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SEC Football: How Will Your Team Do in 2014? Here’s All You Need to Know

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We’ve already got several previews up for Week 1:


But if you’re still not sure what to expect, you should know that we spent 42 days (three days on each team) previewing each of the SEC’s fourteen teams.  Here’s what you may have missed.

2014 SEC Football Team Previews


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DudeYouGamblin': Five Favorable Betting Lines for Week 1

As Daniel Palmer has said many times on this site, we don’t encourage gambling, but recognize that we can’t curtail all degenerate behavior. As a value added to the already awesome service of being your source for Georgia football, I’m going to try to pick out five betting lines each week that could theoretically (were gambling legal, or if you could find an outlet) win you some dolla dolla bills.

Week 1 is always a tough nut to crack. Its impossible to predict which new starting QB will go gangbusters and which will throw four picks, which team will have 17 penalties and derail an otherwise promising line, and the nature of week 1: I know Idaho is going to get slaughtered, but will it be by 30 or 40 points? 

Having said all that, I’m going to ramp down expectations for the week and pray for the folks that take my word as gospel for two reasons:
– I want you to make money.
– I really think you should get on board with a more credible source of words.

1) Ole Miss (-10.5) over Boise State

This one has all the elements. Boise’s only three games against even remotely comparable talent to Mississippi’s last year were all losses by more than 10.5: 38-6 against Washington, 37-20 against BYU (like I said, remotely), and 38-23 against Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl. They lose coach Chris Pederson and replace him with a guy who is a lot more spread-oriented in his philosophy, which could lead to some mistakes. Meanwhile, many (myself included) expect a major step forward for the Black Bears.

2) Houston (-10.5) over UT-San Antonio

Last year, Houston won this matchup by 31 in San Antonio. This year, the game is being played in Houston. More importantly, just last night I called Andrew the “Larry Coker of sports podcasts”, and this gives you reason to watch football on Friday night, if you’re so compelled. I’m not compelled, but hey it’s out there.

3) Auburn over Arkansas (+19.5)

To be clear, I still have Auburn moneyline. But Arkansas should be one of those ‘not quite winning but much improved’ teams this year, and Nick Marshall is likely to miss A WHOLE PLAY of action following his marijuana ‘citation’. I feel really good about this one, which means I’m probably wrong.

4) Florida over Idaho (+36.5)

Yeah, I know Florida has a new OC in Kurt Roper that should allegedly boost their scoring. But Will Muschamp is still the coach, the ball is going to stay on the ground, and the clock is going to run. Florida topped out at 31 points last year in a win over Tennessee. A 34-0 or 38-3 score here seems likely, so give me Idaho.

5) Southern Cal over Fresno State (+22)

Fresno may be the best non-Power 5 team out there this year, and possesses two solid transfer quarterbacks who should ably replace departed Derek Carr. S.C. is ridiculously talented, but still remains somewhat enigmatic in the Lane Kiffin fallout.

SEASON RECORD: 0-0 LAST WEEK: 0-0 (because…obviously.)

Weekly Staff Preview: Every Writer Predicts Every SEC Game

This is the first week of throwing these up, so the contest is obviously wide open with every DYC contributor tied at 0.  In any event, the predicted winner of every game played by an SEC team in Week 1 can be found in the table.  Teams listed in bold are the “consensus” winner.


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Georgia Football: From worst to first?, Getting to Know the Star Position, Marshall Morgan: The X-Factor – Daily Dose of Dawg

Photo courtesy of Jason Getz / AJC

Photo courtesy of Jason Getz / AJC

Dawgs Defense WILL Have a Positive Turnover Margin This Year

Last year the Georgia defense finished 102nd nationally in the turnover margin. That’s pretty sad when you consider there were only 120 teams. As a team, the Bulldogs only forced fifteen turnovers the whole year, and besides the now Louisville Cardinal, Shaq Wiggins, no Georgia player had more than one interception. This year Jeremy Pruitt is emphasizing the importance of turnovers, and I think his scheme will help greatly. His Florida State defense last year finished 3rd in the nation with a turnover margin of +17. Compare that to Todd Grantham’s -7, and you can see why Richt was so eager to hire Pruitt. Georgia may not end up number one when it comes to winning the turnover battle, but I expect to see a HUGE improvement this year.

Gentry Estes has the story here.


What Exactly Is the Star Position?

Bob Miller of Bulldawg Illustrated wrote a terrific piece explaining to Georgia fans what the “star” position is. Unlike Todd Grantham, Pruitt is going to use an athletic DB for the position rather than a LB or S who will bat the ball up in the air allowing Auburn to get a lucky prayer and win the game with twenty-five seconds left (think Josh Harvey-Clemons).

