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14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 8:39 am
 
The 12 Teams in the SEC play a total of 14 games against " the big boys"  Which is every other BCS league, including Wake Forest and Louisville and Boise St and BYU.     The line gets drawn on Navy and East Carolina who get lumped in with all the Sun Belt teams the SEC plays only at home.   The Eight AP ranked SEC Teams play 9 of those 14 games against 5 AP ranked opponents.  So the conference all the so called experts, and their fans, agree is the best conference should win how many of those games?   9-5 maybe,   take a look at the schedule of the big 14 games and leave a note of how many games the SEC will win.    I will update the results throught the season. 

Teams are listed with their AP Preseason rank

#2 Alabama  vs Penn St  ALA  27 -11

#4 LSU vs #3 Oregon  LSU 40-27
 
#4 LSU vs West Virginia  LSU 47  WV 21

#14 Arkansas vs #8 Texas A&M  Arkansas 42 T A&M 38

#23 Auburn vs Clemson  Clemson 38 Aub 24

Ole Miss   vs  BYU   BYU  14-13

#22 Florida vs #6 Fl St

#12 S. Carolina vs Clemson

#19 Georgia  vs #5 Boise ST  Boise 35-21

#18 Georgia vs Ga Tech

Tennesse  vs Cincinatti  Tenn 45-23

Vandy vs U-Conn  Vandy 24-21

Vandy vs Wake Forrest

Kentucky vs Louisville   Louisville 24 Kent 17


For the record my guess is the SEC wins 8 games and loses 6,  pretty good but not quite worthy of the hype.    

Current Record through week 5:

SEC   6      Big Boys   4

 
Category: NCAAF
Tags: SEC BCS
 
Comments

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:14 pm
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

I guess this weekend did not work out the way the anti-SEC fans wanted as ALA toyed with PSU in Happy Valley en-route to an easy win.  The same ole VANDY suddenly found an alternative ending to the script they have been playing out for years and defeated the defending BIG EAST champ CONN.  UT took care of business against CINN.  The SEC

Next up this week will see the cardiac Tigers taking their nine, uh seven lives cat on the road to play CLEM and UK playing LOUIS. 

The final games for a while will be the LSU Tigers hitting the road to take on WVU and ARK traveling to big D to play TX AM.  Once those games played, we will have to wait a few weeks for the final games.

The updated total after the 3 wins this week is now 4-2.  Hopefully that trend will continue.





Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:15 pm
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

Very nice...and actually objective.  Should be some good games.  Although why is it when any team outside the SEC plays Wake Forest Louisville Boise St and BYU, they are deemed cream puffs?  Just saying it seems like a double standard, but you see it all the time.  By the way Wake lost last night.  You also didn't consider that the majority of those games are essentially home games for the SEC teams.  It is very rare that you see an SEC team leave the comforts of the South. 


Funny that someone who has Arizona and ASU as their favorite teams talking about SEC teams not leaving the South..Glass Houses and all



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:58 am
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

I understand you are trying to make a joke, but you cannot seriously believe this will tell you anything.  Noone who is realistic says the bottom of the SEC is better than in any other conference.  Games between the dregs or even between a good SEC team and a BCS cupcake really shouldn't tell you much that is meaningful.  



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 8:21 am
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

Memphis,  the only SEC team not mentioned is Mississippi St who chose not to play any team in the BCS Conference in its out of conference schedule.    Shame on the AD for choosing that this year, along with Virginia Tech and other BCS Conference teams that make that choice.  I choose the games based only on all games against other BCS conferences in the out of conference schedule, there were only 12.   Boise St and BYU were chosen because they have been ranked in the top 25 more often than not in the last 5 years.   Notre Dame and TCU would also fit that criteria but the SEC did not schedule a game against those teams. 



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:07 pm
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

So.....let me get this right?  Are you saying there is no bias in the selection of these 14 games, which apparently is being used to determine how good the entire SEC conference is?  That is a complete joke.  Many of the teams in the conference aren't even mentioned here.  I frankly don't see how you can measure the strength of any conference without including all of the teams in the conference in some way.  If you can't do that, use a different measuring stick. 




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:35 am
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

Come on SEC FAN. Why mention that 4 of the games are being played by Vandy, Ole Miss., and Ky. without mentioning some of the lesser teams the SEC teams play? Nevermind the fact that one of Vandy's games is against a Wake team that went 3-9 last year, Ky. is hosting Louisville team that went 7-6 last year, and Ole Miss. is hosting a BYU team that went 7-6. Also, Tenn. is playing a Cincy team that finished 4-8, and a Clemson team that finished 6-7 is played twice, each by a ranked SEC team. And, since when is 4 out of 14 (28.5%) a "great % of these games"? It seems like the excuses have already showed up before the games have even been played.

