Two
Daves Pick The SEC



2010
Bowl Edition







Welcome
to Two Daves Pick The SEC!Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers for running the table in the
toughest conference in all of college football.Put the Cam Newton payoff stuff aside and look what they accomplished on
the field. Regardless of the situation,
they found a way to win, even being down huge on the road at Alabama.





Here
we sit with the last breath of the 2010 college football season. Well, there is signing day in February,
spring practice and then two a days in August.Time flies and before you know it, we will be writing the 2011 preseason
edition.





Doug
says:





Every
year, the football season goes by in a flash, and I’m completely shocked by
it. This year is no different. Just yesterday, we were talking
about #1 Alabama and if they could repeat. Of course, the season has
yielded some results that we really didn’t foresee back then, like Auburn going
undefeated, Mississippi State getting to a New Year’s Day bowl, Ole Miss
failing to gain bowl eligibility despite their easy schedule, Florida and
Georgia being barely mediocre, Urban Meyer stepping down, and the Ol’ Ball
Coach winning the SEC East. Of course, these are just many more examples
of why the SEC is the best conference in the land.





With
Meyer out and Mark Richt on the hot seat, the SEC could look quite different
next year. We’ll also have a new coach at Vandy, and a couple of more
coaches likely on the hot seat next season. Gene Chizik is everyone’s
media darling right now, but I think the honeymoon will be over quickly since
he will lose almost all of his playmakers. For my money, the best
coaching job this year was done by Dan Mullen, who took a QB with a limited
skill set, a bunch of undersized receivers, and a mix-and-match backfield to 8
wins and a Gator Bowl berth.









Franklin
American Mortgage Music City: North Carolina – Tennessee





Dave
says:





I’m
impressed that North Carolina is a bowl game, period. After having half of the team suspended for
violating team rules and still giving LSU all they wanted in the season opener,
they continued to play very good despite the adversity. Now I do not understand how come Ohio State
can have players making money on the side and these guys are eligible to play
in their bowl game. North Carolina was
in the same boat, they took it on the chin.Something is amiss here.





Joining
North Carolina in the “we almost beat LSU” club is Tennessee. This Tennessee team pulled out some magic by
running the table in November to gain bowl eligibility. Derek Dooley’s best decision of his young
career was to start Tyler Bray at QB. He’s
a skinny bean pole, but he’s making good decisions and good throws, all against
SEC competition.



If
the Vols running game were a little stronger and their defense a little more
stout, I would pick them. I think the Tar
Heels pull this one out.





North
Carolina 27 – Tennessee 20







Doug
says:





This
should’ve been North Carolina’s big year, but eligibility issues cast a dark
cloud over the program early in the year. They’ve done a good job of
persevering and find themselves in a decent bowl game. Unfortunately,
they don’t have a decent opponent. Tennessee has been fairly putrid all
year, although they took advantage of a late season cupcake schedule to sneak
in the back door of bowl eligibility. Truthfully, they are a different
team with Bray at QB, and they will have an enormous home crowd advantage, so I
expect this to be a competitive game. In the end, I think NC will
prevail.





Tar
Heels 31



Rocky
Top 28







Autozone
Liberty: Georgia – UCF





Dave
says:





Speaking
of lucky to be here, enter the Georgia Bulldogs. After losing to Colorado, Mark Richt appeared
to be road kill. The dogs Aaron Murray
improved as the season went on and managed to avoid serious injury from Auburn’s
Nick Fairley. Fairley’s cheap hits would
have drawn huge fines in the NFL. This
is probably A.J. Green’s last season in Athens, there’s a lot of money waiting
for him on the other side.



UCF
head coach George O’Leary is probably the most thankful man in the world that
he did not end up with the Notre Dame job.The problem for O’Leary is that he’s facing SEC talent, not CUSA
talent. He’s not facing the impotent
Sylvester Croom team he faced in 2007 either, Georgia knows how to put point on
the board, and they will do just that.





Adios
AJ 42 – CUSA CHAMPS 24





Central
Florida





Doug
says:





The
consensus here is that Georgia will destroy the Conference USA champions.
I agree, but you just never know about this Georgia team. They have
challenges on the defensive side of the ball, and the Knights have a pretty
dynamic offense, so that could pose a matchup problem. Georgia should be
able to control the clock just enough to pull it out, but don’t be surprised if
the bad guys win this one. Honestly, the SEC East wasn’t much better than
Conference USA this year, anyway.





