published Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

5-at-10: SEC asked and answered, NFL power poll, who's No. 2

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    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball coach Will Wade.
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Gang, thanks so much to the slew of you who have offered up kind words for the restart of Press Row. We're going to have UTC hoops coach Will Wade today around 4 p.m., so give us a listen from 3-6 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM.

Because of a training session yesterday morning that lasted from 9-noon and the re-debut (is re-debut a word, Spy? If not, well, it should be.) of Press Row we were absent in Monday's comments of the 5-at-10. We will rectify that today.

So, let's do work.

From the "Talks too much" studios, let's pay tribute to the great philosophers of the previous generation, Peaches & Herb, and remember, reunited and it feels so good.

SEC Asked and Answered

We were debating whether to ask what bowls are the league's teams destined for or a proposed 'what if' question that ultimately altered the landscape of each team's season. The we asked, "Why not both?" Why not indeed.

1. Auburn (11-1 overall, 7-1 SEC)

What if... the Tigers had not rallied to beat Mississippi State in the final 10 seconds in September? This question carries metric tons worth of perspective and hypothetical possibilities. The Tigers' biggest strength has been a steely will and an iron belief and several other metal-themed attributes that have been forged by winning close games, and the first step in that process was paramount. Plus, it was the moment that quarterback Nick Marshall started to step into his role and the big-boy shoes of being the starting QB on an SEC title contender.

Projected bowl match-up: vs. Central Florida in the Sugar, Jan. 2

2. Alabama (11-1, 7-1)

What if... Alabama had a reliable kicker the last four years? Well, the dominance that has been the Tide's dynasty would be even more eye-popping. Alabama has lost three games in the last three years. One was to Johnny Football and the magic Heisman ride Texas A&M was on last year. The other two were by single, game-winning scores to LSU in 2011 and Auburn last Saturday, and each included four missed Bama field goals. Even Harvey Updyke can do the math on those.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Clemson in the Orange, Jan. 3

3. Missouri (11-1, 7-1)

What if... Missouri had not imploded in the fourth quarter and overtime against South Carolina? The Tigers' one loss came to the Gamecocks with the following caveats: Mizzou led 17-0 in the fourth quarter; Mizzou QB James Franklin was injured; Mizzou's kicker missed two short field-goal tries, one in the fourth quarter that could have sealed the game and one in the second overtime that could have extended the game. Despite all the talk of Auburn's magic and the THE Ohio State's weak schedule, Missouri has every bit the argument to be in the BCS title game as the other Tigers or the Buckeyes.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Iowa in the Outback, Jan. 1

4. South Carolina (10-2, 6-2)

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    South Carolina's Steve Spurrier takes off his visor as he reacts to a call. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

What if... the Gamecocks had not laid an egg in Knoxville? Man, don't you know that Steve Spurrier is playing and replaying that inexplicable loss over and over in his head. Heck, he may lean up in bed at night, awoken by bad dreams and a cold sweat and scream, "MARQUEZ North." If South Carolina topples UT, Spurrier and the Gamecocks would be getting ready for the SEC title game. Still, the fact that Spurrier has crafted three consecutive 10-win seasons in Columbia only cements his place on the all-time Mount Rushmore of SEC football coaches.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Wisconsin in the Capital One, Jan. 1

5. LSU (9-3, 5-3)

What if... LSU had not lost close to a dozen underclassmen from last year's team, including nine defensive contributors? The Tigers reload with talented pieces year after year, and winning nine games in the toughest conference in the country having to rebuild a defense and replace 15 starters from a year ago is a testament to the program. That beat will continue next year. In fact, one of the splendid highlights lost in the wake of Michigan going for two and Auburn's second November miracle was LSU needing a 99-yard drive to beat Arkansas in regulation with freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings taking over for the injured Zach Mettenberger last Friday. Johnson delivered, meaning yet again LSU will reload, replacing talent with talent.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Baylor in the Cotton, Jan. 3

