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Old 01-21-2010, 12:25 PM
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Well, I figured its about time to start a new thread for the new year - and since no one else has done it yet, I might as well!

Repeating a post I made in the other thread, with early oddsmaking on next year's National Champion potentials.

From bodog.com:

3/1: Alabama

13/2: Ohio State

12/1: Oregon, USC

15/1: Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, Boise State

18/1: Florida, TCU, Virginia Tech

20/1: Iowa, Miami, Penn State, Field (any other team, collectively)

25/1: LSU

Entire list here (scroll down)
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Forbes list of most valuable college teams, Dec. 09

Two Big 12 teams more valuable than anybody in the SEC?

1. Texas

2. Notre Dame

3. Penn State

4. Nebraska

5. Alabama

6. Florida

7. LSU

8. Ohio State

9. Georgia

10. Oklahoma

11. Michigan

12. South Carolina

13. Tennessee

14. Auburn

15. USC

16. Michigan State

17. Arkansas

18. Texas A&M

19. Wisconsin

20. Oklahoma State

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Wonder what it would look like if you compared the SEC to the Big 12?
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Wonder what it would look like if you compared the SEC to the Big 12?
As a conference as a whole? No way to do that directly from Forbes data, they only list the top 20, no data for the rest of the teams. One could make an assumption, based on the fact that there are 7 SEC schools and 5 Big 12 schools in the list of 20. If one makes that assumption, then I guess you'd have to say that the top of the Big 12 is more valuable than the top of the SEC, but the "rest" of the SEC is worth more than the "rest" of the Big 12.

I actually found two things interesting. First, I was very pleasantly surprised to see Nebraska ranked 4th in the nation in value, and just as surprised to see that the Huskers out-value every team in the SEC.

Second, I find it pretty amazing that only ONE school in the entire (population-rich) Pac 10 makes the list at all.

With respect to the other post of mine - its kind of interesting that the oddsmakers who actually put money on the line (only one I've found yet publishing the odds on this) find it more likely that Texas, Oklahoma AND Nebraska could win next year's NC than Florida (or anyone else in the SEC except 'Bama!)
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Looks like we'll have Meyer around after all.

Florida's Urban Meyer to coach spring practice - NCAA Football - SI.com
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I saw that too, and I don't think its good. I say that because I actually like and respect Meyer. Meyer, from multiple accounts I've read, has been heavily involved in recruiting, has said he expects to be coaching this fall, and now says he'll coach the spring game.

His carefully considered decision to resign; after extensive talks with family, doctors and UF management; after one practice became an "indefinite leave of absence" instead, and now looks to not even be that, unless "indefinite" meant a day or two. The coaching obsession has once again triumphed over personal health and family, and I don't see that as being a good decision for Urban.

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This is the final week of non-Spring football. I'm quite nervous and anxious and happy about this recruiting class. I know the Florida fans are absolutely overjoyed about their class. Auburn is watching closely for the following stories in recruiting:

- Where does DJ Howard sign? Does he stay committed to Auburn, or does he go to Clemson? Howard is a RB who was timed at summer camps with a legit 4.34 to 4.40 forty yard speed. He plans to make his final decision on Wednesday.

- Where does Shon Coleman sign? Auburn was early to offer and he has been committed since. Coleman has recently taken his official visits to Alabama, Miami, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. He plans to make his final decision on Wednesday.

- Do we get Marcus Lattimore's signature? Lattimore is the top RB in the nation and would round out our attempts at ringing in the two top RBs in the nation (in addition to already committed Michael Dyer). He will be announcing at his church on Tuesday night at 6:00 PM.

- Do we get Byran Jones? He is deciding between the hometown Razorbacks and Auburn. We have made a late push and having two other Arkansas natives (Dyer and his teammate Dakota Moseley) doesn't hurt. Rumor is that he has posted on Facebook he will be signing with Auburn. He will announce sometime on Wednesday.

