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2017 College Football National Championship: Thoughts On Nick Saban, The Game, and How Kirby Smart Has Georgia Primed For Success

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Kirby Smart learned one more lesson from Nick Saban during the National Championship Game Monday night. (Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A friend of mine texted me just after halftime of the National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama and asked me a question.

“You think Alabama really switches [Quarterbacks]?” (more…)

Alabama Crimson Tide Again Show College Football Who Reigns Supreme

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Just like that, it was over.

I respected Notre Dame’s defense as much as anyone in the country had. I didn’t buy into the notion that their strength of schedule was weak. Considering they beat the Rose Bowl champion Stanford Cardinal on the road, Southern California (a preseason number one) in Los Angeles (don’t forget they hung 50+ points on a University of Oregon team many thought should have been in the championship game), Oklahoma in Norman, and Michigan at home.

and the “cupcakes” on their schedule were not South Carolina State, Sam Houston State, or any other Division I-A or I-AA team you would see on a normal college football slate. They were BYU, Michigan State, Purdue and Pittsburgh; none of which can be overlooked by anyone.

The one thing missing with this Notre Dame team, the “it” component if you will, was an offense. That’s why they never received their full due from those who know what they’re talking about, and zero respect from those who have no idea what they’re talking about. That’s why we as sports fans are reading about another BCS title for the University of Alabama and the equally hated SEC.

I didn’t need to watch Lacy rumble for 31 yards on his first three carries to know this game would be over quickly. I figured that would happen when I watched him and backfield mate T.J. Yeldon wear out LSU and Georgia’s defense that featured a flock of first-round draft picks. I didn’t need anyone to tell me Everett Golson would struggle to throw the ball on Alabama, Dee Milliner is one of the best cover corners in the country and Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix is too. That goes without mentioning Notre Dame was a team built to run in a game they needed to establish their passing game.

But this is Southeastern conference football and, more importantly, it was Nick Saban football. No gimmicks, nonsense, and all power. You think the Tide yelling at teammates in the late quarters or taking shots down the field with a 35-7 lead was just for show? I’m here to tell you it wasn’t. They came to play football until the clock struck zero, and even then they had to shake the scowl off Saban’s face.

If you enjoy a particular brand of football (high scoring, fast pace, trick plays, etc.) I have no problem with that and neither does anyone else. it works for some people and in some places.

But it doesn’t win championships in college football.

That last sentence isn’t debatable, it has been proven every year for the past seven years. If you think its unfair, you might want to reconsider the brand of football you enjoy because one-dimensional teams are no longer an option. I’m not an Alabama fan, and this, as I said earlier, isn’t even about the SEC anymore. Alabama has broken down the fraction of this equation that used to equal SEC dominance. The remainder is Alabama, and the rest of the country is now looking for a solution. Brian Kelly after the game put it best:

“After the game, Kelly gave credit to Alabama, and seemed almost to treat the trouncing they’d just received as a lesson—a field trip, so to speak—to the big leagues. “Our guys needed to see what it looked like” to play a championship team, he said in the postgame presser. There was very little post-game analysis of what he or his players could have done differently; rather, there was a focus on the future, now that they’d seen the best. “We all now know what we need to do” to play like a team that wins championships, Kelly said, calling it a “great, great opportunity.” In other words, he seemed to be saying, I realized pretty quickly we were never really in it, so let’s at least try to learn something from it.” (SOURCE:  Jena McGregor, Washington Post)

At this point its time to recognize the Crimson Tide for what they are in college football. Like Duke and UCLA basketball, the Lakers and Celtics in the NBA, and others in various sports before them Alabama has become that dynasty that everyone loves to hate.

Even if they have no legitimate reason to.

Locker Talk Episode 17!

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The Lady SportsWriter Kim Nash joined me Monday to talk about the BCS National Championship game between the University of Alabama and Notre Dame University. We also discussed Aaron Murray’s decision to come back as quarterback of the Georgia Bulldogs and who raised their draft stock this bowl season. Locker Talk airs twice a week (Thursday 1 pm EST and Friday 2 pm EST) on BlogTalkRadio.com

 

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NCAA Football 2012: University of Georgia Needs To Make A Statement With Win Over Spurrier, South Carolina

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It isn’t enough for Mark Richt’s fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs to defeat the sixth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. They have to do something far more drastic Saturday evening.

They need to beat them soundly and without much mercy.  (more…)

NCAA Football: Why Am I Anti-Playoff in College Football? Don’t Get Me Started!

College football has their playoff. They also have a huge headache coming in 2014.

For some, this is seen as the answer to all of college football’s problems. It will determine the “true” national champion. All a playoff really does, in the case of the proposed four-team format, is leave the door wide open for a larger debate and personal agendas. (more…)

Things I Took Away From The Weekend That Was In College Football

College footballs National Champion was crowned meaning the real fun begins for programs across the country (recruiting!). Here is a look back and a few thoughts from the weekend (week) that was in college football.

  1. Alabama is the no-doubt-about-it best team in the country: What I witnessed last night was a demolition. Nick Saban put together a game plan that not only beat LSU, but broke down every facet of their game and made it look as though the number one team in the country didn’t belong. I joked with a friend of mine that people on Twitter were talking about LSU like you would an Ole Miss. Think about the numbers: one penalty, two third down conversions allowed, and almost four times the yardage (384-92). 92 yards of total offense for the Tigers. unreal performance. Was it the shootout that most in the ESPN era want? No. but if you appreciate great defense (and trust me it wins championships) then this was something to behold from Alabama last night.
  2. No one was beating either of these teams last night: I’ve seen Mike Gundy changing his tune a bit about playing for the national title. he went from saying they were the most deserving teams to play for it to saying I think we could have scored on them. Okay that is fair, maybe Oklahoma State could have scored on them. But notice he didn’t say “I think we could have beat Alabama” only “we could have put up “some” points against them. That’s how good these teams are. The challenge is no longer “could we beat them” but “can we score on them.” Folks, fans talk like that. I used to always wonder “could I score a point on Roger Federer?” Maybe, but as an athlete at the highest level is it more important to get there and have your kicks with a score or win the whole thing? Would fans have been happier seeing LSU or Alabama play someone else and made the game look easy? I promise you this: Stanford, Oklahoma State, Oregon, West Virginia, Georgia Southern, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams it doesn’t matter. Last night the two best teams in the country played for the title and the winner put on a show. Plus one’s and playoffs are fun for argument sake, but realistically if you look back at the last seven years the SEC has won who has a legitimate gripe that the deserving team from that conference didn’t earn it? If you do, let me know. I am ready with stats in hand. Which brings me to my next point…
  3. Does anyone have a legitimate shot at stopping the SEC in 2012-2013: I know a guy right now that if he is reading this his grin is more of an ear-to-ear smile. One of my dark horse picks for the national title next year is USC. They have everything you need to keep up with the big boys down South. They have a defense that is just as strong and just as fast. They have an offense that can compliment that defense and keep the opposing team off the field for a while. Matt Barkley had a stretch at the end of last season against Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Colorado and UCLA where he threw for 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He’s good and only going to be better. Outside of USC I can see an improved Oregon team as well as West Virginia if they continue their ascent. Outside of those teams you will be hard pressed to find a program that can take on anyone from dixie.

It really was a fun season. As always it was full of debates, great plays and cool moments. Of course college football (like any sport) never really ends but I will say I can’t wait until kickoff next August.