Monday, January 7, 2008

It's an SEC World...by Thom Abraham

So it's as we thought it was. The SEC finishes the Bowl season 7-2 and with a second straight National Championship. Ohio St. was only slightly better than last season surrendering 31 straight points after building an early 10-0 lead. Congrats to Les Miles who did a tremendous job getting his team ready and managing the game. In the coming years, we'll find out how he does with his own players (10 of the starting 11 on defense were Saban recruits), but for now, he is the King of the college football world. How ironic for Miles the Michigan Man, to get his championship by beating Ohio St...
In years past, we would have been left to decide who the best 2 loss team in the country was...USC, Georgia, Ohio St. or LSU...but for now, a convoluted system tells us the Boys from the Bayou are the best...

7 comments:

Joel Lawler said...

So LSU gets elected champion.

yaaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnnnnnnn

Maybe some time in our life time a college football team will actually win the championship on the field rather than in a ballot box.

Trey said...

I think an 8 team playoff after the bowl games would be great. 3weekends. 4 games the first weekend. 2 games the next and finally the 2 best playing teams at the end could go head to head and play for the title!!
I would love to see USC and LSU go at it. Talk about a great match up!!! Thats what im talkin about!!!

Anonymous said...

So do you give Gerry DiNardo credit for Saban's Title?

Titans Rob said...

Thom...I remember down here in SWFla when you were going goo goo and gah gah over the additions of Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College to the ACC. You were adament that the ACC (and your formerly beloved Seminoles!) were going to overtake the SEC in a matter of one or two years to become the most dominant conference in the land. How's that prediction working out for ya now?!?!?

Big Dawg said...

Who knew that Miami and FSU would crap out! FSU is still my favorite team in the ACC, but the SEC is WAY out in front now! And how many of DiNardo's guys help Saban win that National Championship? Those wee the guys that got him beat against UAB in year 1 :)!

Anonymous said...

Oh I see. Matt Mauk comes to mind. I never understood the whole 'his own players' theory. In the BCS era only 3 coaches have won titles with 'their own' players. Fulmer, Bowden & Brown. Does that make Stoops & Carroll & Tressell subpar coaches? Someone had to coach them. Give Miles credit. This is Year 3 under Miles. The guys Saban brought in had just finished their freshamn years when Miles took over. If Saban wins at Bama next year are you going to give Mike Shula the credit? Facts are stubborn things.

Anonymous said...

