"Alabama will undoubtedly have a loaded schedule. Actually, though, the Crimson Tide might not even have the toughest schedule in the SEC in 2028. Florida will host Colorado and it’ll travel to Arizona State and Florida State that year, while Georgia will travel to Texas and then host the likes of Florida State and Georgia Tech. Yowza." I know this references OOC games only, but Bama will also travel to LSU and Tennessee in 2028 on top of traveling to Notre Dame and playing Ohio State at home. Going to be tough to top that schedule, but who knows... by 2028, this type of thing could be normal.
I'm not glossing over it. No one is taking away anything from what LSU did last season. Best season ever. But until Coach O fields an elite team more than once, he doesn't deserve to suddenly be named the best coach in the SEC.
"at home" as in "in Baton Rouge". Bama has beaten LSU in BR by a combined score of 39-0 in Coach O's 2 games against Bama in Redstick.
Putting Coach O at #1 after a single year of elite success makes about as much sense as putting Chizik #1 going into 2011. Was it Chizik? Was it Cam? Was it Gus? Was it all lightning in a bottle (hint: this is the correct answer). For the record I think Coach O is far better as a HC than Chizik, but maybe we can slow the “Coach O is #1” hype train until his teams score even one single point against Alabama at home.
I actually really like the Tennessee over OU pick. It's all about getting OU early before they get rolling. Tennessee can pound the rock against what will likely again be a poor OU defense and keep that growing offense off the field.
*Staring awkwardly at a Cam Newton jersey....*
“ I dealt with this injury, a lot over the last couple of years.” Ummm no you haven’t, unless you retired from the NFL and became an ortho pardon surgeon treating people injured in car wrecks. This isn’t a common injury to football AT ALL. Literally every ortho that has weighed in out it has said the type of injury is so rare and the recovery is so unique that Tua would be no more likely to suffer the same injury again as anyone else that hasn’t suffered from it before. Complete BS
Ryan Leaf explains why he doesn’t think Tua Tagovailoa is a top 5 QB prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft
"I don’t think [Tua] has the ability to transition to the next level and be as successful as let’s say a Joe Burrow . . . . [I}t just keeps me a little off-putting in terms of what he can do without the same kind of talent he had at Alabama.” This makes literally zero sense to criticize Tua for his supporting cast while in the same breath you give Burrow a pass. Not only did Burrow have just as many talented players around him as Tua, but he had the exact same supporting cast in 2018 as he did in 2019 and did absolutely NOTHING against good defenses. Tua has games to answer for, particularly later in the year when he was banged up against the likes of UGA and Clemson in 2018, that's undeniable. I just don't get how people find a way to criticize Tua for having talented teammates and a few bad games against good defenses give Burrow a pass on an entire year of mediocrity with the same supporting cast he had in 2019.
Fabien Lovett’s father explains why his son entered transfer portal after Mike Leach’s offensive tweet
Leach survived the liberal haven of the Pacific Northwest just fine. What in the hell makes you think he won't survive in Starkville, Mississippi!?
"I just want to make this clear: I’m not an LSU fan." Your son went on to win 2 SEC Championships, a national championship, and was the first pick of the second round of the draft, and is making millions now. If you're still clearly this bitter about his decision, you're either an LSU fan or you were a fan of LSU's money or you're just staggeringly selfish.
Laura Rutledge offers insight into Tua Tagovailoa’s viral workout video, NFL expectations for rookie QB next season
Good for him. Kid deserves nothing but the best with the character he has and what he's been through. If he ends up in Miami, they still have Fitzpatrick on the roster. I think you have to start the season with him as the starter and ease Tua into the starting lineup as the year goes on before turning the reins over to him in 2021. If I'm the Chargers and want to go up and get him, I'd do the same thing with Tyrod Taylor.