- Do we get Jeffrey Whitaker? He is deciding between the hometown Bulldogs, Auburn, and Miami. He's a big defensive tackle that has vaulted up the Rivals 100 list. He will be announcing tomorrow at 2:00 PM EST.

- Do we get Corey Lemonier? The rumors have said he was an AU lock, but FSU has made recent in-roads for his signature. He is one of the top defensive ends in the nation. He will announce on Wednesday around noon.

Also, in other news, it appears the NCAA has sent a Preliminary Letter of Inquiry (PLOI) to USC. It is said to have two dozen major violations listed. WOW!

NCAA probe of USC complete - College Football - Rivals.com
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Six of the top nine teams on Rivals list are SEC. Pretty impressive run by the new coach at UT. And a damn fine run by the relatively new AU coach.
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Not football, but wow.

USC fires student manager after his technical foul for ref abuse - The Dagger - NCAAB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
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Six of the top nine teams on Rivals list are SEC. Pretty impressive run by the new coach at UT. And a damn fine run by the relatively new AU coach.
And to show just how inexact these rankings can be, Scout only gives the SEC 4 of the top 10 spots. Nebraska is ranked 30th right now, with a small class. We're still "in play" with 3 top players, should be get all three we'll be sitting pretty - 2 of 3 would still be pretty good, with the small class size.

Meanwhile, 6 of the 7 (way too) early 2010 top 25 lists have Nebraska in the top 10, with 2 of them ranking the Huskers as high as #5. The outlier places them #13.
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And to show just how inexact these rankings can be, Scout only gives the SEC 4 of the top 10 spots. Nebraska is ranked 30th right now, with a small class. We're still "in play" with 3 top players, should be get all three we'll be sitting pretty - 2 of 3 would still be pretty good, with the small class size.

Meanwhile, 6 of the 7 (way too) early 2010 top 25 lists have Nebraska in the top 10, with 2 of them ranking the Huskers as high as #5. The outlier places them #13.
I've never looked at Scout, I've always followed Rivals. I've been following that site for years. And yes, while it is inexact, it is relative. When you continuously recruit highly rated players AND combine that with good coaching, then good things will happen. (Ok, most of the time. )

And hey, having a small class can be a good thing. That means you have tons of returning players.
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Love it.

12:53 p.m. -- Hialeah defenders make decisions

Two Hialeah (Fla.) recruits will play on opposite sides of the country. Four-star defensive end Corey Lemonier will sign with Auburn rather than Florida State. Another four-star end, Calvin Smith will head West to sign with New Mexico.
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Well, Nebraska got two of the 3 top players who were in play until the last minute today. Picked up the Rivals #7 dual-threat QB, Brion Carnes out of Florida (Tommy Frazier's second cousin!) as well as the #20 safety, Corey Cooper of IL, who picked us over Notre Dame. Also signed the #5 RB, Braylon Heard of Ohio and picked up the #24 OL and #30 DL along with a couple top JUCO's who will play immediately. Ended up jumping into the top 25 for class ratings, and everyone's pretty happy.

Bo Pelini's best quote from his press conference today, "I believe this class will help lead Nebraska to a National Championship."
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DF, you guys may be picking up Kenbrell Thompkins from JUCO as well. He's waiting to be released from his signed LOI to Tennessee (Kiffin victim). He's down to OU and NU.

Overall, I'm very pleased with our class. We didn't get Lattimore or Jones, but everyone on our board on NSD, we signed. Not bad at all.

By the way, here's a really interesting article about Scout versus Rivals with regards to the rankings. I didn't realize that Rivals limits the class to 20 players only, thus why USC won.

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=73&f=1042&t=5575447

QUITE interesting!
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Looks like Auburn is off to a fast start for 2011 recruiting. Spencer Region, a lifetime Alabama fan who said just last week that it was his childhood dream to play for the Tide, decommitted from UA and commited to Auburn! Boooyah! He's going to be the top OL in Alabama and one of the top linemen in the nation next season. At 6'6 345lbs, he's not a small boy either.

