Sep 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Byron Moore (3) defends against Oregon Ducks tight end John Mundt (83) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Herbstreit tells SEC fans to 'claim' Tennessee's loss to Oregon


The Tennessee Volunteers were on the wrong end of a blowout when they traveled to Autzen Stadium last weekend to take on the No. 2-ranked Oregon Ducks. Tennessee had no answers for the speed of Oregon and they were clearly outmatched, which ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit used to take a shot at the SEC fan base.

There is no denying that the SEC fans are very proud and they are happy to see overwhelming success on the national landscape. However, according to Herbstreit, the conference’s national title  run shouldn’t be viewed as a group achievement.

During his time on ‘Herd & Herbstreit’ with Colin Cowherd, Herbstreit called for the SEC fans to own up and claim the loss to Tennessee as a group effort — much like they all rally together to show their SEC pride when a team in the conference takes home the nationals championship.

Here is some of what Herbstreit had to say, via CoachingSearch.com:

“I don’t think they intentional ran it up, but I’ll tell you this: The SEC, it’s unique about their fan base. There are fourteen schools. When one of them wins a national championship, all fourteen carry the flag for the national championship. They all claim it. They all claim the national championship like they won it together. So when Tennessee gets ambushed by Oregon, they need to all get their flag out together and accept that loss to Oregon.
“It’s funny, when you get outside of the PAC-12, people kind of poo-poo Oregon as if that Oregon speed can’t match up with the bigger schools that have big defensive linemen. I’m telling you, the fan in me wants to see Oregon get a chance in the big game against an SEC powerhouse like Alabama or LSU in the national championship. People want to say LSU already played Oregon. That was different time in a different era and a different LSU team. Oregon was very young with De’Anthony Thomas and some of their true freshmen. Oregon does not get the credit they deserve on a national level. Right now, them and Alabama are on a different playing field than everybody else after the first three weeks.”

Ouch.

It is true that only a few teams have contributed to the SEC’s success, but all of the teams seem to be gloating. However, there is a good chance that will all come to an end this year.

You can’t deny Oregon’s talent and they have the speed to compete with anyone, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out this year if Oregon and Alabama make it to the final game of the year.

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  • jamessavik

    Keep trying and we’ll keep blowing you out in the title games fools.

    • DC83

      blowing who out? Wining by 3 is not a blowout sir

  • rich

    Kirk Herbstreit being from the BIG 10 and OSU don’t rally for there conference. That because they rather play nobody all year and know the only thing that comes back to back in that conference is child molester charges!! Fact are the Facts!!

  • ThatElephantInTheRoom

    I think part of the reason fans of SEC teams see themselves as collective fans of the SEC is because of the animosity the rest of the college football nation has for the SEC. I believe this SEC “fanboyism” came to be after SEC teams began their BCS dominance and people outside of the SEC began to hate them. As for Oregon getting their chance against an SEC power, that came twice in 2011 when Auburn and LSU both defeated Oregon. Even at this early stage of the season, it seems Alabama and Oregon control their own destiny in terms of reaching the BCS Championship, so hopefully you will get your wish.

  • Rocky Top Alum

    First, how can you say the only a few SEC teams contribute to it’s success when on a typical weekly poll at least half of the SEC is ranked? Oftentimes, half of the top ten is SEC.

    Secondly, the base of power tends to revolve around the SEC. (I agree it stays with some teams more than others.) Almost all the teams have their year from time to time. Also, every team brings their best game to conference play and tend to have winning seasons in non-conference play.

    Finally, I have not seen this implied contingent of fair weather fans mentioned here. I root for every SEC team each week and claim a conference loss when it happens. My co-SEC supporters tend to do the same.

  • Shawn Akers

    I am an Alabama fan, and I have NEVER applauded the rest of the SEC teams for doing well. It was painful to watch the other teams–Auburn especially–win a national championship. I wasn’t celebrating the SEC when Florida and LSU won titles. I was simply wishing it was Bama. So if the bulk of SEC fans want to keep claiming the national championships when it’s not their team, well, they’re on their own. And that goes for claiming Tennessee’s big loss to Oregon as well. I’m not claiming that. The Volunteers lost that game big time on their own. Just some random thoughts, Mr. Herbstreit, who, by the way, picked Texas A&M to beat Alabama. Thank you, Lee Corso, for having some sense.

