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College Football Playoff Senarios

21 October 2014 - 09:30 AM

I'm picking number 2 from the attached document.

Attached File  Four SEC team college football playoff.docx   16.79K   12 downloads

Search at Bryant Hall turns up 4 oz pot and $4.6k

13 October 2014 - 05:11 PM


lock of the week

09 October 2014 - 07:14 AM

Here's your can't miss bet this week....

Bet the mortgage on Ole Miss beating Texas A&M at home.  Line is A&M by 2.

things l learned over the weekend

05 October 2014 - 07:14 AM

Hugh Freeze is a damn good coach and even better recruiter.

WSJ says SEC has more NFL talent than the Oakland Raiders

22 September 2014 - 09:54 AM

If You Like the NFL, You'll Love the SEC

Pro Football Parity Comes to College Football's Best Conference

The Southeastern Conference has long been viewed as the closest that college football gets to the NFL. Its schools have the best coaches, the deepest rosters and the biggest, fastest athletes. There may be more NFL talent in the SEC these days than on the Oakland Raiders.

Now, based on the opening weeks of this season, it seems that the SEC is exhibiting another of the NFL's defining characteristics: parity.

After a decade of near-domination by powerhouse schools such as Alabama, Auburn and Florida, the soaring revenues and lavish resources in college football's marquee conference is pushing the SEC into a new era of competitive balance.

Consider: On Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., Mississippi State pulled off its biggest win in years when it upset No. 8 Louisiana State 34-29—its first win at Tiger Stadium since 1991. It really wasn't that close, either: The Bulldogs beat up on LSU, leading by as much as 24 in the fourth quarter.

Earlier Saturday, Vanderbilt briefly looked on course for an upset of even more epic proportions when it jumped to a two-touchdown lead over 14th-ranked South Carolina, before succumbing late in a 48-34 loss.

Coming just one week after Florida barely got by Kentucky in a triple-overtime nail-biter, and with Ole Miss undefeated and Arkansas on the rise, it looks like the SEC's longtime punching bags are finally starting to punch their weight.

"I don't know, to the guys in the locker room, that this is a big upset for us," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said on Saturday. "Our guys were very, very confident coming in here and really expected to win."

Until recently, the only thing a school like Mississippi State could reasonably expect from a trip to Death Valley was a thorough shellacking. In 2012, the top six SEC teams didn't lose a single game against the rest of the conference. This is what noted SEC expert (and Oklahoma coach) Bob Stoops meant when last year when he said that half of the SEC's teams "haven't done much at all."

Since then, signs of parity have slowly emerged. Last season, the six highest-ranked teams lost four games against the rest of the conference. Four weeks into this season, they have already dropped two such games.

How longtime nobodies like Kentucky and Mississippi State have started to cause headaches for the big bullies of the SEC is down to a range of factors, from inspired staff hires and innovative schemes to plain-old coaching stability. But more than anything, it's about recruiting.

As the SEC set about collecting crystal footballs over the past decade, winning seven of the past eight national championships, attendance figures and broadcast revenues rose steadily across the conference. The influx of riches has enabled SEC schools to commit bigger and bigger sums to the business of recruiting, while the conference's competitive reputation meant that even smaller SEC schools became attractive options for top high-school prospects.

This year, seven SEC teams put together top-10 recruiting classes, according to composite rankings compiled by the recruiting website 247Sports. Just as significant, three more SEC programs cracked the top 25, while every one of the conference's 14 schools finished with a top-50 recruiting class.

Thanks to their riches, even the SEC's least accomplished programs can snag recruits from traditional powers.

Kentucky hasn't won a conference game since 2011, yet still ended up with the 22nd-ranked class—two spots ahead of a Michigan State program that won the Rose Bowl last season. Arkansas went 0-8 in the SEC last season but still ended up with a class ranked 30th in the nation, six spots higher than Nebraska, one of college football's blue bloods.

The infusion of talent already has made the SEC the deepest conference in the country, with eight teams in Sunday's latest top-25 poll by the Associated Press. Now it is starting to reshape the balance of the league.

Last season, Vanderbilt parlayed a run of relatively highly ranked recruiting classes into victories over Florida and Georgia. In 2012, Ole Miss landed a top-10 class headlined by defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top recruit, and followed up last season by beating LSU. Tennessee's young recruits helped keep South Carolina out of last season's SEC title game with a 23-21 upset over the Gamecocks.

For now, it seems unlikely that a longtime doormat will challenge one of the conference's superpowers for the conference title. Mississippi State's win over LSU on Saturday was a breakthrough for the Bulldogs, but it remains the program's first over a top-10 team since 2000.

It is also fair to note that even as the conference's lesser lights collect star recruits, the SEC's top dogs are stockpiling talent at an unprecedented rate. Alabama, after all, is on course to land the nation's No. 1 recruiting class for a record fifth straight year.

But if current trends hold, the days of the same two or three schools dominating the country's most dominant conference may be coming to an end.