Why New Year’s Day needs to matter again

New York–One of the things we lost with the advent of the BCS in 1998 was the magical quality about New Year’s Day for the college football fan. Before the BCS scattered the big games over several days, New Year’s Day was when everything got decided.

You would get up in the morning (some of us got up slower than others), watch a little of the parades to make your mother happy, and then settle in for a day and night full of football where multiple games could, and often did,  have a bearing on the eventual national champion.

Sure the system was flawed because No. 1 and No. 2 rarely met in a bowl game because of conference tie-ins. And when New Year’s Day was over there could be multiple teams with a claim on the national championship. But every now and then you got a day like Jan. 2, 1984 (Jan. 1 fell on a Sunday that year).

When we woke up that morning here were the Top Five in the Associated Press poll:

1. Nebraska

2. Texas

3. Auburn

4. Illinois

5. Miami

Here is how the day unfolded:

**–In the afternoon Georgia got a late turnover and John Lastinger scored the winning touchdown with 3:22 left to upset  No. 2 Texas 10-9. Texas was eliminated.

**–No. 3 Auburn got three field goals from Al Del Greco, the last one with 27 seconds left, to beat Michigan 9-7. Auburn felt like it was in the hunt for the national championship if No. 1 Nebraska lost that night in the Orange Bowl.

**–No. 4 Illinois just didn’t show up and got pounded by UCLA 45-9 in the Rose Bowl.

**–The day was capped off by the Orange Bowl, where Nebraska’s failed attempt at a two-point conversion gave No. 5 Miami the  historic 31-30 win.

The next day the voters in the two major polls elevated Miami from No. 5  to No. 1. Auburn finished No. 2 and was devastated.

The point is that on that day four different bowls (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Orange) all had a say in who the national champion would eventually be.

In many ways it was better than what we have now, which is that everything is thrown into one game and the rest of the games are for entertainment purposes only.

Do I want to go back to that system? Nope. I want a four-team playoff where the semifinals are played on New Year’s Day. I believe the excitement created by two national semifinals on Jan. 1 would be the equivalent of the NFL’s conference championship Sunday. It would put the pop back into New Year’s Day, which is something I think the sport really needs.

Just for fun, here is what New Year’s Day would look like under a four-team playoff:

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 4 Stanford

Rose Bowl: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 TCU

The winners would advance to the national championship game in the Fiesta Bowl, still on Jan. 10.

Wisconsin, at No. 5, would have the biggest gripe. But in any system somebody will have a gripe.

Just something to think about. Here is our Fearless Friday Forecast, the last for 2010:

1. Georgia vs. UCF (Liberty Bowl): A.J. Green goes out with a huge game but this will be a tough one for the Bulldogs. UCF is well coached by George O’Leary. Georgia 24, UCF 21.

2. South Carolina vs. Florida State (Chick-fil-A Bowl): Alshon Jeffrey and Stephen Garcia hook up for at least two big touchdown plays. South Carolina 31, Florida State 20.

3. Miami vs. Notre Dame (Sun Bowl): Miami has a interim coach and its players have gone through a lot of drama this year. The Hurricanes have more athletes but Notre Dame will find a way to win with defense. Notre Dame 28, Miami 21.

4. Clemson vs. South Florida (Meinke Car Care): A rested Kyle Parker finds his passing touch for Clemson while a talented defense keeps the Bulls in check. Clemson 27, South Florida 20.

5. Texas Tech vs. Northwestern (Ticket City): Tommy Tuberville already had a bad defense at Texas Tech. Then he fired his defensive coordinator, James Willis. Don’t think the Red Raiders can slow Northwestern down. Northwestern 34, Texas Tech 31.

6. Florida vs. Penn State (Outback Bowl): Gators win for a final time for Urban Meyer. Florida 24, Penn State 17.

7. Alabama vs. Michigan State (Capital One Bowl): Bama pounds the ball with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Alabama 24, Michigan State 10.

