Is this going to be 2004 all over again?

 

Nobody asked me but:

1. I know it’s early, but it’s starting to look like 2004 again: Remember 2004? Well Auburn sure does. That was the year that USC and Oklahoma started 1-2 in the polls and never lost. Auburn started at No. 17, got to be No. 2 for a week, but in the end it was USC and Oklahoma playing for the championship with Auburn playing the odd man out.

Have you looked at the gap between Alabama, Ohio State, and everybody else in the coaches poll? Alabama got 55 first-place votes after its impressive win over Penn State. Ohio State handled Miami easily and got the other four first-place votes. There are 132 points between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Boise State. That is a very wide gap.

 Here is the point: If Alabama and Ohio State win out, I don’t think anybody, including Boise, cracks the top two.

Again, I know it’s early.  It’s just something to think about.

2. It’s time for LSU to bring back Jarrett Lee: I like Jordan Jefferson. He’s a nice kid with good athletic ability. But the fact is that LSU is not going to go where it needs to go with him at quarterback. Jefferson completed only eight of 20 passes for 96 yards and no touchdowns in last Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt. Even Les Miles, who has been very patient with Jefferson, knows he has to get more from his quarterback if the Tigers are going to think about competing  for the SEC West title. Miles said the coaches would evaluate the quarterback position this week. “Frankly we’re going to expect more out of the position, period,” he said.  By Tuesday he had sort of backed away from that statement. Jefferson is his guy–for now.

Lee had a nightmare of a season in 2008 when he had six interceptions returned for touchdowns and 16 interceptions total. But the fact is the kid has a good arm and just needs help rebuilding his confidence. That is what coaches are for. Lee needs to see the field Saturday against Mississippi State.

 

3. Florida just needs to get the ball to No. 2: Florida may have found its offensive identity post-Tim Tebow in last week’s win over South Florida. Jeff Demps averaged 12.6 yards every time he touched the ball against the Bulls and had 255 all-purpose yards. Florida had 251 yards rushing and 172 passing. Rather than ask John Brantley to throw it all over the ballpark, the Gators probably just need to get the ball to Demps a whole lot.

You have to get the ball to Demps because it looks like Chris Rainey is not going to be around. Rainey was arrested on felony stalking charges early Tuesday morning. According to arrest records, Rainey texted the message “Time to Die” to a female who he has been dating, according to reports in the Gainesville Sun and the Orlando Sentinel. That arrest report is a matter of public record.

I’m going to see how this plays out and so I’m only going to say this:

IF the arrest record is completely accurate and Rainey did send that message to the female, regardless of their relationship, he should be done as a college football player. Period. If I’m the father of that girl, and some harm comes to my daughter because this is not handled properly, I will soon own a big chunk of the University of Florida. I have zero tolerance for men threatening women. And if some yahoo calls to harrass and intimidate the woman because he’s worried about his precious football team, then that person is going to be tracked down and prosecuted as well.

And I sure as hell don’t want to hear from Rainey’s lawyer, Huntley Johnson, Jr.,  who told the Orlando Sentinel : “I think he’s a hell of a nice young man and I assure you that he wold never hurt this woman.”

I hope you’ll understand, Mr. Johnson, if we’re not quite willing to take your word on that.

 

4. The 102 points scored in Wake Forest’s 54-48 win over Duke last Saturday in Winston-Salem was the SECOND highest total ever in an ACC game. The highest scoring ACC game ever came in 1981 when Clemson beat Wake Forest 82-24 in Death Valley. I was there.

That was Clemson’s national championship season. Al Groh, now the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, was the head coach at Wake Forest. What I remember was Clemson’s mascot, dressed in a Tiger suit, who would do pushups to match the home team’s points every time they scored. His name was Ricky Capps and as the score kept growing he was getting pretty gassed. When Clemson got to 76 points the Demon Deacon mascot of Wake Forest gave Capps a break and did the 76 for him. Capps did 435 pushups that day.

5. Kudos to Duke for keeping Bama game in Durham: After playing Duke at home in 2006, Alabama is returning the game this Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, which seats 33,941. Duke had the option of moving the game to Charlotte and a 73,000 seat NFL Stadium. It would have been a nice payday because the place would have been full with Alabama fans. But Duke head coach David Cutliffe, a 1976 graduate of Alabama who was a graduate assistant to Bear Bryant, realized how important this game was to the building of his program. “Some things,” said Cutcliffe, “are more important than money.”

