2008 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Schedule

Final Record: 12-2, 8-0 (SEC)
Date   Opponent Result Tickets
Aug. 30
Tigers Clemson Tigers
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Won 34-10
Sep. 6
Green Wave Tulane Green Wave
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Won 20-6
Sep. 13
Hilltoppers Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Won 41-7
Sep. 20
Razorbacks at Arkansas Razorbacks
D.W.R. Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
Won 49-14
Sep. 27
Bulldogs at Georgia Bulldogs
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Won 41-30
Oct. 4
Wildcats Kentucky Wildcats
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Won 17-14
Oct. 11
Open Date  
Oct. 18
Rebels Ole Miss Rebels
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Won 24-20
Oct. 25
Volunteers at Tennessee Volunteers
Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Won 29-9
Nov. 1
Indians Arkansas State Red Wolves
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Won 35-0
Nov. 8
Tigers at LSU Tigers
Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Won 27-21
Nov. 15
Bulldogs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Won 32-7
Nov. 22
Open Date  
Nov. 29
Tigers Auburn Tigers
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Won 36-0
2008 SEC Championship Game
Dec. 6
Gators Florida Gators
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Lost 31-20
2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl
Jan. 2
Utes Utah Utes
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Lost 31-17

Alabama Headlines

    1. May 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Yeah what a waste of time playing the citadel

      • lost in Va.
        May 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

        Citadel could beat Arkansas State…..

      • Jason cline
        May 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

        We need your $ to help our title 9 sports..

        We have zero chance of keeping it close but we have beaten Arkansas and USC
        2 of the last 3 times we have played them.

    2. Hokie Mark
      May 3, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      The defending national champions have no business playing an FCS team from another state. Either support a local team or play an extra G5 team! This is indefensible.

      • Day
        May 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        I can agree with this. I would rather see Bama play Bama St/A&M, Jville St or Samford then play an out state team but I doubt that will ever happen. Would not mind if Bama would play Troy, USA or may be UAB in the future too.

    3. Ed
      May 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      This is why we need a weak team to play. Do you realize we have to play Iron Bowl a week after? Give those kids a break..

    4. Dave
      May 3, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      The only reason they are playing The Citadel is because Bemidji St. was unable to clear their schedule that week.

    5. Jinzo_2400
      May 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      There goes that dream match up against Idaho!!

    6. Cobra
      May 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

      SEC haters, we have to schedule cupcakes to keep having the most players drafted by the NFL (51) this year and so we can win more national Championships.
      Now tell us how your teams and their conferences do it!!!!!

      • GEG
        May 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

        You do realize that ESPN forgot to mention that most of those picks came after the 3 round?
        The best players got selected in the beginning and 80% of them wasn’t from the SEC.
        How about the SEC fans root for their own team and stop riding off other teams success.

    7. Title IX
      May 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

      More complaints of cupcakes, blah, blah, blah. Where are these SEC haters when strength of schedules are announced? Even with FCS cupcakes, the top SEC schools are still in the top 25% of of SOS. Every year.

      • Hokie Mark
        May 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm

        No problem with scheduling a cupcake. Big problem with refusing to help local athletic departments pay their bills. ‘Bama needs to play an in-state FCS or G5 team instead.

      • Tully
        May 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

        As the Big 10 and Big 12 go to the schedules in which they are playing 10 games with P5 teams, almost all of the PAC 12 does already, it is my hope the CFB playoff committee will take note. In 2016 only 25 teams will play 9 or less P5 games in the regular season. The SEC has 13 of those 25 teams. The ACC has 8 of those teams, and ND is one of those teams. Oh yes Baylor is one of those teams. Congratulations SEC…you have become Baylorized.

        In 2017 those numbers of teams playing 9 regular season games goes down a few more…

        Like I said I hope people make it an issue the CFP has to take into consideration. The 9 game regular season with P5 teams amounts to an extra bye week.

    8. Day
      May 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      “This is a fantastic opportunity for our program,” The Citadel head coach Brent Thompson said. “These games are important for many reasons, and they allow us to provide our cadet-athletes with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I’m excited that our team will have the experience of playing in front of more than 100,000 fans against one of the premier teams in college football.”
      This comment from Brent Thompson is what college football is all about.

    9. Tully
      May 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Bama should call Baylor and see if they can get help Bama schedule Incarnate World.

    10. Rick
      May 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      That’s incarnate word you fool

    11. Cobra
      May 9, 2016 at 9:48 am

      GEG you still did not tell who your team is and their conference. How many players were drafted from your conference?

    12. Citadel '81
      May 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

      ‘Bama FB players wouldn’t even be able to make through “hell week” at The Citadel, much less graduate and get a degree!

    13. Roll tide
      June 3, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      They hate bama cause they can’t beat bama that’s all it is , sorry but got to find another place for the new collage football trophy

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    Alabama to Host Arkansas State in 2018

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    1. Lost in Va.
      February 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      So, Alabama still has a shot to host Central Arkansas, or Abeliene Christian, for $450K…

    2. Shep
      February 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      The Red Wolves have been a fairly solid team as of late, not exactly a cupcake but certainly no P5.