6. Georgia (8-4, 5-3)

What if... well, Georgia is as flush with 'what ifs' as it is peaches and peanuts, so pick one. OK, here's the biggest: What if Todd Gurley had stayed healthy? Gurley is the best running back in college football and he missed a big chunk of the Clemson loss and all of the Missouri and Vandy losses. Despite all the defensive hiccups and head-scratches, Georgia is a completely different team — a top-10 team — with Gurley on the field. Period.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Michigan in the Gator, Jan. 1

7. Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3)

What if... Johnny Football comes back? Hey, if we're going to play what ifs, let's play. Johnny Football and stud duck receiver Mike Evans, who also is likely to go pro, would be the top tandem in college football — heck, they were for most of this year as it was. That said, Johnny Manziel's return to campus is unlikely, and it makes you wonder about the monster extension Texas A&M gave Kevin Sumlin, considering Sumlin's 18-6 mark in two SEC regular seasons was with the most dynamic player in SEC history on the roster and it netted the Aggies two good but not elite bowl trips.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Duke in the Chick-Fil-A, Dec. 31

8. Vandy (8-4, 4-4)

What if... James Franklin stays and continues to build on a Vandy program that now has won eight games in back-to-back seasons. Franklin appears content in Nashville and the biggest opening on the market has been filled since USC hired Steve Sarkisian. It's impossible to put a direct gauge on the amazing turnaround that Franklin has orchestrated at Vandy, but here's a good place to start: Didn't we all expect Saturday's come-from-behind win over Wake? And if you think about the past two decades of Vandy football, we all expected them to find a way to get close and lose in emotional fashion. Franklin has changed the fabric of the program in three years. Read that again, and know that Butch Jones would be tickled with that timetable.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Marshall in the Liberty, Dec. 31

9. Miss State (6-6, 3-5)

What if... the Bulldogs had made a play on the final drive against Auburn? It was so early in the season for two young teams, that that drive spun each program into spirals of season-long vectors in opposite directions. On the reverse of that, what if the Bulldogs had not answered the bell defensively in the Egg Bowl? Well, a loss in the Egg Bowl would have meant coach Dan Mullen would be on the second-hottest SEC coaching seat this side of Gainesville. The Egg Bowl win, however, means Mullen is now the first MSU coach to reach the postseason in four consecutive years and he now is 4-1 against Ole Miss. From the hot seat to sitting pretty in one overtime.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Houston in the BBVA Compass, Jan. 4

10. Ole MIss (7-5, 3-5)

What if... take your pick with this bunch, good and bad for the Rebels contingent? There's the somewhat surprising wins over Texas and LSU and the disappointing loss to Johnny Football and A&M as Johnny Football did Johnny Football things and the heartbreak that was last week's Egg Bowl. In truth, the Rebels will spend a long while asking what if about the turnover-plagued overtime loss to rival Mississippi State, and right when they stop wondering about the dozen or so way that game could have been different, Mississippi State fans will remind them. Rivalries in college football are great.

Projected bowl matchup: vs. Georgia Tech in the Music City, Dec. 31

11. Florida (4-8, 3-5)

What if... the Gators had drank more milk? Not sure it would have helped, but Mom always said milk made for stronger bones and teeth, and the injury-ravaged Gators were plagued by health concerns every step of the way. And yes, four-win seasons in Gainesville go over like a screaming baby on an airplane, but what team would have been able to survive and thrive with what turned into season-ending injuries for your top two QBs, your best RB, your best receiver, your top two offensive tackles, your best defensive lineman and your best linebacker? So injuries give Will Muschamp a mulligan; but if he does not flip the script to at least eight wins next year, his seat will be nuclear-reactor hot.

12. Tennessee (4-8, 2-6)

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    Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) misses a pass in the end zone as Austin Peay defensive back Montez Carlton (11) and defensive end Malcolm Goines (6) defend at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
    Photo by C. B. Schmelter /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

What if... Marquez North does not make arguably the best catch of the college football season not involving two Georgia safeties and Auburn wide out Ricardo Louis? North's leaping, one-handed snare amid double coverage against South Carolina was the key piece to the game-winning drive in what turned out to be the second-biggest upset in college football this year. (West Virginia over Oklahoma State ranks as more impactful.) And without that upset win in October, year 1 of the Butch Jones era would have been the worst season ever for UT. So, yeah, that catch was pretty large, even for a 5-7 team that will spend the holidays in the weight room.

