Even without Tebow, Gators will win the SEC East again

 Spring practice is over. We’ve learned a lot in the past month but there is still a lot that we won’t know until the teams return in August to begin drills for the 2010 season. This week we are going to break down every team in the SEC and ACC. We’ll talk about what we learned and what we still don’t know. What we do know is that every team, even the defending national champion (Alabama), has issues. How they deal with those issues, and what kind of summer the team has in avoiding off the field problems, will determine what happens come September.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Today: SEC East

Tuesday: SEC West

Wednesday: ACC Atlantic

Thursday: ACC Coastal

Friday: Tony’s Spring Top 25

Feel free to add your own comments to what we learned and what we still don’t know about each team. This exercise is meant to be fun and to give you a football fix that will (hopefully) last until two-a-days.

Enjoy.

SEC EAST SPRING REVIEW

PROJECTED FINISH

1. FLORIDA

**–Last season: 13-1, 8-0 SEC; lost to Alabama 32-13 in SEC championship game; defeated Cincinnati 51-24 in Sugar Bowl.

**–Coach: Urban Meyer, 96-18 in nine years, 57-10 in five seasons at Florida.

**–Key losses: QB Tim Tebow, LB Brandon Spikes, DE Carlos Dunlap, C Maurkice Pouncey.

**–Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 5, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: QB John Brantley, OL Mike Pouncey, S Ahmad Black, RB Jeff Demps.

**–What we learned:  Florida’s offense will be very good again. Yes Tim Tebow and four other starters are gone from a unit that was seventh nationally in total offense (457.86 ypg). But don’t expect a significant drop off from the 2010 Gators. New quarterback John Brantley has an NFL arm and four of five starters return from a very good offensive line. The Gators are loaded at receiver as Andre Debose and Carl Moore return from injuries. Chris Rainey, who played running back last season, moved to the hybrid “Percy Harvin” position and should have a big year. Florida has a couple of young players, Trey Burton and tight end Jordan Reed, who can run the ball from the quarterback position.

**–What we still don’t know:  Can the defense overcome the losses?  Five starters from the 2009 defense, which finished fourth nationally (252.57 ypg), were taken in the NFL draft. The other lost starter, linebacker Ryan Stamper, led the team in tackles last season with 78. Also gone is defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, now the head coach at Louisville. That’s a lot of talent to replace, but there is a lot of talent waiting in the wings. Look for safety Ahmad Black to have a huge season.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Miami of Ohio.

 

2. GEORGIA

**–Last season:  8-5, 4-4 SEC; beat Texas A&M 44-20 in Independence Bowl.

**–Coach: Mark Richt, 90-27 in nine seasons at Georgia.

**–Key losses: LB Rennie Curran, DT Jeff Owens, S Reshad Jones, DT Geno Atkins.

**–Returning starters: Offense 10; defense 5; specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: WR A.J. Green, RB Caleb King, RB Washaun Ealey, OT Clint Boling, C Ben Jones.

**–What we learned:  The offensive line has to be good from day one. After OT Trinton Sturdivant was lost after the first game of 2009, a veteran Georgia offensive line struggled to find the right five guys who could work together.  With players like tackle Josh Davis (6-6, 305) back in the lineup,  the Bulldogs finally found that chemistry in the second half of the season and ran the ball significantly better. Georgia and O-line coach Stacy Searels do not have that luxury in 2010. Georgia has to be able to run the ball and take the pressure off Aaron Murray, the redshirt freshman quarterback. Sturdivant is back at 100 percent. If he can stay healthy, there are a couple of bell cows in this group (Clint Boling, Ben Jones) who give Georgia a chance to be good up front.

