Having guys go to the NFL is a talking point for web sites, it is not an accomplishment. Winning the SEC is an accomplishment. Winning the Natty is an accomplishment. Where the guys go is not Saban's problem. Getting guys to replace them is Saban's problem. Do not turn NCAA football into NCAA basketball. This is not a feeder league. Since college basketball has been turned into a feeder league for the NBA, it is completely worthless except for the last two weeks of the tournament. 5 months of playing basketball is worthless. Every game in NCAA football is important. If guys make it to the next level, that's great. I watch TV on Saturdays. I don't care what happens in the pros.
LSUMC, happy wife, happy life. That's a great idea to take her out to breakfast and then you can go to your mancave for 12 consecutive hours!
I love the Gators, but they should not be ranked ahead of Georgia. Georgia clearly beat them J Ville. Georgia fought Alabama tough in the SEC Championship game ( ok, that is not quite as impressive today). Georgia had one more total win than the Gators. They stunk in their bowl, but so did a bunch of SEC teams.
I agree with most of this. I don't know how anybody beats Clemson as long as this Lawrence kid stays healthy. Clemson plays Notre Dame early next year and then the rest of the ACC. FSU and Miami are several years away from relevance. So they really only have to peak in late December. Place kicker has been a rare weak spot for Alabama for years now. Shocked this has not been fixed. It is hard to run fake field goals when your kicker is not credible. Saban has been very good to his staff and that will come back to haunt the tide. They said last night how some recruits are turned off by the high turnover of coordinators and want more "stability". I think Nick truly believes in helping guys improve their situation for their families. Maybe this is when Saban says he had a great run and it is time for the next generation. He has proven all he needs to prove.
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I don't know how Alabama ( or anyone else ) gets by Clemson for the next two years. Clemson plays Notre Dame early next year and then the typical ACC schedule. FSU and Miami are are several years away from relevance. I knew Clemson was good and it would be a good game. I did not see them blowing the doors off Alabama.
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Congrats Clemson. I never thought I would witness Saban being completely out coached and out classed.
This is not an upset. Clemson is quicker and much better prepared! They clearly want it more.
Alabama is slow, undisciplined, and unprepared. Very Sad!
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This should be a great game and I am looking forward to it. I find it curious that people want playoff expansion. It seems like every year there are blow outs in the semifinal games, indicating at least one of the 4 teams should not have been there. These are clearly the two best in the land. Of course, I want Alabama, but what I really want is a great game.
Nebraska plays in the Big 10 West, which is a very weak division, some recent bowl game success notwithstanding. Their new coach got off to a slow start, but they finished strong and they lost 4 games by less than 5 points. They only play Ohio State in terms of the Big Ten big guns. Their out of conference schedule includes Northern Illinois ( which has beaten them recently) and South Alabama. So they could end up winning 8 or 9 games and going to a decent bowl. Their culture and facilities are top notch.
My takeaway from all the bowl games is that with the exceptions of Alabama and Clemson, there is a lot of parity in college football. These bowl games give coaches a month to prepare and the players a month to get healthy. The PAC 12 is the only major conference that is clearly inferior to the rest. I loved watching the Gators and Auburn win big, LSU, Kentucky and Texas A&M win. I can't get too upset about Vandy and Mizzou. South Carolina was embarrassing, but they knew what they were getting when the picked Muschump. Georgia was a big disappointment. That was Kirby's big chance to show the committee for next year that they belonged. I will have to rest up for Monday night.
Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida. Notre Dame is fake, OK is fake, GA is fake, Central Florida is fake. What a freaking day! Good Job Kentucky and Texas A&M. Not so sure about the rest.
Let's stop hatin' on UCF. They hung in a lot better than Michigan did against my Gators. They hung in a lot better than Notre Dame did against Clemson. Or Purdue against Auburn. There have been some truly terrible decisions this post season, especially that midget heisman QB that was only the 3rd best QB in the Alabama OU game. UCF and LSU was very entertaining, unlike most of the blowout bowls I have watched this year. LSU was better, but hats off to UCF. I would love to see these guys schedule the Gators, FSU, and Miami to toughen up their schedule. The state of Florida is the best football state in the land, and UCF makes it even more fun.
Loved this game, thought the Gators really took it to a pretty good Michigan team. Maybe work with the punter during the off season, for pity's sake. He was way too casual and got two kicks blocked. Dude, get the kick of pronto.
Congrats to Alabama on a great win. Really need to clean up the dumb penalties, but I am not complaining. Surprised by Oklahoma's complete lack of class. They were behind by double digits literally from the first few minutes and the cheap shots, the jawboning, the crap they gave Bama was just amazing for a team that probably should have stayed home in favor of Ohio State or Georgia.
