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Shockingly there is no thread for this.  At least not that I could find.   Looks like we are finally moving to 4 super conferences, with the big news today that Texas and Oklahoma announcing they are moving to the SEC.  Have to think this effectively kills the Big 12 and that the Big Ten, ACC and Pac 12 have to be scrambling  to add teams.

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@pinotlvr posted:

Damn Yankees don't know how important college football is!  I'd give up the Lightnings's back to back Stanley Cups, just to have another Gator National Championship

Those of us in the Midwest agree.  Can't wait for the upcoming Buckeye season, and interesting to see how the Ewers saga plays out (will he skip his senior season and join TOSU early).

I have checked in for the first time on some months. If there is some interest, I will post my weekly thoughts this year.

As for OU and Texas joining the SEC, I do not know what to think of CFB, or college sports in general, any more. It will add some more interesting games for sure. I am not sure of the division alignment  whether is stays at 2 divisions or goes to 4 team pods. Concerning the remaining conferences, it will be a high stakes game of musical chairs.

RIP Bobby Bowden.  He made FSU football fun to watch and took a program that nearly dropped football to national prominence.  Saw a nice story from Nick Saban who said that Bobby called him after his father died (whom Bobby knew, but not Nick) and offered him a spot on the WVU coaching staff (where he was head coach at the time) if he needed to be close to home for his mother.  That made a big impression on Saban.   Surprisingly, Bowden won the only meeting between them as head coaches in 2007 (Saban's first year at Bama) 24-17 with Bama ranked #22 at the time, and FSU finishing the season at 7-5.

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@scbeerman posted:

I have checked in for the first time on some months. If there is some interest, I will post my weekly thoughts this year.

As for OU and Texas joining the SEC, I do not know what to think of CFB, or college sports in general, any more. It will add some more interesting games for sure. I am not sure of the division alignment  whether is stays at 2 divisions or goes to 4 team pods. Concerning the remaining conferences, it will be a high stakes game of musical chairs.

I always enjoy the weekly summaries.  Too bad the Forum has kind of died off, there used to be some good debate/discussion. 

Ok, I feel the love and will resume next weekend.

Quick first impressions - different guys, same result, Bama just marches on. Saban=Tiger Woods winning at an insane rate and we will never see another like him. Maybe Georgia or A &M can challenge but I doubt it. Gators are who I thought they would be, good but not close to great. They have a freak athlete in Anthony Richardson but not sure if he is ready to be a high level QB.

The ACC had a dismal weekend. It's not that Clemson lost to Georgia but their weak OL was exposed. You expected a dropoff at QB after the best two QBs in their history. Miami was not close to being competitive against a good team. Louisville gets blown out to Ole Miss. The NC hype machine took a pause losing to Va Tech. Mack Brown has a top 10 roster and should win at least 10 games. FSU is better. With that context, Clemson can run the table and not make the playoff if Ohio St, OU (who looked bad) and a Pac 10 team have good years.

For now, I have Bama, Georgia, Ohio St penciled in.

Weekend Summary

Ok, I overreacted a bit in Week One as Ohio St may not be a sure thing to make the playoff. Congrats to Oregon for coming into the Horseshoe and beating the Bucks. The Big 10 may be wide open although I am not convinced Iowa is better than OSU. The Pac 12 will indeed have a say in the playoff picture this season.

Based on some results, not calling them upsets, we have a longer term trend in CFB. The economics have changed and many previous powers are now experiencing lows from where they will be difficult to recover. When looking at wins in the 90s, the four top teams were FSU, Nebraska, Florida and Tennessee. Although us Gator fans are not happy with our program, the other three programs are in death spirals. Nebraska and Tennessee were programs that were always on TV in the 70s and 80s before it became widespread, and they got players for that reason. Neither have a wealth of high school talent in their respective state, so their allure has diminished. Tenn has a bit of hope since they are in the SEC but it is slim. FSU is puzzling in that they have a brand name and access to talent rich Florida (and Georgia) athletes. However, their administration chose to not pay Jimbo Fisher and they have settled for two mediocre coaches. Their athletic budget is shot as they are still paying Willie Taggart (i miss that guy). Only a booster with Texas size money, a large ego and no sense can bail them out. Miami is also puzzling given pass success and access to talent within an hour of their campus, but they have never had broad fan support.  And Texas, with every resource know to man, just found out how life in the SEC will be this past weekend. Woo Pig Soooie.

