Daily Archives: June 15, 2008

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(h/t The Agitator)

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Filed under Science Marches Onward

Tough neighborhood.

Just to give you an idea of how competitive the SEC was last year, I took a look at a stat that Steele tracks in his conference summaries – net yards per game in conference play.  As you can guess, typically there’s a correlation between conference records and that statistic in that teams with winning records tend to have positive net yardage numbers (although Tennessee proved the exception to that in ’07, finishing tied for first in the East despite having the fourth worst mark in net ypg).

And as a general rule of thumb, every conference has an elite team or teams that will exceed +100 net ypg (the ’05 Southern Cal team was an incredible +274.5 in net conference ypg) and bad teams that do worse than -100 ypg.

How general a rule is it?  Well, Steele tracks the stat for every BCS conference in 2005, 2006 and 2007.  The only exception to the rule in that period was last year’s SEC, where the best mark was turned in by national champ LSU (+81.0 net ypg) and the worst number was turned in by 8-5 Mississippi State (-73.4 net ypg).

Georgia, which went 6-2 in the SEC last year and finished #2 in the AP, was fifth in conference net ypg.  That’s competitive.

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Filed under Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, SEC Football

Nothing about baseball here.

Rollin’ and tumblin’ around the college football blogosphere this morning, there’s this:

  • The Birmingham News looks at the twenty biggest rivalries (using the term broadly) in SEC athletic history. Georgia makes #2 and #5.
  • More financial “woe is us” athletic department stories here and here.
  • Loser With Socks has the fark of the day.
  • The Quad brings us its preseason analysis of #75 Kentucky, for which it sees a 6-6 season being most likely for the ‘Cats. The “this can’t be good” moment comes with this observation: Unlike last year, the Wildcat’s strength may be defense…

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Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football