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College Football: Social Saturday Live Game DayCoverage – Week 1 – #DYCGameDay


 

This is a new one for us, so who knows how it will work out, but I think it could be fun.  Over the course of the day we will periodically update what we’re watching, what we’re seeing and what we’re doing.  More importantly, however, we want your thoughts.  Tweet using the hashtag #DYCGameDay and tell us what you’re watching, what you liking, etc. and we’ll throw it up on this live feed.  It’s that easy.

 

5:08 p.m. – Andrew

This West Virginia performance is stunning.  Ain’t no Mountaineer ever been ‘fraid of no Tide.

Unrelated: go here to get to my live Georgia/Clemson blog.

 

3:52 p.m. – Andrew

Alas, my upset darlings Navy and Georgia Southern came up short.  Nonetheless, the early games offered plenty of entertainment.  A few final scores of interest:

  • Penn State 26, UCF 24
  • UCLA 28, Virginia 20
  • North Dakota State 34, Iowa State 14
  • Michigan 52, App State 14
  • Ohio State 34, Navy 17
  • Kentucky 59, Tennessee-Martin 14
  • NC State 24, Georgia Southern 23
  • Georgia Tech 38, Wofford 19

 

Viewing Priorities:

  1. Alabama vs. West Virginia: Tied 3-3 after one possession for each team.  Mountaineers are driving.
  2. Auburn vs. Arkansas – a few minutes away on SEC Network
  3. Missouri vs. South Dakota State – this was my upset alert half-way pick.

 

I’ll be starting a live blog at Bleacher Report for the Georgia/Auburn game in about 40 minutes. Link forthcoming but I’ll be absent for the most part during that game.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

3:22 p.m. – Andrew

UCLA’s struggles against Virginia should not be overlooked.  I will dwell on that for the remainder of the season.  Trust me.

But on to what matters, can Georgia Southern hold on???

 

From the Tweets

 

 

2:57 p.m. – Andrew

Huge fourth down conversion for Ohio State.  I love the fact that I can say that and mean it and the game is still up for grabs.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

2:45 p.m. – Andrew

Georgia Southern continues to lead by 10 points.  If Southern and Navy pull off these wins Paul Johnson will get a contract extension at Georgia Tech by association to the triple-option offense.  Somehow, Tech fans will claim that the Yellow Jackets are 2-0 with wins over NC State and Ohio State.

Navy gets an FG and trails 20-17.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

2:35 p.m. – Andrew

In theory, Ohio State could be what people think Ohio State is at any time and bust them open.  In practice, Navy has looked ….Damn.  as I typed that a bomb went off.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

 

2:15 p.m. – Andrew

FOOTBALL IS FUN!

 

From the Tweets

 

 

1:50 p.m. – Andrew

Them Georgia Southern Eagles, though.  Not that NC State should have been expected to not disappoint, but still.  A 17-3 edge for Georgia Southern really might be insurmountable given the Eagles’ affinity for holding the football.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

1:37 p.m.  – Andrew

I’m not sure that the literal three points left off the board there will cost Navy this game, but the momentum lost certainly hurts.  Some clock management issues and a missed field goal sucked some wind out of what was a stellar first half for the Midshipmen.

Elsewhere, UCLA has really opened things up thanks to a host of huge defensive plays.

New fun game to watch: Georgia Southern leading NC State 10-3.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

1:18 p.m. – Andrew

Jason Smith has breaking Georgia/Clemson news…

 

 

1:10 p.m. – Andrew

Just when Ohio State was starting to “look like” Ohio State, Navy came up with a huge interception inside the five-yard line.  Reading that flat route was incredibly impressive.  Instinctive, athletic, well-executed.  That’s Navy football right now.

Virginia continues to keep things interesting.  UCLA holds a 7-3 advantage, but the Bruins certainly aren’t looking like a Top 5 team against a foe that’s won just a handful of games over the past two seasons.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

12:48 p.m. – Andrew

“Navy’s got athletes, too,” as Gary Danielson just pointed out a few moments ago.  And those athletes are doing work.  The Midshipmen currently lead 7-3 early in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, Michigan is comfortably up 14-0 and thus getting bumped out of my viewing rotation.

