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What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 3:18 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. The SEC is still the best conference in college football.  Yes, the conference may have only gone 5-5 in bowl games this season, and it may have included a couple losses against a Conference USA team and a Big East team, but here is the stat that actually mattered: for the fifth straight year, the national champion calls the SEC home.  Oh, and let's not just ignore the fact that a twelve team league had ten teams playing in bowl games to begin with.  Fans of other conferences around the country may have been hoping the conference would get knocked down a peg this postseason, but prepare yourselves for plenty more "ESSSS  EEEEEEE SEEEEEE" chants in 2011.

2. The 2010 season belonged to Cam Newton and Auburn.  Whether the headlines were good or bad this season, the college football world seemed to revolve around a tiny town in eastern Alabama and the quarterback that caught a nation's eye.  It's somewhat fitting that on the final drive of the season, the one that gave Auburn its national championship, the one player who put the team on his back for most of the season had to play a secondary role thanks to being banged up.  For once, Cam Newton 's defense and his offense decided to carry him to the finish line.  We don't know for sure what Cam Newton's future will hold, but odds are that Newton is bound for the NFL.  How will Auburn fare next season without its Superman?

3. Alabama is still really good .  Honestly, if college football did have a playoff system in place of the bowls, would any of you have been shocked to see Alabama make it to another title game?  The Tide suffered three losses this season.  They came at the hands of South Carolina , LSU and Auburn .  When the worst loss of your season is against the SEC East champion, you didn't have a bad season.  Then the Tide went out and put an exclamation point on the year by pasting Michigan State -- a team with one loss and ranked in the top ten -- by 42 points.

4. The SEC East should be better next season.  While the SEC may have gone 5-5 as a whole during the bowl season, the SEC East was responsible for four of those losses.  The good news for the division is that things should improve a bit next year, as Georgia and Tennessee aren't likely to suffer two losing seasons in a row, South Carolina will still have Marcus Lattimore and won't have Stephen Garcia , and Florida might actually have an offensive system suited for its quarterback.  Well, if John Brantley stays.  Plus, with all the key players that Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU will be losing to the NFL this spring, the West shouldn't be nearly as dominant.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:45 am
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 2:47 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

The obvious lesson that I learned is that the SEC West is miles ahead of the East.  Only one SEC East team finishedwith a winning record, while 5 SEC West teams finished with winning records.  I think it will atke a couple of years for any SEC East team to be a legitimate challenger to the SEC West teams.



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:20 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

Yes, the SEC was only 5-5 in bowl games . . . BUT--

3 of the 5 losses came in nothing games: Kentucky lost to Pitt, UT lost to N. Carolina, and Georgia lost to Central Florida.  Another came in a middle-of-the-road bowl, when South Carolina lost to FSU.

But the SEC went 3-0 in the big Jan. 1 games against the Big 10, including massive blowouts by Mississippi St. and by 3-loss Alabama against 1-loss Mich. St.  Handled perhaps the Big 12's hottest team, Texas A&M, in the Cotton Bowl.  Underdog Arkansas only lost to the Big 10's most prestigious program due to a last-minute bonehead play by a freshman.  And of course, the conference carted off its 5th straight BCS game.

At the highest level of postseason play, the SEC was dominant.  In the 6 big games, the SEC went 5-1, and the average score of those 6 games was 38-20.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:09 am
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

You have no basis to say that Bama is better than Wisky, in fact I rather doubt they are, but you have no logic to base that assumption on.  Wisky only lost to an undefeated TCU and a now 2-loss MSU, but that has no bearing on Bama at all.
Wait, so you have basis to compare Alabama to 6-7 Kentucky but I have no basis to compare Alabama to Wisconsin? In your previous post, you stated the following:

Bama might as well have lost to Kentucky (like SC did) as they were about the same.

You used South Carolina's games against Alabama and Kentucky to make a claim that Alabama "might has well have lost" to Kentucky.
I used Michigan State's games against Wisconsin and Alabama to make a claim that Wisconsin might as well have been blown out against Alabama.
That's called hypocrisy, moonglum. Don't apply your rules to me until you can apply them to yourself.

I don't think that logic works, btw. You can't compare common opponents and scores. I've used this before, but here it is again:

Nevada 52, Cal 28
Cal 52, Colorado 7
Colorado 31, Hawaii 13.

So Nevada should beat Hawaii by 85, right?

Hawaii 27, Nevada 21.

Common opponents don't work. There's no way of knowing what would happen if Alabama and Wisconsin played. I say Alabama, you say Wisconsin, we can agree to disagree.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:24 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

Michigan State was not one of them. By your logic at least 7 other teams in the Big Ten, including Wisconsin, were not better than them either. That's not a bad season if you ask me...
You have no basis to say that Bama is better than Wisky, in fact I rather doubt they are, but you have no logic to base that assumption on.  Wisky only lost to an undefeated TCU and a now 2-loss MSU, but that has no bearing on Bama at all.  Ohio State is obviously as good as Bama as they beat Arkansas and since they have only 1 loss it's safe to assume that they are better than Bama.  What about the Big 12?  Okie State?  Oklahoma?  Or the PAC?  Stanford?  Oregon?  MWC?  TCU?  WAC? Boise?  Nevada?  SEC?  LSU?  Arkansas?  Auburn?  Obviously that is about 12 teams that are better than Bama this year.  Sure Arky barely lost to Bama so you could say otherwise, but they barely lost to Bama and improved in their running game after that game--not to mention Mallet being out for most of that game.





Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:07 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

When the worst loss of your season is against the SEC East champion, you didn't have a bad season.

This is hilarious when you consider that South Carolina and the entire SEC east were pathetic!!  Bama might as well have lost to Kentucky (like SC did) as they were about the same.  So don't try putting Bama on too high of a pedestal.  They lost 3 games and there were a dozen or so teams better than them who were not named South Carolina.

Michigan State was not one of them. By your logic at least 7 other teams in the Big Ten, including Wisconsin, were not better than them either. That's not a bad season if you ask me...



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:30 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition


When the worst loss of your season is against the SEC East champion, you didn't have a bad season.

This is hilarious when you consider that South Carolina and the entire SEC east were pathetic!!  Bama might as well have lost to Kentucky (like SC did) as they were about the same.  So don't try putting Bama on too high of a pedestal.  They lost 3 games and there were a dozen or so teams better than them who were not named South Carolina.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2011 5:20 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

This is gonna turn into reggie bush 2.  Cam Newton was the hottest thing in college football by far when the information surfaced about his dad pimping him out.  He wasnt suspended because the NCAA was banking on the fact that he would lead the tigers into the national championship game. It paid off for the NCAA, Auburn and Cam for now.  After the heat dies down some and the NCAA is done counting there money their will be a big breakthrough in the case. Auburn's title and cam's heisman will be stripped in a couple years. the 2010 auburn team will go down as the best 0-13 team of all time



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 4:37 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

Its ok, i understand everyones frustration, its hard to swallow that the SEC is the best right now, anyone needs a tissue LOL



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 4:35 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC: Bowl Edition

Sorry there attorney wannabe, but your whole rant was about the SEC, and we play four OOC games, period.  To call me dumb because you ranted without knowing the facts is pretty funny.  No one said that the SEC was the best conference simply because Auburn won the NC, but it is due to the overall picture.  The SEC had the most ranked teams in the country, and still won the most bowl games of any conference.  And, I don't represent all SEC educations, just one.  Just like you don't represent all wannabe attornies, just one.  Have a great day. 


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