LSU's 2003 Roster

No Name Pos Ht Wt DOB Yr City, State (High School)
10 Joseph Addai RB 6-0 205 5/3/1983 SO Houston, TX (Sharpstown HS)
27 Eric Alexander OLB 6-3 225 2/8/1982 SR Sugar Land, TX (Stephen F Austin HS)
65 Steve Arflin Jr. OG 6-4 319 4/5/1983 SO Neptune Beach, FL (Duncan U. Fletcher HS)
73 Will Arnold OL 6-4 315 12/30/1984 FR Centreville, MS (Centreville Academy)
87 Blain Bech WR 6-1 179 4/15/1980 SR Slidell, LA (Slidell HS)
33 Andre Boagni K 5-9 171 7/5/1984 FR* Zachary, LA (Zachary HS)
81 Dwayne Bowe WR 6-3 202 9/21/1984 FR Miami, FL (Miami Norland HS)
17 Bennie Brazell FL 6-1 165 6/2/1982 SO Houston, TX (Westbury HS)
22 Alley Broussard RB 6-0 235 9/6/1983 FR Lafayette, LA (Acadiana HS)
34 Dorsett Buckels MLB 5-10 222 12/18/1980 JR Amite, LA (Amite HS)
2 Shyrone Carey RB 5-6 185 1/4/1982 JR Marrero, LA (Archbishop Shaw Jr HS)
50 Jarrod Carter DT 6-2 291 12/24/1984 FR River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian)
26 Nick Child CB 6-0 169 8/22/1985 FR Metairie, LA (Archbishop Rummel HS)
14 Michael Clayton SE 6-4 200 10/13/1982 JR Baton Rouge, LA (Christian Life Academy)
53 Tory Collins DE 6-2 255 12/19/1982 FR* New Orleans, LA (Fortier, Alcee, HS)
51 Dominic Cooper DE 6-3 199 8/22/1985 FR New Orleans, LA (O. Perry Walker School)
61 Jimmy Courtenay C 6-3 295 1/30/1981 SR New Orleans, LA (Jesuit HS)
31 Jesse Daniels S 6-0 195 1/8/1984 FR Breaux Bridge, LA (Breaux Bridge HS)
29 Travis Daniels S 6-1 184 9/8/1982 JR Hollywood, FL (South Broward HS)
85 Craig Davis WR 6-2 190 10/5/1985 FR New Orleans, LA (O. Perry Walker School)
45 Willie Demps ILB 6-1 232 12/9/1984 FR* Pensacola, FL (Washington Senior HS)
77 Peter Dyakowski OT 6-4 300 4/19/1984 FR* Vancouver, BC (Vancouver College Prep)
32 Barrington Edwards RB 6-0 213 2/9/1984 FR Bowie, MD (Bowie HS)
47 Eric Edwards TE 6-5 264 8/4/1980 SR Monroe, LA (Ouachita Christian School)
36 Patrick Fisher P 6-5 224 3/1/1985 FR Hyattsville, MD (Dematha Catholic HS)
15 Matt Flynn QB 6-2 224 6/20/1985 FR Tyler, TX (Lee HS)
37 Daniel Francis RB 5-11 179 9/9/1984 FR Port Barre, LA (Port Barre HS)
7 Ryan Gaudet K 5-7 155 5/29/1984 FR New Orleans, LA (Jesuit HS)
21 Randall Gay Jr. CB 5-11 174 5/2/1982 SR Brusly, LA (Brusly HS)
6 Ryan Gilbert RB 5-10 206 9/28/1982 SO Dallas, TX (Hillcrest HS)
24 Keron Gordon CB 6-1 174 8/4/1984 FR* Tampa, FL (Plant Senior HS)
5 Skyler Green SE 5-9 189 9/12/1984 SO Marrero, LA (Higgins, L W, HS)
39 Troy Hankton CB 5-9 192 9/10/1984 FR* New Orleans, LA (Cohen, Walter L, HS)
19 Michael Harrison QB 6-2 215 12/24/1980 SR Lakewood, CA (Mayfair HS)
83 Kory Hebert TE 6-4 229 5/10/1982 SO Lafayette, LA (Teurlings Catholic HS)
9 Devery Henderson WR 6-0 195 3/26/1982 SR Opelousas, LA (Opelousas Senior HS)
1 Anthony Hill WR 6-3 203 12/25/1984 FR Jacksonville, FL (First Coast HS)
94 Marquise Hill DE 6-7 294 8/7/1982 JR* New Orleans, LA (De La Salle HS)
78 Paris Hodges OT 6-5 350 9/13/1984 FR* Fairfield, CA (Vanden HS)
56 Kenny Hollis LB 6-0 241 10/29/1982 JR Adamsville, AL (Minor HS)
8 Jack Hunt FS 6-1 189 11/30/1981 SR Ruston, LA (Ruston HS)
62 Brandon Hurley FB 6-3 289 12/23/1981 SO Monroe, LA (Ouachita Christian School)
19 Darius Ingram LB 6-3 232 3/19/1985 FR Tenaha, TX (Tenaha HS)
41 Chris Jackson K 5-11 159 12/13/1983 FR River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian)
75 Brian Johnson OG 6-4 315 3/24/1984 FR* Tallahassee, FL (Amos P. Godby HS)
82 David Jones TE 6-4 252 9/15/1983 SO Silver Spring, MD (Springbrook HS)
80 Donald Jones P 6-3 217 7/5/1980 SR Baton Rouge, LA (Catholic Junior HS Boys)
40 Shawn Jordan RB 5-11 242 10/21/1984 FR El Paso, TX (Riverside HS)
86 Junior Joseph WR 6-1 168 9/7/1984 FR* New Orleans, LA (O. Perry Walker School)
