10 'you've got to be kidding' SEC predictions for the 2014 season
Now that we’re less than 48 hours from the SEC’s 2014 opening kickoff, let’s take a stab at 10 bold predictions this season.
Keep this article bookmarked. Far-reaching prognostications are often the most intriguing and some of these points are bound to come true.
10. The SEC Network’s rookie season success irritates other power conferences so much that the PAC-12, Big Ten and Longhorn Networks all throw in the towel: SEC! SEC! SEC! Fans of other conferences are going to be hearing that chant a lot this fall, almost to a nauseating extent from nearly 100 million viewers. Rival network executives and program directors will hate it too.
9. South Carolina nation-leading home winning streak ends to a team other than Georgia: So much energy is spent on the Gamecocks’ Sept. 13 battle with the division rival Bulldogs that Steve Spurrier’s team will slip-up against one of the other SEC opponents they get in Columbia.
8. Todd Gurley doesn’t miss any games due to injury: Is the SEC’s best player serious about a Heisman run? If so, he’ll need to swat the injury bug and avoid nagging ailments. It doesn’t seem possible considering Gurley’s history. Should Gurley start and finish 13 games, he’ll accumulate over 1,500 yards on the ground.
7. Dan Mullen snaps his losing streak against ranked teams by winning three such matchups: Sixteen losses and no wins. The last couple seasons have been unkind for Mullen, a coach wearing the ‘I can’t beat ranked teams’ hat since 2010. That’s going to change in 2014, beginning with a victory over Texas A&M on Oct. 4.
6. Kyle Allen is Texas A&M’s starting quarterback by Oct. 1: Kevin Sumlin’s not against yanking Kenny Hill if the sophomore quarterback’s under-performing in the gun. Allen, a true freshman, is the future and one of the primary reasons he’s not starting is because Hill’s been in the system an extra season. Production weighs heavy.
5. Tennessee’s Marquez North leads the SEC East in receiving yards: A sophomore freak on the outside, North’s capable of 1,000 yards if Justin Worley can get him the football. That’s a big if behind a brand new offensive line.
4. Arkansas AND Kentucky win a conference game: Perhaps the most unlikely prediction in the list, the Razorbacks and Wildcats each find a way to get it done against league competition. Good luck picking the correct game though.
3. Bo Wallace is the SEC’s most statistically proficient passer at season’s end: Hugh Freeze’s veteran quarterback is already the league’s active leader in nearly every category, so why not end his career in impressive fashion with a 10-win, 30-touchdown season? Turnovers aside, meeting expectations — and exceeding them — is a possibility in Oxford.
2. Florida wins 10 games this season: Look, the Gators’ problems last fall weren’t personnel based. Schematic issues and a plethora of injuries led to eight losses. Ok, the Georgia Southern defeat was inexcusable. Florida will return to prominence with a resurgent Jeff Driskel anchored by one of the nation’s top defenses.
1. The SEC gets two teams in the College Football Playoff: Alabama and Auburn. Alabama and South Carolina. Auburn and Georgia. Alabama and Florida. Call this a homer pick if you want to, but the SEC’s strong enough to place two programs in the first-ever football Final Four if the cannibalization factor doesn’t flash its teeth.