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It may be a bit early, but we can get some discussion going.

Will we get a season? If so, what will it look like? Will it be played in front of fans? Like everything else in these crazy times, no one really knows with certainty.

The only thing I know is that the enormous money that it raises subsidizes the non-revenue sports and the overall universities, so every effort will be made to play football.  The SEC will play ball regardless of the other schools.

 

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They'll play I'm sure. Can't see there being full stadia though, which will be weird.  There is too much TV money not to play.  Interesting thing will be what the schools do with ticket revenue and seat licences (I mean contributions to the athletic fund required to purchase season tickets).  I've heard that some are simply not refunding and treating both the ticket price and contribution as a gift to the school in the event there are no fans allowed at games.  Cue the class action. 

I agree there will probably be games, but the questions are plenty.  When will they start?  How will they try to ensure equality between schools or will they even care?  What if one school has a player test positive - will they play, not play, forfeit?  How will fans be handled?  If they allow a percentage of capacity will they screen at the gates?  How will they choose who can attend?  Too many more to list but it will certainly be interesting. 

As a 20+ year season ticket holder, life-long fan and alum I'd love to go watch my Horns but to be honest, even if they do play I'm not sure how comfortable I am without some pretty sizable crowd limitations and then, what happens to the other half of the fun - tailgating, camaraderie, etc. 

First world problems to be sure so not too concerned at this point, but it does cross my mind.

Here is a big question which could affect the future of the sport. The NCAA has hidden behind the "student/athlete" mantra forever. The pro leagues and tours such as the PGA and NASCAR will operate in a bubble, fans or not. College purport to the notion that the athletes, particularly football and basketball, are just normal students. If so, can they be separated from the campus at large? If so, then are they then classified as the pro athletes that they real are, whether they are being paid under the table? We will see. 

The PAC-12 also cancelled all non-conference games while the SEC and ACC are expected to make a decision by the end of July.  Supposedly if the ACC goes to conference only they would somehow include Notre Dame (not sure how that all works out).  Lesser conferences are really hurting bad now, with the MAC losing lots of games against big-time opponents that pay the bills (i.e. tOSU vs Bowling Green).  Also SWAC has cancelled the football season.

Weekend Summary

We did have some games this weekend in what would have normally been the first weekend of a full slate. Teams with dominating wins include Marshall, Army and North Texas. Other winners include UAB, S Alabama, SMU, Memphis and UTEP. Two games were postponed.

The key thing to watch is the number of positive cases from any of the teams that played. The most that I heard about recently was in Knoxville where they reported 7-8 positive cases and practiced with 30 plus less players. Obviously, it felt terribly odd on a day where the NBA and NHL continued their playoffs as well as the Kentucky Derby was run (impressive victory for Authentic over Tiz The Law). The ACC is scheduled to play next weekend while the SEC waits until September 26. Who knows what the Big 10 (a PR nightmare and I am being kind) and the Pac 12 will do. All a sign of the times in this crazy year.

 

Weekend Summary

Doing this out of habit even in this surreal year. Early tee time (do not agree to that often) so hence the early post.

Even in a limited schedule it felt good to have a slate of games from familiar teams. The ACC is front and center this week, but nothing happened that was out of the ordinary. Clemson is still Clemson, an embarrassment of riches, but Wake played them reasonably well. Mack Brown's young and talented Tar Heels got 21 in the 4th to dispatch Syracuse. Miami beat UAB, and no one knew they were social distancing because that looked like a normal crowd. FSU has a new coach, but they looked the same despite blocking three FGs (one an extra point). The mistake prone Noles lost their 4th straight opener to a 3-9 Ga Tech at home 16-13. And yes, Notre Dame played the 1st conference game in their history downing Duke 27-13. It was an average performance by the Irish but historic nonetheless.

You have conference rivalries as to who is the best like SEC/ACC or Big 10/Pac 12, but Big 12 vs the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt was 3-0 against the Big 12 all by visiting teams. Louisiana, formerly USL, went into Ames and made Iowa St pretty much concede in the final minutes crunching them 31-14. Coach Billy Napier has Saban and Dabo pedigree (I saw his team live last year and they are well coached), and will be the hottest coach available. Arkansas St edged Kansas St in the Little Apple. And finally, my hometown Chants, Coastal Carolina dominated Kansas 38-23. Les Miles may head back into retirement as CCU has now beaten the Jayhawks twice. While Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia won easily, the Big 12 is not a good conference.

Of course, the future of the season is week to week, and I am praying that the SEC can open on Sept 26. And yes, we will see what the Big 10 does now.

Ok, it works on my desktop at the office so we may have to do Monday morning posts.

Nothing of note as the big thing is that the games continue. The SEC begins its ten game conference only slate which is what most of you would like to see. The thinking is that if there are other losses then the other conferences make the playoffs. As playoff history has shown, the SEC should get two teams in every year as only Clemson and Ohio State (think I'm correct here) have won playoff games outside of the SEC. Rankings are totally meaningless at this point.

Weekend Summary

I checked twice so I am in the right forum. Most important statement, it is great to have the SEC back. Yeah, I know others outside the conference hate it, but it is what we love. This felt like a real weekend of football.

