NCAA Football 2021-22 Season

Carlbear95 wrote:
Enix wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

I hereby pledge to never claim the longhorns as a quality win or loss

LOL

I can't believe UT and A&M haven't played in 10 years. That's just silly.

(Not pointing fingers; just noting that, based on my experience as a former Texas resident, Texans are a damned stubborn lot.)

Given the way the SEC schedules its conference games, maybe it'll be another 10 years before they do.

The talk about the new setup that I've been hearing recommended is groups of four teams of four. Those four teams play their other three teams ever year. Then they play the other 12 teams every other year. So you play every team in the conference every year or every other year.

I'm hearing we'd be in a pod with LSU and the Mississippi schools, which I consider tolerable, if not ideal. It would be very interesting to see the Aggie/horn game come back but only be every other year - it might become bigger than ever.

Also heard there could be a pod of the horns, OU, Arky, and Mizzou, which sounds like a cakewalk for the Sooners, but they're used to that.

If we haven't discussed it hear, the solution to the "UT" abbreviation crisis we're heading for is to refer to the school i Austin as "t.u." Aggies have been doing it for decades, and it works well.

One interesting scheduling note is that we currently play LSU on Thanksgiving weekend, where we historically played the longhorns. Wonder what's going to happen with that.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

If we haven't discussed it hear, the solution to the "UT" abbreviation crisis we're heading for is to refer to the school i Austin as "t.u." Aggies have been doing it for decades, and it works well.

Or TAMU-Austin.

I will point out that the SEC was founded in Knoxville in the 1930s. So UT has seniority. And exists in the birth place of the conference.

I really am not that worked up about it. It's just funny. Kind of like how a lot of the other teams' fans call South Carolina "USCjr".

MannishBoy wrote:

I will point out that the SEC was founded in Knoxville in the 1930s. So UT has seniority. And exists in the birth place of the conference.

I really am not that worked up about it. It's just funny. Kind of like how a lot of the other teams' fans call South Carolina "USCjr".

I want the SEC to somehow add USC, just so the chicken fans will lose their collective minds.

Also, If UGA gets bumped from College Station in 2024, it could be like 20 years with the two schools in the same league with the Dawgs never making the trip out west.

So the accusation is that after Texas and Oklahoma moved to the SEC for money reasons

There are other reasons schools shift conferences?

Yeah, I was gonna say. Exactly which teams shifted conferences for reasons other than money, ever?

Prederick wrote:

Yeah, I was gonna say. Exactly which teams shifted conferences for reasons other than money, ever?

Sewanee (University of the South) left the SEC to focus on academics in 1940. Now it's back in Division 3.

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karmajay wrote:

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A founding member of the SEC. It just means more.

It's a beautiful campus on the side of a mountain between Chattanooga and Nashville:

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My best friend went to Sewanee right out of high school, knowing no one in the state afaik. After a bit he came back home, roomed with me, and graduated from A&M. After college he moved to Seattle, then Germany, where he now lives with his German wife and daughters.

Ego Man wrote:

Bobby Bowden, the greatest coach in NCAA history (fite me) has been diagnosed with a terminal condition.

He was a good man for FSU. Took us from the brink of closure to the heights of college football. He was an innovative coach and is a good all around person. We as a school we’re lucky to have him even if we did treat him a bit roughly on his way out the door

RIP coach. Hell of a career.

The AP preseason poll is out.

Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia all got first-place votes.

Fed's Aggies are No. 6. The not-Aggies (aka Texas) are 21.

The ACC also has (pretend member) Notre Dame at 9, UNC at 10, Miami at 14 and NC State and BC in the also getting votes category. Not a bad start. (Aside: Carolina should be fun to watch. Sam Howell will be one of the top QBs in the country, and the Heels will be good for 40+ points most weeks.)

SEC doesn't dominate the early poll. Sure, the SEC has three of the top 6. After that, it's Florida (13), LSU (16), Ole Miss (AGV) and Auburn (AGV). Seems more top-heavy than usual somehow.

No Appalachian State (bc they weren't great last season AND they lost their starting QB) but there are two Fun Belt schools.

Putting Iowa State and Cincy in the top 10 shows that the AP voters have no imagination beyond what happened last year. Sad, honestly.

I saw a SI thing this weekend that also had Miami in the top 15. Pretty much like every other season the last 20 years... media wants Miami to be good, Miami still isn't good. Once since 2003 they have won their division... ONE TIME!

Tied with Duke, UNC, Virginia, and Pitt for ACC championship game appearances, and losses, since it began in 2005.

Ga Tech has been 3 times and actually won it once. Va Tech 6 times and 3 wins.

And just for fun from the other division the years it wasn't FSU or Clemson... Boston College has 2 ACCCG appearances. And Wake f*cking Forest has 1 and even won it.