Weekend Summary

From what I have observed, it is Alabama, Georgia and maybe the Gators. Yes, Bama won the game (as they always do) in a raucous Swamp 31-29. However, for the first time in memory, the Gators physically pushed the Tide around on the OL  having more total yds, rushing yds and first downs (aware of stats for losers). That is something that rarely happens to a Saban team and bodes well for the Gators. While not into moral victories, this game (as well as last year's SEC game) shows that the Gators are close to elite status and maybe will get some recruits as a result. And AR15, IMO, the Gators best player did not play due to injury.

Two constants in the playoff, Clemson and Ohio St may not make it this season. Clemson barely held off Ga Tech 14-8 and that was a team they hung 60 on last season. Winless Tulsa was in the game late against OSU. With Penn St winning a nice game against Auburn and Iowa, the Big 10 may get a new team in the playoff. Get this, maybe just maybe, Jim Harbaugh has a chance to beat Ohio St and win the Big 10.

America's team, Coastal Carolina won a tough one on the road at Buffalo. The Chants have a shot at 12-0 with probably only App St that can give them a game. QB Grayson McCall is for real and could be an NFL QB. I know that many elite programs tried to get him to enter the transfer portal in the off season. Other than Clemson, CCU is ranked higher than any other ACC team. #ChantsUp.

We have a long way to go, especially how the SEC West plays out. OKlahoma has the easiest road to the playoff but they are not on the level of Bama or Georgia right now. Oregon is good as well.

A little late this week as I was glued to the Ryder Cup all weekend and had a busy Monday.

Notre Dame got a nice win over Wisconsin and could be headed to a 11-1 season. However, I do not see the Irish contending as it will be more of the same in the playoffs. The ACC is indeed out of the playoffs. Clemson's run since 2015 of dominance is temporarily halted as they lost to NC State with their offense not productive again. The other hope, although slim, North Carolina got waxed by Ga Tech ( NC great roster but bad coaching). That leaves Wake (my son is happy) and BC left as unbeaten. Coastal Carolina is now ranked above every team in the ACC.

Bama and Georgia kept rolling. The Gators overcame a slow start to cover over Tenn. Arkansas surprised Texas A&M although they lost their QB and best WR. This will be a bit of a showdown week in the SEC as Bama/Ole Miss, Ga/Arky and Fl/Ky match up.

Oklahoma came from behind to edge W Virginia. The Sooners offense has been a puzzle, and while they should win the Big 12, they are not playing at the level that they were predicted in pre-season.

Missed a week and chaos is the result. For the first time in recent memory, we have some new teams in the hunt and that is great for college football. Earlier I was hard on Tenn, Nebraska and FSU, but maybe too soon. I still think Georgia is far and away the best team as Alabama does not quite have the players on defense. Their loss to A&M was not an accident. The Big 10 East is really good this season with Mich, Mich St, Penn St and Ohio St in the mix. Iowa could be a playoff team. I hope Cincinnati makes it as that would be good for the game. Oklahoma is still alive only because they are playing a Big 12 schedule.

As for me, I have come to the conclusion that Dan Mullen is not a championship coach and I do not have the time to list the reasons. My son is ecstatic that Wake Forest is 6-0 for the first time since 1944 and the Deacs may end up at say 10-2. America's team, Coastal Carolina, only has to win at App St next week for a clear path to 12-0. #ChantsUp.

@csm posted:

Prediction, Alabama beats Georgia in the SEC Championship and the Committee leaves Cincinnati on the outside looking in.   Georgia, Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma State get in.

As we've seen this season especially, anything can happen, but have a hard time seeing Bama beating Georgia.  Bama just isn't the team they have been in past years (still very good no doubt).  Personally want to see Cincy get in just to give the little guys a taste, and they deserve it if they win on Saturday. 

@patespo1 posted:

As we've seen this season especially, anything can happen, but have a hard time seeing Bama beating Georgia.  Bama just isn't the team they have been in past years (still very good no doubt).  Personally want to see Cincy get in just to give the little guys a taste, and they deserve it if they win on Saturday.

I want Cincy in too.  I think they deserve it if they win, regardless of what else happens, but I think that

I'll believe Bama doesn't win the SEC and gets left out of the playoff when it actually happens.  Still think the committee will turn itself into a pretzel to get them in.

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