Can the SEC continue its run in the BCS?

Happy Friday, everyone. After all the blogs and all the games and all the discussion since mid-July, it’s hard to believe that we are in the final days of the 2010 season. I was going to do Five Burning Questions to get us into the weekend but with the SEC involved in three bowl games in the next four days, I have only two questions for you this morning:

1. After an 0-3 start to bowl season, the SEC is now 3-4 after Arkansas’s loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. How will the SEC finish and can it avoid a losing bowl season?

2. The SEC has won four staight BCS National Championships. Will the run continue Monday night against Oregon in Glendale, Ariz.?

Let’s start with question No. 1: We knew the SEC East was significantly weaker than the SEC West this season but the final numbers were pretty striking. Here are the records of the SEC West teams against the East during the 2010 season:

Alabama, 2-1: (beat Florida, Tennessee; lost to South Carolina).

Arkansas, 3-0: (beat Georgia, Vandy, South Carolina).

Auburn, 4-0: (beat South Carolina twice, Kentucky, Georgia)

LSU, 3-0: (beat Vandy, Tennessee, Florida).

Ole Miss, 1-2: (lost to Vanderbilt, Tennessee; beat Kentucky).

Miss. State, 3-0: (beat Georgia, Florida, Kentucky).

So on the season the SEC West was 16-3 against the East. Four teams went undefeated and only one (Ole Miss) had a losing record.

The SEC West is 2-1 in bowls with Alabama winning the Cap One, Mississippi State winning the Gator, and Arkansas losing the Sugar. LSU plays Texas A&M tonight in the Cotton Bowl while Auburn plays Monday night in the BCS championship game. Kentucky will try to salvage something for the SEC East when it faces Pittsburgh (and interim coach Phil Bennett) on Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham. All three games look like tossups to me and the SEC needs to go 2-1 in order to finish .500 in the bowl season.

Now to the second question. We all know that the SEC has won four straight BCS national championships. When you throw in LSU’s 2003 championship and the 2004 Auburn team that went 13-0 and got shut out, the SEC has been in the national championship picture for seven of the past eight seasons. Here are some tidbits on that run you might find interesting, courtesy of the smart people from the SEC office:

**–A win by Auburn would give the SEC its fifth straight national championship, but just as significant would be the fact that Auburn would be the fourth different school to win a title in that five-year span: Florida (2006, 2008), LSU (2007), Alabama (2009).

**–Since 2006, half of the slots in the five BCS championship games (5 of 10) have been taken by SEC teams. The other five slots were taken by the Big Ten (2), the Big 12 (2), and the Pac-10 (1).

**–There have been 40 sets of BCS standings since October of 2006. In that span an SEC team has been ranked No. 1 in 18 of those 40 weeks. The rest of conferences: The Big Ten (13 weeks), Big 12 (five weeks), Pac-10 (four weeks).

**–In that same 40-week run, 11 of the 12 SEC teams have been ranked in the BCS Top 25 for at least one week. LSU leads that list with 37 weeks ranked. Vanderbilt was not ranked.

**–And finally, the SEC is 7-1 in BCS bowl games since 2006. Here is the breakdown of BCS records by conference:

SEC…………….7-1

Pac-10………..3-1

WAC…………..2-1

Big East……….2-2

Mountain West…1-1

Big Ten…………..2-5

Big 12…………….2-5

ACC………………1-3

Independents…..0-1

That’s a lot of numbers but it points out that the SEC has had an unprecedented run in the BCS since 2006. Now in that stretch it should be noted that the SEC has never faced a Pac-1o team in a BCS bowl. The SEC’s five national championships in the BCS era, which started in 1998, have come against the Big 12 (Texas and Oklahoma), the Big Ten (Ohio State twice), and the ACC (Florida State).

In fact, ESPN.com’s Pat Forde points out that since 1959, the SEC and Pac-10 have met just nine times in bowl games. The score? SEC 5, Pac-10 4.

So, as we leave you and head to Glendale, Ariz., we ask: Will the SEC continue its remarkable run on Monday night?

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387 comments Add your comment

3rdN8

January 7th, 2011
8:10 am

Don

January 7th, 2011
8:11 am

Sure hope Auburn continues the trend.

NCDawg

January 7th, 2011
8:15 am

This makes a playoff picture easy. SEC Champ against the best of the rest. BCS solved.

Bama Fan #2

January 7th, 2011
8:15 am

Hope the ducks win and everybody knows that Cam Newton has no business playing for
the cow college this year!! Sour grapes YOU BET!!! ROLL DUCKS ROLL!!!!

Paul N Destin

January 7th, 2011
8:16 am

All bowl games should have been completed no later than Monday. This stuff is a joke. The NYT has a article this weekend about a certain schools pay for play…should be interesting..

5IML

January 7th, 2011
8:19 am

I would like the Ducks to win on Monday but I don’t think they will.

KidRay

January 7th, 2011
8:19 am

Big Rutgers fan here and I watch SEC football all the time. Question: Are other SEC fans rooting for or against AU? I’m thinking all but Bama are pulling for their conference brethren. Is that about right?

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
8:21 am

Yeah this extended bowl season is rough

5IML

January 7th, 2011
8:21 am

Good news for opposing teams:

Saban has called a press conference for 1PM today. Ingram, Dareus, and (probably) Julio for going pro. Good luck to them all. We, Bammers, certainly appreciate all they have done during their time at the Capstone. RTR!

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
8:21 am

KidRay there are lots of Dawgs who might be Ducks on Monday.

jeff

January 7th, 2011
8:22 am

Kid–I’m a Florida grad and fan and pulling for Auburn to continue the SEC trend. I usually always root for SEC teams in the bowl games, though sometimes I make an exception for Tennessee lol.

David

January 7th, 2011
8:24 am

Please add a note that the SEC never had to face USC in any of the BCS championships.

jeff

January 7th, 2011
8:25 am

5IML what about Barron and Hightower. Alabama could have the kind of junior exodus that the Gators had last year (Pouncey, Hernandez, Dunlap, Wright, and Haden.)

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
8:25 am

Seems to me there was a much-hyped offensive team out west (Hawaii) that came into the Sugar Bowl a few years ago and got thumped. I am thinking this could happen again. If so that certainly says a lot about the SEC and its teams.

Buzzeng

January 7th, 2011
8:25 am

Glaringly absent in all those numbers is the absence of any ACC presence (other than then 1-3 record in BCS). One gets the feeling that that 1-3 might be 0-0 if there was not a requirement to give the ACC one… I’m an ACC fan (Go Jackets!), but it’s clear the ACC is no power house in football and it doesn’t even look like they are in the hunt to become one…

82Dawg

January 7th, 2011
8:25 am

@David….that is not the SEC’s fault

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
8:26 am

@jeff yeah we never got the chance to do anything about those USC teams back in their hayday…would have been some good football

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
8:26 am

my last one was directed at David not jeff..sorry.

KeithB

January 7th, 2011
8:29 am

It only matters if you are a fan of the TEAM that wins. The rest of the stats are useless.

GTPhenom2

January 7th, 2011
8:30 am

David, USC won’t be in any BCS championships anytime soon. The SEC has also never faced Idaho State in an BCS game. Same deal.

DC

January 7th, 2011
8:32 am

Wooah eagle baby! I really feel comfortable about this game. I feel about the same going into the South carolina game. Same game plan too I hope….shut down the run and let the QB try to beat us. I like our chances 10 fold if that happens. Also, Bama and UGAY fans who want Oregon to win are so sour…I cheered on Bama in the Capital one and UGAY in the whatever bowl in middle of nowhere .com bowl..I cheered b/c it is the SEC and I don’t want to have any doubt that SEC is the best this year…but thats just me…

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
8:32 am

You know a pretty decent SEC expansion that would actually make sense would be FSU to West and Clempsun to the East. Keep their rivalry with SC and revive the one with UGA, just might be difficult against Tennessee with all that ugly orange….FSU would still play Florida each year but add quality games that matter with LSU, Auburn, and Bama…win-win for everyone.

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
8:33 am

more SEC *ss kissing from tony barnhart? SURPRISE!

Chris Matthews

January 7th, 2011
8:37 am

Hope Oregon wins! Auburn is a disgrace to the SEC!

82Dawg

January 7th, 2011
8:37 am

@wesleywhatwhat …..the truth hurts doesn’t it..

Gator Mike

January 7th, 2011
8:38 am

Word is that Oregon is treating this as a pure busines trip like UF did in 2006 when OSU simply assumed they would win. The Oregon players placed a 10 pm curfew on themselves while The AU guys are not as strict. It should be a good game, but I do not see AU as a sure thing this year. I am pulling for AU, but I have a feeling that the Ducks have a very good chance at winning.

404

January 7th, 2011
8:39 am

Barnhart: “Get your SEC kool-aid here.”

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
8:40 am

Gator Mike I think it is gonna be a heck of a ballgame

Gator Mike

January 7th, 2011
8:40 am

Corretion: Jan 2007 BCS Game vice 2006.

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
8:41 am

lol @ “82dawg”

typical kool aid drinker.

DC

January 7th, 2011
8:43 am

Gator Mike, college kids treating this game as a business trip might not be the greatest. ALWAYS ALWAYS respect the opponent yadda yadda…but if they are too professional when that game starts and things dont go their way it might go against them.

To add on to my earlier post…I want AU to get the ball first and score fast. Just like they did against USCe. Put the pressure on that they (Oregon) need to keep up and if they dont we will dust them. Make them think they need to take more chances early.

82Dawg

January 7th, 2011
8:44 am

@wesleywhatwhat ….no not really, until another conference can step up and do the same, the results speak for themselves.

Dr Phil

January 7th, 2011
8:46 am

Which teams/conferences have the highest arrest records/number of misconduct actions? NCAA violations for misconduct?

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
8:46 am

talk to me after oregon blows out auburn.

of course, then it will be a lot of “yeah, but look at the past 5 years…”

DC

January 7th, 2011
8:46 am

wesley, what other conference is better than SEC? Simple question to answer if we all are kool-aid drinkers.

robesi

January 7th, 2011
8:47 am

Once again, an “article” by Barnhart that you can’t trust. Mountain West is 1-1 in BCS bowl games? Really? Let’s see…TCU just won one, Hawaii lost one…I suppose you just haven’t gotten over the fact that ‘Bama got smoked by the Utes.

Keep slurping on the SEC, Tony…see what happens when they face the Pac-10.

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
8:48 am

dr phil – the SEC have been fulmer cup winners 2 years out of 5 listed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulmer_cup

DC

January 7th, 2011
8:48 am

You are saying the Pac-10 is better than the SEC top to bottom??? Stanford doesnt have staying power…USC is USC…Oregon is trendy and will be trendy for some more seasons…whos next CAL? WASHINGTON???? Come on man..if you are a fan of Oregon so be it..but don’t let your hatred blind your football IQ

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
8:49 am

what kind of tool is obsessed with other teams in a particular conference besides their own?

USMC dawg

January 7th, 2011
8:50 am

I don’t know Tony, my ACC friend reminded me that the ACC is 2-0 against the SEC…
It looks like the SEC is slipping…(read sarcasm…)

From a Georgia BullDawg fan to our cousins, the Auburn Tigers… war eagle!
(Boy, that didn’t feel right, but GO SEC!)

82Dawg

January 7th, 2011
8:50 am

wesleywhatwhat …such a whiner ….if the Ducks win good for them.

Chi Town

January 7th, 2011
8:51 am

Quack!

F those redneck Aubarn fans.

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
8:53 am

“82dawdg”, learn to spell. the word you’re looking for is WINNER.

typical blind SEC apologist. such a sad life most of them lead. let’s talk after the oregon/auburn game, but remember – no “yeah we lost this game but we were great 2 years ago” talk, ok?

ratherBgambling

January 7th, 2011
8:54 am

Auburn will be able to stop Oregon a couples of times, Oregon won’t be able to stop Auburn at all.

Auburn by double digits…………Book It!

Mike

January 7th, 2011
8:54 am

Boycott the BCS game, all sponsors, and networks until the NCAA suspends Cam Newton!! Don’t watch the game!

jumbeauxtiger

January 7th, 2011
8:54 am

5IML,

That’ s 3 great players the Tide is losing.

Personally I will miss Patrick Peterson. He’s the best player I have seen at LSU since Tommy Casanova.

I don’t see Oregon stopping Auburn’s offense.

82Dawg

January 7th, 2011
8:55 am

wesleywhatwhat …sorry, I would not call you a “WINNER” …Whiner is correct for you..

jwr

January 7th, 2011
8:57 am

@ David:

I suspect that if USC had been facing the SEC in BCS bowls, their experience would be pretty close to another touted conference leader who is 1-3 (and tried real hard to go 0-4) against SEC teams…note that many people had no problem with this certain school playing 5 suspended stars in the Sugar Bowl because they felt sorry for this certain school and figured they needed all the help they could get.

Note also that UGA really wanted USC and the 2007 Rose Bowl, and it was obvious that the Rose and the PAC-10 wanted no part of a SEC spanking of their conference darling.

JDawg

January 7th, 2011
8:59 am

David, please note that USC has never had to face Bama, UF, or LSU in a BCS Championship game.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
9:02 am

I was proud to be pulling for Bama last year in the NC game. I’m an Auburn fan AND and SEC fan. It strikes me as odd that Bama fans have convinced themselves that their problems are external and they should for some reason hate Auburn even while Auburn is representing their conference too. Bammer lost 3 games this year. At the root of ALL those losses was Saban getting out coached and Bammer players quitting on the team. You do not give up a 24 point lead the way Bammer did against Auburn and give all the credit to AU. The Tigers won that game because Saban choked, J. Jones quit and gave up and when faced with adversity the Bammer players couldn’t handle it. Point your anger where it belongs at your Coach and your teams inability to get it done when it was more difficult to keep believing they could win instead of quitting because they were no longer able to do end zone dances or self congratulatory chest thumping after every good play. Most Bammer fans are bigger than the few that are spewing hatred at Auburn. The State of Alabama does have two consecutive Heisman’s and may end up with two National Championships too. Are y’all too obtuse to understand what that will do for recruiting and national respect for the States football programs? I would love it if the lunatic fringe in Tuscaloser would focus on your BIG time problems that will be there again next year. I guess as time goes by we are becoming aware of just how far Saban is from EVER being the giant that the Bear was. If Bammer ever gets back to the NC game I’ll be pulling for ya, I’d rather pull my own teeth with a pair of dirty pliers, but I’ll be pulling for the SEC.

War Eagle!

jwr

January 7th, 2011
9:02 am

At one time I was on the Suspend Cam bandwagon, but why shouldn’t Cam play? He didn’t personally benefit from anything that happened, and Auburn didn’t directly or indirectly pay for anything. Cam committed no crime, the University of Auburn committed no crime. Why hold Cam and AU responsible for the actions of Mr Newton and a rich booster?

travy

January 7th, 2011
9:03 am

i hope the ratings are crap. playing this late is a crime. who even cares anymore?

What's a d a w g?

January 7th, 2011
9:05 am

I doubt that anyone really gives a flying fk who you pull for, 5m and bm2, etc. All that sour you’re suffering from doesn’t affect anyone but you. It sure as hell doesn’t affect the outcome of the game. So go ahead and make a fool of yourself. After an entire, excruciating year of reading the garbage you post, we’re all Fairly accustomed to it. It just makes it that much easier to pour salt in your wounds every Monday. Let’s see now, what were the scores of Auburn’s last two regular season games. Oh yeah, I remember. I know you do too. HA! It’s Great To Be An Auburn Tiger!
War Eagle!!

jwr

January 7th, 2011
9:05 am

Heck, what could the booster have done if he donated 6 figures to Mr Newton’s church and Cam went to play for Dan Mullen anyways?

