November 27th, 2011 07:01 PM║ Posted By: MrSEC.com ║ Permalink
Tags: Les Miles, LSU, SEC, Vince Ferrara
There are a wide array of questions and topics out there involving SEC football. Here are my thoughts on some of those below.
Should there be a SEC rematch in the BCS Championship Game?
Absolutely. LSU and Alabama are the two best teams in college football and they deserve to be in (and this is important) a winner-take-all championship game. Make-up all the really lame, flawed excuses for not wanting to see Alabama in the title game (like: if you don’t win your conference you don’t deserve to play for the national title, you can’t lose at home, they already had their chance, the first meeting was boring, etc) all you want. Make inaccurate statements (like Lou Holtz on ESPN this past weekend saying, “nobody wants to see a rematch”) all you want. The rematch should happen. If LSU loses the SEC Championship, it should still happen. LSU’s resume is far and above anyone else’s in college football. In the current flawed system we have, the two best teams should play in that game. We all know who those two teams are. It is just a matter of whether you’ll allow yourself to admit it.
Is Georgia a threat to LSU in the SEC Championship Game?
Yes. However, so was Arkansas, and look how that played out. The Bulldogs have some ingredients to present problems if LSU isn’t sharp. Georgia has a great quarterback, a Top 5 defense and lots of talent. If Crowell is healthy, he makes Georgia even more of a threat. LSU would have to really help Georgia because LSU is the better team, but Georgia is capable of winning the game.
Where is the SEC in bowl scenarios?
If the SEC gets 3 teams into the BCS (LSU/Alabama in title game & Arkansas or Georgia in Sugar Bowl,) that will leave the SEC with 6 bowl eligible teams left for 8 remaining bowls with league tie-ins. That would mean the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis and the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham would need to go outside the SEC for teams to play in those bowls. Those will be big financial hits for those bowls and those communities. Of those 6 remaining teams (Georgia or Arkansas, South Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida and Vanderbilt) three are 6-6 and one is 7-5. That means after the Capital One and Cotton snatch-up those 10 win teams left on the board, the Outback, Chick-fil-A, Gator and Music City bowls will have teams with unusually average records left for them.
Should Derek Dooley be fired at Tennessee?
No. Not after only two years. Is the jury still out? Yes. Are there a lot of concerns? Definitely. The problem is that considering the brutal state of the program and circumstances Dooley inherited, you have to give him more time. A change in head coaches would mean 4 head coaches in 5 years. You can’t win that way. You need to give him another year to improve the roster and see what he can do with them. As LSU and Alabama show us annually, the first absolute ingredient to win championships is great players. Then you need great coaching with that. After another recruiting class and scholarship numbers recovered, the excuses go out the window from this point on. The results must come next year though. Tennessee fans are mad. Many want a change now. I say, not yet.
Should James Franklin be the SEC Coach of the Year?
Nope. Les Miles is the coach of the year. The “it’s easy to coach great players” argument doesn’t fly, especially in college football. Who recruits those great players? The coaches. Who has to motivate those great players? The coaches. You need great coaching to put elite athletes in positions to be successful and play hard for you. Those are not automatics in college football. Miles keeps his players confident and loose. Look at all the adversity LSU had to overcome this year. Miles is the best in the business at winning despite distractions. LSU has been the best team with a difficult road to an undefeated season. What Franklin has done at usually lowly Vanderbilt has certainly been impressive but Les Miles should be the SEC Coach of the Year.
Why was Bobby Petrino so upset at Les Miles?
For no good reason, whatever it was. Apparently, Petrino wasn’t pleased with LSU trying to score points in the fourth quarter while up big on the #3 team in the country. Wait, I thought you could win the game? Now, you expect an opponent to show mercy on you in a 1-vs-3 matchup with the current voting system in place? Please! We all know that Petrino would have done the same thing. That’s just a ploy to have a chip on their shoulder next year. Coaches rarely pass on motivational plays. Just ask James Franklin.
What’s the biggest misconception about the SEC?
That no one in the SEC East is any good. I know Georgia and South Carolina didn’t play the SEC gauntlet that Tennessee did, but you have to give them credit for winning games they should in the best conference and for reaching 10 wins. These teams have improved and overcome injuries, suspensions and more. Both teams and coaches deserve a lot of credit and recognition for it.
Vince Ferrara has more than 10 years experience in sports broadcasting, in numerous SEC and Big 12 markets, working in sports radio, play-by-play and television. You can hear him host the “News Sentinel Sports Page” weekdays 10am-12pm ET on WNML - “The Sports Animal” in Knoxville and read more of his work at Examiner.com.
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