While we're currently separated from the 2007 campaign by a whole mess of off-season goings on and shenanigans, it's hard to forget the multiple Croomings, yet another MNC for the SEC, Mississippi's drop from really bad to absolutely terrible, or Tebow's Heisman season.
Let's take a look at the superlatives from the 2007 season:
|Most Ridiculous Moment
|The SEC's universe of ridiculousity certainly centered around Georgia last year. It's difficult to pick just one moment, though.
Was it Richt's scripted End Zone celebration in the Cocktail party which lit a fire under the Dawgs and powered them to a convincing win over rival Florida?
Was it the cacophony of excuses the typically self-righteous Georgia fans made to try to excuse behavior from Richt that they certainly would have chastized from Meyer, Miles, or Saban?
Or maybe it was conventional wisdom in the lead up to the Sugar Bowl, thinking that Hawaii had a shot to beat the Dawgs when, in reality, they looked like the Little Giants taking on the New York Giants.
Then again, it could be Richt's hopeless campaigning for a spot in the national championship game despite the Bulldog's failure to even win their own division.
Whichever you choose for the "most ridiculous" moment, no team has more candidates than the Georgia Bulldogs.
|While nobody with more than a handful of brain cells really expected the Crimson Tide to set the world on fire in 2007, few foresaw the late-season collapse which included losses to Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe.
The disappointment was amplified by tremendous excitement coming into the season (see, e.g., 92,000+ for a spring football game) and decent success on the field early, including an absolute thrashing of the Vols in Tuscaloosa.
Even the Tide's early losses were heartening, with one-score losses to Georgia, FSU, and LSU before the wheels came right off.
Alabama fans: before you get too jazzed up about Julio Jones and the bevy of highly-touted new recruits, remember that you're not too far removed from some pretty embarrassing losses, and more could be in store for 2008 if those young players don't get their act together in a hurry.
|Mississippi State hadn't eeked out more than three wins in the same season since their 8-4 campaign in 2000. Most were expecting Croom's efforts to eventually bear some fruit, but few expected him to break his three-year streak of 3-win seasons with 8 wins and a trip to a bowl game, let alone victories at Auburn, at #14 ranked Kentucky, and at home against Alabama.
Things have not gotten easier, but harder, in the SEC since last year, and it is highly unlikely that Croom will have a repeat of that kind of success, but it's impossible to name a team which comes anywhere close to the level of improvement MSU showed from 2006 to 2007.
Or 2005 to 2007. Or 2004. (You get the idea.)
|How do you take the player who was, arguably, the nation's best running back, pair him up with another back who is every bit as fast and talented, and with those two young men anchoring your offense, produce a frustratingly mediocre 8-5 record, concluding with a drubbing in a New Year's Day bowl game?
It's easy if you're Houston Nutt, who was easily the SEC's biggest fraud in 2007, and that's before you consider how poorly he managed the myriad situations in the Circus that is Fayetteville. Maybe Petrino will have better luck for the Hogs.
I couldn't possibly give the "best player" award to anyone other than Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, could I? After all, Tebow is superman! He turned down a shot at being a Playboy All-American this year. He circumcizes young boys in third world countries!
...Yeah, okay, fine. He's tops at minor medical procedures, but he was no better than third-best at football in the SEC last year, and a solid case could be made for Fourth.
While Darren McFadden and Knowshawn Moreno could be argued to be better than Tebow, the travesty of the 2007 season was Glenn Dorsey not getting more respect in the Heisman balloting.
Dorsey earned 2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year accolades in addition to winning the Lott Award, Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, and Nagurski Award.
And he played a not-insignificant portion of the season on a tender knee after the nasty chop block by Auburn Lineman Chaz Ramsey which Tuberville "didn't tolerate" by patting Ramsey on the head and making excuses for him in the media.
In short: Dorsey was a men among boys and, even hobbled, was a scary, scary guy to see on the other side of the line.