It's hard to answer this question in today's light of SEC dominance. SEC teams have played in all but one CFP championship (and one had 2 SEC teams in it), and have won half of them. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to 2005 to find a BCS championship game that didn't have an SEC team in it. From 2006 to 2013, the SEC went 7-1 in championship games (thanks a lot, Gus!). But that's the thing, that's all POST 2004. Ultimately, I don't think Auburn really "deserved" to be in over Oklahoma. I think they had an argument that was just as good as Oklahoma's and either decision was going to tick the other off. It just boiled down to one simple thing to me: OU started at #2 and never lost. If it had been Auburn there, OU never would have jumped them just like Auburn never jumped OU. Just an unfortunate set of circumstances for Auburn that really should have been the catalyst to move towards a Playoff then (especially after OU got destroyed) and it's a shame it took another decade and an all-SEC championship game to really get that ball rolling.
“You’re always working. You’re always doing something.” Idle hands are the devil’s playground, young man.
Roughly 2 years and 26 weeks after the fact...
I got curious to see what other schools had these videos. Your typical list of Bama, Ohio State, UGA, etc.... I did get a really big laugh when I started UGA's and the first highlight was Fromm's 5+ second 40 haha
1) Burrow had a VERY mediocre 2018. He was atrocious against any team with an above average defense. He combined for ONE touchdown and 4 INT's and completed less than 58% of his passes in all games against UF, UGA, Auburn, Bama, and MSU. His "late season growth" came against Arkansas, Rice, Texas A&M, and UCF. Even in the 7 OT game against A&M, he only tossed 3 TD's for 270 yards. Is that really growth or is it inferior competition? 2) Acting like Burrow wasn't in a good situation in 2018 is pretty off base, as is the idea that Tua was dropped into a perfect situation. Both schools have continuously recruited the skill positions at a high level for 10+ years now. Burrow had 2 coordinators in 2 years (sorta, with the complete change in philosophy). Tua had 3 in 3. Burrow landed in Baton Rouge with the EXACT SAME group of skill players at every single position in 2018 that he had in 2019 and pretty much the same OL. Literally the only meaningful difference between LSU offense 2018 and LSU offense 2019 was the addition of Brady and his system.
Pretty easy choice for me. Both QB's have just about an equal upside, with Tua having the slightly higher ceiling, albeit with the injury risk. Option 1- Sell the farm to jump up and get Burrow, someone who, as you pointed out, is a one-phenomenal-hit-wonder along with a VERY mediocre first year at LSU; or Option 2- Stay where you are, keep all your other high draft picks, let Tua fall to you, and surround him with other young, high level talent to protect him/build a defense/be weapons for him with your other picks. Worst case scenario, the QB you grab tanks. At least with option 2, you have several other young draft picks you can lean on. If Burrow turns out to be a "product of the system" Brady brought in and his NFL career looks more like year 1 at LSU than year 2, you've totally botched the entire draft.
I don't mind (and given the opponents, completely understand) Bama continuing to fly under the radar and get "disrespected" by not ranking them despite winning every single game. The confidence and "chip on your shoulder" mentality that it sets up for a young, somewhat inexperienced team could be very beneficial coming into SEC play where, from a talent perspective, they're not supposed to beat just about anyone. If they're motivated and confident and don't know any better, could end up being a really good,surprising season when we get to tournament time. That said, I've seen the "strong start" end with Bama watching the SEC tournament from Tuscaloosa before, and several times recently it seems, so I'll believe it when I see it in May.
So Auburn's baseball team can't beat UCF just like their football team can't
Pump the brakes on the Tua Tagovailoa hype? Dolphins reportedly not sold on former Alabama quarterback
Did Tua finish his junior season with 0 TD's and 4 INT's against the likes of Alabama, Miss. State, UGA, Florida, and Auburn, with a QBR in those games of 39.8, 49.1, 82.7, 54.1, and 79.5 respectively? Joe had a phenomenal senior year, no doubt about it. Not trying to knock him for that at all. And Tua certainly has questions regarding durability. But Burrow also had a substantially below-average junior year against good competition with the exact same talent around him that he had his senior year, which begs the question of whether or not this is a situation of a new system being implemented that created a flash in the pan. I think both will be good, potentially great pro QB's in the right situation, but I also think people tend to forget everything about Burrow before Joe Brady came to town.
