Well said. Agree fully. Just because the SEC top to bottom last year may not have been as marquee as in the past, the talent level is formidable and the coaching top to bottom is as good now as it has ever been. UTs Butch was a good coach, they got into a spiral they couldn't get out of, but I suspect we'll hear from that guy again in the future w/some other team. Offseason is time for speculation and bandwagoners. A couple of media pundits make their pushes one way or the other about a certain team, give some speculative rationale that sounds good verbally/on paper, and others then run with it. LSU will surprise, methinks, but that is another offseason phenomenon, extreme optimism, and I am very guilty of that one. If we figure out the QB situation, and get off to a good start, watch out. I also agree that it has almost become a one and done with losses in college football. Sports analysts like to say LSU is the only 2 loss team that has won the NC in this era. Well, what's so wrong with that? They adapted and overcame. To think you have to go undefeated to win it is hogwash. The more we push to a playoff, the more we crown a true champion in my mind. In life and football, it's about overcoming adversity and mistakes, coming up from the rubble and coming out on top. Sometimes that involves losing along the way. It is impressive when a team can go undefeated in a non-cupcake schedule, and I don't want to take away from that, but if someone loses, but then overcomes later to beat top teams, they deserve it just as much, IMO. That's where polls can sometimes influence negatively a deserving team. An expanded playoff at least allows others a chance despite some earlier mistakes, just like at every other level of football nationally.