If that interests you, Miller also wrote another interesting article explaining Pruitt’s new “money” position.


Have No Fear, Morgan Is Here!

Speaking of Auburn’s luck, on Wednesday, Mark Richt made the team practice the missed field goal play from last year.  He had Marshall Morgan line up to take a 60 yard kick and encouraged him to try to make it.  To no one’s suprise, Marshall nailed it.

Marshall Morgan was perhaps the most underrated player on this entire Georgia team last year. He connected on 22 of 24 kicks and only missed one the entire season from under 50 yards. He is going to be a major part of this Georgia team, and could be wind up being a huge factor in the upcoming Clemson game. I would also love to see him come up big in the Auburn game. Now I want to beat Auburn by 100 this year, no doubt about it, but it would make my heart do backflips if Marshall connected on a 60-yard field goal to win the game, just when the War Damn Eagle Tigers were expecting to return another one.

Chip Towers of the AJC has the practice play story here.

Week 1 SEC Preview: Missouri on Upset Alert? Cocks or Aggies Replacing More? Florida Meets New Vandals and Much More

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When I first started DudeYouCrazy in 2010, my weekly previews of the SEC were my favorite pieces to write.  Somewhere along the way I got off track on those, but I’m hoping to get back this year.  As it stands, Chad Floyd has already published a thorough college football viewing guide.  I’ll do my best not to step on his toes, but I make no promises.  Additionally, this isn’t the time or place for super-deep analysis so much as it is a breeding ground for snark.  So here we go.


#21 Texas A&M at #9 South Carolina – Tonight, 6 PM on SEC Network

With all due respect to my home state Georgia State Panthers (who played last night), this is the beginning of everything.

  • The beginning of college football games that matter.
  • The beginning of SEC Network coverage.
  • The beginning of life after Clowney for the Gamecocks
  • The beginning of life after Johnny Football for the Aggies.
  • The beginning of “Sandstorm” at Williams-Brice Stadium, because that song is new every year in Columbia.

Truth be told, I’m cooler on both of these teams than most of the world – and that might be a bad thing.

For South Carolina, I still have doubts about sustainability after the departure of Clowney (the best player in the team’s history) and Connor Shaw (best QB—at least at winning games—in school history).  Those losses, combined with the Cocks’ affinity for late season missteps have me somewhat lukewarm.

On the other sideline, how does anyone replace Johnny Manziel?  Not to get sappy, but we’ve never seen another player like him.  He accounted for 9,989 yards of total offense over a two year career and I’m pretty sure he intentionally left that total 11 yards shy of 10k just to screw with us.  If ever a player was built for walking into hostile environment and performing on a brand new network by sticking a middle finger up at everyone watching—both in person and on TV—it was Manziel.  So in a way, fans have already lost.


In any event, the questions with South Carolina are far fewer and less significant than those posed to A&M.  Dylan Thompson isn’t Connor Shaw, but he’s been damn good as a backup and this time last year seemed poised to stir up the kind of QB controversy Spurrier loves to hate to love to hate to love to create to love to hate.  Meanwhile, Mike Davis may be the nation’s best running back not named [Insert Georgia or Alabama running back names here].

South Carolina wins but in the process we learn more about A&M (and who the Aggies aren’t) than we do about the Cocks.


Boise State vs. #18 Ole Miss – Tonight, 8 PM on ESPN

Speaking of teams that might be ranked too high…hello Ole Miss!  Expectations are sky-high for Hugh Freeze’s club this year.  Apparently a few stout recruiting classes and a sixth-place finish in the SEC West get you where you want to be.  For the second consecutive season, Rebels’ fans are chanting about “momentum” and they’ve certainly come a long way—at least in theory and enthusiasm.  But again, sixth place in the division doesn’t get rings.  Let it go!



Ole Miss is talented.  Their one-deep depth chart is damn impressive, but a one-deep depth chart doesn’t have depth and that’s my concern.  Don’t misread me: this is a good team, and it could be a great team (especially if everyone stays healthy and Freeze pulls an upset or two).  But I think a Top 20 ranking is a bit premature.  That being said, I don’t see the Rebels losing until October as a four-game stretch featuring Boise State, Vandy, LA-Lafayette and Memphis seems awfully passable.  More than anything else, that’s what worries me about the Rebs’ lofty preseason ranking.  If they come in at 18 now, where will they be when they’re 4-0?

As for this game itself, I’d like to think Boise “magic” has died off.  I remember the pain of the Broncos’ last visit to the Georgia Dome all too well.  Although I’m not an Ole Miss fan or a Rebel apologist in any way, form or fashion, I’d like them to put the Broncos back in their place as a service to the rest of college football.

Ole Miss wins comfortably in a game that we will be covering live from the Dome.


