SDS Mailbag: Best team not in a conference title game, Mizzou pain and most devastating loss as a fan
Why do we even play the games. I totally get the aura around bama, but they do not have their top defensive or offensive player right now. They are undisciplined and have no defense nor a kicking game. They would struggle against the 4-5 teams above them and probably go .500 in H2H games. Florida would beat them. They do deserve the benefit of the doubt with all the talent and saban coaching, but sorry, this is not their year.
OSU being ranked above LSU is all about trying to keep the SEC out of the championship game. We all know the toughest semi final game will be against Clemson. No way LSU should be ranked behind anyone. After this weekend IF they beat UGA, they will have potentially beaten 4 top ten teams (uga, UF, Auburn, bama). OSU will have beaten 1 in Penn State. I think LSU runs the table, but the CFP has definitely tried to shift the perception of conference power away from the SEC this year. Lastly, while I don't care that bama fell to 12, that is a bit much. No reason that Wisconsin or PSU is ahead of UF, Auburn or bama.
Thought this was about the games you played and the results. Auburn is playing well but lost H2H versus Florida who has only lost to LSU and UGA. Bama should be behind both Auburn and Florida. Let's see, they played two teams in the Top 25 this year and lost both. Tua is out. Writer needs his head checked.
I think everyone is forgetting the best scenario. bama gets routed by Auburn. Oregon beats Utah. LSU demolishes uga in SECCG. Oklahoma loses one more game. Boom - Gators jump to #4 and avenge their loss to LSU earlier in the season. LOL - just having fun, but a couple of those teams above will lose. Reality: bama beats Auburn Georgia loses to LSU Oklahoma or Utah win out and the committee goes with a non-SEC team for the #4 slot
JK4 I agree with having bama fatigue. No offense to them, as they have been a juggernaut, but it would be nice to have some new faces in the CFP besides bama and Clemson. Also, auburn can make this a mute point if they win the Iron bowl and I will be pulling for them. I actually think it will be one helluva game and will be a great game to watch. Auburn will load the box and make the back up QB win this game. Auburn's mediocre offense should have chances against a sub par bama defense, so I think it will be close. My guess is that Clemson, Ohio State and LSU (after a very close tough win over uga) will be the top 3. Either Utah or Oklahoma gets the nod if they run the table. And yes, I am predicting Auburn pulls of the upset to continue the Malzahn experiment.
I don't see this being anywhere near accurate. I will start by wishing Tua a strong recovery and hope it gets drafter top 5 and has a great NFL career. Without Tua, I think Auburn beats bama, despite Gus. Even if bama wins, they are not one of the 4 best teams in the country without Tua. I also think that everyone is sleeping on georgia. That OL and defense are very good and they might beat lsu in the SECCG. I do think lsu wins as they are having a magical year and things just seem to be clicking. I think uga finishes #6 after losing in the SECCG and UF actually finishes higher than bama for the bowl projections. UGA goes to the Sugar and Gators to the Orange Bowl.
I am a huge Auburn fan for the next month and hope they win out. No offense, bama, but college football needs a CFP without you. I do think Auburn beats bama due to its defense, but it will be interesting. I also find it amusing that no one gives georgia a chance in the SECCG.
I was actually surprised at the result but guess I shouldn't be. Georgia has a ton of talent on defense and that OL is amazing. We made it a game but needed some breaks and never go them. As many on here hoped, no injuries and no turn overs. Could cry over controversial calls, but they went both ways. If we can bring in more high level players this game will continue to get better and we will get our wins, but for now uga is on top. Hope Fromm goes pro, he is really good. While Cager was a big difference in the game, you could see the experience of Fromm and Trasks inexperience make a difference. Good luck uga and I hope we go 11-2. Go Gators!
Agree about one and done impact. We should go with at least two years in college before you can go pro. I really enjoy seeing the kids develop and for the fans to develop relationships with their teams over a couple years. Lastly, very excited about the Gators this year. They should be awfully good.
It always makes me uncomfortable when a man comments on the size of another mans' hands.... Burrow Tua Fromm Trask Mond After that the pool gets really shallow.
This was one of the funniest articles I have read. The coaching death match killed me!
I think the shot was at uga and Mullen was doing his best SOS impression. I could care less about stars and expectations. I want a great clean game, where everyone is and stays healthy and it shows two great teams battling it out. Hopefully the Gators win. I think it comes down to whether Zuniga and Grenard are healthy and turnovers. I think that is it. If they are healthy, they will give Fromm fits and slow down their running game. If that happens and we don't turn the ball over, I think we win. While Georgia is talented, they are young. They lost a ton on defense and play makers on offense. This year is an opportune time for us to change the perception of our program. Go Gators!
