SEC - Most Ranked Ever But Problems Ahead?
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That's what two articles I read over the weekend pointed out. The first article said:

"The Southeastern Conference set a record Sunday for most schools in The Associated Press college football poll with eight ranked teams.

The Top 25 was shaken Sunday after seven ranked teams lost, including five to teams that were unranked or lower ranked. Stanford dropped eight spots and Michigan fell from the poll.

The top four was unchanged, with No. 1 Alabama receiving 55 of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 is Oregon, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. Florida State moved up to No. 5 to set up a top-five matchup at Clemson next week.

Stanford, which had been top-five all season, lost 27-20 at Utah and dropped eight spots to No. 13. The Cardinal's Pac-12 and national title hopes took a serious hit, though they'll be able to get right back in the conversation next week by beating No. 9 UCLA at home.

No. 24 Auburn moved into the rankings for the first time this season to join No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 14 Missouri, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida from the SEC.

Missouri (6-0) jumped 11 spots with its first statement victory since joining the SEC, a 41-26 win against banged-up Georgia. But the Tigers lost quarterback James Franklin to a separated throwing shoulder. The senior will miss the rest of the regular season, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy on Saturday. Franklin's replacement is Maty Mauk, a redshirt freshman and big-time recruit.

The record for most teams from one conference in a regular-season poll had been seven, done many times, including this season by the SEC. The ACC and Big Ten have also reached seven ranked teams in season.

The SEC also had eight teams ranked in the 2011 preseason poll."

See: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9819670/sec-slates-record-eight-teams-ap-top-25

The second article explains how the SEC MIGHT NOT make it into the National Championship game. Specifically:

"After winning seven consecutive crystal footballs, it seemed a perfect storm would be required to stop the SEC from taking No. 8. Well, some awful suspicious-looking clouds are starting to form just off the horizon.

As things stand today, the only way an SEC title game would automatically put the winner in Pasadena, Calif., for the national championship would be if undefeated Alabama faced undefeated Missouri. Any other combination of teams and you could have the SEC's disaster scenario developing at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 7.

(Also),(t)hings might not work out so neatly for the SEC if Alabama happens to lose and fall short of Atlanta this year. At 6-0, No. 2-ranked Oregon has never looked stronger. No. 3 Ohio State looks flawed in some ways, but the Buckeyes are running out of true tests. The winner Saturday between No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Florida State will be in excellent shape the rest of the way. Even Louisville — a fringe contender, at best — seems to be benefiting from poll inertia, moving up to No. 6 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll despite its schedule and unimpressive performance last week against Rutgers. Currently, Louisville is ahead of Texas A&M and LSU. Would voters keep either of those teams behind the unbeaten Cardinals even if they won the SEC?

If one-loss South Carolina or two-loss Georgia ended up playing one-loss LSU in the SEC championship game, the SEC would probably once again be in need of major help on championship weekend to get to the BCS title game.

Things have broken the SEC's way plenty of times before, but with so many teams still in the race at the halfway point, the path to an eighth consecutive crystal football is as cluttered as ever."

For the rest of the article, see:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/10/13/analysis-sec-path-to-another-national-title-very-cluttered/2975875/

So - what say ye? Where's Sporty when we need you? We need your sage wisdom - and your assurances that things will break the SEC's way.


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JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Great Blog Sebe. Yes the DAWGS National Title hopes are dashed with two losses. The goal now is to win the EAST and have the 'priviledge' of playing a Monster Team in Alabama. A&M and LSU still are factors but (I know you hate him) Saban is too tough to beat. I see the Tide winning the SEC and playing for the whole enchilada against Oregon.

Tiger5 commented on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

My two cents:

It seems to me that the most likely scenario is that Alabama will play Oregon for the National Championship. I do not see either one of those two losing to anyone other than each other in the year’s final game. What about Ohio State? Most likely they will go undefeated, but they will never jump an undefeated Oregon or Alabama. I feel less sure about FSU or Clemson going undefeated, but if either one does, the same holds true; they are not jumping the Ducks or the Tide.

There are formidable teams in the PAC 12 and SEC, but they all have major flaws in at least one of the three major stages of the game. Oregon and Alabama have no major deficiencies that I can see.

Oregon 42
Alabama 38

Oregon finally gets their National Championship!

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 13:59 PM

Hi Jimmy: Saban's players do have a way of making him look good. They don't seem to have the athletes on D this year that they usually do, which I guess gives hope to LSU and A&M. LSU seems to finally have a QB that can make plays and keep the errors down. A&M is always dangerous as long as they have that kid at QB.

Hey Tiger: I agree with you on the most likely. Ohio State will be in the conversation, but if you have an undefeated OR and an undefeated AL - I can't see OH State jumping them either. As to FSU/Clemson, I think that if either goes undefeated they may have a shot if one or more of OR's wins are of the "unimpressive" variety. That ol' "east coast bias" might let an undefeated Clemson/FSU get in there ahead of OR in that case. But I agree - not likely.

If it does turn out to be OR-AL, it will be a game for the ages. Too bad the 4-team playoff system doesn't start this year - especially if we have more than two undefeated's - which could be the case if OH State, Louisville, and the winner of Clemson/FSU run their respective tables.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 14:11 PM

....and here's an early "bowl projection" schedule from USATODAY, which backs up Tiger's prediction:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/...

(This projection has AL and LSU in BCS bowl games, with the Dawgs in the Outback Bowl.)