8. Mississippi State vs. Michigan (Gator Bowl): Michigan has the No. 108 defense in the nation. Rich Rodriguez coaches his last game for the Wolverines. Mississippi State 38, Michigan 31.

9. Wisconsin vs. TCU (Rose): TCU is fast and talented but Wisconsin is big and talented and strong. Badgers wear the Horned Frogs down in Pasadena. Wisconsin 27, TCU 17.

10. Oklahoma vs.  Connecticut (Fiesta Bowl): Oklahoma has struggled in this game in the past (losses to Boise State and West Virginia) but quarterback Landry Jones has a hot hand and way too many talented players around him. Oklahoma 34, Connecticut 17.

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162 comments Add your comment

dawg-gone

December 31st, 2010
10:10 pm

Man you really missed the UGA score..what a joke! Richt is to UGA what Paul Hewitt is to GT. No Maybe its just Bobo’s fault……………

GSU Eagle 91

December 31st, 2010
10:45 pm

Tony..
I am amazed that you pick the SEC to win every bowl game they play..C’mon…The SEC East is LOUSY! I took NC over TN, UGA over UCF and FL ST over USC……
The New Year’s games are interesting this year, but you are right about the watering down of a valuable product. Too many games…
I love the 1-AA playoff system…The excitement level in Statesboro when I was a student there in the 1980’s was off the charts when it was playoff time…Div 1-A teams will eventually get to a playoff but only conference champs need to play in a 4 team format…

Delbert D.

December 31st, 2010
10:49 pm

Death to the BCS.

Read Vecsey’s NYTimes piece on why 34 of the bowl games don’t matter.

16-team playoff beginning the 1st week in December.

Ed (The Original)

January 1st, 2011
12:40 am

“In many ways it was better than what we have now, which is that everything is thrown into one game and the rest of the games are for entertainment purposes only.”

That’s so true, and maybe the understatement of the year (the old one). College football has been screwed up beyond all recognition. These OT games are awful, I liked it better when gutsy coaches went for two to decide games. And sometimes a tie is the just and fair result, no shame in that. Conference championship games often feature the absurdity of a team that went undefeated in the conference having to beat an upset-minded 3-loss team to be crowned conference champs. And the bowl season is a mess. Jan. 1 is a shell of its former self. So many major bowl games now have a meaningless feel. Why couldn’t they leave a great thing alone?

Elwood

January 1st, 2011
9:25 am

Tony,

I think you are too kind to Georgia and Mark Richt. They went down yesterday to the best team in a lower tier conference. Georgia had a month to get ready. Richt has lost his edge. He still gets the quality players- he just doesn’t get the effort week in and week out. Might be time for a change at UGA

Langley

January 1st, 2011
9:37 am

Time for a change at UGA? Gee you think? Mark Richt has become the most complacent coach in football. Reminds me of Mike Shula at Alabama. His lack of leadership is refelected upon his team. This is a very poorly coached football team. His seems to have no desire to recruit or coach any more. He looks as if he would rather be sitting in front of a camera on gameday. UGA will continue to suffer until this man is no longer coaching at UGA.

OneEyeJacked

January 1st, 2011
9:43 am

All I know is that Yellow Fuzz was right before any of the rest of us. I for one, stand corrected. 45-42 WAS IN FACT, the begining of our down fall.

mrwade

January 1st, 2011
10:19 am

Right and wrong Tony – We need a playoff – 8 team playoff. Your “for fun” semi’s looked nauseating and should be evidence that there is a #6 or #7 team with a pedigree just licking their chops for that 3 game run. Stanford is this year’s Illinois from your 1984 flashback. I don’t like seeing them there at all. The 8 team set up allows for 2 quarterfinals on NY eve and 2 on NYD OR have them all played on New Years. Finally, the 8 team set up eliminates any and all chances that an undefeated team would be left out – even though 5 undefeateds is a loonngg shot.

mrwade

January 1st, 2011
10:24 am

Agreed Langley. The man had a month to prepare and can’t score a touchdown? – and when he didn’t even try at the end of that first quality drive? – well THAT said all you need to hear about what the limp d Richt is. We should have just lost that game to Tech (I was there and it was painful to watch, even in victory) and put an end to the season right there. I look forward to watching Auburn, the 6th SEC team coached by someone who arrived to their program AFTER Richt came to UGA, win the 6th BCS Championship in a row for the almighty SEC. Happy New Year!

