Alabama will win the wild, wild SEC West

 

 

This has a chance to be one of the wildest SEC West races in a long, long time. Below is how my five research magazines broke it down followed by my own picks. Give me your projected finish and tell me where I’m wrong.

 

 

SEC WEST

 

Athlon: Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State

Lindy’s: LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State

Phil Steele: Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State

Sporting News: Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State

The Kickoff: LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State

 

What we learned: The three-way battle among Alabama, LSU, and Ole Miss is going to be “Must-See” football this season. Two of the magazines picked Ole Miss to win the division and make its first-ever appearance in the SEC championship game. Two others picked LSU to bounce back from an 8-5 season and make a run to Atlanta. Alabama, the defending division champion, was picked by only one magazine to repeat. Mark your calendars: Alabama is at Ole Miss on Oct. 10. LSU is at Alabama on Nov. 7. Ole Miss hosts LSU on Nov. 21.

 

TONY’S PICKS

Alabama: A lot of assumptions are being made about Alabama. Because the Crimson Tide must replace veteran quarterback John Parker Wilson and three starters on the offensive line, it logically follows that they cannot repeat as SEC West champs. I respectfully disagree. Alabama will be a different team, especially on offense, but will still find a way to get to Atlanta on Dec. 5. Let’s start with the offense. Last season Alabama could pretty much wear opponents down by steamrolling them with that huge offensive line. This season, behind new QB Greg McElroy, Alabama will have to show a little more finesse on offense. There is plenty of talent on that side of the ball if the offensive line comes together. The reason I like Alabama in this division is that that Tide is not going to need that many points to win. The defense is that good. Nine starters return and, yes, Alabama will miss the exceptional leadership of safety Rashad Johnson. But the linebackers (Rolando McClain, Dont’a Hightower) are great and NG Terrence Cody is now in shape and ready to play his best football.

 

LSU:  LSU went 8-5 last season for two reasons. No. 1, the Tigers could never settle on a quarterback. It took most of the season for freshman Jordan Jefferson to grow into the job and now it appears LSU is set at the position. No. 2, head coach Les Miles made a major mistake by not hiring a proven defensive coordinator to replace the departed (to Nebraska) Bo Pelini. The Tigers finished ninth in the SEC in total defense (325.5 ypg). Miles has corrected that mistake by hiring veteran DC John Chavis. Over the years Chavis has proven that when he has good athletes, particularly up front, his defense is pretty good. LSU has a bunch of really good athletes in its program. The only thing that kept me from picking the Tigers to win the division was the schedule: They have to go to Georgia, Alabama, and Ole Miss while getting No. 1 Florida at home (on Oct. 10).

 

OLE MISS: The Rebels are getting a lot of love and they should. They have the second best quarterback (Jevan Snead) in the SEC and a bunch of guys who can make plays. They also have the best schedule among the SEC West contenders as Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and LSU all come to Oxford. Florida rotated off the schedule and Tennessee came on. But there are a couple of issues that keep me from jumping on the Ole Miss bandwagon. One is physical. Ole Miss has to replace a first-round draft choice (tackle Michael Oher) on the offensive line and first-round draft choice (tackle Peria Jerry) on the defensive line. Bobbie Massie, a big-time recruit, could wind up at that offensive tackle position.  If Jerrell Powe, who has been waiting in the wings for a long time, can come through at the defensive tackle spot, the Rebels may be okay. The other concern I have for Ole Miss is psychological. Ever since the Rebels upset Florida (31-30) last year in Gainesville they have been billed as the “next big thing” in this league. Ole Miss is pretty much a consensus Top 10 pick in the preseason. This is a different mindset for the Ole Miss football program. How it handles the hype remains to be seen.

ARKANSAS: Despite having the worst defense in the SEC last season (375.2 yards per game),  Arkansas finally started looking like an SEC football team in the second half of 2008. Three of the final four losses in a 5-7 season were by a total of six points to Kentucky (21-20), Ole Miss (23-21) and Mississippi State (31-28). Then the Hogs upset LSU 31-30 to finish the season. There are a couple of reasons I believe Arkansas will make a significant step forward in Bobby Petrino’s second year. The defense will be better because it has to be. Nine starters return and some new talent is coming in to help. The offense will be better because Petrino now has a quarterback (Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett) who knows how to run it. Petrino also went out and got some help for running back Michael Smith, who rushed for 1,072 yards last season but took a considerable pounding to his small frame (5-7, 173 pounds). Arkansas is still waiting to see if Southern Cal transfer Broderick Green (6-1, 242) will be eligible for the fall. The schedule, however, is a bear with trips to Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, and LSU.

