17 July 2008
The always excellent folks over at Third Saturday in Blogtober
are hosting this week's Crimson and White Roundtable. And, after a couple of weeks off from the Roundtable, we're going to jump back in. Let's get it started!
What record would you consider “sufficient progress” in the coming season?
Well, in a normal year, I'd like to see nine wins this season. But the schedule is brutal
. Brutal like a Chicago winter or sitting through Wild Hogs
. An eight win season (before the bowl) would be great. Nine would be fantastic.
Most folks are pushing hard at nine. Let's assume we win the home games (excepting Auburn for now). That's 6 wins. That means we need three from this group:
That's a tall order. I'm not saying it's not going to happen - I hope like hell it does. But it's far more than "sufficient progress".
Does college football need a playoff? Why?
Yes. No doubt about it. As much as it pains me, look at Auburn a few years back. Any team that wins the SEC and goes undefeated while doing it should play for the national title.
I 'm not asking for a 64 team playoff or anything nutty - 8 teams would be fantastic though. We're talking about 3 more games for 2 teams; trim one off the regular season if we must.
And those 8 teams would play at bowl sites - in bowl games no less. In my scenario, the winner of the Orange Bowl plays the winner of the Outback Bowl (in the Fiesta Bowl) for the right to play in the Sugar Bowl for the national title. A similar bowl mix on the other side of the bracket, and we've got this whole thing figured out.
We can keep the BCS - to tell us who goes to the playoffs - but let's be smart about it. College football is the only major sport without an actual championship. Isn't it about time it had one?
If you’re an Alabama fan and a native Alabamian, then more than likely you became a fan sometime between conception and the cutting of the cord, but what moment do you remember best as being “the moment” that you became an active participant in your fandom?
I remember walking into Bryant Denny for my first game. We were playing Mississippi State. It was amazing. Stepping out of that portal for the first time into the bright sun and seeing the actual
Crimson Tide in person was an experience that I recreate the first game each fall. And it never gets old.
I think it was 1983, but I'm not entirely sure. I do distinctly remember my mother saying she'd never take us to Legion Field - it was way too big. The friendly confines of Bryant Denny though were much more manageable in those days.
She did take us to Legion field, however. Lots. God bless that woman.
What rule change would you most like see implemented?
The video challenge rule has always been an enigma to me at every level. If a coach challenges and is correct, why can't he challenge 1,000 times as long as he's still right? I totally understand the desire to limit frivilous challenges, but if a coach isn't wrong, let him challenge until he is.
Thanks again to Third Saturday in Blogtober - great list of Roundtable questions this week.