  • tim

    Using You’re same logic, that is not the same Tennessee team that faced oregon that they also had years ago…..their best team faced Auburn & got their butts handed to them, tell herbstreiet & oregon to go cry elsewhere, when you play somebody then go on a radio show & talk until then just sit there & be corsoe’s sidekick

    • Mike Apilado

      Butts handed to them? You mean, a three point game decided on the last play of the game based on a questionable rush play where the runner was thought to be down? Drama much?

    • DC83

      You won by 3. It was a great game, my hats off to you but you did not spank us. A spanking is when a team wins by like 21 plus points. Get over yourself and show respect. The game could have gone either way.

  • jaredsi

    Herbstreit conveniently forgets that Auburn shut down Oregon quite decisively as well in the BCS Championship. It just wasn’t LSU.

    • Patrick Price

      This is a whole different OU team. Lol. Good thing you people know nothing about football.

    • Chad k

      Decisively? I am a SEC fan. That was not a decisive win. And it wasn’t by the whole team. It was a one man show.

      • WarDamnOveralls

        Yes, 143 Yards rushing by the running back, 64 by Cam, 2 field goals (including the game winner), and 2 interceptions is a one man team alright…

        • sl0wCydia

          Cam newton got them out of almost every bad situation

  • Patrick Price

    Well he is right. That is the absolute truth. Love it or hate it.

    • John Doe

      Go back to your barn and neuter some cows.

      • Patrick Price

        Shows your intelligence asshole. You don’t neuter cows. Learned that in grammar school. Guess you didn’t make it that far.

      • John Doe

        Of course you do dipshit. You castrate a bull to make him a steer dumbass.

        • Patrick Price

          A bull yes that’s correct. A cow doesn’t have nuts. Much like you.

    • John Doe

      Neuter, castrate, chop, slice, they’re all the same thing. You should know, you support the Alabama Polytechnical Institute and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama first known as the East Alabama Male College. Finally and officially named Auburn University in 1960. Bet you didn’t know that did you boudreaux. I bet you also think Auburn has more Running Backs in the NFL and all the other false facts you brainwash your fans with. Typical Barner.

      • Patrick Price

        You don’t castrate cows either genius. I know all the facts about AU. I’m not a fan because I bought a shirt on Rollback at Walmart. Would you like to compare the number of running backs from Auburn and Alabama that has played in the NFL?

  • Mud Hole

    Didn’t Oregon have their chance at an SEC school a few years ago? Oh, yeah, that’s right… Auburn – who is by far no SEC powerhouse – beat them. For a national title.

    • matt

      What? I understand your point, but Auburn is definitely an SEC powerhouse program. They’ve gone undefeated 3 times since 1992. Which is the height of SEC dominance.

      SEC Powerhouses: Alabama, LSU, Auburn (just not at the moment), UGA, UF, UT (not recently)

    • DC83

      They beat Bama and went undefeated that year. They were a great team, both Oregon and Auburn. God grow up

  • DaleC

    Dear Mr Herbstreit – was 2010 a different era?

  • Dylan

    We all carry the team flag because we all make each other better. Herbie is acting like the fans pick the bowl games. Go look at the COACHES poll the past few years. If you average around 7 teams in the top 25 it’s hard to survive an entire year with a good enough record to make it into a BCS Championship.

    The past 7 title winners have been from 4 different schools also. That doesn’t seem very lopsided to me when you consider there are 14 teams in the conference. (12 before the 2012 season when Missouri and Texas A&M joined.)

    With that being said OK here is an SEC fan owning the Tennessee loss. (Still not sure why though. Was everybody proclaiming that Tennessee was going to win?) BUT this is also an SEC fan owning the 2013 National Championship that is sure to come.

