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

m

July 14th, 2009
8:50 am

It is a good thing that Utah isn’t in the sec…because they would obviously win the sec west hands down.

sec….floriduh and the 11 dwarfs.

Anonymous

July 14th, 2009
9:02 am

Little “m,”

If I thought you were that clever, I might suspect that you were a Dawg fan with a twisted sense of humor, since you do such a fine job of embarrassing Georgia Tech alumni and fans on the AJC blogs. How does it feel to know you are shunned by your fellow fans of the team you support?

Do you have any sense of just how childish your comments are? Your attempts to provoke Dawg fans and others have reached the level of good, old-fashioned silliness. You are a cartoon.

Miles

July 14th, 2009
9:09 am

Unlike the SEC East, predicting the top team in the SEC West is actally pretty difficult…I’ll go with LSU…Jordan Jefferson is a well kept secret…

Atlanta Gator

July 14th, 2009
9:13 am

Well, with regard to the SEC Western Division, I can say with great certainty, confidence, knowledge and insight that I have absolutely no idea which team is going to win the division in 2009.

I am confident that the West winner will be one of Alabama, LSU or Ole Miss, but would not bet the ranch on any of them. Arkansas has the potential to play the spoiler, but does not have the horses to challenge for supremacy. Auburn is in the first year of a new coaching regime, and has a lot of rebuilding to do. Ditto for Mississippi State, and even more so.

Of the three contenders, LSU has the hardest schedule, playing Florida at home and Georgia in Athens. Ole Miss and its coach have a history of not being able to win the big games win they matter most. Alabama must replace its starting quarterback and any number of key offensive and defensive starters, but has ample young talent. None of these three teams is perfect, none is overwhelmingly dominant, and all have the potential to step up and seize the crown. It’s going to be fun, competitive football to watch.

m

July 14th, 2009
9:13 am

Tony,

Finish the ACC before you start harping on the over-rated SEC and their gomers. What about UConn? Write it down, the Jackets will play UConn in Orlando for the ACCC.

m

July 14th, 2009
9:13 am

Tech’s ACC schedule is so tough that they needed some patsies to play in their non-conference schedule.

So where best to find patsies then the sec….ugag, vannerbilt and mippy pippy st. Too bad we play Jacksonville St. in the other game…it would be nice to drop them and pick up one of the other sec patsies like alabammer or tennnersee or awBARN.

Tech, the only team in the nation to play THREE sec patsies.

45-42….glad it hurts so bad.

m

July 14th, 2009
9:15 am

m imposter alert:

Please note that m at 9:13 is a crybaby imposter.

m

July 14th, 2009
9:15 am

Note that the 9:13 post wasn’t me, just another mutt loser.

MiltonDawg

July 14th, 2009
9:15 am

Ole Miss will be the dark horse in the division. Bama’s QB is unproven and has questions marks all over him, just like LSU. Auburn will have it’s struggles again with new HC & OC. Miss St will upset GT!!
M?? know your conferences buddy. UCONN is Big East GT Genius!!

On Probation??

July 14th, 2009
9:18 am

Tiger fans are excited over the possibility of having one of the most explosive offenses in the nation with Jordan Jefferson at quarterback, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams and Richard Murphy returning as the three featured running backs, and Brandon LaFell, Terrance Tolliver, Trindon Holliday and Rueben Randle as the primary wide receivers. Also, Richard Dickson returns as perhaps the best receiving tight end in the SEC and Mitch Joseph as one of the best blocking tight ends in the conference. Keiland Williams, Trindon Holliday and possible Morris Claiborne will be returning kicks and Chad Jones and Holliday will be returning punts. If the team can cut the interceptions down to half and not turn the ball over with fumbles, the LSU offense will be very good. In my opinion, if Jefferson has the kind of year he is capable of having, the Tigers will be playing in a BCS game next January.

On defense, Tiger fans are looking forward to seeing Chad Jones and Patrick Peterson have break out years. Jones could be one of the top safeties in the SEC, and Peterson could very well be the best cornerback in the SEC. Tiger fans are also looking forward to seeing Harry Coleman play outside linebacker.

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. Rahim Alem will be one of the top defensive ends in the SEC, but after Alem it looks a little scary. Drake Nevis, Charles Alexander, Pep Levingston and Al Woods all look great in uniform, but have been a bit disappointing on the playing field. I expect redshirt freshmen Chase Clement, Cordian Hagans, Chancy Aghayere and Sidell Corley to see lots of playing time early in the season before the start of SEC play. If the above redshirt defensive lineman are not getting the job done, I would not be surprised to see Sam Montgomery and Chris Davenport receive plenty of playing time.

I believe LSU will be stronger at linebacker than they have been in the last six years. I really like Coleman and I expect Jacob Cutrera, Kelvin Shepard, Perry Riley and Ryan Baker to have break out seasons. I also expect Ace Foyil to have a great season as a second team linebacker and a special teams players. I mentioned Jones and Peterson in the defensive backfield as potential stars and I also expect Chris Hawkins, Ron Brooks and Jai Eugene to play very well

LSU Baseball National & SEC Champions

July 14th, 2009
9:18 am

Tigers win SECW

Geaux Tigers!!!

Anonymous

July 14th, 2009
9:21 am

Little “m,”

The sad truth is no one can tell the difference between you and your imposters. Nor does anyone really care, frankly. You and your imposters are equally without redeeming qualities of any kind.

Gen Neyland

July 14th, 2009
9:21 am

Miles is right. The SEC West has a problem the East doesn’t. We have Florida…Chavis’ defenses can play. Last year at Tennessee, his D was on the field for 70% of any given game and I never saw a guy cramp up. They had one of the better D’s in college football and I expect Chavis to use what he inherited at LSU to the fullest extent. CJC’s defenses will bend but it’s hard to break them drive after drive. The LSU offense has had a year to realign themselves and CLM will get her chugging in 2009. Yeah, the West is gonna be a lot of fun to us observers from the East but I’m giving the nod to LSU and not because of a one game show against GT. Yet I will admit, there is a place in my heart to see Ole Miss top the heap.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
9:22 am

LSU’s QB has not proven much and Arkansas’s early schedule is brutal for a young team that had a terrible defense. Ole Miss and Bama fight it out for 1st. LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas fight it out for 3rd.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
9:23 am

Will CJC’s defense bend like the UCLA game last year?

CrimsonRedScarlett

July 14th, 2009
9:25 am

When will all the prognosticators take note that home field is virtually meaningless in the Alabama-LSU and Auburn-Georgia games?
Before a new airport was built, going to Fayetteville was a miserable road game for everybody.

SimpleDawg

July 14th, 2009
9:26 am

Does Georgy Tech have a place for their little morons to go to and post their petty thoughts.

These little pricks seem to have an inferiority complex regarding the SEC in general and UGA specifically.

You little yeller fellers should really get a life.

Bama Aaron

July 14th, 2009
9:28 am

Ole Miss is not the great team that people are making them out to be. I promise you Nutt will lose at least 2 that he shouldn’t. LSU will be Bama’s main rival for the west this year and I don’t think they have the talent to get it done.
Alabama will meet UF in the Dome again this year. The Tide’s question marks aren’t all that much. New QB will step in with more talent than the old one…for those that don’t know he just outshown McCoy, Bradford and others at the Manning QB camp. Once the O-line is set this team will be very, very difficult to beat.

