D&B Top 25 Poll

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1. LSU 395 (11)

2. USC 388 (5)

3. California 366

4. Ohio State 346

5. Wisconsin 327

6. South Florida 307

7. Boston College 301

8. Florida 280

9. Kentucky 278

10. Oklahoma 257

11. South Carolina 215

12. Oregon 214

13. West Virginia 208

14. Georgia 205

15. Virginia Tech 140

16. Missouri 133

17. Arizona State 130

18. Hawaii 123

19. Texas 97

20. Purdue 89

21. Kansas State 88

22. Cincinnati 81

23. Rutgers 43

24. Nebraska 40

25. Clemson 38

Others receiving votes:  Auburn 31, Miami 16, Florida State 8, Miami 8, Illinois 8, Kansas 5, Tennessee 4, Michigan State 3, UCLA 3, Boise State 1

The following is the D&B Top 25 Poll after four weeks of college football.

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Schedule

Program Schedule

Monday

Start Finish DJ Name
12:00AM 1:00AM Game Time React
1:00AM 5:00AM Third Shift with Jorge Sedano
5:00AM 9:00AM Imus in the Morning
9:00AM 11:00AM The Herd with Colin Cowherd
11:00AM 2:00PM The Jim Rome Show
2:00PM 6:00PM slots casino show
6:00PM 12:00AM Fox Sports Radio

Tuesday

Start Finish DJ Name
12:00AM 1:00AM Game Time React
1:00AM 5:00AM Third Shift with Jorge Sedano
5:00AM 9:00AM Imus in the Morning
9:00AM 11:00AM The Herd with Colin Cowherd
11:00AM 2:00PM The Jim Rome Show
2:00PM 6:00PM Dunaway and Brown
6:00PM 7:00PM Nascar Live
7:00PM 12:00AM Fox Sports Radio

Wednesday

Start Finish DJ Name
12:00AM 1:00AM Game Time React
1:00AM 5:00AM Third Shift with Jorge Sedano
5:00AM 9:00AM Imus in the Morning
9:00AM 11:00AM The Herd with Colin Cowherd
11:00AM 2:00PM The Jim Rome Show
2:00PM 6:00PM Dunaway and Brown
6:00PM 12:00AM Fox Sports Radio

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Thursday

Start Finish DJ Name
12:00AM 1:00AM Game Time React
1:00AM 5:00AM Third Shift with Jorge Sedano
5:00AM 9:00AM Imus in the Morning
9:00AM 11:00AM The Herd with Colin Cowherd
11:00AM 2:00PM The Jim Rome Show
2:00PM 6:00PM Dunaway and Brown
6:00PM 12:00AM Fox Sports Radio

Friday

Start Finish DJ Name
12:00AM 1:00AM Game Time React
1:00AM 5:00AM Third Shift with Jorge Sedano
5:00AM 9:00AM Imus in the Morning
9:00AM 11:00AM The Herd with Colin Cowherd
11:00AM 2:00PM The Jim Rome Show
2:00PM 6:00PM Dunaway and Brown
6:00PM 12:00AM Fox Sports Radio

Saturday

Start Finish DJ Name
12:00AM 7:00AM Fox Sports Radio
7:00AM 10:00AM The Saturday Morning Go Round
10:00AM 11:00AM Birmingham Race Course Show
11:00AM 2:00PM Fox Sports Radio
2:00PM 5:00PM UAB Baseball
5:00PM 12:00AM Fox Sports Radio

Sunday

Start Finish DJ Name
12:00AM 11:00AM Fox Sports Radio
11:00AM 2:00PM UAB Baseball
2:00PM 12:00AM Fox Sports Radio

Griff’s Grabbag

Happy Daze are here again.  SEC Media Daze…or Days as the conference names it. Its not only football time in Tennessee, but Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and South Carolina.  SEC Media days has seen its normal mixture of coachspeak, playerspeak and then eyebrow raising thoughts on various subjects.

      Nick Saban brought out the crowd again.  Rock star status has long been overblown to describe affection from adoring fans but it is hard for me to relate the throngs that interrupt their lives to get a glipse of “their” coach in any other way.  Saban made his rounds, said the right things and even wore a new suit for the proceedings.  Any fighting words for LSU coach Les Miles?  “He is a fine man and we look forward to playing LSU.”  Hardly bulletin board material, but that is the point isn’t it?  Saban will back down from a fight (on the field) about like Lindsay Lohan backs away from a party.

     Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville enjoyed the daze so much he stayed longer than he has to.  The most interesting thought for Tubs was about Saban being in Tuscaloosa and how it is different to prepare for a team with a head coach with a defensive background than an offensive one.  Most schools go with the sexy notion of offense.  Tommy knows what he is talking about since his resume is quite defensive in nature.

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     Birmingham native Earl Bennett of Vanderbilt says the Commodore’s goal is a BCS game this year.  Now Earl is a fine receiver, a Hines Ward complete kind of reciever.  But unless he can throw, tackle and block lineman, that is not happening.  The optimism kool-aid was mixed with an extra kick in Nashville it appears.   South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier didn’t take his Gamecocks to that level but did say they are ready to contend for the SEC title…not East…the entire league.   