  • AUsammysam

    In case you’ve forgotten Oregon had a chance to beat an SEC team in the National Championship in January of 2011. And, just as a side note, as an Auburn grad, I absolutely hate seeing Alabama win championships and will not cheer for them (this goes both ways-my UA friends cheered for Oregon when we played them). However, usually I will support my conference if they are competing for a national title. Wouldn’t you cheer for your conference if it was playing another conference (just for fun let’s say the SEC) for a championship?

    War Eagle!

    • sl0wCydia

      You do realize Oregon is 2-2 with the SEC…..

      • AUsammysam

        Yes I do realize that. My point is just that they did get to play for the title. Why this article didn’t mention it, I’m not sure. Oregon is a good team, I’m certainly not disputing that, obviously, we played a close game with them. And my point is that we cheer for our conference when it plays another conference-why wouldn’t you cheer for yours if they were playing ours? (unless it’s your rival school. Like Alabama for us-absolutely hate them haha).

        P.S. you can go look up the War Eagle story if you’d like. There’s no need to be snarky.

        • sl0wCydia

          I wish nothing but the best for the teams in the PAC-12. I just don’t take credit for other PAC-12 wins like fans of SEC schools do.

    • sl0wCydia

      So you think just because we lost to LSU one year that we couldn’t keep up with them next year or the year after your logic needs work

    • sl0wCydia

      Its a fact most people that are fans of SEC schools are SEC bandwagon fans. Why do you think they shout SEC SEC SEC all the time?

    • sl0wCydia

      fans of SEC schools take credit for other team wins even if the team that won isn’t the team you root for……..bandwagon much……

    • sl0wCydia

      P.S War Eagle makes no sense you are the Auburn Tigers…..

    • TimBeam

      His argument is that every SEC fan says the SEC is on another level than everyone, and then whenever SEC teams lose, they all say “Well it was just Tennessee.”

      Also, as said in the article: The Oregon team that played Auburn was a different team. It’s college. Players graduate, new ones come in, coaches leave, new ones take over. Oregon has a much better quarterback this year. And keep in mind Auburn won by a missed field goal

  • donald

    So are PAC 12 fans going to own up to Oregon State losing to an FCS team?

    • sl0wCydia

      We don’t have to cause we don’t take credit for other PAC-12 wins like the SEC

  • Jay Medeiros

    This just in Herbie. #2 Oregon drubbing Tennessee is not proof that the PAC12 is a power conference. Take the best five teams from each conference and put them head-to-head and I doubt the PAC12 would win more than one game.

    • sl0wCydia

      You sound like a bandwagon fan. Do you even root for a team?

    • DC83

      Both confrences would have just the same chance putting their top 5 teams in. The PAC-12 is becoming stronger and is a power house. Cannot wait until next season when that stupid BCS computer is no longer in affect and the playoffs begin.
      Until then!

  • Sherri

    Everyone knows the reason Alabama even went to the BCS this past season was because Oregon and K-State lost late in the season (too bad for them) and Bama had, once again, worked themselves into a favorable position. That being said, the SEC dominates the top 25 polls year in and year out. In the SEC there is NEVER a guarantee one team will beat another…anything can happen on any given Saturday. I am an Alabama fan, my husband and both his parents are graduates, and GENERALLY I pull for any SEC team playing out of conference. There have been a few exceptions. However I’m thinking Mr. Herbstreit might hold a bit of animosity against the SEC. After all, has Ohio State EVER defeated the SEC in a bowl game? That would be a negative…0-9!!! ROLL TIDE!!!

    • John Doe

      Yes, Ohio State beat Arkansas in 2011. They are 1-9 all time vs. SEC.

      • Sherri

        I stand corrected…thank you! They have never beaten Alabama, though. Their record against the Tide is 0-3!

      • Kevin Cuthbertson

        wasn’t that win forfeited? Forfeited wins are forgotten wins.

    • Patokev

      The fact that Tennessee, Ol’ Miss, and Vanderbilt all defeated Top 25 SEC teams last weekend show the conference is not as strong fans like to think. ‘Nuff said.