This list was not nearly as good as the uga list. You need to do better research. How about, "Run Lindsey run", is in every Gators nightmare. OR, that one of your best players was a mass murderer. OR, you were the first program to give Muschamp a head coaching job???? You could do better.
Wow! That was brutal. I do not want to read the Gator ones that are coming.
Kirby Smart updates injury status for Tyson Campbell, Travon Walker, Lawrence Cager ahead of Florida
I hope both teams get their three injured guys back and play full tilt. Then let the winner go upset the west in the SECCG.
I think they both have good defenses. The strength of each defense is different. It's all about match ups. uga has to stop our pass game and we have to stop their run game.
Really excited about the game. I think it will be a balanced game with each side having advantages and disadvantages. I think outside of the obvious, turnovers, if the Gators can keep uga under 200 yards rushing we have a good chance to win.
Well at least sc stayed focused on UT and took care of business... Ooops, on second thought... Also, great game by Auburn and LSU. I wonder if Auburn fans will get on here and cry for two weeks that they were robbed since the first LSU TD happened when their Defensive tackle got spun around due to an eggregious hold on LSU which cost them 7 points in a tight game. They only lost by 3, so that means they would have won!!! Oh. That is a team that has won in the past. They won't cry over that call because calls go both ways and things even out. Boy, yesterday was fun.
I think another big factor is the health of Florida's defensive line. If they are healthy, we have a good shot at beating the mutts. If we win that game I expect us to end up in Atlanta. If Zuniga and Grenard are healthy they are two of the best rush ends in the country and Burrow will have his hands full. Lot of football to be played, but A&M is a non-factor.
Looking forward to see if the Auburn DL can put pressure on Burrows and what that causes. Should be a good game.
usc fan base is still crying. You would think they lost a close football game. LOL. Oh, I forgot, they are the only team that has gotten bad calls this year. But that would have definitely overcome a double digit loss to a team that gave them their last TD playing 2nd stringers in a prevent defense. UT wins this one easily as sc fans can't see with all the tears in their eyes, LOL. Never thought I would say this, but go Vols!
Agree. They should go to the small schools games. I just want a W...
Finebaum = bama mouthpiece Harnaugh = overrated
If we are going to just say that bama should get in even with 1 loss, why even play games on the field? Seriously, while bama has talent, who have they played this year? If they lose to LSU and beat Auburn they will have played two Top 25 teams and gone 1-1. Say LSU runs the table and plays 1 loss UGA or UF. If the East team wins, why would a 1 loss Bama team get in over a 1 loss LSU team that beat them? Those would be your two SEC teams if two were to get in. They are not going to put 3 SEC teams in. There is a lot of football to be played, but with the weak schedules bama and Clemson have played this year, neither should get in with 1 loss.
I knew writers would start this crap. No offense to Bama but I think it is ridiculous that everybody has to win all their games to get in the CFP, but the media seems to give bama a pass if they don't earn it on the field. I am not taking away the fact that Bama is very good and talented, but if they lose a game and don't get in the SECCG, they should not get in over a Power 5 undefeated team. Injured players are part of the season. It is part of the game and teams lose out on trophies when top players get hurt. It is BS to say, well if everyone is healthy they should be in because they have the most talent. The game is played on the field with who you have. If you win, you play on, if you lose, you don't. All that being said, if they get into the SECCG with 1 or zero losses and win, they should go to the CFP. If they don't, they don't deserve it like everyone else.
Gators need to load the box and stop the run. The one advantage i'm counting on is muschamps coaching...
That was actually a really good column. Witty and funny. Keep it up and yes Mizzou just keeps on winning but GA, UF and Mizzou have a little round robin tourney coming up so it will play out.
I think LSU beats bama this year but it will be close. LSU has a better run game and their coordinators are better than bama for the first time ever. I have thought uga was overrated simply because they lost too much talent after last year. As far as a rematch of UF and lsu, we need to win a few more games before I will consider thinking about that. I want to see how we bounce back this week. If we beat SC by double digits then I will start to have hope that we can win the east. Check back on Sunday.
With the UF, SC game it all comes down to who can bounce back from an emotional game. Both teams are banged up. I expect it to be another physical game but have faith that Mullen is a better coach than champ and that is the difference. We will see. If we play offense like we did against lsu we should be OK but SC has a very good defense. Other than that, it will be interesting how uga bounces back and which UK team shows up.
Burrows was on fire against us and if he plays that way the rest of the season. look out. uga has the toughest stretch left with us, Mizzou and AU. Our best chance IF we can beat uga is that we get Mizzou a week after they travel to uga which should be a tough physical game. None of this matters if we don't bring our A game to Columbia as they can best us.