    3. Rick Wells
      April 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Perhaps Bryn Mawr will be scheduled soon?

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    Mercer to Play at Alabama in 2017 and 2021

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    1. Maverick
      January 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Super excited for these games

      • C-dog
        January 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        Me too!!! Its a great opportunity for Mercer’s football program to get not only a nice paycheck, but for them to get great media coverage even if it will be aired on SEC network! Its good to see the bridge between FCS and FBS football!

      • Maverick
        January 29, 2016 at 3:57 am

        I was being sarcastic. This is a disgrace. Once again, the SEC for as great as they are proves once again how cowardly they can be.

        How do SEC fans and Bama fans justify this?

      • Joe
        January 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        They justify it the same way Oregon and Pac-12 fans justify Oregon scheduling UC-Davis and Southern Utah. They justify it the same way Baylor and Big 12 fans justify Baylor playing Liberty or Abilene Christian.

        Alabama is still playing a tougher schedule than about 125 D1 schools.

      • Maverick
        January 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm

        Oregon and Baylor play 9 conference games and 1 power 5 game.

        Alabama doesn’t. That’s the point. Do you not get that?

      • Kevin Kelley
        January 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

        Baylor hasn’t played a Power 5 non-conference game since 2008.

      • David
        January 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm

        Guess what? Baylor’s schedule is worse. Alabama starts the season with FLORIDA STATE, and its other OOC’s are with Colorado State (now a top MWC team, and arranged when former Bama coach was HC at CSU), and Fresno State (a longtime top MWC team). Plus, Alabama winning its division will have 9 Conference games, no different from Baylor with no conference championship game. Baylor’s playing Incarnate Word. Go home.
        Mercer is at least committed to moving to the top of FCS quickly, and getting into the Colonial in time, now that schools like ODU, Ga State, and Southern’s App State and Ga Southern have opened up the region for a new FCS player.

      • Maverick
        January 29, 2016 at 1:39 pm

        This is your reason for everything… SEC.
        If that’s the case, why don’t you play 1 more conference game?

      • Joe
        January 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm

        9 conference games in the Big 12 doesn’t make you better.

        In the last two years, the SEC has had 34 players drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. The Big 12 has had 6. Playing against the level of talent that these other conferences are playing against in comparison to what the SEC has to play week in and week out, 9 conferences games can only even the field…

        But it doesn’t even do that. The SEC is still far and away the better conference, with better players, and better teams.

        SEC haters don’t get that. They think every school is even. Playing Kansas is just like playing Ohio State. Playing Washington State is just like playing Michigan State. It is only in that scenario, where everyone is equal, does playing 9 conference games matter.

        See, there are two kinds of football fans. Those that realize that not every D1 team is equal and understand the game of football and then there are people like Maverick who don’t.

      • Maverick
        January 29, 2016 at 8:41 pm

        Pretty sure the SEC east is a joke.

      • Joe
        January 30, 2016 at 5:52 am

        The SEC East may not be the best division in football, but at worst they are second behind the SEC West.

      • Maverick
        January 31, 2016 at 1:36 pm

        You’ve just lost all credibility. You are just a biased fan. SAD.

      • Joe
        January 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm

        I am literally shocked you could spell ‘credibility.’

        Look, if winning the SEC was easy, it would be called your mom.

      • Maverick
        February 1, 2016 at 3:14 am

        Wow, I’m receiving “intelligence” attacks from someone that just doesn’t get it. If you can’t see that a conference playing one less week of conference games helps the conference’s overall perception, then you should take a math class, because it is an indisputable fact.

      • Joe
        February 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

        Once again, playing 9 conference games against teams that aren’t good to begin with doesn’t matter. Alabama will play more players drafted in the NFL draft in eight games than most will play all year.

        That’s what matters. Talent.

        The SEC is loaded with it. Other conferences aren’t. That’s what you continue to ‘not get.’

        Top to bottom the SEC is just better. Better players. Better coaches. Better teams. And obviously, smarter fans.

      • Day
        February 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        Better coaches cause teams in the SEC don’t mind paying top dollars cause college football just means more to fans in the south. Better teams, 9-2 in bowls speaks for itself. An SEC quarterback won a national championship plus you have TWO SEC QB’s in the super bowl, with 22 active players just from the SEC in the game, YES, better players.

    2. Toast
      January 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Another cup cake scheduled for Bama. What with winning their 167 national championship!

    3. Hank
      January 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      The matchup fans have been clamoring for.

      • 2/21/14
        January 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

        Hey, I’m a Mercer fan and have been looking for an excuse to visit Bryant-Denny. Tickets should be relatively cheap and I get to cheer my team on where they will definitely need some support.

    4. Marcus
      January 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Rare Mercer mention here! I understand the Bears might get destroyed but happy to see them get a game in Alabama nonetheless. My only other concern is that they already have Auburn in 2017 too so it may be too much for Coach Lamb and the players to handle in one season. I’d rather have one of those two games moved to another year.

