ESPN’s ranking of the Missouri Tigers No. 6 in the country in the 2022 season was a no-brainer.
The dominance this team has demonstrated over the past several years makes it easy to see why they are a legitimate competitor to eliminate the Juggernaut in Georgia and Alabama. With recruits often entering sports consciousness at the age of 9, it’s easy to see how the Tigers have lined up for top-tier talent who’ve been an unstoppable freight train for the past eight seasons.
What the Tigers collected last season made it impossible to deny them such a high rating to start the year.
Some of you may be confused. I can’t help but be creative in your criticism of me and not utter any four-letter words in front of the kids.
Hold on to that exasperation you felt when you described Missouri in a way that would justify initiating Tigers #6. Think of the anger and frustration you felt because you knew the facts were nowhere near what was described.
You probably can’t even make yourself say the number 6 Missouri words out loud because they’re processed as easily as the idea for the Oscar-winning Johnny Knoxville movie.
What many of you likely know is that the Texas Longhorns already occupy this spot, which means Steve Sarkissian joins Sam Bateman of the Arkansas Razorbacks as the most unfairly heavyweight coaches with top 10 predictions from pre-season polls that cross that streak as he begins asinine. Although it is at least easier to see how the pollsters made the unwise leap for the pigs.
Missouri and Texas have had roughly the same results over the past eight years, which span the athletic consciousness of current recruits. The Longhorns have technically had one win more than the Missouri during that time, but the Missouri is coming off a better season than the Texans with a better record, bowl appearances, players already selected in the NFL Draft, and hasn’t given up more points than any other team in the country losing on His home run against a Kansas team whose only win was a nail-biting against FCS South Dakota.
So why is Texas, a traditional doormat when seen through the life experience of current recruits, being ranked sixth by ESPN when it belongs to a place or two below Missouri when context and evidence are taken into account? The answer isn’t about recruiting class because Texas always has a high recruit class before destroying the potential of these worst-cultured players in college football no matter which coach walks the short distance through Austin.
Sarkissian appears to have been unfairly groomed to be seen as a complete failure for only one reason – Alabama.
ESPN had to figure out how to sell people based on the idea that when Alabama and Texas meet in the second week, the network serves the equivalent of Alabama versus Ohio Street rather than the reality of Alabama versus Missouri minus Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pride. The Longhorns were blown up last year in the same spot of the schedule against an Arkansas team that was still finding themselves at that point.
Giving a large vault dweller XII only finished Kansas in the No. 6 ranking instead of a more reasonable ranking somewhere in the mid-’60s is 100 percent about trying to sell counterfeit Top 10 merchandise in hopes of pressuring a decent rating.
ESPN has already lost all credibility with the move, but it risks losing the slightest shred of dignity if a salty Louisiana Monroe team that played well against tougher competition knocks out the Longhorns in the first week.
What the network did to Sarkissian with this little trick is inexcusable. Texas fans, especially the boosters who have literally run the sports program for the past decade, are the most unreal people of all fandoms regardless of the sport.
If Sark can get his team to a 3-3 lead in the second half of the table, he will be very successful. However, because of this irrational arrangement, what would be a huge step in the right direction would be seen as a fiasco.
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Speaking of coaches who will be judged unfairly because the pollsters either have agendas or don’t spend enough time researching the reality of where the team is actually heading into the 2022 season, Bateman is also being groomed to be considered a loser in Arkansas this season even though he He might do his best training job yet.
The Hogs appeared in the top ten of multiple pre-season polls. Unfortunately, that ranking is as accurate as it was when the Razorbacks were overestimated at number eight last year.
A fair starting point for Arkansas lies somewhere between #24 and just outside the top 25.
Think about how amazing things the pigs felt last year at the end of the season. This team finished 21st.
The team’s current iteration faces a tighter schedule with potential weaknesses that were last year’s strengths.
The linebacker was one of the best in college football. Now, instead of four highly experienced players with plenty of chemistry inside the defense, there was no need to think, Hogs has one linebacker in Bumper Pool, another promising option in Drew Sanders, and plenty of question marks.
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While Trey Knox has shown reason to expect what he can contribute to a passing game from his tight end position, no player on this team has had much success capturing passes from KJ Jefferson in an actual Razorback.
Mix in uncertainty on the defensive line and lack of depth in the secondary, and it becomes easy to see that this team is one injury away from disaster in several central sets.
SEC West will be better in every area this year except maybe Auburn and injuries will happen while the team grinds. Take a second to visualize this list if Jefferson sustains an injury at the end of the season.
If the Batemans won together eight more times in the regular season, or maybe even seven, he would have outgrown the coaching job last year. However, due to the poorly proven pre-season hype, the large portion of the fan base prone to overreaction will simply melt away.
They’ll be pointing at the pre-season ratings and shouting their heads out. Someone will try to explain the situation using logic and reason, which will shorten them further because the facts are for the weak.
While Bateman is likely to survive the unfounded hype from Sarkissian, it still remains an unfair situation.
If the Razorbacks finished at the bottom of the Top 25, it would be a feather in Pittman’s hat, and for the most part, he would likely be treated as such.
While it would be an even greater achievement if Sarkissian were to do the same, he would likely get his head under that hat by crazy Texan boosters who already smell blood in the water, making that unwanted college football job open again, but this Time with the looming warning that the Securities and Exchange Commission is now facing.
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