But keep up the Miami love, media. I'm sure one year y'all might be right... maybe... or not...

Bomani Jones has been talking a lot about Miami lately. He keeps making the point that for some schools, football isn't the only thing. If it were, they'd be like Oklahoma in the 80's with Switzer (anything goes!). If Texas realllly wanted to be great, they'd do some things to make sure they get the best athletes; instead, their boosters make proclamations about keeping certain songs in place for cultural reasons.

Miami is a school where, for some time now, they really do want to be seen as an elite educational institution and everything that comes with that (cultural prestige, extremely wealthy donor base, etc.). They're not sacrificing all that so they can get some sportsball love.

After Cal originally signed away its field naming rights to mobile gaming company Kabam a few years ago. It has now outdone itself by selling those rights to startup Crypto exchange FTX. Even better, the licensing company Learfield will accept payment in crypto currency, though it was later clarified that Cal will be taking payment from Learfield in "normal" US currency.

Wonder if they'll be giving out free accounts so students can gamble all their scholarship money away on crypto trading! I hear Mychal Kendricks can also be our spokesperson.

I guess in some ways, beggars can't be choosers, and I should be happy that so many Cal grads latch on to the crazy VC / Tech-douche environment here (COO was a walk-on at Cal) that they start companies that can drop millions of dogecoins on Cal football naming rights, but really... crypto exchange?

Carlbear95 wrote:

I guess in some ways, beggars can't be choosers, and I should be happy that so many Cal grads latch on to the crazy VC / Tech-douche environment here (COO was a walk-on at Cal) that they start companies that can drop millions of dogecoins on Cal football naming rights, but really... crypto exchange?

Yeah, totally could have been a weed company!

Carlbear95 wrote:

Wonder if they'll be giving out free accounts so students can gamble all their scholarship money away on crypto trading! I hear Mychal Kendricks can also be our spokesperson.

Oh. Oh, that's deep.

Does anyone have any real insight on this imminent ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 alliance? I mean, absolutely no one is clamoring to see Duke-Utah in basketball or Syracuse-Washington State in football.

But if this is a stealth way of bringing Maryland back into the ACC, sign me up!

PS: I get the money angle. I also get the academic angle -- the universities in these three conferences are for the most part similar in size *and* stature-slash-reputation (whereas most SEC and Big 12 schools are just big).

Maybe my question -- Why? -- is more rhetorical than anything else. I've tuned out of most college sports except for the occasional SEC / ACC / App State football game, so I'm not sure I care all that much tbh.

One of the podcasts I listen to, Perhaps The Audible, mentioned it was shaping up to be more of an alliance for shared governance of college football. They wanted to work together to make sure things were not being rammed through by other entities in a way that would hurt the three of them.

I think they're a bit gun shy – while he was working on the 4-member committee that came out with the 12 school championship structure, the SEC Commissioner was also working to bring Texas and Oklahoma into the SEC from the Big 12. So, there's distrust about the 12 team championship, whether it will just go directly to ESPN or have the ability to hit the open market for the TV deals (this is a matter of timing, whether they start it before the end of the current contract or not).

At least that's the sense I've gotten of it from various reports.

Think of the Alliance as the Allies, the SEC as Germany, Sankey as the Furher, and the Big 12 as Poland. It should all be clear.

Blah blah blah, money... blah blah blah TV rights... blah blah blah scheduling...

The Big Ten and Pac-12 also intend to keep pushing for inclusion of the Rose Bowl -- in its traditional form -- as part of any playoff expansion talks. Even without the alliance, those two conferences would support the traditional date and time of the game, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET, with their teams competing in Pasadena, California.

OK.. sounds great.. do whatever else you want folks.

Great pic from Cal camp yesterday.

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Awesome to see Coach Tedford looking healthy and happy, wearing Cal colors at Memorial Stadium FTX Field.

I will be supremely disappointed if the SEC is not called The Horde from this point forward.

I thought about watching the 2pm press conference but whatever.

We're just a basketball school (with one Heisman winner). This nonsense is all about football

I am awaiting all of the possibliities:

Cardinals v. Cardinal
Sun Devils v. Blue Devils
Cardinal v. Orange
Golden Bears v. Golden Gophers (actually scheduled already)

And of course stanfurd, U$C, Duke and Northwestern can play each other for the "Daddy Bought Me This" Cup.

Cal v. Michigan would be fun for casual CFB fan as the color schemes are nearly identical. Wouldn't be so novel if this actually happened after the 2004 season like it should have.

Clemson vs USC (no the other one)

Utes v. Hokie v. Boilermaker v. Tarheels playing for the "WTF Is a..." cup

Just look at the schools named "State":

N.C. State
Florida State
Michigan State
Ohio State
Penn State
Arizona State
Oregon State
Washington State

That's a whole Land Grant division right there.

Toss Louisiana State in there while you're at it.