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@BonzaiB Also, A&M-'Bama have links with coaches in Bryant & Stallings (and Franchione, but I think we all agree it's best to ignore that). I thought that last year the SEC's first game should have been A&M-'Bama, and I agree that it should be quite the rivalry.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on With Expansion Talk Heating Up, Here Are Four “Best-Case” Scenarios For The SEC
@BonzaiB Also, A&M-'Bama have links with coaches in Bryant & Stallings (and Franchione, but I think we all agree it's best to ignore that). I thought that last year the SEC's first game should have been A&M-'Bama, and I agree that it should be one hell of a rivalry.
Of all the realignment that has so-far occurred, CU has gotten the sweetest deal. They got an upgrade while being one of the worst football teams in the country.
5 months, 1 week ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)
"who else can they pull"?
It would be the Big East 2.0 - They would keep living, but would not resemble their current self, just like the Big East is now. We could call such conferences zombies because they are dead conferences that keep walking but are not who they used to be, and they survive by eating the remains of others.
It is possible that the ACC could fold if they lose their NC core. I don't know enough about the ACC to say.
Size of conference is a big deal. Conference may jump over 16 teams, but like the old super-WAC, they may find it to be unworkable. Instead, I expect to see partnerships between conferences like the B1G & Pac tried or how MWC & C-USA wanted a championship game. I think the 'expand to get markets' is old thinking, and the guys making these calls are (mostly) smarter than people who post to blogs.
I'm sure each conference has their own plan for scheduling. If I had the ability to set up a schedule, I would base the football schedule on the NFL.
- 4x 4-team pods
- Teams play every team in their pod, every team in another pod, and one team from the remaining pod that matches their finish from the prior year (1st place team plays other 1st place teams, 2nd place team plays other 2nd place teams, etc) = total 9 conference games
- Pods that play each other would be grouped as divisions for selecting title game participants. This works within NCAA rules since each 'division' has a full round-robin.
- The pods always stay the same, but the 'divisions' rotate through a three year cycle.
This plan means every team plays every other team at least once in three years, strength of schedules are balanced, match-ups are more compelling & competitive (you know TV will want all the #1 v #1 games), and natural rivalries form organically.
Going to 18 teams fouls up a pod schedule. (There are options, but they aren't appealing.) Instead, you get two 9-team divisions, which is more like two different--but affiliated--conferences. You almost have to jump all the way from 16 to 20 for scheduling purposes. And once you get that big, basketball starts to become a problem.
We've already seen a conference try 16 teams & fail. I think the big conferences can pull it off. But I don't think anything larger will work.
A few thoughts:
1. People seem to think there is a finish line, a point where things stop changing. That may not be a correct assumption. We may continue to see realignment forever as teams move back and forth between conferences.
2. The ACC is NOT fighting for survival. They will always have the ability to look to the Big East and swipe their best teams. And the Big East can look at C-USA and take their best teams. We've already seen it happen. It's the small conferences, the WACs, that will collapse, not the big conferences. Now, could there be a point where the ACC is not considered a big conference? That's a realistic possibility.
3. The B1G bylaws do not allow them to admit a school that is in a state not contiguous with their existing footprint. That's why they accepted Maryland. They CANNOT go for Ga Tech without first admitting a VA & a NC school. Presumably, they could grab three at once, but that puts them into uncharted territory of more than 16 teams. Here's a simple test: If they don't change their bylaws, they aren't getting Ga Tech. If they do change their bylaws, you know they are about to make a move for a southern school (Ga Tech, Texas, etc). So, until they make that change, stop talking about Ga Tech.
4. The Big 12 asked ESPN for an analysis of which schools would add more per-team revenue. Only Notre Dame was on that list. ND is not going to the Big 12; let's just end that crazy talk now. Also, when discussing the Big 12, it isn't about the conference, it's about the power struggle of Texas v OU v everyone else. Texas doesn't want to expand. OU does. Until Texas changes its mind or everyone else musters the strength to override them, the Big 12 is standing pat. Another consideration is that Texas itself jumps ship. They desperately want to be on the west coast, and would already be there but for the longhorn network.
5. The Pac wants 16, and they want Texas. They tried twice before, and they will try again. They have no interest in Boise St, BYU, etc. They need a group of four schools to join, preferably ones that match their travel pair system. I still believe they will go for Tx & Tx Jr + the two OK schools. IMO, if they don't get a set of four schools, they aren't expanding.
