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SEC Headlines 12/2/2013

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1. The BCS standings show Auburn will most likely need Florida State or Ohio State to lose for the Tigers to reach the BCS title game.

2. Alabama’s chance of returning to the BCS championship game is “highly improbably, but possible.”

3. A good sign: Many Alabama fans took to Facebook to show support for kicker Cade Foster.

4. Auburn and Missouri have sold out their allotment of tickets to the SEC championship game.

5. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has no time to relax as he and the Tigers prepare for Missouri.

6. Florida coach Will Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease on Sunday. Offensive line coach Tim Davis was also let go.

7. Muschamp promised improvement as he plans to “evaluate himself” as well as the football program.

8. Georgia coach Mark Richt expects defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to return next year.

9. Grantham doesn’t seem to be phased by criticism. “I look at the body of work I’ve done and I’m fine,” he said.

10. The Cotton Bowl appears to be a likely destination for LSU. The Tigers thought they were headed there last year.

11. Kentucky won only two games this season. Fans will certainly expect more next year.

12. There were multiple incidents Saturday night involving South Carolina students and members of the Clemson football team.

13. For the third straight year, South Carolina defeated the winner of the SEC East.

14. Texas A&M’s season was filled with unmet expectations, writes Robert Cessna.

15. Departing senior Daniel Hood feels good about Tennessee’s future under coach Butch Jones.

16. Barrett Sallee writes that a 12-1 Auburn team being left out of the BCS title game would actually be “very American.”

17. Watch Auburn fans react to the Tigers’ win over Alabama.

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18. LSU scored a key win against Butler on Sunday. The Tigers won 70-68 in overtime.

19. Center Willie Cauley-Stein blocked shots while helping Kentucky beat Providence 79-65.

20. “Their length is their strength,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said of Kentucky.

21. Mississippi State needed overtime on Sunday to edge out Loyola Chicago 65-64.


22. There’s plenty of debate surrounding the BCS following an entertaining rivalry weekend.

23. Did the SEC keep itself from winning an eighth consecutive BCS championship?

24. Ohio State can’t “come close to matching the résumé” of Auburn or Missouri, writes John Feinstein.

25. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer won’t suspend offensive lineman Marcus Hall and running back Dontre Wilson for fighting against Michigan.

26. Here’s an early update on the coaching carousel. Will Southern California go after Vanderbilt’s James Franklin?

27. The No. 1 choice in this week’s Misery Index was easy to predict: it’s Alabama.



There is no doubt that the MOST important differentiator for #1 and #2 in the Coaches and Old Celebrities polls are the -0 at the end of their records.  What is a little more dubious is how the computers all sort them to #1 and #2 given that Mizzou's only loss was in OT and Alabama's only loss was on the last play of the game and both losses were against highly ranked opponents.

It seems likely that the new playoff system will be more satisfying only if there is some kind of detailed explanation of why the four teams are selected.  An effort to reproduce the "objective" nature of the BCS Standings (which is 2/3rds based on the opinion of coaches and celebrities and 1/3rd based on a non-transparent--and therefore EXTREMELY subjective--computer ranking) is unlikely to make folks happy.  But a truly subjective system might be even worse.

Therefore the obvious thing to do is to politic for an expansion to eight games as soon as possible.  I realize that if this happens the so-called "BCS" conferences might request an automatic slot for conference champions and for a true playoff to work one could argue that a conference championship game feeding the on-the-field winner of the conference into the playoff is a good thing (in spite of the discussion with respect to the playoff of the "best teams") if the field is large enough.

Otherwise the key thing that is needed is extreme transparency.


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