The Sunday Blog comes at you after a great trip to St. Augustine and a College Football Playoff that is finally set in stone instead of speculation.
* So if nobody wants to play Clemson, why wasn’t Clemson No. 1? Well, we know why based on resumes. I will tell you that I had Clemson second on my AP ballot ahead of Ohio State based totally on eye test. LSU could not have asked for a better situation, especially the Tiger fans. You play a flawed Oklahoma team, avoid Clemson and get to play in Atlanta and then New Orleans. I have had LSU at No. 1 without wavering since very early in the season. If I were a betting man, I’d take those Tigers over the ones from South Carolina. I was looking forward to a Clemson-LSU semifinal. By the way, think about this — if we were using the old BCS, the defending national champs would have gone unbeaten and have no chance to win the national title.
* Interesting sound bite from Kirby Smart after his team was dissected by LSU. To paraphrase, he said the problems for Georgia were because he hasn’t recruited very well at wide receiver. Man, I hope he doesn’t back the bus over those guys.
* My dad made a great point Sunday morning and it was this — if Joe Burrow didn’t have the season he had, the Heisman Trophy race would be wide open. I am sending my vote in later today and cannot reveal it, but you can guess who I’m voting for first. It won’t be unanimous because there are always people who want to be different. But two and three are really tough choices. During my drive home I thought I had decided, but then I got home and I am still scratching my head. Time to make a decision.
* It was hardly a surprise that Ole Miss and FSU made their coaching hires as soon as the season ended and on the surface they look like very good hires. FSU’s Mike Norvell had a wonderful season but let’s not forget that in the three years prior to this one at Memphis (where he inherited excellent players), his teams lost 14 games. And Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin will at least make SEC Media Days interesting. We know the previous commish of the SEC wasn’t a fan on Kiffin’s, but I’m sure Greg Sankey will at least wait until the first time Kiffin says something dumb or Tweets something that makes the league look bad. I’m putting the over/under at mid-September.