Although early season rankings are meaningless, except for Clemson and Bama, we had the rarity of two unranked teams beating top 10 teams. Arrrrr, the Pirate aka Mike Leach, debuted his "air raid" offense in Red Stick against the champs. Stanford transfer KJ Costello (who stated it does mean more in the SEC) threw for a record 623 yds as Miss ST shocked LSU 44-34. LSU only had 4 of 18 starters from last season, but this was still a surprise. Kansas St, who lost to Arkansas St, was down to OU 35-14 in the 3rd Q. The Wildcats stormed back to tie using a blocked punt (OU does not use this play much) and then tacked on a FG to stun the Sooners 38-35.

Florida had some preseason hype for the first time in 10 years and it may be real. QB Kyle Trask threw for over 400 yds and 6 TDs (Burrow did the same last year), 4 to TE Kyle Pitts who almost made himself a top 10 pick. However, love him or hate him. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin made the Gator defense look silly, and that is the main question mark. Florida won 51-35 in Oxford to open. The other great game was in Lubbock as Texas Tech came back for a 56-41 lead late over Texas, but bungled an onside kick recovery. The Horns tied it and then won in OT 63-56 to maybe keep the Big 12 in the playoff hunt. 

Bama is still Bama handling Mizzou easily. Auburn had a tough start but beat Kentucky late. Georgia was horrible on the offense early but pulled away from Arky to extend the Hawgs SEC losing streak to 20. A&M had trouble with Vandy, so we'll see if the preseason hype is real. Tenn outlasted SC in Cola.

Finally, Miami may be a good team as they beat FSU 52-10. FSU has the worst talent in forever for them and may not be able to afford a new coach anytime soon. Mike Norvell has given them nothing to engender confidence. The Canes will know how they stack up when the they visit Upstate SC in two weeks.

Man, it's great to have a bit of normalcy in the fall.

 

Weekend Summary

It was the second weekend of the expanded schedule and we are getting a clearer picture of who is good. Next weekend will really sharpen it as some great games are on tap. As for the playoff,  it is between the SEC, ACC and Big 10 winner. Besides what has occurred this short season, this is confirmed by the six year playoff history. 

The ten game SEC schedule will be a grind in which no one emerges unscathed. Alabama dominated Texas A&M, a team thought to be on the rise. Jimbo Fisher will start feeling the heat but I will stop since the Gators play him next. Georgia has the nation's best defense, and maybe the best team, as they surprisingly beat Auburn 27-6. Florida continues to rack up points besting former coach Will Muschamp 38-24. However, the defense is not playing at a championship level as the Cocks had 30 more snaps than the Gators. Tennessee could be the surprise team in the East with an easy win over Mizzou. The Vols go to Georgia next week. LSU rebounded in Music City over Vandy and may still become a contender in the West. The Miss St fans have seen the way it goes with Mike Leach, look great one week and bad the next. The Starkville Dogs lost to Arkansas 21-14 as Sooey Pig snapped their 20 game SEC losing streak.

Clemson slept walked by Virginia but I never take average performances by them early seriously as Dabo has them peak every year. Next up is the surprising Miami Hurricanes. North Carolina won a close one against BC and is on the rise. The Heels play Va Tech next.

Finally, the Big 12 is a mess. OU lost to Iowa St at home (last time it happened was 1960) for its first two game streak since 1999. Texas lost to TCU. Ok St is the remaining unbeaten team and no one thinks that they are playoff caliber. The Arkansas St team that made Iowa St concede got blasted by my hometown Coastal Carolina. Yes, the Chants are 3-0.

 

Weekend Summary

Going to go a different way this week. The SEC used to be known for defense, big strong run stuffing DTs, DEs coming off the edge, LBs flying around and hitting people, and DB covering and making plays. Excepting Georgia, none of that exists this year. In fact, it is historically bad, inept may be a better term. The experts have opined that due to COVID there is no hitting in practice. In fact, due to targeting and other factors, defenses do not practice tackling much anymore. Whatever it is, I know things run in cycles but defense better return for teams that want to win.

If you want a record setting day for your offense, padding the stats for the NFL, play the Gators -- or LSU. These two play each other next week and there may not be enough digital lights to count the score. Florida lost to A&M 41-38 and LSU to Mizzou 45-41. Both schools have given up more points in a 3 game span at all time levels, incredible. And then Bama wins at Ole Miss 63-48.

There are two teams yapping that they are back, Tennessee and Miami. The Vols held a 21-17 lead at the half but started committing TOs and Georgia routed them 44-21. Clemson dominated the Canes from start to finish for a 42-17 win. Ga and Clemson have the rarest of commodities this season, a defense. Note that Tenn and Miami each had defensive TDs in their games.

Finally, the screw job of the day had to go to Arkansas against Auburn. First year coach Sam Pittman has done an incredible job making the Hogs competitive. Arky held a one point lead very late after Auburn had missed an easy FG. The War Eagles got the ball back and were driving at around 20 something seconds. Attempting to stop the clock, QB Bo Nix fumbled a snap and then spiked it. Nix clearly threw it backwards so it should have been a fumble. The SEC officials were beyond confused and simply called it grounding due to the fumbled snap. At worst the ball should have been placed 5-7 yards back but it was really a fumble. I think they made up a rule on the fly since their wordy explanation said something along the lines of the ball was not recovered so it was grounding. Auburn, of course, made the FG (barely and those 5 yds made a difference) allowing Gus Malzahn to stay off the hot seat another week.

