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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369 comments Add your comment

David

October 4th, 2010
7:18 am

Jimmy Pritchard

October 4th, 2010
7:21 am

So the mediots have picked their Team Of The Century Of The Week, the Greatest Team Ever To Suit Up–again. Hey, Tony, USC from 2005 called; they want their hype back.

News flash: Florida is awful this year. Beating them isn’t that impressive.

[...] There’s Alabama, and then there’s everybody else, writes Tony Barnhart for the AJC. [...]

Ray Goff

October 4th, 2010
7:32 am

I look forward to reading tomorrow’s column. My days are looking better and better.

Les Miles

October 4th, 2010
7:36 am

Leave me alone. I know what I’m doing. Stop calling me Lester Gump.

Barnhardt

October 4th, 2010
7:40 am

No UGA arrests over the weekend. Way to go boys.

Scott

October 4th, 2010
7:40 am

To answer your question Tony, NO ONE can handle Bama and they will go undefeated for the third regular season in a row and win back to back National Championships. One thing that I do take umbridge with is all this hype about Oregon. They are a really good team but Bama would destroy them, Ohio State would be a more compelling matchup than some overhyped Pac-10 team that cant play D against a team of Alabamas caliber!

UGA VII

October 4th, 2010
7:41 am

I passed away last year to avoid all of this.

Hear in the afterworld we win every game and fire hydrants are everywhere.

Sorry dwag fans but it is only the beginning. Beatdown after beatdown.

I had to go home. I couldn`t stand it any longer.

SimpleDawg

October 4th, 2010
7:45 am

The Dawgs are a disaster…..there’s plenty to write and to talk about.

Alabama is on the way to 12 – 0.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 4th, 2010
7:45 am

The Reporter: Mr McGarity, will you get a few coaches like they have at Alabama ?

Greg: Something like that, this is my model.

http://videosift.com/video/George-C-Scott-as-General-Patton-Opening-Speech

Someone who will develop teamwork and a work ethic.

TallPaul

October 4th, 2010
7:49 am

Tony,
I have to disagree with you about Hebert yanking his helmet and tossing it. The rule states that a player can’t take his helmet off on the field. LSU’s QB was down covering the ball and players were still running to it. My belief is that it should have been off setting penalties. Game over because the ball would not have been moved to the 6 inch line. Either enforce all the rules fairly or take them off the books. I don’t think that the helmet rule states that it should only be enforced as long as it dosen’t decide a game outcome.

UGA will win b/c they have to

October 4th, 2010
7:51 am

Still waiting. It has to come true some day.

40Capt

October 4th, 2010
7:52 am

Tony please respond, because you are wrong about officials in TN/LSU game. The umpire was very late getting over center, for some inexplicable reason he is looking back over his left shoulder when substitutions started which caused him to be late to get over center, also he stood there for a very brief period of time. At the far end of field, umpire has to hold longer than normal to allow defense to respond to offensive subs. That guy was clueless, and had been all game. Multiple times Dooley was shown complaining to the wing official on his side that ump wasn’t doing his job. Please ask Mr. Redding about that

Humiliated dawg

October 4th, 2010
7:53 am

red faced…………………..

Please....

October 4th, 2010
7:54 am

Mister Leslie at LSU is the luckiest SOB south of the Mason Dixon line.
Tony, you’re really not that good at making predictions. Check your record. I could be way off base here, but I think SC could be the first to take down UAT this weekend. Then Auburn could do it in Tuscalooza.
Poor Uga. I think he should look for a different team to mascot. You know that poor dog is embarassed.
Look for Auburn to take some revenge on some folks in the coming weeks.
War Cam Eagle!!

Palm City Dawg

October 4th, 2010
7:59 am

I will forever be a Dawg fan. It’s in my blood. 3rd generation, but this is too painful to take. I guess we could clean house and bring in another staff, or just wait it out and see if Richt and Grantham will turn this around and get the right personnel in place to stop the pain. I just can’t watch that defense get clobbered any longer and an offensive line that can’t play every down.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
7:59 am

Bama isn’t on its way to 12-0……yet.

As impressed as I am with this team, they haven’t played sixty solid minutes in any game. UF controlled the game in the second half, but self-inflicted wounds kept them from mounting a come-back.

But…it looks as if the defense may be comng of age. The DLs, and LBs played great Saturday night. The Secondary is still a bit shaky at times, but is starting to gel.

Get a chance to see how this WIP is coming along this Saturday in Columbia.

Dawgbreath

October 4th, 2010
8:00 am

Still think USC can win the east. Bama will be their last loss. Tony says he can’t see Florida losing with the east title on the line. Can’t see Spurrier losing either when it’s on the line. This of course assumes Garcia stops turning it over.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
8:02 am

3rd,

I agree that we haven’t played a full game yet but, there was never a credible threat in the second half. BAMA’s coaches reigned in the offense, and the players lost interest and focus.

I am concerned about the number of explosive plays the defense gives up.

he is noy lying

October 4th, 2010
8:05 am

A.J. Green state that he had never been 1-4 before. At 0-1, I believe him.

Smart like a Fox

October 4th, 2010
8:09 am

Tony,
where have you been? oh yeah, Your one of those SEC suck ups. The SEC has been 1 or 2 teams for sometime now. Its Bama baby and thats it. UGA is reaping what it has sewn as well as TN and Fla. When you bring Thug Athletes to school and pass on hard working student athletes then this is what you get. But it was all about winning. Look if you couldn’t trust them standing behind you at the ATM, what makes you think you can trust them when you turn them loose on campus? Some schools still do it right(see Stanford) but the SEC don’t care to even try.

Beast from the East

October 4th, 2010
8:12 am

Bama certainly looks like the cream of the crop. UF did not help themselves with the -4 turnover margin. You won’t beat very many teams like that, much less the #1 team in the country on the raod. Hats off to Bama. Hope we can get a rematch in Atlanta.
Miles continues to amaze me. He wins despite himself. The Hat comes to the Swamp this weekend. What “rabbit” will he pull out of that Hat this time?
UT should quit complaining. When you have 2 extra players on the field, it’s a penalty plain and simple. They played a great game, but blew it on the past play. That UT team will continue to improve and be a handful next year with all the young players getting playing time this season.
I agree that Oregon looks more impressive than OSU. It will be a shame if they run the table and get stuck playing Boise State in the “who cares Rose Bowl” while Bama dismantles the Buckeyes.

Jim

October 4th, 2010
8:13 am

Dear McGarrity, please keep Mark Richt. The rest of the SEC enjoys watching someone who has completely checked out try and coach a football team….it’s fun watching someone with such a distinct allergy to discipline try and explain why #25 can get 3 personal foul flags in one game and NEVER BE TAKEN OUT….and here’s a question..when AJ Green committed to UGA as a junior in high school, did “Coach” Richt just stop recruiting? Because AJ is the only guy on the team who even resembles a playmaker. Weird.

Douglas

October 4th, 2010
8:13 am

Palm City: I’m not sure about the defense: even when Van Gorder first came to UGA, he said he could not play certain schemes on defense because they did not have the right personnel. Maybe our new DC needs more time to get the right personnel. But our offense is terrible and I used to believe in CMR but he no longer looks like a strong leader to me. He seemed to be more invested in this program and more intense when he was the HC and OC.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
8:15 am

Before anyone suggest that Florida shut BAMA down in the second half:

“The second half, we probably didn’t play offense like we wanted to,” Saban said. “We ended up on the field quite a bit defensively. Maybe we shut it down a little too early in the game.

Hobnailbooty

October 4th, 2010
8:15 am

The last time UGA was 1-4 was 1953. I am so disappointed in our team. What a mess and I don’t see more than 3 more wins w/o a attitude adjustment. Scary

LLoyd Christmas

October 4th, 2010
8:19 am

Where are all of the FLEABAG dipwads guaranteeing a win over Colorado and a Tech loss. HUH? I didn’t think so!

5150 P.O.A.D

October 4th, 2010
8:21 am

I bet Barbara Dooley was ready to kill the coach that called for the players on D to change. I would also bet Barbara just lost 5 years of her life with the huge change of emotions in just 30 seconds. That was about to be the Biggest win for her SON ever and it was screwedup buy a call to swap the D.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
8:21 am

At Tony’s request, let’s save the UGA stuff for tomorrow. We can focus on the positive today.

atlvol55

October 4th, 2010
8:23 am

Tony,

I agree with you most of the time. However, you make a couple of points about the LSU game I don’t agree with. You state that it shouldn’t be a penalty for throwing the helmet because it didn’t impact the game. HOWEVER, you could make the same argument that 13 players had nothing to do with the play. It wasn’t like Jefferson ran a qb sneak and got stopped. They hiked it 15 yards over his head. TN could have had 5 players on defense and it wouldn’t matter. If your going to call one, you should call the other.

Also, lets not forget the VERY questionable pass interference call which got LSU to the 2 yard line…that ball was about 5 yards over his head out of the end zone…

Also, if you look at the film, I’m not so sure the couple of LSU players were completely off the field when the play was snapped….It was a devastating loss, no doubt; but LSU was moving, had guys running on and off; it was pretty lucky for them to escape there…the refs deserve some blame for the total chaos

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
8:24 am

51ML

I’m not sure Bama shut down in the second half. From my perch on the couch, it looked like three things happened: Florida’s punter kept Bama backed up most of the second half, the offense couldn’t get into any rhythm, and filed position dictated conservative play calling.

But give Florida credit. Their defense could have packed it in, but came out and played an outstanding second half.

I look for Florida to be in Atlanta come December. AU looks to be the biggest hurdle for Bama

14TH--ON THE WAY

October 4th, 2010
8:25 am

The dumbest coach in the country got bailed out by the second dumbest coach in the country.

(I’ll admit, I stole that from somebody on the radio today.)

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
8:28 am

Beast

I agree on Oregon. That team has more speed on offense than anyone in the country. The question I have is the speed of their defensive line. If they win out, I do hope the get in the NC game.

RxDawg

October 4th, 2010
8:29 am

That’s twice now I saw the begining of an Oregon game and the ducks were losing, pretty badly mind you. Then I swap over to something else for an hour or two. When I get back to the Oregon game, they have come back and lapped the other team. That offense must be something else. I’d like to see it against that Bama defense at the end of the year.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
8:31 am

3rd,

Saban said the coaches shut it down. McElroy said the offensive players completely lost interest in the game.

The jury is still out on AU. They started last year 5-0. There are several reasons why the Iron Bowl will not decide the SECW title:

1. Due to its inconsistent offensive, Aub will lose a game
2. Due to its mediocre defense, Aub will lose a game
3. After playing 11 games in a row before a bye week, Aub will lose a game due to injuries

They are a great story right now.

Dave

October 4th, 2010
8:32 am

I agree. UGA is heading for a 2-3 win season. Next week against TN, we are gonna get hammered. TN has less talent than UGA, but they play harder. I am in college football hell…..

Herschel Talker

October 4th, 2010
8:32 am

TB:

YOU ARE IGNORING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. YOU SAID THAT MARK RICHT WILL BE THE COACH AT UGA NEXT YEAR BECAUSE YOU’RE ANOTHER MAINSTREAM MEDIA HACK. CARE TO REVISE??? RICHT WILL SURELY BE FIRED.

HT

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
8:32 am

If Bama had concerns about the Florida defense in the second half, then they wouldn’t have played their 2nd string QB and 3rd string RB. A lot of kids on the Crimson Tide squad got to play in this game — on both sides of the ball.

40Capt

October 4th, 2010
8:33 am

Here’s the rule folks- pretty straight forward, umpire should have held longer, no question about it. Sorry Tony, they did not get it right. Watch the tape again and watch the umpire.

While in the process of substitution or simulated substitution, Team A is
prohibited from rushing quickly to the line of scrimmage with the obvious
attempt of creating a defensive disadvantage. If the ball is ready for play, the game officials will not permit the ball to be snapped until Team B has placed substitutes in position and replaced players have left the field of play. Team B must react promptly with its substitutes.

CORNFED

October 4th, 2010
8:35 am

Watch out for NEB. They have a great D and a solid QB. Im not saying they would beat Bama right now, but they are very, very close.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
8:35 am

51ML

hard to argue any of your points. I think AU has substantially more depth than last year, and that should help them keep out of a five game slide like 2009.

They have a great athlete who is learning to play QB. He will need to be a real QB when they get to Tuscaloosa.

Your point about the defense is the one that would concern me the most if I were an AU fan. Outside of Josh Bynes, that is a medocre “D”.

