Published January 14, 2013 - 2:45pm
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The SEC is in its Golden Age, and it’s unthinkable that one conference – and one team – can dominate all of college football. But it’s happening, and it’s beautiful. I know you will agree with me.
Let’s reflect on the top ten moments of 2012-13, shall we?
10. SEC dominates the ACC on rivalry Saturday
9. South Carolina thumped Georgia 35-7
8. Jarvis Jones’ strip of Florida’s Jordan Reed
Remember when the SEC destroyed the ACC on rivalry Saturday? Yeah, the ACC has put that in the back of their brain. Florida dominated Florida State 37-26; Georgia thumped Georgia Tech 42-10; Vanderbilt mercy-ruled Wake Forest 55-21; and South Carolina beat Clemson with a backup quarterback, backup running back and a point guard at wide receiver. What a day!…One of the more impressive and memorable occasions of 2012 was South Carolina putting it on Georgia at home. The game was over literally in the first quarter when USC went up 21-0 after Ace Sanders’ housed a punt return. The rout was on the entire night, as Georgia’s prolific offense sputtered against Jadeveon Clowney and the boys…Jarvis Jones always saved his best for Florida, and he throttled them once against this year with three sacks, but it was Jones’ strip of TE Jordan Reed in the waning minutes of the game that sealed the deal for Georgia. Reed was looking to put six on the scoreboard, but Jones clubbed the ball out of Reed’s grasp and the Bulldogs recovered in the end zone. Ultimately that play helped Georgia get into the SEC Championship.
7. Johnny Football invades Tuscaloosa and trounces OU
6. Bama’s game-winning drive against LSU
5. Marcus Lattimore’s injury
By the time Johnny Manziel played Alabama and Oklahoma he was known as Johnny Football. Every game seemed like a highlight reel for him, but to do it against the likes of Alabama and Oklahoma was special. Manziel led his Aggies to defeat the #1 team in Alabama on the road, and he once again led the Aggies to a 41-13 thumping over former Big 12 foe Oklahoma. He ran circles around the Sooners and threw big-time bombs for touchdowns against the Tide…The Drive will be talked about for years in Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge. LSU had the Tide on the ropes, and they let AJ McCarron and TJ Yeldon crush their national championship hopes on one play. If LSU wins that game, they would have played for the SEC Championship and possible national championship. Crazy huh? However, McCarron and the Tide had other ideas…One of the most memorable happenings of 2012 and for a bad reason was Marcus Lattimore’s injury. When he went down against Tennessee with his gruesome knee injury, the whole country held their breath because they knew what he had been through to get back from his previous knee injury. I know we’ll miss him in the SEC and hope he recovers fully in the NFL.
4. Georgia’s five-yard debacle
3. Where were you when The Hit happened?
2. Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman
Mark Richt and Aaron Murray will relive the five-yard debacle in the SEC Championship for years to come. The fans may have gotten over it, but the fact still remains that Georgia was five yards from winning a national championship. Richt still insists that he had the right play call on…I was sitting on my couch watching multiple TVs when Jadeveon Clowney destroyed the whole state of Michigan with his hit on Vincent Smith. Not many college players can make that kind of game-changing hit, but the Gamecocks rode the hit’s momentum all the way to victory. If you do not fear Clowney, you’re doing it all wrong. He’s scary good, and we get to enjoy this cat for one more season in Columbia…Johnny Manziel transformed into Johnny Football and then into Johnny Heisman right before our eyes. After he torched Arkansas early in the season and literally ran circles around them, we started asking ourselves whether he could make a legit run for the Heisman. After Alabama, we asked ourselves who could beat him. As it turns out, Manziel made history becoming the first freshman to win the award. What a season for #2!
1. Alabama winning 7th in a row and back-to-back championships
What’s better than Alabama thumping Notre Dame 42-14? The Tide gave the SEC its seventh national championship in a row and cemented their program as a dynasty, winning their third title in four years. The Tide were nearly flawless against the Irish, mounting four touchdown drives of 80 yards or more, despite the fact that Notre Dame had allowed no touchdown drives of 75 yards or more all season.
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