 

AUBURN:  New coach Gene Chizik insists that the program will be built methodically with no short cuts. That is an admirable goal, but it means that Auburn is probably going to take its lumps in the short term. No question that Chizik is trying to shake things up with the hiring of Gus Malzhan as his offensive coordinator. Malzhan’s offense put up huge numbers at Tulsa but I’m not convinced that any of the quarterbacks he had in camp this spring can run the offense as it is drawn up. Will Auburn get frustrated and turn to a true freshman like Tyrik Rollison? The offensive line looks a little thin to me and I don’t see a whole of big plays from the wide receiver position. It doesn’t help that WR Tim Hawthorne broke his foot and will be out for at least four weeks. The defense is still a work in progress but there are some hopeful signs for new DC Ted Roof. Auburn is going to need to play good, consistent defense while the offense tries to figure out what it is doing. Auburn gets a break in scheduling because first four games (Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Ball State) are at home.

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE:  Like Auburn, Mississippi State is trying to install and entirely new offensive system without the proven talent to run it. Dan Mullen, the former OC at Florida, takes over as head coach but there are no Tim Tebows to be found in Starkville. Senior Tyson Lee is the guy until true freshman Tyler Russell arrives in August. Russell was Mr. Football in the state of Mississippi last season and looks like the perfect athlete to run Mullen’s system. But will Mullen entrust the team to a true freshman out of the gate? There also seems to be a dearth of guys who can catch the ball. The defense will be run by veteran Carl Torbush, who will take five returning starters and try to make something of it. Four of Mississippi State’s first five games are against Auburn, Vanderbilt, LSU, and Georgia Tech. It looks like a pretty bumpy first year for Mullen.

 

Programming note: Today I am in Florence, Ala., where Terry Bowden is now the new head coach at Northern Alabama. Later today I’ll be sitting down for a roundtable with all of the Bowden coaches: Terry, Bobby, Tommy, and Jeff. I’ll have a report for you on Wednesday.

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257 comments Add your comment

Otto

July 14th, 2009
10:58 am

LSU may have the team for 2nd but they don’t have the schedule.

Bama and Ole Miss fight it out for 1st.

LSU due to schedule and Jefferson being better than the last year’s QB but still not great will fall to fighting with an improved Auburn and Arky for 3rd.

Arkansas’s early schedule I think will drop them to 5th.

Auburn has a solid QB in Caudle. Give him the snaps and stop messing around with Burns.

Tony Barnhart

July 14th, 2009
11:04 am

Joe,

If I’m in bed with Urban Meyer, I’ve got a lot of company. The fact is that Florida has virtually everybody back from a national championship team. The Gators are No. 1 in every preseason poll that I’ve seen. I went down there for two days and watched them practice in the spring. So I think my pick of Florida in the SEC East is a reasonable one based on the information I’ve gathered.

I made my case for the pick of Alabama in the West. It is not a slap in the face to not pick another team. As I told somebody else, I hope I’m wrong about Ole Miss because it would be neat to see them finally get to Atlanta. But that is not what I see right now.

TB

m

July 14th, 2009
11:04 am

Tony,

The ACC plays the sec in 7 regular season games. Last year the ACC beat the sec 6 out of 10 in the regular season.

You want to make a little wager that the ACC kicks the sec’s arse again??

obomaisaclown

July 14th, 2009
11:05 am

BAMA WILL REC. SECOND LETTER LOI WHICH WILL UPSET The SEASON AS TALK OF PROBATION AND SABAN LEAVING WILL BE TO MUCH OLDE MISS AND LSU WILL BATTLE FOR ATLANTA , WITH OLDE MISS WITH THE BETTER QB WINS

bill

July 14th, 2009
11:08 am

Tony,

Terry Bowden is now the head coach at NORTH Alabama (UNA stands for the University of North Alabama), not Northern Alabama. :-) Enjoy your trip to Florence. Stop by Trowbridges right down the street from campus for some ice cream.

