The Sunday Blog comes at you after a dud of a night when it came to games we could enjoy after a hard day’s night. Come on, man. It’s all we got.
- I refuse to believe that Florida is in a hole it can’t dig its way out of. I get a lot of feedback about how low the program is right now and a lot of blame for Jeremy Foley. True, he’s 1-3 when it comes to selecting football coaches, but the one won twice as many national titles as Florida had won in its history. Ron Zook was a mistake. Will Muschamp made a lot of sense. Jim McElwain was a panic hire because there wasn’t much out there. Sometimes, it’s timing. The point is that with all of the things that Florida plans to do to improve facilities and with the young talent still here, the right guy can get this thing headed in the right direction pretty quickly. But it has to be someone who wants to be here and can grasp what Florida is all about. Chip Kelly was not that guy.
- A former UF player has been on me about pushing for Steve Spurrier to be the new coach. He wants me to write an open letter to Spurrier begging him to come back and save the program. I have also heard from a lot of people asking that Spurrier be brought in as a bridge to the next coach. There’s one problem. “I’m finished coaching,” Spurrier said. “I’ve had my day in the sun.” He said he’d be happy to help out. If nothing else, Florida needs to tap that source as much as possible. And bring the players back into the fold the way Urban Meyer did.
- Is Alabama done? You look at how the next College Football Playoff rankings are going to shake out and it’s going to take a lot to get the Tide a chance at a national title.
* The Clemson-Miami winner is in.
* The Auburn-Georgia winner is in.
* Oklahoma is in of it beats TCU.
* Wisconsin is in if it beats Ohio State.
That fills the dance card. If Oklahoma and Wisconsin lose, Alabama has a chance and we have a reason to watch the final selection show. How about this possibility — Clemson-Alabama in the Sugar Bowl semifinal? It could happen.
- My AP ballot reads this way — 1. Clemson; 2. Wisconsin; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Auburn; 5. Alabama; 6. Georgia; 7. Ohio State; 8. Miami; 9. Penn State; 10. USC. Obviously, neither one of those awful teams who played in The Swamp on Saturday have been near my ballot for awhile. It is going to be strange to sit back and watch Championship Weekend on my recliner, but who’s complaining?
Here is your schedule of Power 5 conference title games:
Stanford-USC, ESPN, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma-TCU, Fox, 12:30 p.m.
Auburn-Georgia, CBS, 4 p.m.
Clemson-Miami, ESPN, 8 p.m.
Ohio State-Wisconsin, Fox, 8 p.m.
Buckle up and pass the dip.