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8.30.2007

News of the day, 8/20

Hey everyone. Morning practice today. We're now to a point where Auburn won't release news about Brad Lester until game time. Tommy Tuberville, even if he were to discover something substantive today, probably won't disclose it until after the Kansas State game. No need to give the Wildcats time to adjust their defensive approach.

Of course, as Tuberville might say, anything could change.

Thanks for visiting the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.

Kansas State wideout Deon Murphy, a junior-college transfer, is talking big about KSU's trip to Auburn this weekend.

“We’re going to do some prime-time things in that game,” he said.

Since the game is in prime time, I guess anything either team does can get the prime-time label.

As an AP poll voter, I get a lot of email from promotional people. Schools. Publicists. Most of qualifies immediately for the trash folder. One email I LOVE reading comes each week from former Carolina Panthers lineman Brentson Buckner, a Columbus, Ga., native, who votes in the Harris Poll for some reason. He (or his publicist) assembles a lot of words each week explaining Buckner's weekly vote. It's brilliantly inane. The guy is really into college football. Check it out.

He has Auburn at No. 15, which seems reasonable.

As an aside, I'll be publishing my AP Poll votes each Monday morning in the Advertiser.

Here is my preseason poll:

1. Southern Cal
2. LSU
3. West Virginia
4. Virginia Tech
5. Oklahoma
6. Texas
7. Louisville
8. Michigan
9. Hawaii
10. Georgia
11. UCLA
12. Wisconsin
13. TCU
14. Missouri
15. California
16. Florida State
17. Auburn
18. Texas A&M
19. Florida
20. South Florida
21. Ohio State
22. Penn State
23. Rutgers
24. Oregon
25. South Carolina

Yep. Seventeen. I'm totally willing to advance Auburn if it rips through Kansas State and South Florida. I'm sure I was the high voter on Hawaii. When they go undefeated and sneak into a BCS bowl, remember where you heard it first.

Here's a little season primer for you all. Highlights from the 06 Iron Bowl.

6 Comments:

Blogger CPF said...

Perhaps they should give Zach Gilbert a try at tailback.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

He's No. 22 now.

His own man.

Maybe a new position? I like your thinking.

4:26 PM  
Blogger sactownjoey said...

No, Jay, you are not the first to hype Hawaii as a BCS spoiler. Every hairdo at ESPN has talked about the possibility. But thanks for reminding us why we should be happy the AP poll no longer part of the BCS equation. The top 25 shouldn't be relative, it should be absolute. Hawaii's entire schedule consists of the perennial homecoming opposition for nearly every major conference school. Relative to that list of payday teams, yeah, Hawaii can certainly go undefeated. Is there any chance they will be one of the top 10 teams in the country based on their ability week-in and week-out to compete against similarly ranked teams? No.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous buck said...

So, jay...
I see you've fallen into the same trap as most other poll voters. The point of any ranking is to order teams based on their strength, right? The point is NOT to see if you can predict the post-season poll. If you've got Hawaii ranked #11, it's obvious your list is a post-season predictor rather than a ranking of team strength.
But alas, everyone is doing it. It happened last year... everyone said "Florida can't win the MNC because their schedule is too tough", so they were dinged in the preseason polls. It almost cost them the chance to play in the BCS Championship.

Don't conform, Jay... you're our last bastion of hope in this world of I-told-you-so'ers.

5:01 PM  
Blogger muhammad said...

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12:31 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Hawaii is good. Period. I voted 'em in the top 10 because I think they're in that range.

10:31 PM  

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