Tagged: SEC

CFB Conference Championship Predictions

ACC
Atlantic: FSU
Coastal: Miami
ACC Championship: FSU over Miami

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American
East: USF
West: Houston
American Championship: USF over Houston

Big 12
Top 2: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State
Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma State over Oklahoma

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Big 10
East: Ohio State
West: Wisconsin
Big 10 Championship: Ohio State over Wisconsin

C-USA
East: Middle Tennessee State
West: La Tech
C-USA Championship: La Tech over MTSU

MAC
East: Ohio
West: Toledo
Toledo over Ohio

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Mountain West
Mountain: Boise State
West: Hawaii
Mountain West Championship: Boise over Hawaii

Pac 12
North: Washington
South: USC
Pac 12 Championship: USC over Washington

USC v Washington

SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans heads off the field after beating the Washington Huskies 24-13 on November 12, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEC
East: Georgia
West: Alabama
SEC Championship: Alabama over Georgia

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Sun Belt Champion: Troy

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Ole Miss responds to Notice of Allegations

A big takeaway from all this, is that Ole Miss seems intent on protecting Hugh Freeze. They acknowledge that a lot of bad things happened, but don’t want Freeze held responsible.

I understand that Ole Miss doesn’t want to part with a coach who brought them their first real success since Eli Manning, but is Hugh really worth it? With the future of your program on the line, is this the hill you want to die on?

I don’t think I would go to war with the NCAA over a Peach Bowl loss and a Sugar Bowl win. When you take into account the kind of roster he was gifted, it could be argued that Hugh has underachieved. Should a team that includes Robert NKemdiche, Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell, etc., lose seven games in two seasons?

Even with injuries, going 5-7 last year was inexcusable. The worst thing that can happen to a coach took place in 2016, when a 38-17 loss to Vanderbilt and a 55-20 loss in the Egg Bowl showed just how much that team had quit. You would assume a 5-7 season, after a few mediocre ones and a few above average ones, would the the death knell for an SEC coach that had been “pulling in” great recruiting classes, headlined by what Saturday Down South called the best recruiting class in the last decade.

Despite all that, considering Ole Miss talks about their wins over Alabama with more reverence than the Tide talk about their national titles, I guess they are more than satisfied.

Woody Barrett leaving Auburn

Woody Barrett deciding to transfer from Auburn is something that, quite frankly, most people saw coming. With the addition of Jarrett Stidham during the offseason, Barrett’s wait to see the field was extended by at least two years. The emergence of Malik Lewis pretty much sealed this up. Lewis will be going into his prime year when the quarterback battle opens back up, and Auburn coaches seem to love the shiny, new toy.

Sports fans, and more so college football fans, will be quick to throw out words like ‘quitter’, ‘disloyal’, and ‘soft’.  Barrett is simply a guy who didn’t like his current career situation, so he found a better one. Barrett’s not a “quitter” for this decision, he’s a football player with four years to put together an NFL portfolio. I wouldn’t want to waste most, if not all, of that time sitting on the bench for a coach with a spotty record of developing quarterbacks in the first place.

Barrett isn’t ‘disloyal’ for leaving, just like Auburn wasn’t ‘disloyal’ for signing another QB after him. Loyalty goes both ways, but both sides should understand that college football is a business. Barrett has to do what’s best for him, and Auburn has to do the same. If Auburn had specifically told Barrett, ‘you’re our guy and we won’t recruit another one until you’re gone’, this would be different. They didn’t.