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9:30 am

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DawginLex

July 14th, 2009
9:38 am

m’s obsession with UGA continues. Did a UGA guy steal your girl? Oh wait, blow up dolls don’t count……………..

Atl aufan

July 14th, 2009
9:42 am

I like LSU to win the division or maybe Ole Miss will finally get their shot. Meanwhile I don’t think Auburn has a much rebuilding as everyone thinks. Tubbs left the program in decent shape but Tony is right about the QB situation. If we get decent play out of them we could go 8-4 or 9-3.

CJW80

July 14th, 2009
9:42 am

QB play in SEC is huge, almost every team in SEC has great Defense, Rb, Wr were the SEC we get great talent, We found out the hard way after we had to kick our starting QB of the team last year and play a combo of Freshman. Therefore I will say 1. Ole Miss–best QB in the West, lost best defensive player to Falcons, but easy schedule should help
2. LSU– Defense is going to be sick, QB Jefferson has alot of weapons around him and liked his play agaunst GT in peachbowl, horrible schedule.
3. Alabama– great D , to many pieces to replace on offense ( even the great Nick Satan had down years at LSU, Alabama fans are going to find that out and come back to reality)

Nick "Satan" Saban

July 14th, 2009
9:43 am

Thank god we don’t play in Athens this year… damn that blackout was intimidating.

Rebel Rouser

July 14th, 2009
9:45 am

Ole Piss will win the west. Alabama will go 0-13.

UGA National Champions 2009!

Git R Done! 5000 people work for me.

RR

Will

July 14th, 2009
9:49 am

I think LSU, Bama and Ole Miss are all right there together. So to me it comes down to schedules. And that clearly favors Bama. So I am going with them as bad as I hate it. The rematch in Atlanta will be a pretty good one.

JaxDawg

July 14th, 2009
9:52 am

Ole Miss is the solid pick to win the west when you take a look at their schedules.

Ole Miss gets Bama, Ark, Tenn,& LSU at home, their road schedule is: Memphis, SC, Vandy, Aub, and Miss St.

Bama is next as they rotate Kent and SC as their changable east teams, get Tenn at home, but do have to play @Miss

LSU has an uphill battle: back to back @UGA, then FL & have to play @Miss. Vandy could be a dangerous game coming after opening at Washington and playing at 10:00pm, very late game & cross country travel could hurt.
LSU has a ton of talent, but with that schedule, I think it will be a two team race between Bama and Ole Miss, but have to give the edge to Miss because of their schedule.

David

July 14th, 2009
9:52 am

Ole Miss, Alabama (may have the best SEC team by the end of the year), LSU, Ark, Auburn, Miss State puppies

JB

July 14th, 2009
9:57 am

My vote is LSU………..Any team that can do what they did to the unbeatable, all world Tech team got my Attention……..Bee’s still trying to heal their stingers…..Dwyer went to end zone AFTER the peach bowl ( chik’n bowl whatever) just to sniff it………

JB

July 14th, 2009
9:59 am

by the way…….i’ve watched the replay of LSU/Tech bowl game twice this summer and enjoyed it both times….It’s a real pick me up for the off season !

MyWhiskeyClear

July 14th, 2009
10:03 am

With a sibling matriculating at the Capstone in the Fall I now feel a loose connection with the University of Alabama. So, with that I feel entitled to an opinion on the SEC West. I believe that Ole Miss is definitely riding high emotionally with the generous preseason ranking and the upset of Florida last season, but with Oher and others gone the line play could suffer. And against some of the best O and D-lines in the country they will need to either find more grown men or some real scrappers to fill those gaps. Being a Tech fan who attended that miserable Peach Bowl I happen to believe that LSU is legit now that they’ve settled on a QB. I do not know if Bama will live up to last year’s success but if they do I will have one very delighted sister and high hopes for the upcoming series that pits them against my Jackets. As far as fanship…I gotta pull for Ole Miss. Call me a lover of underdogs when it comes to title shots. As a longtime Tech fan I come by it honestly.

MyWhiskeyClear

July 14th, 2009
10:05 am

JB, breathe, son. Calm yourself. Who are you so angry at? Tech isn’t in the SEC anymore. And they’re not scheduled to play LSU this year.

Will

July 14th, 2009
10:06 am

Tony-

Good read and I think it will be a toss up between the 3.

George-

Alabama and Auburn virtually play the same schedule except Bama plays #15 Va Tach and au plays #23 West Va. Also the only surprise for auburn is that Chizik will stop his 10 game losing streak sometime this season.

jabster

July 14th, 2009
10:06 am

Auburn and Missy State will play each other for the SECW basement.

JB: Did you actually get all the way to the end of the Peach Bowl before your “happy ending”? I don’t believe for a second you watched it to enjoy a good football game.

joe

July 14th, 2009
10:13 am

oh geez tony…get out of bed with Urban and Nick. To shun Ole Miss is a slap in the face. Give other teams credit instead of the gator-Bama love affair with the media. Sick of it……Who beat Fla last year??? who beats Fla the year after a NC???

JB

July 14th, 2009
10:13 am

Jabster, I just fast forwarded to the good parts….it only takes about 45 minutes to watch it with Comcast DVR…….great stuff……

JB

July 14th, 2009
10:15 am

whiskey….it’s the Rings and m…..hope ya’ll have a good year…….

Jeff

July 14th, 2009
10:16 am

Yeah Tony….how about the UTES!!! to take a note from the arragant bama fans…..what was it at the half??????????????????????????????????????? hmm…bama made the SEC look soooooo good didnt they. Pick em “Mr. College football”….hahahaha a titale that’s almost as funny as what Utah did to bama on national TV

Bamafan

July 14th, 2009
10:16 am

LSU and Alabama will fight it out for the SEC west title. If Alabama’s
offense line can get better as the season goes on the crimson tide can
win the west and give the gators a dog fight for the title.

bank walker

July 14th, 2009
10:18 am

I have to disagree big Tone. I am liking LSU, Ole Miss, and then Bama in the West. I think LSU will have a good defense under Chavis.

War Eagle Beagle

July 14th, 2009
10:19 am

Arkansas will finish no worse than 3rd in the west. I could even see a better finish for them if all the chips fall right. Petrino is going to have that team ready to play. The defense is going to be alot better, and the offense will be one of the best in the country. It is going to be a long year for my Tigers, but Arkansas fans have alot to look forward to. Houston Nutt will choke like he always does when he is actually picked to do something. The tide will probably win the West but watch out for the Hogs.

MyWhiskeyClear

July 14th, 2009
10:23 am

I’m right there with you on ‘m’…As for the bowl rings that had the ‘HATE game’ score engraved inside them by vote of the Tech seniors as kind of a highlight of their season, well, I don’t think it hurt anyone….especially you. Thanks for the well wishes on the season. I’d love to see the day that a rivalry like Tech-Ga or AU-UA is a top 5 match-up. Of, course that means each team has to have a great season.

JB

July 14th, 2009
10:29 am

thanks whiskey……by the way….i’ve never seen a post from a Tech person say, ‘hope ya’ll have a good year”…..you could make history and be the first ?

KR

July 14th, 2009
10:29 am

Since all of the amateur prognosticators are weighing in, I’ll give it a shot.

Mississippi State will have moments of glory, but they still have a firm grip on the bottom of the list.