Rosgator

January 1st, 2011
10:46 am

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Rosgator

January 1st, 2011
10:47 am

Tony for Commissar!

Elwood

January 1st, 2011
11:00 am

Tony,

Not a good day yesterday predicting the outcome. Missed 3 out of 4.

I'm just saying

January 1st, 2011
11:26 am

Tony,
Going through life looking through red and black glasses makes it difficult to see, but kudos to you for getting paid when your wrong most of the time..

catlady

January 1st, 2011
11:27 am

I don’t like the drawn out nature of the postseason either. It’s about as long as the NBA postseason–starts in March and ends in July. Too much! And these “bowl” games pitting two 6-6 teams is absolutely crazy! Waayyy too many bowls. Let’s get it down to 5: Orange, Sugar, Rose, and Cotton; play the National championship at one of them. Like the HOPE “scholarship”, even mediocre teams are playing (for what?). Have them all New Year’s Eve or day, and be done. Let’s move on; nothing to see here, folks.

Actually, my bowl watching this year has been/will be virtually nonexistent, due to the NCAA. Let’s get it across that them selling their souls to Ohio State just turns off the fans, and if the fans are not watching, the sponsor’s money is wasted. I have really had enough of the NCAA. The Cam sleaze was enough, all by itself. The NCAA is out of credibility. Period. Perhaps they can set up money changing booths in the Temple.

Tigertrack

January 1st, 2011
11:50 am

Auburn finished third that year not second. TheTigers got hosed.

say what?

January 1st, 2011
12:20 pm

“MrCFB Some news for young Mr. Pryor:. Kirk Herbstreit does more for Ohio State on a good weekend than you’ll do in four (make that 3.5) years.. 22 minutes ago · reply”

why would a grown man who works for CBS and AJC make comments about a 21 year old kid? The kid said he was sorry. And in your mind Cam can do not wrong (although he got in plenty of trouble at FL) but Pryor is the bad one?

Denver Dog

January 1st, 2011
12:28 pm

So, while we are drooling over ourselves about the bowl season, some of the good games have been in these lower bowls where we had real matchups. Lets look at some of the crap we have in the next few days. How about Wisconsin plays Ok and UCON plays TCU. How about VPI plays Ark and Stanford plays Ohio State. That would be good matchups. This best one for today is without a doubt A&M vs LSU. The rest are crap! games. Tony you and your Cronies talking about these games is pitiful. Get the best matchups and go from there.

Tell the truth

January 1st, 2011
1:49 pm

SECSECSEC wow what a great conference 0-3

Born2Buzz

January 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

Tony, you may be the worst prognosticator of any so called CFB expert. You got 1 of your first 5 picks right.
destin dawg, calling any other team thugs is hilarious coming from a ThUGA fan.

Both Tech and UGA fans can agree that our teams both stunk and the year is best forgotten. Move on to next season and hope for better play from both schools.

Born2Buzz

January 1st, 2011
2:12 pm

And yes TB, the new system stinks and New Years day is not what it used to be. Hell, I don’t even know when the Sugar Bowl or Fiesta Bowl are being played. Tonight, tomorrow, Monday, Tuesday?
CFB is a mess, even though we all love it.

