Oklahoma blogger takes Finebaum tweet of a speculative comment by Colin Cowherd (boy, talk about instant credibility) and runs with it.
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One other interesting call by the conference SIDs…
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Dak Prescott, QB, Miss. State
Runner-up: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
TOP HEISMAN CANDIDATE
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Runner-up: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
… seems like an incongruity, but really isn’t when you think about it. It’s a judgment that Chubb plays for a team that surrounds him with more talent than Prescott enjoys and is perceived to have a greater upside for success this season than does MSU.
With that in mind, voting Chubb second for league MVP is a helluva compliment. So is naming him the best blocking back in the SEC.
And while we’re on the subject of the AL.com/Birmingham News Spring SEC Football Preview, here are the first and second All-SEC teams as voted on by the conference’s SIDs.
They’ve chosen two Georgia players for the first team, Nick Chubb (duh) and Greg Pyke. None of Georgia’s outstanding trio of OLBs received a first-team nod and only one, Jordan Jenkins, made the second team.
I’m not saying I find a huge number of whiffs there – although the selection of Maty Mauk on the second team ought to raise a few eyebrows about either the SIDs’ analytical skills or the sad state of quarterbacking in this season’s SEC – but a few calls there I’m not so sure about.
What do y’all see?
Honestly, if this doesn’t summarize the current state of the SEC, I don’t know what does.
According to voters in the 69th annual AL.com/Birmingham News SEC Preseason Football Report — the league’s 14 football information directors — Auburn and Georgia are the choices to win their respective divisions and meet in the Dec. 5 SEC Championship Game.
Auburn received three first place votes and three second-place finishes from the seven Western Division football information directors to top its division with 33 points, barely edging Alabama, which received three first-place votes, two second-place votes and one third-place finish for 32 points.
Georgia had an easier path in the East, gathering six first-place votes for 36 points. Missouri was second with one first-place vote, four seconds and one fifth for 28 points.
A school’s football information director could not vote for his school in the polls.
Just how good Auburn and Georgia turn out to be will be front and center Nov. 14 when the Tigers host the Dawgs in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
In the overall poll, just to make things interesting, Alabama was voted No. 1. With all 14 football information directors participating, the Crimson Tide received nine first-place votes, three seconds and one third for a total of 164 points.
Auburn, with three firsts, six seconds, two thirds, one fourth and one eighth-place vote, was runner-up with 149 points. Georgia was third with 145 points with its one first-place vote, three seconds, six thirds and three fourths.
In other words, the conference SIDs believe the SEC’s best team won’t make an appearance in the conference championship game. Clear as mud.
These folks aren’t any more certain than we are. What are the odds Saban mocks that a bit at SEC Media Days?
So, based on who’s favored and who’s not, how would those Golden Nugget lines on SEC teams play out? al.com has your answers. (Order based on favored-underdog-toss up.)
- Alabama: 8-0-1
- Georgia: 4-0-2
- LSU: 7-1-1
- Missouri: 5-2
- Auburn: 5-3-1
- Ole Miss: 4-2-1
- Tennessee: 4-2-1
- Arkansas: 4-4
- Texas A&M: 3-5
- South Carolina: 1-5
- Vanderbilt: 0-1
- Kentucky 0-2
- Mississippi State: 0-6
- Florida: 0-7
First impression? Vegas is a lot less worried about this not being the Year of the Quarterback than we are.
You can tell he’s getting his condescension ready for the next ESPN talking head who dares raise the subject, can’t you?
Mike Cunningham posts the first list of revised COA figures for SEC schools I’ve seen. It looks like this:
Here’s the full list for SEC schools, from highest stipend to lowest (figures from school Web sites unless otherwise noted):
Mississippi State: $5,372
South Carolina: $4,151+
Georgia: $3,746 non-state resident, $3,222 resident
Texas A & M: $3,528 non-state resident, $3,000 resident
Kentucky: $ $3,524 non-state resident, $3,256 resident
Florida: $3,330 res/non-res
+ Data from National Center for Educational Statistics
*Does not include transportation costs
Note how dramatically the spread from top to bottom in the conference has shrunk in just a few short months. As Cunningham puts it,
What’s great about this is the conflict between a school’s educational mission (remember that?) and its athletic interests. Schools want to keep the COA figure low to avoid sticker shock for students who must pay and also for budgetary reasons. Football and basketball coaches want it higher so they can offer bigger stipends to recruits.
I know who I’ve got my money on to eventually win that battle.
Let’s just say I doubt we’ve seen the last of these adjustments.