Topics for Discussion // 11.21.09

On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad was the defeat for Georgia? Four turnovers were the key in a game that saw the Dawgs outgain the Cats by 227 yards and gain seven more first downs. That clinches the worst season by winning percentage of the Mark Richt Era and puts Georgia in danger of a .500 regular season and potentially a losing season if they can't defeat either Georgia Tech next week or the bowl opponent in December.

How good do you think Arkansas is? Mississippi State made a valiant effort at a comeback in the third quarter before the Hogs scored 14 in the fourth to win. Arkansas has won four straight and could clinch an eight-win season and maybe a New Year's Day bowl with a victory against LSU next week.

How secure is the Hat? Saturday's defeat against Ole Miss means the Bayou Bengals could still end up with their worst record in years. Then again, there's still an opportunity for 10 wins if you include the bowl. But the clock management at the end of the game was nothing short of a disaster. LSU waited until too late to call a timeout -- or to check and see if the referees noticed that they had called timeout -- before the key play and then tried to spike the ball with 1 second left. After the game per ESPN: "It's my fault that we didn't finish first in that game." So is he now on the clock for his job in 2009 or does he get one more season to try to fix this?

Which of the 11-0 teams impressed you more? Did either even impress you? Florida won 62-3 against Florida International while Alabama defeated Chattanooga 45-0. The Tide outgained the Mocs 422-84 and had 26 first downs to five -- yes, five -- for Chattanooga. The Gators amassed 584 yards to the Golden Panthers' 189, including 361 passing yards and solid performances by both Tim Tebow and John Brantley.

Bowl time. Who will get the New Year's Day bowls? Choose for the Capital One, Outback and Cotton. I'm not going to try to get any further than that right now, so I'm not going to ask you to. By the way, there are no more teams left on the fence. In: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and South Carolina. Out: Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. If both Alabama and Florida make the BCS, then every eligible team will go to the postseason this year.

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