  Also, why mention Boise/UGA and FSU/Fla. as major mismatches against the SEC without mentioning games like SC/Clemson, LSU/WVU, or Bama/PSU as major mismatches for the SEC? What is the difference? The games you mentioned are battles of ranked teams, and Ga. gets Boise in its backyard, and Fla. gets FSU in the swamp. "Major mismatches"? Really? The games I just mentioned are highly ranked SEC teams playing unranked teams, yet these are not mentioned as mismatches by you. You mentioned you are not making excuses, but that is exactly what you did. If you feel that Boise/UGA and FSU/Fla. are mismatches and the games I mentioned are not, than the you must not think very highly of the SEC because you are saying Boise is way better than UGA and FSU is way better than Florida, but by not mentioning the games I did, you are also saying that SC is not way better than Clemson, LSU is not way better than WVU, and Bama is not way better than PSU. I think all 5 are good games, and would not single any out as major mismatches, but obviously you only chose to focus on the 2 that, at least as of now, appear to favor the non SEC teams. Simply an incredibly biased post here from you......and yes, it comes across as excuse making before the games have even been played.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:34 am
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

Come on SEC FAN. Why mention that 4 of the games are being played by Vandy, Ole Miss., and Ky. without mentioning some of the lesser teams the SEC teams play? Nevermind the fact that one of Vandy's games is against a Wake team that went 3-9 last year, Ky. is hosting Louisville team that went 7-6 last year, and Ole Miss. is hosting a BYU team that went 7-6. Also, Tenn. is playing a Cincy team that finished 4-8, and a Clemson team that finished 6-7 is played twice, each by a ranked SEC team. And, since when is 4 out of 14 (28.5%) a "great % of these games"? It seems like the excuses have already showed up before the games have even been played.

  Also, why mention Boise/UGA and FSU/Fla. as major mismatches against the SEC without mentioning games like SC/Clemson, LSU/WVU, or Bama/PSU as major mismatches for the SEC? What is the difference? The games you mentioned are battles of ranked teams, and Ga. gets Boise in its backyard, and Fla. gets FSU in the swamp. "Major mismatches"? Really? The games I just mentioned are highly ranked SEC teams playing unranked teams, yet these are not mentioned as mismatches by you. You mentioned you are not making excuses, but that is exactly what you did. If you feel that Boise/UGA and FSU/Fla. are mismatches and the games I mentioned are not, than the you must not think very highly of the SEC because you are saying Boise is way better than UGA and FSU is way better than Florida, but by not mentioning the games I did, you are also saying that SC is not way better than Clemson, LSU is not way better than WVU, and Bama is not way better than PSU. I think all 5 are good games, and would not single any out as major mismatches, but obviously you only chose to focus on the 2 that, at least as of now, appear to favor the non SEC teams. Simply an incredibly biased post here from you......and yes, it comes across as excuse making before the games have even been played.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:05 am
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

The answer will come fairly quickly as all but 4 of the games happen early in the season.  I agree that VANDY, UK and MS are playing a great % of these games and if each loses the games listed, the best the SEC can do is finish at a 70% win clip.  That does not leave much of a margin in the balance of games.

Couple that with some major mismatches, BOISE vs. UGA and FLA ST vs FLA, this does not portend well for the SEC.  Not making excuses but your post amounts to a darn if you do and a darned if you dont.  It is a no win situation.  Lets say the SEC goes 7-7.  Everyone will get on here and belittle the SEC and give them down the road.  If the SEC goes 14-0, it will be a case of they accomplished nothing and only did what they should have done given the mismatches in favor of the SEC.

Either way, it will be a no win situation for the SEC.  There is no way to determine with certainty what record will put them into that dominant or they accomplished enough to still be considered the best. We will know what direction this debate will take this time Sunday morning.  It is anyone's guess how the games will turn out, but given the match-ups, if the SEC comes out of the 3 opening weekend games with a winning record, they are on their way.  If not, we may never hear the end of it. 

All in all, it is finally here and now we can look forward to watching, enjoying, and cheering on our teams.  Enjoy the weekend.  It will be fun.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:32 am
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

Not sure that Vandy or Kentucky has really been considered a "big boy" when it comes to football in recent history, but I digress.  Given that Kentucky, Vandy, and Ole Miss, the three weakest teams in the division, comprise nearly 30% of the games listed, not sure that a winning percentage of these games accurately reflects the strength of the conference.  While I concur that the SEC teams will win somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 games, as you suggest, I disagree that this list accurately portrays the strength of the SEC. 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:29 am
 

14 Games to prove how good the SEC is

Oh, and I think that the SEC goes 7-7 in these 14 games.


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