@whole thread, this game is WAY to close to pick a winner in advance. This is where media so WAY-out beyond their analytical tools, thereby acting like tools. Teams change from week to week, how much do they change in a year of training. South Carolina has every hope of winning the East, and a fair hope of developing into an SEC Champ this year. As do, at the very least, 6 other SEC programs.
Since you are using the Debo label, I'll just point out that the worst Debo highlight video one can find of dozens of good clips, would be more convincing material than the best of ??? how many Tua clips? are there any? Then of course there are many other bright stars in the SEC who have the proof on video record. It begs the question, what pay-off is there for media to ignore the known performances to speculate on Alabama wanna-have-performances. Weak journalism and the volume of it speaks volumes.
This is such a great story i'll be laughing about what it reveals all day long. Thanks SDS "staff"
To be fair, 2016 they had Missouri "one" ranking too high, For perspective, when you examine their record of picking conference champions correctly, it's dismal too. So when you combine the cheerleading with the impossibility of really knowing how the match-ups are going to shake out, well...... it would just be more fun to write stories about how those match-ups have changed. And the good journalists do this work. So here's a sample assignment. On Sept. 22nd Missouri will play Georgia. What is different this year? So this story would say that Georgia returns 13 starters while Missouri returns 10 starters on offense alone. In the first game of their SEC schedules, already we have an undecided contest being ignored. If they write about this contest now, they have more ink for week5, week6, etc. on their next story. So stop putting off doing your jobs, get your story research going now, and oh my gosh, you might be able to write a good story today that most other writers are missing.
Never try to make sense out of media rankings, just a reminder, last year they picked Missouri to finish 14th. But after tying for 6th in real results, few if any, media wrote, we were so wrong about the Tigers and we'll evaluate them more like unbiased media next year. The only way media are going to stop being cheerleaders for their favorite programs is when their votes are held up to the light at the end of the season every year.
It just seem that way to someone who tags their comments with the thick skin needed by Ole Miss fans.
Tennessee was 5-7 in 2008 before Dooley, and they were 7-6 in 2009 before Dooley, but you think the death spiral started with Dooley huh?
Nothing looks more transitive than your Tiger-worship.
Just say, "I have no explanation for why I try to dis a winning streak in the best NCAA football conference in the history of college football". Or you could say, "I come to the Missouri page hoping some of Missouri's fan class will rub off on me", or "Sorry but I'm married to bt and must try to bail out his dumb-ass-ness every dang day". Clint Eastwood was a Missouri Tiger when he said "Go ahead, make our day"
It was media days. The media showed up with their A game and the players/coaches responded with their A game. What a great conference.
remember that Keebler commercial where the Elves say "We're not Elves"
Whipping all three of you with nine of my typing fingers tied behind my back.
You're like Dorothy in Oz, trying to convince yourself, "I really did use a fact", really i did".
The reason they were worse than Missouri IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE is that Missouri beat them. You're not an SEC fan if you think that way, just a hater at all costs.
Are you imagining yourself shooting pistols? College. College men. Football. Not modern dance moves with Gump.
Smith, Daniels, Gabbert, Franklin, Mauk, Lock.... next star up
When you are in the basement every direction is up, 'up' doesn't make him a better coach than Snyder, Holgorsen, Gundy, Riley, Cambell, Patterson, ..........
You insist on calling the SEC a weak conference where winning streaks come from playing weak teams. Ok, why do so many SEC teams get into bowl games then? And why do so many SEC players go pro?... could that be happening if a winning streak in the SEC was against half a dozen weak teams? Curb stomp yourself much?
And it has already started. Did somebody ask the media to watch him hand-cuff himself?
I remember that two Georgia defensive backs were available to cover the receiver, one's job was to cover the sideline throw early in the route till the safety picked up the longer option. Neither defensive back covered their assignment even though the ball was also in the air for plenty of time and here's the funny part, there wasn't a whole lot of deception there either. So i think he was just laughing about how lucky they were to get that route so wide open. Not to detract, once Georgia gave it away he put the ball in a catchable place.
Drew Lock, well done. The low-lifes are always trying to catch up to you but they just keep getting smaller in your rear-view-mirror. Celebrating a touchdown has become common place in NCAA football and your way of doing it is just as much fun as anybody elses'. Poor Tom Herman, probably a little sensitive knowing his team will probably never score enough touchdowns in the texas 12 conference to keep his job. How old is he, exactly right. 44 x, I love it. I'm looking forward to the 2018 bag securing.
and then there's the section of fans you sit in, but don't remember it
So both of you are trying to sell the idea that the SEC is not a tough conference top to bottom compared to the rest of the NCAA and if not better than the power 5s you think significantly worse than the other power 5s. Thanks for your ridiculous opinion.
Particularly because Stoops should be one of the better prepared coaching staffs and rosters.
You know who I think is going to win the SEC East so I'm going to frame my response like this: There is no way anyone can come up with statistics that over-turn the eye test putting Muschamps Feathered Fighters finishing higher than Mullen's Lizards at Large. I don't pick winners but everyone, 100%, of SEC East fans, have to admit that Smart's Dawgs are the Defending Deal
Science is just getting started with the reasons the brain ages and declines in performance..... But I know people who never use their brains for anything and not only does it fail to save them but they miss out on all the fun in life.
Oh my gosh, perfect Drew Lock, nobody else is the story, just the Tiger touchdowns x 44 and more.
Missouri football fans are knowledgeable fans. This is a result of having a tremendous football story to tell and having great school of journalism to tell and re-tell it. Tiger fans are excited about seeing who is in on the field each and every play.... but they remember more about every previous player who has started in those roles. The fans are thinking and cheering their team on at the same time. Real conversations break out all the time about how the last or next play is connected to the recent and not so recent storied history of the program. I often think I have something interesting to add to the comments, but right away, somebody else adds something even better. I sometimes wish they would just get screamin loud but I wouldn't trade their insights for any other fan base in NCAA. As Drew lock points out, they are loud at the right times.
Barry Odom, such a class act. Thanks Coach
It's a big job to keep college clean and provide the means for students to pay for their education and living expenses. Our college loan system has been out of balance for a long time. The pay scale and system of deciding appropriate pay for educators has been out of balance for a long time. No shock that all those seeking education are challenged to find a way to make ends meet. The time that college athletes have to put into training for their sport and participating in contests has been out of balance for a long time. Particularly in terms of travel and numbers of contests, but also in terms of hours of training not related to physical health/safety. It's disgusting to tune in a college story and find assaultive roster members, coaching sleeze, criminals that are ruining the reputation of college as a community to live in. Who is to blame and who can keep it right? We the readers and writers of these stories can help. Drop an email to a college official and the NCAA. Go watch an NCAA division two or three game instead. Spend some of your sports entertainment time and money watching sports that your educated judgement says are healthier products for all of us. Write a letter to the media who cover these events and charge them with the responsibility to keep you honestly informed of facts and not to be a partisan cheerleader for any program, and we CAN improve the quality of these activities we enjoy so much. I'm doing it and i promise you it's just as much fun if you yourself have a healthy mindset for consuming spectator athletic events. Unholy cow, our supreme court thinks we should be gambling on college sports, write those corrupt idiots first. As if we have never been down this road before. If you don't demand quality, you are going to keep getting less than what you deserve and you are going to keep deserving less.