13. Arkansas (3-9, 0-8)

What if... Jen Bielema had not tweeted out 'Karma' after Wisconsin's tough-luck loss in September, which came of the heels of Arkansas' last win of the season before a nine-game losing streak? In truth, that had zero to do with the Hogs' implosion. Or did it? Karma indeed. We do know this: When you can't top John L. Smith's less than lofty marks from the previous year, well, maybe some mystic forces are at play.

14. Kentucky (2-10, 0-8)

What if... Kentucky got John Calipari to be the football recruiting coordinator? Dude can land major talent, and assemble galaxies of stars. In truth, Mark Stoops and Co. are doing fine on the recruiting trail, but not unlike the bunch in Knoxville, the new talent can't get here quickly enough.

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NFL power poll

Here's the best and worst in the NFL heading into the final quarter of the season:

1) Seattle: The Seahawks manhandled New Orleans on Monday, showing that they are a complete football team and nearly impossible to handle at home. In fact with Russell Wilson at quarterback, the Seahawks are unbeaten in Seattle.

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning smiles following an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

2) Denver: Peyton Manning is on track to rewrite the record books. The book that could carry the most weight, though, is the Farmer's Almanac. Manning's merits this year will be measured how the Broncos fare in the postseason and whether the quarterbacking cosmonaut can handle the moments and the cold in January.

3) New England: Hmmm, a Texans player says he feels like the Patriots were 'spying' on Houston. OK. But maybe, just maybe, the fact that Tom Brady plays for the Patriots and the Texans are in line for the No. 1 overall draft pick may have something to do with the fact that New England rallied to beat Houston. No way, right? Had to be the spying? Where's Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones?

4) New Orleans: Monday's loss at Seattle speaks volumes to the difference between Drew Brees and Co. in the Superdome and outdoors in the elements in a place such as Seattle. And now, being two games and a tiebreaker behind Seattle, the Saints need to worry more about who is in the rearview than who is leading the pack. And in the rearview is...

5) Carolina: The NFL's most complete defense and one of the NFL's biggest game-changing talents have the Panthers looking every bit the part of Super Bowl contender. Plus, the Panthers are very close to the Seahawks in make-up and skill set.

28) Minnesota (projected with the No. 4 overall pick): The Vikings have Adrian Peterson, who passed the 10,000 yard mark this weekend. What would Peterson have accomplished with a QB that forced defenses to respect the pass? Wow.

29) Washington (projected with the No. 5 overall pick, which will go to St. Louis): There are always quick jokes that circulate after tough football moments. Auburn has already made "Hey Nick, got a second?" T-shirts after the Iron Bowl ending. The joke going around Washington right now is that quarterback Robert Griffin III should change his moniker to RG3 and 9 to signify the Redskins' record. And there's a real chance that joke could last all the way to RG 3 and 13.

30) Atlanta (projected with the No. 3 overall pick): The Falcons need to look at Matt Ryan and say, "Matt, the tests have come back and you have a four-week case of the mumps." Or jock itch. Or a four-week hang nail. Pick it and go. The Falcons currently have the No. 3 pick behind two teams starved for a quarterback, meaning the Falcons could get Jadeveon Clowney in this draft. That sounds like a pretty good deal. And Matt, get well soon.

31) Jacksonville (projected with the No. 2 overall pick): The Jags have so many holes it's impossible to see one draft helping. But if they hold on to the No. 1 or 2 pick what would be the odds they roll the dice on Johnny Football? If they draft him he'll be a bust. If they don't he'll be a stud. Ah, the life of being a Jags fan.

32) Houston (projected with the No. 1 overall pick): You have to believe the Matt Schaub era is done in Houston, right? The pick-six series, arguing with the franchise's best all-time player, et al. Houston should look to deal him for a late pick and push their chips in on the QB it feels can be the man.