crenshawcrusher

January 1st, 2011
3:01 pm

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crenshawcrusher

January 1st, 2011
3:09 pm

I would expand it to an 8 game playoff, with the first round the week before Christmas, the 4 team semi’s on New Years day and then a championship game. With most of the big conferences already having a conference championship game, that would effectively put this as a 16 game playoff. You would have the champion of the SEC, ACC, PAC10, Big 10, Big 12 (??) in the 8 game tournament, to make things equal, if a conference doesn’t have a tournament, they have to play another conference, right now that would have the WAC and Mountain West play for one, and the Big East and Conf USA play for another. Finally, one slot would be available for the best team that did not get, figure that would be a dominate team that lost in their conference championship or Notre Dame, or any other at large team that deserves it. Games would be played in the higher seeded team’s stadium with equal access to the other teams fans until you got to the semi finals, they would be tied into some of the traditional big bowl games and with 2 weeks of time to get to the games, you would be able to set up the trip.

This system since it also only has officially 8 teams in the tournament, other deserving teams could be invited to bowl games to give teams and fans that had a great year another opportunity to play..

It is what it is

January 1st, 2011
3:23 pm

There were a lot of things for the dawgs to celebrate this year. Let’s see…

1. A drunken, whoring athletic director.

2. Twelve players arrested.

3. A player suspended for violating NCAA rules.

4. Winning the Fulmer Cup for the most players arrested.

5. Winning the title of #1 party school (i.e., the most drunken student body in the USA).

6. A sleazy assistant coach who razzes opposing players, unethical coaching conduct in violation of NCAA rules.

7. A super sleazy head coach who thinks he’s a saint, but recruits thug wannabes, gangbangers, and illiterate morons.

8. A 6-6 record despite having a team full of 4- and 5-star recruits.

Really something to be proud of!

Born2Buzz

January 1st, 2011
3:29 pm

crenshaw, everybody talks about wanting a playoff, but what about the fans? I’m obviously a Tech fan, so say we go to the ACC championship game. If i want to go to that I have to travel to Charlotte, pay for hotel and tickets and game day festivities. If we win then we go to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Even if the game was a home game I have to pay for tickets and game day festivities. If we win there, and we go to the semifinals, can I reasonably afford to go to a semi final like TB suggest, the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl. If its the Rose, I have to pay for plane fare, hotel, tickets, etc. And THEN if we win I would have to do it all over again for the Final game. You would need to be pretty wealthy to attend all of these games.
Face it, a playoff would be nice to watch on TV but the real fans of the schools get left out. At least with the bowl system you get to go to one game to celebrate your year. And with a playoff, the final game would be like the Super Bowl, where about 5000 super wealthy fans of the schools get to go and the rest of the attendees are corporate guests.

Even with Tony’s system, only the fortunate few would be able to attend both games.

Go back to the old system where there is more interest in all the bowl games (well, the main ones) on New Years Day and the champ is determined by vote. So what that we have controversy some years. It never seemed to hurt the game before.

TrueCrimson

January 1st, 2011
3:38 pm

TrueCrimson

January 1st, 2011
4:00 pm

Just be glad that you guys didn’t have to play the Crimson Tide Mr. Buckeye.

RTR!!!

catlady

January 1st, 2011
5:47 pm

Couldn’t SOMEONE tell Brent Munchburger that they are the hORned frogs, not the hARned frogs!

By the way, don’t either TCU or Wisconsin play any defense?

MyPatootie

January 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

How’s those bowl pickins going for you there, big boy? Not too good huh?

bitter dog mascot (uga-7)

January 1st, 2011
6:47 pm

how do you like my lazy as— team, hay i was sick, stop hatin as—-

Chillahill43

January 1st, 2011
7:09 pm

Tellthetruth- where are you at after that SEC lesson in football today?
Tn Ga and SC came out of the “least” division
from today till the 10th you see what real SEC football is now sit down shut up and hold on you haters now get to witness why the SEC IS THE real football powerhouse your mama told you about.

crenshawcrusher

January 1st, 2011
7:55 pm

Born2Buzz – Agree with your issue, with some of the ideas of an eight team playoff being integrated with the current bowl structure it would be impossible, imagine going to a Cotton, followed by Orange, followed by Rose for a championship, all with only a week between the games to set up the flight ($$$) get off of work, etc.

