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This is a great site, and lots of really good football conversation goes on here. SDS really ought to fix the "same screen name for multiple people" issue, because it can really dampen conversation. I don't know you and you don't know me, but we have our own screen names...until someone steals it.
A&M is a big University with over 60k students, 99% of whom are college football fanatics whether we win or lose. We've had a rough go of it in recent years, but things are finally starting to look up.
Great article, Connor. I'm really glad they caught this guy. Normal fans go through a lot of ups and downs following their teams, but we stay inside the bounds of normal human behavior. This guy seems to have made a habit of crazy. I know not everyone graduating from the University of Texas is a serial stalker, but this is just one more log on the bonfire screaming for the next chance to BTHO UT.
That's a nice spread, and a great story from the White House. Back in the day, I would have enjoyed that a lot more than the usual stuffy dinner. Probably still would today....
Get your popcorn ready, boys and girls...and hold tight for another 8 it really 8 months out? I'm bordering on withdrawal already....
I'm excited! Get your popcorn ready, boys and girls...and hold tight for another 8 it really 8 months out? I'm bordering on withdrawal already....
Enough trolling Bama fans on a Saturday night. I'm sure you can find a better use of your time, right?
Another sad story about another underachieving Longhorn who just can't get the Aggies out of his head.
What you're saying is correct about how the outcome of a 2-out-of-three series may well be different than the outcome of a single playoff game. Still, it's the single game that's counted, and in a playoff game, it's often the team that's been more focused in the lead time that comes out ahead. I'd say Georgia's a far and away better team overall than Texas, but we saw what a lopsided game that turned out to be. I don't think the Tide went down because of not taking Clemson seriously, but even Nick Saban said that Clemson incorporated some plays that had hurt them earlier in the year, but he still hadn't prepared his team to see again in that game. The SEC does have the better football conference overall, there should be no question. When it comes to single games in a bowl or playoff setting, though, especially when there's adequate time to prepare, Non-SEC teams often get really hyped to beat an SEC team. Bama fans know every team they play every week brings their A-game week-in and week-out to play 'Bama. That's the prize you win when you're successful - everyone plays you with everything they've got. When it comes to bowl games, SEC teams have a similar problem. SEC teams have to know that their opponent will be laser-focused in almost every case, so they can't take any bowl game for granted.
What I saw was that Clemson did exactly that - they played a nearly perfect game. They did have several incompletions during the game and one of their OL was called for tripping,, but other than that, they really played a perfect game. And that was against a great Alabama team, so it's even more impressive. Hats off to Clemson - they came ready to play.
I agree completely. I see the possibility of a blowout by "Bama. If Trevor Lawrence gets really hot - he has that potential - it could be close. The Tide have a decent margin for error, though, and Clemson would have to be nearly perfect to pull off a win.
It's important to pay head coaches well, but you can't forget to pay your best coordinators and assistant coaches a good salary too. A good coach can handle turnover, but only to a degree. You need stability in some spots to build a lasting success.
Agree. I'll go to California for Disneyland - that's still fun - but not much else.
Great article. The hype over recruiting class rankings never addresses the "right fit" approach of recruiting because it's one of the intangibles. From the standpoint of finding the payers who make the best team, no one can really make an argument for any team other than Alabama and Clemson as having been the best recruiting schools over the past 4 years.
This should be a great game. Trevor Lawrence is very young, and young QBs can make mistakes, but Tua did ok last year in the Championship game, didn't he? Lawrence has the benefit of having started most of the season and having a playoff game under his belt, which was more than Tua had going for him. I still think Alabama wins, but I expect a close game and want to record it because there will undoubtedly be some pretty incredible plays I'll want to watch again and again over the football drought for the next few months.
He's a solid player. Aggies have a great 2019 defensive recruiting class who'll perform well, but they would have benefitted from his leadership and senior perspective. He will definitely be missed.
There were definitely bad feelings in that game - a perfect opportunity for the Dawgs to step up and quash them. That didn't happen, so we're left wondering what the "go F yourself, b" play was. I bet it was a planned QB run - maybe one of his TDs. Aggies have dealt with that team for a hundred twenty years. Longhorns are proud and arrogant, and you can't give them an inch unless you want to hear about it for a decade or two. Unfortunately, that's where Georgia is right now, until they win a rematch. Next up is LSU in the second game of the season playing in Austin. Better get up for the game, Tigers. Don't go in flat.
