Wrapping up the working week with some tasty stuff -
- Self-promotion time: Clark at The ACC & SEC Blog was nice enough to invite me to come bloviate all over his place with a Q & A preview of Georgia. Feel free to mock.
- Sagarin’s 2009 preseason rankings are out. Three SEC teams are in the top ten – but none are in first and ‘Bama ain’t one of them, either. Georgia, however, checks in a number seven. Wow. (That’s higher than where he ranked UGA last year.) Also, if I understand his methodology, he’s got Georgia +3.5 minus 3.5 in the opener against Oklahoma State.
- And speaking of the Cowboys (since the Cowboys aren’t speaking for themselves these days), The Quad shares its analysis of #15 OSU with us today. Everyone tends to focus, understandably, on the Okie State offense, but make sure you read Paul Myerberg’s take on the defense. Lots of good stuff – and he also predicts Georgia wins the game.
- No sir, Phil Fulmer’s not bitter about being replaced by Lane Kiffin. Not one bit.
- I don’t get this. Sure, blame the media if you like, but it still doesn’t explain why Saban seems more contemptuous of the folks covering his team than most of his peers. Is there something particularly shoddy about the Alabama football media?
- MaconDawg interviewing David Hale is as entertaining as you might expect. Good job, fellas.
- Here’s another SEC position rankings that I just don’t get.
- And The Valley Shook runs its SEC quarterback analysis for the past three seasons. Check out Stafford’s steady progress. Mike Bobo must be doing something right.
- Let’s finish with a great recruiting story:
In 2007, Penn State coach Joe Paterno watched on TV as Drew Astorino hit the game-winner for Edinboro (Pa.) General McLane High in the Class AAA state hoop final. A few months before, Astorino scored the winning touchdown in the AAA football final. Astorino, who doesn’t run a 4.3, had one offer (Kent State) before Paterno called. Astorino “made plays in the clutch, so we took him,” Paterno told the Philadelphia Daily News. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound redshirt sophomore is starting at free safety. That’s recruiting, old-school.