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@bpa_kc Interestingly enough, most Carolina fans actually wanted the Cotton Bowl more than the Capital One. The payouts don't really matter since they're all shared with the conference, so everyone just wanted something different than playing another Big 10 team in Florida. Not that we should be too picky after an atrocious history of bowling, but this is the 6th Jan 1 bowl against the Big 10 since the year 2000.
I think there was some traction with the idea of us playing Oklahoma (Spurrier vs. Stoops), but once OU went BCS I think the Mizzou/Ok State matchup was a better fit.
Not complaining but just wish for some variety. At least we have a new opponent unlike UGA ...
3 days, 7 hours ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
A quick tidbit on the Roosters. Coastal Carolina used to be part of the USC system - USC Myrtle Beach or something like that. That's why they had a Rooster variant. They broke away about 20 years ago and this is the first matchup.
As for your comment on FCS games, I could not agree more. November games in the South are so incredible, that it's a shame to waste them on creampuffs. Last week I drove 3 hours to the USC-UF game. It was cool, crisp, with orange and red leaves and a great tailgating atmosphere, all followed with a nightcap of a great SEC match-up. Now make the opponent anyone from the FCS and the whole dynamic changes.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on SEC Game Previews – 11/22/13
This is so impossible to predict that it's almost pointless. There are just too many scenarios.
What will be interesting is what happens if the conference ends up with several 10-win teams, none of which are SEC Champs. SC, A&M, Mizzou, and Auburn are all in that mix. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, no one is going to want to see a rematch with UCF, so that will hurt their chances of landing in the Sugar Bowl.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on SEC Bowl Projections – 11/20/13
First sportswriter I have seen actually get all of this right. Finally. I can't count the number of times I've seen someone say "If Mizzou loses again, SC wins because of the head to head tiebreaker" completely leaving UGA out of it.
Here's whats interesting. Each of the 3 teams in the East is looking at an uphill road. Mizzou knows it has to win out. SC needs both Mizzou and UGA to lose. UGA needs Mizzou to lose twice. Each team's individual odds seem tough, but it will go to someone. Here's hoping it's the Cocks.
1 month ago on Plenty Of Possibilities As Both SEC Division Races Heat Up
Very cool analysis. I wonder if it looks different if you separate the games where the team in the 4th quarter has a)essentially already won, b)in a tight matchup, or c)essentially already lost.
Reason being is that the playbook and opponent players both could change. In a game with a comfortable lead, the playbook moves to a run-oriented game, and the opponent buckles down on run stopping. This might explain why Hill drops off so much in Q4 - it's really a testament to the fact that when the playbook is wide open in Q1, he's incredible. In a game that is already lost, the opponent likely puts in 2nd string and all of the sudden it's easier to get yards in garbage time. This might explain UK's QBs in the 4th quarter.
Regardless, Manziel's stats are really incredible.
1 month, 1 week ago on Meet The Fast Starters And Strong Finishers Of The SEC
Or maybe Mr Cunningham is wise to the old saying "never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink"
Especially after he saw what Butch Davis went through ...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Was UNC Looking At The SEC When Maryland Broke Ranks? It Doesn’t Seem So
You don't consider a half-dozen flags on Tennessee during the final drive in regulation to be some good luck? Or a fumble on the goal line by an opponent in OT?
Kidding aside, UGA is deep enough to still run the table in the East and give GTech its annual beating. It's the SECCG where they'll really feel these injuries.
2 months ago on Georgia’s Richt Has The Luck Of Job
I'll be the first to admit that this entire saga has been handled in a childish manner by Spurrier. But for all the brouhaha about journalistic integrity with regards to free press and objective opinions (which I am all for), the 'press' side continues to ignore the aspects of journalistic integrity that include proper fact checking and source reliability. Though most of Morris' pieces are opinion columns (which typically, by definition, require neither), the piece that Spurrier chose to use as the lightning rod was loose with the facts. Call Spurrier a whiner all you want, but he was smart enough to wait until he had a legitimate item to blow up.
This website is quick to call Spurrier a baby (and fairly so), and quick to defend the field of journalism (why of course), but has been a bit silent on holding Morris' feet to the fire with regards to the truth. On many other topics (realignment anyone?) this site is quick to condemn sloppy journalism, but I've missed that same standard on this Spurrier/Morris/State paper thing (forgive me if I missed an article or statement to the contrary somewhere. I will admit that sometimes my garnet glasses filter such things out).
3 months ago on South Carolina Paper Removes Columnist Muzzle: All Topics In Play
Give credit to UGA for an incredible offensive gameplan. Playcalling was tremendous.
I just hope that the chemistry isn't coming unglued in Columbia.
