Via Saturdays Down South:
With National Signing Day just around the corner and the season in the books, let’s take a look at how the 2012 All-SEC team looked as recruits according to Rivals.com.
Astoundingly, Johnny Manziel was a three-star recruit ranked as the 14th best dual-threat quarterback in the country. Both Cobi Hamilton and Jordan Matthews were three-star recruits, with Matthews not even ranked. Chance Warmack also developed into a first round pick as a three-star recruit.
On defense, we see three stars Damontre Moore and Johnthan Banks propel and develop themselves into first-round draft picks come April. Sharrif Floyd, Sheldon Richardson and Jadeveon Clowney all lived up to the hype of being ranked as the top overall recruit at their position in their recruiting class.
What this shows is that typically, the four- and five-star recruits pan out and live up to the hype they receive during their recruitment. What this also shows is that occasionally, teams find “diamonds in the rough” with three-star recruits who develop into impact players.
Teams that consistently sign top-ranked recruits each year tend to compete for national and conference honors, but the teams that also find and develop less heralded players are even more likely to do so.
Last of all, analyses such as SDS’ show that while recruiting rankings are important, it’s even more important to keep the players out of trouble, in class and on the team. Despite signing multiple consensus Top 10 recruiting classes over the last four years, Auburn doesn’t have one All-SEC first teamer. Not only does that reflect on how you recruit—it also says a lot about how you run your program.
Alcohol. Pretty girls. College football. The Cotton Bowl. Live television.
We’re SouthernFried around here. So of course we think Alabama will CRUSH the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Monday’s BCS National Championship Game. You can analyze the X’s and O’s. You can compare season statistics and team rankings on things like Red Zone offense and QB passer ratings.
But what’s more demonstrative of Alabama’s ability to dominate than the infamous transitive property?
What’s that? You’ve never heard of the transitive whatchamadingie? Well, it’s simple. It’s an argument based on the logic that if A is greater than B and B is greater than C, then A must be greater than C. It works great in math and logic. In football, it sometimes works and it sometimes doesn’t.
So, let’s use the awesome site www.myteamisbetterthanyourteam.com to see who’s gonna win, shall we?
Using both the fastest path and the most direct path logic, Alabama is better than Notre Dame because Alabama beat Michigan 41 – 14 while Notre Dame only beat Michigan 13 – 6. BUT…
Using the suspect Pretzel Logic of the wins only scenario, Notre Dame is better because Notre Dame beat USC, USC beat Syracuse 42 – 29, Syracuse beat Louisville 45 – 26, Louisville beat Florida 33 – 23, Florida beat Texas A&M 20 – 17 and Texas A&M beat Alabama 29 – 24.
I know, right?
Using the rankings for all schools and seeing who Alabama is better than, Notre dame appears on the list (along with almost everyone else, possibly including the Kansas City Chiefs). Using those same rankings to see who Notre Dame is better than, almost everyone else shows up too.
So, we can safely conclude that Alabama is just better than Notre Dame because if A is better than B and B is better than C, then… well, you get the idea.
The Gamecocks’ Jadaveon Clowney may be the most explosive defensive football player since Cornelius Bennett terrorized SEC offenses in the 1980’s here’s a short video of his destructive hit during the 2013 Outback Bowl against Michigan’s Vincent Smith.
Smith’s helmet came off and the ball came out. Guess who recovered the fumble?This is big boy football in the SEC, y'all.
Hugh Freeze is new to Twitter, so it comes as little surprise that he wouldn’t know better, spot an obvious troll and ignore the troll’s attempts to get a response and get attention.Freeze's Parody @HughnotFreeze
@HughnotFreeze if you have some facts to share please bring them to our compliance office and let's sit down face to face and get them fixed
Freeze didn’t stop there. He went on to say:
“It bothers me that people will say these things in public about any school or player and never have any facts. If they have facts, there is a process to handle the situation.
“When something good happens in your life, did you happen to earn it??”
“Comes back to treating others the way you want to be treated. Thanks again.”
Here’s a pro tip, Coach: When a troll like @HughnotFreeze pipes up, just use Twitter’s block feature and move on.
Some people view the lower back tat as a strong indicator that the wearer is someone capable of making a bad decision. That may be so for females, but dude…
The pictures were taken by Twitter user @NachoMamaBGID
Helmet tap to CFBSection.
Update: Twitter follower @JBB1980 has found another one.
So… ghey. NTTAWWT, of course.
Check out this most awesome synchronized Christmas display. I give major props to this because of the pom-pom shaker oscillation in the middle.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a ROLL TIDE!
Helmet tap to @LivingCrimson
Watch the players' reaction to the faux news that they're going with an old school formation. It's hard to think that Tennessee hasn't gotten a pretty darned good football coach.