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SECual Healing: Saban Whining, Over/Unders, LSU QB Issues


According to my TimeHop, this is about the time where, in the past couple of years, Georgia has started to make the news in the offseason. This has not been a good thing as it has led to heavy personnel loss, and it is refreshing to *knocks on wood* not have surprise attrition in 2015. #In SchottenheimerWeTrust, I guess.

Anyhow, the big news of the week is Nick Saban caught a fish bigger than him whined about the Big Ten and their satellite camps, intruding on the SEC’s fertile recruiting ground. The goal of the league’s coaches is to have them banned by 2016, and Mike Slive/Greg Sankey are on record as saying that the SEC will allow them if other conferences continue to do so. The golf potential for Steve Spurrier in California, a return of Bret Bieliema to Wisconsin, and the prospect of Les Miles yukking it up somewhere in the Northeast all make this an exciting prospect for me.

On the heels of the Everett Golson rule, CAN WE PLEASE GET OUR LEAGUE BACK ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY?!?

Meanwhile, ESPN in an attention-grabbing headline says the SEC West hasn’t lost its luster. (Or bluster.) No s**t.

Finally, you know college football is at least on the horizon when you start getting over/unders. 5 Dimes, God bless ’em, was first to the party. Following is the divisions ranked by their projected line.

EAST
Georgia 9
Florida 7.5
Mizzou 7.5
Tennessee 7.5
South Carolina 7
Kentucky 6
Vanderbilt 3 (lol it’s funny but it’s not)

WEST
Alabama 9.5
Auburn 8.5
Arkansas 8.5
Ole Miss 8.5
LSU 8
Texas A&M 7.5
Mississippi State 7

Let’s just say there are some juicy potential bets in there.

From that: would a 5th place division finish put Les Miles on the hot seat? I think I agree with SBN’s Ian Boyd when he says it would definitely get much warmer.

SECual Healing: A Weekly Dose of SEC Football


There’s a major reason I’m glad I don’t write about sports professionally, even though I got an undergraduate degree in doing exactly that: I loathe fabricating news. The offseason in college football is all about that.

(So and so) was taking snaps with the first team offense today! Did he really unseat (established all-SEC veteran)?

Is (insert 5-star recruit) a secret commit?

Fortunately, if you sporadically send news as it comes along, you sacrifice page views but actually put out a decent snapshot of your subject matter! As such, here is the first SECual Healing.

Alabama

Big and Georgia-relevant news out of T-Town, as former UGA DT Jonathan Taylor was arrested on his second felony sexual assault charge. The story has become Nick Saban’s nonchalance in stating he was ‘giving Taylor a second chance’. I’m not touching this one, as there are no circumstances in which a man should lay a hand on a woman.

Rising sophomore RB Tyren Jones was booted for marijuana possession, which will hurt the Tide a lot more than Taylor’s absence. The sophomore was the logical ‘next in line’ after the T.J. Yeldon/Kenyan Drake/Derrick Henry triumvirate departs.

Hey, at least Alabama has a more stringent weed policy than Auburn.

LSU/Texas A&M

Staying in the SEC West, a must-read on new Texas A&M DC John Chavis, who bolted from LSU. Three major themes of note here:

1) The acrimony in the fallout of his departure from Baton Rouge, typical of any SEC-to-SEC coaching move;

2) A paradigm shift in the minds of defensive coordinators. Chavis felt that his defense had to be world-class to compete for the CFP, and left to coach opposite a hurry-up no-huddle offense at A&M. Historically, the overwhelming thought has been that that ruins a DC’s rep. In addition to Chavis’ move, Auburn hired Will Muschamp and (shameless UNC plug here because duh), Gene Chizik is the new DC in Chapel Hill. Three good opportunities to test this new theory.

3) Piggybacking on number 2, Chavis knew he could become the scapegoat with another underachieving D. But the talent he loses to early entry every year is insane. He lost 6 starters TO EARLY ENTRY ALONE prior to the 2014 season, and DT Ego Ferguson made 7 in last year’s draft.

Ole Miss

The Rebels shored up their linebacking corps by moving DE C.J. Johnson to a new position. The nation’s #1 scoring defense (speaking of HUNH offenses and their counterparts) looks to keep leveraging the depth from that one recruiting class that still makes no sense.

SEC East

Simply not as much excitement here, so I’ll link my rambling spring thoughts on South Carolina and Tennessee. Hoping to get to Florida and Mizzou this week, and the Alabama schools after that.

And finally…

A big shoutout to our editor-in-chief, who is now father to a beautiful baby girl.

Braxton Miller Possibly Transferring To Arkansas, Florida Targets A Head Coach, And More


Jim McElwain

I said back in November that McElwain is the most underrated coach in College football, and I thought he would get the nod for the Florida job. It has been reported that Jeremy Foley (Florida AD) met with McElwain today, and I am assuming he will at least have a formal job offer by the end of the week. If Florida does not get him, look for Michigan or Nebraska to reach out to the Colorado State coach soon. This could be a nightmare hire for the SEC East. Here is the report.

Pig Suey Braxton Miller?

If Braxton Miller were to transfer at the end of this season, do you think he would follow in Russell Wilson’s path and request the services of Brett Beilema? Imagine those running backs, with a QB that could actually keep a defense honest with the pass. If Arkansas had that against Mizzou, UGA might actually be in Atlanta this weekend. Here is the first report on the possibility of the Buckeye star coming to the SEC.

