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 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. 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). Feel free to comment here on our blog when you would like to add to the points for the week.
See our first ‘Conference Top Five’ posts below. Right now, we’re focused on what our girls need to know in the preseason.
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. Clemson and Florida State are the 2 lone ACC teams ranked in the top 25. Clemson opens against Georgia at home and, if things go their way, there’s lots of talk about a national championship run for the Tigers. FSU has just named their starting quarterback, Jameis Winston, a redshirt freshman who hasn’t taken a snap yet. Coach Fisher believes Winston is talented enough to oust last season’s starter and a potential top NFL draft pick.
2. The new additions of Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC shake up the schedules a little bit. Syracuse is a preseason pick to finish 3rd in the Atlantic division behind Clemson and FSU, but Pitt is barely predicated to make it to a bowl game.
3. Virginia Tech and Frank Beamer battling back from their 6-6 finish last season and are expected to improve to 9-3 this season. They open the season in Atlanta against Alabama as underdogs and are also predicted to be on the wrong side of the line against Miami and Georgia Tech.
4. NC State, Boston College and Syracuse head into the season with new leadership. Dave Doeren is counting on his defense to be successful in his first season at NC State with some uncertainty at the quarterback position. Steve Addazio’s debut at BC has brought much-needed energy to a struggling program. Syracuse’s new coach, Scott Shafer, comes in with a ‘hard-nosed’ reputation and is expected to challenge the Orange’s roster.
5. Miami and Wake Forest both head into the season without key players. Miami senior Dyron Dye has been dismissed from the roster due to ties with Shapiro, a former booster at the middle of an ongoing NCAA investigation. Wake dismissed senior Duran Lowe in a less public violation of an undisclosed university violation.
As the countdown to the season openers quickens, so does the tailgating countdown – how do you plan to kick off the tailgating season?
Introducing our SEC Correspondent – Kate
1. Welcome back to college football season, ladies! It’s the greatest time of the year and we should all be counting our blessings that we’re fans of the most talented conference in college football, the SEC. Back in January, power house Alabama beat Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game. That victory places the Crimson Tide in the #1 spot on the AP Top 25 Poll for week one of the 2013 college football season. Five more SEC teams are also featured in the Poll: #5 Georgia, #6 South Carolina, #7 Texas A&M, #10 Florida and #12 LSU. And it’s not just our teams that are top notch, it’s our fans, too! Recently, Yahoo! Shine ranked the top five best tailgating schools and SEC teams filled four of the five spots. Auburn came out on top, followed by Alabama, LSU and the Ole Miss in third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Thank goodness for stores like Swoozie’s that give us the tools needed to make the art form of tailgating possible!
2. The SEC has been dominating the college football scene for some time now and no one expects that to change this season. In January, the Alabama Crimson Tide earned its third national championship in four years. Thus, for the past seven consecutive seasons, the SEC has claimed the BCS national championship, winning nine of the fifteen BCS national championship games. As college football moves to the College Football Playoffs next year, expect an SEC team to finish out the BCS program, making it 10 championships for the Southeastern Conference.
3. While the SEC finished strong last year, including surprisingly strong endings for teams such as Vanderbilt, not every team had a winning season and in the end four SEC teams released their coaches, thus creating the largest number of head coach vacancies in the conference in almost ten years.
The first SEC coach to be released was the University of Kentucky’s Joker Phillips. A statement released at the beginning of November stated Phillips would not be returning for another season as Kentucky’s head football coach, but he finished the season with the Wildcats.
Derek Dooley, son of famed Georgia coach Vince Dooley, unfortunately couldn’t match his dad’s winning record. Dooley served as the head football coach for the University of Tennessee until the Volunteers experienced a traumatic 41-18 loss to in-state rival Vanderbilt. He was fired immediately and Jim Chaney, Tennessee’s offensive coordinator, became interim head coach for the final game of the season.
University of Arkansas’s John Smith, followed shortly by Auburn’s Gene Chizik, also lost their jobs last year. Both coaches were fired the day after losing their last games of the season.
All four teams are hoping for a better future. The University of Kentucky chose Mark Stoops to take over as coach of the Wildcats, the University of Tennessee hired Butch Jones to turn around the Volunteers, the University of Arkansas selected Brett
Bielema to improve the Razorback’s record, and Auburn University brought back Gus
Malzahn, the Tiger’s former offensive coordinator, who helped claim the 2010 national title.
4. The Texas A&M Aggies, new to the SEC last year and the team that handed Alabama it’s only loss last season, became the darling of the college football world. The Aggies ended the season with only two losses, both to top rated SEC teams, making their Southeastern Conference a Cinderella debut. The glass slipper was worn by Aggie quarterback, Johnny Manziel, who put his mark on college football history by becoming the youngest athlete ever to win the Heisman Trophy. Because of the team’s amazing success in 2012, expect nothing less than incredible from the Aggies in 2013. For week one of college football season, Texas A&M ranks number seven in the AP Top 25 Poll and number six in the USA Today Poll. Expect that ranking to potentially rise in the weeks to come.
5. While the only conference game this weekend will be between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, don’t think all these games won’t matter. For Auburn, this game counts. No SEC team has ever gone from top dog to underdog as quickly as Auburn University in the last three seasons. In 2010, the Tigers experienced an undefeated season and a BCS national championship. However, last year, Auburn failed to defeat a single SEC rival and ended the year with only three wins. Gus Malzahn, the Tiger’s newly hired football coach, is under intense scrutiny. Out of all the games SEC teams will play this Saturday, a win for Auburn will be the most essential.