An extra 3,900 seats will be brought in for Saturday’s game. Alabama fans will get another nostalgia trip as Duke’s Stadium is named after the man who won three national championships as the Crimson Tide’s head coach from 1923-30. Wade left Alabama for Duke in 1931.

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250 comments Add your comment

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
7:41 am

No. It’s going to be 2010.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

September 15th, 2010
7:45 am

Good article Tony, wow what a weekend with the Dawgs losing a tough one to Spurrier and tech losing to a team that lost to North Dakota State. Brace For Impact.

What in the world is Bama doing playing at Duke? Don’t they have a track around the field? SEC Speed baby!

how2fish

September 15th, 2010
7:46 am

Hope it’s not true and the young man didn’t send that text..however I have two grown daughters and Tony you are right if he did he should be gone.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

September 15th, 2010
7:48 am

If Richt wants a good team, he just has to make his wishes known.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8

Keep America strong, build more submarines.

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
7:48 am

Bama is playing one of the few ACC teams that still have a winning record this season. Duke is a much improved program under Cutcliffe’s leadership. I wouldn’t count them out of the ACC Championship race.

Go2Gator

September 15th, 2010
7:48 am

I agree on Rainey,Get him out of here! Gators can make it fine without him. #4,Time to see you play some College Football.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 15th, 2010
7:53 am

Urban Meyer will suspend Rainey for 1 game given the fact he issued a half game suspension for eye gouging and no suspensions for underage possession in the past. That’s UF’s style.

Beast from the East

September 15th, 2010
7:53 am

1…..You may be right about Bama going wire to wire. They’re pretty tough right now. Not sure about OSU. Do they have Iowa on their schedule? That would be the only Big 10 team that should be able to match up with them. Boise State does not deserve a shot. Period.
2…..Miles seem to be confused. Jefferson or Lee? What a choice!
3…..If this is true (and it should be pretty easy to confirm), then he’s outta there! No room for that kind of character on any team.
4…..They sure do “D” it up in the ACC, huh?
5…..They could play that game anywhere. It’s not going to change the outcome one bit. Shoulda took the paycheck to go along with the beating. At least you would have had something to show for it other than a black eye and a couple of busted ribs!

DL

September 15th, 2010
7:55 am

As a Gator fan, I’m embarrassed by Chris Rainey’s actions. There’s no excuse for what he did and I expect that he’s seen his last days as a Gator. I’m sorry Rainey, you made your bed, now it’s time to sleep in it.

Dawg_Mike

September 15th, 2010
7:55 am

Another case of “I am untouchable because I am a star football player”.
Good bye Rainey.

Beast from the East

September 15th, 2010
8:00 am

DL,
I think we’re all embarrassed by this. I expect the administration to do the right thing and dismiss him…..regardless what the 2010 Fulmer Cup Champion fans have to say about it.

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
8:01 am

@Beast from the East

OSU hosts Penn State November 13. Then they go to Iowa on November 20. They finish with Meechigan in the shoe on November 27. These three games follow a long string of cupcakes. I wouldn’t take anything for granted with the Buckeyes this year.

Then again, Alabama’s schedule isn’t exactly a cakewalk.

tony's a homer

September 15th, 2010
8:02 am

I love how Tony calls for other school’s players to be expelled but for thUGA he victimizes the perps. I agree, Rainey should be let go. And the new thUGA AD should clean his house of criminal players, because Ricth won’t. What a joke Tony and UGA.

destin gator

September 15th, 2010
8:03 am

Rainey ’s Nuts… not just criminal… but insane….not on my campus !!

Go2Gator

September 15th, 2010
8:04 am

@ Dr. Kenneth Noisewater – You’re WRONG! That is NOT UM3’s style when it comes to abusing Women. I’m willing to bet Rainey is gone.

Purple Drank

September 15th, 2010
8:05 am

” The 102 points scored in Wake Forest’s 54-48 win over Duke last Saturday in Winston-Salem was the SECOND highest total ever in an ACC game. ”

This is because the ACC is full of crap teams that don’t know what the hell defense means. The UM/ OSU score was not nearly as close as the scoreboard indicated. UM talks endless smack about how they’re back. Run and tell that homeboys. Bunch of ignorant idiots

82Dawg

September 15th, 2010
8:08 am

tony’s a homer..who should Richt released but has not?

