How every SEC fan base should feel entering the 2020 season
A potential championship season is just kicking off for some (yes, still Alabama) while the year is already over for a few (sorry Arkansas and Vanderbilt). It’s 2020, and there’s no guarantee your team makes it to the finish. It’s sure to be a crazy year, status-quo in the SEC.
Through the anxiety, turbulence and excitement that was the 2020 offseason, here’s how each SEC fan base is feeling heading into Saturday’s season-opener.
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and now acceptance, Crimson Tide fans have had plenty of time to grieve that abysmal 2019 season that ended with an unthinkably low AP ranking of No. 8. Adding insult to injury, Alabama is only ranked No. 2 to begin the season. Move over Bear, Saban wants title No. 7 and could even thrust Bryce Young into the fold in doing so.
Alas, the best 10 months of the year in the state of Arkansas have begrudgingly come to an end. The Razorbacks have to actually return to play football, but hey, at least there are those early-season money games to look forward to for some easy wins! Oh, wait … Georgia?
Do Tigers fans make it to October before they put Gus on the hot seat? Does he make it to Thanksgiving weekend for an Iron Bowl win to save his job? Or maybe this is finally Auburn’s year. Who knows? Bo knows.
Kyle Trask finally had an offseason as the starter. The Gators are rolling off an 11-win season and the College Football Playoff looks within reach. The Gators open with Ole Miss, but we know fans already are looking ahead. The question that won’t go away is: Will Florida fans sip celebratory cocktails on Nov. 7, or will they wake up that following Sunday with just another bad headache?
So your former QB spearheaded a return-to-play movement, is a Heisman front runner and a potential national champion while you instead rely on a transfer with a stupendous mustache who couldn’t beat out an understudy at USC? Maybe a 3rd consecutive SEC Championship Game loss isn’t the worst thing that could happen this season.
Terry Wilson. Terry Wilson. Terry Wilson. What a thrill to have a QB play QB! How many seasons can the Wildcats potentially spoil? Auburn, you’re first.
“Who dat” is the official chant of the Saints, but it’s a phrase that’s going to be echoed by the 20 or so thousand fans in Tiger Stadium all season long as LSU tries to replace a village of players who left from the 2019 championship team. What they lack in experience, they should be strong in COVID antibodies, per Coach O anyways.
The airline industry is suffering, but the Air Raid offense is in, and so is the Pirate. Mike Leach and KJ Costello are ready to light up the SEC skies like nothing the conference has seen before (assuming you didn’t watch Joe Burrow last year). The result might not always be ideal, but the post-game pressers surely will be. Can we get weekly SEC mascot power rankings?
Eli Drinkwitz once coached at Appalachian State. App. State once beat a No. 5 Michigan team to start the season. The Tigers open with No. 2 Alabama. Transitive property? Fingers crossed.
All aboard the Lane Train! It’s a shame Kiffin just missed on landing Justin Fields, Micah Parsons and Penei Sewell from the transfer portal, but the prospect of an offensive guru with the 4-headed monster of quarterbacks Matt Corral/John Rhys Plumlee, running back Jerrion Ealy and wide receiver Elijah Moore is even more exciting than trying to guess which NCAA rule Kiffin might violate next.
Three consecutive straight losses to end 2019 and 2 games against ranked opponents to open 2020, how long does Will Muschamp last? Keeping with Florida retreads, Jim McElwain might take a phone call considering his Central Michigan Chippewas aren’t playing yet.
The SEC did everyone a disservice by not scheduling a Lane Kiffin revenge game. The Vols finished 2019 on a 6-game winning streak, so there’s plenty of momentum, not to mention the play of the next legendary Tennessee quarterback to follow in the footsteps of Peyton Manning and Tee Martin, one Jarrett Guarantano.
Did you see the schedule?
No, I mean the new schedule?
Not even a game against Arkansas?