Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops is Adorable


Here are some quotes from Stoops talking about the SEC’s non-dominance, or “propaganda” as he called it:

So they’ve had the best team in college football.  They haven’t had the whole conference.  Because, again, half of ‘em haven’t done much at all…It depends on who you want to listen to.  Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship.  That doesn’t mean everything else is always best…So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you.  You’re more than smart enough to figure it out.  Again, you look at the top two, three, four, five six teams and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are.  How well are they all doing?

 

To summarize Stoopsy, who is just 3-4 against SEC teams in his career despite boasting an .832 winning percentage in his other 179 games as head coach at Oklahoma: The SEC isn’t that good, the conference just has six really good teams.  The bottom half of the conference isn’t any good.

I think Stoopsy’s record speaks for itself (his last game against an SEC foe was a 41-13 loss in the cotton bowl to Texas A&M and he lost to Notre Dame at home last year), but if there’s anybody wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt consider the flaws in his logic.

  • Stoops says the SEC has/had six good teams.
  • What distinguishes good teams from bad teams?  Wins.
  • If a team wins a game then that team’s opponent does what?  Loses the game.
  • Does a loss to a good team de-value a team that is not as good?  Not in and of itself.
  • Good teams are supposed to beat not as good teams.

Two different SEC teams can’t win the same individual game between two SEC teams!  That’s not how football works.  When Alabama played Georgia in the SEC Championship, the two best teams in the conference squared off.  The game was close throughout and was about as close to even (without an overtime) as it could have been.  But guess what.  Alabama and Georgia did not win that game.  Only Alabama won.  It works in all cases.  If Georgia beats Tennessee in a football game, there is no possible way that Tennessee can also win that very football game.  There’s no way!

Practically speaking, consider the SEC’s five worst teams in 2012 – Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.  Those teams combined to go 19-41 last year.  If we assume that the good teams in the SEC Stoops referred to were those ranked in the final Coaches’ Poll that gives us this short list: Alabama (1), Georgia (4), Texas A&M (5), South Carolina (7), Florida (10), LSU (12), Vanderbilt (20).  The SEC’s bottom five teams lost 24 of their 41 games to those six teams as demonstrated below.

Auburn:

  • LSU
  • Vanderbilt
  • Texas A&M
  • Georgia
  • Alabama

Arkansas:

  • Alabama
  • Texas A&M
  • South Carolina
  • LSU

Kentucky:

  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Vanderbilt

Missouri:

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Vanderbilt
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Texas A&M

Tennessee:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • South Carolina
  • Vanderbilt

With those 24 games against teams that Stoops defined as “good” and therefore “teams that should win” removed, the SEC’s bottom five moves to 19-17.  If we’re looking to measure the bad against non-bad opponents, though, we should remove some more games.  Namely, we should remove games in which a bottom-five SEC team plays another bottom-five SEC team.  So these games are out:

  • Missouri’s 33-10 win over Kentucky
  • Missouri’s 51-48 win over Tennessee
  • Arkansas’ 24-7 win over Auburn
  • Arkansas’ 49-7 win over Kentucky
  • Tennessee’s 37-17 win over Kentucky

With those five games removed (again if the variable here is “Bad SEC Teams’ Performance” these games had two variables and were therefore difficult to draw conclusions from) the bottom five of the SEC now boasts a 14-12 overall record.  That’s not all that bad.

Stoops has no ground to stand on.  If he concedes that the top of the SEC is in fact good, he cannot condemn the bottom portion of the league for losing a lot of games.  He’s just being silly.

Dude’s Note:  I wrote about a very similar subject in response to a reader comment back in early December.  I went back and re-read that article and I can say this confidently: If you found this current article remotely interesting (regardless of if you agreed or disagreed) then you will enjoy the old one.  You can find it here.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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Posted on May 9, 2013, in Blog, Georgia Bulldogs, SEC and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Every conference has weaker teams. The SEC places 8 or 9 teams in bowls games. This year that may increase. The SEC has average about 6 – 3 over the past twenty years in bowl games (that is a rough estimate not researched). So overall from top to bottom the SEC has a better caliber of product. Plus the two best teams in the country from the SECCG (recent history…but not always) Either Stoops was trying to make his fans happy and fired up or he was upset by a question presented to him and lost his cool. Either way he is an idiot. Just like Urban Crier predicting ND would beat ALA by 3….did he not just come from the SEC and know first hand how the conference plays. What a joke of him selling out to ESPN and the Big 10 crowd he is now affiliated with….

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