10 things I'm absolutely overreacting to after Week 12 in and around the SEC
The drama of college football tugging at our heartstrings, it’s what helps make this the greatest sport on the planet.
Here are 10 things that caused a knee-jerk reaction, irrational as they may be, from the games of Week 12 in and around the SEC.
1. The definition of insanity: LSU doing the same things and expecting different results. That’s the approach it took in losing 16-10 to Florida on Saturday; an unimaginative offense, coupled with a lack of focus resulting in key mistakes. All remain characteristics of a team that caused the firing of Les Miles after four games and on Saturday, the end of any chance Ed Orgeron had of removing his interim tag.
First down inside the five…… Two chances from the one…. Same old LSU.
— Johnny Lombardi (@jlombardiTV) November 19, 2016
2. It could be worse; you could be Texas: This season has been somewhat of a disappointment for SEC teams not named Alabama. Sure, Florida fans are pretty excited today and Auburn faithful is feeling better now than a couple of months ago.
But as the rest of the SEC beats up on one another this season, solace can be taken. At least you’re not Texas. That program has reached rock bottom; make that Rock Chalk bottom. The Longhorns lost to Kansas on Saturday for the first time since before World War II.
All Texas Longhorns Fans right now 👇🏼😂😂😂 https://t.co/rrclXRqbU7
— SoonerNation (@5oonerNation) November 20, 2016
3. Congratulations Florida? You backed into the title of a division that ranks right up there with the American Athletic West. Your prize? You get to be boat raced by Bama; an embarrassment that will make last year’s Citrus Bowl loss to Michigan look like a nail-biter in comparison.
4. Rivalry Week bummer: Outside of Michigan-Ohio State, what’s there to play for? And Michigan won’t have its starting quarterback.
Sure, pride is a motivating factor, but aside from that where are the meaningful games? Even the Iron Bowl game is nothing more than an exhibition. Florida-FSU? Georgia-Georgia Tech? Yawners all.
No, you have to go all the way out west to find a rivalry game that means anything. Washington and Washington State will play for the Pac-12 North title.
Is anyone paying attention to that east of Yellowstone other than the College Football Playoff Committee in Irving?
5. Rotten Egg Bowl: How did the football fortunes in the state of Mississippi sink so low, so fast? It seems like only yesterday that the Bulldogs and Rebels were the talk of the college football world, at or near the top of the national rankings. Now they’re the talk of the SEC for the opposite reason.
Neither team is even bowl eligible heading into Saturday’s Egg Bowl, although Ole Miss could become so with a victory.
Nov 26, Rotten Egg Bowl, can't wait……
— Brian Fuller (@blfdawg) November 20, 2016
6. SEC dominance is officially over: Sure Alabama continues to hold the top spot, but ESPN’s Heather Dinich has four teams from the Big Ten in her projection of what the next College Football Playoff Committee’s top 8 will look like Tuesday.
That includes No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan. So, Heather, do I have this right? Michigan lost last week and remained at No. 3, but after beating Indiana with their second-string quarterback, they drop one spot? Hmmm …
Anyway, Dinich also has Wisconsin at No. 6 and Penn State at No. 7.
Ten of the committee's top 11 teams won this week, with the exception being Louisville. My prediction for the… https://t.co/HtUMD70Ora
— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) November 20, 2016
7. When 9 wins equals double digits: Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy believes that 9 wins equals double digits. He’s counting the controversial 30-27 loss to Central Michigan as a victory, and after the Cowboys improved to 9-2 Saturday with a victory over TCU, he praised his team on a double-digit season.
It appears as though Gundy’s mullet might be sitting a little too tight upon his head.
Gundy on his 9-2 #okstate team: "You don't get to 10 wins very often. Double-digits is a pretty special place to be."
Dude don't quit.
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) November 19, 2016
8. Futility Bowl (make it happen): If by some miracle 5-6 Texas wins another game this season (it has one left, vs. TCU on Friday) and becomes bowl eligible, how do we get the Longhorns together with LSU in a bowl game? Two teams with great running backs but still unable to score points. Special rules: Each drive starts on the opponents’ 25-yard line, just like overtime. Even so, Vegas would probably set the over/under at 27. Make it happen, bowl folks, make it happen.
9. Vandy becomes bowl eligible? With its big 38-17 victory over Ole Miss, Vanderbilt appears to have become bowl eligible. It can still become official with a sixth victory should the Commodores upset Tennessee on Saturday. But even without it, Vanderbilt could still make a bowl game.
A total of 70 teams have the minimum six wins under their belts. But with 40 bowl games, there needs to be 80 eligible teams to fill them. A total of 17 teams have five wins, so it’s possible that they could fill the remaining 10 gaps.
Last season, three teams with five wins made bowl games, and they all won. Vanderbilt sits third in the APR ratings among teams that could finish with five wins, behind both Duke (4-7) and Northwestern (5-6).
10. “Charlie Brown” Guice: Derrius Guice is a very gifted running back. He has filled in admirably for the injured Leonard Fournette. But his leap on the final play of Saturday’s 16-10 loss to Florida in Tiger Stadium was something out of a Peanuts cartoon.
In true Charlie Brown fashion, he not only went the wrong way on the pitch, but at 5-11 Guice’s leap toward the end zone wasn’t even close to reaching paydirt, much like a Charlie Brown slide that comes up woefully short of the base.
And in true Charlie Brown fashion, Guice fumbled the ball.