Okay, now it’s our turn to go nuts over a Phil Steele prediction. Stick around to the end of this one:
Believe it or not, Phil Steele is writing that about Spurrier’s current program.
And he is really high on the Gamecocks.
… SC is a legit SEC contender and even made my list of Surprise Teams (Darkhorse National Title contender, pg 20).
You can hear the chest beating from the Carolina fan base already, can’t you?
Here’s my favorite tidbit:
… SC had only allowed one off TD to UGA in ‘07 and ‘08 before allowing 4 in LY’s 41-37 shootout loss. SC is 5-13 vs UGA since joining the SEC (‘92) incl 1-7 since 2002.
I loves me some trend.
Some of you no doubt don’t want to hear about it, but Marc Weiszer has some details from the new contract being ironed out between Florida, Georgia and the City of Jacksonville:
• Jacksonville will pay Georgia up to $300,000 in 2010, $330,000 in 2011 and $363,000 in 2012 and 10 percent more each year of the contract to charter three 50-seat passenger jets to transport the football team, coaches, administration personnel and other official traveling party members from Athens to Georgia’s chosen destination (St. Augustine) and back.
That’s on top of the $50,000 that each school will get to offset travel expenses, which include hotel costs and meals.
• The City of Jacksonville would have a “right of first negotiation,” under which the schools can negotiate with one another for an extension to play in Jacksonville beyond 2016. The schools are allowed to negotiate starting 10 days after the 2014 game through June 15, 2015. After the June date, the schools can negotiate with other cities to hold the game. Atlanta has been a suitor to land the game on a rotating basis.
As previously reported, control of the marketing assets to the game would go to the two schools instead of being split three ways with Jacksonville. The deal also will ensure that the Duval County Agricultural Fair near the stadium won’t be held at the same time as the game to avoid additional traffic.
And for Atlanta to get into the conversation, here’s the key threshold it’s going to have to cross:
… Georgia nets about $1.6 million annually for the Florida game compared to $2.8 million for a home game that is rotated home and away with SEC opponents.
Now if they could just write something into the contract about the weather…
UPDATE: Tim Tucker reports on another interesting provision in the contract.
Georgia and Florida would have expanded opportunities to market their annual football game, including the right to sell the name of the game to a corporate sponsor, under terms of a contract still being hammered out with the city of Jacksonville.
I’m ready to pass the hat right now, so that we can officially name the sucker the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Who’s with me?
Make sure you read Patrick Garbin’s post about one of my favorite games of the Georgia-Florida series. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
If you haven’t seen Phil Steele’s preseason All-SEC teams (he sets up four), here they are:
A few choice observations, by position:
And some team observations:
So, your thoughts?
Sample the wares, friends.