MyWhiskeyClear

July 14th, 2009
11:10 am

JB, thanks. I expect the main difference you’re noticing is that I went to Tech and am the social type (not as rare as everyone believes, but Tech isn’t the way it was 20 years ago). Anyway, it’s two birds with one stone since most Tech fans on these blogs seem to age between 10 and 16 and choose to root for Tech as a way to rebel against the norm or something. Since that’s the situation it makes sense that they can’t muster up a “have a good season” for a neighboring team. Actually attending Tech helps one realize that all the “To Hell With Georgia” stuff is not meant to go far enough to prevent communicating intelligibly with our rivals…how would any work ever get done in companies like Coke, Chick-Fil-A or Home Depot that hire many graduates of both schools? No, hatred without boundaries is the mark of fools.

Now, back to the topic at hand, in the SEC West it’s Geaux Tigers or Roll Tide!

Get Real

July 14th, 2009
11:12 am

There is NO way I see that NUTT or ole miss for that matter being able to live up to this expectations. The NUTT never has. He is great at sneaking up on people but losing what they lost on the offensive and defensive lines is gonna hurt even with who they got coming back. I believe LSU will take the West this year. Too much talent. Oh yea “Nick “Satan” Saban I sure wish UGA could play in that arm pit called tuscaloosa again. When was our last lost there? What year was it?

m

July 14th, 2009
11:12 am

Please note that the post 11:04 is another mutt imposter, they just can’t deal with it.

m

July 14th, 2009
11:17 am

Tony,

The wager could go like this:

If the sec beats the acc, then I agree not to post on your blog for a year.

If the acc beats the sec (again), then you agree to drop the idiotic Mr. College Football title and replace it with Mr. SEC homer-gomer.

Deal?

Charles

July 14th, 2009
11:19 am

Tough call in the West…don’t think Bama can win it with that O-line though. Their defense will keep them in games, but they’re going to struggle on offense this year.

I believe LSU will win it, despite Miles.

Matt

July 14th, 2009
11:20 am

OnProbation??— you should site your source. You ripped your comment directly from dandydon.com. Yeah, I read it everyday. It’s the post from 7/10/09

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Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
11:21 am

In discussions regarding the top of the division, forget about Auburn, Arkansas, and Miss St, this year.

LSU’s schedule is too tough and they’re not that good as a team. They have great individual talent. And don’t read too much into the bowl victory. They lost 3 out of their last 4 to close the regular season. The only victory in that stretch was a come-from-behind game over Troy at LSU.

It’s Bama or Ole Miss. Both have favorable schedules. While both have holes to fill, Bama, by far, has the better defense. So, Bama wins the West.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 14th, 2009
11:21 am

Tony or a Bama fan can somebody tell us who Bama has coming in at QB with experience? This is a legit question. I think I missed something on that one. Because without the expereinced QB (either long time in the program and familiarity with the offense etc, or just being a God gifted athletic talent) I don’t see Bama pulling it off. Again maybe next year.

It would be nice to see Nutt win the West after what the Arky people put him through but LSU seems poised to win, especially after the dismal season last year.

Nachos - the "disgrace" to all 'Bama fans

July 14th, 2009
11:22 am

bama might lose 1 or 2 but they will back in the dome come first of December.

Vince Neil 4 president

Michael Z

July 14th, 2009
11:23 am

So Utah would win the SEC West, huh? That’s like saying that Ole Miss should have won the national title last year since they beat UF. If you can’t see the difference between a one-game upset (against a team missing most of its OL, no less) and a sustained championship run that requires a team to play SEC competition week after week, then perhaps you should take up another hobby.

Disappointed

July 14th, 2009
11:25 am

Tony send me some of that, which you have been smoking!! No way Alabama wins the west. Ole Miss, & LSU has a lot of fire power. Respect the Strength. Hell, I do.
“Ramblin Wreck until I die!”

On Probation??

July 14th, 2009
11:25 am

Tony didn’t you pick uga to win the SEC and BCS last year??

So bama fans don’t start order your SEC Championhisp or BCS tickets yet….just asked the uga fans….

Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
11:25 am

Kalamazoo,

Our starting QB, Greg McElroy, is a fourth-year junior. That is both a “long time in the program and familiarity with the offense.”

Nachos - the "disgrace" to all 'Bama fans

July 14th, 2009
11:27 am

Disappointed – go walk down the “screet” and get robbed you Tech douche rocket.

