Labor Day weekend is nice because you essentially get five (six if you include Georgia State/Abilene Christian this year) days of FBS football in some way, shape or form, which is almost overkill. Because the Tuesday and Wednesday after? TORTURE. Its not quite the 231 days that preceded last Wednesday after the Auburn/Florida State game, but its a struggle. We had a taste, now we want more. This is how heroin addictions get started.
Arizona at UT-San Antonio, 8pm, FS1. This game has intrigue to me for three reasons:
1) Arizona has a chance to be a decent football team and darkhorse in the Pac-12 South.
2) Thursday night road games are where claims such as 1 go to die.
3) Larry Coker- still a corpse that coaches football.
This game really doesn’t intrigue me at all.
Pitt at Boston College, 8pm, ESPN: Two teams who will win 5-7 games and play in pre-Christmas bowls. If you haven’t seen Pitt WR Tyler Boyd yet, then maybe it tickles your fancy.
Washington State at Nevada, 10:30, ESPN: Man, the standard is so much lower for Thu/Fri games. This one should at least feature a LOT of points (O/U is set at 65.5, I’m banging the over) and the world’s favorite coach.
Saturday: The Noon Swoon
Lord, this is a pitiful slate. There are three SEC games, with #2 Alabama hosting FAU and Tennessee hosting Arkansas State, somehow both on the SEC Network. #24 Missouri travels to Toledo (that is not a typo) and is the ESPN game for noon (also not a typo). What a world.
On ABC, you get a chance to see #4 Oklahoma, as they travel to Tulsa. And beyond that, in no particular order, #20 K-State in a conference game at Iowa State on FS1, Penn State/Akron on ESPN2, and #23 Clemson’s lack of a run defense against South Carolina State on your local ACC Network affiliate.
3:30- The Football Gods Give Us One
I’d be kinda pissed if I lived on the West Coast and this was a nooner for me, but #14 USC travels to Palo Alto to take on perpetually immovable object #13 Stanford on ABC. USC ran 102 plays in their week 1 win over Fresno State, and Stanford always ruins hurry-up extraordinaire Oregon’s season. CONSIDER ME COMPELLED.
Beyond that, its uglier than the noons. Kentucky will have a competitive game at Ohio on the Collegiate ESPN network, Florida debuts against EMU at 4 on the SEC, and #15 Ole Miss and Vandy come at you from LP Field at 4:30 on ESPN.
Saturday Saturday Saaaaaturday, Saturday Saturday Saaaaaturday, Saturday Saturday Saaaaaturday Night’s Alright
#7 Michigan State at #3 Oregon. 6:30pm. FOX. Be there or be square.
Reeling #21 South Carolina hosts possible-best-team-in-North-Carolina East Carolina on ESPNU at 7 in a game where ECU QB Shane Carden is out to throw the ball more than Kenny Trill’s 60 attempts.
The #5 Barners get a tune-up against San Jose State at 7 on ESPN2. We get to see round 2 of senor Trill as Lamar visits #9 Texas A&M on the SEC Network at 7. Texas gets to try to hold BYU under 500 rushing yards at the same time on FS1. What I’m saying is this: you should have your rotational trigger finger ready to go by now, its week 2.
At 7:30, our favorite game that has no bearing on any titles at all takes place, as #16 Notre Dame hosts Michigan on NBC. So, that’s 6 games to keep an eye on. For #7, how about Virginia Tech at #8 Ohio State on ESPN at 8?
Let’s rank them in order of what you should have on your ‘favorites’ list to flip through:
1) FOX. Sparty/Ducks.
2) NBC, I guess, for you purists out there.
3) ESPNU, because S.C. could seriously be 0-2 with Georgia on deck.
4) ABC. Nobody likes seeing Urban Meyer win anything, even if it means Frank Beamer wins instead.
5-7) Up to you, man. I don’t own you.
Enjoy the games, folks!
100 Days of SEC Dominance: Day 90 – The Big Ten is Bad at Math and at Reading and at Writing and at Football and Ohio State President Gordon Gee is an idiot
“You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing wrong.”
That was Ohio State President Gordon Gee’s response to half-hearted (but true) accusations that the Big 10 (a conference with 14 member institutions) can’t count. You’re all adults and I’m sure with a little effort you can track down the audio recording in which he also blasts Catholics.
Oh how I love Ohio State. I’m so giddy over this quotation that I’m going to skip over making jokes about Gordon Gee’s appearance (I would have commented on how he looks like a more feminine version of the Six Flags dancing man) and Ohio State football as a whole. I’m just going to talk academics.
For starters, there is conclusive evidence that the Big 10 has 14 schools and there isn’t conclusive evidence that the SEC can’t read or write.
So I had to dig a little deeper. Upon further examination I offer this: Ohio State would be the SEC East’s fourth best institution at reading and writing. Using those two testing areas (and the SAT as the measure), here’s how Ohio State stacks up within reported data for “admitted students” and their SAT results.
|School||Reading 25th Percentile||Reading 75th Percentile||Writing 25th Percentile||Writing 75th Percentile|
*Bold = as good as Ohio State or better than Ohio State
For giggles, I did some math on the entire SEC East and added Ohio State. Now, keep in mind I’m allowed to do math because I know 14 does not equal 10. Here’s what I did: I combined all of the figures above and found a happy middle-point for students admitted. Example: Ohio State’s Reading and Writing Score = (540+650+550+650)/2. So, Ohio State scored 1195. Practically speaking, a student with an 1195 on the Reading and Writing portions of the SAT likely was accepted into the Ohio State University.