Yes, Auburn disassociated an Auburn player's dad because an MSU alum was behind it all. Got it.
Actually there's a lot of proof. Auburn was actually investigated by the NCAA and they officially disassociated Cam's dad for shopping him around. Auburn got a good lawyer and found a strong loophole in the system to keep him eligible that they took advantage of, a loophole that has since been closed. You don't get investigated or officially disassociate your star player's dad if there's nothing but rival fans chatting about it. The NCAA didn't find anything wrong on Auburn's part,and that's all well and good, but being found not guilty isn't the same thing as being found innocent. Anyone using common sense knows that whole situation stunk to high heaven. If you actually believe Cam's dad turned down MSU's $180K offer to have Cam play at Auburn for free, or if you actually believe Cam didn't know his dad was shopping him around, then I've got some oceanfront property in Arizona with your name on it.
Actually, we can deny it, because there's literally been nothing more than baseless accusations from rival fans. Trying to compare this to the Cam Newton saga is woefully ignorant.
Yes yes, we know we know... It was only Miss State that did something wrong and offered Cam's dad $180K for Cam's services to play for his old OC from Florida who he alreeady had a great relationship with, but Cam just loved Chizik and the "family" so much they turned down six figures to go to the loveliest village on the plains to play out of the kindness of their hearts. The NCAA even said so!
Ok your anti-Saban is showing. Saban took a team that had won 7 combined games the 2 seasons before he got there and never won less than 8 games his entire tenure there. He won the SEC in his second season and a national title in his fourth. He brought LSU out of the dark age, the same way he did at Alabama. He also set LSU for success for years to come after he left, which Miles sustained and then ran into the ground once Saban returned to the SEC. It's funny that you say Miles had "more success" at LSU than Saban did when both of them had 1 national title in their time at LSU, and Miles only won 3 SEC titles compared to Saban's 2 despite the fact that Miles was there for 11 seasons compared to Saban's 5. Not to mention Miles was given a well-oiled machine to run on Day 1 while Saban picked up the shambles of the DiNardo era. And as for your "utterly destroying the Miami Dolphins" comment... Miami has appeared in 2 playoff games since 2002. They haven't won a playoff game since 2000. They went 4-12 the season before Saban got there and 9-7 his first year. They went from 6-10 his second and final year to 1-15 the year after he left. They have had TWO winning seasons in the 13 seasons since Saban left. Claiming Saban destroyed the Dolphins shows you're either ignorant, a biased hater, or or most likely, both.
Alabama signee Bryce Young rated as No. 1 overall prospect in the nation by 247Sports’ recruiting evaluators
It really is too bad Bama has a track record of landing highly rated recruits and doing nothing to develop them into NFL prospects. Wait, I'm sorry, that's Gus & Co.
You must be an awfully "young" fan if you think Les Miles casts a larger shadow than Nick Saban in anything except for an actual, literal shadow
Ask Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Kyler Murray
You must know something every single doctor out there doesn't, because every orthopaedic surgeon asked to comment on the injury that I've seen thus far has said that given the freak nature of the hip injury and the procedure he underwent to repair it, he'll be no more likely to suffer that same injury or set back than someone who has never had that injury before. They've also all said recovery time is 6-12 months, depending on age and access to rehabilitation resources, both of which weigh heavily in his favor. If the franchise really wants to be on the safe side with him (and also get better picks next year to surround him and protect him) they ought to draft him now and sit him next year and let someone like a Fitzpatrick carry you one more season to the bottom part of the league and then build it back up.
“ You don’t go 15-0 with arguably the best season of all-time with a head coach who is still figuring things out.” Let me preface this by saying I don’t believe this is Ed O, but I have two words for you..... Gene. Chizik.