Arkansas is a genuine middle of the pack team. Ole Miss isn’t as good as their hype would have you believe. Auburn isn’t as bad as they are made out to be. It’s a toss-up between these three teams for positions 3, 4 & 5.

Alabama and LSU are toss-ups as well. However, Bama’s softer schedule makes them the favorite to win the SEC West.

WAR EAGLE!

WTF???

July 14th, 2009
10:29 am

HAWGS & DAWGS IN THE DOME……

Not really, but it’s a thought…

[...] Barnhart picks Alabama to win the SEC West. Barnhart writes, “The reason I like Alabama in this division is that that Tide is not going to need that many [...]

Paddy

July 14th, 2009
10:31 am

ANYBODY but Arkansas. You know “that coach” still lives down there. Hope they lose them all until he leaves. Which could be anytime and for sure in the middle of the night.

Jake Adams

July 14th, 2009
10:34 am

If I understand you correctly, Tony, you are picking Alabama and LSU over Ole Miss because you don’t think Ole Miss can handle the “hype”?

http://www.theolemissblog.com

gdawginkalamazoo

July 14th, 2009
10:44 am

“The defense will be better because it has to be”. Tony, good one. Ranks right up there with “let’s win one for the gipper”.

I see LSU winning the West now that they have the QB settled and as the General said Chavis running the D. He has always had good defenses and LSU in recent years has always had the talent. That Florida game will be one wild atmosphere. I just don’t see the love for Bama and Ole Miss with all the replacements. Especially Bama at QB. No matter the “talent” that is one tough position to show up in and make progress your first year. Look at Stafford and Tebow when they first stepped in. Give the Bama QB a year to adjust then put them back up there.

Tony Barnhart

July 14th, 2009
10:45 am

Jake Adams,

As I said in my comments, the ability of Ole Miss to handle being a favorite, a new position for the Rebels, is just part of it. Losing two first-round draft choices, one on each line, is also a factor. I would love to be wrong on Ole Miss, because I have a great deal of respect for Houston Nutt and for the school. But right now that’s the way I see it.

TB

Aaron Henderson

July 14th, 2009
10:45 am

So far, Ole Miss’s car accident can play major havoc with their team, and basing their season on a big bowl game seems a bit premature. So, I’d say they’d finish 3rd.

The Alabama/LSU dogfight is for 1st…. and quite honestly, the team to beat is Alabama. They had some tough losses in personel – it’s college football, everyone has losses! but what they have coming back can more than make up for it. Their defense will be just as stout, and it’s not like Greg McElroy is just in off the cotton fields… he’s been in the system, he knows what he needs to do, and having a big stable of running backs will help, as well as having the best receiver in the SEC in Julio Jones… he put up numbers last year when he knew he was going to be double teamed…. and look how good he was… this year, the sky’s the limit for him.

And, I would love to see the rematch of Bama/Florida….. It would be time for the Tide to roll…..

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

[...] Who is going to win the SEC West this year? Tony Barnhart weighs in with his opinion on his blog this morning. Barnhart lists the predications [...]

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.

reebok

July 14th, 2009
12:13 pm

Tech fan here. I think the pundits are jumping on the Ole Miss bandwagon so they can look smart just in case the Rebels pull it off…but both Alabama & LSU are much more talented and better-coached. I thnk ‘Bama may have overachieved last year…and after watching what the Tigers did to my Jackets (live) at the Peach Bowl (yeah, I still call it that), I can tell you that a motivated LSU team is scary good. See you on the Flats in November, Dog fans…

Matt

July 14th, 2009
12:14 pm

You guys seem to forget that LSU still could have beaten UGA and Bama had they gotten better QB play. This year both the Offense and Defense will be better. Watch out for the Tigers.

Paul Slimebaum

July 14th, 2009
12:14 pm

The rest of the west will quake in fear of the Mighty Saban just like Urban Meyer. And don’t tell me he’s not going to ND, I demand a lie detector test! And if that doesn’t confirm it, I demand a blood test!!

ldavis

July 14th, 2009
12:15 pm

my predictions:

LSU (has QB who is going to be a player much like jason campbell, but better)

Bama (defense, tons of talent – they will be the premiere SEC team for years to come prolly)

Ark (we have the best QB in the SEC not named Tebow in my opinion – i think snead is vastly overrated). we have upgraded every position to be very competitive.

Ole Miss – nutt does terrible when he has expectations.

Auburn – has more than most think

Miss state – maybe next year. i actually predict they will upset Ole Miss this year.

Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
12:16 pm

LSU beat VT 48-7 in 2007

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_LSU_Tigers_football_team

I was at a party on the Fourth of July when a VT fan tried to argue that the game was competitive and only decided by 14 points. He was obviously drunk.

Paul Slimebaum

July 14th, 2009
12:17 pm

And if that does’t work, waterboard him!!!

Matt

July 14th, 2009
12:17 pm

Quake in fear of Saban??? Haha!! That’s funny, go back and look at Saban’s past. Notice that he cannot put together back to back solid double digit win seasons. He wont this year either. Saban is a great recruiter and a good coach. Without all the talent on the field, he’d be mediocre.

Pete Nose

July 14th, 2009
12:18 pm

Bama will win the west.FL the east.V-teck the acc champion.whats new? NC game will be USC vs Texas

Nachos - the "disgrace" to all 'Bama fans

July 14th, 2009
12:19 pm

Why wont any of you UGA fans pick Alabama to win the West? Do you really hate Alabama that much?

Otto

July 14th, 2009
12:21 pm

Idavis a Defense is just as import as a QB. Bama illustrated that last JPW was an average QB in terms of his arm but he did not make mistakes and had a very good defense.

I don’t think Arkansas has the defense and the offense will be explosive. But I think the defense combined with a lack of depth to survive that schedule drops Arkansas to 4th or 5th in the west.

Gridiron Gator

July 14th, 2009
12:25 pm

Finebaum is an Alabama Hack.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
12:25 pm

This UGA fan is picking Bama.

coachdawg 2000

July 14th, 2009
12:26 pm

otto- players recruited in 2005 Miles first year would be redshirt seniors, 2006- either redshirt juniors, true seniors. Plus didn’t exactly recruit like tech in 2007, 2008, 2009. So the talent isn’t gone but his upperclassmen were way better than what shula brought in. Just so you know. I just think Alabama isn’t quite there this year alot of balls bounced their way in close games. losing your left tackle and senior quarterback has an impact but you know what i am speculating because I, like you don’t know!

Otto

July 14th, 2009
12:29 pm

Pete, I think the BCS title game will be the winners of:

USC vs Ohio St
Texas vs OU

However I am picking Ohio St vs OU with both running the tables.

UF drops a game to somebody along the way.

Matt

July 14th, 2009
12:29 pm

Otto– There is one huge difference between JPW and any other QB Bama puts on the field. That is senior leadership and a ton of SEC starting experience. You cannot replace that. Look what happened to LSU after Flynn left and Perrilloux was kicked off the team.

