A few articles from the big boys, as the college football season is now less than 100 days away:
- Dienhart gets around to rating the SEC schedules here. No big surprises, really, as he lists Georgia with the toughest and Arkansas with the easiest. One little point of interest: Georgia and Tennessee each play nine teams that were in bowl games in 2006.
- The Worldwide Leader turns its eye to the SEC, as well. Schlabach breaks down the conference team by team, with a pretty good analysis of where the pluses and minuses are right now. But the Maisel/Schlabach “Three things I’d like to see” feature is bland, at best. Although we do get our first hint of how the WLOCP will be promoted by the media if Stafford gets off to a good start next year:
Who is the better quarterback two years from now — Georgia’s Matthew Stafford or Florida’s Tim Tebow? Tebow has a better supporting cast of receivers, but Stafford has a stronger arm and more experience in the SEC. Both players seem destined for greatness, but Stafford would go a long way in legitimizing his hype by beating the Gators on Oct. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla.
- CFN’s Pete Fiutak throws out his (admittedly) very early BCS projections. Michigan and Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl is pretty bizarre looking. And yes, Southern Cal vs. LSU for the MNC is a safe pick on paper, but I’m predicting now it won’t come to pass.