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jbcarol

2018 SEC Football Projections
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:09:05 am »

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
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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2018, 07:27:16 am »

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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.
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jbcarol

Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 06:39:00 pm »

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.
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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2018, 06:53:48 pm »

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...
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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 05:31:11 pm »


Michael Carvell
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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
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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 05:42:08 pm »

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
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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2018, 04:50:49 pm »

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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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2018, 05:26:21 pm »

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College football analyst Danny Sheridan on Arkansas: ‘It’s not a difficult job’  #WPS https://sec.news/2rN7bzn
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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2018, 06:50:20 am »

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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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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2018, 10:05:14 am »


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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.
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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2018, 08:52:25 am »

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Re: 2018 SEC Football Projections
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2018, 04:29:37 pm »

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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.
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