UA Alum92

October 4th, 2010
8:36 am

I was fortunate enough to be at the Florida-Bama game on Saturday and was impressed by the Tide’s dominance but they are far from perfect, particularly on defense, but they have been able to make the big stops / turnovers when needed. This weekend’s game in Columbia will be telling about how far we’ve come. Giving Darth Visor an extra week to prepare always makes me nervous.

Back to your comment, Tony, I was wondering what were the longer odds at this point: Bama going 12-0 or Georgia having a winning regular season?

Chris

October 4th, 2010
8:37 am

If Florida continues to play like they are playing, your SEC championship game will be played this weekend…

5IML

October 4th, 2010
8:37 am

3rd & Palladin,

What’s up with McElroy’s deathwish? Why is he taking unnecessary hits? He’s a lot smarter than that (or should be).

atlvol55

October 4th, 2010
8:37 am

Also, Tony could you clarify the rule on illegal substitution? LSU had a semi huddle and seemed to break with more than 11…it seemed as if illegal substitution could have also been called on the play

Detail Man

October 4th, 2010
8:41 am

Hey Tony,
The final score for LSU vs Tennessee was 16-14.
not 17-14.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
8:41 am

my take on McElroy

He is borderline arrogant. He has a reason to be, since he is usually the smartest guy in the room. I think he has taken an “in your face” attitude toward defensive linemen, LBs, and DBs.

I’m afraid that on of them is going to hand him his face back, pretty soon.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
8:42 am

@5IML

Are you referring to his attempt at that sideline fake when he tried to spin back inside, rather than stepping out of bounds after getting a first down? He’s a player — what can you say? Greg gets accused of being a “game manager”, but he can make a play when he has to. You can’t hardly fault him for enjoying it. Football is supposed to be fun.

NoGaGator

October 4th, 2010
8:44 am

Bama won this one decisively playing Green Bay Packer smash-mouth football. They don’t run many different plays but their execution is excellent. UF has to grow up fast to make it a game in the rematch. Coach Meyer needs to have someone other than Addazio to do the playcalling.

It’s a long season and UF still has time to get it right. Sorry to see UGA going down the tubes. Hope Richt survives.

GO GATORS.

TommyJack

October 4th, 2010
8:44 am

atlvol55: I’m afraid Tony only wants to look at this thing one way.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
8:47 am

NoGaGator

“don’t run many different plays”? Bama has eleven different sets in the wildcat formation alone.

OK…we’ve only used two of them, but the potential……………

5IML

October 4th, 2010
8:47 am

Palladin,

He took at least four unnecessary hits–including a head-to-head collision with a LB instead of stepping out of bounds. I doubt Saban and McElwain felt that was the fun thing to do. And it won’t be much fun when he’s out 3-5 weeks with a concussion or broken bones. I like AJ but I don’t want to see him starting SEC road games this year.

JB

October 4th, 2010
8:48 am

Florida seeing the Tide again…………….So………..I’m convinced……….They could see them 3 or 4 more times it wouldn’t matter………………….I’m on record early in the summer saying just because Florida is loaded with great athletes ( and they are) doesn’t mean they will have a great team ( ad they don’t)…. Now, they could beat my Dawgs this year 12 of 12 times, but they are paying the price of a QB being 70% or so of their offense. I knew they would struggle on offense this year. I watched both Brantley and Murray……I’ll take Murray, and I think Gators wouldn’t mind him either…………….He’s perfect for Meyer’s offense.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
8:48 am

RE: Tennessee

You can argue until you’re blue in the face about the officiating, but nothing can change that now. I still think that it was a poor coaching decision to attempt to substitute with so little time left on the clock. Had they stood pat, they would own one of the biggest upsets of the year right now.

willie martinez

October 4th, 2010
8:48 am

Hahahahahahahahaha

Hahahahahahahahaha

joe

October 4th, 2010
8:50 am

Les Miles better be on his knees thanking the Good Lord above for that ending…they got outplayed and should have lost. Have a feeling UGA will incur the wrath of the Vols on Saturday. A very bad Colorado team moved the ball at will on Saturday and UT will do even more on 10/9. Who would have thought UGA would be 0-4 in the SEC…and a 2-10 season is very possible.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
8:51 am

@5IML

I don’t want to see Greg get hurt either, but this is really nothing new. He’s never been afraid of taking a hit.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
8:53 am

JB

I reached the same conclusion about Florida’s offense last year. Too much of the offense had been placed on Tebow. Bama had the defense that could stop that.

Meyer (I’m sure) is re-evaluating as we speak. He’s a good coach, and I expect UF to be a much improved team by December.

I think they have to start with the OL. That unit did not play well Saturday night.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
8:54 am

NoGator,

It appears to our untrained eyes that BAMA runs only a few plays but there’s a lot more to it than that. Multiple formations (spread, power I, pistol, shotgun, wildcat, one-back) and personnel groupings give a defense a lot to consider. All these variations create mismatches. On top of that, BAMA’s players are simply better, on average.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
8:54 am

Palladin

I disagree. McElroy seems to be looking for hits this year. Maybe it’s the pressure of being a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
8:56 am

@3rdn8

As I recall, he played the NC game with cracked ribs. They’ll probably remind him to take better care of himself during practice this week.

JB

October 4th, 2010
8:57 am

There is an uneasy feeling in Athens……………..Are we this bad………..or just hitting a real bad
4 or 5 games…………………I’ve never seen a team play this bad, or coached this bad, with supposedly some pretty well thought od recruits playing for them. Most of Georgia’s Starters were recruited by most SEC teams………..I really think the offense is archaic and easy to prepare for, and the OC is a simpleton who is scripted with little imagination and as far as the defense, I don’t know of Grantham is lost, over his head or has very little talent.
I saw every week it can’t get any worse. A loss to Tennessee will be it for a lot of folks. A loss to them would mean the pride got left in the locker room.

dawgfan

October 4th, 2010
8:57 am

So basically LSU is STILL benefiting from the same bogus call that helped them beat Georgia last year. Hilarious. LSU has a 4 leaf clover shoved up its backside for sure. Me thinks Bama will knock it out though. I hope they knock that smug grin off Les Miles’ face too.

ViningsDAWG

October 4th, 2010
8:57 am

Look at the new Top 25 and how is Florida still that high. Brantley is by far the most over rated QB in the SEC. UGA is talented but as Pat Dye used to say they are fighting them angels right now.

Auburn may be 5-0 like last year but this is a totally different team. They have more depth,speed, and confidence. They may lose one over this stretch of three games but that will be it.

Bama Fan #2

October 4th, 2010
8:58 am

Bama’s new motto PEDAL TO METAL!!!

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
8:59 am

Georgia needs something to get them out of their funk.

Maybe a different Uni design?

wesleywhatwhat

October 4th, 2010
9:01 am

when is barnhart going to change his nickname to “mr sec football?

btw, should a nickname be something GIVEN to a person by someone else, not something a person decides to start calling THEMSELF, lol?

what a clown.

Richt ties Goff with 0-3 SEC start

October 4th, 2010
9:02 am

ViningsDAWG

Look at the new Top 25 and how is Florida still that high.

Because the NCAA coaches in the Coaches poll know alot more about football than just woof, woof, woof——-go dawgs fans

mcdaviddawg

October 4th, 2010
9:02 am

There’s Alabama, than everyone else and than Georgia. FIre Richt!

Richt ties Goff with 0-3 SEC start

October 4th, 2010
9:03 am

Palladin

Maybe break out the lucky Black ones?

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 4th, 2010
9:03 am

“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.”

FYI, Tony, You just did.

Can’t recall you ever saying that about GT in good times or bad…but you’re not a homer.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
9:04 am

Palladin

I’m not arguing that McElroy isn’t tough. 51ML’s point is: why is he taking all of the unnecessary hits?

He’s going to take enough hits during the normal couse of a game anyway.

He could just be a very competitive guy. Or….he could be a an arrogant, prima-donna prick.

My jury is still out.

slaughdog

October 4th, 2010
9:04 am

Tony,-

What makes you think FLA will have a rematch w/ ALA….they are not the best team in the EAST, South Carolina is better. Who knows, even GA might beat them (yeah, truth be told, FLA is down this year). The SECCG in ATL will not have the 2 best teams in the SEC—the top 5 teams in the SEC are all in the WEST division.

War CAM Eagle

Scott

October 4th, 2010
9:05 am

After watching as many games as possible Saturday, I would have Alabama first and Oregon second. I do think Oregon could beat Alabama on a neutral field though.

Alphare

October 4th, 2010
9:06 am

The Oregon coach benched his best player for the season last year because of a punch. See what has happened this year in Oregon?

If CMR benched Ealey for the whole season, and suspend AJGreen one more game on top of NCAA suspension, would UGA play as bad as it is now?

dawgfan

October 4th, 2010
9:06 am

JB, we will lose to Tennessee and perhaps badly. Any delusions of beating this team need to be put to rest right now. We can’t beat anybody.

Hey Scott

October 4th, 2010
9:07 am

Oregon Sat, Sep 11 at Tennessee W 48-13

You’re an idiot.

Hey Scott

October 4th, 2010
9:08 am

This is to the scott who made the 6th post

Richt ties Goff with 0-3 SEC start

October 4th, 2010
9:09 am

Richt says he doesn’t think Branden Smith will play this weekend———–is this man totally clueless, here is a young who has had 2 concussions in 3 weeks, and Richt says he might not be ready Sat.

This young man should sit the rest of the year, concussions are not to be taken lightly—–a good coach would know that

DCJohn

October 4th, 2010
9:10 am

The SEC officials did not get it right. LSU broke the huddle and substituted. That is a penalty. I believe one Philip Fulmer made sure the refs knew of that rule when Georgia played at Tennessee in 2001.

KingGator

October 4th, 2010
9:14 am

Bama’s luck is about to run out too!! Want to find out how to wreck a program? Look no further than FSU, UF, etc. When programs are successful, coaching staffs get gutted. Where did Mark Richt come from? Charlie Strong? Dan Mullen? You don’t think Kirby Smart is about to become UGA’s next head coach? get ready Bama fans. Nothing is forever. Besides, Saban have all the accolades from college ball, but he will never be able to say, I won in the NFL and with the Dolphins. As a matter of fact, that will always be a thron in his side, so don’t be surprised if the NFL doesn’t come calling again. The man was an abyssmal failure in the NFL, at somepoint he’s want to make amends for that fiasco in his life

Wish ga played bama

October 4th, 2010
9:14 am

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:15 am

@3rdn8

Greg does a fine job of being humble in off-the-field interviews. I don’t think I want a QB who is so unsure of himself that he doesn’t get a little arrogant while on the field. It’s not like he’s making bad decisions for the team. He takes worse hits sometimes from standing in the pocket too long than by running straight at the defense when nobody’s open. Maybe he just wants to hit back occasionally?

MURPHY

October 4th, 2010
9:15 am

Lucky Les pulls another win out even though he doesnt have a clue.Give UT all the credit in the world,they were the best team in Baton Rouge Saturday. Dooley will win a couple he isnt suppose to!

Bama is the best team in the nation,but I say they slip in Columbia this week.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
9:15 am

The SEC.

This is a down year by SEC standards. The West has three legit teams (sorry LSU, you didn’t make that list), and the East has about 1.5.

I think the Big 10 and PAC 10 are just as good top-to-bottom. The Big 12 is down as well, but Nebraska can play with anyone.

I just don’t see a dominant team anywhere. Bama has the potential to be, but are a long way from being consistent enough.

redneck 61

October 4th, 2010
9:15 am

Alabama played a very very bad fla team they cant even snap the ball. SC will beat fla to win the east. If auburn can get past ark they will be undefeated when they play alabama.

Ray Goof > Mark Richt

October 4th, 2010
9:16 am

0-4 start? Likely

G Dog 88

October 4th, 2010
9:18 am

Dawgs will have their issues fixed by weeks end and will run out the rest of the season
GA 27 Fla 21
Ga 34 Aub 38
GO DAWGS!

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:19 am

@KingGator

It’s not as if Bama’s coaching staff has remained unchanged under Coach Saban.

As for the NFL — here’s a quarter, call someone who cares.

Bob

October 4th, 2010
9:19 am

Tony, it could be the SEC refs are trying to cover their rears after the embarassments of last year. There was a lot going on on that play. Chances are LSU committed a penalty or two themselves and the refs blew it. LSU was in complete disarray.

MURPHY

October 4th, 2010
9:19 am

King Gator,

Disagree-Saban is fine.He just like Surrier will stick to college coaching and leave a legacy at that. The NFL has humbled many good college coaches. Kirby wont be the next UGA coach. I dont see Saban failing at Bama cause he loses a few assistants. He has a system just like Urban does and they both work!