Vanderbilt vs. Temple – Tonight, 9:15 PM on SEC Network

The post-James Franklin Era begins in the least dramatic fashion possible as the Commodores will storm past Temple tonight.  Hopefully that gives way more formally to the Derek Mason Era.

I don’t know quite what to expect out of Vandy this year because Franklin seemed like the perfect counter-balance to everything Vanderbilt was and is, and as a result he hyped up his team to something much better than any of us would have dreamed five years ago.  Mason, meanwhile, is exactly what Vanderbilt was and is—even down to the bowtie.  That may or may not be a bad thing.

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Fortunately, we’ll have a pretty good idea by season’s end as the talent pool at Vandy remains at an all-time high.

In the interim, Vanderbilt wins against Temple.


Kentucky vs. Tennessee-Martin – Saturday, 12 PM on SEC Network

Out of pur dignity I refuse to talk at length about Tennessee-Martin, so let’s just call this one of Kentucky’s three wins for the year and move on.


Missouri vs. South Dakota State – Saturday, 3:30 PM on ESPNU

Is it bad that I was greatly tempted to pick this game as an upset?  I think it’s bad.

I’ve exhausted this point, but Missouri has a lot of holes.  A whole lot of holes.

The Jackrabbits (not a joke), meanwhile, return a lot.  Austin Sumner, a 6’5, 235 pound senior is back at quarterback.  All he did last year was throw for 3,000 yards and 19 TDs while adding 300 yards on the ground and two rushing scores.  Even more importantly, Zach Zenner, a bruiser of a white tailback is back.  Zenner is the only player in FCS history to rush for 2,000 yards in two different seasons.  Over the past two years Zenner has racked up 4,611 yards of offense and 38 TDs.  Todd Gurley who?

This is real.

This is real.


I’m almost kidding about the upset, but this is a good FCS team.  The Jackrabbits put up 20 against Nebraska last year.  Hell, Georgia didn’t even do that.

Ultimately, Mizzou wins.  But this could be interesting for a few minutes.


#2 Alabama vs. West Virginia – Saturday, 3:30 PM on ACB and ESPN2

West Virginia’s QB came out this week and said he once kissed Nick Saban’s daughter.  I can think of a thousand reasons why I wouldn’t have said that publicly, not the least of which are as follows:

  1. She’s Nick Saban’s daughter.
  2. You are playing Nick Saban’s team.
  3. She’s kind of crazy from what I hear.
  4. She’s Nick Saban’s daughter.

This game wasn’t ever going to come down to kissing and/or family (sorry, West Virginia!), but I really hope that the broadcast team makes it about that.  In fact, I kind of expect they will.

My #HotSportsTake for after the game: Saban Avenges Stolen Kisses on Daughter’s Behalf

Also, Alabama wins.


Arkansas at #6 Auburn – Saturday, 4:00 PM on SEC Network

Nick Marshall isn’t starting.  Gus Malzahn has made that clear.  But unless something else comes out, I still don’t think we know any length for his “suspension,” and unless Auburn isn’t Auburn any more I fully anticipate that suspension will be laughably short.

Part of me wishes the War Eagles/Tigers would play off their own stereotype and parody themselves by winning the coin toss, electing to defer, sending the defense out and then sending Marshall in for the first offensive series once the Auburn gets the ball back.  “We didn’t start Nick Marshall,” Malzahn would insist in his sit-com dad sweater/turtleneck/vest and glasses.  “He did not start the game.  Our defense started the game.  He did not start on defense.  He was part of the second unit to come in.  So, sue me.  Lawyer up, bitchez.”

That doesn’t really matter though, Arkansas is too one dimensional to contend with a much better team.  Auburn wins.


#16 Clemson at #12 Georgia – Saturday, 5:30 PM on ESPN

I’m coming at this one hard tomorrow.  For now here’s a teaser: Dawgs Win!

Also, we’ll be covering the game all day long so follow along.


Florida vs. Idaho – Saturday, 7 PM on ESPNU

Vandal (n.): a person who deliberately destroys or damages property

Typically when the word “vandal” is involved within a Muschamp-y context we’re talking about Florida’s offense.  But that unit is supposed to be better in 2014 as a third coordinator in three years will teach some old gators new tricks and be right at least twice a day.  That’s Florida’s philosophy on offense.

This game’s different though because the Vandals of Idaho are coming to The Swamp.  In theory, Florida shouldn’t have any trouble with Idaho.  But in theory, Florida should contend for national championships instead of losing to Georgia Southern.  So we literally have no idea what to expect any more.  Yes that was last season, but the man in charge then is still the man in charge now.

The Vandals were terrible in 2013 and I think we can count on the same level of output this year.  Florida wins.


