• #1 by jbcarol on 18 Jan 2018
  • ESPN’s ‘Way-too-early’ Top 25 includes 6 SEC teams

    2. Alabama
    5. Georgia
    13. Auburn
    19. Mississippi State
    23. LSU
    25. South Carolina

    SEC Country’s Alex Martin Smith released his own version of the Way-too-Early Top 25
    1. Georgia
    2. Alabama
    5. Auburn
    19. LSU
    20. South Carolina
  • #2 by jbcarol on 20 Jan 2018
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    So how's the SEC West going to shake out this fall?

    Here are a few early predictions:

    Bama: It's worth remembering that although the Crimson Tide won the national championship in 2017, it didn't win the SEC West. The personnel losses on defense -- particularly in the secondary --

    Auburn: Though the season didn't end the way they wanted to, the Tigers had a memorable 2017, with wins over Alabama and Georgia. That resulted in a huge new contract for Gus Malzahn, who faces a slight rebuilding job this season. Most of the offensive line is gone, as is team MVP Kerryon Johnson and a number of key defensive players.

    State: Boy, I really wanted to pick the Bulldogs to finish second, and if Dan Mullen had returned this season I might have. But I can't help but shake the feeling that a new coaching staff means they won't quite be ready for prime time.

    A&M: How much difference can a serious coaching upgrade make? We'll find the answer to that question in the 2018 Aggies, who replace underachieving Kevin Sumlin with very well-paid Jimbo Fisher. The Aggies have to figure out an answer at quarterback and face a tough West schedule (at Alabama, at Auburn, at Mississippi State)...

    LSU: If there's a controversial pick on this list, I guess it's the Tigers, whom I just don't see getting better in Year 2 of the Ed Orgeron experiment. LSU suffered its usual early exodus of players to the NFL and made a downgrade at offensive coordinator with Steve Ensminger replacing Matt Canada.

    Arkansas: The Razorbacks were a disaster on both sides of the ball in 2017, leading to the ouster of the affable Bret Bielema. However, the school made what I believe was an excellent hire in Chad Morris, who should bring some offensive excitement back to Fayetteville.

    Ole Miss: The Rebels were a pleasant surprise in the second half of 2017, rallying behind interim (now permanent) coach Matt Luke to finish 6-6, including a rout of Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Problem is, quarterback Shea Patterson and a number of other key players transferred out after Ole Miss was hit with a second year of postseason sanctions.
  • #3 by jbcarol on 13 Feb 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    ESPN re-ranks SEC squads in new post-Signing Day Top 25

    Bama stayed at No. 2
    Georgia moved up to No. 3
    Auburn fell one spot to No. 14.
    State fell one spot to No. 20.
    LSU remained at No. 23.
    South Carolina remained at No. 25.
  • #4 by jbcarol on 06 Mar 2018
  • Urban Meyer finally weighs in on Florida’s new football hire: ‘The SEC East will feel Dan Mullen’

    During a recent interview at Tim Tebow’s charity golf outing in Jacksonville, Meyer expressed some confidence in the Gators’ decision to bring in Dan Mullen as a replacement for Jim McElwain–

    “It’s great for Florida, a great hire,” Meyer said. ”[Mullen] knows the landscape, knows Florida … the SEC East will feel Dan Mullen.”

    Meyer, who was Mullen’s boss at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida prior to the former offensive coordinator spreading his wings as the head coach at Mississippi State, likely would be expected to shower praise upon a long-time friend. After all, the two won national titles together in 2006 and 2008 with Tebow himself helping guide the Gators offensive attack.

