I'm thinkin' the next POTENTIAL challenger to the SEC for national prominance will be Ohio State. I have to admit, Mr. Myer can recruit and is doing very well in the South. Heck, Hinesville's own 5 star recruit lists them as his leader. As we all know, power+speed abounds in the South (7 NC's in a row) and nobody understands this better than Myer (2 NC's @ UF.)Somehow, he is able to get these guys to commit to a cold environment far from home better than anyone else in that region of the country. Perhaps it is because of his rings. I don't know. But it is working and they were undefeated under Myer already with Big 10 type talent (understandably against Big 10 talent, I realize.)
Point is, he can recruit and he can coach. Don't sleep on the Buckeyes...
I hope he does. I really do. He would have gotten it this year had the defense played to expectations. Either Grantham or the players were overrated on that side of the ball. Who knew UGA would have a record setting offense on a team that was expected to have a record setting defense?? The offense was supposed to be suspect with an untested O-line and true freshman running backs.
The defense didn't keep their end of the bargain while the offense was setting school records.
This to me is the most frustrating aspect of this past season.
That being said, they will enter next season as a top 5 program and if they can navigate September (Clemson, SC, and LSU) they still will have UF and possibly an SEC championship game to deal with. They may actually be better next year, but the schedule will be brutal. I can't help thinking we missed a good chance this past year.
The SEC proved their dominance on the field (although if SC hadn't squeaked that one out, by my count the SEC would have been only one game over .500 in this year's Bowls)"
But that's moot because South Carolina beat Michigan, and the SEC only lost three out of 8 Bowl games. So 5-3 is not too bad at all .625 winning percentage. Below are the results.
North Carolina (ACC)24
Vanderbilt (SEC) 38 Final
LSU (SEC) 24
Clemson (ACC) 25 Final
Mississippi State (SEC) 20
Northwestern (Big Ten) 34 Final
Florida (SEC) 23
Louisville (Big East) 33 Final
South Carolina (SEC) 33
Michigan (Big Ten) 28 Final
Nebraska (Big 12) 31
Georgia (SEC) 45 Final
Oklahoma (Big 12)13
Texas A&M (SEC) 41 Final
Notre Dame (Independent) 14
Alabama (SEC) 42
The SEC went 1-1 against the ACC
The SEC went 1-1 against the Big Ten
The SEC went 0-1 against the Big East
The SEC went 2-0 against the Big 12
The SEC went 1-0 against the Independent
"But as I told my son last night, I would rather have had an undefeated ND in the national championship game as opposed to two SEC teams - even if ND lost 100-0."
Well not me. I would rather have a team that was not undefeated, and played a much better game, than to have a team be undefeated and lose 100-0. That will be quite embarrassing. But Notre Dame was embarrassed, and it showed that they were no way ready to compete against the SEC. They were grossly over-rated, and the Sports Analyst now know it. You probably wont ever see Notre Dame get the head nod again for such high rankings. Right now, they look like a caliber team such as a Utah State or a Boise State. I do believe that If Notre Dame Football Program played in the Big Ten as the other Sports Teams are at Notre Dame,
they would not have been in Miami Florida. That's for sure. That BCS National Championship would have been more entertaining. That game was over in the first quarter. They made Manti Te'o look like a freshman starter, as they (Alabama)ran by him scramble pass him, and simply had their way with him and the entire Notre Dame defense.
But Notre Dame never quit and they gave it their all. It's just that Alabama was just too much for Notre Dame.
The SEC will be just as good next fall as they were this past season.
Urban Meyer has done a great job with that Buckeyes Team. But as you know, in the past with Jim Tressel, they could not beat an SEC School in the National Championship game either. I believe that Ohio State will be the Big Ten Champions if they return all of their players. If not, better watch out for Wisconsin.
It's great that Hinesville 5 star players are now getting looks from the Big Ten. But have you also thought that the recruiting is so intense for the South, that only the Blue Chip players get the scholarships at a Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and etc.
Remember, these days the SEC does not rebuild any longer, they just simply reload.
Urban Meyer maybe a legend, but Nick Saban, is an ICON and he has a Dynasty of a football program. You can now say Bear Bryant and Nick Saban is the same sentence.
Tiger 5, and Jimmy D,
Georgia in the vast majority of their years with Richt, has had high powered offenses. Great Quarterbacks from as long as I could imagine. Great Running backs, wide receivers, tight ends etc.
Georgia is BCS National Championship material, and can win one. Here is the factor. "DEFENSE"!!! They have to do a better job with that defense. All of these talented defensive players, NFL pre draftees, and you can't get them clicking on all cylinders? They have to find an answer to the defense or their wins will be only offensive shoot outs with teams like Florida, and South Carolina.
"I was pulling for the Dawgs as well, and I have no doubt that Urban Meyer will bring consistent success to Ohio State. Recruiting is the name of the game; the best programs just seem to reload."
I agree sebekm,
Early Bird gets the worm. It will be very hard to get a player from the South to go to Ohio State. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, will offer plenty to get that star player to their program.
"Actually, didn't you forget about Ole Miss? They beat Pittsburgh 38-17 on January 5th in Birmingham. By my count, that makes the SEC 6-3 in this year's bowls, doesn't it? My point above was that if not for the "Outback Bowl Miracle" with 11 seconds left in the game, the SEC would only have been 5-4 in the bowls this year - which would have hardly been a demonstration of "domination."
Yes I did forget about Ole Miss, and yes that makes it 6-3 which makes a very good year for the SEC Bowl wise.
Lots of money should be coming to the SEC Conference to be shared among the SEC Schools.
I fore see another good year for the SEC with Georgia stepping up. They finished in the top 5 in the Country AP Poll Rankings. (I don't actually don't depend on that Poll any longer, but I will use that for now) Alabama has lost a great deal of players due to the upcoming draft, and Georgia is losing about three players to the draft (Defense) But as you know in the SEC, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, etc just don't rebuild any longer, they reload.
2013 will be a very interesting year, and Ohio State comes off probation. But as I've always told you, I still believe the BIG 10, PAC 12, and Independent Notre Dame as being over-rated. The only way these BIG 10 teams won a National Title is that they never played an SEC Team for the National Title, except for Ohio State and they got beaten by Les Miles LSU Team.
"So whadya think, Sporty? I don’t expect you to change your opinion, but perhaps the above is something to think about(?)"
I still say that it is the SEC and then everybody else. :-)
"...and speaking of "anti-SEC sentiment," here's one *computer* that STILL has Notre Dame Ranked #1:"
We all know that's not the case any longer. A team that got trounce in the first quarter 21-0 in the first quarter, 28-0 in the 2nd Quarter to the half. Then they put in the 2 and third string in the fourth quarter, and yet they still dominated the Fighting Irish. 42-14? I say that's dominating.
Yet they still rank Notre as being No. 1? Come on, even you know better than that sebekm.
I believe that now everybody else will have the concept of IF WE CAN'T BEAT EM, WE WILL JUST JOIN EM!!!!
In other words they (BIG 10 PAC 12 Independents etc) will start mirroring everything the SEC does to win.