As for the playoff, it is clearly Georgia, Clemson, Alabama and Ohio St. Recruiting matters. I do not see any team other than these four winning the title.

Weekend Summary

It is 2020, so of course COVID has affected the season. Three teams have played Texas A&M and all three have had COVID disruption, and the Aggies have not. Florida has a big number of cases, including now HC Dan Mullen, and will not play until Halloween. Such is the season and let us enjoy every game played.

How dare COVID strike Nick Saban, the person it knew not to infect. Saban apparently tested false positive on Wed, yeah right, but took tests probably hourly (SEC requires 3 negative tests in order to return) in order to coach on Sat. The Georgia Bulldogs were the opponent, a team I thought was the best. Saban continued his unbeaten streak against former assistants as Bama shut out the Dawgs in the 2nd half for a 41-24 win. QB Mac Jones is putting up Tua numbers with his arsenal of DaVonta Smith (surely 10 yrs in T town), Jaylen Waddle and Najee Harris. The Tide has a historic run of 35 points plus. Georgia QB Stenson Bennett IV is a good story, but this test may have been too much for him at this point. There will probably be a rematch in the SEC Title Game.

Clemson decided to play, a bit earlier than usual, as they routed Ga Tech 73-7, a record margin for an ACC game. They could have scored 100. It looked hopeless for FSU a few weeks ago, but they have found something with Jordan Travis at QB. The Noles shocked a UNC team early and held on to win 31-28. Mack Brown is a great recruiter and leader, but is still an average game day coach. Notre Dame held over Louisville 12-7, at least there is some defense in CFB, but does anyone think they are a playoff team.

Auburn visited Midlands SC and lost to the Gamecocks 30-22. Will Muschamp outcoached Gus Malzahn, let that one sink in, as the Gus Bus may be on its last ride. He is 33-30 against Power 5 teams since the Kick Six in 2014.  Either he is a terrible coach or QB Bo nix is the most overrated player in CFB. Hard to believe he was a 5 star prospect. Hugh Freeze or Billy Napier may be getting calls this morning. Kentucky showed some defense in smothering Tennessee 34-7. The Air Raid offense has been solved as Texas A&M beat Miss St 34-14. The surprise team of the year is Arkansas as they moved to 2-2 besting Ole Miss. Sam Pittman may have won coach of the year already.

This is how I rank the teams that I have seen play;

Clemson, Bama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida.

The Big 10 hopefully starts next week. Coastal Carolina is now 4-0 beating a very good Louisiana team. Remember this name, QB Grayson McCall.

Weekend Summary

Good question. I have lived in the South and will do so until I depart this earth. Everyone here talks about CFB constantly. I have loved it since I went to my first game at 9 years of age. While I do not take it quite as seriously as I did say 15 years ago, it has been a good part of my life. And yes, I do many other things I consider fun as well.

It was great having the Big 10 playing football again. Ohio St looked like their usual selves, Michigan played impressively at Minnesota and Wisconsin indeed may have found them a legit QB. Really looking forward to head to head matchups between these teams. Game of the day was in Bloomington, Indiana, of all places. IU held a 17-7 lead on Penn St but the Nittany Lions scored with some 2:30 left to take a 21-20 lead. They then stopped IU to take over the ball on the IU 12 yd line. The Hoosiers pretty much let PSU score as their runner realized that on the 1 yd line but could not stop himself (note to James Franklin to take a knee, kick the FG and depend on your D to stop them with 30 seconds left). The strategy paid off as Indiana marched down the field, scored and then converted the 2 pt play to tied it at 28. They then botched  a squib kick but got a break when the PSU FG attempt from long range was short by say 6 inches. In OT, PSU scored a TD, but IU countered. They then went in with a  2 pt attempt and QB Michael Penix Jr dove at the pylon. It was called TD on the field, and after a 5 minute review, the call stood, IU 36-35. It was a call so close no one could tell if he made it or not, and I hear some gambling outlets refunded PSU bettors. Game of the year so far.

Alabama beat Tenn again easily but lost WR Jaylen Waddle for the season, and that could show up later. Auburn again got the best of a questionable call but Bo Nix did drive them down the filed late to beat Ole Miss. LSU routed SC behind a frosh QB, nothing new for the incompetent Will Muschamp except he keeps extracting money from willing administrators. LSU, however, has been caught. Odell Beckham threw out $2,000 in cash at the Natty game, really smart move. A booster was caught embezzling $180,000 from a hospital to pay an O line recruit's dad for a non existent job (wonder what a skill player gets). To me, that is about as low as you can go stealing from a hospital just to win at CFB. LSU basketball has been caught with even more brazen pay to play schemes, so the NCAA will investigate both. It will probably take 5 years and nothing will happen.

Clemson decided to play late yesterday while Notre Dame had their best game thus far. Ok St is unbeaten but going nowhere. As far as good stories, Marshall has won all of their games, and ta da, Costal Carolina goes to 5-0 without their starting QB.