Flynn and the defense are the reasons LSU won the NC in 07 and in ‘03 Mauck and the LSU defense were the reasons LSU won their first NC.

ldavis

July 14th, 2009
12:32 pm

otto,

the point is well taken about ark’s defense.

we are pretty thin up front, with a pretty big drop off after the 1’s on our front seven.

the secondary was a huge liability last year, but will actually be our deepest group this year on defense.

the point is, if our offense can run like it’s built to (and yes I know this is the SEC) hopefully we can make up for our shortcomings on defense with a great offense. it remains to be seen.

but the D will be much tougher this year than last.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
12:39 pm

I give Ole Miss a slight edge over Bama for the sec west. Huge schedule advantage for UM and a huge schedule disadvantage for LSU. LSU could very well end up being the best team in the west but not win the division by virtue of having to play both Miss and Bama on the road and also playing Georgia in Athens and playing Florida. Miss and Bama both have the good fortune of avoiding both UGA and UF. That scheduling right there pretty much eliminates LSU from the conversation.

Ole Miss is as good as anyone if you’re just looking at the top 22. The depth is questionable, especially on the O-line. Bobby Massie must step up as a true freshman at left tackle. Nutt has always given Bama and LSU problems and will do so again. People forget that this team was just destroying opponents down the stretch last year and that they are the only team to beat UF and they did it in the swamp. That’s saying something. If ever Ole Miss will win the division this is the year. The schedule is set up perfectly, they’re hungry, and they’re really tired of losing to Bama. Obviously I want my guys to win but I wouldn’t be that annoyed if Miss was able to put it all together and finally win the division. Normally I pull for the underdog and if we don’t win it I hope Ole Miss does and represents well in the seccg.

Now a look at us. D is going to be fearsome with 9 returning starters and practically the whole 2 deep. The D was 3rd in the country last year so when the poster above said we did not have a great D I have to wonder where this guy was last year. Nobody is talking about special teams. We have all our top special teams performers returning.

On offense McElroy is a 4th yr junior who we actually expect to be much better than Wilson. The guy just came back from an elite qb camp where he placed 2nd and outperformed the likes of Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, etc. In high school he was the Texas 5A (highest classification) player of the year and set the state record for tds in a season with 56 and rushed for just under 1,000 yards in leading his team to the title.

We return 2 of our top 3 rbs and add superfreshman rb Trent Richardson who was the no. 1 or 2 rated tailback coming out of high school. Tight ends will be equal or better than last year. Wide receivers will certainly be upgraded and Julio will be complemented. He also only played one position last year due to being a freshman and the learning curve. This year he will line up in the slot some and basically will be able to line up all over the field. Scary aint it.

O-line is actually the one glaring question mark. We got exposed in the Utah game when we lost 2 O-lineman Smith and our all sec guard Johnson in the 1st qtr. But the depth and talent is absolutely there and there is a modicum of experience as the new starters will all be juniors and all have in fact played in games. Its just the game experience that we will be lacking and that will come as the season progresses. Saban built the depth quickly and we will have 2 former 5 star off tackle recruits who won’t even be starters. They will be backups.

Otto

July 14th, 2009
12:43 pm

Coach, Shula’s talent was not bad, he just did not have enough scholarships. Remember Shula did go 10-2 in his 2nd to last year with a reduced amount of available scholarships. Shula was actually a good recruiter, Prothro Coffee etc. Saban has filled those additional scholarships with more top recruits.

Les’s team lost alot of the DL talent and leadership last year. The defense also has more new leadership on the coaching side in a completely new system.

Saban built a great deal of leadership over the past 2 years and is keeping the same system on both sides of the ball.

Bama fans that hate Paul Finebaum

July 14th, 2009
12:45 pm

Finebaum is an idiot and Bama fans everywhere despise the man. I don’t know why anyone would think he’s pro bama. He’s just someone who rabble rouses folks with inflammatory comments. This past week he did it with Urban Meyer but its usually Saban or Auburn that are the targets of his BS.

L-O

July 14th, 2009
12:47 pm

m is a fool and should move behind Z because he will loose every time.Last place for you idiot.You make tech proud.

tolivr

July 14th, 2009
12:48 pm

Tony’s on the money. Yes, Alabama starts a new quarterback–the one who broke Chase Daniel’s single season high school records and who also has been studying the Tide offense for two years. Saban has recruited linemen heavily, and the linemen he recruited were heavily recruited. You’ll see an Alabama running game that, by midseason, will be as dominant as last year’s. If the Tide gets by Va Tech and Arkansas, the offense will be settled by then and the rest of the season will be over for the SEC West.

Face the music. Saban is building a monster in Tuscaloosa: a physical, dominating team with stellar defense. If LSU or Ole Miss hope to beat the Tide, they’d better find a way this year because, with each succeeding year, it’s only going to get worse for the West with the recruits Alabama’s stockpiling.

As for Chizik and Kiffin–both gone in three years.

Joe

July 14th, 2009
12:48 pm

Thanks for the response Tony. As much as I disagree with alot of what you write and I do think you are a fairweather with UGA- when were on top- great when we are not- were bashed- I respect the fact that you answer postings and are interactive with us explaining you views etc. Thnaks!!

jumbeauxtiger

July 14th, 2009
12:52 pm

I’m just not sold on Ole Miss making it to the SECCG. I’m sure this will get the natives restless and that’s ok as I always look forward to going to Oxford :) Seriously they had a solid season last year and I was glad to see them manhandle TT.

I give Bama the edge only because of the schedule. I think the Tide wins the West at 7-1 with LSU and Ole Miss 6-2.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Nachos - the "disgrace" to all 'Bama fans

July 14th, 2009
12:54 pm

It’s a 3 horse race and I give the edge to ‘Bama because of their defense.

Allbarn will be lucky to win 3 games.

Joe

July 14th, 2009
12:54 pm

You ask why UGA fans dont pick Blama to win the west???? Because we dont like you? whaaaaaaa..Dont flatter yourselves Blama boys….UF,UT,GT,AU,CU and others come before you on that list. Maybe the reason is…..hmmmmm…….could it be a loss to Utah to end the season….and Ole Miss is better???? hmmmmmmm you think???? Where is Blama in the polls? Where is Ole Miss??? seems it’s not just UGA that thinks that….

m

July 14th, 2009
12:56 pm

I apologize to UGA,GA.TECH and the alphabet.

Jeff

July 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

Hey Bama fans…..1-4 vs UGA ….

Otto

July 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

Joe, are you in high school? The post reads like a facebook post.

Nachos - the "disgrace" to all 'Bama fans

July 14th, 2009
12:59 pm

Joe why so bitter? Its not our fault you were blessed with a 3 inch “joystick”. Go drink a PBR or 30, buy a new wardrobe at the local Wal-Mart then get a new tattoo and you will feel better. Good luck in your job search BTW.

41-30

Joe

July 14th, 2009
12:59 pm

Otto….actually enrolled at UF

Joe

July 14th, 2009
1:02 pm

Thanks nachos…think I would rather watch reruns of the Sugar Bowl. Its one thing to lose to a quality SEC team…it is quite another to embarrass the conference on National TV

Joe

July 14th, 2009
1:06 pm

Nachos….41-30…yes……how about the 4 before that? Do you remember those?? let me give you a hint….one and done….

Disappointed

July 14th, 2009
1:07 pm

Nachos – the “real disgrace” to all ‘Bama fans period!, I did work on rockets, which kept your ungrateful arse safe in 1990! Now, if you don’t like ones opinon you can cry to management while you bring the right order. That’s fries and not nachos, you TWit! Nothing worse than an inbreed. Alabama Porch Monkey!

LSUFanatic

July 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

Mark it down: LSU wins the west and beats Florida for the SEC title and goes to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. Tebow will get shut down in the Ga Dome!