Gen Neyland

October 4th, 2010
9:20 am

In terms of last second chaotic clusterbangs, why does the Stanford Marching Band and their student section come to mind..? Although the stat sheet was, for the most part, unbalanced in LSU’s favor (except for turnovers), I gotta look at a few of the positives. Peterson was kept in check, took a #10 to the wire at their place and no false starts by the young OL are examples of growth.

Congrats to all the winners. On to Athens.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
9:20 am

Palladin,

McElroy is not hitting back. He’s not running defenders over or fighting through arm tackles. He’s getting smoked on just about every hit. Greg, let the Fast & Furious run over defenders.

jeff

October 4th, 2010
9:22 am

I’ll agree Bama looked awesome on Saturday. But to go ahead and pencil them in as 12-0 seems a little premature don’t you think. After all, just a week ago Arkansas had them on the ropes but didn’t make any plays in the 4th quarter.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:26 am

@jeff

Any team can lose a game on a given Saturday. That said, any loss by Bama this year will have to be considered an upset. They’re not invincible, but they are a very good football team this year and they seem to be improving with each week.

GT fan in MS

October 4th, 2010
9:26 am

I have to agree with Tony on Oregon being the 2nd best team in the country. OSU should have dropped to 3 with their anemic performance at IU.
Speaking of polls, LSU should not be the #9 team in the country after needing a miracle to be a below average Tenn team. They should have fallen 5 spots to 14. Look at their Offense and coaching, no way they are a top 10 team.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:28 am

LSU won’t drop in the polls until they lose. They will have plenty of opportunities to do just that. Until then, ugly wins count for just as much as do the “pretty” ones.

From Where I Sit

October 4th, 2010
9:29 am

Hat’s off to AL they are simply a great team.

Hopefully, the Gators will get another shot in December as they are the 2nd best team in the SEC!

Congrats again to the Tide.

Gators win the East again in 2010!

MURPHY

October 4th, 2010
9:29 am

Gen Neyland,

I know you were jumping up and down when the clock ran down on Sat in Baton Rouge. Heck I was and I never thought I would ever pull for Rocky Top. Yall played great,and I do believe UT has found them a coach. Being around the UGA program all my life I can promise you Dooley will do a great job at UT. How bout the fire he shows on the sidelines. I hate to see yall beat my Dawgs on sat but to lose to a Dooley is ok I guess. Good luck to yall.

Coach

October 4th, 2010
9:30 am

Derek Dooly and Les Miles…Dumb and Dumber!

Incredible. Both of these guys need to take an NFL course in clock management. Just incredible.

jeffvol

October 4th, 2010
9:32 am

Hey Tony…Got an EASY question for you. If the “helmet throw” didn’t “effect the outcome of the game” tell me EXACTLY how our 13 men on the field did??????? NOT ONE of our guys touched the errant snap. We would’ve won with 6 men on the field on the last play. A rule is a rule, right? Only when it works for the “chosen few” I guess.

T3

October 4th, 2010
9:34 am

At this stage it is possible (maybe not probable) to have the following teams at 12-0 / 13-0 at the end of the season/conference championships:

Alabama
Ohio State
Oregon
Boise State
Oklahoma/Nebraska (Big 12 Winner)
Utah

If we get to the end of the season with 5 undefeated teams,
it will be the ULTIMATE EPIC FAIL of the BCS, and will surely
bring about its much-needed end.

We can only hope.

JackB

October 4th, 2010
9:34 am

Admittedly I would like to see Boise State get its shot if it goes unbeaten a second straight year, but I’ll point out that Oregon was beaten last year by BSU which is essentially the same team but a year older this year. Of course, Standord beat Oregon last year too. I just wonder how many times a team must go unbeaten, including against BSC competition when it gets the chance, before it plays in the big game. Maybe we could let Oregon and BSU play in the BCS #2 game and just give the NC to Alabama (they are going to win it anyway.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
9:37 am

I was talking with a fellow Bama fan the other day, who was speculating about Saban going to the NFL. He thought that Jerry Jones would offer Saban half of Dallas County to come coach the Cowboys.

I don’t read tea leaves, and I never say never, but can’t imagine this one happening. Jones and Saban are two prime examples of the alpha male. Both are control freeks, and would play well together for about seven minutes.

cry me a river

October 4th, 2010
9:38 am

Hey atlvol55 – I will send you some tissues since you can’t quit crying. UT sucks as bad as UGA. D Dooley may be as bad as Richt and even Bobo

[...] Per Barnhart. 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. There’s Alabama, and then there is everybody else | Mr. College Football [...]

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:40 am

“Auburn is a candidate but that game is in Tuscaloosa.”

Don’t underestimate the power of the Cam. Yes Bama is great and yes they will probably win from here on out but that doesn’t mean they can not be beaten.

Look back at the Bill Curry days where Bama would go undefeated right up into the Iron Bowl only to be beaten.

T3

October 4th, 2010
9:40 am

If we get to season’s end with 5-6 undefeated teams, each
demanding their spot in a BCS-CG, THERE WILL BE LAWSUITS !!!!

It wold make for a fitting end to the BCS: Bowl Cartel System.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
9:41 am

I try never to look back at the Bill Curry days.

Runnwild

October 4th, 2010
9:42 am

I am trying to understand all the hype around south Carolina. They may turn out to be a good team but what have they done so far? They beat Georgia at home but so did one of the worst teams in the big 12.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:42 am

5IML

Auburn’s defense and offense is a lot better than last year and this team has already beaten a ranked team.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
9:44 am

Yep, 3rd.

Saban has (nearly) complete autonomy at BAMA. I doubt he gives that up to become Jerry’s do-boy. But, enough with dispelling silly rumors.

The D-line had its best game of the year against UF. It appears the coaches have found the player combo that works best. Besides the occasional blown coverages by our LB’s (not picking up RB’s) and DB’s, we look almost unbeatable.

Kenny Powers

October 4th, 2010
9:45 am

Alabama is a machine. Oregon went on a 42-10 run against a great Standford. I still believe Ohio State is a top football team. Auburn has been playing good but they haven’t proved they’re a top 10 team yet.

Also, I loved the post-game reaction on CBS sports. Yall looked about as stunned as me and my buddies. Remember the Ole Miss- LSU game last yr? Time freaking management. How in the world do you let 20 sec. run off the clock…esp when you’re on the1 yrd line? Boggles the mind.

Kudos to UT for playing with so much heart. UT exposed LSU for what they really are…….

Runnwild

October 4th, 2010
9:46 am

Do you auburn people realize how pathetic you sound, “war cam eagle” and “don’t underestimate the cam”! Just shows what your team is, one guy. Live with one die with one

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:46 am

Football Fan

October 4th, 2010
9:47 am

As an LSU season ticket holder, I can assure you that I do not know of one LSU fan who has any confidence in our head coach or our offensive coaching staff.
I will give them credit for being 14 & 4 over two seasons without a quarterback, but hold them accountable for not having a QB on the roster knowing what happened last year.
A headcoach’s job is to manage the game & put his team in position to win – he consistantly does not do that – Les Miles should be fired & LSU should move on.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:48 am

Runnwild

Do you realize how stupid Bama people look when they name their kids after Nick Saban?

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:49 am

Palladin

Not sure what you are talking about with, Living in the Past, but I will say that this years team is better than last years team.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
9:49 am

Auburn guy,

Playing 11 straight games is not good for any college team. Add that to your other inconsistencies, and I don’t see Aub coming to Tuscaloosa undefeated. I could care less if you’re 11-0 on Thanksgiving but, it’s a long shot.

I would like to engage you in intelligent discourse regarding your team.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:50 am

“Auburn has been playing good but they haven’t proved they’re a top 10 team yet.”

IF we beat LSU and Arkansas, we will have proved to be a top ten team.

JB

October 4th, 2010
9:51 am

I would rather keep Mark with a New OC than bring in Kirby Smart….I’m just not sold on Kirby as our HC……. Auburn’s “no name” hire has done a pretty good job….That ball club could end up 10-2 or 11-1…………That’s a galaxy away from where my Dawgs are Now………I’m concerned about Grantham also….although maybe too early for that concern. I’m afraid something in Athens has caused these players in Athens to not “man up”. I can’t put my finger on it for the life of me, but CMR is accountable at the end of the day.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
9:53 am

@ Auburn guy, straight up yo

my wife thought it was silly when I named my oldest son Bobby Bear Burton. Guess who’s laughing now?

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:53 am

5IML,

Interesting. Three years ago Saban took over a terrible Bama program and brought it back from the dead. Take him out of the equation and your school is a mediocre football team.

Chizek took over and is gradually turning Auburn back around. I never said that we would go 11-0 but yes it could happen. Last year, a mediocre Auburn team led for 4 quarters over your “superior” Bama team up until .52 seconds.

Ed

October 4th, 2010
9:53 am

I am no LSU fan. What I cannot understand is all this garbage about the Vols outplaying LSU. Stats are funny things. While the Vols essentially won the game-then gave it back, the stats show one thing clearly: LSU dominated.
Total yards: LSU 434, Tenn. 217
First downs: LSU 20, Tenn. 12
Biggest stat: turnovers with LSU 4, Tenn. 0.

Of course stats do not determine who wins/loses. We have all seen games where one team dominates in every phase of the game yet loses. This would have been the case Saturday.

I don’t know if Tennessee is headed in the right direction or if they got lucky by playing Miles and he did his usual. Is he a mental case?

Bryant-Denny Stadium 4th largest on campus

October 4th, 2010
9:54 am

Alabama Recruiting: Barry Sanders Jr. interested in Crimson Tide.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:54 am

“Auburn’s “no name” hire”

That no name happened to help run two schools 13-0 for two straight years along with beating the best team ever, according to ESPN.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:54 am

@Auburn guy, straight up yo

What I’m talking about is the fact that the majority of the people on this blog don’t hardly know who Bill Curry is, much less remember his short-lived coaching stint at Alabama. Lets talk about Coach Barfield instead…

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:55 am

“Guess who’s laughing now?”

Normal people

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:56 am

@ Palladin

Well, I’m a hard nosed SEC guy who knows Bama and Auburn very very well. I can also name some old UGA coaches as well.

jeff

October 4th, 2010
9:56 am

yes palladin exactly. It would be a big upset for them to lose any game on the regular season schedule the rest of the way. But even the Steelers got beat yesterday lol…

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
9:57 am

Ed

Tennessee made a stupid mistake and ended up losing to LSU. LSU did not look like a powerhouse SEC team like they normally do.

jeff

October 4th, 2010
9:57 am

who was the best team ever according to espn? i guess espn never saw 1995 nebraska?

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
9:59 am

@jeff

All you can do is play the games. I feel pretty good about Bama’s odds of winning any game they play. But yeah… They’ll lose one — eventually.

Driving Ms Dooley

October 4th, 2010
10:00 am

The reason there was so much chaos on the field was because the Hat made the bonehead decision of not killing the clock AND making substitutions. Dooley had to substitute to get another D back on the field. The rule is in place to protect the defense in this case–and it didn’t. Yes, you have to put it on the UT coaches, but to their credit, no one expected such a stupid move from LSU. Unbelievable.

The bad officiating however, was on display on the previous play. A very questionable call on the pass interference. In the stadium after the game, there were alot of LSU fans telling the Vol fans that they were railroaded. I think Vol fans feel better about their coach and their future than LSU fans do.

Good call Tony–on Alabama and Oregon. Easily the best two teams in the country. Let Ohio State play BoyZ state. If Alabama slips, it will either be SC or Auburn who both look very good right now.

5IML

October 4th, 2010
10:01 am

Auburn guy,

There is a big difference between Saban taking over a BAMA team in shambles and Chizik (in your post, you misspelled your coach’s name) taking over a team in shambles. Its not just the head coaches themselves but the staffs.

Last year, BAMA was looking ahead to UF in the SECCG game and almost lost the Iron Bowl. Lack of concentration and urgency on BAMA’s part was a bigger factor then Auburn’s play that day. With that said, you guys played with a lot of heart and determination.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
10:01 am

@ Auburn guy, straight up yo

you know……as November draws closer……it seems to be harder to joke with AU people.

Tightly clinched sphincters won’t help you win football games.

You need to go some where and relax. Just not next to me.

CalGatorBrotha

October 4th, 2010
10:02 am

Let me get this right here….Mr. College Football….Mr. UGA lover…failed to mentioned how horrible his beloved Dawgs are this year?….hmmm wonder why

Bare Bryant

October 4th, 2010
10:03 am

oh pulllezee. Alabama’s education ranks in the bottom 5 and the best it can show is the football team. What a lousy world we live in. The kids in the great state of alabama needs more robust education.