Here’s how it worked out for the rest of the field…
You keep doing you, Gordon Gee. We’ll be counting, reading and writing down here.
And winning National Championships.
That’s all I got/
For the rest of the SEC Domination Countdown, go here.
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Georgia’s Pro Day is tomorrow. Who’s going to participate? Mostly players who want to play football professionally. Jarvis Jones will get his grind on. Cornelius Washington will defy physics. Alec Ogeltree will try to run faster – and in a straight line (too soon?). The wild-card at this event? Richard Samuel. The guy has played all over the field, has weighed as much as 245 lbs. and at one point was considered the fastest Bulldog on the team. You can watch the event at 10:30 on ESPN3.
Tennessee’s new coach Butch Jones got Mic’d up at practice last week. He has a really nice office and wants Tennessee to “hurry up.” He says that he “doesn’t believe in standing around or walking,” as he stands around and walks.
Seth Emerson has a good piece on Sheldon Dawson, Georgia’s next potential starter opposite of Damian “Black” Swann at corner. Read it if you want.
Lastly, Purdue really likes engineering.
That’s all I got/
The Rest of the SEC Tourney Today: Is Missouri worth anything to the SEC? Can Vandy hit more than 5% of shots?
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Here are three facts and a prediction for each of the other SEC Tournament Games going on today:
Tennessee vs. Mississippi State
- Tennessee guard Trae Golden played at McEachern High School – the alma mater of yours truly. That’s where the similarities end. He probably could have taken my spot on the Varsity Basketball team when I was a rising senior…and he was a rising eighth grader. Trae plays guard at 6-2, 205; in high school I played the 4-spot at 6-2, 205. Golden is a junior and has scored 894 points, grabbed 274 rebounds and handed out 338 assists while playing for the Vols. I never recorded a single college basketball statistic. But ask Trae who has more collegiate turnovers and who has missed more collegiate free throws. Yeah…
- Tennessee beat Mississippi State by 15 points on January 19th. And Tennessee has won seven more conference games. So you could make the case that Tennessee is a lot better.
- Did you hear that Tennessee beat Kentucky? Vols fans are still talking about that.
Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas
- There are at least 323 Division I basketball programs. How do I know that? Because Vanderbilt ranks 323rd in the nation in points per game.
- On January 12th Vandy only scored 33 points in a 23-point loss to Arkansas. The Commies hit just 10 of 40 field goals in the game. Of Course Marist (6-12 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) also held Vanderbilt to 33 points in a game this season (Vandy was 14-61 from the field!!!!), so that may be the norm.
- Vandy rebounded from that “effort” and defeated Arkansas 67-49 on February 9th.
Vandy shoots under 5% from the field. Arkansas wins.
Missouri vs. Texas A&M
- This is where the Tigers needs to earn their keep. All last summer we heard about Mizzou football making an impact. And all Fall we heard about how Mizzou’s real value for the SEC was in hoops. That was cool back on December 27th when Missouri was ranked 7th in the nation with a 10-1 record and a lone loss to 4th ranked Louisville. It’s not as believable now that they’re 11-7 in SEC play.
- Texas A&M defeated Missouri earlier in the season. The game was a good one with the Aggies holding on 70-69 at home.
- Missouri, along with Florida, is considered one of just two “locks” for the Big Dance out of the SEC.
Surely Missouri is worth something, right? We’ll find out today. Missouri wins.
That’s all I got/
This is the eleventh article reviewing the topics I deemed most important to the SEC before the season began.
The previous articles in this series can be found here:
- Storyline 10: The Return of Marcus Lattimore
- Storyline 9: Derek Dooley’s Hot Seat
- Storyline 8: Georgia’s Defense
- Storyline 7: Is Vanderbilt any good?
- Storyline 6: Picking on the New Kids – Texas A&M and Missouri
- Storyline 5: Divisional Powershift Courtesy of Auburn and Florida
- Storyline 4: The Decline of Arkansas and Mississippi State
- Storyline 3: The SEC’s Heisman Candidates
- Storyline 2: Alabama
- Storyline 1: Reviewing the Experts Picks
- Today: Handicapping the SEC East
- Tomorrow: Handicapping the SEC West
In August I spent some time handicapping the possible outcomes for each and every team in the SEC. Here is how all of that turned out and how some of the projections could have made you some money in Las Vegas (keep in mind this only includes regular season wins):
The SEC East
|Team||DYC Projected Wins||Actual Wins||Vegas Spot||Dude Win $?|
In general, I used the following process for determining a Vegas “Win”: If one number was reached by me, I used that relative to the spot of Vegas, if a range was found be me, I split the middle and compared to Vegas. Vegas offered two ranges (Vandy and Kentucky) but both ends of the ranges were clearly above and below where I was, so there was no gray area.
Tennessee was the lone “off” bet, as my range yielded a 7.5 and the Vegas spot was 7.5.
So, betting on seven games with clear differentiation would have yielded you seven wins.
I’ll put up the figures for the SEC West tomorrow.
That’s all I got/