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    Clemson wins 2016-17 CFP National Championship

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    1. BAMA CELTICS FAN(Born in boston family from tusaloosa
      January 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      From a Bama fan: congrats Clemson! You guys played great, and you certainly deserve your prize. You did the one thing you needed to do to win the game: make Jalen Hurts feel pressured. These last two nattys are by far the best i’ve seen. good luck to you guys next season!

      • Jeff Moore
        January 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

        Thank You Bama Fan. The greatest honor of the Tigers in winning the National Championship was we beat the ‘absolute best’. The very word “Alabama” rings of the best in College Football. We were so honored to have finally beat your truly great team. I humbly suggest we have a rubber match next year, and, good luck to you guys. We all look forward to your first game with Florida State. Beatum!!!!!

      • BAMA CELTICS FAN(Born in boston family from tusaloosa
        January 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

        Jeff Moore

        Agreed. A home and home would be nice. If only our AD wasn’t such a little coward…

    2. Day
      January 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Congrats to Clemson & the ACC this year. Outstanding 2nd half, I actually had Clemson winning 31-28 in OT. The match up with Waston vs Hurts seem to be the upper hand & even though Hurts ran in the last Bama TD, it left way to much time on the clock for Waston & his receivers to work their magic.

    3. Harrison
      January 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      good game to all bama fans but we tigers came back and won good luck to next season go TIGERS

      • David Measles
        January 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        What you gonna do now?Watson is gone…LOL!!! Ya’ll will be lucky to win 5 games this season and won’t ever see another national championship,so enjoy the one you have no, cause it will be 35 more years if ever at all before you see another!!LOL!!COME TO THE BIG HOUSE AND YOU CAN SEE ALL 16 OF BAMA’ S

    4. David Measles
      January 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      ROLL TIDE!!

      • Jeff Moore
        January 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

        David: Please Clemson has just recruited the best high school Quarterback in the Nation in Hunter Johnson, plus a High school junior, Trevor Lawrence from Cartersville Ga has already committed to Clemson. I think we will be AOK. Not to fret about Clemson. Another fact is,our three greatest Coaches: Frank Howard, Danny Ford and of course DABO learned there trade at and from Alabama. We have truly learned from you guys how to win “and keep winning”. We not going anywhere!

    5. David Measles
      January 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      ROLL TIDE!! And I will say it again and again….ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!

    6. Michael in Raleigh
      January 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Clemson has been building toward this for years. I guess they’re not “paper tigers” after all.

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    1. Day
      January 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      It’s interesting that right after the victory by Bama last year between these two teams, ESPN was already talking about a rematch for 2016 for the championship again between Bama vs Clemson & they were right. Once again you have ACC vs SEC & the same teams in it back to back years, that is pretty remarkable.
      Washington did all they could but seriously no one gave them a chance to win, clearly see why. Bama plays their best against the best.
      Can’t believe The Ohio State laid an egg & got shutout, 1st time in 15 years & 194 games under Urban Myer.
      My hat goes off to the Buckeyes & Huskies, they had great seasons.
      I’m honestly not sure who will win this game, Bama dominated all year with a couple of struggles with Ole Miss & LSU. Clemson seem to struggle most of the year but look crazy good now.
      Clemson is 2-0 vs SEC & Bama is 2-0 vs Pac-12 this year.
      Not sure if ESPN is happy about this, being that you have two east schools playing in Tampa, I know last year the ratings were not all that hot.
      I know that Bama is the most hated team in America right now & people wish them to go away or get beat for a change, I don’t. Roll Tide & Go SEC!

    2. JackStriker
      January 2, 2017 at 1:10 am

      Bama is -7 right now, but I am not so sure.

      They had multiple possessions starting at their 40+ or better and still only finished with 17 offensive points. Did Washington’s D really play that well, or was Kiffin distracted? Without JK Scott flipping the field every possession this game is different, even with Washington’s anemic offense.

      Bama’s D is obviously the best in the country bar none, but can it hold Deshaun Watson and Clemson’s O to 17 points or less if they cannot count on the O to score? Clemson’s D is better than UDub’s.

      Lots of intriguing angles to this game. Hopefully it’ll be a good one.