Weekend Summary

Lot of action yesterday for sure, CFB is in full swing. Alabama seems to be the team as they easily shut down Mike Leach and Miss St 41-0. There was angst in Tigerland as Clemson first learned likely #1 draft pick QB Trevor Lawrence (playing it coy on coming out since he does not want to play for the Jets) contracted COVID. Still BC did not pose a challenge, right, but the Eagles did jumping out to a 28-10 lead. Clemson rallied behind frosh 5 star DJ Uiagalelei and all time ACC rusher Travis Etienne for a 34-28 exhale win. Dabo says Lawrence will not play against Notre Dame, now playing well, next week. Ohio State, based on two games, may be Bama's best threat as they went into Happy Valley and handled Penn St 38-25

The other SEC teams still in the playoff hunt are Texas A&M, Georgia and Florida. A&M beat surprising Arkansas, Georgia over Kentucky in a lackluster win and the Gators beat Mizzou easier than expected after a 3 week layoff. The Gator 1st team defense finally played well despite having half the DB out. A brawl ensued at the half so suspensions could alter next week's Cocktail Party for the East in Jax. Auburn pulled off the most Malzahn thing ever by blasting LSU 48-11, the largest margin of victory in that series.

Some other Big 10 games were interesting. As Irwin mentioned, Maryland won a wild OT game over Minnesota. Tulia Tagovailea, yes Tua's brother and Bama transfer, played a great game and is fun to watch. Michigan St, after losing to Rutgers last week, upsets Michigan in the "Big Chill" game. Jim Harbaugh is rivaling the Gus Bus for most confounding coach. I would say he has no chance against the Buckeyes, but this is a COVID year and Big 10 rules are in place.

Texas upended Okie St in OT, and with that, the Big 12's slim playoff hopes may be gone. Finally, there are 3 non Power Five unbeatens that are ranked, BYU, Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina. As all of you know, I am partial to the hometown Chants and their 51-0 win at Georgia St was a statement win. To me, they are the story of the year in CFB. Their coach, Jamey Chadwell, has told his team the national TV games stop when the lose.

Weekend Summary

It finally happened, the Gators beat the Dawgs 44-28. The Gators had to win this game in that Georgia had no QB plus many injuries. Kyle Trask is putting up big numbers and Kyle Pitts made some 5* DBs look silly yesterday (before he was injured in a terrible targeting play). Gators have to keep winning in order to face Bama in Atlanta.

Without Trevor Lawrence (give Dabo credit he did not pull any tricks to let him play) and some defensive starters, Clemson was not at full strength against Notre Dame. The Irish took full advantage and prevailed in a 47-40 double OT thriller. This may have gotten them playoff cred and Clemson is now knows they cannot lose again.

What's up in the Big 10. Michigan and Penn St have losing records at the same time for the first time since 1987. Indiana and Northwestern are both 3-0 since I think never. The two hot coaching prospects of Harbaugh and Franklin could be on thin ice. Another  hot commodity, Nebraska coach Scott Frost, has found it is easier to recruit talent at Central Florida than Nebraska (heresy for us older folk). Ohio St is still a top 2 team.

Good to see the Pac 12 playing again. The group of 5 has some good stories. Cincinnati may be a legit team and could find itself in playoff contention. BYU is not bad. Liberty beat Va Tech when the Hokies had a snafu late. Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will be back in the SEC soon. Coastal Carolina is now 7-0.  

Weekend Summary

Summing it up, COVID cancelled a lot of games and The Masters is being played in November. I did watch a few games at night however.

The best teams improve during the season. Notre Dame looked average early but yesterday won easily at BC following their win over Clemson last week. The Florida offense is playing at a Spurrier level with Kyle Trask on a record breaking pace for TD passes. I never thought that I would see another Gator QB with the football IQ of Danny Wuerffel but Trask knows where to find the open receiver. He threw 6 more TDs last night in the 63-35 win over Arkansas despite his best receiver not playing. Trask is in the Heisman race for real.

Wisconsin could be a legit playoff contender as they whomped Michigan in the Big House 49-11. They are extremely well coached year after year with a roster in the 15-20 range. Indiana won again to go 4-0. The two long time powers of Michigan and Penn State are a combined 1-7. Jim Harbaugh seemingly has to be in settlement negotiations as his team seemed to capitulate last night. James Franklin may also be looking elsewhere as it is beyond belief that Penn St can ever be 0-4.

That's really about it. It is too soon to tell if anyone in the Pac12 is playoff level although recent history says no. We will see how many games get played next week.

Weekend Summary

Alabama- demolished Kentucky 63-3 and clearly the best team no questions asked.

Notre Dame - week off

Ohio St - first big test and passed barely; Justin Fields not his best game and their pass defense was shredded by Penix (who Pruitt at Tenn ran off).

Clemson - game against FSU postponed Sat morning; best break for FSU this season

Texas A&M - game postponed COVID

Florida - slept walked against Vandy but won 38-17.

Cincinnati - won a wild one against UCF 36-33.

BYU - destroyed N Alabama

Wisconsin - lost to Northwestern 17-7; their QB not as good as I thought.

Could we have a playoff with Cincinnati, Northwestern or BYU in it? They may be good stories but all would lose in first round. I know I am a Gator, but they match up against anyone but Bama at this stage.

Of course, we continue the great ride happening in my hometown with Coastal Carolina. The App St Mountaineers came in to Brooks Stadium, the 4 time defending Sun Belt champs and a good team. QB Grayson McCall ran and passed the Chants to scores. The defense made two key picks for a 34-23 win. 8-0 and now awaiting Liberty who finally lost at NC State 15-14.

