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

War Eagle Beagle

July 14th, 2009
3:58 pm

Arkansas will beat GA in Fayettville and Ole Miss in Oxford. They will play bama, LSU, and Florida close but will come up short. In the end, they will end up 9-3 and playing in either the Chick Bowl or the Cotton Bowl.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
4:00 pm

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
4:00 pm

Denver dawg,

Strange things do indeed happen. After all, Missy state beat us 2 in a row under Croom, they beat Florida 2 out of the last 4 I think. What is it with Florida and the Mississippi schools anyway?

Auburn is a rivalry game and while I think we have the advantage while they are in a transition year ya never know. It is in Auburn of course. LSU is a loseable game and Ark. always gives us a hard time.

Denver Dog

July 14th, 2009
4:00 pm

Not to pick on anyone, but every game has calls that go the wrong way. That is what makes it fun to talk about. I don’t think anyone can say that a win or a loss comes directly from a bad call. It can aid in a win or detract in a loss. There were calls in the Ga Fla game on both sides as far back as I can remember into the 60’s and there were those terrible ACC officiating years during the 90’s that UGA had to contend with every year. All in all though, I think that the officials do a good job. I’m not sure about the roughing the passer call against UGA in this years game with Ala, but it sure changed things alot. I just htink that it is part of football, and blown calls are a part of it.

Now if you think that calls went the wrong way, you should have been around when the Bear roamed the sidelines and the calls never (seemingly) went against Ala.

The only thing that I don’t think gets called enough now is pass interfernece, but not on the D, on the O players. In college they get away with murder, and I think that if the defenders can’t touch them, they shouldn’t be allowed to touch the D players either. The O players can push off, hold and head slap almost at will and never be called for it. if the D does that, then usually, there is a big penalty.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
4:01 pm

Otto,

Those stats must be bogus. Nachos tells me we’ve beaten the dawgs 4 million times in a row.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
4:05 pm

Tide,

m Tells me GT has owned UGA for decades. Darn made up stats.

Denver Dog

July 14th, 2009
4:08 pm

Charlotte Gator,

You are so right, I’m as big a dawg fan as there is, and I’m sick of seeing these wait til next year,blah blah, blah we are on the uptick. I believe in talking it up, but I want to see it on the field. So I’d just say dogs get the job done, and then it won’t matter.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
4:09 pm

Otto and Denver dawg,

My last post must have gotten eaten but I will reiterate. I actually think Otto’s stats are bogus. According to Nachos Alabama has now whipped Georgia 4 million times in a row.

Denver dawg, I won’t deny it. That pass intereference penalty against Georgia in this past year’s game was somewhat touchy in my opinion. I think they call pass interference a little too much and that they should let them play more. Just my opinion. I don’t know what it is but every time we play vandy it seems like they get screwed hard on at least 1 or 2 calls against us. Its actually uncanny. They could have upset us once or twice over the past 10 or so contests if not for some calls against them that were just bad.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
4:12 pm

Otto,

Who gonna believe when m tells you Georgia has never beaten GT? You gonna believe m or are you gonna believe your lying eyes when you read that UGA leads 59-37?

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
4:18 pm

Charlotte gator,

Back to your last post and then I’ll put away the seccg. All in all I think you’re right. The team that usually just wants it more almost always just finds a way to win. All missed opportunities aside I think Tebow and the gators just did what they had to do in the 4th qtr to get it done and win. I really think the biggest thing we learned is that after a tough defeat ya gotta put that stuff away and move on. The Utah beating taught us that.

The other thing is that if you win one big upset win like Ole Miss over UF ya gotta put that aside and get back to business. They lost they very next week to Vandy and also to Carolina I think a week later. Its amazing how many times you watch a major college upset and then the team that pulled the upset loses gets upset a week later.

Helluva Engineer

July 14th, 2009
5:34 pm

Good call Tony.

Hey Jeff….

What is the all time record for Bama vs. UGA???

Help me out buddy.