    5. Day
      January 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      This is interesting, Bama has not played them since 1939/40, it like stepping back in time in some ways. Nice to see Mercer reinstated their football program, good for them.

      • Brad
        January 31, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        What you fail to realize is that Saban wants to play an fcs school late in the season for two reasons: 1) To give his starters a rest before the Iron Bowl and 2) To evaluate his backup players for the following year especially with recruiting season around the corner. If there wasn’t an advantage for Saban to play an fcs progran, then he would not schedule one.

        Alabama will win this game handily, but don’t forget Wofford beat SC, Jackson State lost to Auburn in OT, and GA Southern beat Florida last year. You can never count out an fcs team unless their playing Alabama under Saban.

        Go Bears and Roll Tide!

      • Jim
        February 1, 2016 at 10:17 am

        The Citadel beat South Carolina. Jacksonville State lost in OT to Auburn.

      • Brad
        February 1, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        Sorry. Thanks for the correction Jim.

    6. Jinzo_2400
      January 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      SEC….Schedule Easy Cupcakes.

      Playing Florida State,Fresno St. and Colorado St makes a legit schedule but Mercer? Holy crow….

      • Maverick
        January 29, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        It’s not that good of a non-conference schedule. One great neutral game, two above average Group of 5 teams, and an FCS team. This is in addition to 8 conference games.

        Now compare that to USC: One great home game (Texas), One great away game (Notre Dame), one average Group of 5 team, and no FCS games. This is in addition to 9 conference games.

        Yeah, real equal schedules. LOL. HAHAHAHAHA.

    7. Evan
      January 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Great to see Mercer getting a big fat paycheck, but this is Bama vs a limited scholarship team.

      • David
        January 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

        Mercer has a full FCS complement now. They only played in the Pioneer for the initial season to get started. They’re exactly where Troy, Georgia Southern, App State and many other 1AA’s that have gone on to FBS were.

      • Maverick
        January 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

        Max scholarship players for an FCS is 65 players… For FBS it’s 85.

    8. Hawaii Dave
      January 29, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Exceptionally impressive for the defending national champions to schedule such a powerhouse team. The rest of their schedule is OK. But, when are SEC schools going to bag the annual FCS opponent?

    9. Jason
      January 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Yes, I to hate these FBS games. However, for fans of other schools to throw stones at Alabama for playing in these games is laughable. Check your own schedule. And by the way, Alabama had the toughest schedule in college football on their way to a national championship in 2015.

      • Hawaii Dave
        January 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        Sorry, but the Big 10 is bringing to an end games scheduled against FCS opponents. None on future schedules for Penn St. and Ohio St., for example and the Big 10 has eliminated one non-conference game all together and replaced it with a 9th conference game like the Pac 12.

      • Hawaii Dave
        January 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

        Further, you hate FBS games? Alabama is FBS. Think you meant FCS. ;-)

    10. Cobra
      January 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Why don’t all you guy list your team and conference and brag on how much better it is than the SEC.
      What no ba–s?
      Just all MOUTH!!

    11. Colin White
      January 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      USC is a joke and they’ll get pounded by Alabama next year just as bad as Mercer will in 2017 and 2021.

      • Maverick
        January 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        Lol. Okay. USC will finally be off sanctions and have a full roster of 85 scholarship players. Since 2011, this team has been crippled, playing with between 45-60 scholarship players. They were Alabama before unjust sanctions crippled them.

      • Chris
        January 30, 2016 at 7:27 am

        Unjust? Lol

    12. Rene
      January 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      I love the Mercer Bears, but this is a disgrace. The results will be as unbalanced and unfair as Ga Southern/Bama 63 – 7. Shame on Bama, they should not play smaller schools. I hope the paycheck will be worth the injuries our team will incur.

    13. chipmunk
      May 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Without these schools that are willing to share the wealth with the FCS some of the smaller schools might have to drop their programs. But some high and mighty schools like the Big Ten (or eleven or twelve) or Big Twelve ( or eleven or ten) want to keep all the money to themselves and not allow the smaller schools to have a chance to advance. Great that the SEC is doing this for the other schools.

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    1. Day
      January 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Congrats Bama! Thaks for bringing the trophy back to the SEC! Clemson played an outstanding game & never gave up, the Tigers will be back next year. Bama proved they can hang with a high tempo team & Watson is a great runner & threw all over Bama but is was not enough. Congrats to Magic Nick for his 5th NC, congrats to Jay Coker on getting his after having to seat behind Winston for so long & not working out the 1st season at Bama. The game was amazing, I can actually say now that special teams also win national championships too! Roll Tide!

      • Maverick
        January 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Alabama, the face of the SEC, well deserved. Onside kick was the call of the season.

        For anyone other SEC fan trying to take credit for Alabama’s success, shove it. They’re your opponent, and you’ve gotten destroyed by them for 8 years. Pick up the slack.

      • Joe
        January 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

        Yep. In those 8 years, Alabama has won four SEC titles and the other four were Auburn (twice), Florida, and LSU. And all of them played for the national title, with three winning.