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Baseball offseason

Two interesting tidbits for Atlanta Braves moved in the last day or so.

First, the Washington Nationals traded for right-hander Doug Fister, who went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA last year. The addition of Fister gives the Nationals the best four-man rotation in the NL, as he replaces Dan Haren and slides into a quartet of Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman and Gio Gonzalez.

Not good.

Now for the scary stuff. A monster part of the Braves' current team is arbitration eligible. That means a monster part of the Braves future could be decided on how the Braves approach resigning several stars that comprise the Atlanta core.

Familiar pitching names like Beachey, Minor, Medlen and Kimbrel are part of that arbitration process this offseason. Familiar hitting names like Freeman, Heyward and Chris Johnson also are arbitration-eligible.

Wow. The future is now because the future is uncertain.

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This and that

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    Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones scores as Florida Marlins past catcher Ronny Paulino on an Omar InInfante single during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 3, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

— Chipper Jones is not exactly letting by-gones be by-gones. After having to throw the first pitch to the Braves mascot in the playoffs last October because his former teammates were miffed Jones picked the Dodgers to win the series (which the Dodgers did), Jones tweeted this over the weekend about Tim Hudson signing with the Giants: "What if Huddy takes the mound for the first time in SF next yr, and no one is there to catch the 'first pitch'? Maybe the mascot? #karma." Here's saying Jen Bielema believes in karma too Chipper.

— Van Halen is back in the studio with David Lee Roth. If/when Van Halen gets back on the road, they may become the all-time kings of certain concerts' six-word dreaded phrase: "Here's something from the new album."

— After his miracle return that stunned the college football world and beat Alabama, Auburn's Chris Davis received a standing ovation in one of his classes on Monday. Heck, we'd get kudos for just going to class when we were at Auburn. Kudos or looks of, "Hey, who's that guy and where's he been this semester?"

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Today's question

Plain and simple — who should be in the BCS title game and why?

Discuss.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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chas9 said...

As of today, The Vols are only slightly ahead of The Cats. Butch's boys got their signature win and garnered more W's than Mark's minions did, but on Saturday the game was a lot closer than the score indicated.

Take a look at the stats. And UK had some fluke critical momentum killers.

UT has more explosive potential (see the long TD in the game's first 30 seconds), but otherwise there's little difference.

The Vols have a better offensive line and better special teams. (Palardy's a weapon. Without him, The Vols win total would've been halved.) Slight UT edge in the secondary. Otherwise, the teams are even.

UT will lose more key players to the NFL and both teams have great classes coming in. I expect both teams to move up next year, and I expect the blue team to catch and maybe pass the orange team in the SEC hierarchy.

Yesterday Patrick opined that Dobbs stepped up and had his best game of the season. That's a low bar, and not much to build on. His stats came against a weak UK pass defense and he tallied fewer yards than the hurting UK QB, who is no great shakes.

And Kentucky rolls out super redshirt Reese Phillips next year.

BiB--I forgot about Schaefer. The price was right. Haven't seen 'Nova play, but their record looks like they're first tier.

December 3, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Its not a simple question because of games still to be played. If FSU and OSU win this weekend, it should be FSU and OSU. If one of the two falters, then the winner of AU and Mizzou should move in as a 12-1 SEC Champ. If both OSU and FSU lose, then the SEC Champ and Alabama most likely would be the matchup. However, if Mizzou wins, how do you justify taking Alabama over Auburn when Auburn just beat them? Oh, the pitfalls of not having a true playoff system.

December 3, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- Enjoyed your "re-start" radio show yesterday !

My question, with all the money coming into the SEC, and this year looks like it is playing out. The new "holy grail" is the 4 team playoff, with so many SEC teams being able to compete with all the money they will have, is their a risk that it will be so hard and maybe even rare for undefeated and even one-loss SEC teams that some years they could get shutout of the 4 team deal ? And sure like you guys have said, they will more than likely go to 8 teams, but for the next 4 years stuck at 4 teams and a lot of good SEC coaches could get fired from fan bases not happy with a 9-3 coach that gets shutout of the 4-team playoff

December 3, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

The Vols went vanilla after going up 27-7. At that point, the Vols had outgained UK 354-206. So to say that UK was closer than the stats indicate is a little misleading. In reality, the stats got closer after the game got out of hand. Vols could have probably put two more touchdowns on UK if they had wanted to.

