Candid Thoughts on the SEC

Tim PollockSenior Writer ISeptember 2, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Les Miles and quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrate after a 38-3 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It’s Florida and Alabama in the SEC Championship game again, fellow droogs.  Let me explain, in a roundabout way…

I love LSU fans.  They have been kind on my visits to their lovely city and stadium, and most Bleacher Report Tigers are of the same ilk.  That said, I’m curious as to why there is so much national love for LSU. 

I’ve got two gripes: the defense and the quarterback. 

The D gave up over 24 points a game last year and was torched by Florida and Georgia, two teams on their schedule again.  Since the SEC goes through Florida these days, LSU decided to bring in John Chavis from Tennessee—the same coach whose defenses have been ripped apart by the Gators in recent years.  Huh?   

And save the “Chavis didn’t have the talent at Tennessee” argument.  He had enough talent to run one of the top-rated defenses last year (an allow the fewest touchdowns in the SEC).  And doesn’t Tennessee have a guy named Eric Berry, arguably the best defensive player in the entire nation?  

As for the quarterback, what makes Jordan Jefferson “experienced” again?  Is it his gaudy stats?  The four passing touchdowns?  His career high 143 passing yards?  His 2.7 yards per carry?  

I see four more losses this year for LSU. 

Meanwhile, Alabama seems to be flying under the radar. 


The Tide’s defense is nasty, they have the best receiver in the conference, a stable of running backs, great coaches, and an amazing fan base. 

Greg McElroy may not break any Alabama records, but his defense and run game will give him plenty of support to succeed. 

Yet, time after time, I’m seeing LSU picked as the favorite to win the West. 

I’m trying to figure out what will be worse:  Tennessee’s quarterback play or South Carolina’s kicking game.

If you saw Gene Chizik walking through the mall in your city one day, would you recognize him?  Just saying. 

Can you say Wide Open SEC East in 2010?  When Tebow and half the Gator defense leave next year, it is literally anyone’s title to win.  Well, anyone but Vanderbilt or Kentucky. 

Georgia, do us all a favor and bench Joe Cox now.  You know it’s going to happen eventually, so why waste the time?  Get a young kid ready for the close battle in the aforementioned 2010 East race.   

Dan Mullen: the new Sly Croom. 

South Carolina defensive end Clifton Geathers recently sustained broken facial bones after a late night altercation.  Geathers is 6'8" and weighs in at 281.  Just who the hell is “Club Ice” hiring as its bouncers?  Something smells fishy to me.

Ole Miss is going to disappoint us all this year.  They just are.

Does anyone want Bobby Petrino to succeed?  I’m including Arkansas fans in this question.   

Bringing this full circle, Pat Dooley of makes a convincing argument that the Florida Gators are a living dynasty.  Speaking in “SEC 2.0” terms (post 1992 merger), here are some interesting points he makes:

- Since the new SEC formed in 1992, the Gators are the only team that has been to a bowl game every year

- In those 17 seasons, only Florida has been ranked in the final USA Today/Coaches’ poll every year

- They are the only program to produce a Heisman Trophy winner (two actually)

- Every team in the league has had a losing conference record at some point in that span...except Florida.

- Florida has appeared in nine of what are now referred to as BCS bowl games since ’92.  The rest of the SEC has appeared in a total of 10.

And with the way Meyer is recruiting, it doesn’t look to change any time soon.  


Finally, let’s not play coy here: Tebow is hoisting another SEC trophy this year.