GeneralNeyland96

October 4th, 2010
10:04 am

Tony,

You’re absolutely right that UT had 13 men on the field for that last play and LSU deserved to have an untimed down because of it.

However, you’re absolutely WRONG that the uncalled unsportsmanlike conduct penalty had no bearing on the outcome….that untimed down would have looked a lot different if taken from the 15.5 yardline!

If instant replay is going to be used to review a play, they should review the ENTIRE play, not selective portions.

It doesn’t surprise me that the majority of the officiating crew at LSU on Saturday had been suspended at one point last year for poor performance. It DOES surprise me that they’re still allowed to participate in games together in such concentrations.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
10:04 am

After Auburn squeaking past both MSU and SC, I would have thought that we would hear the end of Auburn fans bragging about winning the first three quarters of a game last year. The final score is the only score that counts.

brokeback jacket

October 4th, 2010
10:04 am

There’s the 50 people in the stands at tech’s ugly little stadium, and then there’s everyone else on Earth.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
10:06 am

@ Bare Bryant

think I see a trend here.

(a) get your fannies’ waxed on Saturday.
(b) jump on little kid’s education standards on Monday.

If your world is so lousy…….there’s an exit door to your left.

Palladin

October 4th, 2010
10:06 am

@5IML

“Patty” always misspells Chizik’s name.

David

October 4th, 2010
10:06 am

Smart not talking about GA. You being a Ga homer, it might be very difficult.
Rogers Redding is very good at politics, but the game passed him by along time ago.
He still brags about the time he got suspended and it made it’s way to ESPN.
Don’t give his ego anymore publicity. The game passed him by about the same time as it did for CMR.

Gator Mike

October 4th, 2010
10:08 am

GATORS simply got clobbered because the offense is milk toast and the play calling is very prdictable to everyone. Tery Austin’s Defense is steadily improving, but the team is not balanced. Coach Meyer has some tough decisions to make, and maybe he should move Pouncey back to Guard where he is great because he is not a very good Center. Brantly running the spread offense is getting to be sickening because the other teams seem to know that he will not run it properly.
Unless some changes are made quickly, LSU will will also beat the Gators no matter how many dumb decisions are made by the LSU coaches.
I suspect it will be very tense in the Swamp on Saturday night; therefore, I will pack some Rolaids.
Go Gators!

Tony ...

October 4th, 2010
10:09 am

LOL… no mention of your beloved Dawgs? LOL.. its killing you isnt it

sjt18

October 4th, 2010
10:09 am

Let me get this right… a player yanking a helmet off and an LSU player throwing a helmet after the last play were not calls that should be made because they didn’t effect the outcome of the game… BUT having 13 on the field which ultimately also didn’t effect the original outcome of the game should be called?

How is that? I’m not suggesting that the sub infraction shouldn’t have been called. It should have… half the distance to the goal. Then the unsportsmanlike conduct flag for throwing a helment should have marched the ball back to the 15.

Buford Sowega

October 4th, 2010
10:09 am

Auburn’s Defense might be mediocre, but they play with heart for four quarters. You can’t ask for more than that. Playing with unrelenting zeal and determination will keep an average team in the game.

Runnwild

October 4th, 2010
10:10 am

Hey auburn guy, too bad you have to play the game for 60 full minutes. But ya’ll keep hanging onto that moral victory.

bamafan

October 4th, 2010
10:13 am

Not again!! – Why do the Auburn fans get on the blog and pick a fight every day? Grow up. Auburn is 5-0, playing well, and ranked in the top ten. Bad mouthing other teams, players, and coaches doesn’t make Auburn any better, and it doesn’t make the other teams worse.

robodawg

October 4th, 2010
10:15 am

I totally agree. I want to see Oregon play Bama for the MNC. Oregon looks much better than Ohio State or Boise State. I hope the voters and computers can see that. (And hope Oregon doesn’t get tripped up along the way — it would be a shame.)

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
10:18 am

@ bamafan

Agree on all counts. But go to an AL.com forum (doesn’t matter which one), and you’ll see a gaggle of people who do nothing but spew hate, 7 days-per-week, 365 days per year.

It just makes some people feel better to insult, and disparage total strangers. (see “Bare Bryant” as my case-in-point)

They must live on a tiny little planet.

WashingtonDCduck

October 4th, 2010
10:19 am

**** OREGON ALUM / RABID FAN SPEAKING ****

Look, Alabama is good, very good, elite good. They’ve separated themselves from the rest of a quality group of upper echelon SEC teams. Florida is no chump, they’ve slipped, but they are still a first-rate football team. ALABAMA WOULD NOT DESTROY OREGON. How in the hell does one come to that conclusion? Alabama comes at you with the same power attack that Stanford did, and look how that turned out. (see a 49-10 run by Oregon over the nation’s #9 team!) Are the Tide better than Stanford, of course. I’m not making parallel conclusions here. It’s one style of football versus another.

OREGON made the necessary 2nd half adjustments vs. Stanford, and SHUT THEM OUT in the 2nd half. 2 INTs, a few 3 and outs, and the defense suffocated a previous deadly offensive attack. Give Oregon’s defense some credit where due. 115 to 7 is our 2nd half scoring margin this season, YES, including your Tennessee brethren who nearly beat LSU in Baton Rouge.

((( And to the point that Oregon lost to Boise State last year… ok, fair enough. We lost straight up, no gimmicks. You’re an idiot if you think it’s the same team. Masoli’s running of the Oregon offense vs. our current QB Darron Thomas of Houston, TX is 100 times different. Your 80 yr old grandmother could throw a better ball than Masoli. He provided very little, and inconsistent vertical down the field threat. Thomas not only has the wheels (117 yds on 15 carries vs. Stanford) but he throws a beautiful deep ball, and can effectively read defenses. He’s been in the program for 3 yrs now and is not some 18 yr old zit faces kid who lives in the dorms. 2010 Oregon Ducks are much more dangerous on offense than the 2009 team. )))

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:19 am

3rdn8

What are you talking about?

robodawg

October 4th, 2010
10:20 am

What an incredible finish to the LSU-UT game. Heartbreaking loss for Tennessee. I really wanted them to get it done. I just hope that emotional of a game leaves them less than at their best against us on Saturday. If they play their best, and we play on the incredibly inconsistent level we’ve been on, we can’t beat them.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:20 am

“Not again!! – Why do the Auburn fans get on the blog and pick a fight every day? Grow up. Auburn is 5-0, playing well, and ranked in the top ten. Bad mouthing other teams, players, and coaches doesn’t make Auburn any better, and it doesn’t make the other teams worse.”

Please show me one comment of mine that sounds hateful or sounds like I am starting a fight.

One.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
10:22 am

@ WashingtonDCduck

good…finally back to football.

(a) Oregon is the best offensive team I’ve seen this year (especially 2nd half).
(b) Oregon has more speed on offense than any team I’ve seen all year.
(c) Bama may be a bit more balanced in all phases of the game
(d) Bama’s defensive line looks much faster than Oregon’s OL.

and

(e) That would be a heck-of-a-game

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:23 am

3rdn8

Bias much? I’ve been to plenty of SEC games and have witnessed many acts of “hate.” I have a buddy who’s 11 year old son was beaten unconscious by U of Alabama students after a football game last year. They found out he was from Oxford, MS and put him in the hospital. After an investigation, the Bama guys were found and one was given jail time.

Don’t tell me that Auburn is the ONLY school that has a few a-holes.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:24 am

“Playing with unrelenting zeal and determination will keep an average team in the game.”

It’s worked for Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia and many other schools for years.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
10:24 am

@ Auburn guy, straight up yo

ok…slowly from the top

I was making a joke….a gag….a yarn, if you will.

(a) I didn’t name my sone Bobby Bear
(b) My last name isn’t Burton

and

(c) You can call me Johnson.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:26 am

“After Auburn squeaking past both MSU and SC, I would have thought that we would hear the end of Auburn fans bragging about winning the first three quarters of a game last year. The final score is the only score that counts.”

Those same teams beat the crap out of UGA. The team ESPN picked to be the “surprise” team of the SEC.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:27 am

3rdn8

Uh huh.

FIRESTEVEADDAZIO

October 4th, 2010
10:29 am

Gatormike, you hit the nail on the head!!!

Third and Long

October 4th, 2010
10:29 am

A Tech fan, not a Vol, but have to disagree with you when you say the officials got it right at LSU. The offense ran 3 people on the field at the last second. The defense has to have time to react to the substitutions. The offense is not allowed to keep people on the sidelines until the last second, run them in, and not let the defense react. Yes, time would have expired. But that is LSU’s fault. Once they changed their personnel, Tennessee should have had time to react.

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
10:30 am

@ Auburn guy, straight up yo

you missed my point….again.

I distinctly said: “go to the AL.com forums (it doesn’t matter which one”

I was referring to both fan bases…..and we can expand that to most of college football.

The crazies are taking over our sport. It isn’t limited to a particular school or conference.

A growing segment of the fan base seem to think thuggery is cool.

As my Grandma used to say: “they’ve missed out on a lot of learining”.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:31 am

Gator Mike

Just out of curiosity, do the gator faithful ever wonder if Urban should have done more to keep Cam Newton around?

robodawg

October 4th, 2010
10:31 am

GeneralNeyland96 (and sjt18), they can’t call a penalty on a replay. Sorry about that, but if the flag wasn’t thrown, there was no penalty. If an official even saw it happen in all that chaos, he would’ve left it alone b/c the clock was at 0. They won’t go back and call a penalty after they’ve seen another play would need to be run.

Bottom line, you were a couple of late substitutions away from pulling off a great upset. It’s a sucky way to lose. Sorry man, I was pulling for you.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:31 am

3rdn8

What is your point???????

bamafan

October 4th, 2010
10:32 am

Auburn Guy – your post @ 9:48 = “Do you realize how stupid Bama people look when they name their kids after Nick Saban?”

3rdn8

October 4th, 2010
10:32 am

@ Auburn guy, straight up yo

have a good day. hope your team does well this weekend.

see you in November

gt

October 4th, 2010
10:35 am

Bama is the best, almost scary how good they are. Tony will be better this year without his dawg in the hunt. His predictions are back on key and he actually sounds like an expert again. He still has a blind spot for Spurrier coming from his illness with Georgia, South Carolina has beaten better Florida teams with less fire power than they have this year. I think South Carolina and Auburn are the class of the rest of the litter. I don’t think Florida gets to Atlanta. Florida has one of those teams this year that could lose to anyone in the conference on any given Saturday.

MR

October 4th, 2010
10:35 am

Richt’s lost his team. Time for him to go.

WarEagle Beagle

October 4th, 2010
10:36 am

I would put Arkansas right up the with bama. Their only loss was to the #1 team in the country in a game that that they should have won. Ark will win out and bama might lose 2 games starting this week, putting the Hogs in the SEC championship.

MURPHY

October 4th, 2010
10:36 am

Washington Duck,

Alabama/Oregon would be a great game. I do think Bama would win,but in no way would they blow out Oregon. Tide would struggle with that offenseive scheme as would any other team in the nation. Ducks are for real!

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:36 am

bamafan

You consider that a fight?????????????

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
10:36 am

3rdn8

Uh, ok.

obamalovesGA

October 4th, 2010
10:40 am

Maybe everyone should give medical redshirts to all their recruiting mistakes . Time for the NCAA to go to work or will bama’s $ continue to work for them?

CrackDaddy

October 4th, 2010
10:42 am

No disrespect for Auburn, but my unbiased opinion is that Clemson is every bit as good as Auburn, as witnessed by the OT game in Auburn’s backyard (a definite advantage for Auburn). It was also clear that Miami is better than Clemson. Bottom line excluding Bama, ACC is arguably stronger this year than SEC.

UGA Insider

October 4th, 2010
10:42 am

If UGA looses badly to an undermanned UT team, look for the CMR era to end by this time next week. The hierarchy is embarrassed by the on and off the field issues and another loss to UT will be the final straw. This UGA team has quit and everyone within the program knows it. Look for Dooley to get his signature win as Kiffin did last year against us. Sources also tell me UGA coaching staff is the most dysfunctional group in the programs history…Led by Mike Bobo.

01HAWK

October 4th, 2010
10:46 am

It will only get better for BAMA. They are playing alot of freshmen on defense and even a walk on WILL LOWERY gets significant playing time as a DB.

How about the interception and touchdown by a true freshmen C.J. MOSELY…….. SABAN has had to play alot of freshmen because when you lose 9 starters off of your defense………………you have to.

It will get better. Another freshmen played alot by the name of Demarcus Millner at DB. You think they are good this year, then just wait til next year after these freshmen have a year under there belt.