Quite pleasantly, Virginia is looking tough against UCLA.  The Bruins just went ahead 7-0.

 

From the Tweets

 

12:10 p.m. – Andrew

My early game priorities are as follow:

  1. Ohio State vs. Navy – Because why not?  Navy’s definitely covering and nothing would be more magical than the Buckeyes following, except maybe…
  2. Michigan vs. App State – It can’t happen again, can it?  Admittedly this won’t be on the radar for long (unless the Mountaineers do work), but it’s still fun.
  3. UCLA vs. Virginia – UCLA is a trendy playoff pick and Virginia is Virginia.  Could get ugly, but I want to see the Bruins play.
  4. Tennessee-Martin vs. Kentucky – Wildcats pickup a rare win here, I expect.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

 

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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

 

That’s all I got/

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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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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!

frozen

 

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.

vandy way

 

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.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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Georgia Football- How They’ll Finish: A Game-By-Game Breakdown of the SEC


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There’s one day left until college football. It’s time to put my proverbial (not actual!) neck on the line.

This is never a fun project. With the picks below, I will inevitably piss off every single fanbase in the SEC, including my own. Going game-by-game, one has to go back and figure out why there are somehow more SEC wins than losses, determine what the heck happened in projecting Missouri to win 9 games (this happened to me last year), and try to be somewhat vague while providing some meaningful analysis.

In case you were wondering what the process was for this (for you do-it-yourselfers):

1) Print the SEC helmet schedule (yes, its part of my real estate mailer. Shameless self-promotion alert, tell your friends and family.)
2) Grab two highlighters. One for wins, one for losses.
3) Go through and highlight the nonconference games. For what it’s worth, I have the SEC going 50-6 in nonconference games. Nice scheduling, as there are maybe 13-15 games that are remotely in question. A grand total of 11 power conference opponents among 14 teams. So, yeah.
4) Start going game-by-game, week-by-week. That way you can pick out trends like, “lucky for Tennessee they get Chattanooga after Oklahoma/Georgia/Florida.”
5) Hedge. I don’t think South Carolina is going to go 12-0 this year, but I have them as a favorite in every game. I like the fact that they go to Auburn, so I’ll give the Warm Beagles the slight edge.

SEC East: Cocks, Dawgs, then chaos

1) South Carolina 11-1 (7-1)- like I said, I can’t pick them to go unbeaten, but I can pick them to win the East by way of beating a young Georgia secondary at home in 17 days. My hedge loss for them is a late-season stumble at Florida, because HEY WHY NOT. Auburn, Georgia, and Clemson (who’s losing by 17 per in the past 5 to SC) rank as 1-3 on what I’d call the ‘most likely loss’ scale.
2) Georgia 10-2 (6-2)- Outright loss to South Cack, hedge loss to Auburn. I reserve the right to reverse the 2 and 0 in the overall record if the secondary and o-line show out on Saturday.
3) Florida 7-5 (4-4)- The beneficiary of the hedge win against SC, they are one of Vanderbilt’s 3 SEC victims on the other side of the ledger. Do seven wins over Idaho, EMU, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mizzou, SC, and Eastern Kentucky save Will Muschamp’s job?
4) Vanderbilt 7-5 (3-5)- For me, they were the toughest team to peg. They have upperclassman talent left from the James Franklin era, and could keep right on (anchoring?) but I think a slight step back is in order. They did schedule 4 nonconference wins, so I expect them to go bowling either way.
5) Missouri 6-6 (3-5)- Either UCF or Indiana knocks them off nonconference. Then they open SEC play with SC, Georgia and Florida in consecutive games. After establishing momentum with home wins over Vandy and UK, they get a bye, after which I’d pick them to beat Texas A&M if they were at home. But hey, they get Arkansas to make for probably the easiest cross-conference schedule in the East.
6) Tennessee 5-7 (2-6)- BUTCH JONES GON (almost) GET DEM DERE VAWLS BOWLING Y’ALL! The team is talented enough to go bowling, just not with this schedule. Week 1 is a tricky game against Utah State. Over a 7-game stretch, they play Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama, and South Carolina (all losses!). I think they beat Kentucky and Missouri, but fall just short yet again.
7) Kentucky 4-8 (1-7)- UT Martin, Ohio, a hedge win over Vandy, and Funroe. And a bunch of pain outside of that.