**–What we still don’t know: Is the new 3-4 defense going to create more turnovers? Last season Georgia played 13 football games and somehow recovered only two fumbles, which was 120th (dead last) nationally. The Bulldogs were 76th nationally with only 10 interceptions. Todd Grantham was hired as defensive coordinator to install the 3-4 and (hopefully) make Georgia a more opportunistic team. Georgia was 118th nationally in turnover margin (minus-16) last season.  By contrast, Alabama was plus-19 in turnovers (31 takeaways, 12 giveaways). That has to change if Georgia wants to compete again for the SEC East championship. We also don’t know, for all the work that was done in the spring, if Georgia can get a handle on its penalty problem. Georgia committed 105 penalties in 13 games. Only five teams in college football (Troy, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas Tech, Arizona State) had more.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

3. SOUTH CAROLINA

**–Last season: 7-6, 3-5 SEC; lost to Connecticut 20-7 in Papajohns.com Bowl.

**–Coach:  Steve Spurrier, 177-68-2 in 20 years; 35-28 in five seasons at South Carolina.

**–Key losses: LB Eric Norwood, DE Clifton Geathers, WR Moe Brown.

**–Returning starters: Offense 8, defense 7, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: WR Alshon Jeffrey, QB Stephen Garcia, S Chris Culliver, DE Cliff Matthews.

**–What we learned:   Quarterback Stephen Garcia is going to be on a very short leash in 2010. Last season South Carolina “pretty much had to live with what Stephen gave us,” coach Steve Spurrier said. That will not be the case in 2010 as Spurrier spent the spring taking a hard look at early-enrollee Connor Shaw of Flowery Branch. Spurrier threw down the gauntlet to Garcia to work harder and spend more time in the film room this summer. “We’re going to have two quarterbacks ready to go this year,” said Spurrier. Understand that Garcia’s numbers (55.3 percent, 2,862 yards, 17 touchdowns) are not terrible. But there is a certain way that Spurrier wants the position played and Garcia needs to make the reads that Spurrier gives him. Under pressure (and he was under a lot of pressure as South Carolina allowed 37 sacks last season), Garcia starts to free-lance. The Head Ball Coach doesn’t like that.

**–What we still don’t know: What will be the impact of freshman Marcus Lattimore? The incoming freshman from Duncan, S.C., was rated the No. 1 running back in the nation by some recruiting services. Lattimore, 5-11, 215, is a special talent who will be thrown into a mix of running backs that includes sophomores Kenny Miles (626 yards) and Jarvis Giles (5.3 ypg). But Lattimore can’t make a significant contribution if the offensive line doesn’t get better. Spurrier hired his third offensive line coach (Shawn Elliott from Appalachian State) in three years.  South Carolina was dead last in the SEC in rushing (121.23 ypg.) That has to improve.

**–Opening game: Sept. 2 vs. Southern Miss.

 

4. TENNESSEE

**–Last season: 7-6, 4-4 SEC; lost to Virginia Tech 37-14 in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

**–Coach: Derek Dooley, 17-20 in three years, first season at Tennessee.

**–Key losses: S Eric Berry, RB Montario Hardesty, DT Dan Williams. .

**–Returning starters: Offense 4, defense 6, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch:  TE Luke Stocker, WR Gerald Jones, DE Chris Walker, LB Nick Reviez.

**–What we learned:  The offensive line is a mess. The Volunteers had only one starter coming back up front, sophomore tackle Aaron Douglas. But Douglas, a freshman All-America last season, suddenly left the program in March and now the Vols are confronted with starting as many as three freshmen on the offensive line. Not good.  Tackle Ju’Wuan James looks like he can play but there are still a lot of questions at the guard and center sports. Tennessee has to be able to run the ball and shorten the game to have any shot at a winning record. Tauren Poole is finally ready to step up as a running back but he has to have someplace to run.

**–What we still don’t know:  Who will be the starting quarterback? Nick Stephens, the only quarterback in camp who had taken a snap for Tennessee, decided to transfer to Tarleton State, a Division II school, in April. That leaves the Volunteers with Matt Simms, a junior college transfer who started his career at Louisville, and true freshman Tyler Bray, who enrolled in January. Bray performed  a little better in the spring game but Simms gained experience last season in junior college. We also don’t know how this group of players is going to respond when times get tough. And times are going to get tough. In a six-week period Tennessee will play Oregon, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and Alabama. Dooley is the third head coach at Tennessee in three years. The players, who are rightfully a little shell-shocked, have bought into Dooley’s way of doing things. What happens if the losses start to pile up?

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. UT-Martin.