  • John Doe

    What a genius… Oregon was a different team too and a different era. Big 10 crooner. Last I checked Oregon was averaging 52.4 ppg in 2010 up until they faced Auburn. An Auburn team that was averaging 42 ppg in the SEC. A stat that the SEC does not typically have. Auburn’s defense was allowing more points than anyone in the SEC. Oregon managed 19 points with that ‘fast paced’ offense. And at that ‘time’ or ERA all we heard was how great Oregon was and that they were unbeatable. How quickly these morons forget what they hyped just a few years ago. Don’t be butthurt Herbstreit just because the might Ohio State Buckeyes are 1-9 all time vs. the SEC.

  • Wade Williams

    I knew Oregon fans (and Herbstreit apparently) were going to crow about beating Tennessee, despite the fact it’s a UT team that has been down for about 4 years now and is just starting to show some semblance of life.

    It’s like Alabama crowing if they beat Colorado.

    Oregon had their chance in 2010 and got beat. I suppose if the were to beat an SEC team this year, Kirk would proclaim that proves the Pac-12 is better because you know, 1-1 proves it.

  • Terry

    ‘Bama vs Texas A&M for the National Championship…and this is coming from a LSU fan…i have no desire to watch Oregon, Clemson, Louisville, Ohio State, or Stanford get destroyed by whichever SEC team makes the big game (not presuming ‘Bama just yet)…after that game Saturday, i’d love to see a rematch with all the marbles at stake…

    • DC83

      I remember Bama getting their butts handed to them by Utah in the cotton bowl. Last I checked Utah is now in the PAC 12. Comments? I did not think so. You automatically think they will destroy any team they play outside their confrence. We shall see when the playoffs begin how well your Bama holds. Oh and look at this as well. This shows you our confrence can beat you guys. You are not the alpha and omega their bub!

      2000 UCLA 35, No. 3 Alabama 24/2001 No. 17 UCLA 20, No. 25 Alabama 17/

      2002No. 19 USC 24, Auburn 17/No. 15 Oregon 36, Mississippi State 13

      2003 No. 8 USC 23, No. 6 Auburn 0/ Oregon 42, Mississippi State 34

      2005 No. 1 USC 70, Arkansas 17 / 2006 No. 6 USC 50, Arkansas 14
      2007 No. 12 Cal 45, No. 15 Tennessee 31 / 2009 UCLA 19, Tennessee 15

      2010 No. 7 Oregon 48, Tennessee 13

      • Terry

        let’s break this down for you:

        2000: UCLA beats Bama…wasn’t Bama in the middle of a down period before Saban arrived?
        2002: you’re really going to gloat about beating Mississippi State?
        2003: again with the Mississippi State thing?

        2005: Arkansas?
        2006: Arkansas?
        2007: Tennessee?
        2009: Tennessee?
        2010: Tennessee?

        When was the last time Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Tennessee were relevant? I’ve said time and time again that Arkansas was over ranked

        Let LSU schedule, let’s see, Colorado…or let Bama rough up on Cal…do you really think we would treat either as a “quality win”? look, if you want to play the bottom teams in the SEC and feel good about yourself, go ahead…you can pick on Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, and Vanderbilt all you want…we do the same from time to time

        • DC83

          Look, all I am saying is that Oregon can beat any SEC team. Am I saying any day of the week, no. I am saying Oregon has the ability to defeat an SEC team. Did we lose to LSU a couple years ago, yes. Could it have gone the other way, yes. Did it, no. I am just tired of people saying Oregon is not worthy of playing Alabama or an SEC team in a National Championship.
          Do I expect you to agree, of course not. One thing about sports, people just like to trash talk. That is okay, I expect it. Just know, Oregon is not going to go away, we will win a national title.

          • Terry

            well, guess what? i guess it won’t be this year…so sorry! and i’m starting to think that Stanford would have a better shot at this point…Ducks are always over rated….

          • DC83

            You are a freaking tool to make that kind of a statement! Shows how little you really know.

