There’s Alabama, and then there is everybody else

 It is a wonderful, COOL Monday morning. Hope you had a good weekend.

FYI. I will not be writing anything about the University of Georgia football program this morning. There is too much to say so I will dedicate all of  Tuesday’s entry to the Bulldogs.

But elsewhere,  what did we learn on the first Saturday in October?

1. There is Alabama and then there is everybody else:  A year ago it was clear that Florida and Alabama had separated themselves from the rest of the SEC. After Florida got its act together and beat Kentucky last week, I had people telling me that Florida was still in the same class with Alabama, the nation’s No. 1 team. I was told that Florida’s players were embarrassed by their beat down in last December’s SEC championship game in Atlanta. I was told that Florida couldn’t wait to march into Bryant-Denny Stadium and get some revenge.

Nope. Not even close. Alabama looked at the Florida threat and barely broke a sweat Saturday night. I still have people who are telling me that Alabama can’t go 12-0 for the third straight consecutive regular season? So I’ll ask you: Who is going to beat this team? Nobody in college football is playing with as much talent, power, coaching, and attitude as the Crimson Tide right now. Again, look at the Alabama schedule and tell me who is going to beat them? Auburn is a candidate but that game is in Tuscaloosa.

2. Florida will get another shot at Alabama: As tough as that beating was for the Gators, Florida coach Urban Meyer has the best possible teaching tool to keep his team engaged. They will get another shot at Alabama in the SEC championship game on Dec. 4 if they take care of business. We’re making some huge assumptions but here is what I see: Even though Florida has clearly slipped and is a work in progress, I don’t see anybody else in the SEC who can beat them.  South Carolina may have a shot but the Gamecocks play at Florida on Nov. 13. It’s hard to see the Gators losing that one if a division championship is on the line. Florida and Alabama played twice in 1999 with the Crimson Tide winning the regular season game 40-39 and the dominating the Gators in a rematch in the SEC championship game. That could happen again in 2010.

3. Les Miles’s luck is about to run out: One of my colleagues wrote that Les Miles doesn’t have nine lives. He has 99 lives. I agree. I have never seen a team with such a bad, poorly coached offense, continue to win games. LSU is 5-0 and ranked No. 9 in the coaches’ poll because the Tigers have a great defense (coached by John Chavis) and outstanding special teams (with Patrick Peterson).  They have been good enough to win five ugly football games and needed a huge dose of luck to beat Tennessee at home on Saturday (More on that in the next item). But now the Big Boy part of the schedule kicks in and LSU fans are rightfully concerned. LSU goes to Florida this week and still has Auburn (Oct. 23), Alabama (Nov. 6), and Arkansas (Nov. 27) left to play. This could still end very badly for the Man in the Hat.

4. Give the SEC officials credit. They got it right in the LSU-Tennessee game: I beat on the officials a bunch last season when it appeared they were getting one big call wrong almost every week. But they got it right at the end of the Tennessee-LSU game. I talked to Rogers Redding, the SEC supervisors of officials once on Saturday night and again on Sunday. If you missed it, find the clip and take a look. LSU trailed 14-10 and was driving in the closing seconds for what would be a winning touchdown. Mass chaos reigned on the LSU bench in the final 30 seconds (Haven’t we read this before?) and as a result the snap flew by quarterback Jordan Jefferson and the clock ran out. Tennessee was celebrating because they had just upset the No. 10 team in the nation on the road. But back in the secondary there were three flags. Tennessee’s defense had 13—that’s right—13 players on the field. LSU got an untimed down and scored to win 17-14.

 As painful as it was for Tennessee, the officials got it right. Tennessee got caught trying to sub too many players and trying to match LSU’s personnel when they should have stayed put, because LSU was self-destructing. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said he didn’t have time to get his players on the field. But Redding read the rule to me and it is clear that there is not an ulimited amount of time to get defensive substitutions on the field. The Tennessee defense got set but unfortunately it was set with 13 players. The official can’t stand over the ball forever  or the clock would just run out. Then you have another set of issues.

