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While there is nothing "illegal" about any of this, there could be some civil litigation once the dust settles, for tortious interference with a contractual relationship. That's why you see stories that begin, "Texas and Oklahoma approached the SEC..." If it were proven to be the other way around, a Big 12 lawsuit against the SEC could have legs. Ditto for a lawsuit alleging any ESPN skulduggery. I would guess that it gets settled behind closed doors with a negotiated settlement for many millions of dollars.
If you switch back and forth between live action and freeze frame the instant before Bennett is hit and the instant after, it is easy to see why no penalty was called. And Marsh is right about the open field versus a crowded pocket.
I pretty clearly remember contemplating how Pitts' nose got broken and it involved a Georgia helmet. That's targeting by rule even if there was no intent. We'll never know if there was intent. I do not recall questioning the call. As for the hit on Bennett, I never said anything about it because for whatever reason, I couldn't find it on YouTube when people were talking about it. So while someone may have defended that hit, it wasn't me. However, I just searched for it again and found it (I was looking too late in the game; it was in the first quarter on the Rosemy TD). I watched it about a dozen times in slow motion and freeze frame. It's a bang bang play (a DB blitz by Rashad Torrence) so it's hard to call it a late hit. As for targeting, much like with Cine-Pitts, where Pitts lowers his body to absorb a hit, Bennett finishes his throw and his shoulder is very low to the ground as Torrence closes. While you can't see it clearly, Torrence may have made initial contact with the crown of his helmet, which would be a targeting penalty. But Torrence raises up so fast that the follow through contact appears to be with his chest.
A lot depends upon how many conference games the SEC ends up playing. You could be right if they increase the number of conference games to maintain the current format.
Tailwhip, "throwing crap back at them" definitely has its place. The problem in arguing with the "Little Three" is that they're each like Monty Python's Black Knight. They lack the self-awareness to quit when their arms and legs have been chopped off.
Well, I guess somebody at SDS has set up Google Alerts for every notable player and coach in the SEC.
PhillyPop, the scores range below for the SAT and ACT, respectively, are the most recently reported for the 25th-75th percentile of students accepted at each school. Vanderbilt University 1470-1570, 33-35 Northwestern University 1430-1540, 33-35 University of Michigan Ann Arbor 1340-1520, 31-34 University of Florida 1320-1450, 28-33 For some context: Columbia University 1500-1560, 34-35 Princeton University 1470-1560, 33-35 Yale University 1470-1560, 33-35 Harvard College 1460-1580, 33-35 Stanford University 1420-1550, 31-35
Jeez, can you imagine how much Negan must write if SDS "always moderate"(s) his "messages?"
Yes, it seems that you can spell Citrus without UT in the last couple decades.
I think UsmcDawg has been dealing with that time of the month for the past week.
These are reasonable preseason rankings (although I think Harris may be too low). But this is the one ranking most likely to change the most once the season gets going.
The PAC-12 commissioner is exactly wrong. The opposite is true. What people would REALLY hate is a four team CFP with three or four SEC teams, with OSU and/or Clemson periodically crashing the party. A 6-12 team playoff will preserve the illusion of fairness, although football ain't basketball: Traditional seeding practices (e.g., 1 versus 12) will result in some serious beatdowns... before too long people will be screaming for a return to the four team format.
Full disclaimer: I am a Gator and not objective about Danny Kanell. Even so, I believe it is reasonable to say that he is by far the dumbest college football talking head. If you disagree, name someone who is worse.
How did the SEC not get any competition from the Big Ten for Texas and Oklahoma? The better analysis is why Texas and Oklahoma probably wouldn't have been interested: 1. Much warmer weather in the South for late Fall away games 2. South is a better cultural fit than northern rust belt states 3. Larger and growing TV audiences in the South 4. Better recruiting footprint; fewer elite recruits in the Upper Midwest 5. Better conference draft results to sell recruits 6. Best way to confront the rise of Texas A&M head on in their own backyards 7. If you're going to make a move, the SEC is the better brand The AAU business is just lip service. Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M academically match or exceed Northwestern, Michigan, and whoever the other top two academic schools are in the B1G.
Reasonable Gator, while there are several rational Georgia fans on this site and some who troll with humor, there are at least three deeply insecure trolls who live on the Gator articles. They live a weird binary existence where Georgia is cheated when they don't win or get a bad call; where Florida kids who get into trouble reflect poorly on the staff and the program, but Georgia kids who get into trouble just need a second chance (and Kirby should be congratulated for how hard he has tried to keep them on the straight and narrow); and recruiting rankings are the final arbiter of program quality (given Florida's three national championships since Georgia last won one over 40 years ago). As Tailwhip99 correctly points out, you can't reason with them. If you make sense, they just devolve into insults and revisionist history (e.g., "the hit wasn't illegal"). It's best to just ignore them.