Texas can say they're back and support that claim now that they dismantled the team that went toe-to-toe with Alabama two years in a row. Unfortunately, that 8 months they'll be able to support that claim falls in the heat of the recruiting season. Next up, LSU gets a shot at them in Austin next year - September 7th.
Agree. I love watching sports mostly because of the psychological aspect of the game. Who's going to show up and who's not. Once you know the players and the coaches inside and out, you can usually predict how they'll perform pretty accurately. Problem is with college football, the players aren't there long enough to really get a bead on, and all of that psychological assessment comes down to which coach can your trust to consistently get his players to play 100% every game. Georgia is better than this. They just weren't ready for this game, and that's a coaching issue.
We all have bad bowl games. The Aggies lost to Wake Forest just a year ago, so speaking from experience, the embarrassing bowl loss only lasts so long. Of course, we got rid of our coach after that to help the pain....
Agree. The SEC is a better conference than the Big-12, no question. Championship and playoff history's pretty convincing. Still, it's gonna be harder to make that argument to my friggin' neighbors when they can throw this back in my face. I'd still look out for OU and UT as strong contenders from the Big 12. Other teams in the Big 12 not so much, but those programs have a lot of history and will always recruit well.
We've all had our bad bowl games. Just don't let your players spend more of their bowl prep time planning their pre-game trash-talk tweets than actually prepping for the game. That makes it so much worse. Georgia didn't flip on the switch until halfway through the 4th Qtr.
This is a trend among players and needs to be addressed by the league. These teams earn a heck f a lot from these players, and the players who've been seriously injured in their bowl games have occasionally lost Millions of dollars for their families. Why not have the Universities purchase insurance policies that will pay enough to set it right if an injury occurs. Understand that a $500k payment doesn't make up for losing a projected first round draft spot.
Nothing wrong with leaving a job for a higher-paying job. You have to make a clean break, though. You don't go to the old job's Christmas party and try to get them to pay for your travel to their retreat after you've left. When you're out, you're out.
All I'm gonna hear at work is that the SEC is overrated because the 2nd-ranked team in the Big-12 blew the doors off the team that stood toe to toe with Alabama. Really????? I was a Dawg for a day for this?????
That's the thing about decisions, though, right? It's usually the bad ones that linger. Every now and then, you get a really good decision, like the Saints starting the second half with an onside kick in the Super Bowl. That's a decision that would have been remembered regardless. Thankfully, it worked, and it's remembered as a good decision. If it hadn't, well, I would be writing about it differently.
He's a heck of a player - I wish him well, but will really miss seeing him in the lineup next year. The Aggies have a good looking recruit for the TE position, so let's hope this isn't a flash-in-the-pan season with great TE play.
Therein lies the rub, right? The SEC lives in the places where football is the king of sports. Alabama's been dominant because of the fantastic job Saban's done in recruiting year-in and year-out. Once another team can begin to put together 3-4 years of solid recruiting near Alabama at the top of the rankings, we'll see the dominance tested to some degree, and we should see a more even distribution of talent (and wins) across the top of the SEC. Georgia's been right there with Bama for a couple of seasons and look what they've been able to do. As it stands, the top 3 2019 recruiting classes in the country are all from the SEC. Where does that land the SEC when it becomes even more difficult to have an undefeated season? I'm a fan of expanding the CFP to 8 teams for exactly that reason. In any given year, you can expect 2 SEC teams to be in the top 8. If we can get to the point of having 2-loss teams in the playoffs with a real chance to win it all, the SEC will look even better. 2-loss Georgia is a much better team than undefeated Notre Dame and better than 1-loss Oklahoma. I expect to see that on display tonight, when 2-loss Georgia throttles the Big-12 team that handed OU their only regular season loss. Until then, we'll have to wait until the CFP Committee gains perspective to see what it means to have only 1 or 2 losses coming out of the SEC. You're right, something's gotta give.