I think the SEC only gets one team in at the end of the process. They're deep, but the closest thing to an elite team they have is Alabama, and Sims is no AJ McCarron.
Which wasn't that great to begin with.
At any rate, our best case scenario is Alabama and Mississippi State both lose their rivalry games, which would pretty much lock us in (assuming we take care of business). TCU looked beatable yesterday by a very, very bad Kansas team playing with an interim head coach. Baylor has not impressed me much, but their schedule is softer than Charmin. I think Oregon wins out, but they do tend to lose one or two they shouldn't every year (and they already have the one with Arizona at home).
Look at 40s for most high school prospects who eventually make it to the NFL, they're usually timed a bit slower coming out of high school (even skill position guys). 5.69 for a lineman is nothing to worry about, 10 yard splits are more important, and he's a collegiate weight program away from 5.2-5.3.
And to sell it out the week after they scored six points against Northwestern, bless their hearts!
Absolutely. In the computer age, we'd be completely screwed, but with a committee that wants to see the four best teams at the end of the year, I don't think the Week 2 loss with a first year starting quarterback completely screws us if we roll over Michigan State and Nebraska/Wisconsin with ease at year's end.
We need a lot of help (including the Pac 12 beating up on itself, which is looks primed to do this year, and a couple of Ess-Eee-Cee teams looking like the crapola they truly are), but it could happen.