Originally Posted by SloverUT
Playing in the SEC doesn't hurt anyones recruiting. High school kids know that playing for the SEC will land them on T.V. and frequently. That is one of the biggest lures to playing in the SEC, other than tradition. They have their own network so if they aren't already on one of the main cable channels, then most likely they will still be on the SEC network. This means scouts not attending the game will still be able to see them on a frequent basis.
Also, Mizz and A & M aren't national powerhouses. Mizz is having a good year in an admittledly down year for the SEC East, especially with Georgia having so many injuries, as well as Florida's QB being hurt.
And as previously discussed, A & M has Manziel, who is arguably one of the best college football players ever. We'll see how A & M does without him over the next 5 years or so and see if they can continue to do as well as they have this year and last.
Also, I am not sure where the argument keeps coming up that teams can't come into the SEC and be competetive. I am sure several teams could but that still doesn't change the fact that team for team the SEC has a better all around conference. Florida State could come play in the SEC and be very competetive but does that mean the ACC is as good as the SEC? No, it means FSU is good enough.
Not disagreeing with you - because I can't imagine, either, how playing in the SEC could hurt anybody's recruiting, however, the fact that they have their own network isn't really a big deal. The Pac-12 has their own network. The Big-10 has their own network. I believe the Big 12 also has their own network, and perhaps even the ACC (not sure about that one though).
Originally Posted by PhillyMac
I agree and disagree with this. Since they are ranked in the top 4 that it gives them a shot at playing with Bama. Do you honestly think FSU, Baylor or OSU would beat Bama? I don't think so. If that's the case, why don't we throw Northern Illinois and UCF into the mix? I do however agree with you about Stanford, I think Stanford is the only team (outside of the SEC) that can/maybe give them a run for their money. But I still think Bama wins. I'm just being realistic (remember Notre Dame)! Like I said I'm not a Bama fan. They are the team to beat. Even though they haven't played yet, I think Auburn is the only chance to take them down.
No, I don't. At this point, I don't really see anybody beating Alabama. But from what I've seen, if I got to cherry-pick any opponent for them that I thought had the best chance to beat them, I'd take Stanford. Then I'd take Florida State, then probably Baylor, Oregon, Ohio State, probably Missouri too, all before I'd choose Auburn. Of course, towards your point ... Auburn does have the benefit of being Bama's biggest rival. Teams can suck royally all year, yet still find a way to get up for their big rivals. Nobody else has that automatic, built-in hatred for Bama.
My point was simply that there are a lot of teams out there better than Auburn that could give Alabama a game.
And I'm offended that you derisively said we should throw Northern Illinois and UCF into the mix, but did not include the best remaining undefeated non-AQ team out there ... my FSU Bulldogs!!! ;)