I looked at the tape several times on Sunday and they got it right. Also, to those of you writing about the LSU player (T-Bob Hebert) snatching his helmet off during the fray:  Understand that since the excessive celebration call last year in the Georgia-LSU game, the SEC is not going to let something like that determine the outcome of a game. It did not impact play and is not going to get called in that situation.

 5. Oregon looks like the No. 2 team to me:  Oregon jumped over Boise State into the No. 3 spot in Sunday’s coaches poll. I think the Ducks should have jumped over Ohio State to No. 2. We’re talking a team that went to an SEC venue (Tennessee) on Sept. 11 and ran off 45 unanswered points to win 48-13. We’re talking about a team that fell behind 21-3 to No. 9 Stanford, which was seemingly imposing their will on the Ducks. But quicker than you could say “onsides kick” Oregon turned on the switch again and outscored Stanford 49-10 the rest of the way. I look at all that speed with running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas. I see a really good coach in Chip Kelly. And I’ve decided that while  a bunch of people think No. 3 Boise might get cheated of a shot at the big game, it’s the Ducks who may really be the odd man out if No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State keep winning. With all due respect to Boise and Ohio State, the Oregon Ducks are the No. 2 team in the country. Alabama-Oregon in Glendale would be an incredible national championship game.

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Programming Note: Among our guests on “The Barnhart and Durham Show” this morning will be SEC supervisor of officials Rogers Redding to break down the end of the Tennessee-LSU game. We will also be ready to hear from the Bulldog Nation who are not very happy today. Please join us starting at 10 a.m. www.790thezone.com.

369 comments Add your comment

Whoa Nellie

October 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

Someone asked Tony to respond..You’re kidding right…TB never responds, he just posts his slop and runs. Unlike the other writers for the AJC, Tony seems too busy to interact with us common readin’ folks. Maybe if we had a blog of our own, he would engage us on his lame call in show on a weak signal AM radio station.

BAMA "NEW" B!!!

October 4th, 2010
12:13 pm

KING GATOR=SOUR GRAPES!!! TAKE YO’ WHIPPIN’ LIKE A MAN & QUIT SLING POOH @ KING SABAN!!!

Beast from the East

October 4th, 2010
12:14 pm

AR dawg,
UF does not play Arkansas this year. Why don’t keep your comments focused on something you know about? Or is that list of topics too narrow?

Tide Rising

October 4th, 2010
12:37 pm

G8R GRAD,

Apparently Cam Newton did learn his lesson and it looks like a change of scenery and fresh start is exactly what the young man needed. Good for him. People still think he got booted from Florida which was not the case.

In reference to Ark and AU that does now look to be the next best game coming up in the sec. Shoul be a good one

Beast from the East

October 4th, 2010
12:42 pm

Tide Rising,
I think most of the Gator Nation is quietly pulling for Cam…especially since we don’t play Auburn this year. Good kid that just made a dumb decision.
Congrats on the win Saturday night. Bama sure looks like the class of the conference, if not the entire nation.

bamafan

October 4th, 2010
12:42 pm

Hey AU guy – Bear Bryant was 19-6 against Auburn. 1972 was the only time AU really upset Bama during his tenure. As for Bill Curry, he was 0-3; the only time Bama was favored was 1989 and Auburn won (that was the first game at Jordan-Hare). Not certain that the underdog won as many as you think in the Iron Bowl. Bama won in 84 and 85 when AU was favored.

LSU FAN

October 4th, 2010
1:12 pm

GeneralNeyland

” what about the LSU lineman that threw his headgear in the middle of the play”

Ok it is no different than the UT players taking off their’s in celebration.

Now what other lame @ss excuse can you come up with?

Tide Rising

October 4th, 2010
1:15 pm

Beast of the East,

I have noticed that the gators fans have been very supportive of Cam since he transferred. Very classy. Thanks for the congrats. We’re looking pretty good so far but have yet to put together a full 60 minute game. Got another bullet to dodge in Carolina this Saturday. I had picked the Carolina game as our trap game where we could easily suffer an upset but I’m feeling pretty good and not as worried as I was before the season.

