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

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    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
  • AL.com sports
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    So how's the SEC West going to shake out this fall?

    Here are a few early predictions:
     https://trib.al/dkZHLL2


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    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


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    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’


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    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
    ‏ @Michael_Carvell

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


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    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:


    SEC Network
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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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  • SEC Country Arkansas
    ‏ @SECCountryHogs

    College football analyst Danny Sheridan on Arkansas: ‘It’s not a difficult job’  #WPS https://sec.news/2rN7bzn
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  • DawgNation
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    Jun 1

    USA Today Sports handicapper: Georgia ‘will be favored in every game’ https://sptz.us/2LaUK8P


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    “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 ½ 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


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    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.
  • #20 by jbcarol on 01 Jul 2018
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  • DawgNation

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    There are good reasons Georgia fans have high expectations in 2018:


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    With just under eight weeks to go until the 2018 season opens, the Dawgs are the consensus favorite in the SEC East, and many prognosticators think they’re a strong contender for another shot at the College Football Playoff. Quite a few college football observers see Georgia vying with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma for those four playoff spots.

    Georgia fans, naturally, have taken these lofty forecasts to heart — to the point that merely winning the Eastern Division again would be seen by some a disappointment.

    While sky-high optimism is pretty much the default setting for most of Bulldog Nation this time of year, there are good reasons for fans to think their expectations and/or hopes are justified in 2018.

    Of course, there also are a few reasons that fans perhaps ought to temper their optimism just a tad.

    Despite all those reasons for optimism, there also are valid concerns at this point. Among them …

    No Chubb and Michel. While Swift was impressive in limited use last year, we haven’t seen yet how he’ll handle carrying the increased load as the primary back. And, you don’t lose the experience of a couple of record-setting senior tailbacks without feeling some impact.

    No Roquan Smith. The entire starting linebacking corps is gone, most notably the All-American Smith, and the Dawgs aren’t likely to find the “next Roquan” this season.
  • #22 by jbcarol on 26 Jul 2018
  • #23 by jbcarol on 02 Aug 2018
  • https://amp.clarionledger.com/amp/878563002

    1. Bama

    4. UG

    10. AU

    18. MS

    24. LS

    Other:

    26. SC
    27. UF
    31. A&M
    43. UK

  • #24 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2018
  • https://amp.tennessean.com/amp/889161002

    How Vandy could lose all 12 games in 2018.
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     6h6 hours ago

    SEC power rankings (from a gambling perspective) https://trib.al/UI1H5Qq
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    Among handicappers, power rankings are simple. If Team A ranks higher than Team B, Team A should be the betting favorite on a neutral field as of that day. Good gambling power rankings involve months of research and number-crunching, yet can change at a moment's notice...

    No. 14 Vanderbilt (No. 72, 3.5 wins)
    The Commodores need to win a pair of probably-close games in Weeks 1 and 2 because I have them favored just once the rest of the year.

    No. 13 Tennessee (No. 61, 5 wins)
    No-nonsense new coach Jeremy Pruitt will need patience, because I don't expect a bowl appearance. I project Tennessee as a double-digit underdog in 6 games, and the Vols may have just 3 wins before facing Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt in consecutive weeks to close the season.

    No. 7 LSU (No. 27, 6.5 wins)
    It's hard to find more than 25 teams that should be favored over LSU. But the schedule is B-R-U-T-A-L.

    No. 4 Mississippi State (No. 16, 8.5 wins)
    I project the Bulldogs as favorites in 10 of 12 games, with four by a margin of a touchdown or less. If you geek out for big uglies at the line of scrimmage...

    No. 1 Alabama (No. 1, 11 wins)
    Alabama will be a double-digit favorite in 11 of 12 games, and I made the Tide a 7.5-point favorite against Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
  • #29 by jbcarol on 17 Aug 2018
  • Brandon Zimmerman
    ‏@BZSEC

    Brandon Zimmerman Retweeted Pat Smith
    Preseason predictions are always (mostly) identical, and preseason predictions in this crazy sport are always 75% wrong. Refreshing to see something different.