 

5. KENTUCKY

**–Last season: 7-6, 3-5 SEC; lost to Clemson 21-13 in Music City Bowl.                                 

**–Coach: Joker Phillips, first season at Kentucky.

**–Key losses:  CB Trevard Lindley, DT Corey Peters, LB Micah Johnson, PK Lones Seiber.

**–Returning starters: Offense 5, defense 7, specialist 1.

**–Players to watch: WR/QB Randall Cobb, TB/RS Derrick Locke, LB Danny Trevathan, QB Mike Hartline, QB Morgan Newton.

**–What we know:  Kentucky has some good options at quarterback. A year ago the Wildcats had to take the redshirt off of Morgan Newton, the 2008 Indiana high school player of the year, when starter Mike Hartline went down with an injury. Newton completed 55.6 percent of his passes in six games. Now Hartline has returned and joining the mix is Ryan Mossakowski, a strong-armed redshirt freshman. Hartline had an edge coming out of spring practice but expect two quarterbacks to play. Kentucky has two great offensive weapons in running back Derrick Locke (907 yards rushing) and wide receiver/quarterback Randall Cobb (447 receiving, 573 rushing). The quarterback has to get the ball to them.

**–What we still don’t know:  Can new coach Joker Phillips keep things rolling at UK? Rich Brooks decided to retire after taking Kentucky to a school-record fourth straight bowl game last season.  Phillips, a former Kentucky player under Jerry Claiborne, takes over. The former OC has to replace the entire offensive line and the defense is missing three big-time players in DT Corey Peters, LB Micah Johnson, and CB Trevard Lindley. Can Phillips rebuild this team and get Kentucky to a fifth straight bowl game?

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 at Louisville.

 

6. VANDERBILT

**–Last season: 2-10, 0-8 SEC.

**–Coach: Bobby Johnson, 89-102 in 16 years, 29-66 in eight years at Vanderbilt.

**–Key losses:  CB Myron Lewis, C Bradley Vierling,  LB Patrick Benoist.

**–Returning starters:  Offense 6, defense 4, specialist 1.

**–Players to watch:  LB Chris Marve, TB Warren Norman, TB Zac Stacy, S Sean Richardson.

**–What we know: It was a costly spring for Vanderbilt. Starting DT Adam Smotherman suffered a torn ACL during a scrimmage and may miss the first half of the 2010 season.  OT Ryan Seymour dislocated a shoulder which required surgery. Seymour should make it back for the first game. A total of six players scheduled to be starters missed all or part of spring with injuries.

**–What we still don’t know: Can the Vanderbilt offense get better? The numbers in SEC play last season were just staggering. In eight conference game the Commodores scored only 71 points (8.875 ppg). In three games Vanderbilt scored in single digits and only once (a 31-16 loss to Tennessee) did Vanderbilt score more than 13 points in a game. Johnson shuffled his offensive staff, moving offensive coordinator Ted Cain to tight ends and replacing him with Jimmy Kiser. Quarterback Larry Smith, who completed only 46.7 percent of his passes last season, held off a challenge by Jared Funk and JUCO transfer Jordan Rogers. Vanderbilt has to get better on offense if it wants to improve on last season’s 2-10 record.

**–Opening game:  Sept. 4 vs. Northwestern.

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765 comments Add your comment

G8R GRAD

May 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

Tide:

If I’m mistaken, I apologize, but I was under the impression your DB’s were freshmen & sophamores (like UF in 2007).
Admittedly, though, if your squad does have an Achilles heel, it’s your pass defense.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

My posts are great…you must be one of those unattractive males waiting for your 72 virgins.

KGator79

May 3rd, 2010
4:07 pm

Pat……If your going to refer to Urban MEYER! then at least get his last name correct. It is Meyer NOT Meyers.

Jim

May 3rd, 2010
4:07 pm

The similarities between Joe Cox and Brantley are amazing.