          • Terry

            how little i know? let’s look at facts: 1) Bama, FSU, Ohio State, and Baylor are all undefeated….it would take three of the four losing to get Oregon in. 2) even IF three of the four lose, you have to look at ALL the 1 loss teams: Stanford, Oregon, Auburn, Clemson, and Missouri…3) since STANFORD destroyed Oregon, i doubt any “intelligent” voter would put Oregon ahead of Stanford…and i said intelligent,so that doesn’t include you 4) notice what happened when the Ducks played a REAL defense…that crap may work against 90% of the Pac12, but let them play against real defenses and it gets shut down real quick…ask Chip Kelly at Philadelphia how well that offense works when you play against a quality defense…

            now, that’s how much i know…you can’t argue with facts…Oregon is just another USC, Cal, or UCLA: they get ranked until they play a good team that destroys them. can’t help that the media darlings from the West Coast are stuck up on the Pac12

          • DC83

            Wow you are a mumbler. No I didn’t even bother read your be response. You sound like a little brat that talks out his ass. Its a freaking sport you jack wagon. Any given Sunday I am leaving at that because my team and its conference regardless of success beating great teams will always mean nothing to someone like you.

          • Terry

            when a person resorts to name calling, you know you’ve won the argument…thanks for playing, but don’t be a sore loser…

          • DC83

            Just sounds like I hurt your little feelers so you go ahead and run away. I expect that of you because all you do is hate on teams and run away when you get checked. No worries though. The Ducks and the PAC 12 are only getting better and stronger and soon your SEC will be nothing.

          • Terry

            get checked? really? all i have heard is blah, blah, blah, suck up Ducks, blah, blah, blah…last i checked, the Pac10/12 haven’t won seven national championships in a row…the SEC will always be the toughest conference in college football…if your Ducks played in the SEC, they would lose at least three games a year…let me guess, you’re really Danny Kannell…i bet you’re a liberal too, aren’t you? voted for Obama? i can either argue with someone that doesn’t know what they are talking about all day, or save my energy since you will never understand the strength of the SEC…matter of fact, the last time a Pac12 team won the national championship was 1990 when Colorado won..23 years without a championship and you act like you’re even relevant? no sir, hate to tell you, but you’re not even in the conversation…

          • DC83

            Listen here son. I am not an obama or biden brain washed fucking liberal who doesn’t deserve to be in America. Why you probably sit on your couch and enjoy the freedom my brothers and I proved you with the blood we shed I fought in two fucking wars son. I am a united states Marine combat veteran. And yes I am a duck fan as well. But one that could fucking take your head off from about 2500 meters out. So listen here son. Save your politics for someone who cares mean while I will be the fucking patriot who sheds his blood to protect this nation while all these liberal fucks shit on my constitution.
            God bless America the ducks and Semper Fi!

          • Terry

            “Just sounds like I hurt your little feelers so you go ahead and run
            away. I expect that of you because all you do is hate on teams and run
            away when you get checked. No worries though. Bama and the SEC
            are only getting better and stronger and your Pac12 is nothing.”…btw, i’m not your son.

          • DC83

            I would have smothered you already liberal fuck!
            Go kll yourself

          • Terry

            sounds like you’re still sore that Stanford handed the Ducks their ass…it’s ok, you can always hope for next year…or the year after..i mean, maybe a Pac 12 team will make the new playoff system…i know 23 years has been a long wait, but hang in there little buddy…maybe someday…just not this year…

          • DC83

            Dude get over yourself. I really do not care about the loss. It happens even to your precious team. What I cannot stand is how annoying you are. Just fuck off already. Because what counts in my book is when this country collapses its shit talking liberals like you that wont make it. Enjoy getting fat off your beer and waking up in the morning with hangovers.