I think many of the games need to be hosted on Campus until you get to the semi’s and championship game. The Pac 10 will show that this works with the new Pac 10 championship game. Imagine the college craziness had last year’s ACC championship game happened at BDS or Clemson. The visiting team would have to have the ability to buy 1/2 of the tickets but with the economy, the home team would snatch up many tickets and home field will be an advantage for the home team. Thus the ACC championship game and the first round of the 8 team playoff would be at one of the participants college stadium or a close stadium if the stadium size is an issue.

This way at the most, you would still have 2 away type games to go to if you were in the finals, which is what happens today with the ACC championship game and the bowl game. If you had a great season but didn’t get into the playoff, you still would have a chance to go to a good bowl, one away trip.

Yellow Fuzz

January 1st, 2011
8:02 pm

SOOOOOOOOO glad I’m not a dog fan. Almost feel sorry for the following AH’s who have not only been forced to swallow more than their pride but also seem to have taken their little sacks and disappeared. Hahahahaha.

1eyejacked
DawgInLace
WTF?!?!
How2Fish
SugarHillDawg
Dublin Dawg
Altahama Dawg
jb
Supes
ryan
BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL
coach smith
kral
Red Dawg77
The Dawg Nation
EX GEORGIA FAN
Hershal talker
Dawg82

DC CFB Fan

January 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

Tony,
Couldnt agree more on the BCS. Its a cabal. Its a corrupted system, which produces corrupted results. Its a joke and is being sustained by media folks and the Mike Slives of the world who spout only ignorance and completely specious arguments. I heard Bob Davie suggest that we dont need a playoff becuase the season already is a playoff. His proof was Boise State losing to Nevada, which he referred to as “a quarter-final” Someone must have forgotten to tell Nevada that they made the semi-finals!!!!

Four, six or eight team playoff seems reasonable, achievable and equitable to all but the 5th, 7th, or 9th rated team . ..

On another point, though, I hope you arent laying your own money down on these picks. Even the ones you get right in terms of results, you are pretty far off in terms of the nature of the win and the line. Not sure you get credit for predicting a 6 point Mississippi State win when they win by 38. Same with ‘Bama and Mich. State (14 versus 42). Same with ND and Miami . . .

Anyway, better luck with the rest of the games. And keep fighting the good fight on the BCS stuff.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

Tony, Coach O is correct. The bowls take place a month after the regular season ends. I don’t want the play off system because it doesn’t bother me if there is controversy after the year. Its always been that way and the game isn’t really suffering is it. I believe there is way too much TV influence in the game already, and this play off scenario would just make for better bet taking. I mean, why is it that all the games are timed to the 3 to 3.5 hours via TV. Its for the making wagers in Vegas. Somehow, I just don’t believe that helping the TV adjust the game some more is going to prevent the question of who ranks where. You don’t really do you Tony?

JBT

7576DAWG

January 1st, 2011
11:44 pm

We have evolved to the point that with parity because of the reduction of scholarships the only logical next move is an 8 team playoff .

chazzo

January 2nd, 2011
1:03 am

fearless forecaster

January 2nd, 2011
7:28 am

Nice job picking the games. NOT!!!!

