Friday Ramblings – Simulpost

By Posted on: January 11th, 2013 in Football 10 Comments »
The State of Champions!

The State of Champions!

Hello once again Auburn fans and War Eagle. Today we are going to look all around our football world, and look into the future just a bit. So, tighten up your seat belts and let’s ride.

┬áSEC, SEC, SEC…

This past week we once again saw the dominance that the SEC has over the rest of the college football world. Not every team is dominant every season, but the champion from our conference every year has been able to vanquish all comers from the best the other conferences can muster.

OUT WITH THE OLD…

The grand old sports writers have been chomping at the bit for decades trying to place this dream matchup of Notre Dame and Alabama in the BCS title game, alas it was not a contest. The first quarter alone saw what is arguably not the best Crimson Tide team that Nick Saban has developed, produce over 200 yards of offense, and hold the then ranked #1 team to just 23 total yards. It was as lopsided as that throughout the game.

TRADITION? WHAT TRADITION?…

I have been saying for years, that the AP and some of the coaches have been giving entirely too much credit to those schools with a long tradition of winning prior to the BCS era. The remarkable difference is clearly seen each year when the title game is played. The 2010 game being the exception, when two teams that historically were looked over wound up in the game for all the “Tostitos”. That match up produced one of the most exciting BCS Championship games.

OVER-RATED…

The other tidbit that keeps cropping up in my addled mind, is how many good teams besides Auburn have been screwed out of playing in a major Bowl game because of the ill conceived notion that a traditional powerhouse deserves the nod over a team which had a very good season. We may never know, but the effects of a Notre Dame being ranked, sure cost America a truly contested BCS title match up this season.

RECRUITING…

Auburn has really stepped up in the recruiting department. With Coach Malzahn’s staff bringing in some defensive linemen, that should send a message to those already on the roster. Get your butt in gear, or sit on the bench. This has clearly been the biggest area of disappointment for this Auburn team in the past two seasons. The numbers are there, the production is not. Hopefully this will change.

Speaking of recruiting, this a reminder that on National Signing Day(NSD) we will be here to keep all informed as to what goes on in the land of Orange and Blue. All of you that wish to participate are welcome, and if you will shoot me an email at sonoficecream@yahoo.com, I will gladly relay to you what we will be looking for. I hope this is the best NSD that is provided on the blogAUsphere. Make sure you label your emails “TET Recruiting”.

FUTURE PLAYOFF….

The upcoming playoff system is one that I believe will make a big splash with the fans. I look for the format to be expanded to eight teams in just a few short years. This will hopefully weed out the pretenders early, and the best two teams at that time should end up in the title game. We shall see, but I think it will be a huge improvement going forward. One thing is for sure, once the playoff begins, the pollsters & voters are powerless to affect an outcome. That is a huge plus for this writer.

WAR EAGLE!

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  1. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    I’ve missed the Ramblings of the Kool man,

    As regards “how many good teams besides Auburn have been screwed out of major bowls” and (I might add) NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS … Plenty.

    Before the formation of the BCS, Big 10, ND, and west coast teams were always given preference in the polls above and at the expense of teams from the south.

    Since a system was put in place in 1992 to determine the NC, Southern teams have dominated championships won on the field and not in the polls.

    Since 1998, the SEC has had 9 National Champions including seven in a row from 2006-2012. And we would have 10 had Auburn got in the game in 2004. History proves that the SEC would not have that type of record in the old system.

    We would still be getting shafted in the polls and have to listen to why the Big 10, Pac 10, and ND is where the best teams in America reside.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      BTW,

      I’m looking forward to the annual KoolBell National Signing Day (NSD) open thread on February 6th.
      It will be interesting to see what the new coaching staff can do in such a short time.

  2. spanky says:

    I don’t really follow the ins and outs of the workings of college football, but I would be curious to know how the playoff system will affect the students taking finals and registering for next semester? It was always my understanding that that was the reason for the big gap in the regular season and the bowl games. If there is a playoff it would span at least two weeks, then if it expanded it would take up even more.

