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Gator fan here.... I expect uga offense to be very good with a good offensive coach in Monken and studs in the trenches. Kirby is a good defensive coach so even with young players that side should be stout. I am hoping for uga to give a beat down to clemson to start the season and get them on the outside looking in, as well as to show SEC dominance. One reason I say that is for some reason, I think the Gators will be pretty good next year and would like to see two highly ranked teams going into the Cocktail party. Of course, the Gators do have the tide to deal with prior to this game, but I have hope since it is at home and while bama always reloads, there is a lot of production they are losing this year. We also travel to lsu, but I think that is going to be a revenge game that we win. Hope springs eternal in the preseason, so I could be blinded with optimism, but I see a lot of pressure on uga to perform this year with all the preseason hype. That pressure goes up a ton if they beat clemson, which I hope they do. Go dawgs until Jax.
Florida loses a ton of production but some of it will be addition by subtraction. I also expect Bowman to upgrade the RB room significantly... big assumption. I do not know what to expect from LSU. They could be very good or average. I give a lot of hope for UF in that Mullen can usually make something out of nothing.
SEC is going to go from a league of QB's to a league of RB's. I do think Bowman is going to make noise next year. I also would take Pitts before those WR's. Generational talent. I hope Trey Sanders has a good year. Kid has some bad karma so far.
I agree that the floor for Florida is pretty high with Mullen. His QB's will always be fine, our RB situation will greatly improve with Bowman transferring in from clemson and the defense will improve with the babies growing up. LSU is anyone's guess. Lots of talent but boy did they look bad this year. They beat us but I would say we had a big part in that..shoe toss Cough Cough. Miami will lose to clemson, bama and NC. If King isn't fully recovered it will have more losses. I still think Clemson loses a ton and yes they have talent, but the only reason they should be top 5 is that they play in such a weak conference. They will lose to NC next year. Bama and UGA should be top 4 after that it is a crap shoot.
The problem with preseason polls is it basically already puts some team at a great advantage to finish high in the final polls. A team starting at 21 who ends up with 2 losses versus a team that starts top 5 and gets 2 losses will still be ranked behind the initially higher ranked team. OSU is ranked too high as is notre dame. Both also play nobody during the year. 1. Oklahoma - returning QB and plenty on offense and defense. They also don't have to play against SEC teams. 2. Georgia - tons of talent on both sides. Lots of returners and JT is coming back. 3. Bama - reloading with 5 star young as their QB. 4. Texas A&M - Mond is gone but all WR's and RB's coming back and defense should be good. The rest are a question mark. Clemson, LSU, Florida, Cincy, UNC all have talent but missing pieces. The best result of the CFP is that they don't rank teams till well into the season. They need to move to an 8 game playoff however.
I was as shocked as anyone with the osu win over clemson. Some thoughts: 1. Agree that clemson was osu's super bowl and it will be tough to get up again for bama could have an impact. My Gators left it all out there against bama and we saw the next game/debacle. 2. OSU is fresher and healthier than all the teams who played a full season although if Fields ribs are hurt that is a big factor. 3. Bama has the type of offensive firepower that LSU had last year, but OSU has the same kind of talent so it should be interesting. 4. Saban has shown he is the best coach in football so I usually give him the edge and the tide rarely turns the ball over. Should be a real good game and just so glad clemson is at home.
Congrats georgia. It was a good game and your team found a way to win even without some starters. Cincy is a good squad. I think the Jax game should be very good for the foreseeable future.
I like Mac Jones a lot but there is no way I take him that high. I would take Smith, Harris and Chase just to name a few before him. I agree with some on here that both Mac and Trask go late first round or early 2nd round. I also agree that outside of Lawrence and maybe Fields, Trask and Mac have seen the highest level of competition and have great coaching. Will be very interesting.
Mac Jones had a hell of a year but sorry, Trask is better. Trask had no running game, not one OL could even make 3rd team All SEC so he had much less time to throw not to mention probably the #1 WR and RB in the country to take the pressure off. Tony and Pitts are amazing but Pitts was out for 30% of the season. Trask carried the team on his shoulders. They are both well deserving but Trask is better. Lastly, don't go down the road of W & L's. Bama has way more talent than anyone else. It is not a team award.