30 LaRon Landry S 6-1 180 10/17/1984 FR Boutte, LA (Hahnville HS)
93 Chad Lavalais DT 6-3 289 8/15/1979 SR Marksville, LA (Marksville HS)
99 Jason LeDoux ILB 6-3 245 1/3/1980 SR West Monroe, LA (West Monroe HS)
71 Nate Livings OT 6-5 322 3/16/1982 SO Lake Charles, LA (Washington/Marion Magnet HS)
91 Alonzo Manuel OLB 6-2 234 10/24/1983 FR* Jennings, LA (Jennings HS)
18 Matt Mauck QB 6-2 217 2/12/1979 JR Jasper, IN (Jasper HS)
42 Phillip Maxwell ILB 6-0 222 9/28/1981 SO Shreveport, LA (Evangel Christian Academy)
7 Adrian Mayes SS 6-1 211 11/17/1980 SR Houston, TX (Forest Brook HS)
68 Terrell McGill OG 6-4 323 11/4/1983 SO Miami, FL (Miami Norland HS)
79 Sean Merrill DT 6-3 255 3/12/1984 FR Biloxi, MS (D'Iberville HS)
64 Rudy Niswanger OL 6-5 293 11/9/1982 SO Monroe, LA (Ouachita Christian School)
90 Melvin Oliver DE 6-3 255 7/25/1983 SO Opelika, AL (Opelika HS)
72 Stephen Peterman OG 6-4 325 1/11/1982 SR Bay St Louis, MS (St. Stanislaus HS)
57 Dave Peterson OLB 6-3 240 10/12/1980 SR Bristol, FL (Liberty County HS)
48 Kirston Pittman DE 6-3 238 1/18/1985 FR Reserve, LA (East Saint John HS)
59 Doug Planchard C 6-3 275 7/31/1983 FR* Baton Rouge, LA (Catholic Junior HS Boys)
1 Ronnie Prude Jr. CB 5-11 175 6/4/1982 JR Shreveport, LA (Fair Park HS)
12 Marcus Randall QB 6-2 218 3/14/1982 JR Baton Rouge, LA (Glen Oaks Senior HS)
60 Rodney Reed OT 6-4 280 8/17/1980 SR West Monroe, LA (West Monroe HS)
11 Lester Ricard QB 6-4 192 12/11/1983 FR* Amite, LA (Amite HS)
88 Demetri Robinson TE 6-3 250 3/30/1982 JR Lake City, FL (Columbia HS - North)
4 JaMarcus Russell QB 6-6 236 8/9/1985 FR Mobile, AL (Lillie B Williamson HS)
38 Vernon Russell CB 5-11 179 10/27/1983 FR* River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian)
48 Jarvus Ryes DE 6-3 260 1/20/1982 JR Loreauville, LA (Loreauville HS)
66 Jerry Sevin OL 6-1 283 11/4/1983 FR River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian)
23 Jason Spadoni RB 6-0 207 1/4/1983 SO River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian)
84 Marcus Spears DE 6-4 295 3/8/1983 JR Baton Rouge, LA (Southern University Lab School)
34 Kevin Steltz FB 5-9 243 4/6/1983 SO Metairie, LA (Archbishop Rummel HS)
96 Carnell Stewart DT 6-4 297 12/20/1983 FR River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian)
58 Lionel Turner MLB 6-2 255 2/21/1982 JR* Walker, LA (Walker HS)
46 Cameron Vaughn ILB 6-4 225 2/27/1984 SO Marrero, LA (Archbishop Shaw Jr HS)
25 Justin Vincent RB 5-11 205 1/25/1983 FR Lake Charles, LA (Barbe, Alfred M, HS)
97 Brandon Washington DT 6-4 295 7/15/1983 SO Tuscaloosa, AL (Central HS W Campus)
13 Corey Webster CB 6-0 197 3/2/1982 JR* Saint James, LA (St. Jame's HS)
54 Brian West LB 6-3 244 8/4/1980 FR West Monroe, LA (West Monroe HS)
43 Chad White SS 5-11 203 5/4/1982 SR Hammond, LA (Hammond HS)
76 Andrew Whitworth OT 6-7 320 12/12/1981 SO West Monroe, LA (West Monroe HS)
69 Garett Wibel OL 6-3 303 9/17/1983 FR* Metairie, LA (Archbishop Rummel HS)
55 Ben Wilkerson C 6-4 300 11/22/1982 JR Hemphill, TX (Hemphill HS)
95 Kyle Williams DT 6-3 289 6/10/1983 SO Ruston, LA (Ruston HS)
98 Torran Williams DT 6-4 290 8/28/1980 SR Miramar, FL (Miramar HS)
85 Ryan Willis DE 6-4 254 10/5/1983 FR* New Orleans, LA (Holy Cross School)
92 Bryce Wyatt DE 6-4 264 3/19/1981 SR Lake Charles, LA (Barbe, Alfred M, HS)
33 Jonathan Zenon CB 6-0 172 8/2/1984 FR Breaux Bridge, LA (Breaux Bridge HS)
89 Keith Zinger TE 6-5 255 10/9/1984 FR Leesville, LA (Leesville HS)

Eric Alexander, Eric Edwards, Devery Henderson, Jack Hunt, Donnie Jones, Chad Lavalais & Stephen Peterman were all pretty big contributors to that tam if I'm not mistaken. You make it out like the guy is Lombardi or something. Is Saban even among the Top 5 coaches in the SEC right now?