Will

May 3rd, 2010
4:07 pm

As a UGA homer I want to say that my team is going to be awesome but I’m just not sure to be honest. The GDay game was depressing I must say. We have talent galore on the offensive front but yet our backs could barely muster 1 or 2 yards on every carry. And let’s not forget Grantham was playing his base defense that a high school team could run. Tyson and Geathers are going to be good but they made our highly regarded offensive line look like crap. If those guys up there don’t get it together look for a very long season in Athens. If we can’t run the ball look for us to be at the bottom of the SEC East.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:08 pm

KGator…………Meyers is good enuff for me.

naganole

May 3rd, 2010
4:08 pm

SEC East will be settled in the Swamp on Nov 13th…

bamaguy

May 3rd, 2010
4:08 pm

I hope RIcht stays at UGA and I certainly hope Urban stays at FL. Because the Tide/Gators matchup is shaping up to be the rivalry of the decade. The best playing the best every December in Atlanta for a shot at the National Championship.

And as for Dooley at UT, he seems like a nice enough guy, but Alabama has already learned that coaching ability can’t be inherited and being a nice guy just isn’t enough (see Mike Shula). And none of the Bowden boys were on half the coach their father was.

5IML

May 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

Pat,

You sound like an Auburn fan–crowing about nothing. We are (follow along with me):

2009 BCS Champions
2009 SEC Champions
2X SEC West Champions (2008, 2009)
On a 14-game win streak
26-2 over the last two years
17-1 in the SEC over the last two years
( I wont mention the Heisman, most first-team All-America on one team, SI covers, etc.)

And you’re yapping about beating a BAMA team (that finished 7-6) in overtime three years ago?!

Jeff in Calhoun

May 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

Jill,
Where have you been? Spurrior has yet to see Atlanta! Miles is one of the dumbest coaches in the country and will be coaching at Michigan in 2011, Meyer is a good coach that will play 2nd fiddle to the Dawgs this year. That leaves King Saban who will have his troops in Atlanta again to face the Dawgs.

Extinct Guy

May 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

Want to know why some animals and civilizations are now extinct?

Same reason Richt keeps coming short of a National Championships

They don’t adapt fast enough.

G8R GRAD

May 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

Sorry, meant to say:

Freshmen & sophamores with little or no starting experience.

Glory Daze

May 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

If Meyer hopes Richt stays, why does he schedule Richt during his bye week instead of Saban?

Jona

May 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Will

That’s because we were playing against our “D”. We’ll be fine.

GymDawg_HoodRat

May 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

We Run This GYM!!! bark, bark, bark!

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

5iML….ALA 2009 champs…geat. One good year out of the last 10. How sweet for you. Richt is 3-1 against you. Thats embarassing

Dusty Road

May 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Someone remind me, how many National Championships has Urban Meyer won without Percy Harvin?

Jeff in Calhoun

May 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

WE’RE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO DAWGS SICKUM……

hsf--really!?

May 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

UT “put a scare in to UF?” No sir. The whole goal was to not let it get out of hand. Monte had a good game plan…and did slow UF down but upon realizing that Kiffin the younger had no intention of winning the game, Urban Meyer called off the dogs. Without a Celebration Penalty to make him want to stick it to the other coach, he coasted to victory.

I remember watching that game and thinking both teams should be embarrassed. Where as, when I watched our dawgs last year I thought only our team should have been embarrassed–almost every single game!

I hope our dawgs play better. Moreso, I hope UT doesn’t embarrass us again–fooling us with that radical offensive weapon: play action passing.

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

naganole,

It depends on which recruiting svc. Demarcus Milliner was rated as the number one corner/safety in at least one service. He played safety in high school but projects as a corner in college because of his speed. In any event I think he figures in at Bama as a corner so far and could see playing time in a nickel or dime package. He and fulton held up pretty well this spring and could see significant playing time in the fall. Just not as starters.

5 National Championships

May 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Somebody remind me, who has coached in 5 National Championships? Is it Meyer or Richt? Can’t remember.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

12-1 needing a team to lose to get in. Fla got it…UGA didnt. How is Fla responsible for USC losing to UCLA? Oh I know Fla players went to UCLA and traded Unis with them and went out and beat USC so that USC would not get the BCS invite. Well done Fla players.

Jake

May 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Reggie said SC will beat GA.