I hear you RollTide. Can't wait for the Gators to be nationally relevant again. They are fun to watch when they get going. As for Urban Meyer, count your money and your blessings and move to Arizona and cancel your cable tv. Play golf, spend time with your family and kick back. Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler( sp) and Bear Bryant all died relatively young, so enjoy what you got left. Your legend is secure and you will never catch Saban anyway.
The sad thing about the Big is the Big West is literally a joke. The weakest division in Power 5. Kudos to Northwestern and all, but they are an 8-5 team. I hope you are right about Michigan, but Khaki Pants has never won the big game anywhere he has played or coached.
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The SEC Championship game is the best game I watched all year. I was hoping for OT, because I did not want it to end. The bad news for OU is that they have to prepare for both QBs. It may take both of those guys to win the National Championship. This is Kirby's time to take GA to the next level. It starts with playing a dominating game in the Sugar Bowl. I hope the Gators grab Jalen Hurts. They still don't really have a QB.
Michigan is a really bad two loss team. LSU, Florida, Texas A&M and maybe even Mizzou could take them out. Too bad our 2nd tier teams ended up beating each other up and could not be ranked higher. The bowl games should look real good for the SEC.
I agree. I have been waiting for a really good SEC game all year. Everything seems to be a blowout. Auburn and Alabama looked pretty good until the 3rd quarter started. The only bad thing is I don't give a crap about Texas A&M. No offense. I thought the game was over like 3 times and did not even catch the end. Here's hoping the SEC Championship game is a dandy.
Bowl games give a team another month of practice. They give the team a chance to get their crap together and end the season on a high note. Auburn can take down Northwestern. Or a MAC foe, or most any opponent that would end up in one of these marginal bowls. It might help some with recruiting. However, Auburn must show up and win. This is where Gus needs to earn his salary and get things going for next year.
If Bama wins out, they are in. That means GA will have two losses. Clemson will likely win out. Notre Dame will likely win out. If Michigan or Ohio State win the conference and have one loss, they deserve to be in over a two loss GA team or over anybody from the Big 12. Most of us see Bama and Clemson as being the best two teams in the land. Both teams have improved from last year, with Alabama making the biggest improvements. GA, LSU, and Auburn have taken a step back. Probably something to do with losing those big powerful running backs to the NFL. Michigan has improved a lot from last year.
Really getting into hypotheticals here. AL and LSU play this weekend. The winner of that game likely plays Georgia. If Alabama is undefeated, the two team SEC scenario is over. If Alabama loses to LSU and wins out, then there is an argument that one loss SEC champion and a one loss AL team could be in the top 4. If Bama beats LSU next week and GA in the SEC game ( which I think both will happen), then your two next best SEC teams have 2 losses. With Clemson and ND likely winning out, a one loss champion from the Big would certainly be next in. Does not mean it's fair.
I think we all know where this kid is headed and it ain't good.
It is still Pruitt's job to train and motivate these guys. The freshman and sophomores he inherited are 19 and 20 years old. Sounds like he is looking for an excuse for 3 more years. He is not going to recruit 25 4 and 5 star players this off season by throwing his team under the bus. Coaches are supposed to lead and accept responsibility. I was not a fan of Butch Jones either ( especially after his antics Saturday against a team he recruited), but come on dude.
I don't think Saban should have left Tua in the game as long as he did. The last thing you want is for a knee problem to slow him down or keep him out getting into the meat of the schedule. Hurts would have done a fine job mopping up in the second half, and you could have give the 3rd string guy more reps. I know this is heresy, but I think Nick owes Hurts more playing time. Hurts needs to be really sharp if called upon in an emergency and it helps Hurts when he graduates and goes to another school. Hurts has been extremely classy about this situation and it would not kill Nick to be decent to the guy, especially when you are up 5 touchdowns at TN.
At least things are getting interesting this year. I am really looking forward to LSU/Alabama and Florida/Georgia. The Gators must clean up the sloppy play and penalties. I think they can win the East, but they have to play flawless ball. They did some really stupid things against Vandy. Including the coaching staff.
Congrats to UT on a big road win. The East is definitely back, the GA loss notwithstanding.
This is Georgia's toughest game this year. Florida will be a handful, but that game will be in a "neutral" location. LSU will be hungry after letting Florida slip away in the swamp.
Coozie your predictions make a lot of sense. Hope you are wrong on the Gators and Kentucky. A Florida win and a Kentucky loss would be huge. Keep us posted. Your record is better than most!