    • Mike jimithing78 says:

      January 13!!!

      Host Bowls and National Semifinals & Champion Game
      2014-15 Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
      2015-16 Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
      2016-17 Saturday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 2: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
      2017-18 Saturday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
      2018-19 Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
      2019-20 Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
      2020-21 Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 11, 2021
      2021-22 Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 10, 2022
      2022-23 Saturday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 2: Monday, Jan. 9, 2023
      2023-24 Saturday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 8, 2024
      2024-25 Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 13, 2025
      2025-26 Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1: Monday, Jan. 12, 2026

  3. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    I’m looking forward to the best National Signing Day that is provided on the blogAUsphere. What do you think KoolBell about the juco signees so far? Do you expect anymore to be picked up? If so, who might they be?

    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      First, thanks for the kind words.
      I know that Auburn is going after at least two more JUCO signees. Both of which went to Hutchison C.C. with Ben Bradley. One is a 4 star linebacker named Antonio Longino. The other is a 4 star defensive lineman named Toby Johnson.
      As I am writing this, it looks as though AU has ended its recruitment of Toby Johnson. No particulars are given at this moment…

      • sparkey sparkey says:

        Yeah great work man! I’m not sure how good four guys on the same JUCO team could be and I’m a JUCO fan. It does give me pause causing me to ask myself what is Malzahn doing by chasing that many JUCO’s and from the same team no less.

  4. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    Now that is a great start to Friday afternoon. Yes, the game for the “Crystal Football” was a major disappointment, but A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend got a lot of exposure. I would have a preferred that Alabama play Oregon or Texas A&M again, but that was not going to happen with the current BCS system. Of course, it could have been Ohio State and Notre Dame if not for the NCAA violations by the Buckeyes.

    I am looking forward to signing day and I will be following the thread. I may even be in auburn that day. With the right players, Auburn could get back on course sooner than we think.

  5. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Thank god we have a playoff…kind of. I am glad the playoff is coming I just don’t like the +1 aspect. It still reeks and we could still end up with some grossly undeserving team in the final game. For instance this year, you still probably would have had a ND vs Bama matchup because you would have had Florida in the mix at #4, who IMO, shouldn’t have been in the BCS, but got in because they didn’t have to get beaten the SEC title game. UGA took that distinction, and while they beat Florida to get to the SEC game, UGA ended up in Orlando on New Years day. Based on UF’s play this year and how they did against Louisville, I am fairly certain Notre Dame would have bested them. But if UF was victorious it would have even been worse. Two SEC teams playing again with the team playing Bama getting trounced again.

    I don’t know how they are going to make the playoffs “fair” but it will be hard to find a way to get meaningful competition for the eventual SEC participant since it seems likely that 2 or more SEC teams will be vying for the top 4 spots. If they increase the field to 6 or 8 it only makes it more likley that both slots will be filled by the SEC. Its going to be a big problem for college football because the rest of the country is getting sick of watching Bama and the SEC win every year.

    Recruiting looks like its coming together but I think I have had enough. I know recruiting is important but I’m tired of all the games that these kids play, and even more tired of all the sleazy tactics used by the universities pursuing them. If we get some great talent, that will be super but what I am most looking forward to is that talent being realized on the playing field. I want some kids to come in and live up to the hype. Cam Newton had hype but NOTHING compared to what other kids get and he absolutely blew away all expectations. Its for this reason I think its a good thing to get more Juco players. Those kids have shown they can handle going to school and performing while not being touted as the “NEXT BIG THING”. Most Juco players get overlooked and have a chip on their shoulder. Something that the Trovon Reeds, DeAngelo Bentons, Khiel Fraziers, insert any DT here,DON’T HAVE. The JUCO guys will come in right away and take some folks jobs and thats a good thing. Our locker room needs a shakeup and I think those guys will provide it in the best way possible…competing for and winning starting jobs.

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