Since LSU beat my beloved Buckeyes in the n'ship the 07 season, their record has been 8-5, 10-3, 10-3, 12-1 (smashed by Bama in n'ship), 11-2, 9-4, 8-5. Averaging over 3 losses a season in that time period, to me, doesn't spell "elite". And Georgia's record is even worse; over the past 5 seasons: 10-3, 8-5, 11-2, 9-4 (loss to MSU in Outback Bowl), 6-7. That's not even "good", really it's average. I'm not knocking the SEC. Anyone with any kind of reason about them would say the SEC is still the best conference. However, it's not like the SEC is #1 conference and the other 4 conferences are 5a, b, c, and d. The gap is closing between ALL the conferences. I love the playoff system so much because now you have to play your way in instead of just automatically qualifying because of past accomplishments. With the playoff, it's either put up or shut up.
I'm not basing my thoughts on a SINGLE year's play. Looking back at the past SEC nat'l champs you have Bama, Auburn, Florida, & LSU (I'm not leaving out any am I?) Of course Bama is still an elite team -- nobody's questioning that. You seem like a reasonable person (guy/girl?), you mean to tell me that you'd realistically/honestly say that LSU and Florida are still elite teams JUST because they won a c'ship within the last decade? Auburn, for me, is on the fence; they won a c'ship in 2011 and got back to the big game 3 years later. Besides Bama and Auburn, who out of the SEC has PROVEN that they should be endowed with "elite" status?
C5, I upvoted you for having a well thought out and respectful opinion, however, I disagree with your sentiments. You mention these SEC teams are elite because of the 10 year record of said teams. How many players from these 4 nat'l champ teams are still playing for those teams? In short, none. You can't base current status off of PAST success. In the here and now, as last year proved, there aren't a PILE of elite teams in the SEC anymore (if there ever really were), and over the last few years, MSU has proven they are more that just "good". What makes them NOT elite. The only way to really prove what a team's worth is to play OTHER teams, and we see what happened when the "elite" teams out of the SEC played teams outside of their conference when it mattered.
I picked Bama in this scenario, not because I think the Tide is the worst team out of this 5, but I do think that they have the least chance to go undefeated with the schedule that they have. With Wiskey, Miss State, Auburn, LSU, and Georgia on their schedule, I just think they have a better chance of dropping a game than the other 4 teams. If those other teams remain undefeated, I think those will be the 4 in. I am on the fence about Oregon though. I think Sparty will give them a run for their money. Sparty had the game in hand going into the 4th before Oregon turned it on, and they lost their Heisman winning QB. On the flip side, Sparty lost a lot of talent as well - both on offense and defense. The teams I feel strongest about going into the CFB are
my our Buckeyes and TCU. I can make a case against all of the other 3.
In college, all pass interference calls result in a 15 yard penalty. In the NFL, however, pass interference calls result in the ball being placed at the spot of the foul or a 15 yard penalty, whichever is greater. If the interference takes place in the endzone in the NFL as it did at the end of the Sugar Bowl, THEN it would be placed at the 1 yard line.
And by the way, I was ABSOLUTELY wrong in my prediction of us not winning a game out of this series after Kyrie went down -- pleasantly wrong!
No down vote here -- I respect your opinion. I'm from Cleveland as well; when Lebron left years ago, I was like piss on him.......because I'm a CLEVELAND fan -- not a LeBron fan! He came back, so, once again, I like LeBron. Anyone who is STILL upset that Lebron left, AFTER giving it his all for several years, needs to let go of that. Without LeBron we were garbage, with him we are championship contenders. If he leaves again -- so be it. I'll still be a Cavaliers fan, with or without him. But......as long as he's wearing that wine and gold, I'll cheer for him as loud as I can.
So, 60,000 in attendance for the Stones concert. How many are they estimating for the Country Superfest later in the month?
Mr. Birm, I see that you have nothing but great things to say about Tavien Feaster; would YOU rate him or any of the other running backs higher than Walker as of right now?
BAMAMIKE, good to meet you. I live here in Dothan, Al. I hear all the talking heads giving Auburn all this love, some having them making it to the 4 team playoff spot; why are they getting so much love?! Even the guys around me that are diehard Auburn fans (not fanatics like Tammy from Finebaum) don't see it. What am I missing? Have you heard anything? Also, what part of Bama are you in?
"The results are in. Tyvis, when it comes to 21 year old Cardale, you are...........NOT the father!!"
Maury Povich takes up half of my dvr space!!
I've been living down here in Southeast Alabama and the only circus that comes to town is the Cole Bros. Circus. I've never been. When we used to live in Cleveland, the Ringling Bro. used to come. That was over 20 years ago. Do they still make their way around Northeast Ohio these days?
Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, even Good Will Hunting, almost ANYTHING with Robin Williams was fire. He was a BOSS!! Hate that he's gone.