It is funny to the rest of college football fans in the SEC and nation watching the reaction of the media to information coming from spring practices around the nation. I simply think they can no longer do their homework.
During a time of shrinking numbers of beat writers and sports columnist, the national media gurus are losing their sources. It makes them look really bad on the old boob tube.
No one has to look far to find some ridiculous statement from a major media representative.
First, I keep hearing these rumblings of how Alabama is the pre-season favorite to win the national title again. These even though they lose 9 defensive starters and several that were number 2 on the depth chart.
This makes them look so foolish it makes most (other than Alabama fans) laugh. This is the 2009 Ole Miss team waiting to happen. They do have better coaches, but they simply do not have the players.
Right now in spring practice they have the worst defensive secondary in the SEC. Even so there are the uneducated that would pick them over a Boise State team that was ranked number 2 and returned virtually the entire team. There is the Ohio State team that finished in the top 5 and returns the majority of their team.
I keep hearing accolades being thrown toward Miami. Why would any reputable sports person do that? This is the same Miami that certain pre-season polls are ranking over Wisconsin. This is hilarious as Wisconsin returns the vast majority of the team that absolutely decimated Miami in a head to head bowl game to end the season.
While Miami might show some life in 2010, there is certainly no sign of it at this point. No reasonable person would rank them above teams like Virginia Tech (destroyed Miami last season), Wisconsin (already mentioned), and all the other teams that played in higher ranked bowls that won their game and returned most of their starters.
Gurus are still ranking Oregon in the top 10, why? They will have a raw quarterback on a team that lost 3 games in 2009. This is certainly not a top 10 pre-season pick. While they might improve with a green quarterback, why not USC with a green coach and a returning quarterback? I could reel off a large list here, but my point is made.
My point is that the gurus should spare us from their opinion unless it is actually educated. They could do better getting their information from blogs like this or sites like Scout and Rivals. They make a mockery of themselves picking teams like these.