I will say that Brantley looked like a fish out of water running the option. I figured if you guys ran the option that it would be with Burton but the few times he ran the ball it was between the tackles and he wasn’t effective. Addazio should probably work on more set plays for Brantley similar to what Urban Meyer ran with Alex Smith at utah. They ran the spread but it was a spread game with a lot more passing and very little option running by the qb. He just didn’t look comfortable running it and he certainly isn’t as big or durable as a tebow or burton.

WashingtonDCduck

October 4th, 2010
1:17 pm

*******AtlBuckeye******

So because of Wind Conditions you struggled to beat hapless Illinois. Oh, they also had 2 weeks to prep for the mighty Buckeyes. Did they also bring in a bunch of playmakers in those two weeks? Come one man, you are blaming the wind for your offensive trouble and the Illini having a little extra prep time? Don’t make excuses.

PLEASE ALSO MR. ATLANATA BUCKEYE HOW JERAMIAH MASOLI AND DARRON THOMAS ARE THE SAME PLAYERS? Our offense is exceptionally different than what you saw in Pasadena in the Rose Bowl. Very dissimilar. When you played us it was rather simple; stack the box and make Masoli throw the ball. Well, Masoli was better at stealing laptops than throwing a simple post to wide open receivers. HE COULD NOT STRECHT DEFENSE VERTICALLY. Great bowling ball of a FB/QB, sure, he’s got some great YouTube highlites. Darron Thomas is a QB, a pure QB. He throws a beautiful ball and makes this Oregon offense truly deadly. Chip Kelly finally has ‘his guy’ that can beat you running, but more importantly throwing the ball to a slew of WRs, TEs, and backs out of the flat.

GET A CLUE MAN, before you start making blanket comments. Ohio State beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl fair and square, I make no beef about that. Their defensive line was freaking awesome. This is a different 2010 Oregon team. Don’t make the effortless parallel that the ’09 and ’10 U of O teams are the same.

GatorGuy

October 4th, 2010
1:21 pm

ARdawg –

1. I will guarantee that Arkansas will not score a single point on us this year!
2. The Tebow chink in the armour is gone? Do you know what “Chink in the ARMOR” means?

Gen Neyland

October 4th, 2010
1:22 pm

MURPHY : My jump’n up and down days are pretty much behind me. I might lean forward in the Lazy Boy or get up and pace but that’s about it nowadays…Was at the Braves game Saturday, stayed away from football until I got home and turned on the DVR. Finished the UT-LSU game very late but did a lot of rewinding the final 23 seconds of the game Sunday. Tennessee had opportunities other than just the final play(s) being a sole, determining factor. Hope they all learn from it and keep pushing forward. Heck, maybe they’ll be a little bit angry coming to Athens…

Augustadog

October 4th, 2010
1:22 pm

I agree totally with Oregon being number 2. They have an explosive second half offense. I lived in Eugene 3 years and was a season ticket holder. Great atmosphere and rabid fans. I wish my Bulldogs would have kept them on the 2015-16 schedule. Wopuld have been fun!

Alejandro

October 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

***WashingtonDCduck***

So what you are saying is that Thomas would be starting over Masoli this season in Eugene?

Color me shocked…and buy yourself a clue.

Same offense…same pushover offensive line. OSU or Alabama’s D-line would crush that offense.

Eric Estopinal

October 4th, 2010
1:31 pm

For all you TN fans, quit your dang complaining. First, the game was over when the helmet came off. Second, last I heard, each side gets 11 players. I counted 13 TN players even after the annoucer said 12 over and over. Whistle, penalty, review, game over! LSU 16 TM 14. See you next time. Maybe you will have a better team.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

You can expect the Gators to get a lot better from this point forward. Urban has continually tried to force square pegs (Leak, Brantley) into a round hole (spread offense) until something bad happens. The loss to Auburn in 2006 forced him to modify the offense to suit Leak. Maybe Saturday will force readjustments as well.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
1:34 pm

bamafan

Auburn gave Bear fits and he even said he’d rather beat “that cow college” more than anyone else.

