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Handicapping the SEC West: How I did.


This is the eleventh article reviewing the topics I deemed most important to the SEC before the season began.

The previous articles in this series can be found here:

 

The SEC West

As you probably saw, I did really well handicapping the SEC East before the season started.  I wasn’t quite as dominant in the West as you can see below.

Team DYC Projected Wins Actual Wins Vegas Spot Dude Win $?
Alabama 11-12 11 10.5 Yes
Arkansas 7-8 4 8.5 Yes
Auburn 6-7 3 7.5 Yes
LSU 10-11 10 10 No
Miss. State 7-8 7 7 Even
Ole Miss 2-3 6 3.5-5.5 No
A&M 7-8 10 7 Yes

 

But hey, four wins isn’t awful.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Auburn Football in One Picture: Remembering the Auburn / Georgia Game


This is the tenth of fourteen Post-Season Game Reviews focusing on the Dawgs’ performance.

Be sure to check out the other games in the series here:

 

Here is all you need to know about the 2012 and 2011 Georgia/Auburn games:

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That’s all I got/

Andrew

Power Shift: Honey Badger, Petrino, Florida’s Rise and Auburn’s Sucking Contribute to Rise of SEC East


In August of 2012 I broke down what I anticipated to be the 10 Biggest Storylines in the SEC.  This is the sixth installment.

I spent the bulk of last offseason reading and hearing about the SEC West.  “Alabama this, LSU that, Arkansas the other.”  And while I was reading those things and hearing those things four distinct things were happening:

  • Tyrann Mathieu was getting stoned out of his mind.
  • Bobby Petrino was pretending to be Evil Knievel with a new blonde sidekick.
  • Florida was getting better at tackle football.
  • Auburn was getting suckier at tackle football.

The end result?  The SEC East began to shift the power.

Mathieu was kicked off the team at LSU and Les Miles’ squad was left with a poor offense and a distinct void in the playmaking department.  Petrino was canned by Arkansas and the Razorbacks were rendered all but useless.

And, as I discussed back in August, Auburn took a step back and Florida took a step forward.  I just didn’t anticipate how freakishly large those steps were going to be.  As it turns out Auburn’s step back was a five game swing from eight total wins to three.  Florida’s step was a four game increase from seven to eleven wins.

So did the divisions level out a bit in 2012?  Absolutely.  Consider these points:

  • Of the seven SEC teams in the Final Coaches Poll Top-25 four (Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt) come from the East.
  • The order of those seven is: West, East, West, East, East, West, East – so there is some balance.
  • The 14 East vs. West matchups in 2012 were split 7-7.

Sure, Alabama won the national title, but as Georgia showed in the SEC Championship Game, the East wasn’t too far behind.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Exclusive Photo of Rodney Garner Leaving Athens


Yesterday Auburn hired former UGA Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Rodney Garner.  Garner has ties to Auburn – he played there in the 1980s and coached there briefly in the 1990s.  But, he’d been at the University of Georgia since January of 1998.  He’d survived head coaching changes and coordinator changes.  And, he’d done a good job.

But, the allure of the middle-of-nowhere town in Alabama and the unproven head coach and the disastrous record of Auburn in 2012 was just too much for him to turn down.

So just like that, Rodney Garner is gone.  With only a burning bag of dog poop to remember him by.

 

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That’s all I got/

Andrew

This Georgia fan is Devastated that Petrino Isn’t Going to be at Auburn


Auburn has taken a “win at all costs” mentality under current athletic director Jay Jacobs (and a history of NCAA allegations would indicate a much longer trend).  The Tigers have been the center of controversy (Cam Newton’s money and Nick Fairley’s altered high school transcript), turmoil (now looking for a third coach since 2008) and occasionally unparalleled success (Heisman Trophy and BCS National Championship in 2010).  Has Auburn done things the right way?  I’m not so sure.  But they have done things the Auburn way.

Bobby Petrino would have done things the Auburn way.  He would have lied (he secretly interviewed for an un-vacant position at Auburn while remaining the head coach at Louisville, he lied about taking the Atlanta Falcons job before taking it a few days later, he resigned mid-season in 2007 after telling the Falcons he wasn’t going anywhere days before he left for Arkansas).  He would have cheated  (ask his wife about that).  He would have recruited (ask his mistress’s fiancée about that).  He would have stabbed you in the back (Tubberville, Louisville, Atlanta and Arkansas could all serve as witnesses here).  And he would have even won some games (he’s 75-26 as a college head coach).

Bobby Petrino would have given Georgia fans further vindication in their hatred for Auburn.  Bobby Petrino would have given Auburn wins that would undoubtedly be followed by black eyes or even tire marks.  Bobby Petrino is the right man for Auburn.

Now we’re just stuck with the new Chizik and his nutso wife.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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