    3. JackStriker
      January 3, 2017 at 6:58 am


      The depth and scope of your analysis is quiet profound and is why SEC fans get trolled on every website with their, “SEC! SEC! SEC!”.

      The SEC went a whopping……

      5-6 in Bowl games.

      Sorry, College Football Playoff Games are Not Bowl Games.

      The, “SEC! SEC! SEC!” went a whopping…..

      6-9 in OOC games vs. P5 opponents during the regular season.

      Come back when you have something interesting to say about the game; player match ups, coaching changes, philosophies, etc.

      Your SEC chant has gotten old, tired and considering the record this season outside of the, “SEC! SEC! SEC!” quite pathetic.

    4. lost in Va.
      January 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I hope ‘Bama gives Clemson a better game than the #3 team from the Big10 did….

    5. Joe
      January 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      The Big Ten is 0-2 in the last two seasons in the College Football Playoff, losing by a combined 69-0.

      How about we stop inviting teams from the Big Ten to the CFP until they prove they are actually worthy? Winning the Big Ten anymore is meaningless.

      • JackStriker
        January 5, 2017 at 7:49 am

        Besides ‘Bama no one else in the SEC is worthy, either.

        Love watching 8-4 teams like Auburn get their teeth smashed in a New Year’s Six game when they have a whopping 5 P5 wins, with triumphs over Alabama A&M, University of Louisiana Monroe and Arkansas State to pad their record.

        Combining Bowl records and Regular Season OOC games the SEC is 11-16 against P5 opponents. Well, 10-16. That Mississippi State 17-16 triumph over a 6-6 MAC team with a blocked field goal in the final seconds actually counts as a bowl win……

        Go back to Step-Sister Pole Dancing Competitions, Billy Bob Joe.

      • Joe
        January 6, 2017 at 8:41 am


        The SEC is best conference in the nation over the last dozen years. They’ve dominated the sport like no other conference ever has. The SEC routinely wins more bowl games than they lose, they have made it a habit of winning the national title, since 2003 there are THREE SEC teams that have won more national titles individually than other conferences have combined. It’s not even close.

        The Big Ten has lost five or more bowl games each of the last seven years. They’ve only won more bowl games than they lost twice in the time the SEC has dominated the college football landscape. And they have capped that horrible performance by going two years without scoring a single point in the CFP.

        Dominance is never established in a weekend or a season… it’s established over a decade. And the SEC has established dominance over the rest of the college football world.

        But then again, you must not know what the words “best” and “dominant” mean.

    6. Jerome
      January 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Alabama Crimson Tide!! Roll Tide. Because we’ve got the best team in the nation, with the best winninest coach, and Rookie Quarterback in Hurts.Because He WILL come back to HURT you at the end.

    7. Mike
      January 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      F… ESPN for whoring the TV rights. Radio, as you don’t own!

    8. JackStriker
      January 10, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Rolling, Rolling Gone Tide…….

      What a dominating season, SEC fanboys.

      Losing Regular Season vs P5 opponents.

      Losing Bowl Record.

      No Natty from your ONLY good team.

      Look forward to the next eight months of whining.

      • Jeff
        January 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

        There is no shame in Alabama losing that game. Well played game by both sides and it was a joy to watch. Going into bowl season I thought the B10 was the best conference this year. I was wrong. Combining the ACC’s P5 record, their bowl record and the fact that the champion played in their conference; the ACC was clearly the best conference this year. If you are one who still feels the SEC was the best conference this year, well then you are simply delusional.

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    1. Tully
      November 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

      I love what Cutcliff has been doing at Duke…But in looking at this game in the context of the Alabama OOC schedule, maybe this would be a good time to schedule a second OOC game with a P5 opponent. Maybe, just maybe a home and home series.

      Georgia has been regularly scheduling two OOC games with P5 teams, even Florida is set to do so in 2017 and 2019….

      About half the ACC usually plays 2 OOC games with P5 teams. With the Big 10, Big 12 and PAC 12 playing 9 game conference schedules almost all of those programs play at least 10 regular season games with P5 opponents.

      It is time for all contenders to be playing at least 10 games in the regular season with P5 opponents,

    2. Shep
      November 21, 2016 at 10:56 am

      This has to be the worst kickoff match-up I’ve heard of.