As far as Curry goes, he was fired because he could not beat Auburn.

WashingtonDCduck

October 4th, 2010
1:38 pm

Alejandro,

Pushover offensive line? I’m pretty sure we’ve put up multiple offensive lineman in the NFL in the past few years and are big boys are not your Grandfather’s no-name Ducks. Why are they pushovers? How did you arrive at that shot? Please explain….

This mentality that the big bruising mighty Alabama Crimson Tide and the rough and tough Ohio State Buckeyes would devour and crush anything in their path is absolutely hilarious. Go back and watch the Rose Bowl, yes their defensive line made some disruptive plays but they certainly did not for 60 minutes do anything they want. I’ll send you the tape, and you can watch for yourself that Ohio State was pushed off the line of scrimmage enough times for some huge runs by Oregon’s offense. Don’t forget we had ZERO passing game in the Rose Bowl. Masoli was a bum of a thrower and should be lined up as an H-Back not a QB.

YES, Darron Thomas would be starting over Masoli right now. Admit it, you know very little about Oregon Football. You’ve seen a few ESPN highlites, maybe read an online article or two. Trust me on this one, there were already rumblings of this last year as Thomas was redshirting. He was a mega-recruit out of Houston, TX – picking Oregon over LSU on ESPNU live TV. This is his 3rd year in the program, and he gets it. He’s got the moxie, the leadership, and the physical tools to excel in this offense. Will he be the greatest QB ever and go onto win many Super Bowls, ummmmm probably not, odds are against him, but I don’t know. Darron Thomas is a hair under 6’3”, while Masoli might have been 5’11” but probably 5’10”, meaning he couldn’t see over the offensive line without a phone book to stand on. Our ability now to throw the ball downfield, and suck safeties into the box and then in the blink of an eye throw it over their heads makes this offense much more deadly than the team fielded in the Rose Bowl.

Boise Dawg

October 4th, 2010
1:41 pm

I hope the BCS implements a plus 1 format soon. Not very likely the season/rankings end up how they are now, but if the season ended today…. how cool would it be to see Alabama v. Boise State and Ohio State v. Oregon, with the winners playing for the National Championship?

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
1:42 pm

“You were 5-0 last year too…when your team came to Fayetteville for their beat down. Willie has Gus figured out…even 2 years ago when the Arkansas defense WAS terrible.”

Yeah, and that was last year. This year, you guys come to Auburn and will play a different team helmed by a different and more powerful QB.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
1:46 pm

“My point was that your defense isn’t on the same plane as your offense.”

No, but it gets better every week. Chizek is a great defensive coach and he needs to step in and make it better. If the defense was as good as the offense we’d be looking at a huge showdown in the Iron Bowl between two great football teams.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
1:48 pm

Arkansas plays pretty well at Auburn, as I recall — especially if it’s a morning kickoff. If the Tigers play well enough against the Wildcats, then maybe you won’t get stuck with the 11:00 AM time slot.

SEC Fact Finder

October 4th, 2010
1:49 pm

Tampa Gator…..come out come out wherever you are!

Last Friday and Saturday in Tony’s Fearless Friday Forecast you made some statements that were so far off base and we called you out on them.
Check last weeks article page 3 on the comments, then go back and look at the arguments and insults you threw at me when I told yoy that a sportswriter told me after a florida game that. The Gators did not have any identity on offense.
You were all up in arms and made up all these statements and questioned my knowledge and my comments.

Wwll my friend, the truth came out in HD on saturday night and we all know now that UF has a pocket passer running an option offense….and no identity.
That was a whipping, Meyer got outcoached and those young players on florida got outplayed by just as young players on alabama.

Get ready for LSU, it should be an easy win for florida if florida finds out who they are on offense just like LSU has no clue on offense.