01HAWK

October 4th, 2010
10:49 am

What do you expect when you make a coaching hire from Vanderbilt and Connecticut like UGA did ?

WashingtonDCduck

October 4th, 2010
10:49 am

On a side note, I felt terrible watching those kids celebrate on the Tennessee sideline and then only to be hit in the gut and lose on the next play as a HB toss by LSU punched it into the end zone for the win. The Vols played a hard fought game, and deserved a win. Sloppy game I thought, defenses played well in the trenches for both teams and I thought UT showed a lot of moxie on the road like that. Dooley just might be the man in Knoxville, give him some time to recruit and just maybe he can resurrect the program. LSU does it again… with their upcoming slate though, the clock will strike midnight eventual on Miles.

gcs

October 4th, 2010
10:51 am

1. Alabama routed #7 Florida 31-6 and were disappointed in their own performance. In many post-game interviews, players were talking about needing to improve. There will be no “trap games” for the Tide this season.
2. Florida still has to be the SEC East favorite but I don’t see them or South Carolina beating this Crimson Tide team.
3. Les Miles has always been lucky. Even when he inherited all those Saban players and won the National Championship in 2007, he made many head-scratching calls that by some miracle worked out.
4. I feel real sorry for Derek Dooley, but yes, the refs got it right.
5. Thank you for joining my Oregon bandwagon. I have been saying for weeks that they should be ranked ahead of Boise and TCU. Oregon actually looks like a co-#1 with Alabama but wouldn’t it be nice to see an Oregon-Boise rematch? The Ducks would throttle the Broncos back to also-ran status where they belong.

.

CrackDaddy

October 4th, 2010
10:52 am

Mr college football, one could infer from your premise is that the “everyone else” implies the rest are equal. I don’t think so. How would you rank the rest and watt is the level os separation between those teams?

Stan

October 4th, 2010
10:53 am

Tony,
While I understand the rationale. The thirteen players on the field did not have an impact on the outcome, seeing as the snap went past the qb. A rule is a rule and either enforce all of them or none of them.

Runnwild

October 4th, 2010
10:53 am

Auburn guy, it doesn’t matter what espn said about Georgia before the season started. Fact is they suck and if you are using that as justification on how good msu and USC are you are looking at the world through those auburn lenses.

CrackDaddy

October 4th, 2010
10:56 am

I believe UGA will make right decision and retain CMR. UGa needs to establish dignity and respect in their athletics, not cave in to irrational fans who want to win at all cost.

harold

October 4th, 2010
10:57 am

Tony: Tou and Mark are right. Georgia is a very poorly coached football team! It is time for Richt to go as everyone out of diapers agrees. The Georgia/Tennessee game is being dubbed THE TOILET BOWL!

Hollywould

October 4th, 2010
10:57 am

As an Auburn fan I am happy to be 5-0 but I see many holes in this team. Long way to go.

Always a Jacket

October 4th, 2010
11:02 am

Tony, you got it right. Alabama is above all in the SEC. Auburn & Ark are next best solid teams, then everyone else. SEC is probably 3rd best conference this year at best, behind PAC and Big 10. Auburn will not beat Alabama, Auburn defense has great players, but they appear to be poorly coached. Made Clemson look good. Looking forward to the LSU Florida game. At least one pick 6 against Jarrett Lee. Les Brains will run out of luck this week. Too bad about that UGA team.

GeneralNeyland96

October 4th, 2010
11:04 am

Robo….interesting, since there was also no flag thrown on UT for illegal participation…it came from the Booth….once a play’s under review, the WHOLE play should be reviewed…

REDHOG

October 4th, 2010
11:06 am

I love all the Auburn dreamers…we will find out about your team when they play the Razorbacks in a few weeks. Ga beats Tenn.

BAMA dude

October 4th, 2010
11:09 am

Good Morning everyone. Saturday was a glorious day for the Tide. We haven’t punched our ticket yet, but I don’t see many challenges left. We’ll learn a lot about our little brothers in Lee County this weekend. The way I see it, if we dismantle USCe from the beginning on their turf then, considering their struggles at home with both Clempson and USCe, we’ll know that Aubie is as far beneath us as I suspect. Reading through the comments, a couple of things jump out:

1) You’re better off ignoring the Auburn guy, straight up or whatever he’s calling himself today. It’s clearly the handle-changing moron that tries to take the board over daily by responding to virtually every comment at a rapid fire pace.

2) This comment struck me funny:

G Dog 88

October 4th, 2010
9:18 am
Dawgs will have their issues fixed by weeks end and will run out the rest of the season
GA 27 Fla 21
Ga 34 Aub 38
GO DAWGS!

Not only is this poor fella delusional, his score of the Auburn game while predicting UGA to run the table takes the cake.

harold

October 4th, 2010
11:09 am

Tony: I always watch you guys on Talkin’ Football. The helmet throwing incident should be enforced if it is a rule regardless of where you play. If you don’t get that call whether away or at home it should simply not be a rule!

BJohnDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:13 am

Alabama is the clear #1. But after watching the Arkansas gave, they are also clearly Vulnerable.
If the Razorbutts and mallet had played smarter in the 4QTR, Bama would have a lose right now.
I dont think anyone in the SEC will beat them. But outside the SEC….could be a different story.

Vol4Life

October 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Dear Murphy,
We appreciate the nice words about our program going in the right direction, but we are not there yet. In fact, the geniuses in Vegas have installed the Georgia Bulldogs as a 10.5 point favorite over Tennessee next week. Do THEY know that game is between the hedges? Do THEY know that AJ Green is back? Do THEY know that UT’s 3 losses came to top 10 teams? WOW.. UT must REALLY be on hard times to be a 10.5 point underdog to a 1-4 georgia team. Woah is me.

GO VOLS! Hang tough with the bulldogs…

Rammer Jammer

October 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Bama’s running the table again on the way to Title #14!!! This bama team may be better than last year’s team. They blew out a good florida team and should win the rest of their games easily. Bama will blowout florida or south carolina in the SEC title game, then play either Ohio State or Oregon, who will not be able to deal with the nasty bama D. Bama wins the BCS—bank on it!

reebok

October 4th, 2010
11:15 am

Georgia will beat Tennessee this week because they have to win. And apparently Tennessee doesn’t. Not sure how that works, but that seems to be the rule.

reebok

October 4th, 2010
11:16 am

Oh yeah, and Tech will beat Virginia on Saturday. Because they have to. And I guess Virginia…oh, never mind.

reebok

October 4th, 2010
11:17 am

All sarcasm aside, and I’m not trying to get beat down here by all the Georgia loyalists, but I honestly don’t see why UGA is a favorite over the Vols this week.

BJohnDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:18 am

And FYI…Dont be surprised if Coach Richt resigns at the end of this year.Moving on to missionary work or something outside of Georgia. I see that, or Bobo gone after 2010 and Richt getting 2011 to fix it. If not, then 2012 we will have a New UGA head coach. But Richt will not be fired this year.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:18 am

(milling about at the periphery of this conversation, whistling nrevously)

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:18 am

Tony, I do agree that Alabama is most likely the toughest team team in D-1, but there are teams lurking out there who could beat Alabama, OU is one of them. The problem I have with these blogs is they are too narrow in scope in terms of the SEC, which is the toughest conference, but these SEC teams are beatable.

Keep in mind that if the SEC sucks this year, which it does, then Alabama has a weak schedule. Their toughest oppoent was Florida, and maybe LSU. UT does not have what it takes, nor does Ole Miss, MSU, or Auburn. The SEC is weak this year, and if Alabama meets OU for the BCS title and gets a beatdown, then don’t come crying to me.

LSU FAN

October 4th, 2010
11:18 am

You Hillbilly UT fans need to give it a rest. The rule is you can’t have 13 men on the field. So STFU.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:19 am

Regardless, to win a title this year, it goes through Tuscaloosa. Alabama has to be careful, becuase most of their opponents are ranked low or not tanked at all, so they have nothing to lose and Alabama does.

BAMA dude

October 4th, 2010
11:19 am

Always a Jacket, I might see the Pac 10 being better top to bottom this year, but the Big 10? Come on. There is one good team and then absolutely nobody. And as an aside, Big East/ACC shouldn’t even get automatic BCS bids this year. Since the runner up of any of the other four would easily win those two conferences, BCS bids should go to the other four BCS conference champions and runners up plus TCU and Boise. Seriously- Stanford, Oklahoma, Florida, all deserve BCS bids before any ACC or Big East team. Don’t know who’s second in the Big Ten; that one may be debatable to beat Miami which speaks to the relative weakness of that group.

SadDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:20 am

“News flash: Florida is awful this year. Beating them isn’t that impressive.”
*************************
What a nitwit. An utter nitwit. 4-1 with big wins vs. UT and UK, a road loss to #1 Alabama (who incidently has a 19 game winning streak), and UF is awful?

Who is your team, Jimmy Nitwit?

gdawginkalamazoo

October 4th, 2010
11:20 am

The “A $ $ in the Hat” Miles got lucky AGAIN. “Just another day in the SEC…” I don’t think so Les.

UT may be “undermanned” at least from what I read above but they are playing with a ton of heart and determination. I think Derek Dooley comes home relaxes, visits his dad’s garden, and goes home with the W. It won’t be pretty either.

How funny would it have been to hear Larry Munson call the end of that UT-LSU game?

SadDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:22 am

reebok, the more valid question would be, who in the hell would bet on UGA at this point?

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:22 am

reebok

UGA is the favorite, because as bad as UGA is, UT is worse. The Vols had to really reach to get Dooley, and will struggle for several years before getting on their feet. If the Vols beat UGA and the Vols gave LSU a scare in Death Valley, then try and tell me that the SEC does not suck this year.

Regardless of what anyone says about Les Miles, he finds a way to win, just like Harbaugh at Stanford. Bo’s boys get it done.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:23 am

Saddawg…good point.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:25 am

Congratulations to Alabama.
We got our fannies handed to us in T-town.
The Gator Nation was uplifted by our teams’ performance against KY and hoped that team would show up Staurday night, but, alas, the Keystone Kops of the first three contests were the squad that took the field just before kickoff!
Tony may be right about our opportunity to play the Tide again in December, but after this weekend, beating USCe & UGA has become a more daunting proposition.
Again, congrats to Saban & Co.
A well-oiled machine with lots of talent.
Watch out when Aubie comes to visit.
I went to their game Saturday and they are a much improved team.

As always,

GO GATORS!

SadDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:25 am

What Mark Richt said last week: “….it could get worse.”

What Mark Richt didn’t say last week: ” Thank the Lord we don’t have to play Alabama.”

ARdawg

October 4th, 2010
11:25 am

Why not a blog on Richt’s story on the opening UGA page? So I will leave my remarks here. Coach Richt don’t fool yourself about the “low percentage” of the fans that are negative and vocal. There are a great many of us silent and negative yet, still supporting the team and that’s right, the boys of the team. The coaches, yourself included have lost every bit of confidence of much of the fan base. It’s time YOU get your act together and give us something to support a bit better than you have so far. You and your coaches look Bad Mr. Richt, it’s time to take your head our of your rectum and get a feel of the fan base you seem to enjoy speaking for. You my friend are WRONG. We’re silent yeah and we’re watching, waiting and HOPING you’ll start doing YOUR job.

Tony’s a Homer and has Florida returning to the SECCG? 50/50 at best

MURPHY

October 4th, 2010
11:25 am

Vol4life,

Im calling Vegas right now and taking UT plus 10.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:26 am

The only person CMR can fire now is himself, and that is not going to happen. UGA is afraid of the lack of coaching candidates out there, thus they will stick with CMR. UGA has to get rid of CMR to get rid of Bobo, because Dooley and Bobo have a large connection.

House needs to be cleaned.

ATLBuckeye

October 4th, 2010
11:26 am

Tony-

I guess you did not see Ohio State manhandle the same OREGON team last January ? Oregon returned everybody but 2 players this year and according to the media “experts” this is a better Ohio State defense and Terelle Pryor is playing at an even higher level. Offense woos the media and sells tickets defense wins games…it will always be that way. If you had bothered to research the Illinois game (who had 2 weeks to prepare for OSU) the wind conditions in Bloomington made it almost impossible to PASS the ball combine that with #2’s injury and the offense suffered. We beat Oregon on the line of scrimmage and would do it again cause that is where football games are won…it does not hurt to have a “freak” at QB either. Do your homework Mr SEC…

GeneralNeyland96

October 4th, 2010
11:26 am

LSU FAN

October 4th, 2010
11:18 am
You Hillbilly UT fans need to give it a rest. The rule is you can’t have 13 men on the field. So STFU.

Wow, really? that’s not legal? Good, now that that’s settled, what about the LSU lineman that threw his headgear in the middle of the play?