      • Hokie Mark
        November 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

        +1. Who in the world thinks this is a good idea for either team?

      • Day
        November 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

        On black & white paper it looks like a weird match up for being neutral site game but Duke benefits big time if they win. Its not the most popular match up it the past but just because it is the worst you ever heard of does not determine the outcome of the game. Example, #8USC vs #1Bama seemed like a great match up, top ten teams, loads of tradition, must see TV, top of their conference.
        Bama 52
        USC 6
        You never know, Duke could be a hand full to play against. Not sure if I am buying what I am saying either, it is a stretch.

    3. Jeff
      November 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Will this game even be able to sell tickets? Unless you are an Alabama fan that lives in the area, I don’t know why you would go out of your way to see this match-up. Being an Ohio State fan, it would be like me driving 3 hours to Indianapolis to see the Buckeye’s take on Iowa State. No thank you. Can’t imagine the limited Duke fanbase would be excited to see their team be embarrassed either.

    4. Keowee
      November 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Anyone have Wake Forest #? Bama vs Duke and GA vs VA – these Kick-off Games may have run their course.

      With such large alumni bases for B1G schools in Atlanta, you would think they could get one of them instead of the bottom of the ACC.

    5. Day
      November 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I hate to say this but this is somewhat of a let down match-up. I think David Cutcliff has done a great job at Duke & the last four years the Blue Devils are a pretty good team but I feel there will be no excitement over this game unless Duke is in the top 10. We don’t know how both these teams will look in 3 years but if you were to tell me that Bama is playing Duke in college basket ball in 3 years, I would say there is a 20 point lose for Bama. Not sure if Cutcliff or Magic Nick will even be around then but if there are, hopefully it will be a good game.

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    1. Billy
      October 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Hard to complain on this, even if you’re against the weak methods of scheduling the SEC traditional performs. Neutral site game against Louisville, followed by three home games against; Arkansas State, UL-La and The Citadel.

      • Day
        October 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm

        Mind you the SEC is not the only conference who has scheduled these teams for home games. As early as last year USC was hosting Arkansas St at home & won 55-6, the whole conference of the ACC has played The Citadel plus a couple have lost to them as well, very tough FCS school. As for La. Lafayette, you got me on that one, SEC luvs playing the Rajun Cajuns but it is equivalent to the BIG playing a team like Ohio from the MAC. Weak methods fall on all conferences you see, Louisville can speak for themselves.

    2. Stryker
      October 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      The Tide hosting two SunBelt programs and a FCS program. And a neutral site game vs Louisville. For a power program not an OOC schedule to brag about. Apparently Tide fans enjoy watching such home games.

      Will be interesting to see which P5 programs Auburn, Arkansas and Vandy are able to add to their 2018 OOC schedules. Not any other P5 programs which need to add a P5 to their OCC schedule. Notre Dame could add a road game, so maybe an Auburn-ND game in Hotlanta? And BYU needs to add two home games, so Vand@BYU is plausible.

      Arkansas could set up a 2018-19 series with Michigan (joke). The Razorbacks must feel like Oregon, when Texas A&M cancelled the series with the Ducks, and thus the Ducks ended up with scheduling a neutral site game with Auburn and hosting San Jose St. Too bad Oregon won’t cancel that neutral site game and instead go with a home-and-home with the Razorbacks.

      Home-and-home on campus games helped define college football.

    3. Joe
      October 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Meanwhile, the story about Arizona scheduling two FCS teams posted on this site two complete days prior to this one still doesn’t have a comment about how pathetic Arizona is based on their out-of-conference scheduling.

      It’s okay to schedule like this when you are in an also-ran conference like the Pac 12, but not when you’re in the SEC and playing the best teams in the country in conference?

      • Jeff
        October 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

        Have to give Alabama a lot of credit, they truly have mastered their scheduling. They play 3 cupcakes and a good, not great power 5 every year (and to be fair, playing a decent Power 5 team is a lot better than most teams). What they do so well though is play a team with good name recognition but is oftentimes in a down-year (i.e. VTech in 2013, WV in 2014, Wisc in 2015 and again with USC in 2016). Looking ahead to 2018, Louisville will likely be in rebuild mode after a couple really good years and Alabama will catch them at the right time. It is a great way for them to continue their reputation as a powerhouse yet not over-expose themselves in the non-conference.

