Thursday, November 11, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC takes new twist
If I were to say that I am at a loss to explain the turn of events in the collegiate football world and the SEC in particular, it would be an understatement.
Since the season began, yours truly has been applauding the run for a second consecutive title for the Crimson Tide. And it was totally doable (according to my intractable train of thought), until this past Saturday. Listen, I’ll be the first to tell you that at this point in the season, play in the SEC takes on an entirely different shade.
Teams, which have turned in disappointing performances thus far, begin to think in terms of the spoiler. If I can’t, why should they? And, of course, there are those hard-nose rivalries between coaches which continue to renew themselves from season to season. That is the case with Les Miles and Nick Saban. Both national championship winners and blue chip stock across the board. Going into Saturday’s game, Saban, had he been victorious, would have been the only coach in the SEC to defeat Miles four times.
What Les Miles and the Tigers did, in essence, was all but insure that the Crimson Tide will not get another shot at the title this season. There are some far-fetched “ifs” which could change the BCS picture but they are really fetched. From this quarter the hope was that Coach Saban would re-instill in his champions the swagger which got them there in the first place and somehow upset that Auburn bunch on November 26. I just told you that some were far fetched.
Funny how when things are going great for any number of reasons, something will always come along to put that ’Lil Abner cloud over it. The rumor surfaced last week that Cameron Newton, the prolific Auburn signal caller, and his family were offered almost $200,000 for Newton to sign and play for Missississippi State. The Newtons are categorically denying all allegations. And if there is any stress attached to the so-called charges, they are not slowing down the feet and arm of the Heisman contender.
In case you haven’t heard, as unlikely as it may seem, the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators will play for the SEC Eastern championship. Both are 6-3 over all and 4-3 in the SEC.
And the last item from Saturday was another unbeaten fell. The Utes of Utah bit the dust. Now there are four. The Ducks still lead the list and, according to sources way out there, are having a very hard time dealing with all the publicity.
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