          • Terry

            1) i’m ultra conservative/libertarian – voted Ron Paul because i want less government. 2) don’t drink beer 3) the Pac12 fans are the annoying ones because you think you have a dog in the hunt…you haven’t won a championship in DECADES 4) i don’t have a specific “team” because i like watching the SEC romp the rest of the country

          • DC83

            Not that conservative seeing how you are fucking with a veteran their son! You freaking kids today are nothing but a bunch of punks! Talking disrespectful BS and for what? You have an issue with a team and its confrence, get over yourself. Teams rise and fall, thats football.
            On the other note. I do not care if you drink or not, I do not care you voted at all. Show some fucking respect, but by you just continuing to talk your BS is only proving my point that you kids are just a bunch of spoiled ass bitches. Mommy and Daddy never told you no and gave you everything. Personally, you make me fucking sick!

          • Terry

            i don’t show respect for people that talk down to people the way you do..you don’t know me from Adam…i don’t care if you served or not, it doesn’t give you the right to talk to me like that…i haven’t cursed you, so don’t curse at me…i’m the one that’s more respectful here…thank God i have Jesus, or i would tell you where you could take yourself…

          • DC83

            You don’t show respect for nothing, because you are nothing! You are just a silly vilain. You must have forgot all the BS crap you wrote to me and the sick crap of calling me an Obama supporter. You have any idea how sicking that is to say to a veteran? No, you do not. You called me out there boy! And I will be damned if I will sit by and take your trash! And do not sit there and throw Jesus into this mix. You made your bed son and now you can lay in the crap you started!
            Personally, people like you make me sick!

          • Terry

            It’s OK, Obama boy…go back to your liberal ideals..I bet it’s killing you that your favorite president can’t run again so you can’t vote for him again!

          • DC83

            Please go eat a bullet. Or better yet, that way I do not have to hear another anti gun fuk like you make an example about guns needing to be taken away, go jump off a bridge.

          • DC83

            one last thing there peter puffer. Stop replying to me, you are just embarrasing yourself. But I am sure I will hear back from your retarded ass. I guess I would have to compare you to a immigrant. No matter how many times we send you back to your country you just fucking keep coming back for more.

          • Terry

            your Ducks looked SO impressive against Arizona…oh yeah! those Ducks are national championship material….go back to campaigning for Obama…you do a better job at that than picking football teams to cheer for…

          • DC83

            I knew I was right about you being gay for me. Every time I tell you no you keep calling me. Enough I know your anti american love obama and suck lots of cock. Fuck off fag!

          • Terry

            i bet you’re so glad that your president finally got rid of that “don’t ask, don’t tell” so you can be yourself without getting in trouble..let’s see how long it takes before you “come back” with some expletive laced comment, since that’s all you can do…i remember these arguments in seventh grade…some people have wit, and some can only curse…let’s hear it…

          • DC83

            I love how one minute you preach god to me and the next go back to your insults. Anti american piece of crap! Please go off yourself or leave my country that my brothers and sisters have died for. You are obviously not worthy enough to be in my country!

          • Terry

            it’s not YOUR country, president Obama! i’ve never said anything anti-American, president Obama! please learn to use intelligent language: when you can’t think of anything intelligent to say, you have to curse at me…sad, really…that’s ok, i know with your great healthcare that you can get some kind of metal health…

          • DC83

            Lol god your a fagget! Go suck on a cock and shut the fuck up already! My last message to you child. Grow up show some fucking respect. You keep going back to calling me Obama and say I need help?… I’m thinking your must be 13 but who cares. You are a waste of time and if emailing me seems to get you going well I’m done fulfilling your fantasy. Please ever so kindly FUCK OFF! AND YES YOU ARE ANTI AMERICAN AND I will be GLAD TO BURY YOUR ASS NEXT TO THE REST OF YOUR BROTHERS I TOOK CARE OF OVERSEAS!

          • Terry

            f this and f that…poor you…just because i don’t agree with you, you want to bury me…please, for the love of God, come up with something clever…oh, and no respect for you…you lost all mine when you started the cursing…i’m not emailing you, btw…posting where the world can see so they can also see your ignorance…yawn…you bore me…

          • Terry

            btw, it’s “you’re a faggot”..i know you’re not intelligent enough to know the difference

  • Ed

    Um, Oregon already got a chance against an SEC team in the National Championship game… Ironically, it was arguable the worst of the SEC BCS Nat’l Champs. Maybe I’m imagining things… And don’t was have this Oregon is the truth, they are dominating, blah blah blah, every year until the crash and burn?

