I hope y’all enjoyed the national championship game. I know I did. That first quarter alone had enough thrills for an entire game.
It’s a shame TV can’t put together enough dollars for these two to meet in the regular season.
But I am really looking forward to Clemson-Alabama V in the championship game in New Orleans a year from now. And Clemson-Alabama VI in Miami in 2021.
Trevor Lawrence! Whoa. True freshman? More like true super-hero. Imagine what he’s going to do in the Big Easy and in South Florida, when he has more experience and weight-room time.
Not sure where to send him next. Washington? The Middle East? The Jacksonville Jaguars?
@ Clemson opens at 2/1 and Alabama is 5/2 to win the national championship next year, courtesy of BetOnline. Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State are next, at 12/1. (All five of these odds are too low in my mind.)
And Trevor Lawrence is even money to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
@ And by the way, What’s the over/under for the date of the first ``Is it time for Nick Saban to retire?’’ story? Spring practice? Sooner?
When a guy his age loses a game like that, it’s like the 30-something baseball slugger who has a rough stretch.
You won't find me on that bandwagon. Even with this blowout loss to Clemson, Saban is the greatest college football coach of all time in my book.
@ The thing that impresses me about Dabo Swinney is that he is doing this at Clemson. There’s a good football tradition there. But would you put Clemson in the same elite grouping with Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas? I think not. Although if this keeps up. . .
@ It’s too bad the College All-Star game can’t be brought back. Old-timers may recall that from 1934 to 1976, the best college players took on the NFL champion in a pre-season spectacle at Soldier Field in Chicago. It was the creation of Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward, who also invented baseball’s All-Star game. By the time it was stopped, it had become a yawner. If it was revived now, though, it might be interesting.
Imagine how a combined team of the best players from Clemson and Alabama would fare. If you threw in some guys from Oklahoma, Ohio State and a few others. . . that would keep Bill Belichick at the office late.
@ Just for the heck of it, here’s a look at my TMG pre-season Sweet 16, and how it stacked up against the final AP poll and the pre-season AP poll.
It’s a little skewed because the AP ranks the Top 25. So I have noted who was not in top 16 of the AP pre-season poll.
I had the top three finishers; the AP did not. The pollsters were closer on Oklahoma and Michigan; I was closer on Notre Dame.
We both missed badly by over-rating Miami, Wisconsin and Michigan State. And by not seeing surprises like Kentucky and Syracuse.
I will say this: My pre-season hunches about Texas and Florida were good ones. If only I’d remembered that while picking against the spread during the season. . .
And now, time to enjoy college hoops. Which is predictable, but less so than college football.
Final AP Top 16, followed by my pre-season and AP pre-season rankings.
1, Clemson 2 2
2, Alabama 1 1
3, Ohio State 3 5
4, Oklahoma 12 7
5, Notre Dame 7 12
6, LSU NR NR in top 16 (25)
7, Florida 16 NR
7, Georgia 4 3
9, Texas 13 NR (23)
10, Wash. St. NR NR
11, UCF NR NR (21)
12, Kentucky NR NR
13, Washington 6 6
14, Michigan 8 14
15, Syracuse NR NR
16, Texas A&M NR NR