Charlie Bama

September 15th, 2010
8:10 am

I wouldn’t count on both Bama and Ohio State running the table, Tony. Just doesn’t seem likely in this already somewhat crazy college football season. Not saying it will be only one or both, but I just have a feeling an L is on the way where and when it’s least expected. Just sayin’…..

Chris Rainey

September 15th, 2010
8:13 am

I didn’t know what I was doin Coach because of the concussion I received on Saturday.

Charlie Bama

September 15th, 2010
8:14 am

In 2004, Auburn was disrespected, without foundation. In 2010, Auburn will be disrespected, with plenty of good reasoning. They’ll figure it out in Shreveport.

JB

September 15th, 2010
8:16 am

Word out of Birmingham this morning of Concern Jerry Jones ( Cowboys) is planning to come after Saban at Year end……yea yea yea……….I know about Miami, but this IS the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, and the final ” financial” bonanza for Saban. What else can he do at Bama, especially if he wins it again this year. Think of the Bar he has set. NC or else. This “rumor’ is coming from a co worker who has family ( CFO) at this big money Bama guy who owns that big steel company over there. Saban put his house at Lake Burton on the market recently also. This makes a little .

JB

September 15th, 2010
8:17 am

Shug

September 15th, 2010
8:18 am

Mr. College Football, your self-aggrandizement continues. First, it’s not important to your readers that you have zero tolerance for guys who threaten females. Second, why did you have to mention that you were at the 1981 Clemson-Wake Forest game? Was the point that it was the highest scoring ACC game ever, or was the point that you were there?

As my good friend Bear Bryant told me one day in 1979 when we were fishing, “Some people just love to drop names or self-promote.”

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
8:19 am

@Charlie Bama

It’s hard for a Bama fan to see this Crimson Tide squad dropping a game. Then again, that’s what Gator fans thought when they hosted Ole Miss a couple of years back…

I would have no problem with Boise State making it to the Big Game. I don’t think that they could compete with either the Tide or the Buckeyes, should it happen. At least that would shut Tim Brando up for a year or so.

SEC has problems

September 15th, 2010
8:19 am

Why isn’t the SEC leadership coming out and doing something about all the crime that seems to be prevalent among more than a few teams in the SEC? Tennessee, Georgia, Florida to name a few….seems to me there is a fairly serious trend happening.

Chad

September 15th, 2010
8:20 am

I see the ajc is ramping up it’s attacks on the conservative for governor. nice journalism! no surprise with the mainstream media. this rag aside from a couple of sports writers is a joke. i guess when they see how big they are gonna get clobbered this fall, they will do whatever they can. roy barnes is a lying goofy loser.

Dave

September 15th, 2010
8:21 am

“Here is the point: If Alabama and Ohio State win out, I don’t think anybody, including Boise, cracks the top two” – Not really going out on a limb with this prediction.

reebok

September 15th, 2010
8:23 am

Item #4 is hilarious…gotta figure the guy in the tiger costume was begging clemson to stop scoring

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
8:24 am

@JB

Coach Saban is free to leave the Capstone whenever he chooses. That said, I’ve been to Texas, and I would never “choose” to live there.

Austin? Maybe… But the rest of the state is just Texas.

Chad

September 15th, 2010
8:26 am

If Alabama and Ohio State win out, I don’t think anybody, including Boise, cracks the top two

You can probably say this 99 years out of 100.

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
8:26 am

@Chad

It’s okay to use your real name Sarah. Congrats on your primary victories in the NE yesterday!

They don’t play football in Alaska, do they?

travy

September 15th, 2010
8:30 am

no charges for the vols who beat up an off duty police officer and a patron in a knoxville bar. where’s the outrage there?

Gen Neyland

September 15th, 2010
8:33 am

The days of Spurrier dubbing FSU the Criminoles seem so far, far away…and the U of Miami working hard to shed it’s Thug U image is nice but no program is immune. None…On another blog this morning, I read where Foley seems to be getting a pass way to often for the conduct of some of the athletes at Florida whereas at other universities the AD is at the forefront of the issue. To the Gator fan, my sympathies…

athensdawg

September 15th, 2010
8:34 am

holy zogby poll, batman…when did this become a political blog?

tony I agree with the seperation theory….i see bama and osu running the table this year.
poor jim tressel – he’s the bobby cox of college football.