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 16:20 PM

Weren't the UTES unranked when they beat Stanford? Not that one game is the primary indicator of conference strength, until I see it happen tho, I do not see the Pac 12 Champ knocking Bama out. If both teams are healthy, with all their horses on the field I agree with Tiger5 cept I see it:

Alabama 42
Oregon 38

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:03 PM

Utah was unranked, and came up with a last-minute goal-line stand to thwart the Stanford win. Utah won the ball-control stat, as well as the turnover battle.

Utah has done pretty well in football over the years "out west," and they did beat AL rather convincingly in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Utah led that game 21-0 after the first quarter, and ultimately won 31-17. Of Alabama's 17 points, 7 came on a 73-yard punt return; 7 more came on a 30-yard drive after a UT turnover. So they pretty much "handled" Alabama the entire game, despite the fact that UT got penalized 10 times. With the win, Utah completed the 2008 season as the only undefeated (13–0) Division I FBS team. Urban Meyer coached there for a couple of years in the early 2000's. They just joined the PAC 12 in 2010.

Yes - I'm not sure losing to an "unranked" team is as big a deal this year. We had several this past weekend, and a bunch of near-misses.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The comments of Charles Davis - Fox Sports analyst and All-SEC defensive back for the Tennessee Volunteers from 1982 to 1986 - were featured in an NFL.com article yesterday. Davis - an SEC alumnus - expressed the sentiments of just about everyone outside the SEC nation. Here is the article:

"Charles Davis: 'People are sick of the SEC, Alabama'

The SEC's reign of seven consecutive national championships, and Alabama in particular, has worn thin on the public consciousness, according to NFL Media college football analyst Charles Davis. In a radio interview with CBS Sports' Tim Brando on Monday, Davis joined a familiar chorus, one that has grown over recent years.

Grown tired, that is.

"When you sit there and analyze it all, it's real easy when a team's been the frontrunner for a long time for all of us to search for the alternative," Davis said, referring to the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide.

Alabama has won three of the last four national titles, although in each of the past two, UA has lost a regular-season home game and still managed to resurface to the top-two BCS poll ranking necessary to reach the national title game. In both cases, UA needed help from other games to do so, but in both cases, Alabama won convincingly in the title game (21-0 over LSU, 42-14 over Notre Dame).

The question, however, is whether pollsters are equally tired of the same conference, and to a lesser extent, the same team, occupying the BCS championship chair year after year. If they are, the unbeaten Crimson Tide may need to stay that way to force its way back to a chance at an unprecedented third consecutive BCS national title. A one-loss Alabama team, on the other hand? Perhaps not.

"That's what happens when you're on the scene a long time," Davis added. "People are sick of the SEC. People are sick of Alabama, those who aren't SEC-affiliated."

Two remaining hurdles stand out above others for the Crimson Tide: LSU at home next month, and the Southeastern Conference Championship Game in Atlanta in early December. Absent a loss in one of those games, the national title game will likely feature familiar colors."

See: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000...

hollabackk commented on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Last i heard from 31313 he was blocked from blogging here.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 13:15 PM

I corresponded with him by private mail about that, and it turned out to be a glitch in the system as he was trying to post a blog. It has happened to me before. He tried again and it posted okay.

When you are kicked off the site, your account is usually deleted and your profile, blogs, and posts disappear. Sporty's account is still here. His last post was on Sep 14; the last blog was originated on Sep 8. Maybe he's just "on vacation." I hope he's okay and is not in the hospital or something.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 13:26 PM

Yeah, I sent him a message too and no response. I think someone from the Pac 12 has him gagged and tied up somewhere in a basement in Oregon.

But if he was here, I'd bet he would take FSU over Clemson this week.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 13:44 PM

Maybe he found Rachel.....

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 15:03 PM

Then I have a double tragedy to now try and digest. Rachel always loved the ambience of a good tail-gate and SF3 new how to throw a good tailgate. OOOHHH the images that are now upon me...OOOOHHHH the horrors!!!!

sebekm commented on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 22:07 PM

I think they call it.....elopement....

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Yes Sebe...I know. I just hope she is treated well and finds the happiness that I was apparently unable to provide her.

sebekm commented on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 16:14 PM

Don't blame yourself, Jimmy. Some women are just never satisfied.....

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 17:14 PM

Thanks for understanding Sebe.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 14:59 PM

Like Douglas MacArthur to the Phillipines - SPORTY HAS RETURNED!

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 19:12 PM

The Dawgs are done.... Or are they? I believe Missouri will lose two games before it is all said and done. South Carolina loss as well. Georgia the last couple of games were simply out coached and the Dawgs made a lot of mistakes. In addition, practically the entire first string are injured. The SEC East are in a mess while Auburn, Alabama, are doing well. LSU and Texas A&M loss too. Lot of upsets this past weekend.

Clemson was hammered by a freshman quarterback.

LSU was upset by Ole Miss 27-24
South Carolina was upset by Tennessee 23-21

Texas A&M was upset by Auburn 45-41

Georgia was upset by Vanderbilt 31-27

Right now you have Alabama who is undefeated, and surprisingly Missouri.

Auburn is 6-1

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I'm surprised Mizzou has been able to stay undefeated with the loss of their starting QB. Alabama looks like the class of the SEC - this year by far. The rest are capable of losing to anybody on any given Saturday. Part of the problem is that nobody - including Alabama - seems to be playing the kind of defense that has been the hallmark of the SEC during their recent national championship run. We'll see how badly this hurts them in the post season. They may not be in that much trouble because it doesn't look like there are any defensive "powerhouses" around the country anyway.


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