      • Day
        October 27, 2016 at 5:34 pm

        Actually Bama has 4 cupcakes on the schedule this year with USC, 52-6, W.Kentucky put up a bigger fight. I don’t think it Bama’s fault when they play a P5 school that is having a down year, you never know how these teams are going to look year in & year out. There is something about Magic Nick’s hiring of coaches & the players that he recruits that just seem to click, even when I think Bama has a chance of losing 2-3 games a year, I find them in the hunt for the SEC championship & two years straight for the CFP’s. Bama scheduled Louisville before this season even started, who knew Louisville would be this good, Bama scheduled FSU while they were winning a NC, USC has not been that hot over the years & was very hyped up this one. Wisconsin has been good for many years in the BIG. I understand where you are coming from you are correct, a mastering program that knows how to coach, hire coaches & staff, recruit players, go out of state to recruit players, know where to add smaller teams on the schedule for wins. It is an art, at one point Pete Carroll had it at USC, Bo had it at Michigan, Bear had it at Bama, Urban Myer has it everywhere he goes. As for the 3 cupcakes, games still have to be coached, players still get injured, plays still have to be called, teams still have to show up. Over all you are correct though, much credit due.

      • Billy
        October 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm

        Joe, I think the reason Arizona didn’t get any mention was that in the two years the Wildcats scheduled FCS teams they already had P5 Texas Tech scheduled for OOC games as well. Hard to find fought in having one of your three OOC games being a home-n-away series with a P5 Texas Tech, whereas Bama has a neutral site P5 game against Louisville (which is good) and THREE non-P5 OOC games. The numbers don’t show strength. Take a chill pill and try to see the whole picture.

      • Joe
        October 28, 2016 at 5:49 am

        The whole picture?

        Like how Alabama in those years will also play in the SEC West and get teams like Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and a resurgent Tennessee on their conference slate?

        And why do you people act like neutral site games are somehow less of a game than a home-and-home? If anything, those games are harder because of the bowl-like atmosphere that surrounds them.

        Look, instead of complaining about the SEC and schedules, maybe you should be complaining that the ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten, and Big 12 simply aren’t as good top to bottom as the SEC. Maybe you should put the pressure on them to actually get better. Because as it is those other conferences are just falling further and further behind.

        The problem isn’t Alabama and their mind-reading scheduling… the problem is the SEC typically makes these other teams look bad. And it’s going to continue to happen until one of these other conferences decides to take steps to improve their league top to bottom.

    4. JackStriker
      October 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Vandy – L – Georgia Tech, 1point W over WKU
      Miss. State – L – South Alabama, L – BYU
      Mizzou – L – Middle Tennessee State, L – West Virginia
      Kentucky – L – Southern Miss

      SEC is currently 5-6 vs. P5 schools (including BYU, which SEC allows as a P5)

      • JackStriker
        October 27, 2016 at 5:28 pm

        Big 10 – is 8-4.
        ACC – 6-6
        Pac 12 – 6-4
        Big 12 – 4-6

      • Joe
        October 28, 2016 at 5:57 am

        What’s the Big Ten’s record vs. the FCS?

        What’s the Big Ten’s record vs. non-Power 5 teams?

        Pitt lost last night for the third time this year. Of course they beat Penn State who embarrassed Ohio State, the league’s best team.

        Iowa was in the Big Ten title game last year and has lost to an FCS team this year.

        Michigan State, the other representative in the Big Ten title game last year is a joke.

        The SEC is easily the better conference when compared to the Big Ten. In fact, the SEC is once again, about nine teams deep. The Big Ten is still Ohio State and 13 other losers.

      • Billy
        October 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

        Joe, please tell me and all of us what you are smoking? The SEC is nine (9) deep and the Big Ten is Ohio State and 13 others?????? Really??????? Kentucky, Vandy, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi State are just the first five that would not finish in the top half of the Big Ten this season. In this season’s only match-up of the SEC and Big Ten, did Wisconsin beat LSU in a “neutral” site game as many SEC fan base like to say? I know some SEC like to brag about the fact of preseason rankings, but are there three (3) Big Ten currently in the Top Ten after eight weeks of play? I believe the argument can be more easily made that it’s Alabama and 13 others in the SEC. Please enjoy what you’re smoking, take a time out, and go to your corner.

