Every SEC team is in the middle of a grueling spring practice schedule, and every SEC fan is already giddy at the thought of heading to their team’s stadium for some spring football action.
The Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney offseason fatigue is at an all-time high, and the only thing that will cure it is actual college football, spring game or not.
Truly, in the SEC, every fan base is looking foward to the 2013 season unlike any other conference. We’re still 153 days out until the start of the regular season, but here are the five fan bases awaiting 2013 the most:
1. Texas A&M
Buzz: The Aggies will open ‘13 in the top five, thanks in part to a strong first year in the SEC and the electrifying Johnny Manziel. Manziel returns, along with the team’s leading rusher and receiver, but several holes are left on defense. Nonetheless, Kevin Sumlin has the firepower to outscore all his opponents, and the Aggies know that 2013 is their best chance to win a national championship in quite some time. Texas A&M hasn’t won a conference championship since 1998, and this is the year Aggie Nation looks to break the drought.
2. Ole Miss
Buzz: The Rebels had one of the more impressive turnarounds in college football. Hugh Freeze inherited a 2-10 roster and transformed the culture of the team to win seven games. Riding a wave of momentum, Freeze turned right around and signed arguably the top recruiting class in the country, including the No. 1 overall player. There’s new life in Oxford, and Freeze is the architect. And fans are so eager to see what year two holds. I think they’re a ‘contender’ for the West, but realistically they’re still a year away.
Buzz: Alabama football will always excite the fan base. They dominate the spring game attendance every year, and now they’ve won three of the last four championships, and Nick Saban has his team gunning for their third straight. Everyone is eager to see what one of the best college football dynasties ever has in store for 2013.
Buzz: The Tigers’ fans are always eager for the start of the season, because they will always compete for a championship. But this year is slightly different. LSU loses six starters on defense and a record 10 underclassmen to the NFL draft. Replenishing the defense is of utmost importance, but everyone wants to see how the Cam Cameron-Zach Mettenberger marriage works out. Can Cameron develop Mett into the premier quarterback in the SEC?
Buzz: Oh, it’s March and we’re talking about Kentucky football? The Wildcats are one of the most eager fan bases even this spring. They could have roughly 44,000 spectators at their annual spring game, and Mark Stoops hauled in the program’s best recruiting class ever, in just a couple months on the job. Stoops has breathed life into an exhausted fan base and gotten the attention of top prospects, too. Now, the BBN wants to see how this translates to the field coming off a two-win season.
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