A Few Things We Learned This Year In College Football
After a very long hiatus from writing I am officially back to writing more articles and slide shows.
The 2010 season was not a wild or insane one on the field.
It was the off the field actions that made this season interesting some surprising, amazing, and down right bad.
From conference realignment to schools buying players this was a different kind of crazy for college football.
The Big 12 Will Fall
This is more of a prediction than what we learned from this season. However, after both Nebraska and Colorado bolted from the Big 12 to the Big 10 and Pac 10 it should only be amused that in a few years the Big 12 will be no more.
Over the summer the Big 12 took the spotlight from the Pac 10 in conference realignment after both Nebraska and Colorado officially declared they would leave many wondered what would happen next.
ESPN was reporting that Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were leaving to joining the Pac 10.
That sent shockwaves through the college football nation, but the SEC sent a larger one when there was reports from Rivals and Sports Illustrated that Oklahoma and Texas A&M were on the verge of joining the SEC. It seemed that the SEC was about to become the first super conference in college football.
While the only teams that have left right now are Nebraska and Colorado it makes me wonder will the Big 12 survive this off season?
Boise State Was Overrated
Even with a week schedule Boise still lost
The Broncos were in the pre season top 3 and they had just beaten Virgina Tech in what was a virtual home game for the Hokies.
Boise also had a very favorable schedule twith only a couple decent teams left to play.
Boise however did not live up to all of the media driven hype and fell hard. There are still some supporters who claim Boise was not overrated since they only lost one game and beat Utah in their bowl game.
However, the Broncos had the one of the easiest schedules in the country and still was not able to go 12-0.
Even if the one loss was against a tough Nevada team it still can't excuse Boise for going 11-1 with a weak schedule.
The SEC Is Still Dominant
Auburn was able to the SEC it's fifth straight BCS title
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Whether or not Auburn's best play knew about the $180,000 his father got or not the fact still remains that the SEC still reigns supreme in college football.
The SEC was in a down year with the only Eastern team winning was Florida.
The West made up for the East's dismal performance going by going 4-1.
Had it not been for the NCCA being in bed with Ohio State the SEC could have finished 6-3 and the west going 5-0.
The NCAA Plays Favorites
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At the start of the 2010 season fans Dawg fans were shocked to hear that A.J Green was in some trouble with the NCAA.
Green had sold his jersey for $1,000 on ebay to someone who qualifies as an agent. Green quickly confessed to selling the jersey and UGA waited to hear the ruling.
Due to the long process of the NCAA making a ruling on the Green case, UGA was forced to sit Green in the first game which was won 55-7.
A couple days before the next game the NCAA suspended Green for three more games. This outraged Georgia fans claiming that it was to harsh and ponderd what would happen if it was a team such as Ohio State.
The next major surprise came from Auburn's Cam Newton who reportedly took $200,000 from Mississippi State to play football.
The investigation went on to where it was found out that the father took $180,000 from MSU. Before the SEC title game the NCAA had ruled Cam Newton ineligible for the game, however the next day the NCAA and ruled that he could play.
The biggest controversy came before the Sugar Bowl oddly enough involving Ohio State. Five Ohio State players had been found out that they traded thousands of dollars of memorabilia for tattoos.
The main player in the story was Pryor the star QB who had carried the Buckeyes to the Sugar Bowl.
The ruling came rather quick and pissed off many UGA and USC fans. Unlike A.J Green Pryor and the other Buckeyes were not suspended for the next game which was the Sugar Bowl.
The NCAA suspended the players for only 5 games and some of the players won't face suspension due to entering the draft.