      • Joe
        October 29, 2016 at 11:40 am

        I disagree. Vandy, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Missouri would have six wins on a Big Ten schedule.

        Those teams would feast on teams like Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Michigan State.

        Wisconsin did beat LSU. But are you going to really say that that one game proves the Big Ten is better? So, the MAC is better than the Big Ten because Western Michigan beat two Big Ten teams? You know it doesn’t work that way.

        The SEC is clearly better. If you can’t see that, you simply aren’t paying attention.

    5. Joe
      October 29, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      So, I know you like to keep things simple, but let’s look at those numbers a little deeper.

      The SEC has played a much more difficult schedule to this point.

      Alabama has played five Top 25 teams. Arkansas and Mississippi have played five as well. Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M and Tennessee have played four.

      The only team in the Big Ten to play four ranked teams this year? Wisconsin.

      Six SEC teams played out-of-conference teams ranked in the Top 25 at the time of the game compared to only four teams in the Big Ten doing the same.

      But, that’s life in the SEC. You play better teams week in and week out and you beat them. That’s how you dominate the college football landscape for a decade. You recruit better players, you play better teams, in bigger stadiums, in front of the best fans in the world.

      So, while other conferences drop games to teams from the FCS, the SEC will be collecting hardware.

      Sorry, you lose again.

    6. JackStriker
      October 30, 2016 at 3:57 am

      – Sorry You cannot Count Pre-Season Rankings or Rankings Based on 3 or 4 Games –

      AP Poll As of 10/29

      SEC has 5 Teams in Top 25

      #1 Bama has played 2 teams (A&M, Tenn)
      #9 Texas A&M has played 2 teams (Bama, Tenn)
      #14 Florida has played 1 (Tenn)
      #15 Auburn has played 3 (Clemson – L, LSU, A&M)
      #18 Tennessee has played 3 (Va. Tech, A&M, Bama)
      #19 LSU has played 2 (Wisc, – L, Aub)

      And before you start about SEC teams beating each other up each week and rankings here is something you said above, “(Fill-in SEC team would) feast on teams like..(___), (____) and .Michigan State.”

      MSU started out ranked in the top 10. But clearly that has turned out to be a miscalculation by every prognosticator and pollster out there.

      So does Michigan and everyone else that has beaten them get to claim a top 10 win? No. Only when it fits your narrative will that axiom be then applied.

      Big Ten has 5 Teams in Top 25

      #2 Michigan has played 3 teams (Colo., Wisc. Penn State)
      #6 Ohio State has played 3 teams (Oklahoma, Wisc. Penn State)
      #7 Nebraska has played 0 (Oregon was ranked, but this is why you do not count PreSeason rankings)
      #11 Wisconsin has played 3 teams (LSU, Michigan, Ohio State) – Not Counting Mich. State)
      #24 Penn State has played 2 teams (Michigan, Ohio State)

      SEC top 25 schools have combined to play 13 Top 25 schools –
      SEC record OOC vs. Top 25 schools – 2-2 -W’s vs. N.Car. and Va. Tech
      – L’s vs. Wisc. and Clemson

      Big 10 Top 25 Schools have combined to play 11 Top 25 Schools –
      Big 10 Record OOC vs. Top 25 Schools – 3-0 – W’s over LSU, Oklahoma, Colorado)

      I live overseas and watch games from every conference religiously. I do believe that the SEC has more NFL talent than every other conference and usually two or three of the top 10 teams.

      I believe Bama is the best team by a mile this year. (I have watched all of their games and Michigan’s, whom I believe to be #2. And Harbaugh is the only coach in America that can play against Saban when his team is deficient. Malzahn might get a quirky Iron Bowl game win against Nick but every other team Alabama goes up against will be a marked talent disadvantage. (When OSU and Meyer won the Playoff it was because the teams were equally matched.)

      But I digress……..

      But when you get into the jibe about Mizzou, Vandy and Miss. State, etc. walking through another conference that is just TigerBeat-like fandom (when there is on the field proof that they wouldn’t), not people that truly love, enjoy and KNOW the game. And that is what sours me when coming onto websites and seeing the drivel that gets posted.

      Anyway, end of rant.