SEC West: It’s really hard to distinguish between Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, and A&M

1) Alabama 11-1 (7-1)- Should be favored in every game they play, with a hedge loss at Ole Miss. Of which I’m like, 25% confident. Oh well.
2) LSU 10-2 (6-2)- Apparently Les Miles is in my head, as the experience on this team calls for 6 or 7 wins. Losses at Auburn and at home against Bama seem about right, although Wisconsin, Florida and A&M could all give them trouble away from Baton Rouge.
3) Ole Miss 9-3 (5-3)- So with the extreme hedge win over Bama, they got the EXTREME hedge loss to Arkansas. I think they’re a 5-win SEC team either way, although the second stretch of their schedule (Alabama, at A&M, Tennessee, at LSU, Auburn) borders on brutal. Thank god for Tennessee.
4) Auburn 8-4 (5-3)- The shame of it is, I have Auburn losing 3 SEC games and beating Georgia. PROVE ME WRONG, DAWGS (and perhaps unreasonably tempered expectations). Weird things happen on Thursday nights, especially in desolate places such as Manhattan, KS, so I have K-State beating them. South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Bama make it 4, because these guys are not as good as they showed last year. I think. I hope.
5) Texas A&M 8-4 (4-4)- Tough to nail down sans Johnny Football, I’m taking a slight leap of faith on their talent. Three road losses to South Carolina, Bama, and Auburn seem obvious, and LSU was the toss-up I have going not-their-way.
6) Mississippi St. 6-6 (2-6)- I refuse to believe that this is better than a 7-8 win program, and Dan Mullen’s hilarious record against the SEC West (7-21) scares me from getting to excited about their easy East slate of Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
7) Arkansas 4-8 (1-7)- I firmly believe that this is too good a team to not win at LEAST 1 game, although they’re still quite bad. Unfortunately, most of their winnable games are on the road. Hence the late-season ‘nothing to lose’ Ole Miss hedge. They almost did it at LSU last year.

SEC Championship Game/Postseason Picture

Obviously, I have Alabama/South Carolina playing for a playoff bid. Alabama wins it, but its a fairly close game. Call it 27-19 Tide. Since the rest of the league so sufficiently beat up on each other, AND since the selection committee is likely to lean towards conference champions in the first year of the CFP, the SEC will not get two teams in. Repeat, accept, repeat. The. SEC. Will. Not. Get. Two. Teams. Into. The. Playoff.*

* Frankly, they totally could in a scenario where the B1G beats up on a depleted Ohio State and still not-that-talented Michigan State, the big boys in the Pac-12 (UCLA/Stanford/Oregon) hand each other multiple losses, and the Big XII well, Big XII’s.

CFP Semifinal- Alabama (12-1)
Orange Bowl (or maybe Peach, depending on how the B1G and Notre Dame shake out)- Georgia (10-2)
Capitol One- South Carolina (11-2)
Outback- Ole Miss (9-3) by virtue of LSU having gone the past two years.
Gator- NOT GEORGIA V. NEBRASKA! LSU (10-2)
Music City- Auburn (8-4)
Liberty-
Texas A&M (8-4)
Belk-
Florida (7-5)
Texas- 
Vanderbilt (7-5)

Obviously, any bowl-eligible SEC team will find a spot somewhere, so beyond the SEC tie-ins Missouri and Mississippi State will be playing somewhere.

 

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