Big 12 Ditto

Once again, the Senator is spot-on with his analysis:

Throughout this latest round of conference realignment shuffling, I keep wondering why Texas and Oklahoma want to leave the Big 12 for the Pac-12.  When you think about it, they’ve got a fabulous set up:  a 10-team conference means there’s fewer slices to the revenue pie to serve, no playoff game virtually assures that if neither has a season go in the tank, they’ll be playing in BCS games, the conference as now configured is geographically compact, etc.  They lose all that if they run off to form a Pac-16.

The problem is that Texas doesn’t seem to know when it has a good thing going for it.  Or at least it didn’t until now.



GTP Predictions

There’s one little nugget of truth in the Senator’s off the wall 2011 predictions:

‘Bama will go as far as its offense will take it.

via Not your regular SEC preseason predictions | Get The Picture.

His predictions are about as right as anyone else’s  at this point.

Good Reason for Gagging Coaches

The good Senator points out an interesting exchange regarding Georgia Bulldog effort:

2010: the year of pointing fingers | Get The Picture.

As most folks know, Coach Saban restricts media access for his coaches to usually a couple of times per year – e.g. around the bowl game and once in the preseason. These comments by UGA’s Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham underscore why this is a good policy (or why Richt may want to install it).

Richt points out a lack of effort by his team and Grantham responds that it’s not the defense. The lack of effort certainly needs to be addressed, but publicly poking a stick in the eye of the offense can’t be good.

Life on the Plains

I’m on record as predicting Auburn to stumble to a 4-8 mark this year. My prediction has nothing to do with being an Alabama fan and all to do with a variety of factors lining up against Auburn this year.

Chris Low is not of the same opinion and the Senator is somewhere in between, but his logic is close to mine:

I’m wondering how many of those teams lost both a Heisman Trophy winner and a Lombardi Award winner from one season to the next. Or went into the following season with the greenest team in D-1. Or played what Phil Steele says is the second toughest schedule in the conference (and ninth toughest in the country).

I don’t think Auburn’s going to implode this season. But given the above, it’s not a sign of disrespect to expect a significant drop off from a perfect season, either.

via Respect vs. reality on the Plains | Get The Picture.

It makes sense to think there wouldn’t be that great of a drop off from a national championship year to the next, but there are some unusual factors in play this year for Auburn. They do lose two of 2010’s best players in Cam Newton and Nick Fairley; they are rebuilding almost their entire offensive line; they only return three starters on each side of the ball. And the schedule is ridiculous.  To reach six wins they need to beat both Mississippi State and Ole Miss and go out of conference and beat Clemson.  Of course they will be competitive this year, and will have a chance in every game, but if this bunch can win seven or more game this year, their coaching staff deserves twice what they are being paid now.