SEC Haters: “Remember when Auburn was ranked sixth?”
Death, taxes and people hating the SEC are inevitable facts of life. It was another Saturday of madness around college football and what is a Saturday without mean SEC tweets? Here are some of the best from yesterday.
Most SEC hate generally comes from the feeling that the conference is overrated and receives too much praise nationally. So, when Kirk Herbstreit tweeted his top four, naturally there were some people that disagreed.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 25, 2015
And, of course, Danny Kanell was out front waving the battle flag.
Win or lose I don't see how anyone in their right mind can say Bama is a Top 10 team right now
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) October 24, 2015
We can blame the transitive property for Kanell’s assumption that Alabama is somehow overrated. ‘Bama lost at home to Ole Miss, who was embarrassed by Memphis, meaning that Memphis is better than the Tide, right? Furthermore, Alabama struggled with Tennessee, who lost to Oklahoma at home, who lost to Texas and so on and so forth.
People seem to be forgetting, or just ignoring, the fact that Alabama holds wins over Wisconsin, UGA and Texas A&M with the latter two coming on the road. The only team to score more than two touchdowns against Nick Saban’s defense is Ole Miss and that game was more than a month ago.
Also, let’s not pretend that Memphis, and future first round pick Paxton Lynch, isn’t the favorite “Group of 5” team to play in a ‘New Year’s Six’ game. The Tigers have back-to-back games on the road against unbeatens Houston and Temple, but should they get through it unscathed they will be a darkhorse for the College Football Playoff with some help.
Even still, that didn’t stop talk of Memphis being the SEC West champ :
Ole Miss is crushing Texas A&M tonight, increasing Memphis’ lead in the SEC West.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 25, 2015
— Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) October 25, 2015
If Tennessee closes the deal here, I guess you can add Texas to Memphis as teams with transitive wins over Alabama.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 24, 2015
Entering 2015, No. 6 Auburn and No. 18 Arkansas were sexy picks to win the SEC West. On Saturday they played a de facto elimination game for an eventual bowl bid. The Hogs won in a four overtime thriller, and while the teams combined for the most exciting SEC game of the day, they still somehow lost on Twitter.
"Arkansas is the best 4 loss team in the country." -Every SEC homer, probably
— Kyle Griffis (@JKGriff) October 24, 2015
— Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) October 24, 2015
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) October 24, 2015
Auburn/Arkansas game teaser 2015: "Come watch the Tigers drop nearly every pass thrown to them!" https://t.co/9vvYamMcBI
— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) October 24, 2015
Missouri and *Insert opposing team here* have become the epitome of just how boring a football game can be at times and this week it was Vanderbilt. Before social media and national television broadcast only fans regionally could enjoy the mediocrity of the Mizzou offense. Nowadays anyone can witness it… which isn’t necessarily a good thing when mixed with Twitter.
No one knows that better than PowerMizzou.com’s Gabe DeArmond.
Seriously, every week I think I can’t see worse offensive football. And every week #Mizzou and its opponents prove me wrong.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 24, 2015
The Tigers became the first SEC team since Kentucky in 1996 to score six points or fewer in three straight games. Mizzou hasn’t scored a touchdown in 13 quarters of action and has 609 yards of total offense in its last three games, a total Baylor has hit in all but one game this season. And, to make matters worse, the win ended an 11-game SEC skid for Vanderbilt.
The response was classic.
God bless everyone paying hard earned dollars to watch this game in person. https://t.co/vS4eXTYPWx
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) October 24, 2015
Missouri/Vandy O/U was 34. In the second quarter, they're 34 points away from a push.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 24, 2015
Derek Mason gets his first SEC win. Much needed, obviously. And as for Mizzou…holy hell that is a bad team.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 24, 2015
For most people outside of SEC Country, Greg Swaim summed it up in less than 140 characters.
For those who want to argue that the #SEC is vastly overrated this year, I agree 100%.
— GREG SWAIM SHOW (@GSwaim) October 24, 2015