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DF, you guys may be picking up Kenbrell Thompkins from JUCO as well. He's waiting to be released from his signed LOI to Tennessee (Kiffin victim). He's down to OU and NU.
Where are you seeing that? Neither Scout or Rivals list either NU or OU in his list of schools, and there hasn't been any mention of him on the Husker forum I'm on either.

EDIT: Found it, never mind. Per Tim Griffin at ESPN on Friday, in addition to NU and OU, Oregon and Cal are still in the mix too.
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Looks like Auburn is off to a fast start for 2011 recruiting. Spencer Region, a lifetime Alabama fan who said just last week that it was his childhood dream to play for the Tide, decommitted from UA and commited to Auburn! Boooyah! He's going to be the top OL in Alabama and one of the top linemen in the nation next season. At 6'6 345lbs, he's not a small boy either.

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That's great, but I have to say, Nebraska is off to an even faster start! We've already got verbals from 3 recruits for 2011, and two of the three are on Rival's just released "Rivals250 to Watch 2011" list - as is Region.

Jamal Turner - dual threat QB out of Arlington, TX Sam Houston. Threw AND ran for over 1800 yards each as a Junior this last season.

Tyler Moore - OL from Clearwater, FL Countryside. This one will likely end up in the top few OL in the nation, if not THE top OL. He turned down scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia - among others - to commit to Nebraska.

Our third commit is the top OL in the State of Nebraska, and probably one of the top dozen or so in the country, but he didn't make the early Rivals250 list although talk is he's close and may yet crack it as the list changes over the next year before signing day.

Ryne Reeves - OL, Crete, NE.

I have to say, with those three recruits already verballing to Nebraska, and with 6 of the 7 early polls placing us in the top 10 (as high as #5 for two of them) the future is looking very bright again!
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Bad news for Longhorns fans...

New NCAA recruiting rule restricts contact between recruits, coaches-in-waiting | Texas Longhorns News | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News
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That's great, but I have to say, Nebraska is off to an even faster start! We've already got verbals from 3 recruits for 2011, and two of the three are on Rival's just released "Rivals250 to Watch 2011" list - as is Region.

Jamal Turner - dual threat QB out of Arlington, TX Sam Houston. Threw AND ran for over 1800 yards each as a Junior this last season.

Tyler Moore - OL from Clearwater, FL Countryside. This one will likely end up in the top few OL in the nation, if not THE top OL. He turned down scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia - among others - to commit to Nebraska.

Our third commit is the top OL in the State of Nebraska, and probably one of the top dozen or so in the country, but he didn't make the early Rivals250 list although talk is he's close and may yet crack it as the list changes over the next year before signing day.

Ryne Reeves - OL, Crete, NE.

I have to say, with those three recruits already verballing to Nebraska, and with 6 of the 7 early polls placing us in the top 10 (as high as #5 for two of them) the future is looking very bright again!
We'll pull commits from most of the following prospects: Christian Westerman (5-star, #2 OT), Erique Florence (4-star, #3 CB), Kiehl Frazier (4-star, #3 QB), Gabe Wright (4-star, #8 DT), C.J. Uzomah (4-star, #9 QB), LaMichael Fanning (4-star, #11 DE), Bray Cook (4-star, #11 OT).

Fanning and Florence are within 15 minutes of AU (Fanning plays for Auburn High School and Florence plays for my old high school, Valley). Florence is a life-long AU fan and will likely be a 3-time all-state safety at the end of next season (not bad considering VHS plays in 5A football, out of six classifications in AL).

One interesting thing about AU now is that we're pulling a lot of players from the Arkansas area due to Malzahn's legendary status there. Two of the recruits above are from the Springdale area where Malzahn first implemented the Wildcat offense and won two state championships in his five years as head coach of Springdale High.
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We'll pull commits from most of the following prospects: Christian Westerman (5-star, #2 OT), Erique Florence (4-star, #3 CB), Kiehl Frazier (4-star, #3 QB), Gabe Wright (4-star, #8 DT), C.J. Uzomah (4-star, #9 QB), LaMichael Fanning (4-star, #11 DE), Bray Cook (4-star, #11 OT).