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Weekend Summary

Alabama- demolished Kentucky 63-3 and clearly the best team no questions asked.

Notre Dame - week off

Ohio St - first big test and passed barely; Justin Fields not his best game and their pass defense was shredded by Penix (who Pruitt at Tenn ran off).

Clemson - game against FSU postponed Sat morning; best break for FSU this season

Texas A&M - game postponed COVID

Florida - slept walked against Vandy but won 38-17.

Cincinnati - won a wild one against UCF 36-33.

BYU - destroyed N Alabama

Wisconsin - lost to Northwestern 17-7; their QB not as good as I thought.

Could we have a playoff with Cincinnati, Northwestern or BYU in it? They may be good stories but all would lose in first round. I know I am a Gator, but they match up against anyone but Bama at this stage.

Of course, we continue the great ride happening in my hometown with Coastal Carolina. The App St Mountaineers came in to Brooks Stadium, the 4 time defending Sun Belt champs and a good team. QB Grayson McCall ran and passed the Chants to scores. The defense made two key picks for a 34-23 win. 8-0 and now awaiting Liberty who finally lost at NC State 15-14.

Justin Fields had his worst game as a Buckeye, it seemed as if he was trying too hard to make Heisman plays instead of just playing his usual game. 

BYU is out of the playoff discussion IMO after ducking Washington.

Dabo Swinney continues to be insufferable.  HIS team was the one with Covid cases, that forced FSU into a tough decision of cancelling the game.  Did FSU escape a beatdown, most likely.   But Dabo needs to get off his soapbox and worry about keeping his kids healthy.

Weekend Summary

It was Thanksgiving weekend which meant rivalry games and a few were played. We saw history made as Vandy ladies soccer goalie Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a P5 game. The Dores inept offense limited her to a kickoff only, but good for her. Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson rushed for over 400 yds and 8 TDs in a win over Kent St.

A few of you were on Dabo for his comments about FSU last week. Turns out FSU allowed Virginia to travel to Tallahassee before cancelling again. This is poor management of the problem as the game could have been called before the Wahoos left Charlottesville. We know it cost Virginia $300,000 to make the trip for nothing. FSU coach Mike Norvell clearly wants the season over and for good reason.

Nick Saban good COVID for real this time and did not coach the Iron Bowl. no problem as the Tide rolled Auburn 42-13. The Bama defense is looking good which spells trouble for everyone in their path. Notre Dame may be better than I thought as they won a tough game at NC 31-17. Their style of using TEs and good defense is proving effective. Clemson welcomed Trevor Lawrence back and easily beat Pitt (up 31-0 in 1st Q). Florida started slow but pulled away from Kentucky (they were 16 players down but played) 34-10. Kyle Pitts returned for the first time in 3 weeks and caught 3 TDs. The Gators may be a top 4 team in ability but they have to win out and beat Bama (not seeing it at present time) to make the playoff. Texas A&M survived a bad performance by Kellen Mond to down LSU in a boring 20-7 win.

As for the other outside contenders that played, Northwestern lost to Mich St thus leaving Ohio St as the only Big 10 playoff hopeful. The slim Pac 12 hopeful Oregon lost to Oregon St late.

Noting that QBs Kyle Trask, Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are the leading Heisman contenders. Also noting that Lawrence and Fields are likely the first two picks in the draft. That being said, Alabama WR Devonta Smith and Florida TE Kyle Pitts are the best two players in CFB this season. Defenses have no answer for either player as they score at record paces.

As always in this dreadful year, we will see which games are played next week.

My weekend summary will be posted either late Sunday afternoon or Monday. My son's wedding is this weekend. Yes, we are observing as many safety protocols as possible, but we all know there is no guarantee. The wedding was originally scheduled for late April.

In another 2020 moment, Liberty has cancelled their appearance against Coastal Carolina this Saturday. The Chants contacted BYU who needs a game and the Cougars are traveling cross country to play this Saturday. GameDay was already scheduled to come here, so it should be a big day. Heady times here in Conway, SC.

Weekend Summary

You have dreams, fairy tales, rags to riches stories and then you have the magical and improbable 2020 season for Coastal Carolina. I am positive that the odds of CCU being 10-0, beating 2 ranked teams (one more than Ohio St) well exceeded 1,000-1 before the season started. The Chants were picked to be last in their division preseason. Then the whirlwind events of last week when Liberty cancelled and BYU agreed to come cross country since they desperately needed a game against a quality opponent. Well, they got one as the 11 point underdog Chants won a 22-17 thriller as they stopped BYU on the one yard line as the game ended. For a school with a national baseball title, this could be their great achievement. And as put eloquently by ESPN's Marty Smith (a frequent Grand Strand visitor), it is not the first time that a Cougar has come to Myrtle Beach and left disappointed.

On to the playoff picture as all in the chase won last weekend.

Alabama - in even of they lose a close one to Florida in the SEC game.

Notre Dame - good chance of being in unless they are blown out by Clemson in the ACC game. The league knows this and cancelled some games in order to insure that both teams are not upset beforehand.

Clemson - needs to beat ND and should, but it will be closer than most think.

Ohio St - needs to play games and Michigan may not comply. Then up to the committee.

Texas A & M - probably needs a Clemson blowout, a Bama win, or Ohio St either losing or not playing enough games.