Dawgmania

July 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

Just got off the Rivals and Scout web sites…..Looks like the Dawgs got another commitment from a stud DE that both Alabama and Florida had offered…..listen…can you hear it? Thats the Dawg train loading up for the future and headn down the tracks….who says CMR can’t recruit and coach…the SEC is about to see how good a coach he really is. Things look great for the future of the Georgia program. Its great to be a Dawg!

Frozen_Gator

July 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

1) Bama, the overall recruiting should begin to show up, players we have forgotten about will come to the front. 2)Just as talented but schedule does them in 3)Ole Miss, first time teams on the big stage usually don,t their predicted glory, have a lot of talent but may have holes and lack depth 4) Arky will beat spoil somebody’s plans 5) Auburn, no talent at QB or wideout 6)Sorry Coach Mullen you should have waited for a better gig

m

July 14th, 2009
1:12 pm

m @ 12:56 is another evil imposter out to damage my popularity. Ba$tard!

The Real “m”

CharlotteGator

July 14th, 2009
1:12 pm

Tide Rising,

You’ve mentioned that the OL replacements are juniors but are they anywhere near the size, strength, and skill of what was lost? Obviously they won’t be equivalent since you lost prime NFL type talent, but how big is the gap? I think that’s the main ? with Bama.

As far as who will win it, this is the first time in a while I don’t have a strong opinion one way or another. It really is a toss-up. LSU is breaking in a new QB (I don’t count beating Tech’s one trick pony with one month to prepare) and has a monster schedule. Bama has to shore up the line which is the key to their season w/ all the talent they have coming back. Ole Miss can be a great team, but as has been posted, they’re not deep. Can they go 2 years in a row not being bit by the injury bug? I know Hardy missed time last year and you get him back, but losing Oher and Jerry is pretty big.

It’s probably going to come down to the wire with some lucky bounces going one way or another. As a Gator, IF we make it to ATL in Dec., all 3 teams would be a great matchup and all 3 would provide us problems. I’d love to get another crack at Ole Miss after last year’s debacle, it’s always fun to meet Bama in the Dome, meaning I’d probably like to avoid playing LSU just in case we beat them in the regular season. Tough to beat the same team twice.

m

July 14th, 2009
1:12 pm

Please note that the post at 12:56 was not me. Just another typical SEC gomer-homer

m

July 14th, 2009
1:18 pm

No it’s not.

CharlotteGator

July 14th, 2009
1:18 pm

Dawgmania,

First, what does UGA recruiting have to do with anything in today’s post?

Second, why all the talk about the future? There’s a season starting soon you might want to check out. You’re team isn’t bad.

Third, what’s the statute of limitations on “the SEC is about to see how good a coach he really is”? Seems like Miles, Saban, Meyer, etc. have shown the SEC what’s what fairly soon in their tenures. What happened to just “hunkering down” and getting it done? Quit talking about proving something like you have an inferiority complex. Get to work and expect nothing but the best like everyone else.

The sound you hear is actually all the other SEC teams leaving UGA at the station making excuses about who knows what….

Otto

July 14th, 2009
1:19 pm

LSUfanatic. How does LSU shut down Tebow? The only win LSU or CJC has over Tebow is a narrow 4 pt win.

superDawg

July 14th, 2009
1:21 pm

I like LSU,OLE MISS.,ALA.,ARK.,MISS.ST.,AUB.. in that order.Who ever it is I hope they will be playing UGA.

Bernie

July 14th, 2009
1:25 pm

As a GATOR… looking at the SEC West,I agree with Tony. The Tide has too many weapons.They restock every position like we do at Florida.You got to Roll with the Tide.Best of luck West !!!

steve

July 14th, 2009
1:25 pm

Two words: ROLL TIDE

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

July 14th, 2009
1:29 pm

LSU should win West…Jordan will have great season, plus Russell Shepard and other 5* freshman will have big impact in 2009.

Dawgmania

July 14th, 2009
1:41 pm

Charlotte Gator…Chill Out! Nobody cut down your team..or said the Gators or Meyer suck…Are you mad because the Dawgs passed Florida in the recruiting rankings…is that it? You need to go get some. I think you are way to tense. I hope you and your team have a good year, not a great one. I don’t care how many NC’s your team has. I wouldn’t trade Mark Richt for your coach for all the money in the world….By the way ..is your name Charlotte or do you live there? Its Great to be a Dawg!

ldavis

July 14th, 2009
1:42 pm

OBVIOUSLY ARKANSAS WILL WIN THE NAT’L CHAMPIONSHIP.

WHEN YOU ALL SEE MALLETT LIFTING THE SEARS TROPHY YOU’LL UNDERSTAND.

YES CRY! CRY SEC! YOUR TEARS GIVE ME SUSTENANCE!!!

ldavis

July 14th, 2009
1:43 pm

I’s jus trollin u fools.

Nachos - the "disgrace" to all 'Bama fans

July 14th, 2009
1:45 pm

Joe why you gotta pull out the race card man? My feelings are hurt.

41-30

george

July 14th, 2009
1:46 pm

Otto

July 14th, 2009
1:50 pm

George that isn’t a great article. Just a rant by a Bama homer, no backing information sort of like many bloggers here.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
1:51 pm

Charlotte gator,

Good post as usual. You hit it on the head. The question for us will be what amount of drop off will there be from losing 3 O-line starters, 2 of whom were all americans now in the pros. The new center Vlachos replacing all american caldwell is actually bigger and stronger. He’s the strongest player on the team so I feel comfortable with him. But as we all know center is also a leadership and cerebral position so it will remain to be seen as far as drop off goes. Andre Smith is going to be replaced by Juco all american James Carpenter who solidified the LT position in the spring. Carpenter is taller at 6′5 but is only 305 lbs so he doesn’t quite carry the meat Andre had. There will be a drop off here but it will be minimal. We feel really good with him. There are several former 4 and 5 star recruits competing for the one other open position of guard and several have a lot of game experience. Overall, the big drop off will be in terms of experience but not in terms of physicality.

You seem to be the only other person noticing that the new LSU qb is only a 2 game starter with one of those being a loss to Arky which was one of the worst defenses in the nation last year. One game doesn’t define a whole season but a lot of people sure put a lot of stock into his 1 game against Tech.

If Ole Miss can get Powe to live up to his potential then he can be another Peria Jerry who in my opinion last year was the best dt in the country, much better than Terrence Cody at Bama. Greg Hardy also scares the hell out of O-lineman. He just has a motivation problem sometimes. In the game against us 2 years ago he just whipped our tackles including Smith all game long. He had something like 3 or 4 sacks, several tackles for loss, and I think 13 tackles overall. He might as well have just lined up in our backfield he was back there so much. If this guy can get his head screwed on straight he could be one of the alltime great d ends ever.

It should be a great race between the 3 with Ole Miss having an edge I think due to momentum and scheduling.

CharlotteGator

July 14th, 2009
1:52 pm

dawgmania,

- Recently moved from ATL to the Queen City. Taking a cue from one of the better Gator posters on this blog. G8RGRAD2 seemed lame. :)
- Could care less about the recruiting rankings.
- It’s interesting to me that you could care less about NC’s (mythical or not)
- I wonder on what basis Richt is so superior to Meyer. Seems like a lot of UGA fans throw that out as if Florida has had more arrests over Meyer’s 4 years than UGA (false), UGA has had more success (false), Richt develops young players better (false), Richt is a better man (no idea how fan’s would know that), or Myer “lies” or “cries” so much more than Richt (yet again false if you look at it….I’m sure plenty of Gator fans could and probably do say the same thing about Richt).