Me

May 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

sulley, since you are so enamoured with “facts” and “stats” yes “technically” UF HAS had undefeated seasons, Of course, if you define “season” as the regular season as opposed to “post season” or “bowl season”, both last year (2009) and 1995 were “undefeated” seasons. Hey you know, this “facts”/”stats” thing that you use all the time is actually kind of fun!

62 to the NFL

May 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

How many guys did Richt/Georgia send to the NFL over the dacade? 62? Meyer and Florida sent–how many? Just broke 50 this year?

What Richt is #2 in the NCAA in players to the NFL? Really?

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

By the way……since you didnt mention my trucks….I changed my profile picture showing one of them. I believe that truck cost me more than your house. LOL

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:17 pm

the season is not over until you finish the season. Playing in the SEC requires a championship game during the season. If you dont win it you do not have an undefeated season. PERIOD

#1 NFL Draft Pick $50 Million

May 3rd, 2010
4:17 pm

How many #1 NFL Draft Picks with $50 million guaranteed has Meyer coached?

CatsFly

May 3rd, 2010
4:17 pm

According to ESPN’s post Spring Game ranking, UGa will finish 5th in the SEC, and would finish 4th in the ACC.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:18 pm

So you are saying you can be 8-1 against SEC teams in a single season but you have undefeated season???? Really? My oh my. Mind boggling deductive reasoning.

2 Heisman's

May 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

How many Heisman trophy winners has Meyer coached? 1? Richt has coached 2– a spread guy and a drop back passer. And a 3rd guy finished #2 for the Hesiman.

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

G8R GRAD,

Barron the lone returning starter is a jr. Dre is a true sophomore but has a lot of experience. BJ Scott is in his 3rd year as a redshirt sophomore. Robert Lester the other probable safety starter is a redshirt sophomore or true junior so its his 3rd year in the program also. Basically 3 jrs or 3rd year guys and one true sophomore so I feel pretty good. But you are right in that if we have a weakness it could be the secondary in the early going. That and so far our kicking game is atrocious and people forget just how important kicking is, especially in bigger games. We have a new punter coming in the fall who can boom punts but you never want to have to rely on a freshman. Also, our new field goal kicker doesn’t have the consistency or range that our kicker the last few years had. We do have a significant dropoff in the kicking game and so that is a huge concern. As a matter of fact a couple of special teams break downs in 2008 really hurt us in the seccg against you guys.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

@ “Me”……you are a god damn genius Gump

Anonymous

May 3rd, 2010
4:20 pm

5IML:

As the investment community is quick to warn:

Past performance is no guarantee of future results!

KGator79

May 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

Pat…all your little stats are nice. But the reality of it all is that Florida right now is one of the top if not the top current program in college football, while Georgia has continually been classified as one of the most underachieving programs in the country since Richt has been the head coach. Think about if for a second, while Richt has won 2 SEC titles and interesting fact is those two were years basically where the SEC was in transition with new head coaches coming in, especially at UF. The other interesting fact is, both those first year coaches at UF beat UGA that year. In the mean time, Saban has won 2 national titles, Meyer 2 national titles, heck even Les Miles won a national title all joining the SEC well after Richt had been there and through it all nobody can say that UGA did not recruit equal talent as those programs, yet they continue to watch other SEC programs win titles and not Richt and UGA. So while your praise for Richt and UGA is admirable, fact is nobody takes them seriously any more because we all know at some point in the year UGA and Richt will find a way to not show up in big games and lose their anual 3-4 games and end up in the Outback bowl, then fans like yourself will pound your chest over another 10 win season by Richt and talk about what will happen next year AGAIN.

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

pat sulley,

He was talking about 8-0 during the regular season. The loss in the seccg is considered postseason

Duh Georgia Georgia

May 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

If Florida fans arn’t worried about Georgia, why are you posting if you don’t care? Go to a competitor’s blog, why waste your time with Georgia, someone you’re not worried about?

G8R GRAD

May 3rd, 2010
4:23 pm

Tide Rising:

Nonetheless, I wish y’all well.
I married an AU grad, so you have to sympathize (I can’t keep shoes on her feet)!
See ya in T’town on Oct. 2nd.