    Mullen won’t have the luxury of a Heisman Trophy quarterback...
  • #5 by jbcarol on 19 Mar 2018

  • Michael Carvell
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    Updated Bovada odds for SEC teams to win 2019 NCAA College Football Championship

    Alabama: +210
    Georgia: +1000
    Auburn: +2500
    LSU: +5000
    Florida: +6000
    Texas A&M: +7500
    Mississippi State: +10000
    Missouri: +10000
    Tennessee: +20000
    South Carolina: +50000
    Arkansas: +50000
    Kentucky: +50000
    Ole Miss: +50000
    Vanderbilt: +50000
  • #6 by Pudgepork on 19 Mar 2018
  • Fla fans aren't patient.  The SEC East had better feel Mullins soon. Fla not mentioned in way too early polls will add a few extra pounds of pressure to the new coaches
  • #7 by jbcarol on 05 Apr 2018
  • FWIW:

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    ESPN Football Power Index
    Projected Wins for 2018

    Georgia - 10.9
    Alabama - 10.8
    Auburn - 9.1
    Mississippi State - 8.4
    Florida - 8.1
    Texas A&M - 7.4
    Mizzou - 7.3
    South Carolina - 7.2
    Ole Miss - 6.3
    LSU - 6.2
    Arkansas - 5.9
    Tennessee - 5.8
    Kentucky - 5.4
    Vanderbilt - 3.9
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    College football analyst Danny Sheridan on Arkansas: ‘It’s not a difficult job’  #WPS
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    USA Today Sports handicapper: Georgia ‘will be favored in every game’

    “They will be favored in every game,” Sheridan said. “I hear on your show and other shows, ‘Well, South Carolina is improved.’ They may be, but Georgia will be about a two-touchdown favorite, closer to 14 than 12 over South Carolina — at South Carolina. It will be two-touchdown (favorites) over Florida.”

    Sheridan added the Bulldogs should be a “double-digit favorite over everyone at home except Auburn,” but should still be a possible “3 ˝ or 4-point favorite,” as well as being favored by either “6 or 7″ at LSU.

    “This is pretty unusual for Georgia to be favored. I know it’s unusual, I don’t remember it happening,” Sheridan said. “I see Georgia winning 11 games.”
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    A&M, South Carolina could be roadblocks to Alabama, Georgia reaching SEC title game

    For the 14 football information directors who annually vote in the division and overall spring polls, Jimbo Fisher's first Texas A&M team is their shiny new West Division contender that's supposed to push Alabama and Auburn instead of LSU for a change. The Crimson Tide is picked to win the West with 36 points, having received six of seven first-place votes. Auburn, with the only other first-place vote, is picked second with 31 points. The third-place Aggies received 25 points based on two second-place votes, three thirds and one fourth. LSU and Mississippi State tied for fourth in the West with 19 points each. Ole Miss is picked fifth with 11 points and Arkansas is last with six points.

    In the East, Georgia is the anointed one with 36 points, based on its six first-place votes. South Carolina is second with 30 points. The Gamecocks, who finished  9-4 and second in the East with a 5-3 record last season, had the only other first-place ballot, along with four seconds and one third.

    The two East rivals lock up in an early division showdown Sept. 8 in Columbia.

    Missouri and Kentucky tied for third  in the East with 20 points, followed by Florida with 19, Vanderbilt with 11 and Tennessee with eight.

    Like Arkansas, Jeremy Pruitt's first-year Vols didn't get a lot of love from the football information voters, who voted them last in the East. Last place in the division has usually been a Vandy thing.

    In the overall poll, Alabama topped the league with eleven first place votes and two seconds for 167 points. Georgia followed with 157 points with its three first-place votes, nine seconds and one fourth. Auburn totaled 144 points for third with two second-place votes, 10 third-places and one fourth.

    When all 14 football information directors voted in the overall poll -- and not asked to break down just their division -- LSU was picked fourth with 115 points. Then comes fifth-place Texas A&M with 111 points, sixth-place South Carolina with 108, seventh-place Mississippi State with 100 points, eighth-place Florida with 95 and Missouri and Kentucky in a tie for ninth with 61 points apiece.

    Ole Miss (48), Tennessee (45), Arkansas (40) and Vanderbilt (22) round out the overall poll.

    A school could not vote for itself.

    This group picked Tennessee to finish last in the 2017-18 preseason basketball poll.