Q: Yes, we should all be impressed by the SEC, where the top six teams went 30-0 against the bottom. What a great "conference."
A: That is a fantastic statistic and goes to show just how top-heavy the SEC was this year. The conference had six really good teams, three in each conference. Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M represented the West; Georgia, South Carolina and Florida were the powers in the East. The remaining four teams in each division were mediocre to bad, with Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee being downright awful.
Q: What do you think of the [Bret] Bielema hire, in terms of product that he will produce?
A: I think it's a risky pick for Arkansas given Bielema's roots are in the Big Ten Conference and that his Wisconsin teams were built on power and not speed. You can't win in the SEC playing the way Wisconsin did in the Big Ten.
Can Bielema recruit in the South? Can he recruit players other than real big guys who like to drink milk out of 10-gallon drums?
This will be Bielema's challenge. There were also reports Bielema didn't handle criticism well in Madison. Well, wait until he gets a heaping helping of SEC criticism.
It's a fish-out-of-water-hire to me, but so was Nick Saban when LSU hired him away from Michigan State.
I'll apply my usual three-year rule to Bielema's hire. Let's see where Arkansas is in Year 3.