"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
So, I'm sitting here watching the Big Ten conclude its season in thrilling fashion; Michigan earned a tough win over a not-so-talented, yet still feisty and dangerous Penn State squad and Michigan State and Ohio State are in dogfight for the conference's driver's seat.
And I can't help but notice the SEC's slate of games today (also my brother always points this out every year). But, I think its weird and kind of bogus that the SEC loads up its second-to-last week of the season with out of conference cupcakes some of whom are even FCS schools. I imagine they do this on purpose so they can essentially shorten the length of their season, which comes in handy if one of their teams is going for an undefeated season and playoff berth. Reporters brought this up to Saban this week, who got very testy defending the curious scheduling.
Aside from the LSU-Ole Miss matchup, the rest of the conference is on Easy St this week (and some are not doing so hot). Observe:
-Florida needed overtime to get passed a 2-8 Florida Atlantic team. Afterwards the Gators' coach compared his players to dead fish. I sure hope the playoff committee drops them in the polls this week. They still have to play FSU and Alabama in the title game, but still...2-8. Florida Atlantic...Overtime.
-South Carolina lost to The Citadel. 'Nuff said.
-Alabama is currently crushing Charleston Southern (who the hell is that?).
-Auburn plays Idaho today. Idaho.
On the contrary, look at how the Big Ten is going to wrap up. If Ohio State gets passed State, they still have to play 9-2 archirival Michigan. Whoever wins that one would then have to face Iowa who is currently undefeated. That's brutal.
Also look a the murderers' row that the Big XII contenders have to face. Baylor, Oklahoma, Ok State and TCU are all going to cannibalize each other down the stretch, with a playoff spot on the line (or not).
ND's schedule is arguably soft (now that Mich/State/FSU are no longer on it). But even they finish up with a tough one v Stanford next week. But should they win out, they don't have to put it all on the line in a conference championship game.
If I'm a Big 10 or Big XII team who could be on the outside looking in, I would point to the end of the SEC's season and ND's lack of championship game and argue that they have a built-in advantage.
But, I guess my question is: Should the playoff committee consider this when deciding who should get in? I know they should, but they probably won't, right? Discuss.
People seem to be liking the camps.
As one observer on the sideline noted when Harbaugh ripped his shirt off and began running around in his khakis: "Let’s see Nick Saban do that.
But he doesn’t see any controversy with Harbaugh or any other coach competing for recruits on the SEC’s turf. The bottom line, he said, was they could stop their "whining."
"The SEC is so competitive and these coaches have worked so hard to get this part of the country covered up. But bless their hearts, it hurt their feelings because somebody from up North came down here."
This is a well-written summary of what most on this board believe, but in a forum intended for a broader audience.
Musberger & Palmer to be lead announcers for SEC Network:
Death of SEC soon to follow...
So the SEC is following the ACC to allow more piped in music during the game between plays.
The rap/rock pipes will continue to spread in my opinion until all stadiums are blaring all the time.
You kids stay off my lawn, too.
Seriously though I am not a fan.