Fanning and Florence are within 15 minutes of AU (Fanning plays for Auburn High School and Florence plays for my old high school, Valley). Florence is a life-long AU fan and will likely be a 3-time all-state safety at the end of next season (not bad considering VHS plays in 5A football, out of six classifications in AL).

One interesting thing about AU now is that we're pulling a lot of players from the Arkansas area due to Malzahn's legendary status there. Two of the recruits above are from the Springdale area where Malzahn first implemented the Wildcat offense and won two state championships in his five years as head coach of Springdale High.
OK jibi, I have to ask. Is this just more Kool-Aid drinking and wishful thinking at this point? Take the first one you mention (and only 5*****), for instance - Christian Westerman. He's from Arizona and currently lists offers and equal interest for Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Florida, LSU, Miami (Fl), Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, USC, and Washington. So what makes you think Auburn gets his commit at this point?
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OK jibi, I have to ask. Is this just more Kool-Aid drinking and wishful thinking at this point? Take the first one you mention (and only 5*****), for instance - Christian Westerman. He's from Arizona and currently lists offers and equal interest for Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Florida, LSU, Miami (Fl), Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, USC, and Washington. So what makes you think Auburn gets his commit at this point?
The "only 5-star" listing is because Rivals has not done any star-ratings at this point and Scout's are only a preliminary early watch list, basically (for example, Jeff Driskel is still listed as a 3-star).

Regarding Westerman:
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"It's not often that you hear Arizona prep football star and the Auburn Tigers in the same sentence, but that's exactly the case with 2011 standout offensive tackle Christian Westerman from Hamilton High.

"We're thrilled and absolutely excited about hearing from Auburn," the elder Westerman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That's a school we've had interest in for quite some time because of all the family ties we have in the South. We've got family there in Auburn and in Alabama and around the Southeast. That's a school we've had our sights on for a while."

"Part of our interest in the Southeast is that where Christian chooses to go to school we would probably move close to that area," Westerman says. "We've thought about moving to Alabama for some time now because my wife's parents and her brother and aunts and uncles, we have family all over Florida, Georgia and immediate family in Alabama.

"We want to let Christian be his own guy and go to school and have his own deal, but we want to certainly be in the area where we can support him. Family is very important to us. Our church and Christian faith is very important to us. It's important to keep that together. This isn't to be overbearing or not to give him his space, we just want to be part of his football future."

"I definitely think Christian wants to play as soon as possible," Westerman says. "He wants to go somewhere he can make an impact. When you look around at a Florida or a USC and some of the other schools that have offered him, they've been a real hotbed for recruiting and that's great.

"But for a kid to come in and really make a difference and make an impact and be part of a change in direction, which I think Auburn is going to have over the next few years. This is only the staff's first year. I think it's real important to Christian and our family that he can get in and be an impact guy. I think that's a huge advantage that Auburn has. With Auburn we feel like it's just the beginning and they're on an upswing of growth. Christian could come in and be an impact kid and help turn the program on an upswing that could last for the next five or 10 years."
So no, definitely not kool-aid. If anything, I'd imagine we're atop Westerman and his family's list.
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The "only 5-star" listing is because Rivals has not done any star-ratings at this point and Scout's are only a preliminary early watch list, basically (for example, Jeff Driskel is still listed as a 3-star).

