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I don’t have much of an issue with this list. The first and second teams are full of mostly known commodities. Now, when we get the the third team there seems to be a lot of projecting, which is fine. On offense I don’t know what really separates Isaiah Spiller from some of the other good backs behind him, but he did play well last year. On defense I think the format needs to be tweaked slightly to include a nickel back position. Most teams play at least 50% of the game with 5 DBs on the field.
Is that sarcasm or a lack of reading comprehension skills?
I think this is a pretty fair list. I think there are serious gaps between 4-5, 8-9, and 12-13. I think you could see some shakeup within each range (1-4)(5-8)(9-12) but I would be surprised if any team moved from one range to another this year.
I think a 4-6 record is certainly possible, considering the schedule. That being said I think we finish at 5-5 or 6-4. It is critical that we get off to a 2-0 start. I think we find a win out of the Kentucky, Auburn, A&M, or Florida.
I also think 6-4 or 7-3 is probably accurate for Kentucky. However, the only thing more stressful than being a UT fan has to be being a Kentucky fan. It seems like every game they play is close. The one thing about the way they play is that it helps them keep things close against the really good teams, but sometimes it can let lesser teams hang around. I think this causes them to have a big upset (my bet is Florida), but also a head scratching loss (maybe MSU or Mizzou). I also think they will have the most games decided by 10 points or less of any team in the conference.
Reminds me of the old NCAA football games. My favorite thing to do was do dynasty mode with Navy and win national championships.
The FPI seems to be still using home field advantage as a major factor. I don’t think it is going to matter much this year when stadiums will be at 25% capacity or less. To me the SC and Kentucky percentages should be swapped. Overall I think 5-5.
I hear you, but they should have given Arkansas and Vanderbilt a chance to play each other and get an SEC win. They both deserve a bigger check this year for taking one on the chin for the good of the conference.
Anyone else envisioning Sankey singing “Anything you can do I can do better” in response to the Big 10 schedule?
Arkansas got the business. They should have given Arkansas and Vanderbilt a chance to play each other.
The permanent crossover games make it obvious. UT plays Alabama, UGA plays Auburn, and Florida plays LSU b/c consistently those are the teams that determine the champion.
The problem with that scenario is creating a situation where a team could win their division with too many losses and jeopardize the conference’s ability to get in the playoff.
I think most people have more faith in UGA’s defense this year than LSU’s offense.
Just to educate you on SEC history, there are just 2 tiers historically. Each division has a big three: Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Florida, Georgia, Tennessee. Then there is everybody else (though you could argue Vanderbilt is in a bottom tier by themselves, at least post WW2.
To make it clear for you these tiers are based on my expectations for next year, not based on overall history. However, even if it was based on overall history Missouri would still be in the bottom tier because they haven’t ever won an SEC championship.
I try to do the comparison based on tiers: Tier 1: Alabama, LSU vs. Georgia, Florida These are the real contenders. I think the West has the slight advantage in talent b/c Bama and UGA are pretty even, but I put LSU in front of Florida. That being said, Florida has the most experienced quarterback, so that shrinks the gap a little bit. Overall I think the West has the slight advantage in this tier. Tier 2: Auburn, A&M vs. Kentucky, UT I would call this the dark horse tier. I think Kentucky probably has the best defense out of the group, and A&M has the best offense. UT might have the best o line, but the inconsistency at quarterback limits our potential. Overall I think the West is slightly better again in this tier. Bottom Tier: Ole Miss, MSU, Arkansas vs. USC, Missouri, Vanderbilt This is the new coach and hot seat coach tier. This group is so difficult to judge b/c there was no offseason. I would say the USC and Missouri have the most defensive talent, while Ole Miss has the most offensive talent. Arkansas and Vanderbilt are both really bad, but I give the slight edge to Arkansas, b/c they are at least trying not to suck. I actually give the slight edge to the East in this tier, b/c with no off season I trust defense over offense. So overall I think the West is slightly better, but if you played 1-7 against each other most games would be 3 or 7 point games.
Dooley was really entertaining as a speaker and in press conferences. It didn’t work out for us. Maybe it will for y’all though.
Life’s not fair, so I don’t think we should even attempt to try and make that happen. Now I love the idea of a live lottery. The SEC Network needs some new live content, so why not just do a live lottery. Let’s get the ping pong balls going.
There is zero chance that any conference gets two teams in the playoffs. The SEC, Big 10 champs and Clemson are going to make it. The question then becomes is the PAC 12 or Big 12 champ better.
I think they meant to say he is the highest rated defensive back recruit.
I think a good sign about the departures is that two of the three guys left for the NFL. That tells me that maybe these guys wanted to get a break from the relentless grind of recruiting. Rocker was essentially allowed to walk because he was not a good enough recruiter.
In my mind there is very little difference between UT and Kentucky. Both teams have good defensive systems and head coaches that know defense. They both have really good o lines and quality running backs. The only real X factor is quarterback play. Whichever quarterback plays better will take their team to the 3rd spot.
Let’s really be honest though, Vanderbilt doesn’t really care about being good in football. They still get their giant check from ESPN every year even if they are horrible. They are great in baseball, and are working to get back into respectability in basketball.
You could definitely make the argument that we chased off Fulmer.
A lot of valid points in the article. It will be interesting to see how the team gels with the new position coaches. I have the feeling that everything is going to work out pretty well, because the scheme is still the same.
Other than blind homerism there is no reason to believe Missouri will finish in the top half of the conference this year. Your talent level is only above Vanderbilt and Arkansas, and you have a first year head coach who didn’t have any spring practice to install his offense. You should win all of your non conference games and beat Arkansas and Vanderbilt to get to 6 wins. After that I give you a 50/50 chance against USC and Miss St and a 30% chance against UT and Kentucky. Go ahead and expect a beat down from Florida and Georgia. All together I would expect a 7-5 record, which is pretty good for a first year coach.
My bad. Didn’t mean to post it twice.
Overall I think this assessment is pretty accurate. The defense is kind of hard to project for me. We only lost 3 guys off the defense, but you could argue they were the three best players on the defense. Bituli was the most reliable player on the team, if he got his hands on someone they were tackled. Warrior really improved, but D. Taylor is going to be the most important one to try and replace. He was sometimes a liability in run defense, because he would get out of position, but he was a beast in pass rush situations. He was the one guy that you could really rely on to get to the quarterback without any added pressure.
Overall I think this assessment is pretty accurate. The defense is kind of hard to project for me. We only lost 3 guys off the defense, but you could argue they were the three best players on the defense. Bituli was the most reliable player on the team, if he got his hands on someone they were tackled. Warrior really improved, but D. Taylor is going to be the most important one to try and replace. He was sometimes a liability in run defense, because he would get out of position, but he was a beast in pass rush situations. He was the one guy that you could really rely on to get to the quarterback without any added pressure.
I think clear 3rd is a bit of a stretch. Georgia and Florida are clearly 1a and 1b, and I would give the edge to Georgia because of the defense. Then I would put Kentucky and Tennessee at a 3a and 3b. I don’t see one team being that much better than the other. The last few games in the series have been really close, but Tennessee has gotten the better end of the matchups. The X factor is quarterback play. If Terry Wilson plays to his potential then Kentucky could be a dark horse candidate, but he will really need to improve his accuracy.