Helluva Engineer

July 14th, 2009
5:38 pm

Tide Rising…… I wouldn’t waste your breath arguing with these mutts on here. Its not worth it. Like arguing with a Liberal. They will never get it. They think it’s still 1980 and that larvae Buck Homer Belue is still handing the ball off.

41-30
45-42

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
5:57 pm

36-25 but who’s counting. Its been a really good series with some memorable moments. We used to have a really good series with Tech also. Tech and Bama actually used to be the nastiest, most hateful game in the south for a time there. That was the game Bear Bryant wore a helmet in and you also had the chick graning incident. We renew the rivalry with Tech in I think 2013 and 2014 so I’m glad to see it back on again especially with Tech’s rise back to national prominence.

johnny reb

July 14th, 2009
6:04 pm

Tony how is Bama supposed to be better than Ole Miss? When has an unproven qb won anything? Plus their best (2 linemen are gone)! If, its not Ole Miss than it will be LSU. And don’t forget we stomped LSU in Baton Rouge.

Rob

July 14th, 2009
8:43 pm

I’d like to see Ole Miss win the West as much as anyone outside Oxford. But let’s be realistic here. Ole Miss losing players is going to have more of an impact on them than Bama losing the same. Why? Upper echelon recruiting. Bama and LSU do it, Ole Miss doesn’t. Everyone wants to talk about Ole Miss beating Florida and destroying Tex Tech in 08. Great, those were solid wins. But everyone seems to forget about the losses to Vandy, Wake, and SC. Premier programs have the depth of talent to win week in and week out, year in and year out, with a few exceptions like LSU last year and Florida in 07… Ole Miss is not at that level, although they’ve made great strides recently.

razorfan

July 14th, 2009
8:53 pm

Ole miss got a chance to go all the way if nutt can finally accomplish trying to beat the easy teams that he usually loses and beats the good team that he wins anyways I think ole miss beats alabama, lsu, loses to arkansas and south carolina and wins sec west and loses sec championship

tht

July 14th, 2009
8:54 pm

I think LSU will have best team but may not be able to overcome very difficult conference schedule. However, I’ll still pick them to win since the next option would make me puke. As for 3rd, Ole Miss is my guess, quite possibly tying for 2nd. Then AU, Arky, MSU.

Atlanta Gator

July 14th, 2009
9:00 pm

“What is it with Florida and the Mississippi schools anyway?

Tide Rising—-Every truly great super hero must have his weakness. Like Superman is made physically impotent by Kryptonite, elephants are purportedly afraid of mice, and the University of Florida Gators regularly loses to Ole Miss and Mississippi State in games in which the Gators are heavily favored.

Since 1990, Ole Miss (3-3, .500) and Mississippi State (3-5, .375) have the best win-loss records against the Gators. Yes, that’s right—-better than Alabama (4-8, .333), Tennessee (6-13, .3158), Auburn (5-11, .313), and LSU (5-14, .263). Ole Miss is the only SEC school that does not have a losing record against Florida in the Spurrier-Zook-Meyer era.

Weird stuff, indeed.

razorfan

July 14th, 2009
9:08 pm

Ole miss is going to beat LSU by any chance because they beat them bad at there house and Alabama almost lost to Ole miss last year at there house. Now they play ole miss and alabama at home I see that it can go both ways, but I see Ole miss winning this one. Houston Nutt likes easy schedule, but i see them winning 10 this year and Arkansas winning 7 to 9 this year

Rodney King

July 14th, 2009
9:27 pm

Can’t we all just get along?

Tim

July 14th, 2009
9:33 pm

Im a huge Bama fan but a realistic one too. LSwho will not make it, to tough a schedule. Ole Miss probably will not make it, they too have a great Olineman to replace and Massie probably wont make it into the fall practices and if he does is still a freshman. They still play 3 teams that beat them last yr and two of those on the road. Bama will ahve the best def in the league if not the country, the new QB does not scare me at all. Mac will get it done. The Oline, left tackle will be fine its the center and guard that I worry about. So I go with the Tide to play in the title game in Atlanta. Not so sure UF will make it there undefeated.