I can sit by and enjoy the banter until a bama fan comes on and says that the refs helped the other team. I came on here the day after the SECCG and congratulated bama on a great game, but come on. Clemson, OSU and Bama get the refs calls every single game. In the SEC, it is not even close. Bama OL and DB's get away with murder every single game and it is not even close. I am not taking away from the talent of their team and their coaches. They are the best team and very very good, but don't come on here and start that BS. The game changed after Dean INT and then was blasted by Meche. That was targeting and we would have kept the ball and Meche ejected. Game changes a ton. That being said, we did get a break when they did not call a fumble on Tony near the endzone. That could have gone either way and to be honest I was literally shocked they didn't. One last thing, if you don't want to call targeting on Meche that is fine, but for that type of hit above the neck and not even review it was a joke. The commentators did not even bring it up remotely. I still think bama wins, but don't take away from the game. Both sides got calls as always happens. Lastly, ND and A&M is a toss up. Both got boat raced and a H2H would be tight. OSU has no business playing half a season. Tough titty that your league screwed up. When Michigan got cancelled you should have asked to play A&M for a "play in" game. Pretty sure A&M wins that. Go bama....can't believe I said that. Represent and don't throw any shoes.. It can ruin a season!
Wow! What a game. Bama has too much talent but proud of how our team showed up. Bummer that we choked against lsu because I think we could have an argument for the CFP, but if my uncle had tits.... Well, both QB's were amazing as were Smith, Harris, Tony and Pitts. All the stars showed up to play and put on a tremendous performance to represent the SEC. Not sure who wins the Heissman. Almost think that Najee should get it, but we will see. CFP should be: 1. Bama 2. Clemson 3. A&M 4. Notre Dame It is still murky and osu doesn't deserve it as they are not that good and sorry but 6 games against mediocre competition does not earn it. UF would beat all those teams except probably clemson and bama. Go SEC!
I would love to see Ole Miss and A&M reschedule for December 19. I think the rebels would push them to the limit and might be able to outscore them. Even though they beat the Gators on a last second field goal at home, you shouldn't be able to go the playoffs if you were blown out during the regular season. I think if the Gators win the SECCG or take bama to the wire, they deserve to go over A&M. On a neutral field we beat A&M by two scores.
I think we are still finding out how good everyone is besides bama. Very interested in uga versus ut. That game will tell us a lot about both teams. My Gators still scare me but I think they will pull away in the 2nd half. Hope the D starts improving. Also interested to see who LSU is. How auburn responds will also be telling. Really would like to see Ole Miss put some numbers up on bama, but the tide will roll on their defense.
Article is pretty spot on. Our defense is young and needs to grow up quick but our offense will likely outscore everyone till we get to uga, who looked very good last night. I am optimistic we can outscore A&M and LSU with an average defense, but if we don't get our act together, I think uga wins 4 in a row. Bennet is very good, their OL hasn't missed a beat, RB's run hard and defense is nasty. Either that or auburn is awful. May be a combination, but if we don't get our act together on Defense, we are going to miss a great opportunity this year with the Kyle brothers.
Wow. Emotions continue to block out sensibility. I get how both sides are upset but it is quite simple if you can take a breath and try and stay logical. Gundy obviously supports that network and what it says. You don't wear that shirt out anywhere during these times if you don't. What he did was take a stand. Consider this. If we were in the 50's and he was part of the KKK and wore a BLM shirt, I am sure his buddies would be pissed (see Johnyreb)... Chubba has done nothing wrong as well. He sees the guys that he leads his team wear a shirt that goes against everything that he believes in and protests in the best way he knows how. He also puts his career at risk doing this. How is he at fault? Gundy can move forward without him. Chubba is not forcing him to do anything. He is expressing his opinion just like Gundy. All of us white folks need to watch a couple movies. Watch Just Mercy and 13. Those who are racist and closed minded will write it off as propaganda, although they are fact based (although with all movies there is sensationalism). Those with open minds and trying to seek the truth will find it interesting and probably sad. When tens of thousands of people around the world are protesting something, you have to be fairly ignorant to just ignorant it. Lastly, the protesters are not the ones burning and looting. That is being done by criminals taking advantage of the situation. Watch the footage. There are just as many whites doing this as black people. BTW, I heard an argument the other day that just as many white people are killed by cops in the US as black people. Small fact left out. There are 5 times more white people in the US than black. So, there are 10 black people and 50 white people. Cops shoot 5 each (white = 5 out of 50 / black = 5 out of 10)... Sounds a little off to me...