    • sl0wCydia

      We lost by three points 4 seconds left in the 4th quarter you are
      Over exaggerating

      • Ed

        Did Oregon get a chance? Yes. Did they lose? Yes. Was Auburn arguably the worse SEC BCS Champ? Yes… How is that over exaggerating?

        • sl0wCydia

          So you think just because we lost to a SEC team in the past. That we couldn’t possibly beat a SEC team now. Your logic needs work. You say crash and burn like we lost by three touchdowns. We lost by three points 4 seconds left in the 4th quarter. So again your logic needs work. How do you know they were one of the worse BCS Champions? Answer: You don’t. I’m pretty sure Auburn went undefeated that year and beat Alabama………enough said

          • Ed

            Classic troll. Come to the table speaking in a high-minded manner of how people need to use “logic” when they disagree with something. Let’s start with you employing basic reading comprehension (it even comes through typos in my initial post).

            Did I say definitively that Auburn was the worst? No, I said they were “arguably” the worst, which by definition means that it is up for debate and not stated as fact.

            I didn’t imply that Oregon got pummeled in that game, I just stated that they crashed and burn every year. They got their “chance” and they failed… Whether it was by three point with 4 seconds left, or blown out by 40 pts and played from behind the entire game, a loss is a loss. I really don’t recall explicitly stating the margin of victory in my comments, I just called attention that they had a chance and it was a loss. Period, point blank, you can’t spin that.

            So circling back around, and summarizing my initial statement, because you apparently had no interest in comprehending what I wrote in the first place… Oregon had their chance, they lost. We are in another year hearing about their dominance, their speed, their offense, etc. and how they need “a shot” when we know that they odds are good that they will crash and burn again. Yes, when you are getting this much “unstoppable” hype, it is considered crashing and burning whether you lose mid-season or post-season.

            So lose the football inferiority complex and understand what you are reading before trying to argue against something that wasn’t even said.

            War Ducks!

          • sl0wCydia

            I didn’t read any of what you said considering all you are doing is rambling…..

          • DC83

            Just to make this clear. It does matter if someone wins by 3 or by 40 points. Did Oregon lose yes. Did they fail, no. They lost a game, happens to a lot of teams every year. And to say Auburn was arguably the worst SEC team in a national championship just goes to show you that you are making excuses. They beat Alabam that year and won the SEC confrence championship. Oregon held Cam newton to an all time low on rushing yards and yards thrown.
            I just do not understand your hatered for my team. We have come a long way as a team and we have more room to grow as a team. So stop your crying and this whole duck bashing you love so much. And eventually we will meet at the national championship and beat you. Then after we do that, you will come up with excuses it was bad refing or we were just off that night or something stupid to say we had no business being there.

  • Ts D

    Just another example of ESPN hate for the Tennessee vols. Herbie is usually analytically correct, yet this time the only fact he has straight is Tennessee was outplayed and outclassed by Oregon. An Oregon team who plays absolutely no competition through out the year except for who? Stanford? They out played a Tennessee team who is on their 4th coach in. 5 years. A team that is building “Brick by Brick”. A great group of kids (finally) who are pushing to get the Vols back into the past prominence. The SEC is the dominant and toughest week by week conference in the country. The ACC is trying to catch up and is probably the closest now. Used to b the BIg12…
    Oregon really plays no competition their conference is no where as strong as the SEC. I as a Tennessee Vols fan, would actually love for Oregon to visit with mike Silve and join the strongest conference, we’ll call you the SEC way out West!
    Herbie, just stick to the facts, follow what Reese or Corso tells you and shut up with your opinion unless asked.

    • DC83

      Our PAC 12 confrence is building up and getting stronger.