Lucky Lizards

May 3rd, 2010
4:23 pm

ATTENTION! PLEASE PAY NO ATTENTION TO THOSE PLAYERS AND COACHES ON THE FIELD! PLEASE IGNORE ANY DEVELOPMENT OF THOSE PLAYERS BY THOSE COACHES! PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME IN REGARDS TO ANALYZING PLAYCALLING OR MOTIVATION! PLEASE DISREGARD ANY INFORMATION YOU MAY HAVE SEEN OR READ ABOUT RECRUITING! IT’S ALL ABOUT LUCK! I REPEAT… IT’S ALL ABOUT LUCK!. PLEASE DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SETS! AND PLEASE TURN IN YOUR RABBIT’S FOOT AT THE DOOR!

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:23 pm

KGator………….

Richt was 12-1 and needing a team to lose (OSU) to get in the NC.

Fla was 12-1 and needing a team to lose (USC) to get it the NC.

What was the other differences? Oh wait there was none.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:25 pm

no the SECCG is PART of the regular SEC schedule. You cant finish an SEC season without it. Is not post season its part of the season. Bowls are post season

Roaddawg80

May 3rd, 2010
4:25 pm

I think the biggest concern for UGA is game 2 and 3. If they can slip by USC on the road and manage to beat Arkansas at home look out. I think best case senerio is they split those games. However, UGA schedule this year is very favorable as UF’s is not. So, even if UGA loses to UF they could backdoor there way in.

Watch out if UGA starts the year 3-0. Nobody else will beat them and could be 8-0 in Jacksonville. Talk about confidence and a freshman QB with now expierence with a defense lurking with knowledge of the system. I am just saying. We need the O line to carry us the first 3 games. Then it will be on.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Big games? Richt is 9-2 in big games. (bowls and championships) you are as clueless as the other gaytor fans on here.

Mr. Lucky

May 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Urban got his 2 National Championships with his lucky charm—Percy Harvin. Now he’s back to his old 24 year habits of always coming up short, one excuse over another.

Is Urban Lucky or good? This year will tell us ALL we need to know about Urban Meyer. With the best recruiting class of all-time, Meyer can’t blame it on talent this time.

If he wins a National Championship without Percy Harvin, he’s great.

If he doesn’t, he’s lucky.

tim

May 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

sulley says everything is ok with mediocrity…but he knows uga is an inferior program in the sec east…talk all that crap state all those stats and get your sorry asses beat year in year out by Florida..when mid Oct rolls around you girls will be awol planning for another pre season NC in 2011. I love watching the red clad puppies stream out of the stadium in Jax right after the half…..you will lose again this year by 4 or 5 td’s maybe murray will be dreaming about Gators in his sleep for the next 3 years because he will never beat Florida.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Can an SEC season conclude without a championship game? No? Then its a part of the season. Bowls are post season.

Its a gator world

May 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Patrick Sulley,

What are you doing on the blogs? I thought I lended you out to a Bama friend of mine. He told me his new bcs trophy needed shining. Well, I told him that I highly recommended you since you’ve had plenty of practice time polishing my 2 bcs trophies. Now get off the blog, get over there and shine his trophy and when you git back mine are gonna need polishing again.

joop

May 3rd, 2010
4:28 pm

As a Georgia fan, I think you’re probably correct. But it’s all guesswork at this point. Half of either team could be in jail before the season starts.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

UGA is mediocre? UGA has finished ranked top ten 6 of last 9 years. So I guess every team with less than 6 top ten finishes is even less than mediocre? That would include Fla at 3..LSU at 4. In fact UGA leads all SEC teams with top ten finishes. So much for being mediocre.

roswellfan

May 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

While I agree that Florida will be the favorite in the east, I believe that all other sec east teams are much closer that many of thier fans would admit to. All of the teams have issues / question marks at key positions like qb. I am not sold yet on Kentucky and Tenn being better this season. I also do not believe that will Vandy finish last in the east as Tony predicts. Vandy had injuries last season which resulted in poor qb play. If they recover from the injuries from last season, and I believe they will, then they will likely win some close games because of thier defense (and a better offense) and likely become bowl eligible. UGA will win some games but will struggle on defense; Tenn and Kentucky will also struggle. Cant wait for the season to start.