Free Bagel wrote:Cowboys 4 life wrote:Free Bagel wrote:As for the SEC I'll agree a bit that it's not as great as cracked up to be, mainly because Georgia and now Auburn to an extent haven't held up there end of the bargain.
But then I look back to that Tennessee/Cal game and how much of a joke that Cal (which certainly appears to be the best team in the Pac-10 to me at this point) defense was and how much their offense was shut down against a good D and it just makes it hard for me to believe that the SEC is getting significantly more hype than they deserve.
I feel the SEC is still a great conference and probably the best. But Auburn isn't #2, LSU and Georgia isn't #11.
Now in the Tenn / Cal game I just feel Cal was not ready for their first game. They appear to be a different team today than on that day. Not that they would beat Tenn but I feel it would be a better game.
I agree that Cal looks a lot better now and it would be closer if they were playing now instead of then, so does Tennessee though (though not as large an improvement as Cal). I think Cal would be able to do quite a bit more offensively, but defensively it wasn't really gameplanning or anything like that, just beyond awful tackling and bad fundamentals. That's not really something that's fixable in a few weeks.
Actually, I would say that fundamentals and basic skills like tackling are the easiest things to fix week to week. You can't train talent, but you can train fundamentals.
I think running several laps probably went a long way to fixing some of those problems Cal was having with the fundamentals.