Mississippi State vs. Southern Mississippi – Saturday, 7:30 PM on SEC Network

Thank goodness for the SEC Network, am I right?  Without this television revolution the nation’s most passionate college football fans would miss out on seeing Temple, Tennessee-Martin, Arkansas and Southern Miss play on opening weekend.  Those four teams combined for five wins against BCS level opponents in 2013 and one of those wins was one of the powerhouses in question (Arkansas) beating another (Southern Miss).

How bad is/was Southern Miss? The Golden Eagles went 0-12 in 2012 before opening 0-11 in 2013.  Oddly enough the team won 12 games in Larry Fedora’s final year with the program in 2011.  Ellis Johnson (a former DC at Miss State, S. Car and now at the head Auburn’s less-than-stellar defense) turned 12 wins into 0 in his lone year as the head coach in 2012.  Todd Monken improved the team infinitely by turning 0 wins into 1 win last year, and apparently that was enough for him to keep his job.

Mississippi State should be good, (wait for the *but rant) and will cruise by Southern Miss.  This won’t be a contest.

*But why is Dak Prescott getting Heisman hype?  Bleacher Report’s lead SEC writer, Barrett Sallee, tabbed him as a dark-horse candidate for college football’s grandest of all individual awards.  Vegas has his odds in the Top 10 among QBs and Top 20 overall.  Outside of a name that sounds like the beginning or end of an electronic device company, what’s Dak got?  His QB rating was 126.6 last year which should negate any of his dual-threat-ness.  His total offensive output in 2013 was roughly 267 yards per game and he averaged 2.27 scores per game.  He wasn’t “underrated” last year because of star QBS in the SEC like Murray, Manziel, Mettenberger and McCarron.  He was overlooked because his production was mediocre statistically.  And sure, it shouldn’t be all about numbers, but the offense he leads is downright unimpressive.  The Bulldogs averaged fewer than 23 points per game in SEC play.  Say no to Dak.  Say it early, say it often.


#13 LSU vs. #14 Wisconsin – Saturday, 9 PM on ESPN

I say this year-in and year-out, but LSU’s need to replace playmakers never presents a major concern.  Sure, the Tigers are without a lot heading into the season.  But that’s kind of the case every year.  Last year LSU won 10 games and beat eventual conference champ Auburn despite losing eight players to the 2013 NFL Draft and having five more players sign free agent deals.

LSU can consistently win 10 ball games in the most competitive division in college football.  Circumstance does not matter.  We can’t necessarily say the same thing about Wisconsin because the Badgers have struggled at times against elite opposition.

LSU will be an elite team in 2014.  That can be expected.  LSU will likely win this football game, but the main attraction may prove to be Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.  A trendy All-American pick, it will be interesting to see how Gordon holds up against an LSU defense that is used to the best RBs in the game.


Tennesee vs. Utah State – Sunday, 7 PM on SEC Network

Sign # 943 that Tennessee is Back, Y’all! – a Sunday night football game on opening weekend.

I’ll let the Vols slide from here out, but you should know that a number of my DYC colleagues have the Volunteers on upset alert.  Nothing would take the ugly orange wind out of some ugly orange sales quite as quick as an ugly big, embarrassing orange loss to Utah State.  And spoiler alert: Utah State isn’t half bad.  The Aggies won nine games last year and four of their five losses came to respectable football programs (Southern Cal, BYU, Boise State and Fresno State).

This is the kind of team that could—in theory—take advantage of a Tennessee team that is totally back but doesn’t totally have any offensive or defensive linemen back.  QB Chuckie Keeton, who threw for 3,373 yards in 2012, is back and ready to build on an injury-shortened 2013 campaign that saw him complete 69.4% of his passes while throwing 18 TDs and just 2 INTs in 5.2 games.

But again, Tennessee wins this.  Right?  I mean Tennessee is back.


Other Games of Interest – Top 25 vs. Top 25

Oh there aren’t any?  All the Top 25 vs. Top 25 games on college football’s opening weekend belong to the SEC and their weak-ass scheduling practices?  That can’t be.  But the SEC needs to play tougher schedules!!!

If you hate the SEC for its “weak” schedules, please remember this weekend.  The following ranked SEC teams are playing ranked opponents:

  • South Carolina
  • Texas A&M
  • Georgia
  • LSU

There is no ranked vs. ranked game this week that doesn’t feature the SEC.


Randomly Selected and Not Analyzed Upset Pick of the Week

SMU over Baylor.


Have fun this weekend and enjoy the action.  For what it’s worth, we’ll be covering pregame festivities at the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff  Game between Boise State and Ole Miss beginning today at 3 PM, so follow along on the Tweets for that.  Additionally, we’ll have all day GameDay coverage on the site on Saturday.


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