Regarding Westerman:


So no, definitely not kool-aid. If anything, I'd imagine we're atop Westerman and his family's list.
Well, in my experience the interviews about a visit, or an offer from a team - are almost always complimentary and talking about how good the school is and how impressed they are. We've had some visits already from 2-3 top players where I can quote interviews like that too. But I'm not going to, its WAY too early. I think when a player lists EQUAL interest in 16 schools, its still kool-aid drinking to start thinking you've got him. Now, if he drops the interest in all 15 of those other schools to "low" and raises Auburn from "medium" to "high" come back and talk to me.
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I only said we'd pull commits from most of that list. I still left some wiggle room to lose one or two. But I also think that a quote or two from an upstanding kid's father is an entirely different story than some complimentary things being said by the kid following a visit ("I give it a 10!"). The content of the comments from his father also strike me as particularly interesting in favor of AU.
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I only said we'd pull commits from most of that list. I still left some wiggle room to lose one or two. But I also think that a quote or two from an upstanding kid's father is an entirely different story than some complimentary things being said by the kid following a visit ("I give it a 10!"). The content of the comments from his father also strike me as particularly interesting in favor of AU.
Hmm, ok, whatever. I still say that you're counting your chickens not only before the eggs hatch, but before the eggs have even been laid, since the kid has SIXTEEN colleges listed with EQUAL preference. Let me know when he moves Auburn above the pack of the other 15 on his preference list.

I won't try to claim that we've got kids like that "almost committed" or anything of the like - way too early. I will say though, that Nebraska is on 15 of the 150 kids lists, vs. 8 who have Auburn on their lists. Oh, and of those 15 - 2 actually HAVE already committed to the Huskers.
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Auburn edged out favorite Florida for the Tigers' 14th straight Men's Swimming & Diving SEC championship. This also marks a new record streak in the conference, breaking Florida's 42 year old record. And yes, I know I've been ragged on before for posting about our Swimming & Diving teams, but this was likely the one and only chance for Auburn's streak to end and we pulled out one squeaker of an upset. Our recruiting (yes, there's recruiting in the olympic sports) has set us up for a DEEP future, so we'll likely extend this another 3-4 years minimum. That's pure domination!

I don't believe we'll stand a chance at the NCAA championships (who knows though), but we have won 6 of the last 7 titles at the national level and we will likely start competing for it again next season (I wouldn't be surprised if we pulled another 3-4 year streak at nationals).

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Auburn edged out favorite Florida for the Tigers' 14th straight Men's Swimming & Diving SEC championship. This also marks a new record streak in the conference, breaking Florida's 42 year old record. And yes, I know I've been ragged on before for posting about our Swimming & Diving teams, but this was likely the one and only chance for Auburn's streak to end and we pulled out one squeaker of an upset. Our recruiting (yes, there's recruiting in the olympic sports) has set us up for a DEEP future, so we'll likely extend this another 3-4 years minimum. That's pure domination!

I don't believe we'll stand a chance at the NCAA championships (who knows though), but we have won 6 of the last 7 titles at the national level and we will likely start competing for it again next season (I wouldn't be surprised if we pulled another 3-4 year streak at nationals).

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I know this is your site Otto, but I get really confused when we discuss swimming and diving on a college football thread. It just doesn't seem right. It would compare to DF discussing Nebraska's competitive corn growing in this thread, while however interesting it may be, it just isn't on topic.

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Especially since it was UF's ass that AU kicked.
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I know this is your site Otto, but I get really confused when we discuss swimming and diving on a college football thread. It just doesn't seem right. It would compare to DF discussing Nebraska's competitive corn growing in this thread, while however interesting it may be, it just isn't on topic.

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C'mon Sparky, we don't get on to you when you talk about Bama's domination on the Mud-Boggin' circuit. But in all seriousness, I'm a fan of Auburn as a whole not just about football. Feel free to talk about Alabama's female gymnastics team if you want.
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I know this is your site Otto, but I get really confused when we discuss swimming and diving on a college football thread. It just doesn't seem right. It would compare to DF discussing Nebraska's competitive corn growing in this thread, while however interesting it may be, it just isn't on topic.

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LOL Sparky! No competitive corn growing discussions from me here, promise! (And I'm sure you could find them out there in the farm belt too!)
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I know this is your site Otto, but I get really confused when we discuss swimming and diving on a college football thread. It just doesn't seem right. It would compare to DF discussing Nebraska's competitive corn growing in this thread, while however interesting it may be, it just isn't on topic.

