Capital One Bowl, 1/1/13
1:00pm ET on ESPN
SEC 2nd pick vs Big Ten 2nd pick
Georgia (this could be Florida, but we think the Dawgs will be higher ranked at year’s end and bring in more tourists to Orlando)
Sugar Bowl, 1/2/13
New Orleans, LA
8:30pm ET on ESPN
SEC 1st pick vs BCS at-large pick
Alabama (we believe the Crimson Tide will fend off Georgia in the SEC Championship Game)
Reuben Foster hearing from the Dawgs:
“If there is a coaching change at Auburn, I would be hurt," Foster said. "It is crazy how they are talking about changing the coaching staff and getting rid of Coach (Gene) Chizik. I am going to be sad, and I will be mad.”
A coaching change would not rule out the Tigers, according to Foster, but it would force him to re-evaluate the program.
“At first I will look around heavily, but it is a no-brainer that I will give them a chance. But if I do and it is not where I am meant to be, then I will take another look.”
Foster told 247Sports that several schools have picked up their recruitment of him over the course of Auburn's 2-8 start, with the most attention coming from the Georgia Bulldogs. Before transferring to Auburn High School in the spring, Foster was previously a star at Troup County High School in Georgia.
“I am hearing a lot from Georgia," Foster told 247Sports. "I am talking about a lot. They were at my game on Friday. They hit me up on Facebook already today.”
Steven Nelson decommit:
A lot of question marks surrounded the decommitment of JUCO defensive back Steven Nelson yesterday. Did he decommit because he wanted to…..or did UGA once again back away intentionally and allowing the player to decommit? These are the words from Steven Nelson’s coach.
“He didn’t communicate very much with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham,” Zepeda said. “The only coach that he was communicating with was Defensive Back Coach Scott Lakatos. The relationship between the Coach Grantham and Steven wasn’t there.”
“When Steven went on an unofficial visit to Georgia last summer, he just briefly spoke with the staff. He didn’t really get to sit down with them like he wanted to, other than Coach Lakatos.”
[Hobnail Boot Blog]
Power ranking the SEC:
1a. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1)
Alabama fans should be concerned regarding the last two weeks of football. The Tide defense has been exposed giving up over 400 yards of offense each game at the hands of LSU and Texas A&M. It was a reminder that this Alabama team is good, but the defense is not as good as last year’s team.
Ranked wins: #7 LSU, #21 Michigan
Key games remaining: #5 Georgia (assuming Alabama beats Auburn)
1b. Georgia Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1)
Georgia is playing good football in recent weeks, but the opponents haven’t exactly been stout. Ole Miss and Auburn have clearly been overmatched against the Dawgs, but does this mean Georgia looks this good in the SECCG? Probably not. With that said, Alabama looks beatable, and you have to give Georgia as much of a chance to win the SEC as the Tide.
Ranked wins: #6 Florida
Key games remaining: #4 Alabama (assuming Alabama wins the West)
[Saturday Down South]
First prediction of the week:
#5 Georgia vs Georgia Southern
Georgia steps out of FBS play to take on the option of Georgia Southern the week before playing rival Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs come in at 9-1 off the East clinching shutout of Auburn, 38-0, their first shutout in the series since 1976. They will return to the SEC Title game for the 5th time (all under Richt) and the 2nd year in a row. QB Murray is avg 266 ypg (66%) with a 24-6 ratio but either of the backups Welch (1-3 passing, 15 yards, 0-0 ratio) or LeMay (1-2, 43, 0-1), or both, could see action here. The Eagles are off a 69-26 rout of Howard on Homecoming and arrive Between the Hedges at 8-2. They are leading Div I avg 401 ypg rushing (eight 300 yd run games so far) led by QB McKinnon with 1,053 (6.8) and 11 td’s. FB Swope (827, 6.2, 14 td) returned to action last week after missing the previous 2, but was held to just 4 attempts (albeit for 98 yards and 2 td’s) vs Howard. The Dawgs allow 135 ypg rush (3.5) but have not allowed a point in the last 6Q’s and have allowed just 1 td (4 FG’s) overall in the last 3 games. They will be on upset alert here after GSU put up 302 rush yards and 21 points on Bama last year (most rush yards and points UA allowed all year) which means Richt has them focused for a blowout here.
PHIL’S FORECAST: GEORGIA 52 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 10
Preparing for the option:
To prepare for the spread option, Richt had the Bulldogs wear full pads in practice on Monday, and the coach indicated that he might continue the approach the rest of this week and maybe into next week, too.
Richt said the best way to practice against the spread option and cut blocks is to take a full-speed approach.
After facing Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs will play a more traditional offense, likely No. 4 Alabama’s, in the SEC championship. Richt, though, insists that Georgia’s defense needs to concern itself only with stopping the spread option and not look ahead at dates that might seem bigger on a national stage.
“Some of the schemes and responsibilities will be vastly different — there’s no doubt about that,” Richt said. “If we don’t focus on this we’ll get embarrassed badly.”
New system – old face:
Bill Hancock, the executive director of the BCS, will continue in a similar position for the yet-to-be-named college football playoff.
"Bill Hancock is exactly the right leader to guide this exciting and historic transition to the new college football playoff," Charles W. Steger, president of Virginia Tech and chairman of the Presidential Oversight Committee said in an official release. "He shares our commitment to student-athletes, the importance of the regular season, and preserving America's college football bowl tradition. The Presidents, Commissioners, and all of us who care deeply about this great game are very pleased that Bill will continue to serve."
Hancock has been the executive director of the BCS since 2009, and served on the group's administrative staff since 2005. Before that he was director of the NCAA Final Four for 13 years. In addition to his postseason experience, Hancock's leadership will help shape a new football championship that more closely resembles the basketball tournament in selection and format.
Anders Osborne 5/5/12 Black eye Galaxy CD realese show "Spanish Moon"
Anders Osborne-guitarEric Bolivar - drumsCarl Dufrene - bassBilly Iuso - guitar SPECIAL GUEST- Warren Haynes & Karl Denson
The Royal Southern Brotherhood – Fire on the Mountain
RICHIE HAVENS ~ All Along The Watchtower ~
Flood can't stop a fire truck
Hilarious epic fail from 1970