3 months ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/9/13
Why were they holding back against Clemson?
3 months, 1 week ago on Richt: Georgia Won’t Be Holding Back Against Carolina
I'm probably biased, but either way am not buying the Tigers yet. I'm sorry, but a BCS champ team does not give up 550 yards at home. I think the national media is looking for a new storyline, and I expect it to perpetuate in the coming weeks as Clemson has some easy games coming up next. But a 3-pt win over UGA does not equal NC status. Take that from a Cock fan that has beaten UGA 3 times in a row but has never even made a BCS bowl.
All of that said, kudos to Clemson for some very crafty scheduling. Having 3 marquee games, perfectly spread out, is about as good as it gets.
3 months, 1 week ago on Could Clemson Trump The SEC In January?
Aggie fans are a trip
3 months, 1 week ago on Stop Before You Start, Aggie Fans
Aggie fans - I know that you want to get behind Johnny Football. Trust me, I was the same way with Stephen Garcia. Garcia wasn't nearly the star that Manziel is, but he gave us (what we thought) was the best chance at winning. That's not to say that there weren't other reasons why we liked him, like his hard nosed effort to get 1st downs with his feet regardless of the beating he would take (and JF has many reasons to like too), but ultimately it was because we were nervous about replacing him. We had this guy Connor Shaw who had looked terrible in his only action, and with the defense we had plus Lattimore, it was now or never and we needed Garcia.
Then a certain AD who you should all know kicked Garcia off the team. We all cried foul. (And to be fair, the way Hyman went about it was rediculous, and in fact I am still glad that Hyman left.) The reality was that Garcia should have been kicked off sooner for other things, so he had it coming. It a sort of way it was like OJ Simpson - he got royally screwed by the courts on his prison time for roughing up that guy in the hotel room, but at the end of the day, you don't feel that bad for him considering his prior actions. So good riddance Hyman but also good riddance Garcia.
But now fast forward to today. Shaw is 18-3 as a starter, and we all just wish that he would have taken over sooner! It's not that Shaw is a better QB, but the TEAM is better with him as the leader. Think about that ...
3 months, 1 week ago on A&M’s Sumlin Says Manziel Didn’t Ignore Him On Saturday; We Say “Yeesh”
I guess Southern Cal always gets the benefit of the doubt ...
4 months, 1 week ago on First USA Today Coaches’ Poll Of The Season Has Bama On Top, 4 Other SEC Squads In Top 10
Love the Garcia reference. Johnny Manziel is exactly what Garcia would have been if he was consistently good.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on ESPN The Magazine Tackles Manziel Mania
Obviously I am glad to hear this, though in hindsight this seems to be a non-story. Thanks for being one of the only news outlets to put in the headline "communication within itself is not a violation of rules." And to not write a big scare story when there wasn't one to write. (Though this would probably have driven page views)
What this did raise in my mind is how absurd some of the NCAA rules really are. Don't get me wrong, I understand the amateur model, and know that things become a slippery slope, but these rules confine athletes more than their student peers that are going into other professional fields. As a university student I went to countless recruiting dinners and traveled for recruiting functions with various potential employers. I never thought once that I would pay my own tab. But we expect these guys to not be able to have a dinner purchased for them? Seems a bit absurd. (I'm thinking of the UNC guys here, that got hammered with violations for that trip to Miami).
4 months, 2 weeks ago on South Carolina: No Wrongdoing Between Clowney, Jay Z
@John at MrSEC @Gamecock in ATL Got it, thanks.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Bowl LineUp Coming Into Focus; Be Ready For Griping
I agree it would be good to play the Pac-12, though honestly if it were a low tier bowl it takes away the excitement. Would I like to see Georgia play So Cal in a ranked matchup? Yes. Would I like to see a 7-5 SEC squad play Washington? Meh. Sure, it would be more interesting than seeing them against another 7-5 ACC team, but I would travel for the later if it were my team, but would not make a long distance trip for the former.
Maybe I have been way out of the loop, but does this mean that the Cotton Bowl is no longer affiliated with the SEC?
I see 7 wins on that schedule. Add a bowl game and 8 is a realistic possibility, but not 10.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on MSU’s Mullen: “Eight Wins Have Kind Of Become The Norm”
@I4Bama People need to stop with the argument that Miles is living off of Nick Saban's work. If that were true, then Nick Saban would still be trying to turn around Mike Shula's mess. Miles has been the coach at LSU for 6 years - and as goofy as he may seem, you can't argue with his success. Three times he has a top 10 finish.
Miles is a players' coach, and that helps him recruit. It only works because it's genuine. If Saban tried this it would be awkward.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on LSU’s Miles Is The Latest To Do The Harlem Shake