    Pat Smith
    ‏@patsmithradio

    Oh my! CBS Sports College FB Analyst @JonesN4mo has Florida in the CFP.
  • #30 by DeltaBoy on 17 Aug 2018
  • Nothing like being the Underhogs.
  • #31 by jbcarol on 20 Aug 2018
  • https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll

    1. UA
    3. UG
    9. AU
    18. MS
    25. LS

    Others:
    26. SC
    27. UF
    33. A&M
    42. UK


  • #32 by jbcarol on 21 Aug 2018
  • #33 by jbcarol on 23 Aug 2018
  • College football odds shift on news of Urban

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    Ohio State's odds to win the CFP national championship went from +850 (17/2) to +750 (15/2).

    With that move, Alabama's odds moved from +200 (2/1) to +210 (21/10.

    Lastly, Ohio State sees a slight increase in making the four-team playoff from +130 (13/10) to +120 (6/5).

    "These moves can be attributed to the influx of action on Ohio State as well as the fact that we believed that there would be much stiffer penalties for coach Meyer and most of the prices factored in that he would be missing a significant part of the season," Bradley explained. "With him only missing three games they should win easily, most odds on Ohio State have moved back to where they were before this story broke and some even beyond that."
  • #34 by jbcarol on 26 Aug 2018
  • Brandon Zimmerman
    ‏@BZSEC

    UGA's No. 3 ranking a bit aggressive, IMO. Dawgs lost 31 seniors, top RB duo & LB in school history... Smart’s No. 3/No. 1 recruiting classes still So./Fr... LB corps, DL depth, leadership are ?s... Predicting 10-2 regular season. Dawgs a major 2019 nat'l title contender, though

    Fun fact: Kirby Smart has started a true freshman at QB in 26 of 28 games as a head coach.
  • #35 by jbcarol on 04 Sep 2018
  • https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll/2019/2

    1. Bama
    3. UG
    7. AU
    11. LSU
    18. MSSt.
    24. SC
    25. UF

    Others: 28. A&M
    31. Ole Miss
  • #36 by jbcarol on 09 Sep 2018
  • http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/football/polls/coaches-poll

    1. Bama
    3. UG
    7. AU
    13. LS
    16. MS
    Dropped out: SC

    Others: 26. A&M; 29. SC; 31. UK; 43. Mizzou; T-44. Vandy
  • #37 by jbcarol on 16 Sep 2018
  • Only 3 SEC teams in the Top 6

    https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll/2019/4

    1. UA
    2. UG
    6. LS
    9. AU
    14. MS
    22. AM

    Others: 31. UK, 36. MU, 40. SC
  • #38 by jbcarol on 23 Sep 2018
  • https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ap-top-25-poll-kentucky-rejoins-college-football-rankings-for-the-first-time-since-2007

    1. Bama
    2. UG
    5. LSU
    10. AU
    17. UK
    23. MS

    Other: 31. A&M, 33. SC, 34. UF, 41. OM, 42, MU

    No vote: Vandy, Ark, Vols
  • #39 by jbcarol on 30 Sep 2018
  • College football bowl projections

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    CFP 
    Cotton: Bama v. Oklahoma

    Selection Committee Bowl Games
    Sugar: UGa v. WVU  (You can't spell Sugar without "U-G-A")

    Peach: LSU v. Notre Dame

    Nine teams are currently sitting at 5-0, including four from the SEC.  Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma can each become bowl eligible with wins next week.

    And the rest
    Citrus: Auburn v. Wisconsin

    Outback: Florida v. MichSt.