TheTaxJacket

October 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

Why do you even bother to make Friday predictions Tony? If he manages to actually pick the correct winner, he still usually gets the game wrong— calls a close game when it turns out to be a blowout , or vice versa.

Since just about everything Tony says turns out to be wrong, I guess we can assume South Carolina will win the East this year.

By the way, LSU’s offensive line should have been called for a false start on that final play.

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Glory, glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on?

Boise Dawg

October 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

WashingtonDCduck… relax about Ohio State. I won’t argue that Boise State should be ranked higher because of their 2008 and 2009 wins over Oregon. If Oregon runs the table, they will be in the BCS championship game and would eventually pass an undefeated Ohio State… especially if they keep winning the way they are.

I don’t see it happening though.. as good as Oregon looks, I would bet money they lose at least 1 conference game. All those great USC teams and only 1 season (2004) were they able to beat everyone in the PAC 10. Oregon is going to have an off week and lose one in conference.

Alejandro

October 4th, 2010
1:55 pm

So the Heisman Candidate, would be benched for a first year starter…interesting. I live out here in PNW and watched plenty of Oregon games. There is no way Thomas starts over Masoli, if he was in Eugene. Please enlighten all of us how this could happen.

I watched OSU destroy that offensive line the entire Rose Bowl…and it wasnt even close. The PAC10 doesnt play defense…that isnt a stereotype…it is a simple truth (Outside of USC, during the Bush years). Now that offense looks brilliant…but it is awful early to say that team is any better than an OSU team that kicked the crap out of it last season.

WashingtonDCduck

October 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

*Boise ‘Dawg’*,

No need for me to relax about Ohio State. Alejandro took a shot, so I civilly responded back with my own fan opinion. Doesn’t mean jack squat, just my modest view. While in Pasadena last year, we met some great Ohio State fans who were a ton of fun and helped make it a great trip. I did run into a handful of Buckeye fans who were nauseating arrogant, and I’m not going to let some uneducated fan make blanket comments w/no substantiation. Truth be, that every fan base has knuckleheads, trust me, I’ve been going to Oregon games home and away for 20+ years now and we’ve got our fair share.

To your point, it’s incredibly tough to run the table in the Pac-10. That’s what makes it so much fun, and those close games (at some point I’m sure we’ll have one this year in the second half) is what makes you know you are alive. Every single hair standing, goose bumps, that’s what it’s all about.

producewiz

October 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

GOOD NEWS FLORIDA GETS A REMATCH WITH THE TIDE.THAT’S ALSO THE VERY BAD NEWS TOO.

lawzoo

October 4th, 2010
2:04 pm

You have to give Less Miles some credit. When he was interviewed right after the game was over the guy was calmer than I was watching it on tv.
I sorta hoped that lsu would win but didn’t really care.

That guy acted like he was in a total state of Oblivion.

Obviously better than being in Georgia.

Vol4Life

October 4th, 2010
2:04 pm

The DawgNation is now a 13 point favorite over the vols. Be sure and run out there and bet the farm dog fans…

WashingtonDCduck

October 4th, 2010
2:10 pm

Alejandro says:
“…but it is awful early to say that team is any better than an OSU team that kicked the crap out of it last season.”

Come on man, just stop talking. Time to do a little research before posting any further. The ’10 Rose Bowl was a close game into the final minutes of the game, and Oregon had a lead in the second half? Oregon fumbles inside OSU’s 20 when they were marching to take a lead, and for you that’s still ‘kicking the crap’ out of them? Brilliant, you should work for ESPN. Maybe Tony can call and get you a job.

Oh wait, you live in the Pacific Northwest, so that makes you a resident connoisseur on the Oregon Football program. I live in Washington DC, so does that make me a know-it-all on the Redskins or Wizards? Nope. Just means I get spoon fed all the local crap because I live here and it’s in my face all the time. I could name the Redskins starting backfield and the Wizards top players, doesn’t mean I know anything in detail regarding the two franchises.