        I’d say the slack is picked up.

        I’d also say that the SEC champion has a better chance than any other team to win the national title because they have played better teams all year long, they have played better coaches all year long, they have played better players all year long, and they have played a tougher schedule all year long.

        The SEC is just better. Plain and simple.

      • Maverick
        January 13, 2016 at 11:11 pm

        You’re a clown. There’s a reason they moved to the CFP. If you don’t want to admit that it was because the SEC had a benefit of an extra game, fine. Be delusional.

        In 2007, USC should have been in over LSU. In 2008, USC should have been in over Oklahoma and been able to play Florida. Trust me, USC would have annihilated Florida. Oklahoma got in because of the extra championship game. In 2009, Alabama was the CLEAR WINNER. In 2010, Auburn was the clear winner (despite TCU going undefeated too). In 2011, Alabama shouldn’t even have been in the BCS, as they didn’t even win their own division, yet they beat LSU. In 2012, ROLL TIDE dominated. IN 2013, Florida State dominated.

        The BCS was a severely flawed system, which favored an extra championship game, highlighted every win as equal no matter if it were power 5 or fcs, and East Coast journalistic bias.

        All of this said, 2009, 2010, 2012 are the only years that you highlight which shows the SEC deserved a championship. That is pretty damn good, but it’s not just better. Throw that SEC cheering away. The only chant that matters in the SEC is Roll Tide.

    2. Joe
      January 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Look, it’s real simple. When you play the SEC you can’t beat them.

      The SEC was 9-2 this year in bowl games and claimed their 8th National Title in the last ten years. In that span Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Auburn have represented the conference in the title game. It’s ridiculous fan-boy talk to say it should have been USC playing instead of LSU or whatever. That’s dumb. The fact is when the games were played, the SEC won.

      I have thought all along that you don’t understand football, now I’m convinced of it. You also don’t understand the BCS. The BCS, while flawed, did not favor the SEC.

      The SEC was clearly deserving of every title it won. To say otherwise points out your ignorance.

      And you call me a clown?

      At least your mom likes me.

    3. Cobra
      January 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Joe, you have to feel sorry for Maverick.
      He is a SEC jock sniffer that never does brag on his conference. So, what is the only thing that he can say about us, we have an terrible OOC schedule.

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    1. thomas
      January 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Which section is Alabama and which is Clemson?

    2. Maverick
      January 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Both teams really impressed me, especially Clemson. Mobile QBs have given Alabama a problem in the past. That said, Alabama’s D is ridiculous, especially their secondary, and Lane Kiffin coached an excellent game for that offense.

      It wouldn’t surprise me to see Alabama win by 13, but I think Clemson will show how great a team they really are.

      Clemson 34 – Alabama 28.

      • Kristina Galjour
        January 2, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        Get real…lol. Clemson would know that they aren’t the number one team if they had to play a schedule remotely as hard as Alabama’s….and maintain every single week. When they drop like flies, I will shout Welcome to the SEC! :)) Roll Tide.

      • Nick floyd
        January 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

        Kristina you do realize that Clemson is the only team in the country with 4 top 10 wins right? They were the only team with 3 before Oklahoma. So think about that when you talk about schedules.

      • JUSTIN
        January 4, 2016 at 11:15 am


      • Monty
        January 4, 2016 at 10:33 pm

        To Justin Clemson has beat 4 teams currently ranked in the top ten. Not preseason or even early season. Those rankings do not matter.

      • Maverick
        January 4, 2016 at 11:24 pm

        You can’t reason with an SEC homer.

    3. Alabama rules
      January 1, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Maverick come on Alabama is the clear winner #Bestprogramwithbestcoachwithoutanystupiddancing

      • Aaron J
        January 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm

        Don’t be a bitter Betty. Clemson wins by 6

      • Clemson
        January 5, 2016 at 9:09 am

        You Bama fans are so cocky. Derrick Henry only played against 2 good defenses all year (Florida and Arkansas) Henry shouldn’t have even won the Heisman, McCaffrey should’ve. Clemson on the other hand has 4 quality wins that were statements to how good we are. (Notre Dame, UNC, FSU, and Oklahoma.) So Bama has a rude awakening coming for them, as long as Clemson doesn’t beat themselves.
        Clemson 24
        Bama 17

      • Robert Deep
        January 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

        Can’t argue with Clemson taters that believe the schedule the Tigers played was actually decent…Notre Dame was crushed by Stanford and only lost at Clemson because of poor coaching a second string QB…FSU also had to play at Clemson with a second string QB…UNC couldn’t even beat a horrible South Carolina team (although they played in the ACC Championship without a single quality win), and Oklahoma lost to Texas, should have lost to Tennessee (few lucky plays to go 3 OTs), and won their last 3 games against teams without their starting QB (sound familiar)…Bama will wear them out and by the 4th quarter have their way with Clemson like a $5 prostitute.