    Mississippi State Coach Sly Croom beamed of how his Bulldog team finally learned to win against adversity and win in the fourth quarter.  Most of his beaming came from where the lesson was learned.  In Tuscaloosa.  Against his alma mater who didn’t hire him a few years back.  Croom says his team now has a spirit that they believe they can win…and win in the final stanza in the SEC.

   Kentucky QB Andre Woodson says he admires Peyton Manning most among players at his position.  In 2005, Woodson’s totals resembled Mrs. Manning with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  Last year, Woodson played like his hero with an eyebrow popping 31 TD passes and only 7 picks.  The difference?  Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders who believed and helped build Woodson into a first team All-SEC player in one season.  Yes, he is the same Sanders run out of Knoxville a few years back because he had no one playing like Peyton, Eli, Archie or any other Manning out there.  Sanders has re-invented his credentials with the work he is doing with Andre Woodson.

     Houston Nutt has been tough to crack.  His 10 win season, one of only 9 ever in Razorback history has seen an off-season capable of the Soap Opera Network.  When he asked if he regretted hiring Gus Malzone and recruiting Mitch Mustain, Nutt responded with……….nothing…for about 15 seconds.  Then he gave the standard “move forward” answer.  Like Saban, he said alot by saying nothing. 

  Finally, Sports Illustrated will have a commemorative issue of 75 years of SEC football at the end of September.  The first time in the national publication’s history it has done that for an entire conference as opposed to a single event or team.  Look for it on newstands.

Griff’s Blog

We talk on the air all of the time about rattling the cage, and well now it is time.  I want to rattle the NCAA selection committee’s cage.  Mainly, because I feel stupid.  I am trying to explore the possible logic into their thinking of which teams are in , which teams are seeded where they are and which teams are even playing where they will play.  For once, can we get some established guidelines, even vague ones that help us (as well as coaches) understand why Arizona is in and Arizona State is not.  Hey, and that is a great place to start.  Why is that?  Arizona State beat Arizona twice in the round robin Pac 10 schedule and finished with a winning record in the league while Arzona was 19-14, 8-10 in the Pac 10 and gets invited?  Sure, the Wildcats beat Texas A and M, Washington State (a #4 seed) and USC.  Okay, I will give you that argument as well as logic.

So, I would argue that since they beat teams on their schedule then Tennessee should be a # 1 correct?  I mean, I know the RPI is not the be all end all measuring stick but the Vols are number one in the RPI as well as strength of schedule.  By the logic utilized before, the Big Orange should be #1.  They beat top ranked Memphis on the road, and took down Xavier (#3 seed), Gonzaga (#7 seed), Western Kentucky (#12 seed), Temple (#12)  and West Virginia (#7 seed). And that is just the non conference wins.    Great resume that features the worse win column belonging to the Owls who won a measly 21 games.  Ah, but no.  Logic took the last train to Clarksville (home of the  #15 seed Governors).  Kansas is the last #1 seed.  Sure, the Jayhawks are 30-3, Big 12 tourney champs but their non conference schedule top wins were USC (#6) and the afore-mentioned Arizona (who doesn’t belong there). Kansas’s strength of schedule was 50 or 49 slots lower than Tennessee. But Kansas is the number one seed and not Tennessee.  Okay, so logic tells us that the Jayhawks got the nod with the late season surge of winning the Big 12 championship.  Except that logic left town on that train.

Which explains why the “winning conference tournament” logic is now leaving town as well.  Duke is a #2 seed in the West.  Excellent team.  Excellent coach.  Even excellent resume.  But not as excellent as Wisconsin.  The Badgers are a #3 seed in the Midwest.  Duke did not win the ACC regular season title.  Duke did not even win the ACC tournament title.  Duke did not even get into the ACC tournament finals.  Wisconsin won the Big Ten regular season championship.  Wisconsin won the Big Ten tournament championship (which matches what Kansas did).  Wisconsin even won more games than Duke.  But the Blue Devils garner a higher seed than Wisconsin.  Both major conferences and both had 4 teams get into the NCAA tournament.

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So, with logic having left town, we can try and pinpoint the reasoning as best we know how.  Which is kind of like figuring out the Matrix movies.  Impossible.  Mission Impossible in fact.  But it does make for good drama (unlike those flicks) on Selection Sunday.  I have them figured out however.  Gotcha.  It is about name recognition.  Not from conferences.  Just names in and of itself.  Arizona over Arizona State.  The Wildcats have gone to the NCAAs over two decades in a row.  The Sun Devils have not.  Kansas has history, wins, NCAA appearances and more on Tennessee who just now escaped the shadows of the women’s program there.  Blessed Duke.  Do I even need to make a case for what the basketball experts think of them in comparison to Wisconsin?  So, I have it figured out.  It is about big names.  That is the final factor above all others.

Except…….Drake.  A #5 seed that hasn’t been to the tournament in 37 years or to put it into movie language again, since the days captured by Semi-Pro.  Yet seeded behind them are teams named Marquette, UNLV, Oklahoma, Indiana and Arkansas. All national championship winners in their history.  Well, Drake is tenth in the RPI with a 68th strength of schedule.  That explains it.  Oops. Indiana is 23rd in the RPI with  a SOS of 59.  Oklahoma is 28th RPI and a whopping 13th SOS.  Marquette is 21 in the RPI with the nation’s 21st toughest schedule.

So, if it isn’t about name recognition.  What is it about?  Your guess is as good as mine.  As well as the NCAA selection committee.