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Five things about the SEC heading into media days

Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:52 am
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1. South Carolina is this year's Auburn. Last year no one was talking about Auburn winning the SEC West, much less the national championship. Who is this year's Auburn? South Carolina isn't a bad place to start as this year's under-the-radar team. Sure, sure, the Gamecocks are favorites to win the SEC East but with (perhaps) three future pros on offense and the debut of Jadeveon Clowney on defense, they could go further. The coach sure has national championship experience.

2. Houston Nutt's seat is warm. Ole Miss' coach won nine games and the Cotton Bowl in each of his first two seasons. Last season things imploded as Mississippi fell to 4-8. The Jeremiah Masoli experiment failed, the defense was shredded and the Rebels lost again to Mississippi State. Will that be a blip on the radar or a trend? Nutt's teams always seem to play best when expectations are low. And they are low. It's hard to see the Rebs finishing higher than fifth in the SEC West.

3. Alabama can win a national championship with either quarterback. A.J. McCarron or Phillip Sims? Sims or McCarron? It doesn't matter. Play them both, which Nick Saban has hinted at. It doesn't matter. This Bama team is so solid otherwise that it can win with a game manager at quarterback. Trent Richardson is a Heisman Trophy candidate. The defense is nearing 2009 levels. Bama gets LSU at home in the game to settle it all. What's not to like? As long as McCarron and/or Sims don't start channeling Jordan Jefferson the Tide will roll.

4. It's all on Isaiah Crowell. Caleb King and Washaun Ealey are gone at Georgia. That means that Crowell, a true freshman sensation, is going to have to be this year's Marcus Lattimore. Or do we dare suggest another Herschel Walker when talking about SEC freshman breakout tailbacks? Crowell is the kid who pulled out a real, live bullpup when he committed to Georgia.  Now the question is, can he carry the program on his back?

5. When can Auburn really celebrate its national championship? Gene Chizik was slapped down last month by the NCAA enforcement director when he asked about the Cam Newton investigation. There is still the ongoing probe into the four former players who spoke out on HBO's Real Sports. News broke Wednesday that the NCAA was in Montgomery, Ala. in the last week of June conducting interviews. Tigers fans would like to finally celebrate this national championship without survivor's guilt.
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Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

Iowa needs to stick to what they do best...."corn".   Of course that itself is actually "suspect" in the Big 10 this year with the CORNhuskers coming into the conference!

I'll bet you a "bushel of corn" that South Carolina's "BIRD" goes further than yours does this year! 



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

Nope, no lucky plays before half this year. The better team, LSU, gets the victory.

You better hope that Tiger Stadium grass is good and lucky for Miles.  What's your record against Petrino?



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:42 am
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

ESPN is reporting a recruiting violaton aganst LSU.   No mention of it on the SEC broadcasting cbs website.
Yet you don't even realize the irony of ESPN, the Big-10 network essentially, "breaking" the story, just like ESPN never covered any of Ohio State's myriad infractions.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:40 am
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

Please quit talking, LSU will get smacked around by the Arkansas Razorbacks...again and we will take the Golden Boot back up to Fayetteville again.
Nope, no lucky plays before half this year.  The better team, LSU, gets the victory.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:38 am
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

Alabama won the NC in 2009 with a first year starter.  Your arugment doesn't hold water.  Both of Bama's QBs were in the top 5 QBs in the nation coming out of high school.  With Trent Richardson and a defense that won't allow many points, the QBs won't have to do much to win.
Of course the Peterson interception that was stolen away from LSU by the Alabama-employed replay official is the only reason they were even in the title game.  A big ol' asterik on that "title."



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

Alabama won the NC in 2009 with a first year starter.  Your arugment doesn't hold water.  Both of Bama's QBs were in the top 5 QBs in the nation coming out of high school.  With Trent Richardson and a defense that won't allow many points, the QBs won't have to do much to win.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

two things about the sec.  
South Carolina is this year's Auburn. 

south carolina is LAST YEARS SOUTH CAROLINA.

who really thinks south carolina is going to NOT CHOKE with a drunk running the team and imbecile coaching it


Alabama can win a national championship with either quarterback.
i love how the pundits think alabama can just automatically win a NC because they are alabama.  ask florida how that worked for them last year.  alabama will not win a national championship with a plug in qb being in the sec or not being in the sec. i cant wait until the conferences start pulling out of the cheating fraud ncaa and the convenient little NC space they made available for their automatic sec team no matter the record comes to a screeching halt. they will actually have to earn that chance to play.





Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

Please quit talking, LSU will get smacked around by the Arkansas Razorbacks...again and we will take the Golden Boot back up to Fayetteville again.



Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

ESPN is reporting a recruiting violaton aganst LSU.   No mention of it on the SEC broadcasting cbs website.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Five things about the SEC heading into media days

1.  How can a team be under the radar when they are predicted to win the SEC East?  Not sure what the "three future pros on offense" is supposed to mean.  Almost every major team in the SEC has three future pros on offense, and more than some unknown on defense.  Maybe Garcia finally grows up and SC does something, but I still have serious doubts they will even win the SEC East this season.

2.  I suspect Ole Miss will finish last in the SEC West.  Who is it that they are supposed to be better than? 

3.  How do we even know that either of these QB's can even manage a game?  Neither has proven anything.  I know Jefferson has not shown a whole lot from a QB standpoint, but he did win 11 games last season as a starter.  Much more than McCarron or Sims has done in their careers. 

4.  Crowell does not have to carry UGA on his back.  The team returns 10 starters on offense from last season so they should be OK.  I am pulling for Crowell though as I thought the bulldog puppy was a nice touch. 

5.  Auburn fans have been celebrating their national championship since the night of the game.  Everything else is just media noise to them.  If the NCAA comes up with something, they may give Auburn fans some pause, but not now.   


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