Answer: nothing, because Cam wasn’t personally involved with the “deal”.

War Eagle

January 7th, 2011
9:07 am

Better a sister in a house of ill-repute than a brother at Bama.

LT

January 7th, 2011
9:08 am

To DC – grow up a little and drop the homophobia – “UGAY”. you’re either 12 years old or latent.

GatorDrew

January 7th, 2011
9:11 am

sandman… you’ve struck upon the problem with SEC expansion ideas. The noles get in over my cold, reptilian body (more importantly, Jeremy Foley’s). And I’m sure USCw feels exactly the same about Clemson. All of the ADs in the SEC have a verbal agreement that their instate rivals from another conference do not get in. UF-FSU/UM, UGA/GT, USC/Clemson. Why would we want to do something to aid them?? Has to come from somewhere else.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
9:11 am

@ travy I’m with you on this mid-January stuff. Too late at 8:30 pm too. The NCAA and the schools have sold their souls to ESPN.

Gator Mike

January 7th, 2011
9:13 am

DC – I sure hope you are right because I am pulling for AU. My only point is that the Ducks seem to have the same focus which the Gators had when they played OSU for the BCS title. As we all remember, OSU scored on the opening kickoff which did not adversely affect the Gators focus because they went on to blow out the buckeyes.

Go War Eagle!

joe

January 7th, 2011
9:15 am

I don’t care what anyone says…LSU lost that game to TN.

Mtn Dawg

January 7th, 2011
9:15 am

Nick Fairley needs to lose. I hope Auburn wins but Fairley needs to lose.

82Dawg

January 7th, 2011
9:17 am

@Auburn Man …the 830 stuff is for the west coast viewers…

The Barn is Burning

January 7th, 2011
9:17 am

Quack Attack!

No question that the Ducks will beat those cheatin, lyin, theivin, lousy Barn Rats!

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
9:18 am

joe is correct.

if not for the corruption in the SEC that forces refs to protect the highest ranked team, LSU would have an L on their record after the TN game. they certainly lost it on the field.

Tim

January 7th, 2011
9:18 am

I think everyone knows that Cam knew everything about the $ and they will eventually find it. Thats why I think the majority of college fans want the Ducks to win. How ironic is it that the Duck’s kicked off a kid for stealing a laptop and Auburn picked one up (along with a lot of additional baggage).

Go Ducks! Quack Quack!

DC

January 7th, 2011
9:19 am

LT you read all of my comment and all you got was the UGAY? haha that cracks me up…thUGA better? its a name…just like Barners Bammers Lesticles Urban Cryer…

You’ll be ok.

Gator mike,

I do see the loss last year for Oregon helping them prep for this game no doubt..but prep work can only do so much..if you are outclassed, you are outclassed. Monday needs to hurry up and get here.

Chi Town

January 7th, 2011
9:19 am

Hope the weather on Monday messes up the cable reception for all the Barners watching the game in all the trailers down in Lee County.

Out of State Monkey

January 7th, 2011
9:19 am

I noticed Tony the SEC shill happened to “choose” 2006 as the starting point for his analysis as then he would have had to include the Puppies’ beatdown against those hicks from WVA in the Sugar Bowl the year before. That’s probably the Big East’s only BCS winner ever and it came against the Puppies. And UGAY wanted a piece of USC at the Rose Bowl the next year? C’mon man.

By the way “SEC Tony” also left out this year’s Sugar Bowl results too I see. What’s wrong Tony, doesn’t work for your numbers, or are you like all the other SEC homers and pretending that the Pigs are still in the SWC?

But I understand Tony, the only other conference you’ve got to write about around here is the A She She, so I suppose I’d write about the SEC too…unless you want to talk about some real football like they play at UCF.

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
9:20 am

yeah, DC is a moron. and probably hiding something on his closet.

DC

January 7th, 2011
9:22 am

@82Dawg, I understand that its for the west coast those times…BUT, if you are going to do a game that late it better be on a weekend…these start times are not respectable to people that work haha

TS

January 7th, 2011
9:23 am

To Chi Town @8:51

Quacker please!

Go Tigers!

Good grief

January 7th, 2011
9:23 am

What people seem to forget is that we’ve seen this same Oregon team before, numerous times actually. Going back to the mid-90’s they began having 50+ games against conference opponents. The only difference this year is that they didn’t stumble late in the season. They tried to against Cal, but Cal is so horrible they invented new ways to lose. Oregon will wish they were playing Ohio St. again this year after they see not only the size, but the speed of the SEC big boys. I just love how ESPN is hilariously trying to pretend this is a brand new Oregon team that just came out of nowhere.

SecIsFootball

January 7th, 2011
9:26 am

Auburn Man….I am a BAMA alum I know A LOT of AU fans. I grew up in Mobile and went to high school with many and now live in Atlanta where you have a huge alumni base. Not one of the people I know was cheering for Alabama last year. Two of my co-workers from AU each paid $60 for Texas Nike Polo shirts to wear. We are talking about the same fan base which rolls toomer corner when ALABAMA LOSES!!! If we would have lost the NC game last year, there would have been more TP in the trees at the corner than there was for any one AU game. So, with that said, I would not cheer for AU for any reason whatsoever. I just assume Oregon wins this year any another SEC team wins it again next season.

As for your comments about Saban and the Iron Bowl this year, you guys won because you were the better team. Julio didnt quit. He owned your defensive backfield the entire game with about 150 receiving yards. Not sure how you see that as quitting. We couldnt stop the AU pass rush and our DB’s got beat in the second half. We beat you guys the year before in a very similar manner. Should I attribute that to AU quitting and the Malzahn (he is who is responsible for your success) got out coached? No…in the end we were the better team who overcame some adversity and won. Glad you see this year as differently but as an AU fan, I expect nothing less from you. You guys just keep acting like last year was a flash in the pan for Alabama while this year for AU will be the norm. We lost A LOT on D last year. You guys lose you entire offensive line and a number of players off of a D that was ranked in the lower half of the SEC. Enjoy this while it lasts because once you lose Cam (85% of your offense) and replace him with Barrett Trotter (I laugh ever time I think about that) AU will go back to where it historically belongs in the history of the conference.

With all that said…GO DUCKS!!!

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
9:27 am

people still talk about “SEC speed”, lol? oh man, this game monday is gonna be fun to watch.

you guys don’t forget to come back here tuesday morning and complain to barnhart that if 4 or 5 plays had gone the other way, auburn would have had a chance to win…

Mtn Dawg

January 7th, 2011
9:27 am

Auburn 42 Oregon 33.

Mark C.

January 7th, 2011
9:30 am

Roll Ducks Roll

PMC

January 7th, 2011
9:31 am

What did we really learn from Bowl Season?

The SEC west is really good. Arkansas is good but didn’t play flawlessly and it hurt them. They improved on defense this year but were still going to give up 30. Adams dropped too many balls that hit him in the chest.

The SEC east is beyond hot garbage. The SEC east was absolutely awful this year.

Mtn Dawg

January 7th, 2011
9:32 am

Auburn 450+ yards total offense. Newton 130+ yards rushing.

Geezer

January 7th, 2011
9:32 am

Go Oregon, Stomp them Barn’ers! Auburn is a disgrace to SEC and College Football and Cam Newton and his Dad a disgrace to the state of Georgia!

JDawg

January 7th, 2011
9:33 am

Beatdown? Wasn’t it a 3 point game?

And I wouldn’t beat my chest about UFC. I mean, they won their first bowl ever by beating a team who: a) finished 6-7; b) didn’t beat a team with a winning record all season; and c) lost to Colorado.

Ormewood

January 7th, 2011
9:33 am

SEC is clearly the best conference. It’s not even worth discussing. As a non-SEC fan however, I don’t understand why UGA, UF, Bama, LSU, or any other fan base would pull for Auburn in this game. I would never, ever pull for my team’s rivals to win anything. Never, ever.

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
9:33 am

The WV sugar Bowl was Jan 1 2006. The Hawaii game was Jan 1 2008

2 seasons later

Stafford and Moreno

Yes we wanted to play USC and yes we would have won.

GSU Eagle 91

January 7th, 2011
9:33 am

The SEC has had a good run….and it may continue after Monday’s game is over….
I am pulling for Oregon but Cam is the difference and I think Auburn wins a close contest.
What really irks me…is the way some of the SEC bandwagoners jump from school to school if it is convenient.
How could a Gator fan pull for Auburn..or LSU…No way a true Bama fan would pull for Auburn…
As a GA Southern grad, and fan, I would NEVER pull for Appalachian St, even though they are in the Southern Conference together. Never…I despise them all 52 weeks per year…Not just 1 week….
Tony..I cannot get a “feel” for the Monday night game…These teams are unique, with Auburn basically a one-man Army, and the Ducks employing schemes we have not seen much of before…I just hope it goes down to the end…Like Texas and USC…
No one is giving Texas A&M much of a chance tonight. LSU has been an excellent bowl team under Coach Miles..They should win by at least 10….

Paul in RDU

January 7th, 2011
9:33 am

Tony mailed this one it. Doesn’t tell us anything we don’t know – the SEC has played in a bunch of BCS games, won more than any other conference and is currently the best FB conference.
Plenty of errors as usual – since 2006 the WAC is 3-1 in BCS games, the Mountain West is 2-1, the ACC is 1-4

Good grief

January 7th, 2011
9:36 am

wesley,

Yeah, you make a great argument. Since the SEC has such a horrible track record in BCS title games and all……

David

January 7th, 2011
9:37 am

Tony, no offense, your beloved Ga has contributed greatly to the weak eastern division teams. Central Florida exposed just how average that entire division is. The west is the elite conference division in football. The conference needs to beef up the east by removing Vandy and bringing in a Florida State.
No way a 3 loss team should get in the SEC championship game. Ga is very indicative of the eastern division.

Good grief

January 7th, 2011
9:37 am

Paul,

Since the creation of the BCS, what is the ACC, 2-15?

Mtn Dawg

January 7th, 2011
9:37 am

Thomas 200+ yards passing, James 100+ yards rushing

Fink

January 7th, 2011
9:38 am

I don’t have any reason not to be confident in Auburn.

Yes, they won games close at the start of the season- the definition of a 4th quarter team.

But, wins @ Alabama, vs LSU, vs Arkansas show mw how good this team is. Also, to see the growth of the team- from South Carolina in Sept to South Carolina in Dec- this Auburn team is not going to be a push over.

Only thing that concerns me is the long layoff between games. War Eagle!

Paul in RDU

January 7th, 2011
9:40 am

jwr

January 7th, 2011
8:57 am
@ David:

I suspect that if USC had been facing the SEC in BCS bowls, their experience would be pretty close to another touted conference leader who is 1-3 (and tried real hard to go 0-4) against SEC teams
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USC vs SEC teams since 2000
9/2/2006 @ Arkansas (10-4) W 50 14
9/17/2005 vs. Arkansas (4-7) W 70 17
8/30/2003 @ Auburn (8-5) W 23 0
9/2/2002 vs. Auburn (9-4) W 24 17

Yep – they really have had problems against SEC teams. Didn’t the 2004 AU team go unbeaten?

Stan

January 7th, 2011
9:41 am

All these people that pretend to question why SEC fans (really all fans) pull for their conference brethren in bowl games crack me up. As though this is some sort of weird phenomenon or something. Even ESPN has the Bowl Cup Championship every year, which means they keep track of how conferences do and analyze it. You want your conference to do well since thats who your guys are associated with.

Fink

January 7th, 2011
9:41 am

@ Ormewood

You don’t understand the pride ppl have in SEC football

Paul in RDU

January 7th, 2011
9:42 am

@Good grief
The ACC has a terrible record but you missed my point – this was an incredibly lazy article from TB – he wasn’t even bothered to update the BCS records for any of the conferences using the results from this year

wesleywhatwhat

January 7th, 2011
9:43 am

lol @ “good grief”,

so the game between oregon and auburn will be determined by the SEC’s “track record in BCS title games”?

what a clown.

i suppose alabama’s game against texas 12 months ago will decide who wins this game between two different schools?

brilliant.

remind everyone – what SEC school did u go to? just so we can all steer people away from going there for an education.

Fink

January 7th, 2011
9:43 am

@ Paul in RDU

If USC played Auburn in 2004?

Well, Auburn had their shot at USC in 2002 and 2003- both times ended up embarrassed.

Barry Badrinath

January 7th, 2011
9:45 am

Fink,

Look no further than OSU in 2002. About 8 of their wins were God awful ugly, no one gave them a chance against Miami and look what happened.

ga gator

January 7th, 2011
9:47 am

Ormewood

I mostly agree that one should not root for your rivals. However in the non-playoff world that we live in, perception is very important and most SEC fans realize that if the conference run continues, then it will always make a one loss SEC team a viable option for the Title game.

woebegong

January 7th, 2011
9:47 am

An Auburn win helps all of the SEC schools in recruiting. No fan of Auburn during the year but my dogs for sure were not worth a nickle. No matter, Auburn is representing the SEC for the BCS title and everybody who has an interest in SEC football as a whole, should be hoping they win. Some of you jokers just amaze me with your childish, short sighted view of things.

Paul in RDU

January 7th, 2011
9:49 am

Fink – That is my point exactly.

Out of State Monkey

January 7th, 2011
9:50 am

I know why SEC homers root for the other teams in their conference, because it gives them something to feel good about even though their own team blows. Most of these people can be found in the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia.

I can’t wait to see that SEC speed on display in September when that pathetic WAC/Moutain West newbie with the stupid blue field comes to Athens. But at least UGAY fans can root for other teams in their conference that’ll beat their behinds too like Alabama, right?

UGA fan

January 7th, 2011
9:52 am

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I’ll never get over big bad Auburn whopping us like that. My friends and I cried like babies for days. They were to physical for us – they took it seriously!

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

ClinchPanther

January 7th, 2011
9:53 am

Go Ducks!! I hope the tigers, war eagles, plainsman, whatever they are lose big time.

GTBob

January 7th, 2011
9:53 am

Tony, if you don’t want to be known as an SEC shill then maybe every blog everyday shouldn’t be about how much you love the SEC. It’s hard to take you seriously when you write blogs like this. There is no information in here that even modest college football fans didn’t already know. Plus you explain the SEC’s 3-4 bowl record by touting how strong the SEC west is. Way to latch on to the childish explanations of radical SEC fans.

Also, if you want to ask the question of whether Auburn can beat Oregon or not maybe a comparison of the teams and how they match up would be better then just telling us how awesome the SEC is.

Lt Col Razorback

January 7th, 2011
9:54 am

As you can tell from my moniker, I am a University of Arkansas alumnus (Class of ’69) and an ardent fan. It makes me sick to say it, but “my team” FAILED to represent the SEC in the way that they should have. Ryan Mallett performed admirably at the quarterback position but was let down by his receivers multiple times. Had his receiver on the first play of the game caught the football instead of letting a near perfectly thrown pass slip through his hands, Arkansas would have taken the lead at 7– 0 within the first 10 seconds of the game and a positive momentum would have been established rather than lost.

But having made my apologies for “my team”, the answer to the Auburn question is a resounding YES they will bring another national title to the SEC; and here is why.
1. Cam Newton is an awesome double–threat quarterback who is a much better player than Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State who the Arkansas defense seemed unable to stop.
a. If Arkansas’ defense couldn’t stop Terrelle Pryor, there is no chance what–so–ever that Oregon’s defense can stop Cam Newton!!