Florida - needs to beat Bama which this Gator fan views unlikely.

Cincinnati - needs chaos

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Michigan has cancelled The Game, leaving Ohio State one game short of eligibility for the B1G Championship Game.  2020 strikes again. Will be interesting to see how the committee deals with this.

As a Buckeye fan, hard to believe anything other than they found a way to try and screw over Ohio State, and didn't want to take their annual *ss whipping (Ohio State was a 30 point favorite).   Xichigan was cleared for practice yesterday.

Ohio State has a number of options on the table for a make up game.  While they may not make the Big 10 Championship game, hard to believe the Playoff committee wouldn't vote them into the playoffs.

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As a Buckeye fan, hard to believe anything other than they found a way to try and screw over Ohio State, and didn't want to take their annual *ss whipping (Ohio State was a 30 point favorite).   Xichigan was cleared for practice yesterday.

Ohio State has a number of options on the table for a make up game.  While they may not make the Big 10 Championship game, hard to believe the Playoff committee wouldn't vote them into the playoffs.

Why not have another rigged vote?

Weekend Summary

Former Gator WR Chris Doering stated it best "this was the most pathetic stupid loss in my 38 years as a fan and player". He was being kind. Dan Mullen has been exposed as a great play caller and offensive mind, but a terrible leader off the field. His team was unprepared, lacked a killer instinct (this for the past four weeks) and he held his best player out for next week. He stated that this game was meaningless since beating Bama (haha) was all he needed for the playoff. The result was a 37-34 upset loss to a 23 point underdog and under-manned LSU squad. Good bye playoffs and good bye Heisman to Kyle Trask. Mullen better make changes or the Gators will be a 9-3 team forever. Not even being close to elite.

Nothing else left to say.

Weekend Summary

This has been a crazy year with the COVID postponing games, moving venues, opt outs by players and other unforeseen events. Fortunately, most of the games were played. Despite all of this craziness, CFB is still the same, Alabama and Clemson. These two concurrent dynasties are once again on a title collision course. I expect the 30 for 30 documentary on this any time now, at least part 1.

When the playoff picks are announced I expect it to be Bama, Clemson, Ohio St and Notre Dame. The top two are hoping it's the Irish and not Texas A&M. Earlier I said the best five teams were Bama, Clemson, A&M, Florida and Georgia and I still believe it. However, with the SEC knocking each other off you had to put other teams in the playoff.

After last week's debacle Gator fans were wondering how bad the SEC Game would be. The pundits all said they needed a perfect game to beat the Tide in the 10th overall meeting in this game. This was the 11th time Florida has played in Atlanta in the SEC Game and the first time that I was not there in person. It turns out that the Gators were indeed almost perfect as they came back from a 17 point halftime deficit to lose 52-46. The stars showed as Mac Jones, Najee Harris and DeVonta Smith had big games but so did Kyle Trask, Kyle Pitts and Kadarious Toney. I was proud of the Gators and surprised they kept it close, but never happy to lose.

Does missing Trevor Lawrence mean anything? Uh duh yeah. Notre Dame has had some good years but they just are not the elite team that they think they are. To be fair and despite their tradition, ND is a rigorous academic institution and probably does not engage in the "recruiting practices" of many other schools. Clemson won this game easily 34-10.

The other championship games saw Ohio St overcome a sluggish start to beat Northwestern 22-10. Justin Fields has not played well against the two decent teams he has seen. Oregon bested USC 31-24 in the Pac 12 game. Oklahoma may be better now than a couple of playoff teams and they beat Iowa St 27-21 to win the Big 12. COVID struck again cancelling the Sun Belt title game so Coastal ends the regular season 11-0.

We can discuss the playoffs and fired coaches tomorrow.

I imagine the 4 seed will be Notre Dame, even though I personally thought they blew it, and don't deserve it.  I gotta believe that if Trevor Lawrence played in the first meeting, the Irish would have 2 losses this season and wouldn't even be in the conversation. If either A&M or ND are the 4 seed, both would get beaten badly by Bama.  I would like to see Cincinnati get a shot (can you have 2 teams from Ohio in the playoff?), or if you're talking about the 4 best teams at the moment, maybe Oklahoma should be in the conversation.

Does Auburn hire Sark and continue the SEC trend of trying to beat Saban by hiring his former assistants?

Welcome back Greg Schiano to Rutgers- #nomoredoormat

@scbeerman posted:

Weekend Summary

This has been a crazy year with the COVID postponing games, moving venues, opt outs by players and other unforeseen events. Fortunately, most of the games were played. Despite all of this craziness, CFB is still the same, Alabama and Clemson. These two concurrent dynasties are once again on a title collision course. I expect the 30 for 30 documentary on this any time now, at least part 1.

When the playoff picks are announced I expect it to be Bama, Clemson, Ohio St and Notre Dame. The top two are hoping it's the Irish and not Texas A&M. Earlier I said the best five teams were Bama, Clemson, A&M, Florida and Georgia and I still believe it. However, with the SEC knocking each other off you had to put other teams in the playoff.