SugarHillDawg

July 14th, 2009
10:09 pm

M, ever heard of thorazine? Sure you have, you are fresh out of it!!I would try to tell you how UGA is gonna set the natural order of things back to the default position next year but I know I am casting pearls before swine. I will bet you on the ACC-SEC head to head next year but I want to get paid in real money and I won’t take Star wars action figures either.

Tide Rising

July 15th, 2009
12:04 am

Rob had an excellent point about depth and upper tier recruiting. I picked Ole Miss to edge out Bama and LSU for the division title but of course it is predicated heavily on how healthy they can stay. They are definitely not as deep as Bama or LSU but if they stay healthy their top 22 can play with anyone.

Atlanta Gator,

Fascinating stats on Florida versus the 2 Mississippi schools. It seemed like the Miss schools held their own on several occasions against UF and I never thought to look up their actual record. I’m not sure but I think I also saw that Ole Miss and UF are either tied 13-13 or Ole Miss might actually lead the all time head to head series by 1 win. That would be interesting to see also.

Atlanta Gator

July 15th, 2009
1:12 am

Tide Rising—-

Florida vs Ole Miss all-time series record: 10-12-1

Florida vs Mississippi State all-time series record 32-18-2

In the pre-1990 SEC rotations, Florida rarely played Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Auburn and LSU were annual rivals, and Mississippi State was a regular rotation opponent. The new 8-game SEC schedules that went into effect in 1992 have been good for the conference. All SEC teams now play everyone else on a relatively regular basis—-at least twice every five years in the present rotation scheme. Nevertheless, I still miss the annual Auburn-Florida game. It was the longest-running annual series for the Gators, and now its just a periodic rotation game.

[...] While I have you here, I might as well point out that Mr. College Football, Tony Barnhart, has picked the Hogs to finish fourth in the SEC West. See his projections here. [...]

razorfan

July 15th, 2009
2:19 am

Arkansas razorbacks will go all the way Ha Ha Ha Ha. Suckersssss.

LSU Fan

July 15th, 2009
2:26 am

I Pick Arkansas/Ole miss/Alabama/LSU/Auburn/Miss State

HF

July 15th, 2009
4:45 am

LSU will win the West. When has the SEC ever been about the schedule? In most seasons the home team doesn’t win all the games. Alabama has an unproven Qb and Oline, Ole Miss not sold on them they won’t surprise anyone this year. LSU has a stable Qb and although they lost alot on the Dline they are still talented and deep in that area.

almightytmc1

July 15th, 2009
5:08 am

LSU is going to be hard to beat. But not impossible. they still have Les Miles as thier coach.
Ole Miss will be a very well rounded team but they are nowhere near winning the SEC west. It just is not going to happen.
Alabama is the best shot.
McElroy is a very talented QB and should not have sat on the bench behind Jhon Parker Wilson.
The offensive line is without Andre Smith but they have 4 and 5 star talent lined up and aching to step in. Same with Caldwell, Vlachos has been punping and is a monster in wating for the center spot. (6′3 300 lbs)

Also something that a lot of people dont know. By the 3rd quarter of most games Saban had emptied the bench. So dont kid yourselves into thinking that Bama will be fielding a green team. Just keep telling them that they cant win and they will keep winning.

RollTideRoll

July 15th, 2009
6:09 am

Tony,good picks..LSU schedule is just to tough this year and with a new defensive staff this isn’t the Tigahs year.
Ole Miss did beat Florida last year but are we forgetting Ole Miss lost to Vandy and USC?
Bama has holes to fill true but McElroy could be an upgrade and Saban has gotten JUCO talent for the OL.2008 Bama played 16 freshmen with only 9 seniors on the team.If you dont think this year will be better you’re in denial.