2. Oregon will score some points against the Auburn defense, but not nearly enough to offset the production made by Cam Newton and the Auburn offense.

Ormewood

January 7th, 2011
9:54 am

To Dawg fans,

Wouldn’t an Auburn win have an adverse effect on UGA recruiting in the state of GA? Bama has made significant inroads in Georgia of late. Auburn stole a recruit from the Dawgs just this week. That trend would continue, wouldn’t it, if Auburn wins Monday especially the way CMR has the Dawgs tracking?

Ted Striker

January 7th, 2011
9:55 am

Go Duckies. Beat Auburn.

wesleyCOWARD

January 7th, 2011
9:57 am

wesleywhatwhat – hey COWARD, stop avoiding the question and answer it already (if you’ve got any balls).

If you think the SEC is so pathetic, tell me which conference is a bigger football powerhouse and state specifically why.

Otherwise, shut up COWARD.

ATL XMAN

January 7th, 2011
9:57 am

bulldog fan 1st and SEC fan 2nd so go auburn. keep the sec rolling in the BCS. it only helps the other sec teams in the future to get a shot at the title.

Steve

January 7th, 2011
9:58 am

Will the SEC continue its remarkable run on Monday night you ask. In the words of Curly,”Certainly.”

Mtn Dawg

January 7th, 2011
9:58 am

16,500 gallons of beer sold

Limited Access LIFTED

January 7th, 2011
9:59 am

`
Cecil Newton will attend the game and be ‘Loud and Proud”
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . of his shameful behavior.

Big Al

January 7th, 2011
9:59 am

Nice words auburn man but I believe you protest too much. I have numerous auburn friends and none pulled for the TIDE last year—but I gurss there could always be one.

jennifer

January 7th, 2011
10:01 am

Kid, I’m a lifelong Bama fan and have always pulled for Auburn when they played outside the conference or when their victories within the conference wouldn’t affect our standing. Normally, I would be cheering for Auburn to win the BCS game, and proud that another team from our state represented so well. But this year, with Cam Newton, it is just impossible to feel like theirs is a legitimate season and there will always be a cloud hanging over Auburn’s inevitable victory. So, no, this year I cannot pull for Auburn. I’ll even go so far as to say I’m pulling against Auburn. I’m just too disgusted by the Cam Newton situation.

RambleOn84

January 7th, 2011
10:01 am

The SEC will, at worst, finish .500 in the bowls.

LSU will blow out Texas A&M tonight, proving they were worthy of a BCS bowl (just like Alabama did).

Who knows what Kentucky will do?

And Auburn will beat Oregon, although it will be closer than many think. Oregon really is a great team, but Auburn will wear them down.

Out of State Monkey

January 7th, 2011
10:03 am

I’m not sure the bowl win versus Michigan should count for the SEC since everyone on Michigan’s schedule took turns beating them down this year…much like UGAY’s loss shouldn’t be counted since everyone took turns this year beating them down too. It’s fair SEC homers, take away a win and a loss and it’s a wash.

goldwreck

January 7th, 2011
10:05 am

FSU had an invitation to join the SEC in the mid 90’s and elected to join the ACC.Bowden was in his heyday and FSU apparently didn’t want the stronger competition from the SEC.Supposedly it came down to the last minute.The AD (I can’t re-call his name) said he made his decision on the way to the press conference to make his announcement.I think that rejection led to the SEC pulling Arkansas in.I don’t think FSU would consider the SEC today if the SEC were to consider FSU.

wareagle2006

January 7th, 2011
10:07 am

@GatorMike Oregon might have a curfew but LaMichael James has been seen partying around Glendale, so it looks like both teams are enjoying themselves, did you in Tampa?

Gatorman

January 7th, 2011
10:09 am

Auburn will have to play the Ducks, the crowd and probably some bias from the refs, so it could be difficult at best. One thing I noticed watching Oregon this year is the speed they have on offense. I think most defenses will have a tough time keeping them from scoring. However, as an SEC guy, I really hope Auburn pulls it off.

tulevol

January 7th, 2011
10:11 am

Just say NO to quack!! I am pulling for the SEC in the NC game, always have, always will.

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
10:12 am

out of state monkey idiot,

It is a proven fact that anyone that refers to The University of Georgia as “UGAY” does so to mask their own sexual issues.

That is all.

Auburn Guy

January 7th, 2011
10:13 am

To those of you pulling for us on Monday night, thank you sincerely. For those of you who aren’t,well, you gotta do what you gotta do. For the record I pulled for Bama last year and was happy that they won the championship. I would do the same this year if it was Bama or UGA or even Vandy. The more championships the conference wins the conference stays strong and gets stronger. Just my two cents worth. War Eagle.

Nat

January 7th, 2011
10:14 am

I’m surprised to know pliers have found their way to Auburn… but your points are well taken, Auburn Man. To KidRay, there’s your answer, buddy. Some SEC folks are pulling for Auburn, some ain’t. Just like life all across the nation. HEY TONY – HOW ABOUT AN ALL-CRIMINAL BOWL ARTICLE? Some of Bobby Bowden’s great FSU teams – featuring Deion Sanders who never attended class – could play Ohio State and their 5 non-suspended folks.

Jeff

January 7th, 2011
10:15 am

Wouldnt that be cool if Auburn lost on a blown call.

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
10:16 am

Jeff,

Why don’t we ask the Buckeyes if Terry Porter is available?
The ref in the 2003 BCS title game that called the interference penalty after Miami was running on the field celebrating their championship.

I understand he is in the OSU Hall of Fame

Jeff

January 7th, 2011
10:18 am

Chris

January 7th, 2011
10:18 am

The only reason the SEC has won so many championships is because of the system. The national media believes in the hype that the SEC is the best conference. But look, they are struggling to go .500 in their bowl games and that includes an 0-2 record against the ACC I might add. Because the media believes them to be the best they always vote them into the game. When you play in a title game that many times you are going to win a few. If there was a playoff established during the last decade, no way in hell the SEC even comes close to winning this many titles.

Jeff

January 7th, 2011
10:22 am

With replays it will be hard but I’m confident we can have more filth added to this season.

tulevol

January 7th, 2011
10:23 am

Chris, you don’t get “voted” into the NC game! You go undefeated and earn your way into it, unless you are a non aq, then you are screwed no matter what. If AU had lost to SC in the sec champ. they would NOT be in NC game. Quit your whining. SEC rules!!!! 4 national championships in a row!!

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Reality

January 7th, 2011
10:24 am

SEC fans chose to ignore the big picture….

While yes, a SINGLE team from the SEC may do well and be in the NCG, the rest of the pack are very average at best. Does anyone really think that a 3-4 bowl record is stellar?

However, SEC fans won’t see that. Most of those jokers wear blinders to any real stats or facts. They think that if Auburn wins the NC game that it somehow implies that THEIR team is a winner. They are not.

I guess the rest of the nation calls SEC fans idiot red neck trailor trash for a reason….

Mr Natural

January 7th, 2011
10:24 am

I used to live in North Carolina, heart of ACC basketball, and it was no different there regarding conference loyalty, just a different sport. All ACC fans root for other ACC teams against non-conference opposition, the expection being North Carolina and Duke.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
10:24 am

@ SecIsFootball…I am an Auburn Alum. I too live in Atlanta, born and raised as a matter of fact. Both my parents are Auburn alum. My father played football and baseball at Auburn on scholarship. My grandfather is an alum he also was a professor at Auburn too. My grandmother was an employee at Auburn for 30 years. I do not know one Auburn fan who puts in the energy to hate Bama at the level you describe. As far as celebrations on Auburn’s campus at a Bama loss I can only say kids will be kids. Forgive them for they know not what they do. I guess I assume most of the people taking time to write in should be past the underclassmen mentality of a football game. I also think being 47 years old puts me in a position to see the world from a bigger view than the last game Auburn and Bamma played. I feel sorry for people who put that much effort into hating another team. College football is not about hating Bamma for me. It’s about the pageantry, tradition and honor of attending a great institution and pulling for my team. And also just plain old getting together with old friends that I’ve known for years. I think most of the guys you describe are people I wouldn’t want to know. Being a fan of my team doesn’t make you a good guy. We all have a lunatic fringe, unfortunately I think Bama fans don’t get that they too have people that bring the game down. About the Iron Bowl, Jones did quit, and Saban was at a loss for how to respond. You can point to outside reasons but your team proved they could beat Auburn for less than 2 quarters. The reasons are many why they lost but at the heart was a team giving up and a Coach that couldn’t keep them together. As far as pulling for Bama as an Auburn fan, I hate it, I would rather pull for UT, FL,UGA, SC, Vandy, Arkansas, Missy State, Missy, Kentucky or LSU before Bama.

Chris

January 7th, 2011
10:25 am

Yes you do get voted into the game by being voted #1 in the human polls which makes up 2/3 of the BCS formula….

Out of State Monkey

January 7th, 2011
10:27 am

Teams don’t get voted in? Ask Auburn from 2004 or how about 2010 TCU about their thoughts on that. I know, I know, Mountain West teams can’t hang with SEC teams. We’ll have proof of that next September, right Puppies?

tulevol

January 7th, 2011
10:28 am

You don’t get voted #1 unless you WIN!
And the idiot redneck trailer trash boys from Auburn will be feasting on duck Monday night!
SEC haters, gotta love ‘em, bless their pea pickin’ hearts.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
10:31 am

@ Goldwreck…FSU didn’t CHOOSE the ACC. The SEC rescinded their offer when FSU put the requirement of not playing Auburn and Alabama in the same season. The ACC decision was backed into.

Gatorhater

January 7th, 2011
10:32 am

For clarification, anyone who is counting the officiating travesty in the Music City Bowl as a loss for the SEC, is fooling themselves or drinking the ACC kool-aid!

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
10:32 am

Pea pickin’? Does anyone really say that anymore?

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
10:33 am

Morning all. Well, I certainly hope the Ducks win. Stumbled across an interesting little tidbit yesterday on a board discussing the APR column in the New York Times. Seems that <a href="http://peoplefinder.auburn.edu/peoplefinder/index.php".if you search here, every single Auburn football player will come up except for one. Anybody care to guess who the one Auburn football player is who doesn’t appear in the student database? Can’t be a privacy issue because no information is given except for name and, in some cases, major. Also, Bobby Lowder’s daughter Catherine, who Bobby forced Terry Bowden to employ, comes up as an Athletic Dept. employee. Pat Dye is a “special advisor.” Very interesting that everybody seems to be accounted for except for one player.

Brad

January 7th, 2011
10:34 am

Goooooooooo Ducks! Sic’em! Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack

Gary

January 7th, 2011
10:34 am

The whoel SEC is down this year not just the east. Look at how many players Bama lost last year and try to convince me that the West is strong. They should have killed Auburn with that first half performance and they are not nearly as good as they were last year. Georgia put up 21pts against Auburn pretty quick but couldn’t score once against a conference USA team. Auburn squeaked by on a few games early. I am not convinced that these teams are playing better ball. Ark and USC are the same teams they were last year. Mississippi State is much better. LSU and Bama are not as good as they were last year. Florida took at huge hit this year. Georgia and Ole Miss fell off the SEC map. Tennessee might as well be in the ACC. All I am saying is the SEC ain’t that good this year and I am not sure Auburn has what it takes to beat Oregon. Think the SEC looses this one. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings. I am usually an SEC homer, but I don’t like how Auburn got to this one. I don’t think they have an ethical athletic department. There is a history of acidemic fraud and booster problems. I just don’t think they have done whats right to earn that trophy.

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
10:34 am

Well, hyperlink fail. Let’s try again.

Auburn people database

tulevol

January 7th, 2011
10:34 am

I thought that was the official salutation of the plains, my bad.

Eagle dude

January 7th, 2011
10:36 am

@ Bama dude Too bad that article was regurgitated from 2004. When you’re on top they pull out all the stops to bring you down.

GTBob

January 7th, 2011
10:36 am

@Mr Natural,

That is not true at all. Most ACC basketball fans are not like SEC football fans. I remember being with a big group of UNC and GT fans last year when Duke played Butler. Almost everybody there was rooting for Butler. Ive never talked to another ACC fan about conference pride or ever heard an ACC chant at a basketball game. To be fair though, in college basketball your strength is determined on the court. In college football your strength is determined in the polls. Therefore I can somewhat see the obsession with conference perception.

Mr Natural

January 7th, 2011
10:38 am

Although I hate the BCS, I think this should be one of the best games yet. I was pretty sure Auburn would beat Oregon but after I saw a pretty impressive Stanford team play the other night, I’m not quite so sure. Oregon handed Stanford there only loss, demolishing them 52-31.

Oregon plays a pretty wide open style with a lot of speed, similar to other SEC teams, so it’s not going to be like playing Ohio State or Oklahoma.

Should be a great game.

reebok

January 7th, 2011
10:40 am

KidRay – I’m a G-Tech fan, and even I am pulling for Auburn because of the southern-football-tradition connection. I’ll pull for pretty much any deep south team against anyone else. Have a great weekend!

aprilglaspie

January 7th, 2011
10:40 am

If OSU had to play by AJ Green rules, they would have been smoked by Arkansas. Unadulterated crap from the NCAA, but what would anybody expect.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
10:40 am

@ GTBob…I agree. The fans are different. As are the conferences. I agree too that it’s based in Bball to Fball difference.

404

January 7th, 2011
10:43 am

If SEC had offered F$U memberhsip in he SEC East,
F$U would likely joined the SEC.

And F$U would have O-W-N-E-D the SEC East
and probably the entire SEC for 10+ years.

tulevol

January 7th, 2011
10:45 am

404, just like they got owned by Tenn in 98?

SecIsFootball

January 7th, 2011
10:45 am

Auburn Man….I understand what you are saying but like I said, i have A LOT of friends who are AU fans who wanted nothing to do with BAMA winning. I am sure there were some as I am sure there are some BAMA fans who want AU to win. I just happen to be one those who doesnt want to see AU win just as I understand AU fans didnt want to see BAMA fans win.

As for the IB, we will have to agree to disagree. In the 2009 game, AU throw out a lot of gimmick plays in the 1st half and once those were gone, BAMA felt that had seen everything AU was going to throw at them. Hence after the 14-0 start, BAMA outscores AU 26-7. The same happened this year. We had a D that was not very experienced, especially with our corners. Once AU saw the blitzes we threw at AU in the 1st half, AU felt they had seen everything we had at that point and adjusted. Neither Julio or Saban quit. The better team won the game just as AU did all season and just as SC and LSU did against Alabama. If we would have been blown out after the big start, yes, I would agree we gave up. The team never stopped playing and unfortunately with our last drive, we had to go 80 yards with a QB who had not thrown a pass all game. You call it how you want. I have seen Alabama teams quit when they get down. Especially under Shula. This years team did not quit. They were beaten by a better team just as BAMA was the better team in 2009.

ATLBadger

January 7th, 2011
10:46 am

Who cares? NFL playoffs (to determine the real champion) start tomorrow.

The BCS crap really needs to not be dragged out so long. BCS National Champ game on a Monday night, after NFL playoffs start is a joke. Why not have it last night or tonight?!

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
10:48 am

Eagle dude

January 7th, 2011
10:36 am
@ Bama dude Too bad that article was regurgitated from 2004. When you’re on top they pull out all the stops to bring you down.

Two points here.

1) The concept that the media tries to knock off everyone who gets on top is absurd. I don’t remember a national title contender involved in the controversy the Barn has this year.