Well, this has been an interesting read. These times let us see everyone's true colors. How I see this: 1. There is no issue if Norvel doesn't go public and lie about how he handled a very sensitive subject. 2. Wilson showed true leadership in responding to this lie. Showed true leadership in stepping up and putting his beliefs above potential back lash. 3. Reb, your side lost the war in the late 1800's. 4. I am a Republican, in my '50's and done fine professionally, but realize that we have major problems in our country and fortunately the johny rebs of the world are slowly becoming the minority, although their inbreeding will keep their lineage behind in the times, with those big ears and noses... Reb, before you respond, please yell Pig SOOIE! LOL
Agree with much that was written except the top 5 recruiting class. This season sets up perfect for UF with their schedule and uga having a brutal schedule and rebuilding on offense, but as has been mentioned many times, they have a very good defense coming back with lots of talent. If the Gators don't beat uga this year then I do believe it will become a mental game. Injuries can always shift the landscape, but at the end of the day, you gotta beat the best to be the best and in the SEC East, uga has been on top for 3 years. Hopefully this is the year we turn it around.
Prayers to everyone in Tennessee and actually everyone in the path of these storms which look to be headed across the south. I think this is going to be a very interesting football season in the SEC East. UT is better, UK is always dangerous and I have no idea what to expect from UGA's offense. I think UF will be better this year, but injuries always play a role. I would give UF the edge to win the SEC East due to their easier schedule and believe the game in Jax will be a toss up. Kirby outcoached Mullen this year so maybe Mullen will get the upper hand this year. All that being said, sprinkle in an upset of UF or UGA and the race is wide open. Early prediction is UF vesus ALA in SECCG, but all it takes is one ankle sprain to change that. LOL
Fuzzy actually had the best breakdown and analysis of the bunch above. I think UT and UK can surprise any team they play. usc has Chump and there is no getting around that and Mizzou has beaten us too many times for me to discount them. I am astounded but not shocked at the bravado of MOST uga fans. So Kings of the Hill, here are the facts: You have won the SEC one time in the past 10 years. You have beaten UF 3 out of the last years (um, 50/50). Congrats on winning recruiting championships but that doesn't get you a trophy. I understand it feels good to be close to the top recently, but what you have actually done on the field is not that impressive. One other thought, when you do win, try to act like you've been there, even if you haven't....
Wow. Lots of smack talk and we aren't even through spring. Of course, the kid saying this is harmless and actually what you want your players saying and believing. And of course you have idiot fans on both sides that can't help but disparage a rival at any chance. All that said, the rise of Florida and LSU only helps the SEC. Tenn is getting better as is A&M (at least from a player quality standpoint). I would say Auburn but they haven't really been down just inconsistent. A strong SEC of 4-6 teams make us look better as a conference so we should welcome this. Congrats to UGA for making a nice run as UF has gone through average coaches. Mullen is obviously a very good coach and will have UF competing for championships very soon. I think the UGA UF rivalry is just going to get more heated which is great. The one suggestion I have for them is to not get too cocky with the latest win streak against Florida. If you are a 3 year old, then UGA has been dominant over Florida. If you are any age from 5-40, well Florida has basically owned that rivalry and been a much better team. Just sayin...
Facts: SEC as a conference absolutely dominated this years recruiting and will continue to dominate the college football landscape. I think any of the teams landing in the top 10 have to feel good about that they did. Georgia absolutely had another stellar class but if Kirby doesn't start winning some titles, dawg fans will start to bark. And yes, Florida is definitely upgrading its roster talent. In addition to their class (which upgraded both lines of scrimmage) they brought in three 5 star players through the portal. Shorter (WR). Lingard (RB) and Cox (LB). This was 3 of the 6 five stars that went into the portal this year. We will see how the spring and fall goes, but I definitely think the days of one team dominating our conference is over. The talent is being upgraded across the entire conference and makes the margin of error even less than in the past. Cannot wait for spring football!
