Monday, September 17, 2012

Morning Six Pack: September 17, 2012

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SEC strong at the top, but some in league struggling

Losses by Arkansas to Louisiana-Monroe, Kentucky to Western Kentucky has some teams in SEC looking for answers.

Nevada's Fajardo racks up big dual-threat numbers

The season is now three weeks old, and the stats are proving what defensive coordinators have known for years.

Tennessee may be without its leading tackler going forward

Tennessee may have lost to SEC East rival Florida last Saturday (extending the Gators’ streak against the Vols to eight straight years), but it may have lost its starting safety for much longer in the process.

Kiffin says Barkley made 'really poor decisions'

Lane Kiffin was puzzled by two "really poor decisions" made by Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley in the second quarter of USC's 21-14 road loss to Stanford on Saturday.

As USC Tumbles From the Elite, Notre Dame Looks to Fill the Void

The Trojans’ rapid ascent took a hit with a loss to Stanford, but the Fighting Irish took a big step forward in dominating Michigan State.

Quotable:

It is still September. It is too early for definitive statements. But there is growing empirical evidence, in twin wakes filled with mangled opponents and wrecked programs, that the two best teams - again - are Alabama and LSU. Worse, the BCS system designed to find the two best teams may once again work correctly (as it did in 2011) and come up with that answer at the end of the year, regardless of what happens on Nov. 3.

There is no one in any region outside of the footprint - make that the hobnail-bootprint - that wants a second straight rematch. The warning sirens are already being sounded, with arguments ranging from Alabama's strength of schedule (with no Georgia, Florida or South Carolina except for a possible SEC Championship) to "well, darn it, it just isn't fair."


The only argument that doesn't hold water is that it isn't possible. Alabama and LSU really could be the two best teams and might proceed on twin paths of dominance until November. That hasn't happened yet. As Nick Saban likes to ask, how do we know? And the answer is that we don't. But that doesn't disprove the theory either.

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