- Saurian Sagacity has done an excellent statistical analysis of college football to produce a list of the top ten teams of the decade. Miami’s 2001 squad ranks first, but Florida’s 06 and 08 teams both make the list.
- “New rule; if I have to look up your mascot, you’re not beating Florida in Gainesville. (In a related rule, if I don’t have to look up your mascot, you’re still not beating the Gators in Gainesville.)” — SEC betting lines
- Lucky #15 is the leading favorite right now at HeismanPundit.com.
- Another reason I prefer college football to the NFL is overtime.
- Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.
- Can’t get enough statistics? Team Speed Kills has a very thorough examination of scoring defense in the SEC.
- Why does Florida play so many cupcakes?
- That GQ article seems to indicate more evidence that Tebow is likely bound for the Patriots …
- Charleston Southern ‘thankful for the opportunity’ to get its brains beaten in by the Gators.
- “We bring back a defense that is 22 deep, a defense that last season, on the biggest stage of the year, held the decade’s best offense to 14 points, or 38 points lower than their seasonal average … It is All or Nothing in 2009.”
- The Gator helmet logo I’ve been using lately is from The Helmet Project, which is the kind of thing that just amazes me.
- Joey Sorrentino named one of five Gator team captains.
For the first time in about 200 years [ed. note: may be an exaggeration] I will not be managing a football pool this season. Though I love-love-love participating in them, running one is an albatross around my neck for months. Even with a great web service like officefootballpool.com to help track everything, it is simply too much work. In addition to having to pester everyone to make their picks and submit their dough each week, I tend to be fanatically paranoid that I’m going to botch the payout or someone is going to accuse me of skimming. And I also dramatically prefer college football to the NFL, yet the majority of bettors are only interested in picking the pro games.
So this year I am simply going to manage a Yahoo! college pick ’em contest. I haven’t yet decided what the Grand Prize will be, but since (a) it’s free, (b) it’s free, and (c) I don’t have to pay for it, that’s the way I’m going to go. If you want an invitation, just drop me an email.