2) The article was actually pertaining to Auburn’s current APR, which sits at 85th in the country. In 2006 they were #4, even above Vanderbilt, because they were giving athletes passing grades without making them take the classes. Everybody was graduating. Now that they are playing by the rules they are 85th nationally out of 120 schools in graduating the football players. Most interestingly, 100% of white players graduated for this time period while only 49% of black players did.

sensible

January 7th, 2011
10:51 am

I am a Georgia fan. I pull for some SEC teams sometimes when they are playing Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc. I never pull for Florida under any circumstance. If they were playing Afghanistan in women’s checkers I would be pulling like hell for the taliban! I rarely pull for Tennessee or Alabama. In the past I have pulled for Auburn against other SEC teams, but no longer. The Auburn fan base is uneducated and annoying at best. They defend Cam Newton to no end when anyone can see his recruitment has been a fraud from the beginning. Fairley is dirty, although I would rather apologize for a player like Fairley for being dirty than apologize for pretty much UGA’s whole team for playing like a bunch of pansy jackwagon women. Chizik will be proven a weak coach within 3 years. I don’t see a single thing that would benefit UGA by Auburn winning the national championship, so in summary, GO DUCKS!!!!!

Fink

January 7th, 2011
10:53 am

I could NEVER in a 1,000,000 years root for a Big 10 or Pac 10. The day I say to myself “Way to go, Michigan scored” is the day I stop watching college football.

I’ll never say Roll Tide, Hotty Toddy, or Geaux Tigers…..but I always root for SEC teams in non-conference games.

I

Buckeye

January 7th, 2011
10:53 am

Bucks for Ducks.

12-1, Sugar Bowl Champs, Top 5

6-7, Liberty Losers, Unranked.

GeneralNeyland96

January 7th, 2011
10:57 am

Hey Tony – don’t forget that LSU also won in 2004…that makes 6 total, with maybe a 7th Monday night!

LSU-2 ‘04 ‘08
UF-2 ‘07 ‘09
Bama ‘10
UT ‘99

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
10:58 am

Buckeye

January 7th, 2011
10:53 am
Bucks for Ducks.

12-1, Sugar Bowl Champs, Top 5

6-7, Liberty Losers, Unranked.

Are you actually addressing someone or just being a doosh? This is a college football blog, not a UGA one, though I can’t understand why a fan of The Overrated State University (a title earned over decades, not just this year) would be vitriolic toward UGA anyway. Have y’all even played each other before?

White guy named Akeem

January 7th, 2011
11:01 am

This is not an SEC team, this is a professional team.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:02 am

@ SecIsFootball ….Here’s the funny thing. You are obviously a person who can disagree or argue without getting nasty or hateful. Your points are valid and I understand your position. YOU are the kind of Bama fan that I like to talk a little smack at the office to and enjoy the greatest rivalry in the country with. When I speak derogatorily about Bama fans it’s never with people like you in mind. Rather it’s the lunatic fringe. Yes, we’ll just have to disagree on the Iron Bowl. But that’s to be expected I suppose. I heard Joe Scarborough the other day say that you can’t really enjoy a Iron Bowl victory more than a day or two because it very quickly changes into a fear of losing the game for 300 plus days. I’ve never heard that angle but wow is it true for me. Good luck next year until early November.

War Eagle!

Vince

January 7th, 2011
11:03 am

As much as I dislike Fairley, this Dawg fan will be pulling for Auburn over the Ducks. Roll SEC!!!

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:04 am

I’m just too skeptical about Auburn and feel that they have purposefully hid information about the scandal and the NCAA has turned it’s head to turn a profit. The whole scenario is disgusting. I’ve always rooted for the SEC teams in BCS games but fair play trumps conference allegiance. I won’t watch it but I hope the Ducks win it.

SECman

January 7th, 2011
11:07 am

GO DUCKS………..

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:08 am

@ Dean. I have not read anything that Auburn hid anything. Auburn has done everything it was asked to do. I would like to hear you explain how AU hid info. Please I would really like to hear it. I’m not being augmentative I am very curious as to why you say purposely hid info.

DC

January 7th, 2011
11:08 am

Dean…no information was hidden..that is one reason why this process was quicker than say ohhhhh THE REGGIE BUSH CASE!..Reggie, his family, and the university kept info from NCAA and did not cooperate whatsoever. Money makes the world go round..i agree the NCAA loves to do things in a way that will make them the most profit…but, the the national coverage etc..if it comes out that NCAA hid info it would be extremely bad for them…that didn’t happen.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 7th, 2011
11:08 am

Tony, I know all who bleed purple and gold back the War Eagles 100% in this upcoming contest. I expect a close game.

Joe: I agree, Tennessee should have won against LSU, but they made a critical mistake, so they didn’t.

Lt Col Razorback: I feel your pain. Razorbacks were rusty and dropped passes like they were thrown wet fish instead of footballs. Too bad but Mallet and company were a really good team.

Tony, I support all SEC teams–even Bama and Florida–when they are playing out of conference. Its the code of the west. (Get in line Bama dude) its the right thing to do.

I think the QB situation will again keep it close between TAM and LSU tonight. GO TIGERS.

Cam, put the ol whip A. on the left coast champion. Auburn deserves to be National Champion.

SEC RULES.

JBT

Vince

January 7th, 2011
11:09 am

@Bama Dude…

Yes, Ohio State has played Georgia one time. UGA defeated OSU 21- 14 in the 1993 Citrus Bowl.

Ga Fan

January 7th, 2011
11:11 am

I am a Ga Fan and woudl never pull for auburn. I hope they lose and then get the death penalty when they are caught.

LOL...

January 7th, 2011
11:12 am

LOL.. .Barnhart sounds so proud doesnt he?

Frannk1

January 7th, 2011
11:13 am

If the SEC wins again, the NCAA should force the SEC to breakup.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:13 am

Ga Fan…… Wow, powerfully articulated thoughts there. I’m sure you’re a charter member of an impressive brain trust somewhere.

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:13 am

I understand Auburn man (congrats on your team- it is a great one!). There is no evidence to date and there may never be any. I’m a skeptic, even of my own team. I just don’t beleive that Louder didn’t get in there and give the money to the father. The argument that Cam knew nothing about it is laughable. Look, I’ve always rooted for Auburn in SEC games (I’m a UGA alum and have always had a healthy respect for AU- heck I almost went to grad school at AU). I’ll probably end up rooting for them come Monday night anyway but I’ll always feel they paid him and got a brilliant lawyer to find a loophole to cover them even if there was evidence. So there, in a wierd way I just convicned myself to pull for them. Go SEC and War EAgle but darn, I hope this doesn’t come back to bite your school and our conference in the rear end.

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:14 am

Looks like buckeye gets the last laugh in his onrunning dispute with dog fans.

Bama dude,

You may have missed it but buckeye and the dawg fans have been going back and forth for a few days now.

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
11:16 am

I probably did then TR. I don’t care for the Bucks myself. They really are the most perpetually overrated team in the land.

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:17 am

I’ll give OSU this. They have alot of fans with alot of time on their hands. Every NCAA football board I’ve gone to has them all over the place. If they could recriut southern players they’d certainly make a formidable SEC team!

DC

January 7th, 2011
11:17 am

You can’t hide that large amount of money…you just cant. Money trails are very easy for government to find.

McDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:17 am

only reason i’m pulling for Auburn is b/c its Pac-10

Arkansas could have run away w/ the game if they knew how to catch the ball

overall its been a mixed result for SEC which was representative of the conference

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:17 am

@ dean….Now see there’s where I get scared too. Just say Bobby Louder and I start shaking. If this deal is dirty then I would bet the farm that Louder is up to his checkbook in it. I’m an Auburn Alum too with Family that are UGA alum. I pull for UGA when not playing AU.

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:18 am

Of course Ironheads kid from Peachtree Ridge ended up there. But every good Georgia kid goes out of state nowadays.

bamaguy

January 7th, 2011
11:19 am

Of course the streak will continue.

I remember 1992 when Alabama was picked to be the sacrificial lamb for Miami in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama was also undefeated but just not “in the same league as Miami” according to all the experts. Coach Stallings at the time said to the press “if you can go through the SEC season then win the conference championship game you can beat anybody.” The press just scoffed. We all know who won that game and became National Champions.

The vendors that sold outside the Super Dome was so sure that Miami would win that they only made one template for game score bumper stickers with Miami’s name on top. I still have mine:

Miami 13
Alabama 34

Auburn will win.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:20 am

@ DC …I agree. Newtons family is not financially sophisticated enough to hide that kind of cash. Besides, with the FBI sniffing around this it would be hours not months to find he money trail.

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:20 am

5IML,

If you’re still out there I have seen that Ingram and Dareus are definitely going pro and that’s okay. Losing Ingram won’t really hurt as it’ll just be Trent’s time to shine. Hate to see Dareus go but I understand. I haven’t seen anything about Julio deciding to go though so I’m hoping he stays although I do expect that he will go.

In any event if we lose only those 3 that would be great. I fully expected Mark Barron to go, Hightower to go, and possibly Upshaw and Maze even. Doesn’t matter what happens though. We’re freaking loaded.

One other thing- we just took over no. 1 ranking in rivals recruiting rankings and we still have legitimate shots at a minimum of 4 5 star players. When its all said and done the 2011 recruiting class will be even better than the 08 class which gave us Julio, Ingram, etc. ROLL TIDE ROLL!

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:20 am

Yeah, he really needs to be banned from the program. I’m sure other alums could pick up the financial slack. Trust me, I do hope the whole thing is clean for you guys. Good luck Monday!

ManUp...

January 7th, 2011
11:21 am

Quack, Quack, Blurrrrr…

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:22 am

Hey Tide, they say that with Ingram going pro is a Saban selling point to get Barry Sander’s Jr. to commit.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:24 am

@ Tide Rising…I thought Trent looked better than Ingram most of the year. I was wondering if he wasn’t better than Ingram in October. He’s gonna be big time next year.

VA.dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:24 am

this dawg will pull for the sec!!!! Oregon will do fairly well until the 4th qtr. that is when Auburn this year has come alive.

All Auburn, All DAY!

January 7th, 2011
11:25 am

You pathetic losers that continue to bash Cam and Auburn i ask you this question. What do you see when you look at the man/woman in the mirror and are you proud? The fact that you are so riled up about what has been reported, and certainly over reported with minimal facts is probably taking years off your lives.
UGAY fans your program is a total train wreck, and you are so full of hatred it is pathetic.
Alabama fans can’t seem to ever see the realities involved when their program is not in national spotlight. Get over yourselves, as it is not always about you!
Gaytors are whining about Auburn being a 1 man team, but we had to endure 3 years of Tebow, but you forget about your own 1 man team.
Atleast LSU, S.C., Arky, Miss State, UT are somewhat rational when looking at other programs, and current standings having Auburn at top on SEC in 2010.

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:26 am

Auburn Man,

If there is anything dirty that happened with Cecil and Lowder then it is precisely that Cecil is unsophisticated with money that would keep him out of trouble. He’s the type that would probably put the cash in a mattress or dig a hole in the yard and the cash would in effect be untraceable.

On the other hand poor people that never see good sums of cash are also more likely to spend quickly and extravegantly- flashy new car, jewelry, clothes, etc. Doesn’t seem Cecil has any of these things.

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:27 am

Well, I’m out now that the lunatic fringe has checked in. Guilt by association

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:29 am

dean,

Yeah I saw that we’re on Barry Sanders Jr. but he is a 2012 committ. We’re still all over Crowell but I don’t see us getting him. His dad wants him to go to Bama but he grew up a dawg fan and to me its really, really hard to pull a kid who grew up a fan of the homestate school.

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:29 am

Well Auburn all day, can you honestly tell me that you didn’t think your program was a train wreck when Chizik came on board and at the end of last year. You got 3 very good players that turned the whole year around. It remains to be seen if they can sustain this level of success when 2 of those 3 leave.
I don’t know of any UGA fans that are full of hatred. We usually hate Florida on game day but that is it. Conversely, most UGA fans on here are saying they will pull for the SEC team. Did you actually read any post before spouting off?

Auburn Man

January 7th, 2011
11:30 am

Tide Rising.. Agreed. I just have to hope for my school and team it didn’t happen at Auburn. With proof it’s a dirty deal I’ll scream louder than anyone else. Ironic pun there with louder.

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:31 am

Tide Rising, we are losing lifelong Dawgfans who are recruits every minute it seems. The way we played UCF I can understand how. Crowell does appear to be leaning UGA but I’ve learned to never take anything for granted. Saban could easily make a good push and get him last second.

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:33 am

All Auburn, All day,

Relax dude. Bama fans can handle the fact that AU is in the bcs title game this year just fine. We’re already thinking about next year and well beyond that.

Enjoy the great run you’ve had this year and then start planning for the post Cam era.

The biggest criticism that you will have to overcome is not whether or not Cam knew about his father’s solicitations but rather if Chizik’s great run is a one and done and then back to 8-4 on a yearly basis. That is the big question and will only be answered in time.

dean

January 7th, 2011
11:34 am

Yeah, if it does come out the best thing AU fans can do is to express disgust with the athletic program. It will make your institution look alot better. I always respected Tennessee but when Kiffin was there they all began the blind allegiance and smack talking. Then they were shocked that he would treat them as he did. It was obvious all along for the rest of us that he was going to end up screwing them over some how. I hated the way Donnan portrayed our program. A lot of attitude, jumping on mid field logos and such and not even that many wins.

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:40 am

Auburn man, you scream louder. Quite the pun indeed.

Dean,

The reason i think Crowell ends up at UGA is not just the home state thing. Its also that Richt and others are telling him that one impact player, especially a great rb, can completely turn a program around a la Lattimore at S Carolina or Cam at AU. To me that is a tremendous selling point for the simple reason that it so appeals to the egos of a young man like Crowell. Lets face it- a lot of these 5 star kids have their heads in the sky and have people adulating them and its hard not to get quite an ego listening to all the hype and getting all the love- literally in the case of UT booster girls. Sorry UT fans but I just couldn’t resist. For that reason i think he ends up a dawg. Hope I’m wrong of course.

Gen Neyland

January 7th, 2011
11:43 am

On paper, I give Chessestik credit for getting Auburn to the point of playing for the NC. Any program that has played for it knows it takes a little luck, a little controversy and more wins than losses ( go, Duh here). I’m kinda split on the outcome. I’ve followed Oregon and Auburn to a degree this season and they both just have a knack. Although I’ve picked Oregon, either/or winning won’t surprise me. Either/or losing might..! Here’s to Tennessee for leading the way regarding SEC domination at the BCSNCG. Nobody else can lay claim to being the first BCS-NC…GBO

Snoopy

January 7th, 2011
11:43 am

AU will put a STAMP on the O… AU’s D is underrated & when NF puts a few hits on them west caosters, they’ll fold up like a cheap tent!!

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:44 am

dean,

People didn’t even realize it at the time but not only was Kiffin publicly embarrassing the UT program but he was damaging it in terms of manpower. 12 players ended up transferring when he came on- I figure that they just saw for themselves what a BSer this guy was and could see through it. UT played his first year with only 68 scholly players and Dooley is left to rebuild the numbers that Kiffin left him. Terrible job in 1 yr by Kiffin.

danny

January 7th, 2011
11:50 am

USC? Bid deal David!

Tide Rising

January 7th, 2011
11:51 am

I’m outta here.

For the record I think AU romps over the Ducks- the difference being that I think AU has better defensive players than what Oregon has seen and I think that Fairley will be a disrputive force in the Oregon backfield the same way Cameron Heyward was for OSU against Ark. He was the difference in the game in the Sugar Bowl in either sacking mallett, pressuring him, or putting Ark in 2nd and 3rd and long with tackles in the backfield of rbs. Fairley will do the same to some degree. AU 45 Oregon 34.