Sorry if I came across intense in the last post as it was not my intent. Just tired of all this “wait til the future/next year, here we come” talk. UGA has a good team and good program but just hasn’t gotten the results as of late. It’ll turn around, but all the recruiting, wait til’ next year talk is what turns these blogs into flame fests.

Let’s talk this year since it’s going to be a great season with battles in East, West, and ultimately Atlanta.

Win P.

July 14th, 2009
1:55 pm

To M: If Tech needs a non conference sec patsie, why not try LSU.

WavyGravy

July 14th, 2009
1:56 pm

I have to agree with Dawgmania, Charlote Gator is wound way to tight.Easy little girl don’t get your panies in a wad! Last time I checked neither Miles or Saban has beaten a Meyer coached team. Richt has, so let’s give him some credit. No question..Florida is the class of the league. Until proven otherwise all others are just pretenders. I predict that Alabama won’t win the West. The winner of the LSU- Ole Miss game will. Florida should win the East provided they don’t get over confident. Texas will win the National Championship.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
1:57 pm

Jeff,

Let it go with the Bama is 1-4 against UGA stuff. Its actually 1-3. We won last year, UGA won 3 in a row before that, then we won 3 in a row before that so we actually have won 4 of the last 7 and of course we lead the alltime head to head series 36-25 and we lead in Athens 12-7.

But you know what? Who really cares? They are all games in the past and we can all go and pick a point in time to suit our argument. Example: We’ve beaten Florida 3 of the last 5 but in my mind all I really see is that they beat us last year when it counted and so they have bragging rights over the past year which is all that really matters.

how2fish

July 14th, 2009
2:02 pm

Bama takes the west…LSU comes close but has to accept another trip to the Chick-filet Bowl were they once again trash the Bugs this time 51-7..

DawginLex

July 14th, 2009
2:04 pm

m is too stupid to realize Tony that his bet is idiotic. He said “if the SEC beats the ACC head to head, he will get off the blog.” When did the ACC beat the SEC head to head? Wasn’t last year einstein. It ended 6-6 after the bowl beatdown.

Things we know about m’s football knowledge:

1.) He thinks a cover 2 is when he and his boyfriend get under the covers together.
2.) He thinks the term “2 deep” also applies to his boy/boy relationship.
3.) He actually thinks that anyone outside of ATL gives 2 hoots about the nerd herd joke by coke.

All you need to know……………..

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
2:04 pm

Wavygravy,

I believe you would be mistaken. I’m very sure Miles has beaten Florida under Miles at least once if not twice. Saban has only played Meyer once losing last year in the seccg so that’s not a meaningful stat.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
2:06 pm

Dawginlex,

Ya got me chuckling again. Maybe we should actually lobby to keep m on the blog. Even if he is inane and utterly stupid he does provide comic relief.

Tide4u2c

July 14th, 2009
2:07 pm

Yes Alabama wins the west again this year.

LSU’s schedule is just too tough to get through LSU fans forget Jordon Jefferson has only started 2 games yet act like at Alabama Greg McElroy who is a junior and has been learning the offense for 2 years and is ready to lead the team to victory is a weakness.

Well I disagree Jefferson does not have enough experiance for LSU fans to be acting like he does.LSU is going to have to prove they are as strong as they should be.They have all the talent and depth you could want but just seem to be slipping while Alabama gains momentum.

Alot of people seem to imply it was a fluke year for Alabama last season to win 12 games in a row but it was’nt people are just not paying attention enough to see what is happening at Alabama, it is easier to under-estimate Alabama.

As for Ole Miss I am not fully sold on them however just on their schedule I could see them giving LSU problems for the 2nd place position in the west.

Don’t forget Alabama has almost never had top-notch QB and yet has won many NC’s and Alabama has not ever been about heisman trophies because it takes a team to win. In 92 when Alabama won the NC it was because one of the best defenses ever in college football not so much of a great QB. Roll Tide!

CharlotteGator

July 14th, 2009
2:07 pm

WavyGravy,

Sorry I’m wound too tight. How’s this?

“excuse me sir, if I may say, i believe if prior information is correct, Les Miles coached a team from Baton Rouge in 2007 that won a Saturday night game against a team that typically wears orange and blue. i understand this fact to be true and accurate to the best of my ability. let’s not saint mr. richt yet. he still needs to figure out how to let go of ineffective assitant coaches.”

Let me now take that nap you recommended…

Gridiron Gator

July 14th, 2009
2:08 pm

LSU, Bama and Ole Miss will beat each other up to see who can climb to the top in the West and then get to Atlanta where they will get beat down. LSU vs Florida at night is gonna be an instant classic though…

Paul Finebaum

July 14th, 2009
2:09 pm

I’d like to rub my fine balm all over Sexie Sabie!

ldavis

July 14th, 2009
2:12 pm

The SEC West is far superior in every aspect to the East.

Lord of The Lizards

July 14th, 2009
2:13 pm

CharlotteGator…Don’t sweat it, keep showing that passion! Jealousy has gotten them nowhere!!!

Comin' Down The Track

July 14th, 2009
2:14 pm

m,

What a mAROON.

Thy beatdown cometh, bugs.

ldavis

July 14th, 2009
2:15 pm

so do you guys think it will be this year or next year when Arkansas wins the national title?

m

July 14th, 2009
2:16 pm

oh tony, please come join our tickle pile with that hunky tim tebow.

i’m hoping that we go to the almond bowl again this year….i’ve got to admit that we just love those bowl trips to san francisco…..much more my style than some of these other places…’frisco is such a wonderful cosmopolitan city for a metro man such as myself…..

m

July 14th, 2009
2:17 pm

please note that the m at 2.16 is an imposter.

m

July 14th, 2009
2:17 pm

please note that the m at 2.17 is an imposter….must be another mutt.

Matt

July 14th, 2009
2:18 pm

How is LSU slipping and Bama gaining momentum? LSU had one bad year while Bama had one good year. That’s it. LSU is now one full season removed from winning a national title, while Bama is currently on a 2 game losing streak.

jack smitherman

July 14th, 2009
2:19 pm

to my gator friend is he thought bama has to replace guys on defense buty we only have one to replace and robbie green can do that and maybe better then who we had ? but i truily believe that bama will have the best defense in the sec and the country saying that bama has back to back # one recruiting classes in the nation and with the very best defense coach in the land .lets not forget bama was leading going the 4 quarter against fla. and a big time question call that went against bama after holding fla. with a very little face mask if it was one fla. punts to bama in great field area and the clock was running down in favor of bama !

Matt

July 14th, 2009
2:20 pm

Les Miles is 2-2 against Meyer and 1-1 against Saban.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
2:23 pm

Charlotte gator,

Lord of lizards is right, I wouldn’t sweat it either if I were you. I’ve always found your posts to be good because its obvious you know your football. I also thought your posts towards dawgmania were very reasonable. And then dawgmania and wavy train decided to embark on namecalling, insults, and just trashtalking rather than just talking about todays blog.

Eric

July 14th, 2009
2:23 pm

I’m glad all you George W Bushes already know how the season will end. I’m VERY impressed.