#1 BAMA FAN

July 14th, 2009
11:28 am

Tony, you have it correct BAMA will win the West and battle the GATORS for the SEC. Hey “m” need to check the upcoming schedules because GT and BAMA are going to meet and then you won’t have much to say. RTR

Warrior Eagle....

July 14th, 2009
11:29 am

bama win the SEC West….you talking about…..the payroll tide….criminal tide….tuskaloosers….probation city usa….?

nope…no can do…..lost 2 all american o linemen….qb (even though it was sarah parker wilson…) a couple of high profile coaches….(in a fizzy…)….just don’t see it….

UF is a lock in the East…but the West…..flip a coin….UM or LSU

Plain Truth

July 14th, 2009
11:30 am

Tony, Your justification of why Ole Miss won’t win the West is exactly the way I feel about Alabama. Bama must replace seven starters on offense that includes an NFL first round offensive tackle, their QB, and starting running back.Ole Miss returns seven starters on offense and eight on defense. Including their starting QB,all three running backs, both WR’s and add Bobbie Massie to the mix to an offensive line that returns three starters and two back ups. Alabamas defense is good…not great and struggled in games against the better teams they played in the SEC. Terrence Cody is way over rated. If you watched the Bama games, most teams ran right at him.I would rate their defensive line behind Georgias, Floridas and Ole Miss (especially with the addition of Jerrell Powe). We’ll see how good Bama is in their first game. Va. Tech will be a good test and I expect the the Hokies to win a close battle.I see Bama losing 3 or 4 games…Saban teams always seem to disappoint their fans when expectations are high. Either LSU or Ole Miss will win the West….Tony…you need to quit drinking the Alabama Kool Aid…Saban is not as great a coach as you media folks make him out to be and Alabama has many weaknesses …both Florida and Utah showed everyone that last year.

Rebel Rouser

July 14th, 2009
11:31 am

Sorry guys I haven’t been here. Was closing another million dollar deal for my company. You know I manage 50,000 employees right??? My DeKalb Junior College certificate has done wonders for me.
Georgia was robbed in the blackout game

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Warrior Eagle...

July 14th, 2009
11:32 am

Michael Jackson was my hero. I love sleeping in my bed with little boys. Gene Chizik best coach in the country.

Wawwwwwwwwwwww eagle

Otto

July 14th, 2009
11:36 am

gdawginkalamazoo, who has a more experienced QB in the west?

Arkansas? Mallet had his moment in the big house but this is a new system and Arkansas has not defense.

LSU? Jefferson put 38 on GT big deal. UGA put 42 on them and took the 3rd quarter off. He didn’t look that great against Arkansas. Also LSU’s strength in their championship years is their DL which has plenty of new players.

Auburn hasn’t decided on a QB and nobody is even watching Miss. St.

Ole Miss, yes finally a sold QB. I hate to say it but Ole Miss handling the pressure is a big question mark. However they do have the schedule to help them out. Finebaum points out today when ‘09 Auburn is your toughest road game, you have an easy schedule for the SEC.

So yes I think a 4th year Jr behind a big Bama OL and another good defense can win the west. McElroy has more raw talent than JPW ever had and that is not knocking JP. Will they beat UF? I highly doubt it.

Long Dawg

July 14th, 2009
11:38 am

M, you are as dumb as our are jelous. The ACC vs SEC was 6 and 6 last year. Why do you not include the bowl games? Because Tech got humiliated by LSU that’s why. Also, 50% of the ACCs wins were against two SEC teams, Mississipi State and Vanderbilt.I’ll bet you tech loses 2 out of 3 of their SEC games this year and the for sure one will be in Atlanta in November. Payback is gonna be a bitch.

BCS Champs Again

July 14th, 2009
11:39 am

Russell Sheppard…aka Percy Harvin with an Arm at QB…will take LSU to the SEC West championhip…..

dan

July 14th, 2009
11:40 am

As a UGA fan I can say that Sanford Stadium has never been much of a homefield advantage for the Dawgs. I’m worried about that LSU game in October. They’re very talented and if UGA doesn’t come into that game with their heads on straight, they will get blown out. Also, it wouldn’t shock me if Auburn came into Athens and beat UGA this year. That Ben Tate is the real deal, and Auburn is as talented as anyone on defense. And if our defense continues to play half ass football, Auburn will come in there and make us look bad. The point I’m making here: UGA better not assume that they will have an instant W against any team from the West.

