Category Archives: Auburn
I wasn’t pulling your leg yesterday when I said this was one of the best recruiting classes of the Mark Richt era (more thoughts on episode 35 of the DudeYouPodcast). This class has stars, depth, position-fillers and everything one could hope for. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that may not be enough.
Lost in the hoopla of yet another Top 10 recruiting class is the fact that a Top 10 class is hardly a point of differentiation within the SEC. Over the past five years, seven SEC teams (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M) have pulled in Top 10 classes. All seven of those teams have done it more than once.
The data is even more discouraging when those seven teams are analyzed over four-year periods to reflect the entire team’s talent. In other words, if we measure the classes from 2011-2014 to identify how much talent Georgia should (in theory) have on its roster next season, the results are equally lacking in distinction. The chart below shows how these seven teams stack up over four-year trailing averages.
In 2014, Georgia will be the SEC’s fourth most talented team for the third straight season. Each year, Alabama, LSU and Florida have held an edge over the Dawgs.
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The SEC pulled in a ridiculous amount of talent this week. You can’t argue with that. No conference signed more Top 10, Top 20, Top 50 or Top 100 players. The SEC signed more 5-star recruits than the rest of the nation combined, and no conference signed more 4-star prospects. Seven of the nation’s 10 best recruiting classes hail from the Southeastern Conference. The SEC notched 10 Top 25 classes. No SEC class dropped out of the Top 50.
The SEC dominated National Signing Day. There’s no other way to put it.
Unfortunately, the conference has been building to this level of recruiting success for several years and the lasting impact on the league could be drastic—in a negative way.
Parity is already at an all time high in the SEC, and that parity (as you can read here) is erasing margin for error in the nation’s best football conference. This combined with both a top-heavy core of talented teams and the rise of bottom-feeders makes perfection hard to achieve. What does that mean? The SEC is beating itself.
That’s not a new concept, but the influx of talent in 2014 will worsen its effects. And while a college football playoff may make it easier for a one (or even two) loss SEC team to continue to contend for national championships, a more alarming trend may reduce the conference’s chance for success: The SEC’s most talented team is rarely winning the conference title.
Read more on the thoughts and the impact of the SEC’s recruiting dominance here (warning: lots of stats).
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Hey, how’s your Thursday going?
Like SEC football?
Feeling productive today?
How would you like it if you all of a sudden…weren’t so productive today?
Good Bull Hunting has put together an interactive map of all of the SEC commits by hometown, name, and star rating, and it is absolutely fascinating. I meant to post this last night but I got too involved in this thing. DID YOU KNOW ALABAMA AND ARKANSAS BOTH PULLED 4-STAR O-LINEMEN FROM MINNEFRICKINSOTA?
Enjoy, folks. All we have between now and August is Spring Practice. And soul searching on the fact that the SEC pulled zero commits from Canada and Mexico combined.
Giving you the business,
A number of recruits, most notably committed DB Malkom Parrish and committed OT Dyshon Sims, are in Athens for official visits this weekend, but next weekend is shaping up to be a doozy.
Among the expected visitors:
- 5-Star DE Lorenzo Carter: If you don’t know who he is, you’re reading this by accident. I’m sorry.
- 4-Star CB Wesley Green: Georgia’s second priority behind Carter for some time. Considering Georgia and South Carolina.
- 4-Star LB Bryson Allen-Williams: A long-standing South Carolina commit, BA-W has insisted that this visit is meaningless. It’s just a nice little trip to the greatest college town on the planet during the final weekend of recruiting. What could possible go wrong for South Carolina?
- 4-Star LB Andrew Williams: An Auburn commit, who loves Pruitt. Who knows…
Do I expect Georgia to land each one of these guys? No. But, it’s great that Georgia has players of this caliber spending their final few days before National Signing Day in Athens.
Next weekend is going to be huge. It could define this class.
Read more recruiting updates here.
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Yesterday’s College Football News Today: Really Important Notre Dame News, Texas Booster Apologizes, Braxton Miller Back to Lose More Games
Notre Dame Steps Up in Apparel???
According to ESPN, Notre Dame is moving from Adidas to Under Armour. Is this a step up? Does Nike just not give a rip? I don’t understand. Under Armour is cool for me to workout in. At home. But in my mind the apparel manufacturer still lags the appeal of a more universally accepted brand like Nike.
And I know, Auburn and South Carolina wear Under Armour. That’s great. Prior to that and up untill 2009 (I think) Russell Athletic provided Auburn and South Carolina’s attire. That wasn’t a typo. Russell Athletic is legit though. When I was in middle school my team wore Russell Athletic. Russell Athletic hooked the Robertsville Middle School Rams up!
Notre Dame now joins the ranks of South Florida, St. John’s, Northwestern, Utah, Boston College, Texas Tech, Hawaii and Maryland as an “Under Armour” school. That’s pretty much a murderer’s row of athletic prowess right there. Including Auburn and South Carolina, the 10 Under Armour schools (not counting Notre Dame) in this article combined for 52 wins over FBS foes in 2013. That’s killer.
Texas Booster Boo Hoos
Red McCombs who said Charlie Strong would make a good position coach apologized for what he said and promised to help Strong at Texas.
Lost in all of this “controversy” is the fact that Charlie Strong would make a good position coach! He’s overqualified for that job, but Red was on to something there.
Braxton Miller Back To Lose
How many teams in the country are currently riding two game losing streaks? There can’t be that many, but Ohio State is one of them.
And, quarterback Braxton Miller has apparently grown fond of losing, so he’s coming back for another season of college football. God for you, Brax. Get that education.
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