    4. Tide fan
      January 2, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Both teams are hungry for the crystal ball……..I think everyone knows that. I think it will be a hard fought, low scoring game. Both defenses are relentless. Both offenses know how to put points on the board. For the first time, in a very long time, I think that the two best teams in the country are playing for the National Championship! With that being said, I think Alabama is much deeper than Clemson. I think that replacement players are better for Bama. I also think Bama’s special teams are better……..I think Alabama will win but will EARN the victory! ROLL TIDE ROLL!

      • Tiger Rag
        January 2, 2016 at 4:46 pm

        Well, Tide fan, your team is more than welcome to take home the crystal ball. Seeing as how that was the BCS Championship trophy and we’re now in the CFP era, your crystal balls are already collecting dust. Clemson wins, 31 – 21 to take home the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy. GO TIGERS!!

      • Go Tigers
        January 5, 2016 at 9:23 am

        Tiger Rag you are so right. And you’re the 10th Bama fan to say we are gonna win the crystal ball. Thats what you guys said last year and got stunned by a Ohio State team led by a 3rd string QB. This is a new playoff era and the BCS is long gone buddy. Theres no crystal ball anymore its a 3 foot tall gold trophy that weighs like 20 pounds.

    5. Jimmy Patton
      January 2, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Is the Old Boy Club ever going to let go of its power to select the four “best” teams in the Country, and have a REAL Playoff, with the Champion of each conference competing? This little beauty contest they have going now is NOT in any way, shape, or form, a playoff.

      • Leave the Playoff alone
        January 5, 2016 at 9:18 am

        you can’t exactly have a 5 team playoff between the power 5 conferences. so that would mean you have to add the group of 5 with the American MAC C-USA MWC and Sun Belt. So for that reason a full playoff between winners of all the conferences wouldn’t be fair. You’d have a team like clemson or alabama playing a team like bowling green or appalachian state. Lets be honest the playoff is fine the way it is. Now if you want to make it a 6 team or 8 team playoff just make it be between the top 6 or 8 teams. But most colleges have spring semesters starting this week or next week so they cannot do a big playoff simply because it would take too long. Heck we would just now be getting to the semi finals. It would also clash with the NFL playoffs. If you were a fan of the bcs I’m sorry because the BCS was messed up in so many ways.

      • Jim
        January 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

        I agree.
        The only way to prove the dominance of the SEC is to let all of the conferences come out to play.

    6. Maverick
      January 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      To The SEC fans that no doubt will boast about how you have so far gone 8-2 in bowl games this year,

      First off, wins are wins. Congrats. 6 of your teams won in dominating fashions, and Arkansas pulled away in the 4th. No one can take that away from you.

      Now, let’s take a deeper look into these match-ups:

      1.) SEC games with SEC team having better final record:
      -Arkansas (7-5) beat Kansas State (6-6). That is a game you should win. And you did.
      -LSU (8-3) beat Texas Tech (7-5). That is a game you should win. And you did.
      -Auburn (6-6) beat Memphis (9-3). That is a game you should win, as Memphis is a Group of 5 team that finished 3rd in their division, 4th in conference. And you did.
      -Mississippi State (8-4) beat NC State (6-6). That is a game you should win. And you did.
      -Texas A&M (8-4) lost to Louisville (7-5). That is a game you should win. BUT you LOST.
      -Florida (10-3) lost to Michigan (9-3). That is a game you should win. But you LOST.

      Observation: In games, where you were clearly a better team via final record (not including Group of 5 team Memphis’ record), you went 4-2. That isn’t very good.

      2.) SEC games with SEC team having worse record:
      -Ole Miss (9-3) beat Oklahoma State (10-2). That is a game you should lose. But you WON.
      -Tennessee (8-4) beat Northwestern (10-2). That is a game you should lose. But you WON.

      Observations: The SEC won the game it shouldn’t have beaten based on record. That is something to brag about.

      3.) SEC games with SEC team having same record:

      -Alabama (12-1) beat Michigan State (12-1). This is an even game, and you won.

      Observation: The SEC won the evenly matched game in dominating fashion (Alabama). Once again, Alabama gives the SEC something to brag about.

      Final Observations: The SEC had a pretty good, but not great, bowl season. Although they suffered 2 bad losses (Michigan and Louisville), they also had 2 good wins (Oklahoma State and Northwestern). What pushes a mediocre post season into a pretty good post season is Alabama’s win against Michigan State. Right now before their championship game, I’d rate the SEC’s post season as a 6.5 out of 10. If Alabama wins the championship, I’d rate their post-season as an 8 out of 10. A loss will not hurt them.

      Side observation: Bret Bielema chanting how great the SEC is once again goes to show how full of balogna he is. They barely beat a really bad Kansas State football team by pulling away in the 4th Quarter.

      Overall observation based on conferences: Every conference has great teams (SEC – Alabama, Pac12 – Stanford, Big 12 – Oklahoma, ACC – Clemson, Big 10 – Ohio State). To get these teams to be more evenly matched up, I will once again say every conference needs to play an equal amount of power 5 games. To any that would argue this, the best Group of 5 teams are almost always about even with the most mediocre of Power 5 teams. We need equality in conference setup.