6. Unless UVA ends up going to the B1G, Va Tech is not going to the SEC. They fought for decades to get to the ACC, and the state legislature got involved to make that happen. Don't expect a call from the SEC to change things.
The computers are cold, uncaring, unbiased calculations. There is no "correct" calculation--they are all estimates. That means you WILL get different rankings for different algorithms, and that's why we average them. There is no problem here, even if rankings return results that contradict results on the field. There would be a problem if computers consistently return results that contradict actual game results.
So, instead of whining about point differential (which, IMO, is better to leave out), why not campaign for computer polls to be added/removed according to their accuracy? At the end of each year, their overall results can be compared to all the actual game results, and if any computer system shows that it is consistently inferior to other systems, it gets replaced.
5 months, 1 week ago on Despite Blowout Loss, Notre Dame Ranked Ahead Of Bama In One Computer Poll
The NFL protects the QB after an int *if he does not pursue the play.* If the QB just stands there, he's protected. If he chaises down the player, he can get blocked just like anyone else. Applying the same criteria to this situation, Murry probably would not be protected since he was moving toward the play. If he wasn't serious about getting involved, and I don't think he was, it would have been better for him to stay away rather than casually jog.
As for the actual block, it's clear that it's a shoulder to the upper chest. There may be some helmet-to-helmet, but it certainly not spearing. I know of no rule against blocking high in the chest like that, and helmet-to-helmet contact occurs regularly during blocking, so while it is an opportunistic & unnecessary hit, I don't think it's dirty.
6 months, 1 week ago on No Suspension For Bama's Dial Over SEC Title Game Hit On UGA's Murray
That's exactly why Oregon and Ok St have been landing better talent lately - the fact that the schools' programs appear more up-to-date, cool, and fun than others. Of course, 'bama & Oregon aren't exactly going after the same type of player. Believe it or not, kids choose schools based on more than just their chance of winning a national title. It certainly appears that when the decision is close, things like uniforms, music, and how their teammates have fun can be the decisive factor.
6 months, 1 week ago on Hey, Pal, Those Funky New Uniforms Aren’t For You
The only thing wrong with this is that there is also an interest in selling more merchandise.
I agree. Also, Texas doesn't want to play the game because if they lose, the really become a second-tier Texas (state) team. Also, it makes them look bad for dropping the Thanksgiving game. They see their chances of winning as so low the pretige of scoreboard is not enough.
Personally, I would have rather played Clemson or Michigan. I've seen OU enough that I'm not as interested.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Good And Bad Of The SEC’s Bowl Matchups
Let's not talk about the ACC or Big East collapsing. They won't. We've already seen the casualties of conf expansion, and it's not them.
The ACC & Big East earn more money than C-USA, Sun Belt, MWC, etc. That means they can always tempt schools to 'move up' to keep their conference going. It's the smallest, poorest conferences that die (e.g., WAC).
6 months, 4 weeks ago on As Folks Work To Figure Out The Big Ten’s Moves, It’s Time For The SEC To Focus In On Six Possible Expansion Partners
The B1G *WILL NOT* expand into the south any time soon. Their bylaws prohibit them from accepting any school not in a state contiguous with their existing footprint. Anyone who posts otherwise clearly doesn't know enough about the situation to have a realistic opinion.
Auto-play videos are bad, and you should feel bad putting them on your site.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Stat Analysis: Playmakers 10/25/12
"where would you rather spend a few day [sic] in January?"
Easy - Dallas. Hands down, no question.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on “Champions” Bowl Site To Be Announced Next Week
No, the defenses are not better than I expected. They are good, but not God-like. (I don't include last year's 'Bama D in that statement.)
No, the SEC is *NOT* better top-to-bottom than the Big 12. It has far, far better top teams (which translates into success in the BCS), but their bottom dwellers are inferior to the Big 12's. The Big 12 has one pathetic team in Kansas. Even Iowa St has been decent in recent years. This year Kentucky, Auburn, and Arkansas are all genuinely bad teams. Ol' Miss is still not a good team, and Tennessee has been a joke for more than a few years.
Don't misinterpret this as saying it isn't a step up from the Big 12. Playing those ultra-top tier teams each year forces the weaker teams to get better. Vandy & Ol' Miss would be worse teams if they played in any other conference. Mississippi St would be more like Southern Miss without the SEC. Moving to the SEC dramatically helped Ark & SC, and I believe that both Mizzou and A&M will benefit, too.
8 months, 1 week ago on What Mizzou And A&M Are Learning Out About The SEC