    TaxSlayer: Kentucky v. Michigan

    Liberty: KansasSt. v. USC

    Belk: MissSt v. VPI

    Music City: Mizzou v. NCState

    Texas: A&M v. IowaSt

    SEC Affiliate Bowls projected to not have an SEC representative
    Independence

    Birmingham

    SEC Schools not projected to be bowl eligible:

    Ole Miss
    Vandy
    Tennessee
    Arkansas
  • #40 by jbcarol on 30 Sep 2018
  • https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll/2019/6

    1. UA
    2. UG
    5. LS
    8. AU
    13. UK
    22. UF

    Other
    31. AM
    36. MU
    37. MS
  • #41 by jbcarol on 07 Oct 2018
  • College football bowl projections

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    CFP 
    Cotton: Bama v. Notre Dame

    Selection Committee Bowl Games
    Sugar: UGa v. OU  (You can't spell Sugar without "U-G-A")

    Peach: LSU v. WVU

    LSU is projected to be 9-3, while Kentucky and Florida are now each projected to be 10-2.  This is that case I was talking about before.  I'm projecting LSU would get the nod because of strength of schedule.

    These three teams each have two quality opponents in common.  They will have all defeated Mississippi State and lost to Georgia.  LSU will have also played projected ACC runner-up Miami, which they destroyed to start the season, and Alabama, of course.  The Crimson Tide provide that extra loss for the Tigers. LSU also has a win at Auburn.

    Florida was able to play both Kentucky and LSU at home and split the games.  The Gators only have Georgia as a guaranteed ranked team remaining on their schedule, and they are one of the few FBS teams this season playing two FCS opponents. Kentucky, which lost at Texas A&M in overtime on Saturday, does not have a quality opponent in nonconference play.  The Gators and Wildcats each have an in-state rivalry game that is usually better than it appears to be this season. As such, I am sticking with LSU for that last spot in the New Year's Six games. For now. 

    There are currently 75 teams expected to be eligible for the 78 bowl bids available this season.

    And the rest
    Citrus: Florida v Wisconsin

    Outback (CEO is UK grad): Kentucky v. MichSt.

    TaxSlayer:  Auburn v. Michigan

    Liberty:  USC v. OkSt.

    Park Belk:  Mizzou v. NCState

    Music City:  MissSt. v. VPI

    Texas: A&M v. TTech

    SEC Affiliate Bowls projected to not have an SEC representative
    Independence

    Birmingham

    SEC Schools not projected to be bowl eligible:

    Ole Miss
    Vandy
    Tennessee
    Arkansas
  • #42 by jbcarol on 07 Oct 2018
  • AP Top 25
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    Three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday. Read about the movement in the AP Top 25:
    Alabama stayed No. 1, with 59 first-place votes and Georgia remained No. 2. No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Clemson each received a first-place vote from the media panel.

    13. LS
    14. UF
    18. UK
    21. AU
    22. AM
    24. MS
    Other receiving vote(s): SC
  • #43 by jbcarol on 08 Oct 2018
  • #44 by jbcarol on 09 Oct 2018
  • https://www.kentucky.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sidelines-with-john-clay/article219660555.html

    Hogs have played nine #1 teams in the last ten seasons.

    Other SEC ranking notes.
  • #45 by jbcarol on 14 Oct 2018
  • https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll/2018/8

    1. UA
    5. LS
    8. UG
    11. UF
    14. UK
    17. AM
    22. MS



  • #46 by jbcarol on 21 Oct 2018
  • #47 by jbcarol on 21 Oct 2018
  • https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll/2018/9

    1. UA
    4. LSU
    7. UG
    9. UF
    12. UK
    16. A&M

    Other:
    36. AU
    37. MS
  • #48 by jbcarol on 28 Oct 2018
  • https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll/2018/10

    1. UA
    4. LSU
    6. UG
    11. UK
    13. UF
    21. MS
    25. A&M

    Others: 38. AU
  • #49 by jbcarol on 30 Oct 2018
  • #50 by jbcarol on 04 Nov 2018
  • Phil Steele
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    Just got word from the fabulous Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. @LVSuperBook  SEC title game Alabama -13.5 over Georgia.
    Thanks @JayKornegay !!!
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