YES, Thomas would have challenged Masoli’s starting position this fall. Would he have won it, I DON’T KNOW, I’m not a paid coach on Kelly’s staff. I do know this, Darron Thomas makes our offense much more dangerous than an almost run exclusive spread attack that Masoli operated. You adapt your offensive play calling and overall package for your personal, and all you have to do is look at the number of pass yards we are netting compared through 5 games last year. It’s pretty simple, but hell, you live in Seattle so you’d know that.

Beast from the East

October 4th, 2010
2:13 pm

Tide Rising,
I cannot for the life of me figure out why they continue to try and use Brantley to run the option. He’s probably not much more of a threat to run the ball than you and I would be. LOL!
The only thing I can conclude is that Addazzio is incapable of running a conventional offense. If that is indeed the case, then I would hope Urban becomes much more involved in the game planning and play-calling. We’ve got tons of talent on both sides of the ball. The defense is progressing nicely (except when playing Bama). The offense is at a standstill. The WR’s are showing major improvement, the RB’s do well when given an opening and Brantley has passed the ball pretty well when given the time. Running that option play with Brantley is just killing me! I want to throw a shoe through the TV every time they do it!!! I know now how the Dawgs feel when Bobo continues to call the same things that do not work over and over again. Very frustrating.

AL E. GATOR

October 4th, 2010
2:16 pm

Well, I mentioned that UF was in for some trouble this past weekend – and my fears were realized.

Good thing we have UGA on our schedule – at that point in time we could use the “off week” weak opponent game…. and UGA fits the bill!!!

I also stated that Tennessee – lack of depth and all – was actually playing like a well coached team – even though they were outplayed by UAB. I stated that between LSU, UGA, ALABAMA and AUBURN – the Vols were going to pull an upset or scare the heck out of somebody.

well – they just scared the heck out of LSU

Now – it’s time for them to get a win – and that my boys – is where UGA comes into play. Vols will beat UGA this weekend – mark it down!

Silver Britches, Red Panties

October 4th, 2010
2:19 pm

Tony, I sure hope you can do something to quiet all this negative talk about Our Beloved Dawgs, and especially Coach Richt.

That trick he pulled with the black helmets last year was a stroke of genius, and I don’t think any other coach in the country could have pulled it off!

Plus he gets great recruits, even if they don’t quite live up to their potential.

AL E. GATOR

October 4th, 2010
2:28 pm

Predictions for UGA – rest of the season:

WINS:
Vandy
ID STATE

50/50
Tennessee
Kentucky
GT

Losses
Florida
Auburn

If UGA can beat Tennessee, KY and GT – take care of the “wins” section – UGA winds us 6-6 – squeeks into a bowl to play a mid-major team.

However – I am predicting that the following:
UGA will beat the Vandy, Kentucky and ID STATE
UGA will lose to Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and GT

UGA will end the season 5-7 – NO BOWL GAME for UGA this year.

The real damage of this season will show up in recruiting – UGA will lose some recruits that have verbally committed as the sense the shinking ship and future coaching change.

The non-committed recruits that UGA is after – like I. Crowell, etc – will go to Alabama and other schools.

What should UGA do?
1. Richt has been a very good coach – but the program has been passed by….. The question is – is this a transition cycle due to new defensive staff and new QB – or is a real down cycle due to a stale program. You have to give Richt 2011 to see if he can get things turned around.
2. IF no significant improvement is made in 2011 – UGA needs to go a different direction to pump some new enthusiam into the program.

producewiz

October 4th, 2010
2:28 pm

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producewiz

October 4th, 2010
2:32 pm

FLORIDA AND BAMA HAVE BEEN RANKED 1 OR 2 IN RECRUITING PAST FEW YEARS.TAKE THOSE 4 OR 5 STAR PLAYERS FLORIDA RECRUITED AND TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.ALSO MEYER HAS NEVER RECRUITED 1 RUNNING BACK COMPARED TO THE TIDE OR ANYBODY ELSE FOR THAT MATTER.ITS ALABAMY AND THE 11 DWARFS.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
2:33 pm

