Category Archives: SEC Football

USA TODAY’s 2022 Preseason All-SEC team

Is here.

Georgia has three players on offense:

Quarterback: Bryce Young, Alabama

Running back: Tank Bigsby, Auburn

Running back: Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky

Wide receiver: Kayshon Boutte, LSU

Wide receiver: Cedric Tillman, Tennessee

Tight end: Brock Bowers, Georgia

Offensive line: Nick Broeker, Ole Miss

Offensive line: Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama

Offensive line: Broderick Jones, Georgia

Offensive line: Darnell Wright, Tennessee

Offensive line: Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, Georgia

Placekicker: Harrison Mevis, Missouri

All-purpose: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama

And three on defense:

Defensive line: Jalen Carter, Georgia

Defensive line: Brenton Cox Jr., Florida

Defensive line: Byron Young, Tennessee

Defensive line: BJ Ojulari, LSU

Linebacker: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama*

Linebacker (tie): Derick Hall, Auburn

Linebacker (tie): Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama

Linebacker (tie): Nolan Smith, Georgia

Defensive back: Jordan Battle, Alabama

Defensive back: Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

Defensive back: Kelee Ringo, Georgia

Defensive back: Cam Smith, South Carolina

Punter: Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M

Can’t help but wonder what the thinking was on Brenton Cox, though.

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And then there were four

Welcome to the It Just Means More Conference, boys.

When the Southeastern Conference took its football media days event to Atlanta for the first time in 2018, Alabama coach Nick Saban had guided the Crimson Tide to five national championships, Georgia’s Kirby Smart was coming off the 2017 league title, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops was continuing to build a respected program, and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher was entering his rookie season with the Aggies.

Those are the only four coaches still at their respective locales as the SEC returns to Atlanta this week for a second occasion, with the likes of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Florida’s Dan Mullen and LSU’s Ed Orgeron having been unable to maintain their jobs since the last go-around.

That’s some impressive turnover.  Maybe if all those fired coaches had valued education more, they’d have stuck around longer.

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Today, in gappin’

The top four spots on USA Today’s top 10 SEC players list are occupied by two from Alabama and two from Georgia.

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It’s hip to be square.

There’s a fine line between “it just means more” and trying too hard…

… and the Southeastern Conference managed to blow right past it yesterday.

My guess is some bright young media person is out of a job today.

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Slammin’ before halftime

Matt is back with his first half point differential metric.  Here’s how the 2021 SEC regular season played out:

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The 2021 SEC standings.

1HPD in SEC play (title game excluded).

Georgia was on pace to be one of the best SEC champions of all-time until their lackluster performance in the SEC Championship Game. I’m sure most Georgia fans will take the end result though. Meanwhile, despite winning the SEC in back-to-back years, Alabama showed some vulnerability as evidenced by their relatively low first half differential. Is this a temporary setback (they did play for the national title after all) or a sign that Saban’s stranglehold on the sport is slipping ever so slightly?

I’m gonna say nah to that.  But it does give credence to the idea that Alabama had to keep their offensive foot on the gas a lot longer than Georgia did, which explains some of the statistical differences in the two teams’ passing attacks.

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“So, despite all those great names, the pick here is easy.”

Classic “other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?” vibes from Brandon Marcello here:

Alabama’s Bryce Young is the SEC’s best quarterback with the game on the line…

Yes, Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett hoisted the national championship trophy with a win against Alabama (and was tremendous in the College Football Playoff with five touchdowns and zero turnovers), but Bryce Young lifted the Heisman as the top player in the country for his consistent, week-to-week performances and late-game heroics– and if his that’s not enough to be trusted in the final moments of the game, go ahead and take a chance on the other QBs in the SEC who have never faced such high-pressure moments and delivered under a time crunch.

I will give him credit for not mentioning Metchie and Williams, though.

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Greg, it’s your problem now.

I only hope once the media gets done thoroughly chewing over expansion at SEC Media Days it can turn to the next burning question the conference will soon face.

Big 12 director of officials Greg Burks pleaded directly with Oklahomans on Thursday with the final comments of his annual presentation on rules changes when he was finally asked the question he’d been anticipating all morning.

Is the Horns Down issue a dead issue?” asked Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman in the final question to Burks during his discussion on college football rule changes at Big 12 Media Days at AT&T Stadium.

“I knew that question was coming sooner or later,” Burks cracked. “Let me be very clear with Horns Down. I have no ownership of this symbol or this symbol (gesturing Horns Up and Horns Down). It’s the same as all other symbols. It’s when you do it, who you do it to and in which manner you do it.

“Please, the state of Oklahoma, I meant no offense. You don’t have to send me emails. We are just looking at that as any other act, and you note that unsportsmanlike conduct is in there. It’s not about Horns up or Horns down. It’s the manner that you do anything on the field to an opponent that is an unsportsmanlike penalty.”

Who will be the first SEC school to be hit with a penalty for a Horns Down gesture, and why will it be Ole Miss?

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I’ll take “duh” for $200, Alex.

I presume “Will expansion discussion overshadow football talk at SEC Media Days?” is a rhetorical question from Chip Towers.

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Oh, my, Miz Scarlett.

Hale Almand, Jr.:  No lawyer is ever going to make a more embarrassing argument in court than I did with my ”We may not be able to make a university student out of him, but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbage man when he gets through with his athletic career.”

NCAA and SEC lawyers:  Hold our beers, Junior.

… In repelling previous efforts by college athletes to gain recognition as employees under the FLSA, the NCAA emphasized case law (Vanskike v. Peters) indicating that while the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, there is a so-called “slavery loophole” for prisoners and, arguably, college athletes. The key question for the Third Circuit is whether Judge Padova applied the appropriate test in dismissing the NCAA’s motion to dismiss.

McDonald, while referencing a South Park episode that satirized the NCAA and member schools as slaveholders, finds it telling that a core defense against paying college athletes is the slavery loophole. “The fact the NCAA—and now SEC—actually rely upon legal precedent about the 13th Amendment slavery loophole to defend the exploitation of free Student Athlete labor shows, in this case, truth is stranger than fiction.”

And to think some of y’all believe all that plantation talk was over the top.

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More fun with FEI

One thing this chart of Brian Fremeau’s makes abundantly clear…

… is how insanely good the 2019 LSU and 2020 Alabama offenses were.  Literally off the chart good.

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