Big Ten

January 2nd, 2011
8:06 am

I have read enough UGA fans still whining about Nick Fairly. Of all that UGA has wrong you guys are still obsessed with Fairly. Why do UGA fans spend so much time in the past both in celebrating the good times and in lamenting the bad times? I can think of no other team that has so many fans that think they are so put upon by bad people from other teams. A couple of years ago it was the guy from UF that tried to gouge a UGA player in the eye. Yes it was wrong, yes it was bad but my God how long did we have to read about all you whiners NOT talking about getting your butts kicked AGAIN by UF but rather that big bad LB trying to hurt your lamb of a puritan UGA player. Stuff happens in big games of heated, long standing rivalries like these. Why do the same people who have such disdain for Fairly never mention the repeated chop blocks that UGA was putting on him? One was actually called for 15 yards so don’t try to deny it. I can show at least 7 chop blocks put on him in the film. No mention from the UGA brethren about how that is trying to end a career or hurt someone. Not one time have I read a UGA fans admit that fact but I’m sure if they felt like anyone did that to a UGA player we would still be hearing about it. UGA has problems from top to bottom. Instead of debating NIck Fairly why not discuss who would be a good Coach. That is UGAs biggest problem and y’all are going to get ANOTHER year of the the saintly Preacher who demonstrates weekly he is too soft to win anymore in the SEC. I would say good luck next year but with all that is wrong in Athens it wont help.

GT

January 2nd, 2011
8:36 am

The Big Ten ain’t so big. The press patronizes them because they have a large middle class following that buys products advertised. Mississippi State shares a state with Mississippi and about 2 million mostly very poor people. Not prime time not good business The national championship is an advertising campaign and until it hits the right market like the NFL there will be adjustments and the SEC is not part of those adjustments.

Georgia losing gives the entire nation card blanche to come into the state and take players. Watch more and more ending up in larger metro cities. When Miami and FSU started losing it open that state up to not only local new colleges, which had no brand name, but to the rest of the nation. Georgia needs to right its ship or a piece of the SEC will be forever gone.

Not From Lee County

January 2nd, 2011
8:36 am

@Big Ten

Rather than trying to pretend that you aren’t an Auburn fan, why don’t you tell us how it will feel to share the National Title with TCU.

That is, IF you can beat the Ducks. You better hope Fairley still plays dirty.

MikeP

January 2nd, 2011
10:04 am

Since by your reasoning bammer had to share last year’s title with Boise State, it won’t bother me much.

It didn’t even take Nick Fairley to knock UAT’s Little Lord McElroy out of the game, Auburn’s 180 pound D back did it.

Not From Lee County

January 2nd, 2011
10:22 am

If I was an Auburn fan, I’d try to hide it too.

The whining always blows your cover though…

Yellow Fuzz

January 2nd, 2011
10:34 am

Sure would like to hear from some of my AH friends right about now. The dog nation NEEDS to hear some positive news even if it’s not true. Heard your headed to another top 5 recruiting class and a final 4 in bball.

OneEyeJacked
DawgInLace
WTF?!?!
How2Fish
SugarHillDawg
Dublin Dawg
70 TONS OF TRASH
Altahama Dawg
jb
Supes
Bill King
ryan
BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL
septic tank
coach smith
kral
Red Dawg77
The Dawg Nation
EX GEORGIA FAN
4 tickets 4 hot dogs 4 cokes
Hershal talker
Dawg82
Sanford drive
buLLdawg
IBleedR&B
BugSquasher

Hahahahahahah
hahahahahahaha
hahahahahhaha
hahahahahahha

01HAWK

January 2nd, 2011
11:31 am

Here’s hoping the LITTLE TEN…………………..Excuse me, I mean BIG TEN, come to there senses and realize that the best football is in the SOUTH.

MICHIGAN STATE was 11-1 and they looked like a 0-12 team. BAMA pushed them around worse than they did to DUKE last year. MICHIGAN STATE must not have watched film on BAMA. This beat down could have been worse. BAMA starters were pulled and 2nd stringers were pulled. 3RD string RB ran through them. Walk Ons were playing yesterday. Michigan State had to go to a wide receiver to play QB due to BAMA put the 1st and 2nd string starters out. And heres to the MICHIGAN STATE DB that stated he wanted JULIO when he found out they were playing BAMA…………………….He will be playing on SUNDAY and you won’t.

MISS STATE gave a solid beat down on MICHIGAN. I am thankful RICHROD turned down the BAMA job. I can only imagine how it would be if he was hired instead of SABAN. He would have been FIRED ALREADY !!!!!!!!

