Some Florida fans may be a little disappointed to hear this right now, but there’s a good chance no Southeastern Conference coach will be fired this season.
The question gets asked a lot by Southeastern Conference fans and it goes something like this: ”How would (highly ranked team) do in the SEC?” Often it’s not even a question, it’s an assertion, such as: ”(Highly ranked team not from the SEC) would be lucky to finish .500 if it played in the SEC.”
Missouri took control of the SEC East and a new contender emerged in the SEC West. A week after knocking off Georgia on the road, No. 14 Missouri followed it up by blowing out No. 22 Florida 36-17 in Columbia, Mo. In College Station, Texas, No. 24 Auburn used a late score to beat Johnny Manziel and No. 7 Texas A&M 45-41. It was a Saturday filled with upsets in the Southeastern Conference and most played in favor of Missouri.
Welcome back Braxton Miller. The one-time Heisman Trophy candidate is back after missing several weeks with a knee injury, but how will the Buckeyes react after they’ve been cruising with backup Kenny Guiton? Both these teams can score, it’s going to be who plays the best defense that will make the difference.
Finally, a college football weekend with real potential to reshape the rankings and shake up the national championship race. The fifth Saturday of the season features four games matching ranked teams, highlighted by No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Georgia. Eight more ranked teams play road games of varying degrees of difficulty.
As the first month of the season is coming to a close, the elephant in the room is too irresistible to ignore. What team has the best chance of beating the Alabama Crimson Tide on January 6 in the BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl? While it is not a given, Alabama’s chances of making the title game are pretty high at this point. Outside of the game against LSU on November 9, Alabama should breeze through its remaining schedule. The edge favors the Crimson Tide since the game is in Tuscaloosa. After they dust off the Tigers, it is off to win the SEC Championship Game again and then the BCS title game for a chance to three-peat. Of course this is over simplified, but this is Alabama. They’ll get it done. With all due respect to Florida State, Clemson and Oregon, who could easily make it to the title game, the only team with the entire package on and off the field to dethrone Alabama is Ohio State. The Buckeyes have Urban Meyer, who is enemy number one in SEC territory. He also has the rings, the attitude and the SEC arrogance to pull off the upset. Meyer started the SEC’s run by beating the Buckeyes 41-14 in the desert. Can he stop it by beating his arch nemesis in the shrine that all Big Ten teams covet? Deep down, Alabama probably needs to beat a team like Ohio State to legitimize its streak. Clearly, they are the benchmark in college football, but the last two championship games feel a little hollow. Notre Dame…
This year’s SEC ”Game of the Century” has little chance of ending 9-6. No. 1 Alabama faces Johnny Manziel and No. 6 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, on Saturday. The last time there was this much hype and anticipation for a regular-season Southeastern Conference Game, it was No. 1 vs. No. 2 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Miami made it two big victories for the Atlantic Coast Conference against the Southeastern Conference in the first two weeks of the college football season. The Hurricanes beat mistake-prone No. 12 Florida 21-16 on Saturday. Add that to Clemson’s victory against Georgia and the ACC can come away feeling good about its early season showing against the league that has won the last seven national championships. Ultimately, it was a split of four spotlight matchups. No. 1 Alabama beat Virginia Tech handily and South Carolina whipped North Carolina in the opening weekend of the season. But considering all the grief the ACC generally takes for not being able to stand up to the mighty SEC, .500 is looking solid. ”How about that ACC? Spunky little old league?” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after his Tigers had an easy follow-up victory against South Carolina State on Saturday. Miami needed a lot of help from Florida. The Gators had five turnovers and numerous empty trips to the red zone. Florida outgained Miami 413-212, but Stephen Morris threw a couple of TD passes and the Hurricanes held on. NO. 2 OREGON 59, VIRGINIA 10 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — De’Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score, and Oregon started fast and completely manhandled Virginia. The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the Cavaliers in the game. Oregon finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21:25. Virginia (1-1) got an early look at what it was up against as Mariota dropped back on a third-and-5 on the opening series, then bolted up the middle untouched, going 71 yards for a touchdown. After 1:51, the Ducks were on their way to their 16th consecutive victory on their opponent’s field, the longest streak in the country. …
Urban Meyer built one of the most explosive and dynamic teams of modern college football during his time at Florida, where he won two national championships in the last three years. He’s slowly starting to recreate that at Ohio State, where he has a similar ability to bring in talented athletes to fit his system. The Buckeyes went 12-0 in Meyer’s first year in charge of what may be a team that is only going to get better with time. Surely enough, Meyer has already started to slowly turn the Buckeyes into a team that looks like it will fit in well with the SEC. Here are three reasons why.Begin Slideshow
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer had officially been the head coach at Ohio State for maybe 10 minutes when he was hit with his first question about his old conference.
So, is the Southeastern Conference better than the Big Ten, and if so, why?