Big negative feelings in Lexington about this UK team. Everyone said before the year, "As long as they do better than 2-10, then I'll stay behind Stoops," was a common phrase preseason. That didn't happen. The fans barely showed up on Saturday, even though they were virtually giving tickets away (I think there were $10 tickets offered by the university), and then they left early. Yes, he's got a decent recruiting class coming in. Kentucky currently has the #5 class in the SEC per Scout.com, and Tennessee has the #2 class in the SEC. If you look at stars per recruit, Tennessee is #7 in the SEC. Kentucky is #11. Kentucky fans from #11 in the country to #32 in the country when looking at stars per player. Tennessee falls from #2 to #10.I'm concerned that UK has been Stoops-ed. Remember, Arizona did not enjoy their time with a Stoops brother particularly. They were average, but fired him eventually. With the way Kentucky looked this year, I'm a little concerned that he's never been a head coach and isn't quite sure how to do it. I'm hopeful that he will get it turned around for the Cats. I'd like to see it. But I think there has to be more concern now about him.

I'm not sure where the Vols are right now, in terms of fan energy. I think most are OK with 5-7. They are not far from being above where they are. They were semi-close against Florida, and obviously very close against both Georgia and Vanderbilt. Turns out, Auburn and Missouri were a lot better than we thought they were preseason, so the schedule was more difficult. (My computer rankings say that Georgia has played the toughest schedule in the country and the Vols was second toughest.) So as close as they were to 4-8, they were almost as close to 7-5. I'm not sure Dobbs will be the starter next year (Ferguson, perhaps?).

The SEC East is down next year. Opportunity for both Kentucky and Tennessee to move up in the standings, especially if Franklin goes somewhere else.

December 3, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

::from yesterday::

Chase: "Red, White, & Blue" was a staple in the Cook Household from 1982 to 1986-ish I think. I just remember coming home from school and I would be allowed one Coke which was on the second shelf in our garage refrigerator. The Red, White, and Blue was on the bottom shelf.

Max: Unless the Mocs are in the playoffs, nobody and I mean NOBODY cares for the FCS in the post-season. Sorry, that's just the way this town rolls.

Nothing of interest for me today. Carry on folks.

December 3, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Hard to see Kentucky escaping the cellar of the East, even with the East in a state of flux, as long as Franklin still calls Nashville home.

And there is no doubt that Palardy was a weapon. And we are equally excited about the Reese Phillips era — very good kid who will be a good player.

MT —

You bet it's a muddled question with no answer. That's why we asked — to see the range and make you think — and why we asked now. We agree that an unbeaten OSU will face an unbeaten FSU.

But do those teams deserve it?

Jomo —

Thanks for the kind words and for listening.

That's a fair concern, and one we have not given a lot of thought too.

We do think the questions of whether it damages the regular season are real.

Stuck —

The recruiting chase will be interesting and of paramount import for each the Vols and the Cats.

JMC —

We still should have had something in the Sunday paper about the FCS playoffs. That's on us.

As for the cutting-our-teeth 'Co-Cola' we started on Beast Lite and then thought we had moved up to the big time when we started drinking Keystone Light.

Good times.

December 3, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

After careful consideration, re-debut is acceptable.

And nobody can fill 3 hours of air time like you can, 5. Does Paschall get a word in edgewise?

December 3, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

Har-De-Har-Har.

And thanks for the clearance, Clarence.

Giddy-up (and yes Paschall gets plenty o' chances to chat).

December 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
chas9 said...

Stuckey--Thanks for the report from The Bluegrass. Yeah, there were a ton of empty seats. But they have a plan. They're reducing the seating from 67K to 61K. It's a good move, and other schools may follow. Attendance will continue to slip almost everywhere. Maybe not at AU or UA.

