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SEC Headlines – 5/4/12

Business meetings, radio shows, etc, etc… short day.  My apologies.  Here are today’s SEC headlines with an extra touch of bitterness and salt thrown in for spice (’cause I’m already behind due to the start of what looks to be “Expansionpalooza 2012″):


1.  Don’t look now, but the presidents of the Big Ten and the Pac-12 are considering a non-seeded Plus-One postseason plan for college football – just take the two best teams after the bowls, they mean — in order to protect the sanctity of the Rose Bowl.  (Personal take: It’s time for everyone else to tell the Pac-12 and the Big Ten to just go to hell.  The fans of the Midwest and West can watch their beloved Rose Bowl every year.  And everyone else in America can watch a four-team playoff to crown a national champion.  After about two years on the outside looking in — with more and more recruits choosing to go elsewhere — the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the Rose Bowl would all come begging for entry.  It’s time to play hardball with these self-important twits.  Like this.)

2.  Florida may use two quarterbacks this fall (which only seems to work when you have two completely different styles of quarterback… one runner, one passer).

3.  Aaron Murray tried to make a funny about Georgia wearing pink helmets this fall.  Twitter blew up.  Websites believed what they saw on Twitter leading to further blow-ups.  Then UGA’s quarterback had to backtrack.  (Gotta love that Twitter.)

4.  This writer says retiring Georgia prez Michael Adams should rename Sanford Stadium after Vince Dooley… who he forced out as AD back in 2004.  (I wouldn’t hold my breath.)

5.  Kentucky and Indiana won’t play basketball this season for the first time since 1969-70 and both parties deserve a kick in the rear for being too dumb to compromise on the locations for future games.  (Not stubborn, dumb.)

6.  John Calipari is spinning the move as being good for his players.  (Nonsense.)

7.  UK won’t be playing North Carolina, either.

8.  Sales of season tickets are up for Vanderbilt football.  (Another positive sign for the Commodores.)

9.  Mississippi State’s offensive line will have to be ready to pass protect with a less mobile Tyler Russell behind center.

10.  Texas A&M’s board of regents has given president R. Bowen Loftin the power to negotiate a buyout with AD Bill Byrne.

11.  Aggie hoopster Kourtney Roberson has been granted a medical hardship waiver and will have three years of basketball left to play.

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Slive Tries To Slow The BCS-To-Playoff Speculation

The Big Ten has a four-team plan with the national semifinals being played in on-campus stadiums.  Georgia president Michael Adams says an eight-team playoff might be in the offing.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive says… slow down.

Speaking in Nashville yesterday, Slive went in 180 degrees the opposite direction of UGA’s prez when he said:

“Really a lot of this discussion is premature, and I want to respect the process that we’re in… What would (a new system) look like and whether it’s actually going to happen, all of that is premature.  I think we need the time to sit down and analyze it.  We need time to take ideas back to our respective conferences and… a decision to be made sometime later this year as we being to talk about the… next format.”

As we noted earlier today, we believe there will be resistance to a no-playoff to eight-team-playoff jump.  It’s far more likely — at least in our view — that a four-team, seeded Plus One will be the answer.

Consider the Big Ten and Pac-12.  The idea to bid out the championship game site each year protects the tradition of the Rose Bowl.  It would not be part of a rotation which would cast one or both leagues out once every four years (as is currently the case).

How would those leagues feel about an eight-team playoff that might invite two schools (or maybe even three) from those leagues… thus leaving the Rose Bowl as Pac-12 #2 versus Big Ten #3 or even #4?

The safe money is on a four-game plan.  Even though Slive would probably say that we’re jumping the gun by going that far.

On a sidenote, the commissioner confirmed what we’ve been saying for a while: The SEC isn’t looking to go to 16 schools anytime soon.

“We’re at 14,” Slive said.  “It’s going to take us time to absorb.  I don’t know if you realize how difficult it is to take two institutions and move them into 12 other institutions whether it’s scheduling or the way we’re working together.  So we have our hands full for now.”