After last week's debacle Gator fans were wondering how bad the SEC Game would be. The pundits all said they needed a perfect game to beat the Tide in the 10th overall meeting in this game. This was the 11th time Florida has played in Atlanta in the SEC Game and the first time that I was not there in person. It turns out that the Gators were indeed almost perfect as they came back from a 17 point halftime deficit to lose 52-46. The stars showed as Mac Jones, Najee Harris and DeVonta Smith had big games but so did Kyle Trask, Kyle Pitts and Kadarious Toney. I was proud of the Gators and surprised they kept it close, but never happy to lose.

Does missing Trevor Lawrence mean anything? Uh duh yeah. Notre Dame has had some good years but they just are not the elite team that they think they are. To be fair and despite their tradition, ND is a rigorous academic institution and probably does not engage in the "recruiting practices" of many other schools. Clemson won this game easily 34-10.

The other championship games saw Ohio St overcome a sluggish start to beat Northwestern 22-10. Justin Fields has not played well against the two decent teams he has seen. Oregon bested USC 31-24 in the Pac 12 game. Oklahoma may be better now than a couple of playoff teams and they beat Iowa St 27-21 to win the Big 12. COVID struck again cancelling the Sun Belt title game so Coastal ends the regular season 11-0.

We can discuss the playoffs and fired coaches tomorrow.

Bama, A&M, Florida, and Georgia?  As my son likes to say, 'SEC bias'

As a Buckeye fan I have severe doubts about the secondary against Clemson WRs.  That being said would love to see Dabo get that stupid, condescending smirk smacked off of his face in this revenge game from last years playoffs. 

As to SEC bias, check out the list of national champions, bowl wins, draft picks and any other measure from 2000 on. Other than Ohio St, Clemson and Oklahoma, it is the SEC's show. The SEC has earned it.

Congrats to San Diego St. After watching BYU destroy the "national champion" UCF Knights (whom Cincy beat by 3 points), it confirms that Coastal Carolina has a pretty good team.

In the win or go home SEC world, there are 3 dismissals at Vandy, SCar and Auburn. Combined with last year, 6 of the 14 members have new coaches. Tenn's Jeremy Pruitt is on thin ice. And you heard it here first, there could be a change at LSU. There is an ugly Title IX lawsuit coming up that even Coach O may not survive. We already know that their hoops has been caught giving cash to players. Can you say "lack of institutional control". The Bayou Bengals may have sold their soul to win the Natty last year. Finally, we have the curious case of Louisiana coach Billy Napier who has turned down Miss ST, Ole Miss, SCar and Auburn (booster control seems to be the issue there). Napier is very confident that he can get the lottery job and it may well be LSU.

Semifinal Round Summary

The primary discussion has been that the four team playoff format has produced a limited amount of playoff teams who in turn dominate recruiting creating a limited amount of teams making the playoff. Add to that money, ratings, etc and it is almost impossible for a group of five team to make the FF. This is a year where an eight team playoff may have resulted in a 5-8 seed at least winning one game if not two. Case in point was the Gators, down 10 starters and 25 players thus writing the Cotton Bowl off as a scrimmage, resulting in an embarrassing Oklahoma rout. OU may have well been that proverbial team that no one wanted to play as they finished strong. Dan Mullen better learn that you have to put your best effort forward in every game. Also, Cincinnati was for real as well.

Quoting NBC golf announcer Dan Hicks (his most famous call on Tiger's tying putt on the 72nd hole in the 08 US Open), "expect anything different". Of course I am referring to the continued futility of Notre Dame competing at the highest level. The Irish, despite their storied history to most of us over 50, just do not recruit at the level of the current elite. Facing an Alabama offense with too many weapons (minus Jalen Waddle), the Tide scored on their 1st three drives and never looked back 31-14. Brian Kelly was well aware of the criticism as ND had a backdoor cover TD, forced an onside kick and actually called a TO with one second left trying to save face.

The second playoff game produced a surprising result as Ohio St dominated Clemson 49-28. The game pitted the top 2 QB recruits of 2018, Georgia natives Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Clemson started fast but OSU scored on five consecutive drives for a 35-14 lead and essentially the game. Fields threw for 6 TDs and likely played himself back into the 2nd pick in the draft behind Lawrence. This was despite playing with maybe broken ribs after a vicious hit. If there was ever a "revenge is a dish best served cold" game, this was it. The OSU staff had the score of last year's game displayed everywhere in the training room for a year making it personal. As for Clemson, this is the first chink in their armor I have seen in a while as their offensive line is average for an elite team.

If Fields is healthy we could see a great title game, something like we saw in the SEC Title Game.

@scbeerman posted:

Semifinal Round Summary

The primary discussion has been that the four team playoff format has produced a limited amount of playoff teams who in turn dominate recruiting creating a limited amount of teams making the playoff. Add to that money, ratings, etc and it is almost impossible for a group of five team to make the FF. This is a year where an eight team playoff may have resulted in a 5-8 seed at least winning one game if not two. Case in point was the Gators, down 10 starters and 25 players thus writing the Cotton Bowl off as a scrimmage, resulting in an embarrassing Oklahoma rout. OU may have well been that proverbial team that no one wanted to play as they finished strong. Dan Mullen better learn that you have to put your best effort forward in every game. Also, Cincinnati was for real as well.

