SDS Roundtable: What are your 3 most memorable postseason moments involving SEC teams?
Each SDS roundtable discussion involves the SDS staff providing individual answers and comments to questions covering a wide range of sports and non-sports topics. In this discussion, we ask the question: What are your 3 most memorable postseason moments involving SEC teams?
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- Who is your favorite SEC football player of all-time?
Jon Cooper, SDS co-founder
1. The missed pop-up seen ’round the baseball world: Arkansas was catching all the breaks against Oregon State in the 2018 College World Series. Then, the 9th inning happened. A pop-up was misplayed by 3 Arkansas defenders, most notably Carson Shaddy. Shaddy overran the ball, and no one else called it, leaving the ball to drop in foul play and giving Oregon State new life. As history tells us, Oregon State went on to win the College World Series in remarkable fashion. I’ll never forget that foul ball, and unfortunately Shaddy never will, either. I bet he replays this over in his mind weekly.
2. The Wright Hit: During the 2008 BCS National Championship, Florida safety Major Wright set the tone on the opening series. Wright absolutely destroyed Oklahoma receiver Manny Johnson on a ball down the sideline from quarterback Sam Bradford. Wright was one of those players who wanted to knock your tooth fillings out. Johnson is still trying to find his. Florida went on to win 24-14 led by Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and others. However, that Wright hit, is one of the most memorable highlights.
3. Brent Musburger/Katherine Webb: Alabama absolutely destroyed Notre Dame, leaving Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit little to discuss. Musburger, however, went on a tangent about Katherine Webb, AJ McCarron’s then-girlfriend, that will always be remembered. This was the rise of social media and sports phase, and McCarron was flabbergasted following the game seemingly unaware that his girlfriend had gone viral, thanks to Musburger.
Kevin Duffey, SDS co-founder
1. This is easily the 2006 national championship game where Florida blew out Ohio State. As a Florida fan, we were told endlessly that we didn’t have a chance against Ohio State and the Heisman winning quarterback Troy Smith. There’s nothing like winning the biggest game on the biggest stage when you’re a double-digit underdog. That night was pure joy, and the peak moment was when Earl Everett sacked Troy Smith with no helmet.
2. Florida’s first basketball title in 2006 was probably equally as fun. Noah, Brewer, Horford and the rest of those boys tore through the NCAA tournament with a fury. The championship against UCLA was incredible, but honestly the entire tournament run was something to behold.
3. The 2012 Alabama vs. Georgia SEC Championship game, to me, is still one of the best postseason games I’ve seen. There was just such tremendous talent on the field. There was pressure for Richt to win, and he almost pulled it off. I didn’t have a dog in the fight, but I was on the edge of my seat that entire game.
Connor O’Gara, Senior national columnist
1. Florida basketball wins 2007 national championship for repeat. I fell in love with that team after watching them in the 2006 SEC Tournament the year before. When the brackets came out on Selection Sunday that year, I had the 3-seed Gators cutting down the nets. As someone who admittedly didn’t have a true college team at the time, that Florida squad became that for me. I jumped on the bandwagon at the perfect time. I had countless people in my bracket pool telling me how foolish I was for that, and I dunked on every last one of them when the Gators took down UCLA. So obviously, I was fully on board in 2006-07 when all of those dudes came back to school. Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer and the rest of that team were so easy to root for because of how unselfish they were. Watching them get through the grind of a title defense to ultimately cut down the nets again was so unique in the 21st century.
2. Jalen Hurts’ comeback in the 2018 SEC Championship Game. Yeah, I’m gonna count this in the postseason category because it was essentially a Playoff quarterfinal. And no, I wasn’t rooting for Alabama or Georgia. But how it played out was incredible. Being surrounded by Georgia fans and watching Chris Marler, a diehard Alabama fan, go through the ups and downs of that day was entertaining enough. The fact that we saw that Hollywood script with Jalen Hurts play out made it one of the most epic games I’ve ever witnessed.
3. LSU decimates Oklahoma in 2019 Peach Bowl. Recency bias? Perhaps. But getting to witness that beatdown was special. Why? LSU looked more dominant than any team I’ve ever seen a team look against another Power 5 team. It was a video game. I truly believe Joe Burrow could have had 12 touchdown passes had he been allowed to stay in and keep throwing. Justin Jefferson probably could have had 8 touchdown grabs, too. It felt like we were watching something historical, and as it turned out, we were. It was LSU’s year. Getting to see that LSU team at its absolute best was something that I’ll tell my future grandkids about.
Chris Marler, The SDS Podcast co-host
1. 2nd & 26. As a lifelong Bama fan who grew up in Georgia, that was a special night, and the first national championship game I went to in person. It was also the first college football game my fiance and I went to together. At halftime, I told her if Bama doesn’t score in the first 2 possessions we are going home because this one is over. She called me an idiot. We were both right.