OK, let's run with our own bold predictions.... Bama - has QB controversy and loses 2 games in regular season. Auburn - Fans are happy with Malzahn and want him to return in 2021. LSU - wins single digit games next year. Sorry - lose way too much. Miss Schools - Leach & Kiffin get into a fight at the end of the Egg Bowl! Mizzou - Win 8 games - I said it was BOLD. Vandy - upsets one of the top tier teams. usc - Bobo starts an offensive resurgence in Columbia, but Chump does not like a good offense and takes over play calling to drag them back down. Tenn - Beats either bama, uga or UF. Georgia - defense takes a step back and Newman loses QB job mid-season. Welcome to the SEC. Florida - easy schedule propels them to win the SEC. I did say it was bold! We will see. Injuries shift the landscape every year (see Dylan Moses).
Clemson cannot help how weak the conference is. Dabo needs to stop whining about being disrespected and just win the games they have to play. Bottom line is even though they have a cakewalk schedule, the margin of error is ZERO. Lose one game and they are out of the CFP. At least that is a little pressure.
Love the off-season and unbridled optimism by fans for their teams.. Nobody actually knows what will happen, but there is no way that LSU is better at QB. If you are relying on a stud true freshman to lead you, look at Auburn and that is probably close to what you will be getting this year. Lots of talent on that team, but losing both coordinators and tons of talent cannot be fixed overnight. I am with other Gator fans that Fromm may have struggled some this year, but why throw the ball around when you have Swift at RB. Tamper the optimism on your transfer QB. He is coming from the ACC and very few of those defenses would be ranked in the top 2/3's of the SEC. As for Trask and the Gators. If we land Shorter and he can play, you just added a 5 star experienced receiver to the mix. Add in that we do bring back 3 studs (Grimes, Toney and Pitts) and our OL will be greatly improved, I see us at being the same if not slightly better. We will see..
uga lost 9 of 11 offensive players. They play bama early. I see 2-3 losses next year for them. Surprised LSU is so high. I would expect 2-3 losses as well with all of their departures. Gators lost very few to the draft, return 4 of 5 offensive linemen and a good QB. We also swapped Auburn for Ole Miss on the schedule and have LSU at home. This is our best chance. Better take advantage of it.
I have to say, with uga losing 9 of their 11 starters on offense, I will be very dissapointed if the Gators do not beat them this year. It is too early to predict anything as transfers and injuries can change everything prior to that game, but I think the following is fairly accurate. Bama did not lose that much and has a solid QB returning and while they may not be elite they will be very good. I have never seen a team gutted like lsu has been over the past few weeks. While they have lots of talent on that team, you don't replace to elite coaches and all those players. They should lose at least 3 games next year. Uga losing Fromm and Swift has some work to do. Very talented roster and great defense coming back, but I would imagine they will struggle against bama, burn and UF. This should be the year the Gators win the East. If not, pretty embarrassing. Auburn - might be able to dethrone bama if their defense plays well. Oh well, 7 months and counting..
Of course this should have been expected, but if you are an LSU fan, who cares... What a great season and memories this guys helped to give you. I will take losing coaches all day with that kind of success. Thanks for repping the SEC LSU! Still know I hope we curb stomp you next fall in the Swamp!
Crazy how high they left Oklahoma ranked after they got crushed by lsu. They are very limited on offense and an athletic defense stifles them. They would lose to bama, lsu, uga, florida and auburn in the sec.
Brutal week for uga which I enjoy, but have to say that Cade's dad sueing uga disgusts me. Sorry you lost the tip of your pinky finger... While the school took great care of your kid. Symptom of our society. That being said, if I were uga I would be concerned about all these guys transferring although the portal has created this avenue and when your roster is stacked it allows kids to jump if they aren't playing much. Impressed with how Saban keeps his kids from transferring or going early. All this week did was make the Jax game next year more interesting. Hopefully, Trask being the top QB returning in the conference takes us to the SECCG but uga's defense will be nasty so it will be a great game no matter who they have at QB.
I am a huge fan of Jake Fromm. Quality kid and excellent QB. He represented uga extremely well and gave them a great run. I was hoping he would leave as it gives my Gators their best chance to win the east next year, but we will see.. As a Tampa Bay Bucs fan, I was also hoping he would leave as I hope we can pick him up in the 2nd or 3rd round. I saw where someone says he is a Day 2 pick which I think is absurd. He would be a huge upgrade to Jameus Winston and I believe a long time starter in the league.