      Can’t wait to see what gets posted after the Playoff Committee rankings.

      • Joe
        October 30, 2016 at 9:11 am

        Actually I can count preseason rankings because everyone else does, too.

        As for my numbers, the only games that mattered were the games where the teams were ranked at the time of the game. And the SEC clearly has the edge. Look, the Big Ten is playing unranked Power Five teams and the SEC is beating RANKED Power 5 teams.

        This is why the Big Ten is trying to count Fresno State and Connecticut as Power Five teams… they can’t beat good Power 5 teams and there just aren’t enough bad Power 5 teams to count.

        The middle of the SEC would be in the race in the Big Ten. The middle of the Big Ten would be in the basement of the SEC. Hell, Ohio State, the best team in the Big Ten, almost lost yesterday to a team that has a loss to an FCS team this year. What does that say about the Big Ten? Remember, that’s is YOUR logic.

        If losing to South Alabama makes Mississippi State and the whole of the SEC bad, then what does the best team in the Big Ten almost losing to a team that has a loss to an FCS team mean for the Big Ten?

        Probably nothing because you’ll overlook it… It doesn’t fit your narrative so it won’t matter.

        Meanwhile, those of us that actually understand the game realize that’s just how the game works.

      • Billy
        October 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm

        JackStriker, Just responding to write I appreciate your straight unbiased approach to sharing your thoughts. College football is an emotional passionate environment and you continue to share level headed postings. Thank you. As for Joe, well sometimes it’s best to say nothing.

    7. JackStriker
      October 30, 2016 at 10:14 am


      “Actually I can count preseason rankings because everyone else does, too.”

      Playoff committee does not.

      “As for my numbers, the only games that mattered were the games where the teams were ranked at the time of the game. And the SEC clearly has the edge. Look, the Big Ten is playing unranked Power Five teams and the SEC is beating RANKED Power 5 teams.”

      No one but you cares about your numbers.

      OOC Records for P5 Schools

      Big 10 – is 8-4.
      ACC – 6-6
      Pac 12 – 6-4
      Big 12 – 4-6
      SEC – 5-6

      Big 10 Record OOC vs. Top 25 Schools – 3-0 – W’s over LSU, Oklahoma, Colorado)

      SEC record OOC vs. Top 25 schools – 2-2 -W’s vs. N.Car. and Va. Tech
      – L’s vs. Wisc. and Clemson

      And if rankings matter to you so much to you, the Big10 has 4 of top 11.


      • Joe
        October 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

        “Playoff committee does not.”

        ESPN does. Everyone uses preseason rankings. And I guarantee you the playoff committee is well aware of the preseason rankings and Alabama will be first when the first rankings come out.

        “No one but you cares about your numbers.”

        And by ‘no one’ you mean anyone that knows anything about football or facts. Again, those rankings that I used were at the times of the game. If you can’t argue it, that’s on you, cupcake.

        “And if rankings matter to you so much to you, the Big10 has 4 of top 11.”

        Get back with me when the Big Ten actually plays competition that matters. I’ll be upstairs with your mom.

      • Jeff
        October 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

        It’s funny Joe, each time it is so blatantly apparent that you lost an argument, you are off with someones mom. What is it with you and 60-70 year old women? I think it would be dumb for anyone to argue with you that there is a team out there right now that has shown they are better than Alabama. There isn’t. And if there was, there just isn’t enough evidence without the two teams actually playing one another to make a case against Alabama. The problem with the SEC is better than everyone else argument is that this year, it doesn’t look like there really is anyone else in the SEC. Case in point is no-one outside of Ole Miss has even been competitive with Alabama. You mentioned that the SEC has played many top 25 teams. What you didn’t mention was that they lost the majority of such games. And if you are going to at least attempt to argue this SEC is better than everyone else argument, do yourself a favor and amend your argument to “The SEC West is better than anyone else.” While it still is not true (B10 East and and ACC Atlantic are probably marginally better divisions), it at least would be an intriguing argument. By including the SEC East, your argument is just downright laughable. Florida is the only team that attempts to resemble an actual football team in the division and when they finally play someone (FSU, a 2-3 team in the ACC) they will get smoked.

      • Joe
        October 31, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        A 4-2 record against ranked teams does not show the SEC has lost a ‘majority’ of those games.