      • Ts D

        DC83, You’ve got Oregon and Stanford in the North, and Arizona St and UCLA n the south. That’s it! Everyone knows and saw it this year with upset weekend that the SEC beats itself up over and over. It is the most challenging conference in and out every week.
        Even the ever worshiping ESPN admits that USC is a freaking train wreck, still glad you guys took that A$$ Lame Kitten out there… Finally got smart and fired him!
        Don’t get me wrong I’ll pull for Oregon to win anytime they aren’t playing a SEC team, Unless it’s Florida… I cant wait to see what happens between FSU and Oregon to see who plays the Tide. While I love FSU and want them in the game, I also have to pull for Oregon to get there and play the game everyone wants. Bama and Oregon…

        • DC83

          I know we got like 4 good solid teams right now in the PAC 12. I was meaning that we are starting to become a stronger confrence year after year. The Huskies are starting to come around and I think OSU would if they got a new coach. The Trojans have some years of recovering but they are still USC and keep getting good players, now they just need a damn good coach and they are back into being a top rated team again.

          Take care,

          DC83

  • JAMES

    orgeon im sick of you and kirk herbstreit. TN is still rebuilding and yall keep bringing this crap up. Oregon keeps talking trash about the SEC and its just getting old. I hope bama GIVES THEM A BEAT DOWN! OREGON 1000 UNIFORM DESIGNS 0 CHAMPIONSHIPS

    • DC83

      Maybe not National Champs yet but at least we have made it there. You have any idea how many colleges have not made it to a National Championship, a lot!
      And so what if we have sick uniforms, beats the old crap you wear. And I hate Herbstreit as well, he always talks shit about our ducks 9/10. He is a shit talker and he gets paid to do it.

  • BamaGrad87

    For sure I pulled for the Ducks over the Barn….But when it was all over I was happy to see the Stacey come to the state it has resided in for the past 4 years and the Conference that has owned it the past 7 years.
    And to TimBeam… The ducks Lost…. a win by 1 pt or 70 pts is still a win and the other team is a loser. AU was able to win that game because they did not panic, but the ducks did. Sorry but the pack 10 teams play 10 practice games and 1 or 2 big games. unlike other conferences that play 4 to 6 real games against quality opponents. That is the secret of the SEC.. you have BAMA, AU, LSU, FL, GA, SC, A&M, AND MO. all in the top 25 not to mention teams like TN, MiSS, MSU, Vandy, waiting to spoil their runs. OBTW the first 8 teams I listed are all in the top 25 this week. Are there any other conferences out there with 8 teams in the top 25???? NOPE. For sure they all wont be there at the end of the season because the in conference schedule won’t allow it.

    Why do you think the SEC has dominated the BCS??? I submit it is because the 2 division system topped off by the SEC Championship game has developed a process of competition that brings the cream to the top. thru a process of on the field tests. where Iron sharpens iron. I know other conferences have similar championship systems now but they are younger than the SEC’s and in time will produce the same kind of cream.

    SO YES we do jump on the band wagon. we have figured out that what is good for the SEC is good for our team. everything from the championship game thru to profit sharing.

    I suggest that if you want your Big 12, ACC, PAC 10,….. BLA BLA BLA team to do well you better get your confrence together. Look at A&M… A 2nd rate team in the Big 12 now a national conteder after gettin out from under an opressive confrence controlled by TX.

    • DC83

      Well thank you for cheering on the ducks. But the PAC-12 is becoming stronger and thank God because this will help our strength in schedule. The PAC has had years where we had a lot in the top 25, but remember we had only 10 teams in our confrence where you guys have more and still do.
      I just cannot wait for next year when the playoffs begin.

  • landoncz

    “It is true that only a few teams have contributed to the SEC’s success, but all of the teams seem to be gloating”

    What do you call 7 straight national championships by 4 different schools??? Is there any other conference out there that has had 4 different schools win the national title in a time span anywhere close to that? I don’t think so.

    And yeah, Auburn beat them in 2010 in the game that really mattered. Kirk conveniently left that out of his “analysis”, lol.