This is more of the wash, rinse, repeat variety, because duh. Since its Saturday, we present…A LIST!
There’s no secret that the SEC dominates recruiting rankings. Fanboys will say its because of things like #SECSpeed, cynics will say because of absurd recruiting budgets and pandering by the recruiting services to the schools with the largest followings. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
This, however, is absurd:
|3||Greg Little||OT||Ole Miss|
|4||Shea Patterson||QB||Ole Miss|
|19||Jeffery Simmons||DL||Mississippi State|
|24||Benito Jones||DT||Ole Miss|
|38||A.J. Brown||WR||Ole Miss|
Yep, 23 of the top 50 consensus recruits in the nation are going to make their debuts in the SEC this year. Eight SEC schools (over half the league, for those keeping score at home) nabbed at least one, making a list (Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas A&M) of teams that didn’t land a top-50 recruit less keystrokes than those who did.
19 of the next 50 also inked with SEC schools, but maybe we’ll get into that when we run out of ideas in like, 3 weeks.
This game is so much fun to me.
There was nothing memorable about the 2012 Music City Bowl, which pitted Vanderbilt in a relative home game against N.C. State. Well, except Vanderbilt won a bowl game and finished the season in the top 25.
Some more fun:
- N.C. State’s QB? Mike Glennon, who was the beneficiary of Tom O’Brien forcing Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson out of Raleigh.
- O’Brien was fired prior to this game, based predominately on the fact above.
- The winning QB is none other than Bachelor heartthrob Jordan Rodgers, brother of Aaron.
- James Franklin left for Penn State after this game, and Vanderbilt went back to being Vanderbilt. Franklin’s sparring partner, Todd Grantham, was never the same and left Georgia for Louisville a year later.
Even the bottom (population: 1) of the SEC can beat a slightly-below-average team from another league, and do so fairly handily. On day 2 of the 100 day countdown, we make sure even the serfs get their love.
100 days back, y’all! If you weren’t aware, today marks the start of the 100-day countdown to September 3rd. We’re only 98 days away from South Carolina’s annual Thursday opener, when they host Vanderbilt in a deal from 2009 that ESPN is somehow STILL paying off. Said another way, Will Muschamp hadn’t even started failing AT FLORIDA yet.
The preview magazines (well, the lame ones) are starting to trickle out. People are starting to do bona fide previews of the 2016 season. It’s time, y’all.
Today, this list ranks the top-25 nonconference matchups of the season. There are some incredible ones this year. Even though there’s no SEC representative in marquee matchups such as Ohio State/Oklahoma and Notre Dame/Stanford, there are PLENTY of chances for the SEC to flex its muscle to the college football world without beating up on poor Vanderbilt.
9 of the top 15 games have SEC ties.
UCLA at Texas A&M, 9/3: Headline aside, let’s get started with one the SEC might NOT win! A&M is a complete wild card this year (things I’ve said each of the past 3 years), and UCLA should ride strong behind Josh Rosen and a nice defense. A&M opens -1, but I don’t trust it.
Arkansas at TCU, 9/10: Both offenses lose a ton. Arkansas should still be able to play bully ball, but their slow Septembers give me a little pause.
LSU ‘at’ Wisconsin, 9/3: Wisconsin’s offense was awful last year, but they should return Corey Clement, who was lost for the season in their opener against Alabama. This feels like a Leonard Fournette September Heisman game to me.
Clemson at Auburn, 9/3: Go Tigers (the ones that occasionally wear purple). My ACC side doesn’t need my league’s favorite losing to the SEC’s new cellar dweller. Clemson is -8, which sounds about right.
Florida at Florida State, 11/26: FSU should still be in the playoff hunt. Florida is my darkhorse to (again) win the SEC East. This game always has some kind of schadenfreude value. Most recently, Florida’s final score of two (2) points in last year’s game.
Georgia vs. North Carolina, 9/3: Plenty of talk about this one to come. Georgia is favored by 4.5, which…well…I can see a lot of outcomes for this game.
Alabama vs. USC, 9/3: This is gonna be a shitshow in Alabama’s second home, JerryWorld. Tide by…26?
Florida State vs. Ole Miss, 9/5: Seeing as this is ON Labor Day, I had to swallow my pride and give props to ESPN for giving us a chance to watch ALL of the awesome week 1 football. This is beautiful.
Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech, 9/10: My very first post on DYC proposed that these two fanbases, separated at birth, should meet at a NASCAR venue. It was announced like a month after my post. I’m taking credit for this, and hope the grass in Bristol is kinder to Tennessee than the grass in Knoxville is to Georgia.
I’ll say the league wins 6 of these and is wearing the “no shit we’re the best” crown before the Braves lose their 100th game.
We can now set the countdown timers to the minute.
ESPN, for all its warts, got Saturday, September 3rd 100% right. This is a beautiful slate of games. S/O to our friends at Georgia Tech for even giving us hungover breakfast fodder.
9:30am: Georgia Tech ‘at’ Boston College, from Dublin
Noon: Oklahoma vs. Houston (both preseason top 15 teams in a nooner), Hawaii at Michigan (because Jim Harbaugh.)
3:30: LSU vs. Wisconsin from *Chris Berman voice* LAMBEAAAAUUUU FIELDDDDDD *quits blog for Chris Berman reference*
5:30: Georgia vs. North Carolina, two top-20 teams in a pretty un-overlapped slot. Love it.
8: USC/Alabama in our annual “shit, Alabama’s really good” reminder.
9: Clemson at Auburn.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
We get Texas/Notre Dame on Sunday and Ole Miss/Florida State on Monday.
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