|The face you make when you find out that Tim Beckman is in primetime|
So...back to the topic at hand. Last week, feline friend Bo Pelini took ESPN to task claiming that they have a blatant SEC bias due to owning their conference network and are seeing to it that the SEC continues to be at the forefront of college football discussion. Chris Fowler fired back over the weekend stating that ESPN would like nothing more than to have ELITE levels of college football played nationwide but it isn't right now. Gameday goes where the best games are. Period. And every once in awhile they will do a novelty appearance in North Dakota or at a service academy. Basically, if you aren't good then they aren't coming. Well, who is right here? They both are.
Bo is right that ESPN sort of has to protect its investment. The problem with his argument is that ESPN is a business and them focusing on lesser match-ups and teams isn't helping them at all. Plus, the SEC is an ELITE investment. If you want more and better coverage from Gameday then BE BETTER. I assume that Gameday will be up in East Lansing next Saturday but that is pretty much the only time that they should drive their trucks up to the Midwest. You guys suck. Period. This isn't ESPN's problem, this is the conference's problem. The Big Ten, outside of a few noon games that no one watches, gives the worldwide leader zero reason to promote their garbage match-ups. You can't have it both ways. You already get a ton of money somehow from your own network that no one ever turns on. Don't take all of that money and then whine about how you feel cheated with supplementary coverage.
On ESPN's side, like it or not, the SEC is where the big boys play. These are the best teams with the best players and best coaches. They should be covered A LOT. Just look at how incredible the SEC West is alone. How can Bo Pelini even argue against that at all. And I 100% agree with Fowler: I think that they would love to make annual trips to Palo Alto and LA and South Bend and Ann Arbor and Austin but none of those schools deserve it because they either suck hog or don't schedule anyone. Why is a college football coach concerned with how a gigantic global media force does their business anyway?
It still comes down to what it always comes down to...The SEC is better than you. The only way that that is going to change is--well, it isn't going to change because no conference will ever overtake them in relevancy. So the best bet here is to DEAL WITH IT and worry about what you can control AKA yourself. By the way, Gameday is in Morgantown for TCU/WVU tomorrow. I never thought that THAT game would host Corso and the boys.
Let's take a trip to Dut's den to round out the week for another winner. The MAC Glory Hole of the Week is back above .500 (6-5) and looking to close out strong. This weekend offers up a weak slate of games as we are about to be rewarded with the annual weeknight MACtion starting this week! WEEEEEEEEE! Only two games tomorrow but I think that I've got a lock. Western Michigan -6.5 @ Miami. The RedHawks can't stop the run AT ALL and we just lost our starting MLB last week with some sort of arm/shoulder injury. WeeMoo is on a roll right now and young teams with a ton of confidence are good to bet on. The Broncos have a big time power run game that should control the clock and TOP and I expect them to win by 10 or so. Don't believe me. I already bet on them.
Before we bounce for the weekend, just a quick reminder that ROBERT GRIFFIN THE THIRD is back on Sunday! I don't like to see Colt McCoy grabbing a clipboard as much as the next guy, but if we are going to win out then this move has to be made. Enjoy that primetime Illinois game tomorrow night, Bo Pelini...nice fucking conference.