Hairy
Dawgs 28



C-USA
27









Chick-Fil-A:
South Carolina – Florida State





Dave
says:





The
Ol’ Ball Coach takes his ass kickin’ chickens back to Atlanta where they will
not face the number one team in the nation.They will face a Florida State team that has been rejuvenated with new
head coach Jimbo Fisher. Florida State
dismantled the Gators in their season finale, and they looked really good doing
it. I’ve preached it before, and will
continue to do so, Ellis Johnson is a defensive mastermind, he’s had a month to
prepare for this game. The same thing
can be said for Visor Boy and Jimbo Fisher.Look for this to be a close game with one or two big plays making the
difference.





AKC
27 – Dad Gummit 24





Doug
says:





The
Seminoles shocked me with their dismantling of Florida at the end of the year,
and they didn’t look half bad against VT in the ACC championship game.
Simply put, FSU is improved, dadgummit. Ol’ Ball Coach always says the
Gamecocks are like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to
get. If we get the team that showed up against Alabama this year, no
problem. If we get the team that showed up against Kentucky? Yeah,
that could be a problem. Let’s hope for the former.





Cackolackey
28



Free
Shoes 24









Outback:
Florida – Penn State





Dave
says:



In
year one A.T. (after Tebow), Florida did not look like we’ve grown accustomed
to. The Gators looked beatable, and in
fact, they were. Urban’s heart was not
into this, you could tell as the season went on. Fortunately he recognized this and stepped
aside, that was the right thing to do. Will
Muschamp, no longer a head coach in waiting, has hit the ground running in
Gainesville, building the future of Gator football.





There
are rumors everywhere that Joe Paterno is retiring after this game. I don’t believe it. While he needs to step down so the program
can move on, I just don’t know that he will.Hopefully getting 400 wins did the trick for him. He’ll add one more W to the column.





Penn
State 27 – Florida 24







Doug
says:





Well,
if you told me at the beginning of the year that these two teams would meet in
the Outback Bowl and the game would be the swan song for one of the coaches, I
would say that it’s about time JoePa made his exit. But, while JoePa is
continuing on, it’s Urban Meyer who is ready to exit, citing the dreaded “I
want to spend time with my family” excuse. He’ll turn up somewhere in a
year or two, tanned, rested, and no longer wanting to spend time with his
family. Meanwhile, the Gator brass is hoping to catch lightening in a
bottle with Will Muschamp. My philosophy is never bet against a man who
is unafraid of dropping F-bombs on national television.





Boom,
motherf- 21



Pass
the Metamucil – 17









Capital
One: Alabama – Michigan State





Dave
says:





Nick
Saban gets to face his former team. Will
he be nostalgic? Hell no. He’s the freakin’ Terminator, he kills
without prejudice. Another guy heading
off to greener pastures will be Julio Jones, likely playing in his last game
for Alabama. Ol’ Sparty better get ready
for a healthy dose of Ingram and Richardson, these guys will be rested and
ready. So will the rest of the Saban
machine.





Alabama
37 – Sparty 20





Doug
says:





Do
you think Nick Saban will feel nostalgic about playing the Spartans? Is
it possible that he will have a soft spot in his heart for the team he used to
coach? Do you think he has enjoyed watching the resurgence of the
Spartans, and the feel-good story of their head coach, Mark Dantonio, who
suffered through a heart attack at the start of the year? Nick Saban does
not have time for emotions. His computer chip has been programmed to
destroy, son, and he’s got Sparty in the crosshairs. Many folks credit Ricky
Bobby’s daddy with the motto, “If you ain’t first, you’re last,” but it was
Nick Saban who created it, branded it, and has it tattooed in a strategic,
unmentionable place. If Dantonio plays his cards right, he might get to
see it.





Rolling
31



Happy
to be here 17









Progressive
Gator: Mississippi State – Michigan





Dave
says:





Playing
one of the toughest schedules in the nations, nobody would have expected
Mississippi State to be in a New Years Day bowl game this year. Dan Mullen did just that, and may have been
two or three plays away from a BCS bowl game.Mullen won’t win coach of the year, but he should be, and he will do so
one day. He’s brought a tremendous
amount of energy and enthusiasm to Starkville.Rich Rodriguez is on the other end of the spectrum. Many believe Rodriguez is already walking the
plank and a loss here pushes him off the edge.





State
will have trouble containing Denard Robinson, he’s fast, he’s shifty, and he’ll
be 100% healthy. Conversely, Chris Relf,
Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins will have some huge lanes to run
through. It’s been a theme for State
this year, win with ball control and a strong running game.





Mstate
31 – Michigan 24





Doug
says:





Does
Michigan fully understand what they’re getting themselves into here? We
all know the drill: stop Denard Robinson, and you stop the
Wolverines. Defensively, Michigan doesn’t know the meaning of the word
stop. State QB Chris Relf will come to the line, tell the defense who is
getting the ball and which gap the ball carrier is taking, and they’ll still
run it and get five yards a pop. This game will actually be a great
litmus test for the conference. Well, in theory, anyway. Most
folks, justifiably, expect the SEC team to roll here.