WavyGravy

July 14th, 2009
2:25 pm

Tide Rising ..just so we set the record straight..Over the last ten games Georgia and Bama have played the series is tied 5-5. Over the last four games Georgia leads 3-1. Over the last eight games the series is tied 4-4. Don’t know why you just posted the last seven games record..is it because you wanted to make yourself look good to Jeff?You Bama fans kill me. You think the world revolves around your team. Let me pick a point in time that I like to remember…SEC Championship game. Florida completely outclassed your team. You weren’t even in their league. What a pompous idiot!

Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
2:28 pm

Wavy,

If Florida outclassed Bama by overcoming a fourth quarter deficit to win by 11, what did Bama do to Georgia in September?

m

July 14th, 2009
2:29 pm

m @ 2:17 is an imposter too. Wait, maybe I’M the imposter?!

This is like one of those bad movies where I’ve been cloned. Why, anyone could be m!

Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
2:29 pm

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
2:30 pm

ldavis,

I’m not sure about when Ark competes again for a national title. I do think though that they will be the most interesting team to watch this year in the west. Ark was really young last year, their D can only get better, mallett is the real deal at qb, and Petrino has a full year under his belt so they should be much improved over all. I’m looking for them to make some noise and probably win a couple games that nobody is expecting them to win this year. They will be the darkhorse to watch.

Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
2:31 pm

Don’t brag when your big brother bests someone who beat you down. It makes you look really pathetic.

CharlotteGator

July 14th, 2009
2:33 pm

jack smitherman,

“big time questionable call” might be a little much. There’s a difference between a questionable call and a heartbreaking or game changing/saving (depending on your rooting interest) call. Miami’s pass interference against OSU in the title game is a questionable call. That was a face mask penalty.

The SECCG was back and forth with a lot of game-changing plays. Saying Bama was leading going into the 4th as if they dominated the entire game is a little disingenuous. Either team could have won for sure. I think what tipped the game to Florida was a combination of Tebow’s 3rd down passing, Arenas stepping out on the 4 yd. line on a punt/kick return, the Florida defense finally doing something in the 4th quarter, the Bama fake FG attempt, gutsy option shovel pass call on 3rd and 6, huge plays by the relatively unknown and unproven David Nelson, timely plays by A. Hernandez.

I was there. Playing Bama in the SECCG game is an uphill battle because anytime they’re in that game, its going to be a pro-Tide crowd, given all the legacy tickets they Bama faithful have carried over from the original SECCG game ticket allotments in the Iron Bowl. Don’t try to deny it Bama fans, my Bama friends are the ones I call for tickets when UF is in the Dome and Bama is not. :)

WavyGravy

July 14th, 2009
2:36 pm

Got 12?…They way I saw it was Bama hung on to win by 11. Bama won the first half and Georgia the second half….kind of like the year before when Georgia won the OT game with a one and done and silenced the stadium. You remember that don’t you? If Bama was so great last year they should have beat Georgia down in the second half. Great teams do that you know (see Fla-Ga game)

Otto

July 14th, 2009
2:42 pm

Charlotte, I’ll agree with TideRising on his comments.

WavyGravy, Tide made it clear you could pick the dates to make the point you want for both teams. Bama won last year. As a UGA fan I want to win the next game, and hopefully that will be in the Dome.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
2:43 pm

Wavygravy,

You made my point for me as well as Charlotte gator’s point. My entire point was that anybody can go back and pick a point in time to suit their argument so that’s the point I was making to Jeff who wants to keep bringing up 4-1 which is inaccurate to begin with. And it doesn’t have any relevancy to 2009 football season as Charlotte gator pointed out. I know the 2 teams are actually 5-5 over the last ten games. I used the “we won 4 of the last 7″ to illustrate to Jeff the absurdity of picking out points in time to suit your argument. If we are all going to go bragging about the past of which nobody really cares then just talk about the alltime head to head record and then just leave it at that.

As for the florida game it was a closely fought, competitive game in which Florida pulled away midway through the 4th qtr. Even most of the gator fans will tell you that but we’re not making excuses. We flat out lost. But if we weren’t even in their league and were completely and totally outclassed then how did we manage to lead the game in the 4th qtr? How did that happen? You completely lack proportion and good judgement. The better team won that day but its not as if it was a blowout like 49-10.

I figured you would end your tirade with something like “pompous idiot’ in the same fashion that you tried to ridicule and name call charlotte gator. Good job.

Tide4u2c

July 14th, 2009
2:43 pm

Matt,

I knew LSU would beat Georgia Tech just on talent alone.That one bowl game does not define this coming season eventhough it was an impressive win by LSU.But Bama’s loss to Utah is not going to define this season either.

If anything it was a learning experiance for the team that they will take into this season.Next time they will be more comfortable in champ games,bowl games,etc just like Florida.

Denver Dog

July 14th, 2009
2:55 pm

West

Alabama looses 3 in the conference; Miss State, Auburn, LSU. LSU looses 1

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
3:03 pm

Charlotte Gator,

I think the facemask penalty kind of eats at our craw a little bit. It was obvious from the replay that Donta never grasped the facemask. His hand touched it but he never grabbed it. We had stopped Florida on 3rd down and would have forced a punt at a critical juncture in the 4th qtr. Instead its a 15 yarder, UF gets the ball at the 20 something yard line and then takes the lead for good.

It doesn’t really matter though. I still think Florida was better that day no matter what. Tebow made unbelievably clutch plays. On 3 or 4 of those key 3rd down completions Saban said that we had the receiver blanketed but that Tebow put the ball in the exact place that only the receiver could get it. That’s just great play by a great player.

Arenas killed us with that kickoff catch out of bounds. In a game like that starting off at your 4 instead of the 35 is just another big momentum and field position changer. The botched field goal turned fake field goal was a horrible call as Saban admitted and was made because the regular kicker had gotten a concussion earlier. What I hate about that is that it was so pressure packed and such a momentous botch that the freshman backup kicker ended up transferring after the season. That one play had incredibly shaken his confidence.

Every big game has 3 or 4 momentous gamechanging plays like turnovers, penalties, bounces of the ball, etc. and I think what bothers Bama fans is that it seemed like all of those went against us. I guess we’ll for ever be wondering “What IF?” That’s probably what our players were wondering when they lined up to play Utah. It was said in Bama circles that the worst thing that happened to Bama players was the Monday game tape review. After watching the tape and all the mistakes the team was convinced it should have won the game. I think we were still thinking about that lost opportunity as Utah was kicking our butts.

Anonymous

July 14th, 2009
3:03 pm

Now, I’ve officially seen it all. A Dawg fan beating up a Tide fan by comparing the Tide to the Gators, suggesting that Florida is a championship team and Alabama is not. The irony is so rich I don’t now where to start.

Wow. This ain’t your grandpa’s SEC is it? Hello, Nick Saban. Bear Bryant is on the phone for you . . . he’s calling from 1964, and he’s pissed.

Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
3:06 pm

Sure, Wavy, sure.

Bama hung on to beat Georgia by 11 just like Utah barely escaped the Sugar Bowl by the skin of their utters with a last-second, 14-point win. That’s called revisionist history. I think you’re better than that.

You are right about one thing: Great teams play four quarters. I will go back through my blog posts, find where I said Bama ‘08 was a “great” team then issue a public apology.

CharlotteGator

July 14th, 2009
3:08 pm

Otto, Rising, and Lizard – thanks for the vote of confidence. Rival fans wanting to just talk football while we wait for the season to start is what makes this a blog I want to still follow even though I’ve left ATL. It’s a shame all the other nonsense gets in the way of that sometimes.

