SEC Football Q&A: Is Alabama Getting a Free Pass to the BCS Title Game?

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SEC Football Q&A: Is Alabama Getting a Free Pass to the BCS Title Game?
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Alabama DB Dee Milliner

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And we're off:

Alabama is certainly the favorite, and with good reason—the Crimson Tide are a talented team and, most importantly, have been in big games like this before.

With that said, yes, I think too many people are overlooking Georgia and how well it has played lately.

Georgia LB Jarvis Jones

The Bulldogs have scored 37 or more points in each of their last four games and haven't given up more than 330 yards once in their last six contests—that one being their 42-10 drubbing of intra-state rival Georgia Tech.

No, Georgia hasn't played well in big games. Its 3-9 record vs. Top 25 teams over the last few years is proof positive of that. But it also hasn't played at this level during that time either, which makes the team very dangerous.

Alabama isn't overlooking Georgia, and I don't think fans should either. It's going to be a fun 60 minutes inside the Georgia Dome.

It would obviously depend on who that coach actually is, but there's a good chance. reported earlier this week that assistant coaches Trooper Taylor, Curtis Luper and Tommy Thigpen are sticking around to help the the transition to a new staff.

Auburn assistant coach Trooper Taylor

That move can indicate anything from them just wanting to look good for future employers, they want to stick around on the new staff or they have an idea on who the new coach will be. 

Whatever their motivation, the subject of sticking around will surely come up after they find out who the next head coach will be. 

It would depend on who is actually hired, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least bit if some assistant coaches stick around.

Jon Gruden.

No, seriously, if I had to pick right now, I'd take Gary Patterson...but I don't love that pick.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson and Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville.

I've been high on Arkansas giving Art Briles and Tommy Tuberville serious consideration for quite some time, but it looks like Arkansas is going to shoot for the stars—Les Miles and, perhaps, Chris Petersen—before coming back down to earth.

Once that happens, expect Patterson to be its focus. Arkansas has the luxury of not having buyout money from its previous two staffs weighing down its books, so it can toss loads of money at any potential head coach—which might be what it takes to lure Patterson from Fort Worth.

But that's only if you made me choose, because betting on the Arkansas coaching search right now—as a general rule—wouldn't be a good bet no matter who you put your money on.

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