Um, that's like saying when the Arizona Cardinals beat the Cleveland Browns last year, that the AFC was overrated. Tennessee is and has consistently been no better than the #5 or #6 team in the conference. It's amazing they even went to the championship game last year b/c they were blown off the field in their 2 conference losses and had an unconscious 2nd quarter against Georgia.
Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU.
All of the aforementioned teams would kick Tennessee's ass. I might even go so far as to put USC (South Carolina) on the same level.
Maybe this could finally be the year the Pac-10 darling doesn't go down in flames to an 0-800 team in November.
And I've got no SEC bias. My alma mater (Georgia Tech) plays in the ACC...if you can call consistently getting blown out in bowl games "playing."
Last edited by botankus on Sep 2nd, 2008 at 02:40 PM
Horrible comparison. Tennessee was beaten by Cal in the same season they won the SEC East, which was the same season they embarrassed Georgia, the same team many people felt was the best team at the end of last season. When I said the Pac-10 is showing how overrated the SEC is, I didn't just mean this past game. I mean how USC beat Arkansas by 36 in the same season they won the SEC West, which came a season after we beat them by 53. Many down played the 06 win, just as you are doing right now. The Pac-10 has constantly beaten the SEC's best teams, yet we get no respect. Tennessee still has a chance to win their division, many didn't think they could do it last season after their opening lost to Cal, but I think they have the defense to do it. That offense is a joke though, or maybe the Bruins defense is just that good.
I'm sure if ASU beats Georgia, they will suddenly be the 5th best team in the SEC, and it'll be "that win doesn't mean anything".
What I find hilarious is that every time there is a Pac-10 game with single digit scoring, it's that horrible Pac-10 offense. But when it's the SEC, it's a 'huge' defensive battle, clash of the titans, the mighty SEC defenses at work!
The fact remains that the SEC is overrated. I will admit that they are the best conference from top to bottom. But the media and come fans make it sound like the next best isn't even close. The Pac-10 isn't that far behind. USC is certainly better than anything they have, but teams like Stanford weigh this conference down.
Fair enough. Don't forget that Tennessee beat Cal convincingly in Knoxville in '06 and lost in California in '07. I haven't checked the schedule but I'd be willing to guess that Tennessee gets UCLA at home in '09. The Volunteers lost in the toxic waste dump of Los Angeles, so let's just see how they fare in Knoxville before we go overboard with the A beat B, B beat A, therefore....etc. comparisons.
And two things about ASU vs. UGA. It's a critical game for people who love this Pac-10 vs. SEC argument. 1) If ASU wins then the Pac-10 will start getting significantly more airtime other than some announcer's comment about Oregon's uniforms. 2) UGA will not be the #5 best team in the SEC. They will still be top 1 or 2 which will be a huge letdown for the conference, especially since Auburn (sort of down last year) and Alabama are back.
Decent games today. Most were expected routes. Florida got bye as did Ohio State, but both mightily struggled. OS's qb could've made something of himself going into the USC game and all he did was prove that Ohio State needs a ground game to get going. Against USC though Ohio State may have ran into a buzz saw.
I was looking at the weekend's schedule of games, and I don't know, the OSU/USC game just doesn't garner any interest for me. Maybe if it were another team besides OSU. I think I'll be watching the Oklahoma/Washington game that night.