Got 12?, definitely agree w/ the big brother comment. I totally get passion for the game and love/support for your team, but not being able to admit/acknowledge you were beat without making excuses or giving backhanded compliments is fairly petty.

“We gave Ole Miss the game, we were definitely the better team that day…”
“Bama only beat us by 11, we won the second half…”
“We only last because Tebow was hurt…”
“Tech got lucky, they suck, we own them, who cares about last year…”

All are equally lame and trifling…

JaxDawg

July 14th, 2009
3:08 pm

Is anyone considering the schedules?

LSU is very talented, but it’s going to be a tall order to play @UGA, and then host Florida the next week. They will also have to play @ Ole Miss.

Even with the players Ole Miss has lost, and the unfortunate car accident, they have a very favorable schedule:
Sep 6 @Memphis
Sep 19 Southeastern Louisiana
Sep 24 @South Carolina
Oct 3 @Vanderbilt
Oct 10 Alabama
Oct 17 UAB
Oct 24 Arkansas
Oct 31 @Auburn
Nov 7 Northern Arizona
Nov 14 Tennessee
Nov 21 LSU
Nov 28 @Mississippi St.
Some of the easiest opponents are on the road, while the 4 toughest on the schedule are at home.

I think both LSU and Bama overall are more talented, but Miss’ schedule lines up nicely for them. Bama’s schedule is a good one for them as well, but give the edge to Ole Miss as they host the Tide.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
3:11 pm

Denver dog,

I can see us maybe losing to Ole Miss, Lsu, or maybe even Ark. or South Carolina. But Miss State and Auburn? Those are easily the 2 worst teams in the conference. What gives?

Jeff

July 14th, 2009
3:18 pm

Tide Rising….I agree totally- was just responding to another post. yes, Tide does lead the series…just like we lead the series with Fla. And of couse, the last shutout of the series was 21-0 in Athens- in fact, from what I am told, one of only two the bear suffered at alabama- but you could confirm the accuracy of that- I am not versed on total Bama history but would be interesting to know

CharlotteGator

July 14th, 2009
3:21 pm

Rising,

Good points. I’d forgotten how close that facemask was, I think in my mind I pictured a play where Oklahoma grabbed Demps’ facemask and thought it was the SECCG. The maroon shades got me. I know college doesn’t have incidental like the pro’s do, but is hand on the facemask technically a penalty? I’d have to look it up. If it isn’t, then yeah, that sucks and was a bad game changing call.

Your Monday morning film session comment is a great point as well. Gator fans can definitely relate as it’s been argued that the “almost” win at LSU in 2007 is what ruined that team. The defense was definitely suspect all season but held up well that game. All the missed opportunities to win gave that defense a false sense of confidence that was totally exposed later against UGA and Michigan. UGA wanted the game so much more than UF did at the beginning and even after the stomp the Gators couldn’t match their intensity no matter how hard they tried. The defense wasn’t out of position that day or against Michigan, and they certainly weren’t athletically inferior. As is typical in CFB, the team that wanted it more went and got it.

Got 12?

July 14th, 2009
3:25 pm

JaxDawg,

Some people who pick Bama or LSU are considering Ole Miss’ favorable schedule but counting on Nutt to lose a couple of games he shouldn’t. I know they gelled at the end but last season they sandwiched the Florida win between losses to Vandy and South Carolina.

Others who pick Bama or LSU probably have a historical bias towards Ole Miss.

Denver Dog

July 14th, 2009
3:50 pm

Tide Rising,

Just doing like everyone else throwing out stuff that could happen. I think the Tide may lose to LSU, and Maybe to Auburn, Just becuase it is Auburn. Miss State would be an upset. I’ve seen stranger things for sure. I think Ole Miss is way overrated, and I think Arkansas will be real close but the Tide will win.

Tide Rising

July 14th, 2009
3:57 pm

Jeff,

Not sure about the series history between Bama and UGA. The last shutouts were 31-0 Bama in Athens in 95 and Bama 10-0 in 1991 but I think that was in Bham. UGA shut us out 21-0 in that famous whipping of the Bear in 76 in Athena and I think you may have shut us out one other time but I’m just not sure. There’s been several great, dramatic games between the 2 (2007 comes to mind) and Vince Dooleys upset win in his 2nd year at UGA and his 21-0 win also stand out for the dawg fans. For us of course the blackout game stands out, the 29-28 game in which Zeier and Barker both had field days, and probably the 31-0 win at Athens in 95.

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

Kyle

July 16th, 2009
12:27 am

Ill go ahead and say im a big Bama fan to get started. So here we go.

Our first unit o-line looked pretty decent in the spring, and our QB has been in the system for 3 years, and is much more accurate than JPW. No offense to JP, kid was tough as nails and took some shots. I think we see a different kind of offense this year, one with a substantially improved passing game. Hopefully, if someone besides Julio steps up and the running game averages around 160-180 yds a game, we will win the west. But thats a lot that has to fall into place.

On defense, we lost a very smart safety. It will tough to replace Rashad Johnson, but with the talent coming in and Saban coaching them personally, the secondary should improve, after all Rashad was the only member of the secondary to leave. But for it to reach its full potential, we must generate a better pass rush. We finished 7th last year in sacks. Look for some more talented newcomers to step up. Dont even worry about the run defense.

All in all, I dont expect us to win every game. But when I look at on paper, there is no team that we SHOULD lose to.

Kyle

July 16th, 2009
12:36 am

If the past four years are any indication, the ole miss game should be awesome this year. But, it also has the potential to be a blowout. Watch last years game before Cody was injured, the game was not as close as the score.

[...] Alabama will win the wild, wild SEC West 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. [...]

Bama12

July 23rd, 2009
12:10 pm

little m if GT is so powerful then why did they leave the SEC and go to the basement of the ACC? One win over the bulldogs every seven to eight years does not make them a powerhouse. Win the ACC then try to win a National Championship. The SEC has been on top for what six of the last eight years with one year being shunned by the voters (awbarn). It’s one thing to be proud of your school, but let’s not be stupid about it.

Mike

August 1st, 2009
4:40 pm

This is probably the most difficult year to pick the SEC west. Putting Miss. State in the basement is a safe bet. Auburn probably one step up from Miss. State. Other than that it’s going to be a slugfest. I’ll give the edge to LSU, but it’s a four way race IMO.

panther

August 11th, 2009
11:17 am

Amazing. Bama is the only team in the country that starts a new QB, tailback, and replaces an all-star o-line and can STILL win a division title in the SEC. I’m sorry Mr.Football but right now, you sound like you’ve never even heard of football………either that or some sabanite has forced a gallon of the kool aid down your throat.

george smith

August 25th, 2009
12:33 pm

LOL! I read this junk and have to laugh. Alabama will win nothing this year, neither will Ole Miss. Only one team in the SEC has what it takes to challenge Florida and that’s LSU! LSU will win the west, but unfortunately will not win the SEC for as long as the SEC’s nightmare Tebow is at Florida, they will dominate the SEC and will easily win another BCS Title. We may as well accept what is reality and look forward to the 2010 schedule without Tebow around. Predictions are Tim Tebow will win yet another Heisman Trophy this year. Florida will go undefeated and most likely be one of the best teams of all time.