Vince

January 7th, 2011
11:51 am

I am pulling for Auburn…..but folks like All Auburn, All Day make it very difficult.

SEC Fan

January 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

We in the SEC who do not have our heads in the sand have given Auburn University an Honorary Discharge from the ranks of the SEC. As with a boorish, alcoholic uncle, we don’t claim them.

That said, the Ducks are a joke with a gimmick offense that will not stand up to Auburn’s admittedly mediocre defense. The only reason that the NCAA gave Auburn a pass on camgate is that the joke of having Oregon compete in the BCSCG would have been even more pathetic with another joke like TCU on the opposing sideline. At least people in Lee County, Alabama (the ones who own TV’s, that is) will watch this boondoggle now.

dawg777

January 7th, 2011
12:12 pm

I HOPE OREGON BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF AUBURN’S SEMI PRO TEAM . A BUNCH OF TRACTOR DRIVING REDNECKS !!!!

lee mackey

January 7th, 2011
12:13 pm

I’m a lifelong very strong Crimson Tide supporter, but have enough state and SEC pride that I’ll be rooting for Auburn next week. Roll Tide, but here’s a strong WAR EAGLE!

dawgfan

January 7th, 2011
12:13 pm

DC

January 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

dawg777…have you seen your fans? Just saying…

UGA WHO?

January 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

I think this game is a toss up…Most people think auburn will dominate oregon because they think oregon does not play anybody, but contrar my friends….I just beta 1,000 on oregon +3 and will be mighty happy after this one is over…….Oregon 35- au-31

UGA WHO?

January 7th, 2011
12:17 pm

DAWG777 ARE YOU SERIOUS? IN ATHENS AND THE UGAY FLEABAGS IS WHERE ALL THE REDNECKS ARE…BETTER GET A GRIP SON.

fred

January 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

Tony, the record you show for the SEC in BCS games is wrong. Just off the top of my head there are at least two losses (Alabama to Utah and Arkansas to OSU)

jwr

January 7th, 2011
12:25 pm

Paul in RDU

January 7th, 2011
9:40 am

jwr

January 7th, 2011
8:57 am
@ David:

I suspect that if USC had been facing the SEC in BCS bowls, their experience would be pretty close to another touted conference leader who is 1-3 (and tried real hard to go 0-4) against SEC teams
__________________________________________________________________________

USC vs SEC teams since 2000
9/2/2006 @ Arkansas (10-4) W 50 14
9/17/2005 vs. Arkansas (4-7) W 70 17
8/30/2003 @ Auburn (8-5) W 23 0
9/2/2002 vs. Auburn (9-4) W 24 17

Yep – they really have had problems against SEC teams. Didn’t the 2004 AU team go unbeaten?

Paul, I said “BCS Bowls”. I have no doubt Ohio State would’ve had a better time of it playing SEC middle-roaders. If you want to sit on your couch and fantasize that USC would give a beatdown to the SEC champ every year, that’s fine…I also have a unicorn farm for sale with your name all over it.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
12:31 pm

Tony is a Gomer

ACC 4 Lyfe!!!

January 7th, 2011
12:32 pm

Everyone knows the SEC is a joke. Look at how we owned you yet again this bowl season. Look at how Clemson owns SC? FSU owns UF? Wake owns UT? UNC owns LSU? GT usually owns uGAY? Stop hiding behind your mythical conference pride bs and join the rest of us here in the real world!! Look at the NFL for your proof. No other conference has more players in the pros than the ACC. The ACC even has the most starting QB’s!!

GT

January 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

I would have said so until I saw Stanford University play. If Oregon beat those guys they can beat Auburn, which is literally a one man show, very poor defense. The world, except for Georgia, may have caught up with the SEC. Not as a conference but as individual teams, like Ohio State and TCU. A lot of it is these teams go and get who they want despite the star system. They hire coaches that can coach like Gary Patterson. I really see Oregon winning this thing.

SEC Fan

January 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

The PAC10 is what it is. Can’t blame the West-coasters for being fans, but they are fans of a pansy football conference. The numbers back up my statements. Gimmicky offense & hardly any defense. That’s West Coast football. California girls are cute enough, though.

SecIsFootball

January 7th, 2011
12:38 pm

Auburn Man….being a long time Alabama and seeing BAMA win a number of SEC and National titles, I have learned one important thing. When my team wins, I dont get a ring! :) I am also 37 so name calling and such doesnt really work for me. I see it from both sides, the lunitic fringe as you have referenced. I saw a thread on a rivals board where a BAMA fan was taking a shot at AU academics and brough up James Brooks. An AU fans reply took a shot at Siran Stacy and him losing a number of member of his family in a car accident. I try to stay away from that type of mess. But, to each their own I guess. Like I also said, I grew up in AL and have many friends who either attended AU or are fans so I know that that small percentage on a message board that people at times group as the views of the entire fan base, is not a good representation of AU fans in general as goes for BAMA fans. You have a lot of internet bad a$$es from both fan bases but in all of the Iron Bowls I have attended, I have never seen a bad incident take place. You may have some students who gets stupid and I had an annoying couple next to me this year who couldnt mind their own business, but that happens. Its all in good fun. And you are wrong about the Iron Bowl this year! :)

Good grief

January 7th, 2011
12:44 pm

You aren’t doing yourself any favors. You are basing Stanford’s greatness based on what exactly? An annually overrated ACC bust that got their a$$es handed to them at home by James Madison? Seriously? This is the same Oregon that needed a missed FG to beat a horrible Cal team. The same Cal team that lost by 28 points to both UCLA and Oregon St., not mention getting 52 hung up on them by Nevada.

Way to show your typical Yech ignorance as usual.

Carlton

January 7th, 2011
12:47 pm

Is it just me or does ESPN have too much money? Anyone else see that piece with Desmond Howard talking about Cam Newton in an all 3-D world with random blocks popping up and him pushing them away? PLEASE!!

There’s more efficient ways to make your point than virtual 3-D play worlds ESPN!!

Sorry, had to get that off my chest. But Tony-why did you write this article? If you haven’t noticed, every blog the past 2 weeks on this website has been filled with discussion on whether the Pac-10 or SEC is better by people on these blogs, you didn’t need to write an article to fan the flames yet again. Thanks

Good grief

January 7th, 2011
12:47 pm

Just like I said earlier, this is the same Oregon team we have seen for the past 15 years. Only difference is they didn’t drop a game late in the season as they traditionally do. They will get destroyed.

huh?

January 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

Carlton,

I don’t think anyone is debating which conference is better. I’m sure that reality is painfully obvious.

WestDivisionDawg

January 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Bama Fan#2 @ 8:15AM
Got “Albert Means”?

Gator Man

January 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Go Auburn, most of the Sec Fans dont realize how the rest of the country hate SEC: Go, SEC, SEC

Carlton

January 7th, 2011
12:56 pm

Everyone knows the SEC is the best by the way-all the arguments I’ve heard from people on here the past 2 weeks has been:

“Well, the ACC beat you TWICE this year in bowls..” Whooptee- maybe this can be the first year in a consistent string of upcoming years for y’all? Both wins were over 6-6 teams btw..

“The Pac-10 really is a tough conference top to bottom”..when was the last time the Pac-10 had a national champion NOT named USC?

“The Big 10 is awesome because Ohio State beat Arkansas”..whooptee-Arkansas almost stole that game from y’all, you played 5 players (who have great tattoos by the way) that should have been playing to get that 0-9 monkey off your back and egg off Tressell’s face. Sh*t y’all can’t even count how many teams are in your conference and are so arrogant that you can’t change your conference’s name to “protect integrity” (then call your divisions Legends and Leaders??? PLEASE)

“Well, the Big 12 is awesome because..” well, no one has really been on these blogs saying the Big 12 is any good because half their teams are leaving next year and Oklahoma and Texas both never show up for big games (way to beat UConn this year OK…)

Wow-by the way, just say an eye-opening quote by Oregon’s AMAZING head coach: “At some point in the game, someone’s defense will have to step on the field and stop the other team’s offense. Whoever’s team does that with more success will probably win the game.”

Wow, really? Great analysis from the flagship team coming out of the Pac 10 to win y’all first NC for the conference in 5 years.

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

War Eagle, fly through da hood
Ain’t got no classes, grades still be good
War Eagle, pays more than State
Sign up and don’t be late
Go! Go! Go!
Probation, comin’ again
Hit ‘em late, Hit ‘em late,
Clam up and spin, Hey!
War Eagle, cheat for Auburn,
Stepchild of Dixie Land!

MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carlton

January 7th, 2011
12:58 pm

Correction-longer than 5 years. Forgot USC LOST in ‘05 to Texas and SHARED a championship with LSU in ‘03. Yeah, Pac-10 rocks

DC

January 7th, 2011
1:00 pm

Red panties?

jumbeauxtiger

January 7th, 2011
1:04 pm

Auburn 41 Oregon 21

Tomsjeep88

January 7th, 2011
1:07 pm

SEC claims four straight? At least Bama’s ring was made of gold.

P. Bull Terrier

January 7th, 2011
1:13 pm

The bowl schedule is crazy. I had no idea that the Cotton Bowl had not been played yet, and was hardly aware that the BBVA Compass Bowl even existed. As a fan of the SEC, I will generally watch at least part of a bowl game that involves a SEC team, but not if it is played days or weeks after I haved stopped thinking about the college football season. I doubt I’ll see LSU in the Cotton Bowl tonight and I know I won’t even bother to check the score of Kentucky’s game in that other bowl. I can’t believe the TV networks are making money with this kind of schedule, and if they’re not making money, no one is making money. It would be interesting to see a comparison of TV ratings for all of the bowls this year vs. several years ago when most bowls were played on or before New Year’s day.

This season’s Auburn team disgusted me for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with the fact that they beat UGA. I would hate to see Auburn win the National Championship game, but I would hate it even more to see a SEC team lose the National Championship game. When it comes to bowl season, I always want to see the SEC (and even GA Tech) win them all. As much as I hate to do it, I’ll be pulling for an Auburn win over Oregon.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

Carlton, add this:

Steward Mandel of Sports Illustrated had this to say about USC:
(THE NCAA)….
“the committee hammered USC’s vaunted football program — 13 vacated wins, including its 55-19 Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma; a two-year bowl ban; and 30 docked scholarships.”

The hurricane Katrina did a job on LSU in 2005, but we almost won it all that year, too. Not making excuses, but 3 games in 13 days is rough in college football. Congratulations to Tennessee for your victory over LSU that season.

Dr. Love

January 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

I’m a Georgia fan – can’t in good conscience pull for Auburn, Florida, or Tennessee. (Or Tech).

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

Good luck to Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, and Marcel Dareus. As expected, they haver all officially declared for the NFL Draft. These guys gave us some great memories.

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

Oops. They have all officially announced that they will enter the draft. Semantics, but still. Donta Hightower has decided to return.

5IML

January 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

Dont’a is coming back. Saban said a few others are still thinking about it.

Good luck to them all. And thanks for the Championships. RTR!

Carlton

January 7th, 2011
1:22 pm

Well, Julio Jones announced he’s leaving for the NFL before AJ Green-that’s one thing he was better at doing than AJ..

5IML

January 7th, 2011
1:24 pm

Calton,

That and winning championships.

5IML

January 7th, 2011
1:25 pm

And yards after catch.

Bama recruitnik

January 7th, 2011
1:26 pm

Bama dude,

That’s okay and good luck to those 3. We’ll just reload with another #1 ranked recruiting class- current class is #1 ranked with several 5 star recruits still on the board. The talent waiting in the wings is sick and the recruiting cup runneth over. Roll Tide!

m

January 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Tony, even though you are nothing but a shill for the BS—-bcs, it is the worst system ever developed my man and it is ruining college football. It has rendered all the other bowl games meaningless, and it gives an unfair advantage to the sec by being hand selected for the so-called championship every year, instead of having to earn their way.

The sec is the all hype conference…they are 3-4 in bowl games so far (hardly matches the sec bs rhetoric) and they are 0-2 vs the ACC. And they probably will finish no better than .500…like I said, the all hype conference.

We need a 16 team playoff. It would make college football fun again. It would crown a true champion…not the fake bs champion that we will get on Monday. If we had a playoff this year, teams like Oklahoma, Alabama, TCU, etc that have played well in the post season would get to fight their way to the top instead of having it handed to awBARN and Oregon.

Tony, if you had any class or credibility whatsoever, you would lead the charge for a playoff instead of being a shill for this silly system we have now.

Bama recruitnik

January 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

5IML,

Don’t forget Upshaw and Maze look to be staying also. Loaded loaded loaded.

Not So Fast

January 7th, 2011
1:28 pm

Hey SEC Fan:
you wrote:
SEC Fan

January 7th, 2011
12:34 pm
The PAC10 is what it is. Can’t blame the West-coasters for being fans, but they are fans of a pansy football conference. The numbers back up my statements. Gimmicky offense & hardly any defense. That’s West Coast football. California girls are cute enough, though

***
Do you even watch PAC 10 football? Oregon does run a spread offense like many SEC teams; Stanford and Cal a Pro Style Offense, as does USC; USC runs a cover 2 defense sometimes referred to the Tampa 2 (as in Tampa Bay FL). WTF is gimmicky about these?

Read thru these blog comments and you can’t help but hear the envy you have for USC. The program has had 2 down years, (9 and 4, 8 and 5). If these are down what about Florida and Texas?

Nobody can say what would have happened if USC had faced different teams in the Championship Years or the SEC matchups; what can be said is USC played all comers and won the games. USC still has that attitude, play the best. (for the Record tOSU is also 0 for this century against the Trojans) even during one of those “down years”.

When you talk about USC football their is only 1 team in the SEC that belongs in the discussion, BAMA, end of story. Every USC fan I talk to has great pride in their program, but they do acknowledge the great tradition at Alabama and have great respect for them.

For God’s sake act like you’ve been there.

wxwax

January 7th, 2011
1:28 pm

I hope it’s Oregon. Also Texas A&M.

I think that the dominant player will win the game, though, and that’s Cam Newton. I don’t think highly of him as a person. But the college game is almost too easy for him.

Oregon will eventually score. But I fear that there’s no stopping Newton at this level.

Bama recruitnik

January 7th, 2011
1:29 pm

m,

Are you forgetting that the sec whupped the acc in the regular season? LSU over UNC, S Carolina over Clemson, Georgia over Tech?

DC

January 7th, 2011
1:29 pm

Carlton…Julio is like Terrell Owens..he will be just fine..AJ is like randy moss..he will be just fine…so its like splitting hairs…and not like AJ was that great at UGA..if you think about it he was kind of a bust (for UGA)…injuries..suspension..

Not saying he is a bad WR..not at all..he is sick! but didn’t really make the impact UGA was expecting..due to injuries and suspension.

David Granger

January 7th, 2011
1:31 pm

As the UConn women’s basketball team proved, no winning streak goes on forever. Eventually an SEC team will get beaten in a BCS championship game.

Auburn’s awfully strong, but I wonder if they’ll really be ready for Oregon’s “jump right back up and snap it again” offense. (Personally, I think the NCAA might end up changing the rules in a couple of years to require that a defense have a minimun time to get set.) Ought to be an exciting game, for certain. They’re both outstanding teams, and I don’t look for there to be many “dull” moments.

Hard for a bleed-black-and-red Dawg fan to say this, but “War Eagle!”