Not
Your Father’s Mississippi State 38



Not
Your Father’s Michigan 21









Allstate
Sugar: Ohio State – Arkansas





Dave
says:





Bobby
Petrino did a great job this year, finishing with a strong win over LSU. This should be a bitchslap because Ohio State
should be without five players including starting QB Terrell Pryor.



Somehow
the NCAA, who punished numerous players immediately for the same behavior,
decided to let these guys play in the bowl game and suspend them next
season. Like many of them will be there
next season, right.





With
Ryan Mallet pulling the trigger and the surprising emergence of RB Kniles
Davis, Arkansas should put up strong numbers against the Buckeyes. In turn, with Pryor playing, Ohio State will
put up numbers against Arkansas too. I
just don’t think they can hang with an SEC team, as demonstrated by LSU and
Florida.





Arkansas
34 – Cheat and Play, it’s the tOSU way 24







Doug
says:





Beating
the fool out of Ohio State in a BCS bowl is the SEC’s birthright. LSU,
Florida, Arkansas, it doesn’t matter. Jim Tressel probably hasn’t had a
good night’s sleep since the matchup was announced. Arkansas scores
points by the bucketful against SEC defenses, so why would anyone think they
couldn’t do it against a Big 10 defense? Add to this the fact that the
game is played indoors, on field turf, and wow, the Razorback offense could be
scary here. Bobby Petrino has found himself a permanent home in the
Arkansas hills, but his boys will make a temporary home in the Ohio State
endzone in this one.





Sooie
– 48



Stinky
– 24









AT&T
Cotton: LSU – Texas A&M





Dave
says:





Texas
A&M was regularly skull dragging LSU until the Tigers chickened out of this
rivalry game (hey to Goob). With RB
Steven Ridley being ruled ineligible (if he only played for Ohio State), the
Tigers offense will be missing a key component.They do have a cast of talented receivers and the best cornerback in the
nation, along with the luckiest coach in the history of the game. He’s also the only one that’s been grazing on
the field. Jerry Jones will shoot him if
he chooses to graze on his turf.





LSU
28 – TAMU 24





Doug
says:





The
Aggies should have strength in numbers from a crowd standpoint, but while the
coonasses might be outnumbered, they’ll come in, take over, and make everyone
uncomfortable anyway. On the football field, A&M doesn’t have the
talent to hang with the Tigahs, but like we all know, Lester Miles is the great
equalizer. Expect LSU to win on a last-second fake punt or something ridiculous
like that.





Coonasses
27



Aggies
24









BBVA
Compass: Pittsburgh – Kentucky





Dave
says:





Joker
Phillips made it to a bowl game in his first season, meanwhile Dave Wannstedt
made it to the exit door. This game will
be about two things: The suspension of public
drunkard QB Mike Hartline and the awe inspiring ability of Randall Cobb. Sure, they will talk about Wannstedt, but
Hartline and Cobb get the headlines.





Kentucky
31 – Pitt 27





Doug
says:





Wait….in
the midst of the BCS bowls, we get this stinker? Legion Field has seen
many memorable football matchups, and this isn’t one of them. Kudos to
Kentucky for gaining bowl eligibility, but how can anyone get fired up about
this? The Wannstache has stepped down as Pitt coach, which is really the
only thing that adds to the watchability factor.





Mildcats
31



Pitt
21







Tostitos
BCS National Championship: Auburn – Oregon





Dave
says:





So
here we are, the unstoppable force versus the unstoppable force. If you want to see defense, you need not
watch this game. Oregon and Auburn both
possess potent offenses. Each has shown
they can play some defense, just not with consistency. Each of these teams has a superstar, Oregon
with LaMichael James and Auburn with Cam Newton. Newton has shown that despite an ongoing NCAA
investigation, he can still bring his A game.Just ask South Carolina about that.This track meet probably comes down to who scores last. Auburn should do just that, and being home a
fifth consecutive BCS title for the SEC.





Auburn
45 – Oregon 42





Doug
says:



Auburn
really has a chance to win a legitimate national championship.
Truthfully, they probably have the better team here. I think Chizik is
overrated, but the mad scientist, Gus Malzahn, should scheme ways to get Cam
Newton in the endzone early and often. Of course, the issue is going to
be stopping the dynamic Oregon offense, and a Heisman candidate of their own in
LaMichael James. The 400 pound gorilla in the room is the NCAA
investigation that is ongoing (don’t believe for a second that it’s over), but
that won’t have anything to do with the game, since Auburn has been playing
under that cloud for weeks. Expect Auburn to bring home the
hardware. They might actually get to keep it for a couple of years, too.





War
Tigers 44



Duck
Attack 31