SDS Mailbag: Fall camp QB battles, Oklahoma’s SEC rival and best SEC coach podcast partners
Hey, y’all, football’s back! Fall camps are underway starting today for a number of teams, and the rest get started soon enough.
We’re less than a month away from actual SEC football games being played, too! It’s an exciting time for college football fans, when hope springs eternal for every FBS program (well, except at Kansas, maybe).
So, with excitement abundant in the FBS world, let’s dive into this week’s Mailbag questions without any further ado:
With LSU’s QB battle being decided via an injury to Myles Brennan, which remaining competition in the SEC is the most interesting to you?
I think the one at Texas A&M between Haynes King and Zach Calzada is the most exciting one, to me. Now, let me preface this by saying I do think King will win and get first crack at the job, so it doesn’t have the same neck-and-neck feel of the one at Kentucky, where Will Levis and Joey Gatewood seem to be in a dead-heat.
But, the Aggies are ready to win now, and that’s what makes the King/Calzada competition so interesting to me. Whoever wins the job will get a tune up against Kent State in Week 1, but I expect both guys to get some reps in that game.
From there, things get more difficult. A Week 2 trip to Colorado is no joke. Then, in Week 4, the SEC slate starts with a neutral site game against Arkansas in Arlington.
Texas A&M is a team that has the talent to compete with Alabama for the SEC West title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. But, Jimbo Fisher needs to get his QB decision 100% right from Week 1 if that’s going to happen. Stay tuned, folks!
Texas has Texas A&M. Who will be Oklahoma’s biggest SEC rival?
I see this question having 2 possible answers. I could see the SEC matching up Mizzou and Oklahoma early and often, since the Tigers and Sooners share a history in the Big 12. However, Oklahoma shares a longer border with Arkansas than with Missouri, so the Razorbacks are another option.
Now, this “rivalry” talk all depends on what the SEC does with divisions. If the league keeps an East-West, 2-division format, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Texas A&M would all likely be in the West. That makes the whole cross-division rivalry difficult.
If the league goes to 4 pods with 4 teams each, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out. Mizzou could end up with its former Big 12 brethren in Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. Or, Arkansas could end up in that pod.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that it’s too early to tell who the Sooners’ biggest SEC rivals will be. But, there are a couple of options, at least.
Which SEC head coach would you most want to host a podcast with?
To me, there are only 2 acceptable answers to this question — Lane Kiffin of Ole Miss and Eli Drinkwitz of Missouri. They both stole the show at SEC Media Days this year. Both are witty, fun and speak their minds.
I’d probably lean more toward Drinkwitz simply because I’m a Mizzou guy, too, but you can’t go wrong with either of them.
I also think it would be interesting to host podcasts with Dan Mullen, Nick Saban, Shane Beamer, Mark Stoops and Mike Leach, but Kiffin and Drinkwitz are far and away the top 2 options.
Based on what I’ve heard so far from Bryan Harsin, he’d probably be at the bottom of my list. Nothing against him personally, I’ve just heard him go on and on and on and on when he’s been asked questions in his brief stint at Auburn. I wouldn’t want to host a 4-hour podcast each week.
Vanderbilt’s over/under for wins this year is set at 3.5. That seems high for a team that went 0-9 last year, right?
Oh, for sure. I understand that last year was an all-SEC schedule for the Commodores, so it’s not really a surprise they didn’t win a game. The folks at the DraftKings SportsBook are counting on the Commodores winning at least a couple of nonconference games.
I do think they’ll get the Clark Lea era off to a good start with a win against ETSU in Week 1. But from there, I’m not super confident in them picking up any additional victories.
I think they’ll lose at Colorado State in Week 2 and fall at home against Stanford in Week 3. A Week 5 home game against UConn should (and I stress the word “should”) be a win for Vandy, but it’s no guarantee.
So, that’s 2 wins. They still need 2 more to hit the over. I could see them potentially pulling off 1 upset in SEC play, but 2? I don’t think so. I’d hammer that under.
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