Carlton

January 7th, 2011
1:38 pm

Actually, I’d argue Julio got hurt more than AJ did. He was tougher though this season playing through that hand injury though. AJ showed toughness last season when he hurt his shoulder but played through it. Yards and touchdowns though? Advantage-AJ..

Paul in RDU

January 7th, 2011
1:39 pm

jwr
You are claiming that USC would have a poor record against SEC teams in BCS bowls and it is based entirely on your opinion.
In ACTUAL games against SEC teams in the last 10 years, USC has won all 4 games played. One of them (against ARK in 2006) was a 50-14 beat down on the road of a team that won the SEC West that year. I think USC’s record shows that they could compete against the top SEC teams in the last 10 years.

Carlton

January 7th, 2011
1:41 pm

And one of those years AJ had the amazing Joe Cox throwing to him, so…

AJ’s “bust” was that Richt began to become delusional 3 years ago when AJ first got on campus inexplicably..not his fault his 2nd and 3rd year he constantly saw a safety over the top and Bobolikes to run it on 2nd and 3rd & 20…

Tell the truth

January 7th, 2011
1:41 pm

I’m pulling for Oregon and the FBI!!!

AtlantaTiger

January 7th, 2011
1:41 pm

Auburn should win Monday…I like Oregon too but I don’t see how they can stop Cam Newton. And for those threatening boycott of game and sponsors, GROW UP!!!!

Reservoir Dawg

January 7th, 2011
1:42 pm

DawginLex

That was funny!

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
1:44 pm

Oh, Bama will be fine next year. Heavy doses of Trent with Aj and/or Phillip throwing to Maze, Hanks, and youngsters TBD

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 7th, 2011
1:44 pm

Not this time Tony my man…because this is the first time that a Pac-10 team has played a SEC team for a national title, thus the edge goes to Oregon. You SEC homies think that football is not played west of the Mississippi, but there is more talent that you think on the West Coast and the titel game will prove it.

Just look over the past 10 years Pac-10 schools vs. some of your SEC homies and how they made out. Not so well my friend.

By the way Tony, since you think CMR earned another year go ahead and extend him another 10 so we can make easy work of your Dogs.

charliecole

January 7th, 2011
1:45 pm

Tell the truth

January 7th, 2011
1:45 pm

Bama recruitnik Did you forget FSU CRUSHING Florida 31-7???

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 7th, 2011
1:46 pm

There is more chatter on the street about AJ Green going first in the NFL draft, which I do believe he will, but fix your own damn house and quit strutting around about your thug players going pro. The Athens program is broken, but all anyone around Athens can do is talk about their former players.

There are other programs, much smaller than Athens, who have created much great players than most D-1 schools, so just move on.

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
1:47 pm

Paul in RDU, I agree with you re: USC, but you can hardly count them as typical Pac-10 football. You can’t even count them as typical college football since it has been found that agents had free run of campus. When you look at what was going on out there you wonder how they ever lost a game. Actually we know, it’s because pretty-boy Carroll let the inmates run the asylum, but still…

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 7th, 2011
1:47 pm

Cannot wait until 2011…..just another easy target…..

PTC DAWG

January 7th, 2011
1:48 pm

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 7th, 2011
1:48 pm

Ask Lattimore how he felt with FSU knocked his ass into next week, and this is the South Carolina team that dominated UGA….

“Its not like we beat a powerhouse.” S. Spurrier

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 7th, 2011
1:52 pm

Tell the truth

January 7th, 2011
1:53 pm

Oh yes I forgot about FSU over SC- the SEC Least winner!!!

01HAWK

January 7th, 2011
2:03 pm

I am pulling for AUBARN only because……………………Just to keep the streak alive which in turn will help other SEC teams to leapfrog other teams to get to the BCS Championship.

Bama Dude's Worst Nightmare

January 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

So Bama Dude you want to take back your predictions for next year now that you are losing McElroy, Ingram, Dareus, and JULIO JONES!!! LoL

Bama Dude's Worst Nightmare

January 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

So Bama Dude you want to take back your predictions for next year now that you are losing McElroy, Ingram, Dareus, and JULIO JONES!!! LoL

Sir Charles

January 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

“If Cam Newton got $180,000, he’s underpaid”

Bama Dude's Worst Nightmare

January 7th, 2011
2:09 pm

To those who like to cast stones from glass houses, karma will bring you down soon enough….Stay tuned

Whiskeydawg

January 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

Old School. I support the Dawgs first and any SEC team playing outside the conference second. Go South Eastern Conference, go Tigers.

Bama Dude's Worst Nightmare

January 7th, 2011
2:16 pm

Bama Recruitnik what are you gonna do when you violate your probation and get the Death Penalty? “No football for you”…….

DC

January 7th, 2011
2:24 pm

Thats Turrrible!

CL

January 7th, 2011
2:37 pm

Nope, the SEC string ends Monday night. Fairly gets a 15-yard penalty for a late hit on the QB from behind (imagine that!) to keep a drive alive that ends with an Oregon field goal with 00:00 left. Great season otherwise. Collected a Heisman, everybody got paid, blah blah blah

7576DAWG

January 7th, 2011
2:53 pm

I wish we had Alabama’s defense and Auburns offense but I think Auburn will wear Oregon down and will pull away in the second half.

UGA Insider

January 7th, 2011
2:56 pm

Tide Rising,

Your are losing LB Shannon Brown of Adel, GA. Insiders tell me he already in Mississippi at JC.

AU Rules

January 7th, 2011
3:01 pm

Auburn will win this game easy—Oregon’s D is terrible and Cam will light it up. In fact, this game could get ugly early. Mark it down: Auburn 45 Oregon 23

TONE

January 7th, 2011
3:08 pm

the ducks have no chance its all been bought and paid for who cares if you have to give it back in four or five years the money made from the title will already be long gone to someone else’s Daddy by then.

Phil Knight

January 7th, 2011
3:09 pm

Time to see if all the product research pays off. The shoes I sent Auburn should begin desolving about mid 3rd quarter, the gloves shortly after that. OUACK!

CFU & U &U & U

January 7th, 2011
3:14 pm

When you’re a stanky fleabag, you have to brag about the other teams in your conference being good, like that really helps your team! Go out and win your own damn games, you mangey strays!

Technique

January 7th, 2011
3:16 pm

At least the dogs are #1 in thugs and arrests.

Nike Researcher

January 7th, 2011
3:17 pm

Don’t forget Mr. Knight, the perspiration activated dye should change the AU uniform color to Green during halftime.

Not so fast

January 7th, 2011
3:22 pm

Tec-hnique you forgot we are #1 in stomping mudholes in the Bugs Azzes..

Not So Fast

January 7th, 2011
3:25 pm

Hey Not so fast:

GET YOY OWN HANDLE!

Not So Fast

January 7th, 2011
3:27 pm

not YOY, YOUR

S GA AUFAN

January 7th, 2011
3:34 pm

@ CL Fieldgoals will mean nothing in this game for that matter the punting teams will have no affect either.

S GA AUFAN

January 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

@ Phil Knight we do not wear Nike “outfits” we wear Under Armor uniforms.

breamking

January 7th, 2011
3:36 pm

Bammers saying “roll ducks roll” makes me laugh almost as much as that espn advertisement for your fine university. Man the comeback in the Iron Bowl must have really stung the bammers . I really do not know what is funnier bammers buying ducks gear or the accurate description of the commercial on espn. War Eagle…

Bama Dude's Worst Nightmare

January 7th, 2011
3:48 pm

I’m with you breamking LMAO at all the Bammers on here saying go ducks. Bama Dude spends all his time bashing Cam because he’s “one-and-done”, yet this week alone Bama had THREE players leave school early to go pro. Cam coming back next year is their worst nightmare. Keep rooting for the Quackers mullets LoL

Not so fast

January 7th, 2011
3:49 pm

Mine I tell you it’s all mine !!

Not So Fast

January 7th, 2011
3:51 pm

Hey breamking:

That’s so funny sh!t. A Barner baggin on a Bammer.

gcs

January 7th, 2011
3:52 pm

* SEC East had one win on SEC West soil (Vandy at Ole Miss).
* The SEC is 6-0 in the BCS National Championship Game.
ACC (FSU) 1-2, Big XII (Okl, Nebr, Tex) 2-5, Big Ten (Ohio St) 1-2, Pac 10 (So Cal), Big East (Miami, Va Tech) 1-2.
* The last four BCS games have been won by double digits, averaging 16.75 points.

I am curious how many times one team from a conference started the season ranked #1 and a different team from the same conference finished #1.

.

Not So Fast

January 7th, 2011
3:57 pm

Hey gcs:

Check your numbers. They are wrong.

DJ

January 7th, 2011
4:02 pm

I wholeheartedly believe the SEC is the best conference, not by far. In fact, I think think the SEC is overrated this year. I know I live in the southeast but I cannot ignore the fact that the SEC is 3-4 in bowl games this season and the top SEC team had to battle from behind 8 times and several being down double-digits (which does show resilience and toughness). On the other hand, Auburn is playing against a team that is as fast as they are and have a month to continue their face-paced offense. I can assure you that the month off will hurt Auburn more than Oregon. It’s very hard to try and emulate their face-paced offense in practice for one month.

DJ

January 7th, 2011
4:05 pm

The only reason I focused on Oregon’s offense is because their terrible defense has been bad, even against average offenses. Auburn’s offense and Cam can only do so much.

DJ

January 7th, 2011
4:06 pm

I mean Auburn’s defense has been terrible.

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

January 7th, 2011
4:06 pm

Bama Fan #2,

You are a moron and let me just reiterate, Auburn (The University) of Alabama & Cameron Newton have not been proven to have benefited at all from the hear say & alleged pay for play by Cecil Newton. AU has not had to defend their honor to anyone.

You are probably too ignorant and blind-sided by Jealousy after this year’s Iron Bowl to get that through your pea-brain head.

I was more than happy to support Bama in last year’s championship b/c it is great for our SEC conference.

Why don’t you go cry on one of those Bamer blogs you idiot.

WAR DAMN EAGLE and Cam and Nick Fairley lead us to the promised land Mon. night in Glendale Desert…

Beast from the East

January 7th, 2011
4:08 pm

Pulling for the Barners, but it will be a close game whichever way it goes.

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

January 7th, 2011
4:22 pm

DJ,

See my comments to Bama Fan#2 you too are a pea brain idiot,

Any team that goes 8-0 in the SEC and goes undefeated does not have to justify their position & ranking to any moron such as yourself and Bama Fan2

13-0 is impressive and I don’t see any let down in this year’s AU Tigerz.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

PS Could not have set posted it better Bama Dude’s Worst Nightmare…

Duck’s are TIGER MEAT, TIGER MEAT…Reagle, Reagle, WAR DAMN EAGLE, kick em in the butt, Big Blue…

Bama fans, your jealousy of Cam, Nick Fairly and the entire 2010 season is hilarious, Sore losers…WDE

how2fish

January 7th, 2011
4:23 pm

Hope the War Eagles feast on some Duck…but I have to admit if they could let some air out of that gasbag Fairly it would just be a great finishing sauce. Hope Cam has the best game of his career!

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
4:34 pm

UGA Insider

January 7th, 2011
2:56 pm
Tide Rising,

Your are losing LB Shannon Brown of Adel, GA. Insiders tell me he already in Mississippi at JC.

That is correct, Brown didn’t qualify. No big deal, we have LBs out the wazoo.

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
4:39 pm

Bama fans, your jealousy of Cam, Nick Fairly and the entire 2010 season is hilarious, Sore losers…WDE

Nobody is jealous of anything. It’s the utter hypocrisy that has the whole country laughing and making fun of Lee County Tech. Cam is a laptop thief on his third college in three years. Fairley had his transcripts altered in HS and plays dirty as hell. All the while, the Barn Fambly thumps their bibles and Cheezit talks about the lord being on their side. Hysterical.

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
4:40 pm

Oh, and that’s not even including the preacher trying to extort money or the #85 ranking out of 120 in graduating the football players.

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

January 7th, 2011
4:44 pm

how2fish,

WAR EAGLE is a battle cry, to clrify they are AU Tigers.

Fairly is a game changer ask, Aaron Murray, Ryan Mallett and Garcia (ALL put out of the game by Lombardi award winner Nick Fairly from Mobile’s Williamson HS). Fairly has an awesome motor and I don’t see any let down in him nor Cam nor the rest of the team as Gene Chizick and the Class coaching staff of the SEC will/do have these amazing Tigers ready I can assure you!

PS Dean, you are just as big of an idiot as Bama Dude & Bama Fan#2 if you think that the 13-0 Tigers only have 3 players. All 11 OFFENSE, DEFENSE and special Teams have contributed hugely this season.

It’s too funny to see these jealous posts from pea brain minded people from Bama, UGA.

Jealousy is too apparent, WDE &

Sorry to hear UGA VIII has Lymphoma AJC is reporting-my buddy Tim Montgomery at Dacula Animal hospital informs me!

BAMA dude

January 7th, 2011
4:51 pm

As we all figured, Harbaugh is headed to San Francisco. Wonder who Stanford might look at?

JdawgT

January 7th, 2011
4:52 pm

Tiger or War Eagle or what ever you want to call yourself they still suck !

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

January 7th, 2011
4:53 pm

Chris Matthews &
Chi Town

You both are infidels and your mother & father weren’t probably married AU is the Class of The SEC…They do not have to defend thier honor to you or anyone, They Have done nothing and the NCAA has not even sent them a letter of investigation you peabrain idiots…

WAR DAMN EAGLE,

AU BY 20+…Blog to me on Tuesday A.M. you idiots…after the crowning of AU as the B2B National Champs for state of AL..

Spock

January 7th, 2011
4:57 pm

You know, I always hated Captain Kirk.

Huh?

January 7th, 2011
5:00 pm

@Bama Dude’s Worst Nightmare (AKA whatever sockpuppet you’re using now)

Do you honestly not realize how petty your posts are? Or… Are you really an irate Dawgs fan just trying to make Auburn fans look like they have no class?

Just one thing.........

January 7th, 2011
5:01 pm

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

January 7th, 2011
5:02 pm

JDAWG,

Yes, they suck that’s why we are blogging about them 7 pages deep and the media hype is ALL over them. Maybe whatever we call ourselves is an indication of pride & tradition, something UGA has not seen in a while.

Argument for this AU team as possibly the best we have ever seen…I saw the 1979 Bama goal line stand aggainst Todd Blackledge lead Penn State in the Sugar Bowl & UGA 1980, 1982 with Penn State & Pittsburg lead by Dan Marino w/Coach Dooley as our host, (My dad played with Vince & Billy at McGill-Toolen in Mobile and at Auburn so I had team access and sideline passes to the superdome. UGA’s team was pretty damn great but I don’t think I have seen such a dominate team on Offense and the defense is a little suspect but bends and doesn’t break to a National Title game…

Either way Tiger Town is pumped and full of Pride, WAR DAMN EAGLE…NCS

Spock

January 7th, 2011
5:07 pm

“I saw the 1979 Bama goal line stand aggainst Todd Blackledge”

Chuck Fusina was the Penn State QB.

I was QB at Starfleet Academy when we pated Rigel Seven 52-0

Huh?

January 7th, 2011
5:07 pm

@Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

It’s dominant, not dominate.

One is an adjective, one is a verb.

I know… Auburn.

You’re excused.

Don4654

January 7th, 2011
5:10 pm

Don’t think Todd Blackledge was Penn State qb in 79′ Sugar Bowl.

God is in Awe of his mightiest creation, the SEC

January 7th, 2011
5:23 pm

If Auburn wins, it will be because of how great the sec is.
If Auburn loses, it will be because they “didn’t play like an SEC team.”