Matt

July 14th, 2009
11:43 am

Jefferson put 38 on GT as a true Freshman in only his second start. With all the weapons around him, all he has to do is avoid become Jarrett “Pick-6″ Lee. The LSU offense is going to be very explosive and yes Russell Sheppard will have a lot to do with it.

On defense, last year was dissapointing to say the least but because of the that suckfest, a ton of younger players saw action. This year may feature 5 or 6 new staters but they all have played a good amount of ball in games that matter. This D, lead by Chavis, is going to be very scary next year.

The West comes down to the winner of LSU-Ole Miss. Those are the two teams with the least amount of questions. LSU almost beat Bama last year but instead gave the game away.

alabamadawg

July 14th, 2009
11:43 am

Since Saban signed 85 players in his three recruiting classes at Bama, just exactly how many does he have to give out this year ??? Considering 85 is all you can have at any given time on your team…LSU wins the west…Chavis is the difference maker…

coachdawg 2000

July 14th, 2009
11:44 am

I will qualify my comment by saying am a lifelong bulldog fan and alumnus. We’ve lost BIG gmaes to all of the sec teams at one time or another so therefore i hate them all equally. That being said i feel that i can be impartial because i don’t have a special hatred like I do for the EAST (BUT I ADMIT fLORIDA IS THE CLASS OF THE entire college football world,THIS YEAR). I think that LSU is going to win the West Talent is talent, and eventhough Saban has pput together 3 excellent classes,Mile had a 2 year head start on him. So I think that peole are discounted the impact of losing an excellent(at least in 2008)game manager that JPW was. Ole Miss looks like a team that should take it but I just get the feeling that they are little bit more pretender than contender (kind of like UGA 2008). The “right reverend) doesn’t have a track record for handling hype very well. WATCH OUT FOR ARKANSAS! I hate their coach but teams usually take off in the second year under a new coach (Bama 2008,UGA 2002). I don’t think they will win it but i think they will play a huge factor in who does(thye seem to play bama and lsu tough). Auburn (why did y’all fire Tuberville, but thanks for doing so) and mississippi state are non-factors.
So here’s my pick:
1. LSU
2.Bama
3.Ole Miss
4.Arkansas
5.Auburn
6.Starkville Imposters

Long Dawg

July 14th, 2009
11:45 am

Back to the subject. I agree with Tony. Alabama is going to win the West. LSU’s schedule is just too tough and just because they beat Tech 38 to 3 doesn’t mean they have arrived. Les Miles is still the most over rated coach in the SEC, their quarterback is still unproven except against a mid tier ACC team and John Chavis just ain’t gonna have the chemistry with the players he had at Tennessee.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 14th, 2009
11:49 am

Otto, thanks. I really had no idea who the backup was at Bama. Okay I can agree that a 4th year junior can cut it. But still a first year starter it will be tough.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
11:52 am

Coach you are correct Les had a head start and those players are gone.

As stated above:
LSU’s defensive line is a question mark at this time. LSU will have to replace Tyson Jackson, Marlon Favorite, Kirston Pittman, Tremaine Johnson and Ricky Jean Francois

You are a life long UGA fan so you should know what turnover on DL can do to a team.

Jefferson does not have much more experince than McElroy at Bama.

LSU also has to play UF and UGA which Ole Miss and Bama do not.

The turnover on DL, a new DC, an unproven QB, and one of the harder schedules in the SEC west drops LSU to 3rd.

dan

July 14th, 2009
11:55 am

As for my SEC WEST Predictions

I’m going to say either LSU or Ole Miss. Ole Miss reminds me a lot of UGA in 2002 in that they were learning how to win in 2001 and put it all together in 2002( UGA also had some great NFL players that didn’t come back in 2002 like Randy McMichael, Charles Grant, and Will Witherspoon).

But here’s the thing: I want to see Florida lose, and between Alabama, LSU, and Ole Miss, I feel LSU has the best shot at beating them. I can see a scenario where Florida beats LSU in the regular season( especially since they have a bye), and then they play a 10-2 LSU team in the SEC Championship and lose. It’s almost identical to 2001 when Tennessee went 11-1, beat LSU during the regular season, and lost to them in the SEC Championship.