The Notre Dame situation is more complicated than just their arrogance. They have their own network TV contract with NBC.
Shoe throwing is a huge insult in Middle Eastern cultures. The message is that the target of the shoe throw is no better than the dirt on the bottom of the shoe.
I don't recall any comments about who recruited Pitts. Can you provide an example?
I had a conversation with one of the top national recruiting analysts back in 2016. He was not complimentary of either McElwain or some of his coaches as recruiters. The 5-star McElwain recruits (Cece and Martez Ivey) were actually Muschamp recruits who decided to stay in the class. That said, Seider is a fantastic recruiter and I wish he was still with us. And he was indeed the recruiter for Kyle Pitts. This debate can go round and round forever, but the simple fact is that Florida's Blue Chip Ratio has doubled in the three years under Mullen, from about 33% to about 66%. A lot of recruiting is momentum. Kirby's definitely an excellent recruiter, but he inherited a really good roster from Richt. Urban Meyer is a brilliant recruiter, but the truth is he inherited a really talented roster from Zook. And while it's seldom talked about, Spurrier walked into a really good roster at Florida in 1990.
Well there goes SDS's PG content rating. Definitely worse than the ear wax ads.
Jordan Davis can have a great season and still not have any shot at this particular award. He is, however, in the running for SEC's most articulate defensive player. As for Stingley, it's not unusual for an uber talented player who starts as a true freshman to have a sophomore slump. Some play fast and loose with little pressure as freshman because the coaches don't put a lot on their plate. Then the next year, when they have a pile of new assignments, schemes and techniques to digest (and a pandemic on top of it, in Stingley's case), they can tighten up and start thinking too much. Stingley has amazing ball skills. He'll be fine. I'm anxious to see if Zachary Carter keeps up the Gator tradition of an explosive edge rusher having a breakout season in his final year on campus. We didn't really have that last year, for the first time in a long time.
The data below are from the 2018-19 fiscal year. Some notable schools that are private and not required to timely publish their finances: Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Stanford. $223,879,781 / Texas $212,748,002 / Texas A&M $210,548,239 / Ohio State $197,820,410 / Michigan $174,042,482 / Georgia $164,529,326 / Penn State $164,090,889 / Alabama $163,126,695 / Oklahoma $159,706,937 / Florida $157,787,782 / LSU $157,660,107 / Wisconsin $152,757,883 / Florida State $152,455,416 / Auburn $151,976,026 / Iowa $150,435,842 / Kentucky $143,765,903 / Tennessee $140,695,659 / South Carolina $140,010,865 / Michigan State $139,955,824 / Louisville $137,497,788 / Arkansas $136,233,460 / Nebraska $133,861,515 / Clemson $133,792,677 / Washington $130,456,454 / Minnesota $127,832,628 / Indiana $127,508,498 / Oregon $121,698,840 / Arizona State $121,553,307 / Kansas $118,565,501 / Illinois $112,273,809 / Mississippi State $110,844,907 / Purdue $110,219,117 / Virginia $108,796,303 / Maryland $108,442,428 / Mississippi
Average daytime temperature in Columbia in the third week of November is in the 50s. Just great football weather. Weather is not likely to be a factor.
Jimbo is an extremely smart guy but culture is his blind spot. In that regard, he may have found a complementary fit to offset his weakness at Texas A&M, where culture is part of the fabric of the school.
I agree with Box about Golding. As I've often said about Grantham, sometimes the opposing offensive players are just too good. And the offense has the advantage to start with because they know the play. Alabama's starting defense was absolutely decimated by injuries in 2019. They reaped the benefits of true freshmen having to start too soon in 2020 and they will again this year. LSU should be back to form this year. 2019 skews perceptions, but it's still a very, very talented team. Ole Miss will make some games dice roll shootouts. But in games like that, just one or two stops by a better defense wins the game. It's critical for them that Corral cut down on turnovers.
P, you have just hit upon the core silliness of fan subjectivity. That said, every game has a different feel. The Gators played all too many games in the "missing offense" years of the 2010s wherein their excellent defense kept the game tight until the defense became exhausted in the middle to end of the fourth quarter. The scores showed two touchdown "blowouts," but the games were in fact tight for 55 minutes. The UF-FSU games often followed this pattern during the 2010s, pre-Mullen. Your point is well taken though.
They'll probably end up playing an ACC schedule. Their biggest threat is the P5 conferences increasing the required number of in-conference games.