      Still, the SEC won their bowl games at 8-2 so far. So I’m sure SEC homers will brag about that. Do me a favor, just brag about how you share the conference with Alabama. That’s the breadwinner. The rest of you are their little brother and side girlfriends.

      • Joe
        January 3, 2016 at 5:15 am

        The logic simply doesn’t work out with your comment. You assume that because a team isn’t in a power five conference that they should automatically be beaten by a team that is. This is wrong. Boise State, TCU and any number of other teams have proven that wrong. This is why the you must play X number of Power Five teams doesn’t matter. All teams, regardless of conference affiliation, have the potential to be good or bad. Memphis was a heck of a lot better than a lot of power five teams this year. Boise State was a lot better than power five teams in years past.

        But I get it… you want to throw out the record when it supports whatever ridiculous anti-SEC argument you are trying to make, then consider it when it’s convenient. That’s evidence that even you don’t even believe the nonsense you are spouting off about.

        The fact is, the SEC has now won more bowl games in a single year than any other conference. The numbers don’t lie. The difference between the SEC and other conferences is that over the last decade, most conferences have been dominated by one team. USC/Oregon in the Pac 12, Texas/Oklahoma in the Big 12, Ohio State in the Big Ten, Florida State in the ACC…

        But the SEC has seen several teams, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Auburn, all crowned not just conference champions, but National Champions. No other conference could ever boast that many good teams over a short span. It’s pretty amazing, really, when you think about just how much the SEC has dominated the college football landscape and how they continue to dominate the college football landscape.

        And there is no sign that this trend will break anytime soon. The SEC continues to get stronger. Florida is on their way back, Georgia will be a contender in the near future, Arkansas is there now, Tennessee is back… All of this in addition to Alabama, LSU. Mississippi, and the rest.

        It’s unbelievable how the rest of the country hasn’t been able to keep up. I mean, the two teams that played for the Big Ten championship were embarrassed. Seriously, they should be kicked out of the power five. The Big Ten is a big joke.

        The SEC… that is some serious football.

      • Day
        January 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

        Please give it a rest, now the SEC is 8-2 in bowls this year & you’re still trying to bash. You have to be obsessed with the SEC, it’s all you talk about. You were pounding your chest about Northwestern all year, they got beat 45-6 by Tennessee, Michigan was favored to beat Florida so no the Gators should NOT have WON. Tennessee & Ole Miss were both favored so yes, they should of WON. SEC dominated most of their bowl games, not even close. Texas A&M only lost by 6, that is not a bad lose. You always try to make things out more then they are, instead of saying congras to the SEC, you have to make it seem that it WAS not impressive as it was. In that case, that Northwestern & Iowa team you stood up for all year fell right on their face, badly! USC could not even win in their own state, congras to Wisconsin on the win. Even though Michigan St has a great team, they got shut-out. You said the SEC would have another bad bowl season, you were wrong. I don’t have to brag about what the SEC did, it speaks for itself. Congras to the SEC & Bama vs Clemson game should be a good one. ACC vs SEC in championship game,imagine that.

      • Maverick
        January 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm

        You kids just don’t get it. You assume because they are matched up in bowl games that that match up should be equal. When the Big 10 has their three best teams playing the best of the SEC, the best of the Pac 12, and one of the best of all (Notre Dame), and they go 1-2, that is NOT BAD AT ALL. Yes, they got blown out by Stanford and Alabama, but no one in their right mind would say Iowa and Michigan State are the best teams in the Big 10. It was easily Ohio State.

        You refuse to acknowledge that.

        Also, the Big 10’s 4th best team (Michigan) blows out the second best SEC team (Florida). The Big 10’s 5th best team (Northwestern) gets blown out by the 4th best SEC team (Tennessee). The Big 10’s 6th best team (Wisconsin) beats the second to fourth best Pac12 team (USC).

        Ole Miss is the 2nd to 3rd best team in the SEC, and they blew out the 2nd-4th best Big 12 team (OK State).

        I think we can all agree that this system still is broken, as it justifies loop holes (which the SEC has successfully exploited for years). The only thing that is working is the College Football Playoff. As great as I think Stanford is, they lost 2 bad games. They didn’t deserve to go. Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, and Oklahoma earned their trips. Yet, the system still needs equal conference games, equal power 5 games, and a conference championship. Now hear me out. If a conference is better than another conference, then your final result should confirm that when the bowl games turn around. However, you can’t use that argument to justify playing 8 conference games (and 1 power5 OOC game), rather than the 9 conference game, 1 power5, no FCS and a conference championship game, that every other conference is doing.

        Also, during bowl assignments, the SEC gets to choose who they play. It’s in their contracts. First, the other teams accept their invitations, then it goes to the SEC to choose their matchups (which one should have no doubt they are making sure it’s the best change for each team to win). There’s a reason why you guys got blown out by Michigan in the Citrus Bowl!!! The SEC had no say in who they wanted to put in the matchup. It went solely to the best #2 team available in the Big 10 and SEC, only the Big 10 had to send their best team available because the other 3 were in major bowl games.