If Ole Miss or Bama played Florida, the media would naturally bring up how Florida lost to Ole Miss the year before and how “epic” last year’s game versus Bama was. If that happens, Florida will be ready and blow both of those teams out. But if they already beat LSU once in the regular season, and especially if that game is close; then I think the Gators will have a tough time in a rematch with the Tigers.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
11:58 am

gdawginkalamazoo, Thanks and I agree it will be tough. However, everyone in the west but Ole Miss has some major question marks.

McElroy was a heavily recruited QB out of Texas who followed Chase Daniel in HS brekaing his records. The rating services like him yes as we know that can turn out either way. He has made some very nice throws in the limited playing time he has had.

BCS Champs Again

July 14th, 2009
12:02 pm

bama will destroy the hokies…in atlanta…the question is will thye beat them as bad as lsu di…56-7? who is bama’s back up qb….cause he will be seeing some action early this year…..

ldavis

July 14th, 2009
12:04 pm

people in arkansas are pretty excited about the potential football team we will field this year.

mallett has had a year to just sit and learn Bobby Petrino’s offense. He will be good to go.

our running back situation is solved.

our oline is deeper.

we have the best pass catching TE in the SEC.

our receivers are young and very talented.

the defense will absolutely be tons better than last year. we are going to score a lot of points this year, so if they can just improve some we will be fine.

our front seven returns and we’ve added 3 four star defensive backs to the mix (2 jucos).

people in arkansas aren’t calling SEC champ or anything, but we have a chance to do some big things this year.

but the sched. is very brutal indeed.

Matt

July 14th, 2009
12:04 pm

LSU beat VT 41-7

gdawginkalamazoo

July 14th, 2009
12:05 pm

Otto, the game time experience would be my concern. He will have to get out to the gate quickly and successfully to build a ton of confidence. My same concerns that I have with Joe Cox. I haven’t looked at Bama’s schedule yet but Joe will have to come out on fire against OSU if we have a chance to win that one. IMO I think he can get it done.

David

July 14th, 2009
12:07 pm

My gut feeling is LSU will bounce back big time this year. I think they will beat UF and beat UGA in the SEC championshiop to make it to the BCS championship. I’m not sold on Ole Miss for some reason.

1. LSU 7-1
2. Alabama 6-2
3. Ole Miss 5-3
4. Arkansas 4-4
5. Auburn 1-7
6. Miss St 1-7

Matt

July 14th, 2009
12:07 pm

Idavis– I agree that Arkansas fans should be excited for the future of Razorback football but I still think the hogs are a year away. I look for them to pull an upset or two but don’t really see them beating the like of LSU, Bama, and Ole Miss all in one year. I just hope hope they don’t beat LSU again…

Gator Growl

July 14th, 2009
12:09 pm

Am pulling for Ole Miss but thinking LSU may be back in the hunt. It’s gonna go down to the last game, maybe even the last play of the season.

Bama Rules

July 14th, 2009
12:12 pm

Lets face it! Alabama is the greatest team in the country. Nobody is better than Bama.They have the best players,coaches,stadium,and fans.I wouldn’t be surprised if they went undefeated and Saban was made coach of the year.If you don’t believe me just ask Nacho, Bama Stan, Tide Rising and every Redneck in the state of Alabama. Rooool Tide

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ldavis

July 14th, 2009
12:12 pm

matt,

i think we will likely lose to bama and lsu. those road games are very tough.

as far as ole miss (this isn’t just some nutthugger hate) many here feel we will have their number this year. they barely beat us last year and our team was absolutely awful. we have added so many weapons and i feel OM is, at best, slightly less than they were last year.

barnhart made good points about massie and powe potentially replacing oher and jerry on the O and D lines. however, i absolutely feel arkansas will come in 3rd place this year in the west.

I have a lot of confidence in Mallet, even though he’s kind of a crackhead. he is a natural leader, has a great arm, and knows the offense backwards and forwards.

DO NO forget how important it is in this league to have a QB. I feel we have one, and that because of that we will be in every game we play this year.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
12:13 pm

GDawg, I don’t like the way the VT game sets up. VT could win the game if the new OL lineup and QB don’t geet off the gates quickly. If they don’t how long is the hangover.

That said the OL has the talent and size and the west has some major question marks on Defense at LSU, Ark, and Auburn.

Who knows? but it is fun to sit here and debate this and if there is this much room for debate the season should be good.