P.S. How in the H%@L can a UGA fan talk smack on here after that blackout crap?Bama sucked because UGA was down 31 at half but UGA scored more in the 2nd half??

andre moreau

July 15th, 2009
6:56 am

that LSU-Va.Tech was 48-7 by the way. that’s official history. Tigers should have more grit this year and history shows we beat Bama on the road –and will again. That will set up a major disappointment for Ole Miss when we beat them in Oxford. We will get to meet Florida for the SEC title and probably beat them, paying them back for regular season loss. Maybe.

Harry Potter is gay

July 15th, 2009
7:17 am

Good to see the UGA fans being themselves. Trash talking sore loser scum bags

UGASlobberknocker

July 15th, 2009
7:49 am

I believe Ole Miss is overrated. I agree Alabama will be good enough to win the west. also know that in the past 10 years, the preseason #1 has not won the title; I believe this year will be no exception. Florida will lose two games this year.(Ga, at LSU). Tennessee will surprise and will be better than advertised.

SEC Championship will be Georgia 10-2 (winning tie breaker with Fla) vs. Alabama 10-2.Neither team will be in the natl hunt.

Georgia over Bama for the title.

Thats my story and Im stickin to it.

MC

July 15th, 2009
8:13 am

I will admit I’m a Bama fan, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that anything is possible in college football. I think there’s a possibility that Bama could fall to OM, but still get to ATL (past 4 years Bama won by 3, 3, 3, and 4 pts respectively). I just don’t see OM running the tables next year. With limited star power, a couple injuries or just having an off game will be enough to cause a loss to an unranked conf opponent. They just don’t have enough depth to overcome the strain of an SEC schedule. Switching gears, even though LSU is picked in two of the above mentioned magazines, things are pretty quiet in Baton Rouge. Despite an 8-5 season, LSU is still a team stacked with athletes. Chavis will have their defense better prepared than last year. LSU (IMHO) is more of a legit contender for ATL than OM. Regardless, it’s a 3-way race. The Big 12 is the only other conference with this sort of parody (in one division), but the SEC is by far the best and most exciting conference to watch. Roll Tide..

third quarter fan

July 15th, 2009
8:29 am

LSU. Then they will lose to Fl.
SEC (this year) One big rock and several pebbles.

Nick Saban

July 15th, 2009
8:32 am

Attention fellow SEC Coaches,

FEAR THE BLACKOUT!

41-30

Love,
Nick Saban

alphacat

July 15th, 2009
8:51 am

Regardless of what you think of him personally, Houston Nutt is a very good coach. With Nutt on the sideline, the Rebels have enough talent to win the West. LSU will be close behind. ‘Bama will struggle offensively, and I do not know if their D will be good enough to carry the day enough. Arkansas will surge a bit with a QB at the helm that can run Petrino’s O. Auburn and Mississippi State will battle for the cellar of the West. No matter who wins the West, they will get taken apart in the SEC Championship game by Florida.

Eric

July 15th, 2009
9:24 am

How can you dismiss Ole Miss because they lost and offensive tackle and then say Alabama will be fine when they most of the O-line? And Ole Miss looked like a plucky team that didn’t quite have all the pieces after beating Florida. No one anointed the Rebels the “next big thing” until they crushed Texas Tech in their bowl. Alabama is a top tier team primed to disappoint after losing key players at key positions. LSU and Ole Miss will be the best teams out of the west with Ole Miss winning out because of a more favorable schedule.

Razorjacket

July 15th, 2009
10:12 am

“Later today I’ll be sitting down for a roundtable with all of the Bowden coaches: Terry, Bobby, Tommy, and Jeff.” Enough already! What is with the constant fatuation with the Bowdens?? The three sons are, essentially, failed or fired coaches, and we all already know the story about Papa Bowden and his admirable career.

Tony, love your reporting, but please find something fresh to report, something we haven’t heard before.

G8R GRAD

July 15th, 2009
10:54 am

Charlotte Gator:

“G8RGRAD2 seemed lame.”

????

Jason

July 15th, 2009
11:50 am

I’m going with The Matador http://thematadorsports.com/blog/?p=25
Ole Miss is taking the west!