At least until the landscape changes elsewhere.

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Don’t Bet On It!: Week 13 College Football Forecasts for the National Games of Interest

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Now that we have taken our weekly trek around the SEC, it is time to turn our attention to the contests of consequence occurring elsewhere in the country. My 4-2 record in national outings last week left me at 33-20 for the season, which should serve as a friendly reminder that I issue a weekly disclaimer for a reason. Where my prognosticating skills are concerned, whatever you do, . . . Don’t Bet On It!

Where not otherwise indicated, the following games are slated to take place on Saturday, November 27:

Michigan Wolverines at Ohio St. Buckeyes: Wait . . . what are they doing playing this one after Thanksgiving? Isn’t this a midseason game? Honestly, I don’t think either of these teams is as good as its record, but Ohio State is the better squad, and the Buckeyes have the advantages of playing at home, being inside the Wolverines’ heads, and having a head coach who appears to cross his T’s and who certainly dots his I’s. Also, even though Terrelle Pryor hasn’t lived up to his hype, at least he knows how to tie his shoelaces. (Someone needs to sit Denard Robinson down in a locker room with Crash Davis. When you lead Michigan to the Rose Bowl, you can leave your shoes untied, and the Midwestern press will think you’re colorful. Until you lead Michigan to the Rose Bowl, though, it merely makes you an even bigger dufus than those guys who wear their baseball caps backward.) You have to give the edge to Ohio State in this one.

Texas A&M Aggies at Texas Longhorns (Thursday, Nov. 25): The only way to make a victory in Austin sweeter for the Aggies would be to make it a farewell gesture before bolting the disintegrating Big 12 for the SEC West, but it was not to be (this time, at least). Texas A&M is peaking while the ‘Horns are imploding, and, while this is just the sort of situation in which Texas is liable to pull off a shocker like the one the Burnt Orange managed against Nebraska earlier this year, I’m not sure Mack Brown’s club has enough left in the tank to escape with a win. I’m taking the Aggies in a bruising battle.

Arizona Wildcats at Oregon Ducks (Friday, Nov. 26): One thing about the Pac-10 that’s always struck me as odd is the fact that, as a general rule, the more fearsome the mascot, the less fearsome the team, and vice versa. The teams represented by demonic princes and ferocious felines (Arizona, Arizona State, and Washington State) usually serve as the weak sisters of the league, whereas the squads symbolized by web-footed creatures and long-dead warriors whose name makes everyone snicker (Oregon, Oregon State, and Southern California) tend to be pretty good. Ordinarily, whichever mascot would lose in the wild will win on the gridiron, so I’m taking the Ducks to defeat the Wildcats.

Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma St. Cowboys: I am tempted to ask sarcastically when was the last time the Pokes won a meaningful game against a major opponent, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the answer is us. I’m having a hard time trusting in Mike Gundy’s club to get that elusive breakthrough victory, but, since teams have a tendency to excel one season after playing a marquee out-of-conference game against Georgia (e.g., Boise State in 2006), I’m going against my better judgment and picking the Cowboys to win the Bedlam Battle in Stillwater.

Boise St. Broncos at Nevada Wolf Pack (Friday, Nov. 26): I’ve never quite gotten the level of hatred directed at Boise State from these parts; granted, they wear orange and blue, but they play stout defense, their fans are rooting against the Auburn Tigers, and the Bronco faithful share Bulldog Nation’s affinity for goat-related symbolism. Also, as we’ll see confirmed for the umpteenth time in the last half-decade when Boise State beats a solid Nevada squad, the Broncos are a darned fine football team.

Those are my best guesses regarding the significant showdowns for Thanksgiving weekend, but you should not place stock in my prognostications, which almost certainly are more wrong than right. Whatever you do, you must make certain to pay attention to my weekly advice: Don’t Bet On It!

Coming soon: National game of disinterest.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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