SEC Tonight Clipboard: Spurrier, Bama, CFB Playoff, UK Departures

SEC Tonight Clipboard: Spurrier, Bama, CFB Playoff, UK Departures
June 7, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Steve Spurrier’s Great but He Won’t Catch Bear 

Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks have won 17 SEC games over the last three seasons, easily the best run in program history.  He's 37 wins from tying The Bear for most career SEC wins.  Even if Carolina could maintain its success rate of the last 3 seasons, at the very least it would take six seasons for Spurrier to get to the record and that means he would still be coaching at the age of 74.  Whether he gets it or not, and I don't think he will, I think he's got to be considered one of the greatest coaches of all-time with what he did at Duke, Florida and now South Carolina. 

Bet on Bama 

Hard to believe but some bookmakers are already placing lines on 2013 college football games.  Among those is that Alabama will be a six-and-a-half point favorite in their rematch game in College Station.  You’ll remember that the Aggies were the only team to beat the Crimson Tide in 2012.  I'll take Bama.  I don't foresee Johnny Manziel jumping them for a 20-0 first quarter lead again.  I think the Crimson Tide got caught a little flatfooted by Johnny Football.  I also don't foresee Bama committing 3 turnovers against the Aggies again after committing only 12 in their other 13 games combined. 

Another good reason to bet on Bama is that only once in Saban's six seasons has he lost to an opponent in back-to-back regular seasons and that was LSU in 2010 and 2011.  The Tide have since beaten the Tigers two straight.  Saban has a way of correcting mistakes and making sure they don't happen again and I think he would qualify the 2012 loss to the Aggies as conglomeration of mistakes. 

Eight is Better than Four 

A number of college administrators including none other than Texas AD DeLoss Dodds say college football’s soon-to-be four-team playoff will be an eight-team playoff in the not too-distant future.  No question that an 8-team playoff would be a lot less controversial than a 4-team playoff.  Instead of omitting the 5th most deserving team, now you're talking about the 9th.  An eight-team playoff also means that you can guarantee the champions of the five BCS conferences a spot in the playoffs and still have room left over for 3 at-large or wildcard teams.  There will also be controversy with a playoff but this will cut down on it. 

Five Players Leave Kentucky Football Team 

Of the five players leaving only one I saw really show potential to be more than a back-up and that was sophomore WR Demarcus Sweat who only had four catches last season but has big-play potential.  He missed the last two games of last season to concentrate on academics and that could be his issue here in this departure.  Two of the five are wide receivers which leaves UK with some depth issues at the position but there's potential help in the incoming 2013 class in converted 4-star RB Ryan Timmons, JC WR Javess Blue and WR Alex Montgomery who you saw put on a show for Cypress Bay HS in the Florida State Championships here on CSS.

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