        If you can’t even grasp the simple things like that, I guess I shouldn’t expect you to grasp the difficult things.

      • Jeff
        October 31, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Full disclosure Joe, the SEC is 4-2 using your logic (ranked when played) and 2-4 using my logic (current rankings) as shown below:

        Joe’s Logic
        Ala W #20 USC
        A&M W #16 UCLA
        UGA W #22 UNC
        Ark W #15 TCU
        Aub L #2 Clem
        Miss L #4 FSU

        My Logic

        UGA W #18 UNC
        TN W #23 VT
        Aub L #3 Clem
        LSU L #8 Wisc
        Mizz L #14 WV
        Miss L #19 FSU

        I am perfectly fine with you using your logic (I’m not going to insult your intelligence) but in my opinion it is misguided. I think your goal is to insinuate that the SEC does well when they play stiff competition. If that is in fact your goal, I would think you would want to base the competition on how good they actually are vs how good people thought they were going to be. Sure we thought USC, UCLA and TCU were going to be good this year but it turns out they are a dumpster fire.

        The funny thing is that based on either your logic or my logic, the B10 has a better record than the SEC in either scenario at 4-1 and 3-4 as shown here:

        Joe’s Logic B10:

        Wisc W #5 LSU
        OSU W #14 Okla
        MSU W # 18 ND
        Neb W #22 Ore
        Rutg L #14 Wash

        My Logic B10:

        OSU W #12 Okla
        Wisc W #14 LSU
        Mich W #21 Colo
        Rutg L #4 Wash
        NW L #17 WM
        Ill L #17 WM
        Ill L #18 UNC

        In conclusion, the SEC loses again.

      • Christopher S Escobar
        November 14, 2016 at 10:29 am

        If Alabama is such a bad ass school and their football program is the best in the country why are they paying over a million dollars to get a for a lack of a better work, cupcake school on their schedule. A number One School should have a schedule worthy of their playing. At end of the season just go down the rankings from 2 to 14 and that I think would be worthy of such a bad-ass school and then they would not have to spend so much money fixing their schedule.

    8. Joe
      November 1, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Your logic makes little sense. The rankings when teams play is the key. Injuries happen, people that know the game understand this. LSU is a much better team today than when they played in week one. Like wise, Georgia is probably a worse team today than they were in week one.

      But what matters is when the game was played, were they ranked? I mean, we could use your logic and say that Army since they aren’t ranked today, have never been a good football team. But in the 1950s, they were a good football team. That’s, quite simply, dumb logic.

      It makes much more sense to use the rankings when the teams actually played the game, not some ranking well after the game was played. Teams change. Again, only people that truly understand the game can comprehend that fact, I guess.

      when taking that into account, the SEC has played more teams out-of-conference that were ranked.

      It’s also worth noting, the SEC hasn’t lost to an FCS team. The Big Ten has lost to two. And the SEC isn’t the conference trying to count playing non-power 5 schools as Power 5 teams in order to satisfy their own scheduling requirement.

      So, the SEC wins again. Like always.

      • Jeff
        November 1, 2016 at 10:38 am

        So when you read my approach, you got out of that that that Army has never been good? Come on Joe, let’s use some common sense. Anyone reading this who has a lick of sense can infer that these comparisons are done on a year by year basis. I know you are stuck in the glory days of 2010 where the SEC was in fact the best conference, but it is 2016. An overwhelming amount of data has pointed to the B10 and ACC being the top 2 conferences this year. You just choose to ignore it. When you are watching college football this Saturday, make sure you are watching ESPN and not ESPN Classic.

      • Joe
        November 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        That’s your logic. If Stanford isn’t ranked today, then they couldn’t have been good three weeks ago. But that logic is incorrect. Teams change through the season.

        There isn’t one shred of evidence that the Big Ten, a conference that has lost to TWO FCS teams is better than anyone other than the Big 12.

        And I’ll be watching ESPN… Watching the conference with two of the top four teams in the nation, and that’s not the Big Ten or the ACC.

    9. JackStriker
      November 1, 2016 at 8:03 am

      “SEC isn’t the conference trying to count playing non-power 5 schools as Power 5 teams in order to satisfy their own scheduling requirement.”