5IML, 1:32:

Nail on Head.

poopdawg

October 4th, 2010
2:34 pm

Speaking of ugly options, LSU’s is the ugliest. It only worked against LSU scout team. But look who is undefeated.

poopdawg

October 4th, 2010
2:53 pm

Richt’s 2010 year was suppose to be the year to show significant improvement. Cut bait now and hire a fireball. I still like Dabo Swinney at Clemson. Hire a head coach not a coordinator.

bamafan

October 4th, 2010
3:03 pm

AU guy – your information is like an 8 yr old with basic info about sex. It is correct up to a point, but a little fuzzy on the details. Auburn did not give Bear fits(19 – 6) but he did call Auburn that “cow college” down the road, and he did enjoy beating Auburn almost more than anybody. Actually, he enjoyed beating Tennessee more but that was because of his respect for General Neyland, whom Bear never beat. The long standing rivalry (friendly) between Alabama and Tennessee took a beating as a result of the “secret” testimony that Fulmer gave (NCAA rules prohibit it but they did it anyway) and it is not what it once was. As for Curry, 3 losses to Auburn certainly did not help his cause, as did a loss on Homecoming to Ole Miss and a loss to Memphis. The real reason he left (he was not fired) is because he realized he would never fit in completely (although I thought he did a better job than that cold fish Ray Perkins) because of his GA Tech roots and the bad blood over the Chick Graning – Darwin Holt incident. Curry was renegotiating his contract and asked for “no cut” contracts for his assistant coaches; something unheard of in 1990. Bama refused to permit it and he quit and went to Kentucky.

Mike

October 4th, 2010
3:07 pm

Dooley should have been counting his players on the field instead of counting down the game clock. Did he think it was New Year’s Eve? He won’t last three years there.

Charlie Bama

October 4th, 2010
3:12 pm

Hey, it’s me, Charlie Bama. Has that little Auburn twit (the mommma’s boy) been around today? (No offense to the regular Aubies, seriously)

Scott

October 4th, 2010
3:12 pm

Barnhardt’s is using a double standard. He said the officials in the LSU game weren’t going to let the outcome of the game be decided by the obvious penalty where the LSU kid took his helmet off. However, the 13 men on the field didn’t give TN an advantage but they called it. A penalty is a penalty.

KeithD

October 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

to those who are saying UT outplayed LSU (e.g, their QB Simms), why is it we doubled them in total yardage? if it weren’t for FOUR turnovers and nine penalties, the score would have been ugly. yeah we got lucky in the end, but don’t even pretend you are equal or better than LSU.

Glory Glory

October 4th, 2010
3:15 pm

Congrats to tech for defeating fellow ACC lightweight Wake Forest. I’m sure those tech football tickets will sell like wildfire now, right? Right??

KeithD

October 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

and why is no one talking about Coach Dooley’s childish behavior throughout the game, esp at the end. very unprofessional and immature. Miles had to run him down to shake his hand. i used to respect him, but real UT fans should expect more than that from their coach. very poor sportsmanship

Les Miles

October 4th, 2010
3:18 pm

Jokes on you buncha panty waists! I just signed an endorsement deal with Bulova. So there!

MOOOOOOOOOOOO

October 4th, 2010
3:21 pm

YES CHARLIE BAMA……”COW” PATTY SULLY HAS BEEN HERE ALLLLLLL DAY!!!!

'Bama 1

October 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

King Gaytor, What is a thron?

bamafan

October 4th, 2010
3:24 pm

Guys – I never thought Tony was a homer for UGA or Tech as much as many of you. However, he is a homer for the SEC officials. As someone else wrote, I thought there should have been a false start penalty called on LSU for the last play. What Tony should have written was this: “The SEC officials are not going to call a penalty for helmet removal when the player reasonably believes that the game is over and when it ends with everything riding on the final play.” He should have also written this “The 13 players for Tennessee really had no effect on the play but there is no way the officials can ignore the fact that 13 Tennessee players were lined up before the snap.”