Quoting NBC golf announcer Dan Hicks (his most famous call on Tiger's tying putt on the 72nd hole in the 08 US Open), "expect anything different". Of course I am referring to the continued futility of Notre Dame competing at the highest level. The Irish, despite their storied history to most of us over 50, just do not recruit at the level of the current elite. Facing an Alabama offense with too many weapons (minus Jalen Waddle), the Tide scored on their 1st three drives and never looked back 31-14. Brian Kelly was well aware of the criticism as ND had a backdoor cover TD, forced an onside kick and actually called a TO with one second left trying to save face.

The second playoff game produced a surprising result as Ohio St dominated Clemson 49-28. The game pitted the top 2 QB recruits of 2018, Georgia natives Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Clemson started fast but OSU scored on five consecutive drives for a 35-14 lead and essentially the game. Fields threw for 6 TDs and likely played himself back into the 2nd pick in the draft behind Lawrence. This was despite playing with maybe broken ribs after a vicious hit. If there was ever a "revenge is a dish best served cold" game, this was it. The OSU staff had the score of last year's game displayed everywhere in the training room for a year making it personal. As for Clemson, this is the first chink in their armor I have seen in a while as their offensive line is average for an elite team.

If Fields is healthy we could see a great title game, something like we saw in the SEC Title Game.

I didn't expect Ohio State to dominate like they did, so I guess a bit surprising there, but when they play as an underdog they are very dangerous, so not surprised by the win.  As you stated, there was a lot of motivation for the last 12 months to stick it to Dabo the Fraud, and they kept pounding them until the end.  Hopefully Fields is healthy and we all get a championship for the ages. 

I'll also add the ACC was 0-6 in bowl games and the SEC had a lackluster record as well.  What Florida and Mullen put on the field was embarrassing. 

@patespo1 posted:

I didn't expect Ohio State to dominate like they did, so I guess a bit surprising there, but when they play as an underdog they are very dangerous, so not surprised by the win.  As you stated, there was a lot of motivation for the last 12 months to stick it to Dabo the Fraud, and they kept pounding them until the end.  Hopefully Fields is healthy and we all get a championship for the ages.

I'll also add the ACC was 0-6 in bowl games and the SEC had a lackluster record as well.  What Florida and Mullen put on the field was embarrassing.

lol - With identical W-L%, it seems the B10 had a lackluster bowl season too. And head-to-head, they split their 2 games, with an unranked Ole Piss beating the #11 Hoosiers, whom ironically, complained about not being invited to a NY6 bowl.

But I'm glad to see "The O" finally show up for a game that mattered. Can they do it again?

@greendrazi posted:

lol - With identical W-L%, it seems the B10 had a lackluster bowl season too. And head-to-head, they split their 2 games, with an unranked Ole Piss beating the #11 Hoosiers, whom ironically, complained about not being invited to a NY6 bowl.

But I'm glad to see "The O" finally show up for a game that mattered. Can they do it again?

As an FYI Indiana lost their starting QB to injury, but yeah they lost.  As to your question, as long as Fields is healthy I think they'll be fine.

Honest opinions sought. I don't watch very much college football so I have a limited data set.

Two years ago when I watched Lawrence play as a Freshman I though it was the best performance I'd seen by a Freshman QB in a situation against top teams.  He clearly outplayed Tau in the Championship game.  He was far from perfect, with lots of small flaws but far ahead of what one would expect from a true Freshman QB.   Against the top teams in the country with NFL talent all over the defense he played well above his age and experience

Last year he had a poor game against LSU and was outplayed by Burrows.  I didn't think a lot of it, mainly because I caught about a 1/3 of the game.

Against Ohio State I got to watch almost all of the game.  My first thought was WTF?  He doesn't look any better than he did two years ago, like he's been in limbo for two years with no improvement in any area.  Good QB, but essentially the same product he was as a Freshman.

Those of you who read the NFL thread know that I have a serious 'dig' against QB's coming out of top programs that you really have no to very little useful game film on how they will perform under NFL pass rushes.  Watching Burrows last year he was mixed against Clemson.  He could get the ball out under 2.5 seconds, but he also held for 4-6 seconds a lot. 

Both Fields and Lawrence held the ball with good options far longer than they could in an NFL game.  It's a hard, hard habit to break.  You end up dead, or like Prescott or Mariota, with lots of 3 yard scrambles and tons of sacks.  You also get a lot of yards because you're behind all the time.

I watched Nick Starkel the most this year at San Jose State, and I don't think he's a top 5 round draft prospect next year, but the ball does come out under 3 seconds consistently.  That's what made Herbert such a great pick, he didn't have that habit to break.

I have no doubt the way these things go that Lawrence and Fields will go 1-2.  Given that means coaching from the Jags and Jets it could turn out really badly for both of them.

So did I miss something?  Was that just a middling performance by Lawrence?  Has he shown more improvement than I saw in that limited data set?

If going 6-2 is lackluster, then the SEC is lackluster. That is on top of 8-2 last year. That said, I am souring on Mullen until he learns to be a boss (firing Grantham) and owning up to his mistakes (you always prepare and try to win).

I agree that Lawrence is essentially the same level as he was as a frosh. I still believe he is a generational talent as maybe is Fields. I go by high school recruiting rankings a lot as more than you think 5 stars make it to the league. The holding the ball observation is astute and I will look for this going forward.

I repeat that I believe the best two players that I saw were DeVonta Smith (who the Heisman voters may agree) and Kyle Pitts. Any team that does not draft either, other than the two QBs, is making a mistake.

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