I’ll give you your untimed down, if you’ll take it from the 15.5.

Fair enough?

bamafan

October 4th, 2010
11:27 am

I don’t know how strong Bama is but claiming that our schedule is weak is interesting. Counting South Carolina, Bama will play 3 ranked opponents 3 weeks running (and 2 of the 3 were in the Top Ten at the time). Add in Penn State, then 4 of the 6 opponents were in the Top 20. Add in LSU and Auburn and it is likely that Bama will face 6 ranked opponents – with 3 of them likely in the Top Ten.
The fact that Ole Miss and Tennessee are weak this year is not something Bama controls.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:28 am

Hey Alabama people, not school, just Alabama people

Did any of you hear about this?

VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor, state lawmakers and others arrested in federal probe of state gambling legislation

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/10/arrests_underway_in_federal_pr.html

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:28 am

UGA is only 2 losses away from struggling for .500, which will most likely happen. UGA will lose to the Gators for sure, then they will lose to either Auburn and/UT, so there are no blow games scheduled for this year.

You need to find the person responsible for giving CMR a long-term agreement.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2010
11:29 am

Florida still has a pesky Carolina, a revengeful Arkansas and a Georgia team with absolutely nothing to lose. Florida’s chances do not look as good as Carolina in my mind and Florida is very susceptible to a string of losses. The Tebow chink in the armour is gone. They’re gashed and exposed

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:30 am

PSU, LSU and Auburn may have had and have decent rankings, but these schools are weak this year and beatable. Throw in some out of conference play with OU, Texas, Oregon or Boise, then that sort of schedule will provide some teeth.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:34 am

“Throw in some out of conference play with OU, Texas, Oregon or Boise, then that sort of schedule will provide some teeth.”

None of those above teams would schedule games against LSU, Auburn etc….

Auburn and Arkansas are the only SEC teams to have scheduled games with USC. I’d LOVE to see Bama and LSU schedule games against Oregon or Boise in a regular season.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:35 am

Florida is dangerous because they can play loose this year, and loose talent is dangerous. Meyer is going to take this opportunity to look at players, and there he is deep on the bench. This is the reason that I think Florida will beat UGA worse than last year, and could actually set the record.

The Dogs made a major mistake dancing in the Endzone, and they will pay for many, many years.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:35 am

AR;
Check your schedule again.
UF does not play Arkansas this year.

:o )

KR

October 4th, 2010
11:35 am

My only comment about the LSU-UT game is that I believe the officials only got it partially right. However, there is no recourse at this point so it’s best to move on.

I agree that Alabama appears to in a class by themselves. As someone who has watched football for a long time, it was quite apparent to me that the Tide had “eased off the gas” in the second half of the Florida game. So I don’t read a whole lot into that particular performance.

As to Auburn having a shot at Alabama – yes, they do. However, it’s no different this year than any other year. Check out history to see how many times an underdog has won the Iron Bowl.

I told my wife yesterday that I thought we (AU – I’m a graduate) were the worst looking #8 team I’d ever seen. Her reply was that maybe the rest of the teams just aren’t that good either. Our team shows promise. We’re getting better every week and the mistakes are getting fewer. But I believe we have a long way to go. I thought our second stringers looked pretty good in mop up duty against ULM, but then again it was ULM.

One thing I really don’t like is the schedule of 11 games in a row before taking the bye week. We might be pretty worn down by then and 2 weeks may not be enough to be fully prepared to play ‘Bama.

However, right now my only concern is Kentucky. In case some of my fellow AU fans forgot, we didn’t do so well against them last year and this year they appear to be a little better.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
11:36 am

Auburn, you played USC and got your helmets handed to you. UT went to Cal and UCLA and got waxed, so just schedule them and play ball.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:38 am

Mike Bobo 17 INT

Only one year. In 2002 we lost by 6 points. Hardly getting “our helmets handed to us.”

TexasDAWG

October 4th, 2010
11:38 am

Tony, I have been telling anybody that will listen (in Texas) the exact same thing about Bama. I watched the ESPN show his summer on them and then watched the Penn State game, and it was clear they are in a class all by themselves. They could have easily put more points on both PSU and Fla. the other night. Maybe Saban does has a soft side. How did they get so good so fast? One of Shula’s last recruiting classes was only 9 players, and in 3.5 short years, Saban has turned them into a monster. Coaching, Coaching, Coaching. On the ESPN show it was clear that every coach expects nothing less than 110%, there is no coddling and no sympathy from the coaches. In one very telling moment, Saban tells them all to stop complaining about the heat, both verbally and in body language, and then makes them run sprints. At UGA, our coach takes them swimming.

Regarding my beloved Bulldogs, if Carlton Thomas is the best running back we have to start a game, them we are in serious trouble (we saw this last year in the LSU game when it took Richard Samuels about 5 minutes to try a sweep). He should be playing D-III ball. Tony, CMR keeps talking about the effort being there but maybe the talent is not. The last two weeks our players have looked smaller and slower than the other team. How did this happen? Are our coaches that bad at recognize talent in evaluating players? I love CMR and would trust him with my own children on a mission in South America, but I am not so sure I trust him to run this program anymore. There seems to be a huge talent gap with other teams. Maybe these guys were great HS players, but they have not developed into big, fast college players, and that must have something to do with CMR’s system.

Speaking of system’s, our offensive system is played out. First, let me say I am not one of those people that jump on every bandwagon, and have resisted all the calls for the spread at UGA, but we need some new wrinkle in our O. I don’t know how it works or why, but just about everyone is running the pistol, and have great success with it. Why is CMR so locked in and dedicated to his play action, I formation? Everyone we play, all the fans, and my 8 year old son know what plays we are going to run when we line up. I was watching OU v. Texas and OU ran multiply formations from the pistol to the I and we all saw the result. CMR has to try new things.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:39 am

While their offense looks able to challenge most, if not all, SEC oppostion, Auburn’s defense is still their Achilles Heel.

ARdawg

October 4th, 2010
11:39 am

@17INT

Jeezsus….dancing in the end zone 2 years ago is all you got? That meant dic then and it means dic now. UGA will have absolutely nothing to lose and FL still in the east hunt. UGA is capable, if they will actually play FL is another concern but, the onus is on FL.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:40 am

KR

I don’t think we are the worst top ten team in the country. Boise isn’t looking so great because VT went and lost to James Madison the very next week. Oklahoma has had three scares so far this year. TCU has yet to play anyone.

Yes, Bama is very beatable. There have been plenty of great Bama teams that have lost in the Iron Bowl. Just ask Bear Bryant and Bill Curry.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:40 am

TXDawg:

Are you trying to say Richt’s one-a-days are haunting him now?

Dostoyevskiy

October 4th, 2010
11:40 am

Bama Dude, the 2d best team in the SEC, LSU, was held to a stand-off by a one-armed UNC team. Yea, the ACC doesn’t deserve an automatic bid. Miami would beat everyone in the SEC excepting Bama, and that game would be close. FSU would probably do the same.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:41 am

“Auburn’s defense is still their Achilles Heel.”

We’re 5-0. The defense has gotten better every week. Someone mentioned that Miami beat Clemson but failed to mention that their QB was playing with a back brace………

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:42 am

“Miami would beat everyone in the SEC”

No. No they would not.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:43 am

“the 2d best team in the SEC, LSU”

It astounds me that people write how good LSU is yet LSU has squeaked by more games than Auburn has.

Coach O

October 4th, 2010
11:43 am

@Dostoyevskiy

Arkansas is the second best team in the SEC.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:44 am

G8R GRAD

The Gator fans/alum that I’ve talked have told me that they are missing Cam Newton very very much now.

Guess Brantley wasn’t the second coming of Tebow after all.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
11:46 am

“Arkansas is the second best team in the SEC.”

There are 6 more games left in the regular season. Let’s all just take a deep breath and see what happens.

Hell, 4 weeks ago, UGA was already talking about the SEC championship.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:47 am

Easy, AU Guy:

My point was that your defense isn’t on the same plane as your offense.
The Tigers will need to explode out of the gate and run up the score to help your defense.

BAMA dude

October 4th, 2010
11:48 am

Dostoyevskiy

LSU is not the second best SEC team. That will be obvious this weekend when the Gators get well against them. As far as Miami goes, Florida’s secondary would pick Harris off nine times.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:49 am

“Arkansas is the second best team in the SEC.”

I guess we’ll find out Oct. 16th on the Plains!

SadDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:49 am

Right TexasDAWG, CMR does need to try new things, including some version of the spread. Murray is pretty much twice as productive from the gun than the I.

The fact that Bobo keeps going back to the I tells me Richt’s first “new thing” to try is demote Bobo back to FQB coach. He needs to be teaching footwork, drops, and reading defenses to Murry, not designing nor calling plays for him.

BAMA dude

October 4th, 2010
11:51 am

TexasDAWG,

Nail on the head my friend. Saban runs a first class operation committed to daily improvement. Bama’s s&c program is second to none and Saban’s defensive schemes put players in position to succeed. That would be why we lead the nation in INTs despite replacing 5 of our top 6 DBs. These kids come to Bama to get coached up.

Tide Rising

October 4th, 2010
11:53 am

LSU-UT game was wild and wacky. Great game but only one poster on here got it right. UT played with a lot of heart and determination but LSU largely dominated that game. It shouldn’t have come down to that last play to begin with. Generaly Neyland 96, sorry but I got to agree with Tony on the LSU player pulling his helmet off. He thought the game was over- there’s no way the SEC is going to let something purely emotional like that decide a game.

Anyone think jumbeaux tiger wasn’t pulling his hair out at the game?

Bama-LSU very impressed with our D line which played the best game of the year so far. Our defense overall was excellent. What was all that talk about 9 new starters? The thing is we saw this several times in 08, last year, and in the bcs game where we build a huge lead and just kinda go to sleep. Can’t do that. Got to play 60 minutes. Fla. just needs to get away from Brantley running the option. It just aint gonna work. Either burton needs to be the option qb or Fla needs to go more to a traditional type offense to play to Brantley’s strengths as a pocket passer.

Oregon- Fine offensive team but I’ve seen this more than I can remember. They did this last year- running up gaudy offensive numbers and then getting crunched when they play a real defense- a physical defense like Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. They look mighty impressive now but they don’t have the horses on either side of the line of scrimmage to take on an Ohio state or Alabama.

G8R GRAD

October 4th, 2010
11:56 am

AU Guy:

Regarding Cam Newton, yes, he’s a stud and, yes, he would bring different offensive weaponry to UF’s offense (more like that of the last four years), but we had no choice in his dismissal.
He made a mistake.
Kids do that.
That he landed on his feet and is thriving in Auburn is a second chance for him.
I hope he’s learned his lesson.
Good luck to y’all in the next four weeks.
Going into Tucaloosa undefeated would set up a HUGE game!
And like UF, hope and pray your QB doesn’t get hurt.

Weagle, weagle . .

REDHOG

October 4th, 2010
11:59 am

Yea Auburn Guy…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.

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

Enter your comments here

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.”

Tide Rising

October 4th, 2010
3:24 pm

Beast of the East,

Just curious but was Addazio always meyer’s o coordinator as in going back to their days at utah? I know Meyer lost some good d coaches like Charley Strong but I don’t remember them losing any offensive coaches in the offseason. In regard to Brantley running the option it could be worse. It coudl be McElroy running it. Just kidding. Gmac is not an option qb but he surprisingly has an uncanny knack for knowing when to tuck it under and run and actually gets decent yardage. It aint pretty but it works.

Charlie Bama

October 4th, 2010
3:24 pm

[Sniff, sniff] Ok, thought so. I was already checking the bottom of my shoes for dog poop.

Stairway to the SEC cellar

October 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

For once I agree with Tony that there is Alabama and then there is everyone else.

Bama is great
UF, Auburn, and S. Carolina are good (though UF makes me wonder if I’ll regret saying it)
The rest of the SEC is mediocre (at best) to bad.

LSU isn’t nearly as good as their 5-0 and top 10 or 12 ranking in the polls suggests they are. Yeah, they could be good, but I think they’ve been playing down to other teams’ levels more than other teams have been playing up to theirs.

And Al E. Gator, those look like accurate projections. But I think the only game they are probably going to be favored in for the rest of the year is the Idsho State game. Vandy, Kentucky, and GT are winable games but honesly I think they beat 1 of those 3 mentioned and I don’t think they’ll beat Tennessee on Saturday either. If I’m wrong I’m wrong, but from what I’ve seen of them this year…looks to be a 4-8 season.

