At one time, I respected CBS analyst Gary Danielson. When he worked for ESPN/ABC, he gave the Big 12 its due. Since joining CBS, he has gotten on the SEC bandwagon to the point of making some ludicrous comments about the Big 12 and other conferences.
Danielson’s pick for the BCS championship game illustrates this point. He’s picking two SEC teams, Florida and LSU, to meet, even though he doesn’t like the idea of a team that doesn’t win its conference playing for the national title.
Speaking on the “2009 Ea Sports NCAA Football Preview Show,” which will air at noon Saturday on CBS, he said: “I have been a strong advocate for 10 years that you can’t play in the (national) championship unless you win the championship of your conference. Since they won’t listen to me, I will stick it right back to them. I am picking Florida-LSU in the championship. Four teams from the SEC are in the top 10. I see Florida losing at LSU in that night game. LSU losing to Alabama. Florida will beat Alabama. No one goes undefeated. Two left standing, LSU and Florida play for the (national) championship. I think every team will lose a game and I don’t think they are going to put Boise State ahead of LSU.”
CBS Sports begins its ninth year of national coverage of SEC coverage at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19 with Tennessee at Florida.
Other comments from the show:
Danielson on Notre Dame-Michigan game: That game against Michigan early is going to start this whole rumor mill going. Michigan-Notre Dame, for the losing coach, the rumors will start.
Tim Brando on Charlie Weis:If Notre Dame doesn’t get at least nine wins, Charlie Weis will have to buy a ticket to see the Irish play in the Bronx next year.
Tony Barnhart on punishing Florida State for academic fraud: First of all, let’s be clear, Florida State should be punished. This is academic fraud. It was sloppy and it’s unforgivable. But vacating victories is not the way to go. And I think the same way about the Alabama case. In vacating victories, basically you are saying the games were never played. It is not like forfeiting. I don’t agree with the concept. Do scholarships, do TV, do fines, do any of that, but I agree with Bobby Bowden. This is not fair, in my opinion.