Daily Archives: December 13, 2007

What happens if both sides are the Dark Side?

If you ask me, this is a borderline case for DFACS.

(h/t The Wizard of Odds)

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More unappealing BCS news

From the Honolulu Advertiser

Tickets for the Sugar Bowl matching Hawai’i against Georgia are among the most coveted of this year’s bowl game tickets and are selling online at an average price approaching last season’s Sugar Bowl between Louisiana State and Notre Dame.

(h/t The Wizard of Odds)

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Song and dance

Shorter Spencer Tillman:  musicals can provide valuable insight as to why certain coaches are assholes.

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They’ll always have Appy State.

Wendell Barnhouse, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, is one of the better college football writers out there.  Today he has an article up that’s a Q&A job he did with a bunch of players that were at the ESPN College Football Awards show.  It’s a good read; those kids are more thoughtful and aware than people may want to give them credit for in many cases.

My favorite part is the last section.  If there’s one theme to this year of college football, it has to be “any given Saturday”.

What was the one game or happening about the 2007 season that was the most surprising?

Glenn Dorsey, LSU defensive tackle: “All the upsets, the ups and downs of the season. There isn’t a dominant team in college football and talent is spread out. You get an underdog team that’s capable, that’s got some players, they can come up and beat you. It’s been a great year for college football.”

Jake Long: “Appalachian State beating us. That stands out. We didn’t see that coming, we didn’t see our season starting that way. That was definitely the shocker for me.”

Chris Long: “The curse of being No. 2 and losing (editor’s note: The No. 2 team lost six times this season). I couldn’t believe how it kept happening right through the final week of the season with West Virginia losing at home to Pitt.”

Cason: “The Oregon game. On the national stage, I got my shot and took advantage of it.” (Cason had a punt return for a touchdown and interception return for a touchdown in Arizona’s 34-24 upset of the second-ranked Ducks.)

McFadden: “Opening week, Michigan losing to Appalachian State. When that happened, I guess it was just foreshadowing what was to come.”

Nelson: “All the top teams losing and I loved it. The parity in college football is great. And a lot of the upsets were pulled off by the road team. That’s what was really surprising.”

Tim Tebow, Florida quarterback: “Starting off the year, Appalachian State beating Michigan. But it kept happening, all the way to the end of the year, Pitt beating West Virginia. Start to finish, that was college football this year.”

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Loocee, you got some ‘splaining to do.

It’s been interesting to see the disconnect between the season that Georgia has had – 5th in the country, per the BCS – and the evaluation of its talent, as we’ve seen in various all-SEC teams lately.

And now CFN has released its list of the top 30 players regardless of position in the SEC.  Georgia has one player on the list, Moreno at #11.   The only team with a poorer showing is Mississippi State.

Now I will say that any list that ranks Percy Harvin as only the 30th best player in the conference is suspect – does anybody that watched a lot of SEC ball this year honestly think that Jonathan Hefney had a better year than Harvin? – but still, to find that little elite talent on a team that has the second best record in the conference is strange.  LSU, for example, has seven of the top 30.

So which is it here?  Does Georgia simply boast that much more depth than any other school in the conference – there are seven schools with more than one player on CFN’s list that have worse records than Georgia -  or is the Georgia coaching staff doing that much more with its resources than everyone else in the conference?

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