Army of the Gators

October 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Congrats to Bama,they did a good job of what they needed to do.We had our chances in the red zone,and messed all that up.Couldn’t find a rhythm all night,hope to fix it this week.Only problem I have is play calling? Need to throw more vertical with the speed we have and Brantley’s ability.We could throw all night on Bama.Stop the damn dive plays,we have the speed outside,screens and such.I think its just poor play calling on Coach A part.Bama is a full complete team,should run the table. Anyway… GO GATORS.

Army of the Gators

October 4th, 2010
3:34 pm

To Atlanta GATOR:…IRAQ GATORS 18
IRAQ TIDE 6
Note: Turnovers were the key here also.. kind of funny
GO GATORS!

Get Outta Town

October 4th, 2010
3:38 pm

I also don’t see what the pollsters love about LSU. I actually think that their 18th ranking in ESPN’s power ranking poll is a more fitting spot for them than their 12th ranking in the AP poll.

The thing I’m more baffled by is the love affair people have with their QB Jordan Jefferson. Now I will admit, running the ball, he is at times electric and exciting to watch. But I don’t know why people get excited after that. He has a good arm but is at time a downright terrible decision maker throwing the ball. And Saturday against Tennessee wasn’t the 1st time he’s been on the field to QB at the end of the game and nobody knew what to do. I think that falls more on Les Miles than Jefferson but Jefferson needs to be accountable for not relaying information to the rest of his teammates and ultimately not getting a play off.

bamafan

October 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

Derek Dooley embarrassed himself and his mother when he threw his headset down and forgot to go to midfield to met Les Miles. Admittedly, it was an emotional moment, but still……….I still remember how horrified I was when Bama fumbled on first play from scrimmage in 2004 in Knoxville and everyone watching the game could read Mike Shula’s lips. I was saying the same word at home in my living room but I wasn’t on camera. I felt sorry for his mother even though she was deceased and I was ashamed as an Alabama fan.

As for LSU, Jarrett Lee leads the winning drive and is yanked for Jordan Jefferson when they get to the red zone?????

BAMA dude

October 4th, 2010
4:07 pm

Very interesting read from the Miami Herald…

A pick-six here. A fumbled hand-off there. A mishandled snap, or four, and next thing you know it’s 31-6.

The most significant discrepancy, though, was between Meyer and Saban.

Meyer is still one of the best coaches in the country, but there’s now a noticeable gap between him and Saban.

For some reason, Saban just looks smarter on a college sideline. It might have something to do with his ability to recruit the best talent in the country, but it’s clearly more than that. He’s an architect and a chess master.

Everything he couldn’t do in the NFL he does so well in this setting.

Saban owns college football right now, and probably will for as long as he wants to. Saturday’s violent dissection of the Gators was merely confirmation.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/03/1854901/saban-shows-skill-masters-ufs.html#ixzz11QG8dKjA

Urvain Mare

October 4th, 2010
4:08 pm

Would someone be good enough to retrieve my butt from Tuscaloosa? You may not be able to recognize it. In addition to the crack that was already there, it’s all chewed up now.

Beast from the East

October 4th, 2010
4:10 pm

Tide Rising,
We are in the second year with Addazzio calling the plays. I’m sure you just forgot that Dan Mullen as the offensive coordinator before (2005-2008). And yea, I do believe that Mullen was with him at his previous two jobs.

BAMA dude

October 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

Tide Rising, the Gators’ previous OC, Dan Mullen, is now the HC at Missy State. Addazio used to be the OL coach and got promoted when Mullen left.

Leslie O'Miles

October 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

Don’t mess with me or I’ll turn your best player into a personal foul and I’ll place an extra man on the field. I’m a leprechaun!

Ramma Bama

October 4th, 2010
4:30 pm

Saban’s gone way ahead of meyer. Better recruits, better staff, better decision making / coaching, etc. Bama’s going to rule the SEC for years. The rest of the teams will be looking up in amazement. Bama: title #14 in 2010—book it. Bama beats Ohio State big to win another title.

MikeP

October 4th, 2010
4:35 pm

Quote by T.B. “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.”

That the game is in Tuscaloosa is great for Auburn. The Tigers’ all-time record against UAT in Tuscaloosa is 7-1. That’s why the stadium there is known as Jordan-Hare West.

Runnwild

October 4th, 2010
4:41 pm

I think we are all being too hard on auburn guy! Since they have that great team on the plains we should all take a minute and pay homage to their great leader, like they do, the CAMster!

Runnwild

October 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

Hey Mike, how many games have the tigers won in Tuscaloosa since Saban arrived? This ain’t history son, this is the here and now. Tell you what, if talking could get a team in the NC game, auburn would be in it every year!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
4:59 pm

ARdawg

LOL!!! Yes, you idiot, Meyer is going to make you pay for years….what you have got, nothing? Just a tanked program that is 1-4 and 0-3 in the SEC east. Do not even try to come up with something when UGA is the worst of the worst.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
5:00 pm

Auburn Dude…

USC has several titles, what does Auburn have? What 1958 and Auburn was on probation? Auburn, sucks, plain and simple, year after year going all the way back to Barfield. Auburn is close to being worse than UGA, and cannot win the big ones when they count.

Cheese Nip has been lucky, but that is getting ready to run out.

404

October 4th, 2010
5:01 pm

Kind of looks like the SEC has gone
from a 2-Team conference to a 1-Team conference.

There’s Bama, and ALL the pretenders.

Think ESPN over-paid.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 4th, 2010
5:01 pm

Gentlemen, everyone can cut the smack and just bring the number of titles to the table. Alabama I believe leads the way in the South, case closed.

GeneralNeyland96

October 4th, 2010
5:23 pm

Dooley shook Miles’ hand after the game was over…..the first time.

Derrick

October 4th, 2010
5:36 pm

Have to agree with this post from above (Well stated and I’m not a lsu or utn fan.)
*********************************************************************************************

TallPaul

October 4th, 2010
7:49 am
Tony,
I have to disagree with you about Hebert yanking his helmet and tossing it. The rule states that a player can’t take his helmet off on the field. LSU’s QB was down covering the ball and players were still running to it. My belief is that it should have been off setting penalties. Game over because the ball would not have been moved to the 6 inch line. Either enforce all the rules fairly or take them off the books. I don’t think that the helmet rule states that it should only be enforced as long as it dosen’t decide a game outcome.

Derrick

October 4th, 2010
5:43 pm

Bama can still be beat. They are playing better than anyone else right now but still have problems with their young DBs and wide open receivers for the other teams. Their pass rush isn’t anything great either. UF moved the ball ALOT on Bama but turned it over too much. Bamas LBs look good and their offense is good but stalled in the 2nd half against UF. I know the game was out of hand but Bama couldn’t even muster anything run or pass, and they were trying to pass too. They couldn’t handle uf’s pass rush and couldn’t run on them either. I don’t think it was all because of the score. I think uf’s defense was damn good and showed that Bama is not invincible. I can see SC, LSU OR AU beating Bama. Just will take plus 1 or more positive in the turnover margin for the underdog and Bama can lose.

Coach O

October 4th, 2010
5:49 pm

@Derrick

Bama isn’t perfect, but they are the standard against which all other CFB teams are currently measured.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
5:58 pm

bamafan

You are the stereotypical bama fan for sure. Comparing my remarks to an 8 year old is really classy. But alas, you are not a Bama grad. Big difference between grads and fans.

Thanks for playing, fan.

Auburn guy, straight up yo

October 4th, 2010
6:00 pm

Auburn in it for the long haul this time

Well, here we are again, and this time, I’m sold on the Tigers.

So much so that I can very clearly see a scenario where that Alabama-Auburn game on Nov. 26 is for the Western Division championship.

Even if Auburn loses a game between now and then, winning against Alabama would give the Tigers the head-to-head tiebreaker and send them to Atlanta as the West representative.

What makes me think they can get to that point?

For one, Cameron Newton.

He gives the Tigers a dimension they didn’t have last season. For that matter, he gives them a dimension nobody else in the SEC has. With his ability to run and his big throwing arm, Newton makes Gus Malzahn’s offense much more difficult to defend than it was a year ago.

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/28943/auburn-in-it-for-the-long-haul-this-time

Joe Nameth is a drunk

October 4th, 2010
6:01 pm

“but they are the standard against which all other CFB teams are currently measured.”

No they’re not. I highly doubt Oregon or Boise gives a crap about Bama. In fact, Oregon would LOVE to play Bama as would Boise.

Oregon would run all over that Bama defense.

Joe Nameth is a drunk

October 4th, 2010
6:04 pm

“There’s Bama, and ALL the pretenders.”

Give Bama tards an inch and they’ll steal a mile. There are currently 10 undefeated teams in the top ten. Two of those teams could take on Alabama and win. Possibly three.

Oregon
Boise State

SEC Fact Finder

October 4th, 2010
6:23 pm

Auburn Guy….I am not trying to be a smart **s, I really just noticed that. AU is a 6plus point dog to Kentucky,
Whay is up with that? I want Auburn to be undefeated when they go to Tuscaloosa so the game will have the same meaning as last years Al/ Fl game

Runnwild

October 4th, 2010
6:24 pm

Joe, I think your name says it all, you are drunk.

Coach Stricht

October 4th, 2010
6:41 pm

I’ve had to lock myself in my office. It’s like a zombie movie out there. This could be last entry.

Yankeegator

October 4th, 2010
6:42 pm

SEC here’s how u beat Bama. Run the ball with authority meaning get nasty 25-30 time’s. Take your shots down field to loosen up the D. On defense if u have the corner’s leave them on an island Bama rec can’t get off press coverage. Put everyone else in the box spy the backs and qb and u beat them. Don’t believe me look back at the UT,AU and the Texas game and the offensive stats from sat game for bama’s rec and rb’s. Tenn and Auburn ran it down bama throat and should hav won the game poor end of game coaching just like Ark not running the ball.

Coach Stricht

October 4th, 2010
6:42 pm

No, not my car!

Bama Bill

October 4th, 2010
6:54 pm

B A M A >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ROLL TIDE ROLL………………………………

Smacked Brown

October 4th, 2010
6:58 pm

Anybody wants some Muschamp now?

Delbert D.

October 4th, 2010
7:27 pm

College football is just weird this year. No Texas, Penn State or USC in the top 25. James Madison getting votes. In a possibly related development, the UN declared last week that it would be appointing a liaison/ambassador for extraterrestrials and has now covered that story up. I think the UN just Googled “Air Force officers strange lights missile silos failure” and overreacted.

jumbeauxtiger

October 4th, 2010
7:28 pm

The only reason the Vols were in the game is because LSU had 4 turnovers, they had none, LSU had 9 penalties and UT had 3. That said the Vols deserved to win and most Toiger fans will tell you the same thing.

LSU fans are furious and embarrassed. I did not hear one fan that called in on local BR sports radio that defended Miles.

This is the difference between Tiger fans and UGA fans. You would never know that LSU is 5-0 the way the fans feel today while some Georgia fans are still defending Richt after embarrassing losses to Ms State and Colorado.

jumbeauxtiger

October 4th, 2010
7:31 pm

Congrats to the Tide for a dominating win. I was impressed.

Coach Grohbo

October 4th, 2010
7:39 pm

Simple story in 2010:

There’s Alabama,

Then there’s everybody else,

Then there’s Georgia.

Delbert D.

October 4th, 2010
8:11 pm

jumbeauxtiger – Miles and clock management again. Does LSU have an Industrial Engineering program? Some consulting sessions would really help. Things like a) Time and Motion Studies (how many plays can be executed in 1 minute), b) Critical Decision Making (what to think/do when when there is 5 seconds available), and c) Urgency and Survival in the Red Zone (spikes, throwaways and getting out of bounds).

From Where I Sit

October 4th, 2010
8:27 pm

AL did a great job but they will see the Gators again for the SEC Championship Game. Not saying the Gators will win, but they will put up a better fight! Watch out Bama you got the ole ball coach this weekend in SC. They will be ready as the bye week helped them.

Gators win the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

Tide4u2c

October 4th, 2010
8:34 pm

I still say Arkansas will end up behind Bama in second place when it is all over.Yes, they lost to Alabama but who does’nt? They will bounce back and out-do LSU and Auburn in the west.Arkansas played Bama tougher than Florida did.It will be Arkansas and Auburn battling it out in the west for second place behind Bama.But I think Arkansas ends up finishing in second place.

Eric

October 4th, 2010
8:37 pm

Oregon would dominate Alabama…if they go undefeated in the best conference in America (the Pac 10) then they deserve a chance at the NC. No doubt. Bama looks like they’re the only team that could hang with the Ducks.