Bamawester

July 15th, 2009
12:01 pm

I was looking at VT’s stats from last season and it was interesting. Their offense averaged 22.5 points a game and their defense gave up 17.5 points a game. Alabama scored 31.5 points a game and their defense gave up 13 points a game.

While in a specific game it doesn’t mean that much, but it does give you some insight into how good each team was last season.

Unless VT’s offense improves dramatically over last season, I think they’re going to have a very difficult time scoring on Alabama. Conversely, if Bama is at least as good on offense as last year, this should bode well for that game.

But that’s why they strap on the helmets. RTR!

Bamawester

July 15th, 2009
12:04 pm

Let me also say that the difference between the losses that Ole Miss has suffered and what Bama has suffered is depth. After two stellar recruiting classes, Bama is loaded on both lines and they have better skill players than anytime in recent memory. Ole Miss could definitely win the West, as could LSU, but Bama has the talent and coaching to win it all.

Hank

July 15th, 2009
12:28 pm

People base how bad Bama’s O-line will be on 2 games last year (Tulane and Utah), well yeah that squad produced unexpected results due to shake ups with Andre Smith and Mike Johnson. But, shouldnt someone consider the fact that this years line has had 12 months (maybe less for of DJ Fluker who I think will start at right tackle) to prepare and get a new line together! And, with Saban awarding a scholarship to a 2 year player (which is rare) in James Carpenter (who I feel will start at left tackle), dont you think they know more than we do about this situation? Bama will be a better team in ‘09 due to many things including: more depth, better, more accurate QB, and a more experienced Defense with an improved pass rush!

Greg

July 15th, 2009
12:31 pm

Who’d Tony pick last year? Auburn? I rest my case. I like our spot.
WDE

G8R GRAD

July 15th, 2009
12:48 pm

As stated earlier this year:

LSU’s schedule is just too brutal;

Lots of unanswered questions about UA – on both sides of the ball;

Ole Miss’ talent, home schedule and momentum make them the David in a Goliath division.

My money’s on Bama.

Gene Chizik

July 15th, 2009
1:34 pm

Attention high school football players. Come to Allbarn and you’ll get your own pet cow! Act fast, only have 19 scholarships available!

Regards,

Coach Chizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

BleednCrimson

July 15th, 2009
4:49 pm

LSU will not win the SEC West… Miles can’t coach well enough to beat Florida, Bama, or even Ole Miss…. Sorry Mad Hatter fans, you guys will slowly get rid of him now that his 40 5* players Saban brought in are gone…. G-Mac is th real deal along with Julio, Ingram, Trent Richardson and 9 returning starters on D… Bama is clearly the favorite with Ole Miss being the Dark Horse… LSU will Bleaux again….

Sammy Dawkins

July 15th, 2009
8:07 pm

Auburn probably won’t win the West. Ole Miss won’t either. LSU and Alabama will battle it out to go to Atlanta and lose to Florida, who will win the SEC and lose the NC game to Texas. Auburn will win 8-9.They will be the biggest suprise of all SEC teams. Ole Miss will be the biggest dissapointment

razorfan

July 15th, 2009
9:04 pm

ole miss will beat both those teams this year and lose to arkansas and south carolina. Auburn is going to surprise someone because of the offensive cordinator is gus malzuhn. You’ll see that a powerhouse LSU, Alabama always had problem with Houston Nutt where ever he goes it always a good game. Ole miss might of sucked before Houston Nutt but there a whole lot different team now that houston nutt there talk all you want you will see. I didn’t see Alabama beating Ole miss that bad Last Year at their house and saw Ole miss beat LSU bad at their house don’t talk trash when team beat you that bad. LSU might recover and win. Dont put Ole MIss down because of the past. Alabama don’t have Coffee this year thank god. Razorbacks might have a better chance now if they can pull a upset against Alabama. I don’t see Razorbacks winning against LSU, but i will be surprised if they can. Razorbacks playing Florida is a L Razorbacks playing geogia I don’t see a real threat. Ole miss wins SEC west,LSU, Alabama, Arkansas Auburn, Miss State