The Lady Cats beat #4 Louisville and are now up to #5 in the new rankings. The UK-UT game will be a cat fight. The TFP ran last week's women's poll on page D5.

UConn squeaked out a big win with Shabazz working magic at the buzzer.

December 3, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Will Wade will join us on Press Row at 4 p.m. today on ESPN 105.1 FM. Feel free to swing by and give it a listen -- don't cost nothin'.

December 3, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.
MocTastic said...

Yes, an unbeaten FSU and OSU should play in "THE" game. If you win all your games and are in a major conference, what else can you do? To do otherwise just proves that the BCS system, even though we already know it is, a complete sham to protect the money amongst the BCS conferences and fund the old system where the money goes to the schools and into the pockets at those schools. If they didn't take an unbeaten FSU and OSU then why even say you are playing for a so-called national championship. The concept of calling this a national champion I even call into question. Literally we have a computer professor down here at UAH who has one of the computer polls that is factored into the BCS system. He has never played a day of organized football in his life. So, a computer geek, locked away in his lab, gets to help decide the champion but not two unbeaten teams, ie, FSU and OSU, in this case? Its all a joke.

Div I-A football is the only NCAA sport without a championship won on the field. It is won by getting the vote of a college SID in Sacremento CA and computer professor in the basement of a UAH building. Coaches who are directly involved are allowed to vote, talk about a conflict of interest. Think back a couple years ago when Nick Saban had OK State way down in the final vote to keep them from being voted number 2 and knocking UA out of the "title" game. Definite conflict of interest. Even other SEC coaches who get to vote is a conflict of interest. It is in their interest to vote other SEC teams high to bring in more bowl money and more tv exposure which raises the recruiting of all SEC schools.

Play the darn games on the field, win it on a field of play. A full 16 team playoff is the only way to have a "legitimate" champion. Until then, its all a joke, an expensive money making joke though.

December 3, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

MT - I agree, except in the number of teams. Take the top 10 only - the top 2 get a bye. Everyone plays a 10 game schedule 8 or 9 conference games and 1 homecoming patsy. Lock in 3 sets of voters, college football sportswriters, current and ex-coaches, and one computer guru in a basement. All has to be transparent every week. The computer guru has to publish the formula. Tah dah playoff and creditability. Rotate coaches every 2-3 years, and maybe writers too.

December 3, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

Pushed the send button too soon... I know there will be backlash on the reduced games, but schedule the playoffs regionally a la NCAA BB. Conference champs automatic bid from Big 5 or 6 conferences. Then 4 or 5 at large. Maintain the lessor bowls for the next 640 teams that didn't make it.

December 3, 2013 at 3:35 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

VanHalen was much better with Sammy Haggar...one of the most under-rated Rock-n-Roll singers of all time. That statement may lead to a Rushmore on a slow day...

Uh oh...guess what day tomorrow is?

Billy-In-Brainerd

December 3, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
MocTastic said...

McPell3 I love the concept of transparency. I wish they would televise the selection committee for the Big Dance in March and also what happens behind closed doors for the BCS. Would get huge ratings and makes lots of money. But we know why, the behind the scenes dealing would be shown and people would be outraged.

ALso, I go with 16 so as to let all the 10 conference champs in plus six at large teams. I really believe all conference champs deserve a shot, for example NIU this year or Boise St in the past, who probably would not get a bid with only 10 teams.

December 3, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.
Maximus said...

JonMCook I guess Chatt is content with playing 5th fiddle to Knoxville, the Boro, Memphis and Knoxville. By the way, Butch Jones has good intentions but with that $5.00 haircut and brick by brick script he has no chance of providing what UT needs desperately, speed recruits from outside the state of TN. Chatt should be all in for Mocs football, build an indoor practice facility, new retractable dome stadium and become the next Boise State. But no.......Go Lady Vols! The closest TN will get to an SEC Championship over the next 20 years. Sad state of affairs but paying three football coaches right now has taken Rocky Top to the low status of getting beat by Vandy in the 4th. quarter. General Neyland wants his name taken OFF the stadium. Lol!

December 3, 2013 at 10:34 p.m.
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