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They grow some seriously tall corn on the irrigated peanut land in southeast Alabama. Way over your head.
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C'mon Sparky, we don't get on to you when you talk about Bama's domination on the Mud-Boggin' circuit. But in all seriousness, I'm a fan of Auburn as a whole not just about football. Feel free to talk about Alabama's female gymnastics team if you want.
I don't recall discussing Bama's dominance in mud boggin' or Auburn's dominance in girl's tobacky spittin'. In all seriousness, I am a football fan, and not much more. I could care less about any other sport.
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I donít know whether there is a joint effort between head coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Jeremy Foley to keep worthy opponents from entering Gainesville, but at least one of them has to rise up and grow a set, because the Gatorsí current nonconference scheduling practices are downright appalling and, quite frankly, a little embarrassing.

Dating back to when the NCAA expanded the regular season schedule to 12 games prior to 2006, other than its yearly bout with Florida State, Florida has played just one non-SEC game against an opponent residing from a BCS conference (Miami in í08).

During last season alone, Florida played Troy, Florida International, and Charleston Southern, which arrived at The Swamp as a 62-point underdog. The Gators outscored the three 180-12. What good does that do? What is gained by running up 70 points on the Citadel?
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I agree that they need a better, more difficult non-conference schedule. We used to play Miami and FSU year in and year out. We still play FSU but they have obviously been down the last few years.
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I still think there's an argument to be made regarding the conference schedule within SEC football being tougher than any other conference around. Of course, the Big 12's top teams have expanded beyond 2-3 teams over the last couple years and is on the rise in this category, but I still think they're a distant second place (if even second top to bottom).

According to Sagarin's ratings, the SEC, once again, ranked atop the conference strength list. According to his ratings, Mississippi State was 1st and Alabama was 2nd on strength of schedule. South Carolina was 4th. LSU was 5th. Georgia was 7th. Arkansas was 12th. Florida was 15th. Auburn was 17th. Vanderbilt was 20th. Tennessee was 21st. Kentucky was 35th. Ole Miss was 46th.

The Big 12's highest ranking? Oklahoma came in at 22nd. Nebraska? They ranked 52nd, lower than all SEC schools. Interestingly enough, the only non-SEC school in the Top 5 was Florida State. I really do not understand the argument about non-conference strength of schedule. In all honesty, who cares?

If a team's overall strength of schedule is higher than another team from another conference due to two-thirds of my schedule being against outlandishly tough opponents within my conference, why does a defensive argument even have to be made? Aside from providing obvious money-making opportunities, these out of conference games can make a huge statement in strength of schedule, if that strength lacks in conference play. If anything, Texas versus Ohio State during the regular season says more about the conference strength of the Big 12 and Big Ten than it does about having balls.
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And like clockwork, there it comes, the totally predictable, if tired and worn out argument. "We're the SEC, we play each other, we don't need to play anyone else!"

Tell me, if all of you SEC demi-gods only play each other - and the dregs of the country in OOC games, how do you KNOW you're collectively better than everyone else?
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The "only 5-star" listing is because Rivals has not done any star-ratings at this point and Scout's are only a preliminary early watch list, basically (for example, Jeff Driskel is still listed as a 3-star).

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So no, definitely not kool-aid. If anything, I'd imagine we're atop Westerman and his family's list.
Hey jibi, I know according to you Westerman's essentially signed with Auburn already but he's one of many top-100 recruits slated to attend the Nebraska spring game. Guess he just wanted to take an extra trip to scout out the Huskers as an Auburn guy, huh?
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Tell me, if all of you SEC demi-gods only play each other - and the dregs of the country in OOC games, how do you KNOW you're collectively better than everyone else?
Um, because we enjoy high rankings and win the National Championship every year?
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Um, because we enjoy high rankings and win the National Championship every year?
Every year? Hmm, not so quick there, bucky!
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Interesting.

Tim Tebow more accurate in college than Peyton or Eli Manning - Kerry J. Byrne - SI.com
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