In any event, win or lose, it will have nothing to do with Oregon.
Apparently, you cannot beat an SEC team – they can only play beneath their level and beat themselves, and “if they’da showed up and played like an SEC team, they woulda won by 50.”

Tell the truth

January 7th, 2011
5:29 pm

Hurray for Oregon and the FBI!!!

Bama Dude's Worst Nightmare

January 7th, 2011
5:36 pm

No Bama Dude what’s hysterical is you getting here claiming some kind of weird moral high ground. You had a player ON YOUR TEAM selling crack! You had ten arrests AFTER your own personal Jesus Saban had come on board (After lying about not taking the job BTW). Where in the world do you get off calling Cam and Fairley names? Focus on cleaning the skeletons out of your own closet, you are so jealous it hurts! You say don’t focus on the past when it comes to your own school’s troubles and scandals, yet in the next breath you keep bringing up Cam’s past. You wanna talk about a hypocrite? All you gotta do is look in the mirror man….

Bama Dude's Worst Nightmare

January 7th, 2011
5:42 pm

Bama Dude I’ll quit bringing up your past scandals and arrests, as soon as you quit using Cam’s against him. Saban is not Jesus and the Tide is dirty as the day is long. Keep pretending Albert Means, Antonio Langham, etc. never happened. We all know who the real cheaters are……

Huh?

January 7th, 2011
6:02 pm

I tried to tell you doofus, but you just won’t listen — will you?

You are an embarrassment to the entire Auburn Family — even Cam.

DJ

January 7th, 2011
6:20 pm

God is in Awe of his mightiest creation, the SEC,

Your post is right on point! The SEC cannot lose…. They’re always better than any other team and that’s why they “give the game away”… From my perspective, they’ve been beaten this bowl season. 4 loses in fact. They’d better hope LSU wins tonight against A&M.

Delbert D.

January 7th, 2011
7:33 pm

Sagarin’s Dec.11th PREDICTOR Rankings of BCS bowl opponents:

BCS – Oregon 97.25 Auburn 90.17
Rose – TCU 91.86 Wisconsin 84.05
Sugar – Ohio St. 90.04 Arkansas 86.23
Orange – Stanford 97.50 Va. Tech 88.07
Fiesta – Oklahoma 88.76 UConn 73.02

For local interest, here are Independence, Liberty and Chick-fil-A

Independence – Air Force 74.94 Ga. Tech 71.24
*Liberty – Georgia 80.25 UCF 75.38
Chick-fil-A – FSU 86.76 S. Carolina 84.52

*Predicted wrong

The predictor numbers include margin of victory in games played. Sagarin says it is more accurate, but the BCS does not allow margin of victory factors; instead, Sagarin’s ELO-CHESS is used for the BCS rankings.

Delbert D.

January 7th, 2011
7:36 pm

For tonight’s game:

Cotton – LSU 84.87 Texas A&M 84.40

Bama Dude Using Aliases Now?

January 7th, 2011
8:49 pm

No What’s embarrassing is that you keep checking back to see what was posted then make some snide remark instead of actually arguing the points that have been made. My Guess is you are Bama dude or some other mullet hiding behind another fake handle. NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK “HUH”!! Or should I say “Bama Dude”……

AU Wins

January 7th, 2011
9:16 pm

Auburn’s going to beat oregon like a rented mule. Oregon hasn’t seen auburn’s speed all year and Cam will run wild on that average D. Fairley? He’ll be in the oregon backfield on a mission the whole night. Auburn 47 oregon 19

One and done- you know it and so do we!

January 7th, 2011
10:56 pm

Get a grip on reality AU fans.

You aren’t a comlete one man team. Fairley is a great if not dirty player also. Cam basically lifted AU in about 6 or 7 games in which AU trailed in the 2nd half. 4 or 5 AU games coulda gone either way. Be honest about it. Its like flipping a coin and the coin landed on heads for AU about 5 times this season. You had quite a bit of luck along the way. You know it and everyone else knows it.

The reality for you guys is that you have a large senior class, about 24 seniors if I’m not mistaken, 4 of your 5 starting O-lineman are seniors, and Cam and Fairley are gone after the bowl game. Most likely Malzahn will probably be gone if not this year most certainly at the end of next season. You also lose half your defense. And that stark reality is that while you’re on top of the world right now next year and the foreseeable future you will crawl right back into the mediocrity for which you are known.

You will be right back to 7-5 or 8-4 and the fact is that you know it, we know it, everyone knows it. So enjoy it while it lasts because next year we will then own you 5 of the last 6 instead of 4 of the last 5.

brokeback jacket

January 8th, 2011
12:00 am

Can the tech NERDS sell out a home football fan and sleep with a real, live woman?

Stewie

January 8th, 2011
12:12 am

And what’s your point, One and Done?

Is it a surprise that Cam lifted AU to several victories? Isn’t that why schools try to recruit the best players? Didn’t Tebow do that for Florida, Pryor for Ohio State, Walker for UGA?

And you’re right, Auburn does lose a lot of talent going into next season. But that talent has gotten them to the national championship game (which UGA hasn’t sniffed since in 30 years). So yeah, this Auburn fan will definitely enjoy it while it lasts, and if we win Monday, I’ll revel in it all the more knowing how difficult it is for any team, especially a “mediocre” one, to win a national championship.

Meanwhile, you and your Dogs may (should?) beat the Tigers next season on your way to 6-9 wins and accomplish a whole lot of nothing, yet again. Congratulations, sport…maybe you UGA fans can once again argue over the merits of keeping Richt/Bobo/fill-in-the-blank coordinator and yiping about how next season is your year, no doubt.

aarh

January 8th, 2011
2:00 am

I’m an SEC fan, but I hate AU!

Crimson Crush

January 8th, 2011
3:42 am

LOL … was that a Barner talking smack about the Dawgs “not sniffing a NC in 30 years” ?

It has been more than FIFTY for fans of the loveliest outhouse on the plains and all it took to do it was for Bobby Lowder to (literally) empty out Colonial Bank and buy enough “talent” to (MAYBE) put em across the finish line . That bill has yet to be fully paid however … and Lowder’s azz is toast . ( he WILL be in prison soon enough ) The Barners CAN”T win no matter what happens Monday night and many of them are in denial or just too stupid to even realize it yet .

If the University of Auburn “wins” in the BCS matchup next week … they will spend the next few decades trying to defend their one and done “title” because the indictments are just getting started here in Alabama . The AU crowd who is now yelling “You have no proof” is going to see the Barn’s pants get pulled all the way to the ground before all this is over . The NCAA won’t be able to sweep all this garbage under the rug . The Fed’s will have it smeared all over their face before it is over .

If the University of Auburn LOSE outright to the Ducks … well then they end up an even larger laughing stock because they will have paid for the best “amateur” talent money can buy … and still botched it .

I will be watching the game but I could absolutely care less one way or another WHAT $CAM and company manages to do with the scoreboard in Arizona Monday night . It is win – win for me either way . I’ll be watching with the complete and utterly satisfying knowledge that the AU idiots have somehow already boxed themselves into ultimately snatching a crushing defeat from what should be the sweet jaws of victory … and most of them are too stupid to even realize it yet . ;-)

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
4:04 am

Oregon is a damn joke.

Buckeye

January 8th, 2011
8:10 am

All the best to Uga VIII.

Coach Mike Smith is good.

January 8th, 2011
8:31 am

`
Go Falcons,
………………….. three to go !

SEC Fan

January 8th, 2011
8:47 am

Delbert D.

January 7th, 2011
7:36 pm
For tonight’s game:

Cotton – LSU 84.87 Texas A&M 84.40

So much for Sagarin…LSU 41-24

Sagarin predicted LSU with a 1.006 margin of victory.
Actual outcome was LSU with a 1.708 margin of victory.

Margin of victory only adds accuracy to the prediction if the coaches don’t know that MOV is used in the formula. Otherwise, a team can climb to the top of the rankings by running up scores in cupcake games. It’s still a guessing game, no matter how good the algorithm might be. I would include MOV with a 10 point cap. Seems like a good compromise.

The other problem with computer polls is that they are incapable of detecting when a team has a flat performance that should not be assigned full weight. An example is Oregon’s game this year against Cal. Sagarin would have never predicted Appy State over Michigan or James Madison over VT. Nor would Sagarin know that almost anyone can beat VA Tech when they’re not at home and haven’t played a game in over 2 weeks. That’s why Vegas sticks to public opinion rather than computer rankings.

I still maintain that these computerized polls, which attempt to model the opinion formation of a knowledgeable football fan, are more accurate than would be a single elimination playoff system.

SEC Fan

January 8th, 2011
8:49 am

“Otherwise, a team can climb to the top of the rankings by running up scores in cupcake games.”

I forgot to mention that this is why Oregon gets such a high Sagarin Ranking.

SEC Fan

January 8th, 2011
8:52 am

@Bama Dude Using Aliases Now?

You haven’t made any “points”. You’ve only spammed the board with your incessant whining.

Joel

January 8th, 2011
9:09 am

UGA is an embarassment to the SEC

Crunch the Numbers

January 8th, 2011
9:39 am

Sagarin MOV vs. Actual MOV

Rose: Close
Sagarin – TCU by 1.093
Actual – TCU by 1.105

Sugar: Close
Sagarin – OSU by 1.044
Actual – OSU by 1.192

Orange: Not Even Close
Sagarin – Stanford by 1.107
Actual – Stanford by 3.333

Fiesta: Not Even Close
Sagarin – Oklahoma by 1.216
Actual – Oklahoma by 2.4

Independence: Not Even Close
Sagarin – Air Force by 1.052
Actual – Air Force by 3.857

Liberty: Flat Out Wrong
Sagarin – Georgia by 1.065
Actual – UCF by 1.666

Chick-fil-A: Close
Sagarin – FSU by 1.027
Actual – FSU by 1.529

From this sample, Sagarin gets 3 Close, 3 Not Even Close and 1 Flat Out Wrong. Might as well flip a coin if you’re betting point spreads.

Crunch the Numbers

January 8th, 2011
9:47 am

I would also add that picking spreads accurately in bowl games is easier than in regular season games, because there is no home field advantage calculation. HFA is the most nebulous factor in estimating point spread for an upcoming game.

Hey Crimson Crush

January 8th, 2011
10:03 am

How’s that 24-0 choke job in the Iron Bowl workin out for ya? That’s what I thought. To think a Bammer comes on here claiming we pay players. If that’s not the pot calling the kettle black, I don’t know what is. So jealous it hurts….

UGA89

January 8th, 2011
10:13 am

CALM DOWN!
Au you say bama sux
BAMA you say AU sux
Why don’t you both just suck each other!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 8th, 2011
10:52 am

Even if Auburn pulls it off, they may have to give it back once the ongoing investigation is completed by the NCAA. I know for a fact that Cheese Nip is thinking about it in the back of his little mind.

You SEC homies never watch football west of the Mississippi, but you may want to review the past 5-7 years of PAC-10 vs. SEC play and examine some of those scores, including Auburn and Tennessee.

Basically, I give Auburn the edge and agree with the line of 2.5, but do not think Oregon is going to just step aside. I predict Newton will be knocked out ot the game by the first half, because some Oregon 3rd string senior CB or LB will be assigned to take him out at all costs, just like FSU did to Lattimore, then FSU proceed to debone South Carolina.

Like I have said before, focus on teams and not conferences.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 8th, 2011
10:53 am

Any takes to give me Oregon and 7.5, since the SEC is going to dominate?

roger noell

January 8th, 2011
10:55 am

OLD DAWG FAN
I’M MORE OF A SEC FAN
THAN AUBURN FAN
IT PAINS ME TO SAY THIS
GO TIGERS

Atlanta Gator

January 8th, 2011
11:01 am

While I certainly have mixed feelings about the whole Cam Newton controversy, I, for one, will be cheering for the Auburn Tigers Monday night. And, yes, I am fairly tribal in my affinity for the SEC. As I’ve said before, if the Gators are my family, then the SEC is my tribe, and while we may squabble among ourselves, I will virtually always support the tribe.

Oregon ain’t my tribe.

War Damn Eagle!

Atlanta Gator

January 8th, 2011
11:08 am

“You SEC homies never watch football west of the Mississippi, but you may want to review the past 5-7 years of PAC-10 vs. SEC play and examine some of those scores, including Auburn and Tennessee.”

Uh, Mike Bobo 17 INT, you are aware that the state of Arkansas is situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River, aren’t you?

LEROY

January 8th, 2011
11:18 am

I still think Murray’s too short!!!

SEC Fan

January 8th, 2011
11:29 am

The fact is that the SEC is special because of it’s geographic location. The Conference basically encompasses what was once the Confederate States of America. I am by no means a Confederacy fetishist, but there is a regional bond formed by our immediate ancestors having lost the Civil War and endured the Reconstruction period in American history.

I am old enough to remember when there was significant regional bias blatantly exhibited by national sportswriters against all teams in the South. I still recall my father telling me the stories of Bama shocking the football establishment by defeating the traditional Northern and Western football powerhouses in the Rose Bowl in the early 1900’s.

There is school pride, and there is regional pride. I’m not surprised that regional pride is more prevalent in the SEC. Make of that what you will. I am opposed to the recent moves to re-form the collegiate sports conferences based upon projected television revenue, rather than by geographical region. Not only would such a move require greatly expanded team travel in order to play the regular conference schedules, it would dilute the aspect of regional pride for the fans of college football.

I am of the opinion that ESPN and the NFL are slowly, but surely, destroying the very traditions that have made college football such a great sport. Once they’re gone, we’ll never get them back.

Chillahill43

January 8th, 2011
11:59 am

SEC fan
you are damn straight. The South Will Rise Again!!
And Hell no we will never Forget!

The rape and pillage that the north brought upon this fair land by their acts of Northern Agression still haunts this region considerably. And its still perpetrated on us by the likes of ESPN. – the newyork and new england programming network.
The SEC is the best because we have to be… Its the way it is… Tradition is who we are.. And you damn yankees can go back north if you dont like it 85 and 75 go north as welll, SEC is thr best football conference period. Bar none!!! RTR. WDE GYHD chomp chomp souie pig etal

pb

January 8th, 2011
12:14 pm

SEC Fan and Chillahil43:

The damn Civil War is over. Get on to something else. There is no bias against the South by ESPN or national networks— only in your mind!

By the way, I am a Georgia grad and SEC fan, but hope Auburn gets whipped. Why? just because I don’t like them or Cam Newton. Just my opinion.

MikeP

January 8th, 2011
12:25 pm

Have y’all seen those green shirts with the yellow “script A” on them that the bammers are wearing? I saw a cool variation on that today: The same shirt with “Because we couldn’t” printed under the yellow bammer A. LMAO!

Callaway Pulls A Switcheroo

January 8th, 2011
12:31 pm

Brent Callaway, 5-star OLB, has just changed his commitment to AU from Alabama! War Eagle!! Happy Cam Newton Day here in Auburn!!!!!!! Roast The Ducks!! WDE!!

War Eagle UGA '89

January 8th, 2011
12:33 pm

UGA 89 I wouldn’t do any trash talking because UGA was the one who sucked this year! LoL!!

Huh?

January 8th, 2011
12:47 pm

@MikeP

Nope. Haven’t seen one of those. Are you sure you didn’t just dream it? You do seem somewhat obsessed with “Big Brother”.

