SEC conventional wisdom, GTP style

I thought I’d take one last look back at the past season for the conference, with a “before, during and after” perspective. The one liners are generally from my point of view, but filtered through a loose consensus of what I picked up from the blogosphere, the media and conversations with other football fans.

SEC EAST

Florida

  • Preseason: Good team, brutal schedule.
  • Midseason: These guys can play some frickin’ defense.
  • End of season: SEC rools, bay-bee! Meyer can coach.

Georgia

  • Preseason: Who’s gonna play quarterback?
  • Midseason: You lost to Vandy? At home?
  • End of season: Nice finish, but you lost to Vandy. At home.

Kentucky

  • Preseason: Might not suck as much as usual.
  • Midseason: Aren’t sucking as much as usual. Good QB.
  • End of season: Didn’t suck as much as usual. Good QB.

South Carolina

  • Preseason: Ignore last season’s record. Spurrier’s a genius.
  • Midseason: Ignore this season’s record. Spurrier’s a genius.
  • End of season: This team may be a pain in the ass to play in ’07. Spurrier’s a genius.

Tennessee

  • Preseason: These guys can’t be any worse than they were last year, can they?
  • Midseason: David Cutcliffe was what the doctor ordered. Stud wide receivers, too.
  • End of season: If you can’t run, you can’t hide.

Vanderbilt

  • Preseason: How good was Jay Cutler?
  • Midseason: Pretty damned good.
  • End of season: They’ll always have Athens.

SEC WEST

Alabama

  • Preseason: Joke of a schedule + questionable head coach = 8 wins.
  • Midseason: Shula gets croomed.
  • End of season: Mike who?

Arkansas

  • Preseason: McFadden’s a freak; Nutt can’t coach.
  • Midseason: McFadden’s a freak; maybe Nutt can coach a little.
  • End of season: McFadden’s a freak; Nutt can’t coach.

Auburn

  • Preseason: Tubby gets ready to play the ‘respect’ card.
  • Midseason: After Florida, still holding that card.
  • End of season: Never mind.

LSU

  • Preseason: Absolutely loaded. Decent chance to go undefeated.
  • Midseason: How did these guys lose two games?
  • End of season: Destined to be the SEC’s version of “Groundhog Day“.

Mississippi

  • Preseason: At least their women are smokin’.
  • Midseason: At least their women are smokin’.
  • End of season: At least their women are smokin’.

Mississippi State

  • Preseason: The football equivalent of a ’73 Chevy Nova.
  • Midseason: With a bad transmission.
  • End of season: At least ‘Bama was driving a Yugo this year.
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