AU Engineer

October 4th, 2010
9:06 pm

If those elephants don’t fix that running game Auburn is going to kill them. They want be able to stop Auburns running game or passing game. So I’m predicting a shootout in the ghetto, well sort of. Auburn will have a machine gun and the elephants, well they’ll have a six shooter with a bent barrel. Tell your fans don’t forget the empty Tide box, there’s plenty at the local Wal-Mart down the street from our newly renovated stadium in Tuscaloosa. Just having a little fun, it’s going to be a good Iron Bowl no matter what the records are. We look forward to it and hope you do as well. In the mean time Bama Elephants, keep on winning and The Auburn Tigers will do the same. Here’s looking at the chance of both schools going undefeated going into the Iron Bowl.
War Eagle and Go Dawgs!!

AU Engineer

October 4th, 2010
9:11 pm

By the way, I watched that Oregon-Stanford game and I must admit and I know I’ll take beating for saying this. Currently Oregon is the best all around team I have seen thus far. That’s not a knock against Auburn, Alabama or Ohio State, but man can those young men play!
War Eagle and Go Dawgs!!

5150 P.O.A.D

October 4th, 2010
9:34 pm

Tony I do give you crap for being too SEC heavy but I LOVE the B7D show on 790The Zone. You guys seen to have fun and talk ALL football.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 4th, 2010
9:35 pm

SORRY the B&D show on 790thezone.

jumbeauxtiger

October 4th, 2010
10:06 pm

Delbert D,

It wouldn’t help Miles. It’s hopeless with him and what’s frustrating is that the Tigers have 3 new offensive coaches this season. Geez, what are all of these guys doing.

It doesn’t help that Jefferson was in the game. What noone has mentioned is that the ball was hiked past him and he just falls on the ball and at the time it was the last play of the game!

Gen Neyland

October 4th, 2010
10:43 pm

jumbeauxtiger : A personal congrats to you. As people are focused on the last 23 seconds, I think the LSU and Tennessee fans paid a bit more attention to the other 59:37 that encompassed the what if’s and what the he#1’s, but that must be beside the point. Again, congrats.

SecGuy

October 4th, 2010
10:44 pm

I’m a Bama guy but the coronation is much too early. SC and Auburn and probably Florida back to back, are all capable of upsetting Bama. For the life of me, I can’t understand why Pouncey is still the center. He’s an opposing team’s best friend. I see a few simple changes that Florida could make that would upgrade their offense. Move Pouncey back to guard, stop running Brantley on option plays. That would eliminate at least a dozen out-of-synch plays per game. Why would Florida even recruit a QB like Brantley if they’re not going to change their offense? Strange.

Ed

October 4th, 2010
11:10 pm

Agree that Alabama looks great and could go 12-0 again, but…they barely escaped at Arkansas and they play so many fresh teams this year. It would be the coaching job of the decade if they run the table again.

MikeP

October 4th, 2010
11:26 pm

Quote by SEC Fact Finder: Auburn Guy….I am not trying to be a smart **s, I really just noticed that. AU is a 6plus point dog to Kentucky, Whay is up with that?”

Someone that names himself “Fact Finder” should learn how to read betting odds. Auburn is a 6+ point favorite. KY is the ‘Dog.

MikeP

October 4th, 2010
11:28 pm

Auburn has dominated the Iron Bowl series recently, winning seven of the last ten. Return to normal this year when Auburn makes it 8 of the last 11.

SEC Fact Finder(the real one)

October 5th, 2010
1:05 am

Mike P…..in the USA today they had it listed as Auburn was the underdog, you dumba$$.

And what is the record of the Iron Bowl…………40-33-1 in Bama’s favor…..so win 7 more then you can talk and how bout winning a national championship, and stop combing your hair with your car’s dipstick..you dipstick…

Amazing Ducks

October 5th, 2010
3:05 am

GREAT blog from Ted Miller on ESPN.com tonight about the Ducks….and especially their UNDERRATED Defense.

“With Thomas at present, Oregon might have the best offense in the nation. It ranks No. 1 in scoring (56.6 points per game) and total offense (569 yards per game). It doesn’t give up sacks (one in five games). It runs the ball (No. 2 in the nation with 331 yards per game).

But Oregon also plays underrated defense. You’ve all heard the “one second half TD surrendered in the first five games” factoid. But the Ducks are 15th in the nation in scoring defense — 15 ppg — and fourth in pass efficiency defense.

Have the Ducks given up some yards yes? But they surrender only 4.73 yards per play.

Whoops. That’s not right. The Ducks surrender only 4.58 yards per play. Alabama’s defense gives up 4.73 yards per play. My bad.

Oregon is never going to do well in total defense because opponents get to run a lot of plays against it due to the Ducks offensive tempo — see a rank of 98th in time of possession.

Folks say defense wins championships. The Ducks defense is good enough to win a championship.”

Last week EACH of Oregon’s 7 touchdowns were on drives of LESS than 3 minutes (the field goal took almost 4 minutes….ugh!) With an offense like that the defense will be on the field a lot!

Put Alabama’s defense on the field that long and guess what??? They end up with more yards against them than Oregon. Oh, and Oregon also leads the nation in takeaways at 2.5 per game. The defense may appear to bend but they don’t break…especially in the 2nd half.

I’ve never seen a defense tire out an offense but that’s happened in 5 straight games now…and it shows with giving up only 7 points in the 2nd half.

Is Alabama deserving of their ranking…YOU BET! But Oregon also deserves the recognition it’s receiving….the Ducks are for REAL and a NC against Alabama would be a GREAT game to watch! I hope it happens!

Da Wild Rebel

October 5th, 2010
3:15 am

Mark your calendars: October 16, 2010 – The Ole Miss Rebels shock the world and beat Alabama in a shootout: 45 – 42.

Mark your calendars: October 16, 2010 – The UGA Bulldogs lose to Vanderbilt at home and are 1 – 6, having lost to Tennessee at home the week before.

GATOR FAN

October 5th, 2010
3:28 am

The VOLS simply GOT HOSED by the SEC. Of Coure the SEC refs want LSU to go 5 and 0!!!Cash People!

Judge

October 5th, 2010
7:13 am

Good one Tony. Yea I am with ya on this one. But, Florida IS playing at LSU and who really knows what is going to happen. Les may have luck on his side. And, Florida may be a little beat up after that Bama game. We will see. Have a good one. Roll Tide!!!!(from a dawg fan)

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
7:16 am

@Amazing Ducks – “Put Alabama’s defense on the field that long and guess what???”

Oregon would no longer have the nation’s leading scoring offense — that’s what.

The PAC 10 is fun to watch and the Ducks are every bit as good as Boise State, I’m sure.

Jake

October 5th, 2010
7:26 am

If the Vols would happen to win Saturday,, Mark will be history. Therefore there’s more heat on Ga. to win than the Vols. Turn-overs will be the key to this game Sat. Vols knew starting the season they were not to win games.

Amazing Ducks

October 5th, 2010
8:27 am

@palladin
Yes, I said Alabama is good but they’ve haven’t come up against an offense and especially a running back with the explosiveness as Oregon and LaMichael James.

Even those who watch them side by side agree. SI’s Corey Mathews even wrote about it in his Heisman watch. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/cory_mccartney/10/04/heisman.watch/index.html

Oh, and if Alabama’s defense was on the field as long as Oregon’s they would run out of gas by the end of the 3rd. Oregon IS the best conditioned team in the nation…just come and watch a practice or two….you’re always invited.

Read what Pete Thamel wrote In the New York Times in his article titled “Oregon Turns Practice Into Nonstop Sprint With Precision as Goal.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/sports/ncaafootball/02oregon.html

“As Oregon began pulling away from Tennessee in the middle of the third quarter last month, a Volunteers defensive end approached Ducks center Jordan Holmes with a plea.

“If you guys run two more plays at this speed,” Holmes recalled him saying, “I’m going to fall over dead.”

The tongue-wagging Tennessee lineman stayed upright, but Oregon never stopped. The Ducks scored 35 straight second-half points on the way to a 48-13 victory in Knoxville. The win showcased Coach Chip Kelly’s innovative no-huddle spread offense, which has averaged nearly a point per minute — 57.7 per game — thanks to a frenetic tempo that might represent the next offensive revolution in college football.

“I was dizzy walking off the field,” Gruden said. “It’s a philosophy that is the damndest thing I’ve ever seen. I love it and can’t get enough of it.”

This cacophony has become a must-see stop for other coaches. Kelly said that Boise State Coach Chris Petersen and Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator, came through during spring practice.

“The N.F.L. scouts on the sideline, the first time they come and watch practice, they’re like, ‘What the heck is this?’ ” Backup quarterback Costa said. “They’re mesmerized by it. There’s nothing like it.”

Palladin, don’t just come for a pratice. Come for a game. You’re invited to stay at my house and I’ll give you one of my tickets to a game at Autzen so you can see for yourself. (Autzen….the loudest per capita stadium in the United States. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/470624-power-ranking-the-50-loudest-college-football-stadiums#page/49)

I have family in Alabama and love to watch Bama. Come to Oregon and watch a game here.

AU Engineer

October 5th, 2010
9:08 am

Alabama’s defense is good, but it depends on a lot of substituting during the opposing team’s offensive possession of the ball. Oregon, just like AU run a two to three minute drill with no time for substituting, which wears the opposing team’s defense slap out. Running a basic 3-4 defense against a hurry-up offense will have Saban burning up his time outs faster than you can say roll tide. Those guys will be worn out. Alabama runs a ball control offense, so their defense practice against a ball control offense and that has worked well so far. The only offense they have left to play against that runs an up tempo game is Auburn and that offense is no joke and neither is the defense, they have plenty of healthy bodies this year. So once AU gets the lead the defensive line, linebackers and safeties go into attack mode and so far this year it has not been pretty for the opposing team. Here’s looking forward to an outstanding Iron Bowl.
War Eagle and Go Dawgs!!

MikeP

October 5th, 2010
10:10 am

Quote by SEC Fact Finder at 1:05 AM: “Mike P…..in the USA today they had it listed as Auburn was the underdog, you dumba$$.”

So USA Today is wrong and somebody that calls himself “Fact Finder” doesn’t know enough about college football to figure out a clerical error? Better get yourself a new handle. “Doofus” seems appropriate.

SAM

October 5th, 2010
3:46 pm

KINGATOR :
Death,Taxes and The Crimson Tide.Florida had their 2nd window of op.
First was The Visor.Now its the Urban Cryer.Done.

SEC Fact Finder(the real one)

October 5th, 2010
4:40 pm

Mike P…..GET OFF YOUR MOMS COMPUTER BEFORE SHE GETS HOME AND SENDS YOU BACK TO THE BASEMENT WITHOUT DINNER. For your information I was traveling and unlike you I have a job and that is why I asked the question while using this thing called a BlackBerry. The odds did not seem right so I asked ….and get off the computer once you get through looking at the XXX gay stuff you like so well and mommy catches you.

Grown ups talking here!

Chris

October 5th, 2010
5:05 pm

Tony,

It’s dangerous ground to say refs shouldn’t call a penalty because it didn’t effect the outcome. Using that standard the refs shouldn’t have called UT for to many men on the field should they? Based on the snap it had ZERO bearing on the play.

I personally think they didn’t throw the flag on the LSU player because the ref believed the game was over and UT would decline so whats the point right? If there had been 30 seconds left when the ball was snapped, I believe he would have thrown it. In either case if correctly called the helmet removal is enforced as a dead ball foul (Cody last year which is why it didn’t matter that it wasn’t called). So the live ball foul would have been enforced as half the distance, and then 15 yards as a dead ball foul against LSU. I like our chances better with one untimed play from the 15 instead of the one.

Thanks.

PA-Tiger

October 5th, 2010
9:33 pm

I don’t think that LSU was set for a full count before the ball was snapped. Take a look at their right guard/tackle, he moved a nano-second before the ball was snapped.

Also, the helmet throwing penalty should have been called.

Amazing Ducks

October 10th, 2010
11:46 am

“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.”

Ya, well that didn’t take long…and I would bet Alabama loses again…. Auburn handily defeated SC last week .

Not quite so invincible…………

Mike

October 11th, 2010
12:05 am

I guess we will have to wait another week or two for Les miles luck to run out. 15 4th qtr comebacks in 5 years. It is not luck. 3 hard games to go. Do we have to win all of them for it not to be luck? Or is it only because of luck that we win any games. Is it luck to have the best winning percentage in the SEC since 2001. Second best since 2006? I guess Bama is back with everyone else now. Where is your genius Paul Johnson and his offense? What is their record? LSU only has 9 seniors. Lots of freshman and redshirt freshman playing. Katrina hurt our recruiting. We have now built it back. The lower 9th ward will never be back. Those folks are now in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. Give us a break.