At Swoozie’s, and in our local communities, Saturdays mean College Game Day.
We are here to bring our Swoozers everything college football related including tailgating essentials, game day tips and highlights from the field. The boys may play the game, but the girls throw the best tailgates, know their stats, sport their team colors and show their school pride with the most style.
We’re dedicating this college football season to you, our Swoozie’s ladies. We’ll be with you on and reporting from the college football scene every week.
We have selected an SEC and an ACC correspondent to report five major things that our Swoozie ladies are going to need to know about what happened in their conference on Saturday. These will be posted by noon EST every Monday. Use these points in conversation with the boys, for good, competitive debate with your friends, family and coworkers in your conference or just as a general update to keep you ‘in the know’. We would love to hear your perspective (all in positive, fun, pc style). Please feel free to comment here on our blog when you would like to add to the points for the week.
Please see our first ‘Conference Top Five’ posts below. Right now, we’re focused on what our girls need to know in the preseason.
We aren’t disclosing team affiliation for the ‘correspondents’. In fact, we’ll do a poll at the end of the season to see where you think their loyalty lies. But, they are in fact legit ACC and SEC fans graduating from an in-conference school, with deep family roots in that conference and with season tickets secured.
Many of you will notice that we have the ACC and SEC represented. This covers the communities surrounding most of our locations including Atlanta, Norcross, Birmingham, Palm Beach, Greenville and Greensboro.
Introducing our ACC Correspondent – Charlotte.
1. College football is going to a four-team playoff starting in the 2014-2015 season, and the ACC won’t lose its seat at the table, as many had predicted. The ACC has put itself in strong position for the future with Pitt and Syracuse joining the league after this season, and the ACC will have a 12-year partnership with the Orange Bowl that will feature the ACC champion at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day, beginning after the 2014 season.
2. Clemson and Florida State are ranked in ESPN’s pre-season top 10 and will have high expectations to live up to, especially after disappointing seasons last year. Clemson opens the season against Auburn in Atlanta and will be without their leading receiver, Sammy Watkins, who is suspended for the first 2 games as the result of an arrest for drug-related charges in May. Florida State’s defense is expected to be dominant, led by defensive end, Bjoern Werner, one of the top national players to watch this season.
3. NC State opens the season against Tennessee in Atlanta in the first game of the Chick-fil-a double header over Labor Day weekend. NCSU is an underdog going into the SEC matchup, however is 25th in Sports Illustrated’s preseason rankings and expected to put up a good fight against the Vols.
4. The scandals at UNC continue with the academic integrity further questioned as more evidence of athletes receiving favorable treatment surfaces and the legitimacy of entire academic departments is questioned. The transcript of former star, Julius Peppers, was recently posted on the university’s website siting a 1.824 GPA. The link showed Peppers received some of his highest grades in classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM). A school investigation has since found fraud and poor oversight in 54 AFAM classes between summer 2007 and summer 2011, with football players making up more than a third of the enrollments and student-athletes making up 58 percent of the overall enrollments in those suspect classes. Peppers was enrolled from 1998 to 2001 indicating that the academic issues date back much farther than initially reported.
5. Miami is also in trouble again with more information implicating the program in possible NCAA violations, but this time the integrity of coach Al Golden has been brought into question. The story alleged that recruiting violations, such as boosters showering Miami athletes with illegal gifts, took place under Golden’s watch in his first season. Golden has maintained his record of compliance, but declined much further comment, as the NCAA investigation is ongoing.
Introducing our SEC Correspondent – Elizabeth
1. It’s every southern gal’s favorite time of year again: football season! The SEC is back and as strong as ever, expecting to contend for another national title. The SEC is on a national championship-winning streak, winning 6 in a row and 8 of last 14 BCS National Championships. In an historic SEC re-match between LSU and Alabama in 2011’s national championship game, Alabama rolled, winning 21-0. Alabama has high expectations for the 2012 season as they expect to vie for another crystal ball in 2012.
2. Speaking of preseason expectations, the SEC has 7 teams in the top 25 preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, the most of any other conference. LSU sits at the top, with Alabama right behind, previewing what could be a repeat of last year’s championship game. Other notable SEC teams in the top 10 are Georgia (6), South Carolina (9) and Arkansas (10).
3. The SEC adds two new teams in 2012 as a result of conference expansion. Texas A&M and Missouri joined the SEC West and East, respectively, from the Big 12. The addition of Texas A&M and Missouri expands the conference to 14 teams, with 7 teams in each division. The conference expansion resulted in a shake-up of the 2012 and possibly beyond team schedules, with each team in the conference now playing each of their fellow East or West opponents, and 2 opponents from the other division (as opposed to 3 in previous years). The SEC was still able to preserve key school rivalries between the SEC divisions such as Alabama vs. Tennessee, Auburn vs. Georgia, and Florida vs. LSU. It will be interesting to see how Texas A&M and Missouri stack up against the rest of the SEC in 2012!
4. Of course the SEC is not without drama and during the offseason there were notable departures due to various circumstances. Bobby Petrino, former coach of Arkansas was fired in April 2012 due to several indiscretions involving a co-worker. Arkansas hired John L. Smith as his replacement. A few weeks ago, LSU dismissed Tyrann Mathieu, aka “The Honey Badger” due to a violation of team rules. The Honey Badger was considered an integral part of the LSU team and a potential Heisman candidate in 2012. Georgia’s coach Mark Richt dismissed prized running back, Isaiah Crowell, due to an arrest for 3 counts of weapons charges back in July.
5. Finally, here are a few notable players to watch out for this year:
Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina running back who was injured last year due to an ACL tear but still managed to rush for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is expected to make a big impact this year if he can stay healthy.
Jarvis Jones – Georgia’s sophomore outside linebacker led the conference last year with 70 tackles and 13.5 sacks, which was ranked fifth in the nation in 2011. Jones is expected to lead a highly touted Georgia defense in 2012 with the goal of another SEC Championship appearance.
Tyler Wilson –Arkansas quarterback who threw for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and completed 63% of his passes in 2011. Wilson will likely perform even better this year as he hopes to lead his team to a SEC Championship this season.