        If you just look at the surface, one clearly should see SEC dominance!!!! They dominated the matchups. 8-2 records so far! That’s great! 6 matchups blowing out teams by 21+ points! That’s great. But let’s make sure these matchups are as close to equal as possible. That is common sense. I’m not hating, (except on that giant loser Bielema who was acting how great Ark was for beating a 6-6 KSU team after a year where they lost to Texas Tech and Toledo!). Alabama is awesome. Tennessee should be a top 10 team next year.

      • Maverick
        January 3, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        Coming from an unbiased SEC critic, this is how I and most non SEC people would rate the SEC this year and next year.

        1. Alabama
        2. Ole Miss
        3. Miss State
        4. Florida
        5. Tennessee
        6. Georgia
        7. LSU
        8. Texas A&M
        9. Arkansas
        10. Auburn
        11. Vandy
        12. UK
        13. Mizzou
        14. USC

        2016-2017: Tennessee will win the SEC. Guaranteed.

      • Maverick
        January 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm

        It’s the same reason why TCU blew out Ole Miss last year and Wisconsin beat Auburn, only it has been reversed. TCU was 11-1 vs Ole Miss (9-3). Wisconsin was (10-3) vs. Auburn (8-4).

        This isn’t rocket science. The same records DO MATTER. Playing similar opponents at the same rate DOES MATTER.

        This bowl season was poorly designed. A big let down. I would have loved better bowl matchups. I also think the Pac 12 and the SEC should look into setting up a couple bowl tie-ins. Maybe games in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

        A very letdown College Football Fan.

        P.S. Good Luck Alabama and Clemson fans. May the odds be ever in your favor.

      • Day
        January 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm

        You’re are the one that was praising Iowa all season saying how great they were cause they beat Wisconsin & Northwestern & went 12-0, you also had them #1 at one point,you also mentioned how great Michigan St was, now you’re are saying they’re not great & that The Ohio St is, please make up your mind. There is nothing wrong with the system, just your logic, you pounding your chest on the SEC west going 2-5, now the SEC is 8-2 overall & your just making excuses to how the SEC is overrated in this year’s bowl games, Really? Michigan beat Florida cause they were the better team, not because of the match up. What you are trying to say is if the match ups were different then the SEC would not of none well, there is no fact to that,

        There is no guarantee at all that Tennessee is going to win the SEC next year. SEC fans know that Tennessee is good & they are coming around, they also blew Iowa away in the bowl game last year.

        The only reason you feel it was a let down bowl season is because the SEC went 8-2 & now you can’t bash the on the SEC west anymore, the match up were fine, there were also blow-out wins with other bowls minus SEC teams, it’s not Michigan’s fault cause Florida could not hang, just like it’s not Tennessee’s fault cause Northwestern could not hang, they were evenly matched. I just find it funny how you complain about SEC OOC & now you’re complaining about the bowl match ups are uneven so that’s why the SEC did so well, whatever!

      • Joe
        January 4, 2016 at 7:08 am

        Who said they were equal? All I said was claiming that an SEC team, or any Power Five team, should beat Memphis simply because they aren’t a Power Five team is more than just a little misguided.

        And yes, the Big Ten going 1-2 is bad. In fact, it’s very bad.

        And it’s funny to see you claim that Michigan State and Iowa weren’t the best teams in the Big Ten. Had they won, I imagine your tune would be quite different. But, let’s face it, they, along with Ohio State, were the best the league had to offer and they simply didn’t fare well on the national stage, something the Big Ten has to be getting used to by now.

        It’s also funny to add that in addition to claiming the two teams that played for the Big Ten title weren’t the best teams, you then claim Florida was the SEC’s second best team, which was not the case at all. But, whatever, it’s just interesting to see you apply such ridiculous logic when it’s convenient and avoid it at all costs when it’s not.

        You can say the SEC has exploited loopholes for years… I prefer we call it what it is… they win out of conference games at a higher clip than anyone else. See, for all you people that hate the SEC, there is an easy way to end the debate. Beat them. When your teams line up with the SEC… beat them.

        But they don’t. Year in and year out, the SEC beats all comers.

        The system isn’t broken. But you are right, the conferences are not equal. Winning the SEC is not like winning the ACC or Big 12. It’s harder. And until it’s as hard to win the Big 12 as it is the SEC, things will be unfair… toward the SEC…

        And besides, the winner of the SEC will play 9 conference games. Every year. Plus a Power Five out of conference game.

        Every conference determines who their teams will play. Texas was terrified a few years ago that they would get selected to play A&M and the Big 12 said they wouldn’t allow that to happen. The Big Ten selects who will go to the Rose Bowl. All conferences do that in an attempt to have the best possible matchup. Stop acting like it’s just the SEC that does that. Everyone else does it, too.

      • Maverick
        January 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

        So you admit that the SEC does that? I see. Thanks for agreeing with me.