2. The 2018 Rose Bowl. One of the single greatest games I’ve ever seen. What an incredible season for UGA fans. Taking over South Bend in September, a No. 1 ranking in Year 2 under Kirby, an SEC title, and then beating the Heisman trophy winner in Pasadena. I’ve watched that Sony Michel run hundreds of times and it still gives me goosebumps just typing this sentence about it.
3. I have a tie. We should have done Top 20 because there are so many more to list. UF beating Ohio State like a drum in 2006. Notre Dame getting waxed in 2012. So, I’ll just say my last one is a tie between the 2018 SECCG and the 2019 LSU national championship. The 2018 SECCG was special. I honestly hurt for my UGA friends after that because it was heartbreaking to lose that way, but watching Nick Saban cry over Jalen Hurts and what he meant to that team was awesome. The other was the 2019 LSU national championship. Honestly, the whole season was so much fun to follow, as we went to Baton Rouge for the Auburn game, the SECCG vs UGA, and got to be on the field for the Peach Bowl all for “work.” Joe Burrow. Coach O. It was amazing to see how much the state of Louisiana meant to them, and how much they meant to the state of Louisiana.
Michael Bratton, News editor
1. The entire 2018 Rose Bowl. What a game that was between Georgia and Oklahoma. The overtime thriller was one of the best games in recent college football history and featured 2 rosters loaded with future NFL talent.
I used to live near the Rose Bowl and for SEC fans who have never made the trip, it lives up to the hype. It’s always great to see an SEC fan base get to experience the venue.
2. Tennessee’s onside kick against Indiana in the Gator Bowl. If that’s the last Tennessee game we get for the foreseeable future, you can’t ask for much more drama than we had in that game. That game summed up the Vols’ 2019 season in a nutshell.
3. Jadeveon Clowney’s hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith. At first glance, I thought Clowney decapitated that man. Not only did he force a fumble on the play but he recovered the ball, too.x
Adam Spencer, Newsletter editor
1. I loved everything about the LSU postseason run this past season. To see Joe Burrow take such a big step forward and to watch Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. turn into the most dynamic offense in college football history was incredible. Battling past Georgia in the SEC title game, blowing out Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl and taking down Clemson in the title game was one of the best postseason runs ever. Getting to cover the 2019 LSU season was special.
2. Watching Kentucky cruise to the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball title was something special. That year, the Wildcats had Anthony Davis, who was unstoppable. The Wildcats only had 1 loss during the regular season, and that was at Indiana by 1 point. People might not remember this, but Kentucky actually lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament title game in 2012. However, Davis and his teammates — who included Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones and others — cruised through the NCAA Tournament bracket. Plus, they took down Kansas in the title game, which is always a positive in my book.
3. Here’s where I remind everyone that Mizzou won the SEC East in 2013 and 2014. And hey, that 2013 SEC Championship Game between Mizzou and Auburn was one for the ages. Yes, my Tigers lost, but the 59-42 scoreline provided plenty of excitement. Dorial Green-Beckham (before most of his legal issues) was absolutely unguardable, catching 6 passes for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns. Auburn RB Tre Mason ran for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns in one of the most dominant performances a running back has ever had. It was the highest-scoring SEC title game ever and was a ton of fun to watch (until it was clear Mizzou was going to lose, anyway).
Chris Wright, Executive editor
I’m a little surprised Bratton didn’t mention Peerless Price’s title-sealing TD against FSU to win the 1998 BCS national championship … As for my 3:
1. Warren Morris’ walk-off home run to win the 1996 College World Series. Morris hadn’t homered that season — partly because he missed most of the season with a broken bone in his hand. But his 2-run, 2-out home run in the bottom of the 9th lifted LSU to a 9-8 win over Miami and its 3rd CWS title in 6 years under Skip Bertman.
The legend of Warren Morris!
There are some AWESOME games available to watch in their entirety on YouTube.
The LSU/Miami 1996 College World Series final is right up there.
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) March 19, 2020
2. Deshaun Watson driving Clemson 68 yards in the final 2 minutes to beat Alabama in the 2016 national title game. I predicted Clemson would win (by 3) and how: “If Watson is as good as I think he is, he’ll find a way,” I wrote.
He did. Watching him do his thing to Alabama for the 2nd consecutive year and cap his career with a walk-off TD pass with 1 second left was something I’ll never forget.
3. The Gators hanging 52 on Bobby Bowden to win the 1996 national championship. FSU still was relatively new to the ACC and curb-stomping everybody. They were 39-1 against ACC teams. It was a joke. Back then, I didn’t know much about the Gators beyond Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel, but it sure was a lot of fun watching the Noles end up on the other side of a 52-20 beatdown.