      SEC counts Army and BYU

      BYU beat Mississippi State this season.

      “Georgia is probably a worse team today than they were in week one.”

      Then why count a subjective rating anyway, especially the ones before the game was even played?

      Subjective –
      1.) existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought

      2.) placing excessive emphasis on one’s own moods, attitudes, opinions,

      To Give You An Analogy Joe:

      Saying a team you have never seen play before is somehow better than another team is akin to you saying a movie you have never viewed is either the best or trash.

    10. Joe
      November 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      The SEC counts Army and BYU.

      The Big Ten counts half of the American, some of Mountain West, and should be counting Western Michigan considering they beat two Big Ten teams this year, and perhaps they should count the Dakota teams since they beat a Big Ten team quite regularly.

      And for the record, outside of a few meetings with Vandy over the last 20 years, the SEC isn’t scheduling Army.

      BYU beat Michigan State too. By three scores. In East Lansing. They beat Mississippi State by one touchdown. In Utah. In double overtime.

      No shame there.

      If Georgia’s ranking was ‘subjective’ in week one, then all rankings are subjective until the end of the season. The fact is, at the start of the year, Georgia was a top 25 team. At the time. Now they aren’t. If Ohio State drops their next three games, they may very well fall from the Top 25. Would that mean that in September they weren’t a good team? Of course not. But using your logic it would. But your logic isn’t based on knowledge of the game or any sort of experience, it’s built on hating one conference just because they are clearly better.

      The people that make the rankings are some of the smartest football people around. Are they always right? No. But they are pretty close. What’s interesting is that if the rankings proved the Big Ten was better, you’d probably love the rankings. But since they don’t, you hate them and are doing your best to discredit them.

      And failing. You are failing miserably, I might add.

      • Jeff
        November 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        The B10 is 4-1 vs nonconference ranked teams (ranked when played). The SEC is 4-2. You tell me, what is higher 80% or 67%?

      • Jeff
        November 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        One more question. So since the experts preseason ranking of Stanford was #8, Tennessee was #9, Michigan St was #12, TCU of #13 and UCLA of #16, you believe that at the start of the season, Stanford actually was the 8th best team in the country, Tennessee was actually #9 and so on. Give me a break.

      • Joe
        November 2, 2016 at 1:02 pm

        Sure I believe it. Just like the 60 sportswriters who vote in the poll believed it.

        I guess a better question is do I trust the votes of sixty people who all make a living covering the game of college football or do I trust some idiot behind a keyboard who obviously knows next to nothing about the game.

        And while the SEC is 4-2 and the Big Ten is 4-1 against ranked teams… the SEC has not lost to an FCS team. The Big Ten has lost to two of them.

        One of those teams was in the Big Ten title game less than a year ago.

    11. JackStriker
      November 3, 2016 at 5:17 am

      SB Nation. Detailed analysis. Advanced metrics. Schematic break-downs.

      “Sure I believe it. Just like the 60 sportswriters who vote in the poll believed it.
      I guess a better question is do I trust the votes of sixty people who all make a living covering the game of college football or do I trust some idiot behind a keyboard who obviously knows next to nothing about the game.”

      I guess you just believe the websites that pander to your beliefs. FOX News. ESPN. Alex Jones. David Duke.

      First you say the Playoff committee follows what the pollers do, but then Playoff committee goes and moves A&M up three spots from 7 to 4 from what they would be in the ESPN/AP poll. But sports writers that you don’t like don’t know what they are talking about.

      Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life boy.

      • Joe
        November 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        Any moron in America can write for SB Nation.

        Full of conspiracy theories, poorly written articles, and gossip. I can see why you would read it. It’s for idiots like you.

        The Playoff Committee does follow the pollsters, but I never claimed they just regurgitate the same rankings. That’s your own ignorant assumption, cupcake.

        Fat, drunk and stupid and still making you look pathetic. Not that you make it difficult.

      • Sunshine
        December 23, 2016 at 2:37 am

        Superior thinking deaemstrntod above. Thanks!

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    1. Day
      September 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Actually, it is nice to see Bama add S.Miss back onto the schedule, they used to play all the time.

    2. RangerRick
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      Wasn’t Navy previously scheduled to play at Sou Miss in 2019?

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