      • Roll Tide
        January 4, 2016 at 9:41 pm

        Maverick makes sense. You SEC blowhards are so set on defending the SEC that you don’t even choose to look into the facts. You guys are acting like a victory over a team you should beat is something to be proud of. It’s the same argument you make defending the SEC playing 4 scrub non-conference games.

        Alabama is dope. Roll Tide.

      • Mike Graham
        January 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

        Maverick, If you had picked the score of the Michigan State / Bama game a few days ago, what would you have predicted? Probably not 38-0 Bama. I’m certain your prediction would have been much more along the lines of what ESPN had in mind, a very close matchup as they went on and on about how well the Spartans matched up with Bama. How this was a “trap game” for the Crimson Tide because of Michigan State’s defensive athleticism and strength…and in a three hour period, ESPN’s wishful thinking and their hopes went right out the window as Michigan State was crushed and shut-out. Secondly, the teams Bama played and beat in the top 10, WERE in the top ten until Alabama beat them. Your whole “we beat teams who were in the top ten at the end of the season and that makes Clemson better than Alabama” is just plain silly! So, did you consider Florida State a “big win” this season? Yeah, well Houston made the Seminoles look real bad in their last game of the season, right? Yeah…Houston! Not one bit of who played and beat who matters right now. It’s Clemson playing Alabama tonight! No previous scores matter! No previous teams Clemson or Bama played, matter! Not one of those top ten wins for Bama or Clemson, matter! The only thing that matters tonight will be what player from Alabama or Clemson lines up facing the guy in front of them and whips ’em. If enough Alabama players do that, we should win the football game. If Clemson lines up and whips their man…Clemson should win the ballgame. Both Alabama and Clemson are great football teams. Both Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban are great football coaches. NOTHING that’s happened before 7:30PM Monday, January 11, 2016 matters. I believe in “The Process” and I believe in The Alabama Crimson Tide! Best of luck my friend and Roll Tide!

    7. Dave Clemson
      January 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

      I’m a Clemson fan of course… My wife is a huge Bama fan… Gonna be fun in our house… Send me some free tickets!!!!

    8. SneakAttack08
      January 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Remember Chad Kelly if he stayed at clemson he would b backup qb 2 DW4, If he beat your %%% Just think what DW4 is going 2 do. And by the way one word nickie hates is TEMPO..?………And u know bama fan’s what’s coming. ….TEMPO, TEMPO, TEMPO

      January 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

      We can bantor all day long! Let’s just watch the game and ENJOY the outcome!!! ROLL TIDE!!!

    10. Scott
      January 6, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      @Joe – Clemson has beaten the SEC, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, check, check, and check. Non conference games this year against Notre Dame and South Carolina, we have Auburn and South Carolina next year. Alabama played Middle Tennessee, ULM and Charleston Southern, and Wisconsin. Garbage. And the sad part was Saban actually tried to defend the cupcake schedule likening it to Georgia Southern running all over the tide, a game Bama won 45-21, what a joke.

      • Day
        January 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        Clemson has also lost to Georgia, Alabama, S.Carolina & Auburn. Bashing Bama because of their OOC is a little hypocritical, since when did Wisconsin become garbage? Clemson also has played teams like Middle Tenn & S.Carolina St in the past plus they played Wofford & App St this year, not a big difference. Saban defends every team Bama plays cause he respects them plus he does not want his kids going into any game thinking it is a guaranteed win. That Bama game vs Georgia Southern was 4 years ago, the same year Clemson beat Wofford 35-27, what’s the point? Yes, smaller schools can scare any team at any time.

      • Maverick
        January 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

        The point is the SEC’s out of conference schedule truly is a disgrace. For a conference that says how great they are, they should always play up to competition, not down. If you want to get people to say you are the best conference without question, then play other teams in other power five conferences for nonconference games rather than the scrubs. You hardly ever travel, when you do its to a “neutral” territory, you never play home and home, and then when you play teams you should beat in bowl games you say the SEC is the greatest.

        Yes, I am pointing on things that are passing on some of your points, the SEC’s bowl record 8-2 (possibly 9-2 or 8-3), but you kids did this to yourself. You started to make it the SEC vs everyone rather than every team for themselves. You take pride in your rivals beating other conferences and chant SEC. It’s so lame, but it is smart. But stop it. And if you want to do it, then do it by playing 9 conference games, 2 Power 5 OOC games and traveling for home and home games. Otherwise, just stop it.

    11. Steve Kloman
      January 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

      The fact still remains… Clemson has not faced an SEC team… one of which has gone the distance. I’ll bet you $ that the SEC maintains its record for the next 3 years… Tennessee is coming next. Look out!!!

    12. Kristopher Long
      January 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Tennessee is the only team to keep the Crimson Tide to only scoring 19 points in the whole game. Plus Tennessee kept Derrick Henry to only 143 yards.

    13. Merritt
      January 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      The Tide will inexorably Roll. Expect a game similar to the Cotton Bowl… Clemson will prob. score a TD or FG, tho….

    14. denver
      January 8, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Texas will smash both teams!

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