Chillahill43

January 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

Hey PB. Nobody mentuoned anythung about a civil war . The facts ate that the media is domimated by Northeast news and sports programers. You can get over that ypur self. I will not forget that for 4 years in a row the SEC has kicked everyother opponent they have faced in the Championship game. So you my ftiend can get over it. You clowns want to say the SEC is down because 2 of the loses in bowls this year came from 2. 6 & 6 football teams. The fact is the teams that were supposed to win have done just that. And have done it rather solidly. See LSU. See AL. See Ms St See FL. Then watch Auburn kick the Quack outta the ducjks.
The SEC is real football. All other is just white. (That’s background. So you PB dont consider all things rascist) noise. And once yall realize that UGA is a minor program in a major conference your hatered for all things good will dissappear!

hbcuclassics

January 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

HBCU Classics All-Americans

Offense

QB Matthew Johnson, Bethune**
QB Stanley Jennings, Albany St**
RB Walter Sanders, St. Augustine
RB DeAngelo Branche, Norfolk St
RB Frank Warren, Grambling
WR Raymond Webber, UAPB
WR Ronnie Childs, Albany St
WR Lennel Elmore, SC State
OL David Mims, VA Union
OL Johnny Culbreath, SC State
OL Mike Mavromichalis, Albany St
OL Natiel Curry, Bethune
OL Josh Harrison, SC State

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

Just_Sayin

January 8th, 2011
2:29 pm

Every time Auburn has a great season they wind up on probation within a year

Auburn

January 8th, 2011
2:57 pm

Think we care?

Even if you do — you can’t PROVE it.

Pluck the Ducks!!!

UGA Envy

January 8th, 2011
3:34 pm

Fan of the Game

January 8th, 2011
6:21 pm

TV is going to ruin college football and ESPN is leading the way!

AU_DAZE

January 8th, 2011
6:48 pm

All the Bammar hate being spewed in this commentary means our Tigers are doing their job. When the sidewalk alumni Tuscaloohooozers place their hopes and aspirations on AU being punished by the NCAA (case closed by the way), we can smile knowing “bammar’s back baby”…..as in back in the backseat again.
Haters gonna hate and your bile/spew is the wind beneath our wings! War Eagle…keep Hatin’….

trey

January 8th, 2011
9:19 pm

Go Oregon!!!

Quack

January 8th, 2011
10:28 pm

Big D Dawg

January 9th, 2011
12:50 am

I don’t always pull for the SEC, especially one of my hated rivals. Anything orange. We recruit the same players and when a rival wins the MNC it affects recruiting. I’ll be pulling for the Ducks, but I believe that the tiggers, plainsmen, war eagles will win.

woebegong

January 9th, 2011
7:24 am

I can’t understand all of this childish bickering amongst different fans of different programs on this blog. The SEC is the best conference in the country right now and the last five years results prove it. Any team that goes undefeated in the SEC has the other teams in the SEC to thank for the help they have given them to get that way. We do after all play each other in conference games and therefore by default, help prepare the victor to prepare for the big game. Solid coaching and the ability to change with the game, win most SEC conference games. If you do not think so, think about how many times the Auburn Tigers came back this year. Their coaching staff adapted to the flow of the game and changed what was needed to win that game. If you live in the SE U.S. you should all be proud when one of our conference teams gets to play for the big one. Hate each other all you want during the regular season, but do not forget, Auburn is playing for the NC, representing the SEC as well as their school. The money they get from this game is divided amongst all of the SEC schools so it benefits us all. All the bowl games are divided that way. It represents a good chunk of change for each school in the conference every year. At least if you feel the need to fight amongst yourselves about who is greatest and such, do not revert to a bunch of children by calling each other gays, uneducated morons, and all the other dribble you see on these discussions. I ignore 90% of what is written on these discussion because of that alone, but I do like to read, intelligent, thoughful and meaningful discussions that stick to the subject and show maturity.

Huh?

January 9th, 2011
9:21 am

@woebegong

“I can’t understand all of this childish bickering amongst different fans of different programs on this blog.”

First experience with a sports blog, eh?

woebegong

January 9th, 2011
9:24 am

UHU?
Nope, not by a long shot. I just think a lot of what is typed on here is darn childish. But then, I am only approaching 62 years old, so maybe I am just impatient with a lot of the immaturity displayed.

Auburn

January 9th, 2011
9:24 am

Auburn deserves this. It’s payback for 2004. The NCAA cheated us out of that NC by allowing Reggie Bush to play. This is a makeup call on their part.

Pluck the Ducks!!!

Huh?

January 9th, 2011
9:26 am

I’m about your age. This stuff didn’t use to come up on websites — that’s true. Instead, you had to gather around the barber shop or the water cooler at work to hear this kind of trash talk.

;-)

woebegong

January 9th, 2011
10:04 am

HUH?

You are exactly right. Another tradition gone down the tube. Now they meet at Mickey D’s, Burger Chef, or some other fast food venue. But the internet gives some folks a great venue to post their comments, so it is what it is. Just like to see serious comments instead of, UGAYers, cheaters and such. I wonder how many of us could even coach with the pressure there is on a coach these days at major colleges.

bruce mac

January 9th, 2011
10:43 am

Another year, another SEC National Championship in football. HO HUM

IRISH DAWG

January 9th, 2011
12:07 pm

AUBURN HAS PAID AND CHEATED IT’S WAY TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. I HOPE THE DUCKS TAKE IT ALL AWAY. DUCK49 AUBURN38 GO DUCKS!!!!!

BWH Dawg

January 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

Wesley Fag Fag,

I know you are uncomfortable and angry about being gay, but stay on point. The SEC is the best in the country and ACC is at best the 5th or 6th conference in the country. Your Jackets play in the minor leagues, anbd I mean single A ball. The records prove it. After Auburn wears out Oregon, you will be nowhere to be found on Tuesday. You spit all of this venom and NEVER can back it up with a win from your Jackets or ACC brethren. Get some help in 2011 along with a new handle.

BCSstinks

January 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

For those of you saying that Oregon will not stop Auburn’s offense wow. Oregon has a better shot at stopping Auburn then Auburn does stopping Oregon. Both teams are very close but Oregon is an all around better team on both sides of the ball. We will know for sure tomorrow night.

Stanky Taint

January 9th, 2011
2:31 pm

@BCSstinks

It’s hard to say who’s better, but Auburn has faced better competition this year than have the Ducks. They’ve also had some closer games because of it.

Saban Commits Another Violation?

January 9th, 2011
3:59 pm

Solomon: Saban bumps into another controversy
Published: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 5:30 AM
By Jon Solomon — The Birmingham News

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Alabama bid farewell to three stars Friday. Mark Ingram, Marcell Dareus and Julio Jones officially announced they’re off to the NFL early.
But then you might have already heard about Ingram’s decision. On Wednesday, OKBlitz.com quoted Oklahoma City recruit Barry Sanders Jr. as saying Nick Saban told him Ingram was leaving.
The potential problem: Sanders Jr., a top running back prospect for 2012 and the son of an NFL great, is a high school junior. Extended conversations with juniors aren’t allowed.
Saban has bumped himself into another bump-rule controversy.
Saban said it was just a greeting and no NCAA violation occurred. Sanders Jr., in some of his quotes, made it sound like more. And Oklahoma State, another school recruiting Sanders Jr., is concerned about what Saban did or didn’t do.
“It was just a greeting, and that’s fine the way I understand the rule,” Saban said Friday. “There was no set-up. It was strictly I ran into a guy in the cafeteria in the school and I greeted him and asked him about his injury. So, you know, I’ll defend myself on that one.”
Sanders Jr. was quoted by OKBlitz.com as saying this about the encounter: “He just said, ‘We need running backs.’ How Trent (Richardson) would be a senior if I were to go (to Alabama). He told me Ingram’s leaving, he’s making it public probably Friday.”
That’s more than a passing greeting that the NCAA allows. Except Mark Adams, the high school offensive coordinator for Sanders Jr., told NewsOK.com that Saban was talking to him at the time of the running back discussion and Sanders Jr. might have been in the vicinity.
This is how it works in the never-ending, convoluted world of the NCAA bump rule.
Sanders Jr. said Saban also asked about the player’s recent foot surgery, according to OKBlitz.com. BamaOnline.com quoted Sanders Jr. this way: “Coach Saban came to my school this week to talk to some of my coaches and I saw him for a quick moment passing by in the halls.”
The NCAA doesn’t allow contact with a recruit before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year of high school. Contact is defined as “any face-to-face encounter” between a recruit and his or her family with a university representative that exceeds an exchange of a greeting.
It’s not considered contact if the recruit approaches the coach, provided the encounter was not prearranged and the coach “does not engage in any dialogue in excess of a greeting and takes appropriate steps to immediately terminate the encounter.”
You can split 1,000 hairs on what exactly constitutes excess dialogue and when terminating the encounter must occur. But if Sanders Jr.’s quotes to OKBlitz.com are accurate, this sounds like a secondary violation.
This much is certain: Oklahoma State, where Sanders Jr.’s father starred, is fuming.
“I think the thing to do is read the bylaws and look at the descriptions of what the (OKBlitz.com) article says the player was told, and that speaks for itself,” Oklahoma State compliance director Kevin Fite said Friday. Fite declined to comment when asked if Oklahoma State has contacted the NCAA about the incident.
In an OKBlitz.com article published earlier Friday, Fite said “when another coach from another institution comes in and starts doing stuff like that in our backyard it certainly causes us some concern.”
If this sounds familiar with Saban, it’s because he has been here before. The so-called “Saban Rule” took head coaches off the road in 2007 partly because of Saban’s alleged bumping during non-contact periods.
Earlier that year, the Miami Herald reported Saban had improper contact with three high school juniors in south Florida. Saban’s response at the time: “I think it’s funny it came from Miami,” referring to the city where he had just left as an NFL coach.
In 2009, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal accused Saban of violating the bump rule when Memphis receiver Keiwone Malone committed to Alabama. Malone’s high school coach said no extended conversation occurred.
Saban’s not the first or last coach to have his name attached to the bump rule. But he certainly gets fingered often.
If the NCAA determines this latest encounter was a secondary violation, the association has leeway now to hand down one- or two-game suspensions to coaches. One area the American Football Coaches Association wants the NCAA to better police: impermissible contact.
Alabama spokesman Doug Walker said the school is aware of the reports about the potential violation and its compliance office is “addressing it in the appropriate manner.”
It took the son of a Heisman Trophy winner to publicly declare another Heisman winner out the door. In the process, it bumped Saban right back into a gray area he often finds himself navigating.

Another "Saban Bump"?

January 9th, 2011
4:01 pm

This much is certain: Oklahoma State, where Sanders Jr.’s father starred, is fuming.
“I think the thing to do is read the bylaws and look at the descriptions of what the (OKBlitz.com) article says the player was told, and that speaks for itself,” Oklahoma State compliance director Kevin Fite said Friday. Fite declined to comment when asked if Oklahoma State has contacted the NCAA about the incident.
In an OKBlitz.com article published earlier Friday, Fite said “when another coach from another institution comes in and starts doing stuff like that in our backyard it certainly causes us some concern.”
If this sounds familiar with Saban, it’s because he has been here before. The so-called “Saban Rule” took head coaches off the road in 2007 partly because of Saban’s alleged bumping during non-contact periods.
Earlier that year, the Miami Herald reported Saban had improper contact with three high school juniors in south Florida. Saban’s response at the time: “I think it’s funny it came from Miami,” referring to the city where he had just left as an NFL coach.
In 2009, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal accused Saban of violating the bump rule when Memphis receiver Keiwone Malone committed to Alabama. Malone’s high school coach said no extended conversation occurred.

Mr. Obvious

January 9th, 2011
5:17 pm

Auburn murders (and I do mean murders) the Ducks. AU’s defense will destroy the O running game and the O defense will not be able to stop Newton. ESPN is hyping the game, just like the SECC, but it won’t even be close. If I have learned one thing this year, it is this . . . don’t bet against Auburn. 49-24

buckeye

January 9th, 2011
5:56 pm

man the sec is a remarkable 4-5 in bowls this season thats intimidating. how in the hell is the sec as tough as you morons on here make it out to be with that record… my bad i forgot when the sec loses to another team its either ” hey look at the last 5 years”, it didnt mean that much to them, well look at the matchup you got the 3rd best acc team against the 4th best sec team, blah, blah, blah. you ignorant southern people so blinded by your git r done the south will rise again pride… just face it you guys are no different than any other conference you just hype it up. its funny how you guys bitch about the bcs and want a playoff but when you get 5 or 6 teams in the top 25 its fine. i remember earlier this year when bama was number one nobody complained, but when they lost and dropped all of the sudden the bcs was stupid and wrong. same with auburn when you guys thought they should be number 1 it was like ” kill the bcs” but now that your number 1 now the bcs is fine.. so in theory if the bcs is false wouldnt that make the last 4 national championships false too… you dumb hicks i guess the bcs sucks when they dont favor the sec all the time… you idiots need to quit crying and acting like everybody is out to get you and quit beating your chest and acting like your southern football is so great when the fact is your 4-5 and if i can remember you guys didnt do so well last bowl season either. but my bad im the one who is delusional… sorry! maybe i need to bang my cousin and get a rebel flag then my eyes will be open. oh yea when les leaves and scam newton enjoy your two team conference again…hahaha florida and bama will continue to own the sec the rest of the sorry excuse conference will be mediocre at best. but at leats the vols can beat vandy and ole miss i forgot about them they are great with there little moron coach who cant even count…….. hahahahahahahahaha good day ladies……..

buckeye

January 9th, 2011
6:02 pm

oh yea also food for thought tenn almost beat lsu, auburn sruggled with lsu, oregon beat tenn by what like 40 points all in one half too. oregon is gonna kill auburn… oregon 51, auburn 31, bank on it!

WDE!!

January 9th, 2011
9:10 pm

Rooting for someone to get their neck broke? Keep it classy there “cmac” Let me guess….Disgruntled doggie fan? After tomorrow night you will be nowhere to be found, just like Buckeye and all the other haters. War Cam Eagle!!

BDB

January 9th, 2011
9:15 pm

As a true Orange and Blue Gator, I will be pulling hard for Auburn.
Go Represent!

Tony Geinzer

January 9th, 2011
9:16 pm

Tony, as much as I hate the Ducks, I wish they’d win because if Auburn did, I’d encourage you to vote TCU because they are at the Door of a National Title and Alabama will be one barrel of a club next fall and I think the early money in the East is Kentucky only because its their first full year with Joker Phillips and he’ll make Florida and Tennessee cry.

dawg 777

January 9th, 2011
9:32 pm

BOBBY LOWDER’S WIFE ONCE SAID THAT BOBBY ACTS LIKE AUBURN TIGERS ARE HIS PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL FRANCHISE . ANT THAT THE TRUTH! AUBURN’S SEMI PRO TEAM.

Michael ATL

January 10th, 2011
12:49 am

5 SEC national titles in the BCS Era (1998- )?
1998 Tennessee over FSU
2003 LSU over OU
2006 Florida over Ohio St
2007 LSU over Ohio St
2008 Florida over OU
2009 Alabama over Texas

Which it is easy to miss something.

YAD

January 10th, 2011
5:55 am

Is the game tonight the last game of the 2010 season or the first game of the 2011 season? Shouldn’t college football be over by now?

YAD

January 10th, 2011
5:58 am

Hey buckeye, how did the Big 10 fare this bowl season?

buckeye

January 10th, 2011
10:59 am

hey yad, big ten is 3-4 not a whole lot differnt than the sec bro……

SEC Hive MInd

January 14th, 2011
8:50 am

Where exactly is the University of SEC? Root for your own team.