislee are excellent inside power runners. Brantley can throw the ball to Rainey from the slot and Hines from the hybrid TE position. They can also throw the ball to Gerald Christian coming out of the H-Back/FB position. And Trey Burton at 6′2 and 230 is actually a more athletic runner from the QB position…and Jordan Reed is the same kind of power runner from the QB as Tebow….so the Gators will just choose one of the above options. Teams can’t just line up to stop Tebow in short yardage situations anymore…which makes Florida better on offense I think.

Fannie

September 1st, 2010
8:05 am

UGA has Richt…even with a loaded offensive team that spells a couple of losses.

Make that 4-5 losses, including a no-name bowl game. Richt is a 2nd rate coach who has had his best days. Dawgtard fans may not be satisfied with this, but as long as the big bucks keep flowing into his pocket, Richt is.

Tide Rising

September 1st, 2010
8:58 am

Who allowed a woman in here? As usual… they’re idiots when it comes to football.

Crimson Truth

September 2nd, 2010
9:58 am

Vikes, Richt has coached in the SEC for 10 years. His average record is 9 wins and 2.7 losses. He has finished 1st in his division 4 times (40%), won the conference title 2 times (20%), and won a national title 0 times. Saban has coached in the SEC 9 years. His average record is 9 wins and 2.6 losses. He has finished 1st in his division 5 times (56%), won the conference title 3 times (33%), and won the national title 2 times (22%). Who is more successful? Let’s get it on!!!!

Helmet Head Riding on the Short Bus

September 2nd, 2010
10:19 pm

Crimson Truth ..Preach On Preach On!….Richt is 10 and 10 in his last 20 Eastern Divison Games…I think he an Miles are on the same pace…..