Come on ARKANSAS, AUBARN, and LSU……………………..Lets show the country where the best football is played.

BIG/LITTLE TEN, and the WUSSIES of the All Childrens Conference (ACC) are a JOKE.

Flor

January 2nd, 2011
12:02 pm

Only watched the Florida game, which was on ABC….didn’t get a chance to see the others because they are only broadcast on ESPN and I refuse to pay my cable company more money.
The games weren’t worth going to a sports bar after what I drank the night before.
So yes Tony, New Years Day is not what it used to be.
The match-ups were not interesting so didn’t miss a thing.
Heard UGA lost…so didn’t we really see it coming?
They are following the same path as ML Baseball and I never see any of those games anymore and “now” could care less.

D man

January 2nd, 2011
12:29 pm

Roll tide… If Bama were playing either of those rose bowl teams, they would roll big over them… TCU #3? I don’t think so. Many said that Michigan State should have played in the rose bowl and look what happened to them. The northern media does not want a playoff because they would not get to see games like TCU vs Wisconsin or Oklahoma vs Conn. The SEC would dominate every year.
Three years ago when Ga started the year at #1 and lost a few games, they finished strong and killed Hawaii in the sugar bowl. If we would have had a playoff system that year, no doubt that ga would have won the national championship the way they finished the season strong.
I want to see a new system because the BCS is not fair and it doesn’t produce a real champion.

D man

January 2nd, 2011
12:36 pm

Who cares about this anyway, go Falcons…..

Bama Fan

January 2nd, 2011
2:05 pm

I felt sorry for those Michigan guys yesterday. It’s too bad you can’t call a mercy ending to a game that gets that far out of hand. Bama tried to back off, but you can’t just refuse to play when there’s still time left on the clock. I hope that none of their injuries were very serious.

RTR!!!

Just Sayin'

January 2nd, 2011
2:08 pm

@Yellow Fuzz

I guess when you never win you have to settle for celebrating someone else’s loss, huh?

That’s why Trade School fans are the most obnoxious bunch in all of CFB.

Tide Rising

January 2nd, 2011
3:27 pm

The SEC started off very poorly but it looks like the big boys are stepping it up. I don’t think anybody wants to mess with a member of the SEC west division in a bowl game. Just ask the state of Michigan which was outscored 101-21 by Miss State and Bama. 80 frigging points. The only thing hurting worse than the economy in Michigan is their college football teams.

That Mich state game was a beatdown of epic proportions. Could have been so much worse but Saban pulled a lot of starters 5 minutes into the 3rd qtr. Mich State still only mananged -48 yds rushing though. Yes- that’s minus 48 yds rushing. Knocked 2 of their qbs out of the game and the 3rd team qb was a converted wr who left the game earlier cause we had knocked him out to.

Never thought I would see Nick Saban upset over Bama scoring a td. But when 3rd string tailback Eddie Lacy bolted 62 yds to put us up 49-0 Saban was getting upset on the sideline as Lacy raced toward the end zone. He didn’t want to pile it on too much against his friend Mark Dantonio. But good grief is it our fault if they can’t stop our 3rd tailback on a simple off guard dive play?

In other events Ohio State is now cleaning their dirty underwear after watching the SEC sweep the big 10 including those 2 beatdowns. You know these 0-9 against the sec osu guys are quaking in their boots thinking about the Ark game. They are thinking not only of the SEC’s dismantling of the big 10 3-0 but the 0-5 day overall for the big 10 on Jan. 1 with Wisconsin and Northwestern also losing.

The only thing worse in the bowl season than being a Georgia fan is being a big 10 fan. No offense to the dawgs. But after losing to UCF of all people I’m just sayin….

8 seniors on scholly on this team and that’s it. No. 1 back to back recruiting classes in 08 and 09 followed by a no. 4 class in 2010 and currently the no. 2 ranked recruiting class for 2011 means the future looks bright for Bama. Can’t wait to kick it off all over again in 9 months. Roll Tide Roll!