Tip Of The Cap To Muschamp

In his final press conference, Will Muschamp finally did not disappoint like his career at Florida. Muschamp has been a class act through this firing process, and I am sure he is going to be the most sought after defensive coordinator in the coming offseason. I just pray he does not go to Auburn. Imagine Muschamp and Malzahn on the same sideline? Talk about dangerous. Here is the final press conference of Will Muschamp.

 

 

-Alex

SEC Football: Music City Bowl For Dawgs, Auburn To The Outback?


 

Music City Or Bust 

I will be the first to tell you that Georgia had a disappointing year, but we can still win 10 games with a big bowl game win. 10 wins is a good year for most teams, and Georgia being projected  to go to the Music City Bowl is a complete insult.

 

Bowl Projections: 

  • College Football Playoff Semifinal (Sugar Bowl): Alabama vs Ohio State
  • Orange: Mississippi State vs Georgia Tech
  • Cotton: Ole Miss vs Baylor
  • Citrus: Mizzou vs Minnesota
  • Outback: Auburn vs Wisconsin
  • Music City: Georgia vs Maryland
  • TaxSlayer: LSU vs Boston College
  • Belk: Florida vs Notre Dame
  • Liberty: Tennessee vs Texas
  • Texas: Texas A&M vs West Virginia
  • Independence: Arkansas vs N.C. State
  • Birmingham: South Carolina vs Cincinnati

Biggest Issues: 

  1. Auburn should not be in the Outback Bowl over UGA. This is a four loss Auburn team who LOST TO UGA! Excuse me, DESTROYED by UGA. I will say Nashville is a much better city than Tampa Bay, but it is a little bit of an insult for UGA to play Maryland after beating Auburn.
  2. If there is anyway Texas and Texas A&M can play one another, it needs to happen. I am tired of this little cat fight between the schools, you are rivals, play each other.
  3. South Carolina does not deserve to go to a bowl over Georgia Southern. At All. South Carolina was picked by most (not me) to win the East, but instead they are barely bowl eligible. I just want to watch the world burn.

 

I understand UGA lost to SC and Florida, but they should still be rewarded for having a shot at another 10 win season. If there is a way for Auburn to not receive a bowl invite, that would be the only thing that could make me happy after receiving a Music City Bowl bid.

 

 

-Alex

Is the ACC Stronger than the SEC after 4-0 Weekend?


The ACC and the SEC both have two divisions.  If I want to be overly generic, each conference has a strong division and a week division.  In the ACC, the Atlantic division is Strong and the Coastal division is Weak.  In the SEC, the West is Strong and the East is Weak.

With that—and external data like division standings—in mind, the ACC’s “Sweep” of the SEC was really rather mundane this past weekend.

Here’s how the games looked at first glance:

  • ACC Florida State defeated SEC Florida.
  • ACC Clemson defeated SEC South Carolina.
  • ACC Louisville defeated SEC Kentucky.
  • ACC Georgia Tech defeated SEC Georgia.

 

But with some context, here’s what actually happened:

  • ACC Strong No. 1 defeated SEC Weak No. 3 by a score of 24-19 at home.
  • ACC Strong No 2. defeated SEC Weak No 4. 35-17 at home.
  • ACC Strong No. 3 defeated SEC Weak No. 6 44-40 at home.
  • ACC Weak No. 1 defeated SEC Weak No 2. on the road in overtime.

 

Which of those games was stunning?  Which of those outcomes were unanticipated?  Maybe all of them, but we aren’t comparing apples to apples in these matchups.  If we were:

  • Florida would have played 6-6 North Carolina instead of 12-0 Florida State.
  • South Carolina would have played 6-6 Pittsburgh instead of 9-3 Clemson.
  • Kentucky would have played 6-6 Virginia Tech instead of 9-3 Louisville.
  • Georgia would have played 9-3 Duke instead of 10-2 Georgia Tech.

 

Oh, and three of the four games wouldn’t have been on the road for the SEC.

So before you rally behind the ACC, ask yourself:

  • Would Florida State, the best team in the better division of the ACC, really beat Alabama, the best team in the SEC’s best division?  It’s possible, but Alabama beat the tar out of Florida (42-21) and FSU did not.
  • Would Clemson, the second-best team in the ACC’s weaker division, beat up on Georgia, the second-best team in the SEC’s weaker division?  No.  We don’t have to guess on this one.  Georgia beat Clemson 45-21.
  • Would Louisville, the third-best team in the ACC’s weaker division, really run through Florida, the SEC East’s third-best team?  I have no clue.  But seeing as Florida beat Kentucky by a larger margin than Louisville and played Florida State closer than Louisville, I can’t quite bet against the Gators.
  • And would Georgia Tech, the top seed in the ACC’s weaker division, whoop up on Missouri, the top contender from the SEC East?  To be speculate: it’s unlikely.  If there’s one thing we know about Missouri after the past six games, it’s that the Tigers don’t make stupid mistakes—you know, they type Georgia made time and time again against the Yellow Jackets.  Mizzou needed to go 6-0 in conference play to close out the season, and they did just that.  There was no margin for error and they made no errors.

 

So congratulations to the ACC.  You swept the weekend.  Teams much higher in your hierarchy beat lowly SEC teams.  You win.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

 

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