Ormewood

September 15th, 2010
8:35 am

Palladin, Duke is 1-1. That’s not a winning season. And they have no chance to compete in the ACC this year, even as mediocre as that conference is.

JB

September 15th, 2010
8:37 am

travy………………….If that would have been a Ga. player who beat up a cop and a bystander, all hell would break loose, they would still be writing columns in the AJC and the Congress of the United States would summon Richt to Congressional hearing on NCAA players out of control………………In Knoxville, It’s 16 hours community service and back to practice….Geez……

RxDawg

September 15th, 2010
8:41 am

“When Clemson got to 76 points the Demon Deacon mascot of Wake Forest gave Capps a break and did the 76 for him. Capps did 435 pushups that day”

That’s one of the funniest …. and good sportsmanship things I’ve read in a long time.

Boise St is NOT 2004 Auburn. Not even close.

“Wade left Alabama for Duke in….”

Never thought I’d see that. But good for them in keeping the game in town. I’m really surprised this was still up in the air the week the game is to be played.

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
8:44 am

@Ormewood

I stand corrected. I thought that Duke won that game with the Deacons. I never heard the final score.

I still wouldn’t rule them out of the ACC championship race.

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
8:47 am

I looked up “hyperbole” on Wiktionary and the definition was “JB”.

jumbeauxtiger

September 15th, 2010
8:48 am

I think it is way too early to believe this season may turn out like 2004.

I knew Jefferson wouldn’t be any better after the spring game. If Miles doesn’t play Lee then it will cost him his job as they will be no better than 7-5 with JJ at quarterback. Tiger fans will not tolerate mediocrity this season.

If Rainey did send that text he should be dismissed from the team.

It’s been a long time since I have been to a 33,000 seat stadium. The only ones I can recall, except for Vandy’s which is a little larger, were in Oxford and Starkville years ago before they were enlarged. Winton-Salem should be a nice trip for Tide fans anyway.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

DAWG07

September 15th, 2010
8:49 am

Would not be surprised to see SABAN in big league in 11. He strikes me as individual not wanting to be a failure. Has a chance to set the record straight and prove that he can win in the NFL. Does’t strike me as being one who hangs with the easy choice. Go Cowboys

Gen Neyland

September 15th, 2010
8:49 am

Guilt by association or being in the wrong place at the wrong time is acceptable grounds for ‘outrage’ from the unknowing..? No wonder kids today are so screwed up.

RxDawg

September 15th, 2010
8:49 am

Shug, some people should just stay away from the internet. You qualify.

Ol Ball Coach

September 15th, 2010
8:51 am

That gratham fella, he didnt know what the ol ball coach had up his sleeve. The boys spent all week practicing at the hotel, ordering room service, getting massages. Welcome to sec ball son.

Palladin

September 15th, 2010
8:51 am

Winton-Salem might be a nice destination, but Tide fans will have to watch the game on TV if they go there next Saturday.

Reality Stinks

September 15th, 2010
8:53 am

Tony

Will you and the press shut your mouth about Boise State

No one cares about Boise State, they play no one

All you media guru’s are doing is trying to increase ratings while making yourselves look like complete bufoons talking about a team that plays nobody.

If you want to do something about it, then you and the rest of the media need to start writing about how awful the BCS is, show how it can be changed, and do what you people do best,

Keep writing about it week after week until the “masses” demand the change, then you can talk about the Boise’s of the world

KR

September 15th, 2010
8:55 am

It’s a bit of a trip from Winston-Salem to Wallace Wade Stadium. Bama fans should probably look for hotel rooms in Durham.

JB

September 15th, 2010
8:55 am

Pallidin…………………Al Grop is holding a clinic this morning on how to stop Western Conference type offenses………………I’m sure you would be there this morning…………..I assume you’re a Techie………………..One of the successful ones with nothing better to do but troll football blogs since there aren’t any buildings to build.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

September 15th, 2010
8:55 am

I don’t like to post a bunch, but here is Nick Sabin and the NFL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUqnVVAEuT0

Keep America strong, build more submarines.

Real Dawg B

September 15th, 2010
8:56 am

Rainey will be suspended by meyer “indefinitely” (until the Alabama game starts)