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Title: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2017, 12:57:36 pm
Sporting News already has a Top 25 in mind for the 2017 season. It has familiar faces at the top — our top nine teams played in the New Year’s Day Six this season — (http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/news/college-football-top-25-2017-18-alabama-clemson-usc-penn-state-ohio-state-florida-state-michigan/1ki5o9b7yw86y1ej8yrnswitsg)

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1. Bama 

Crimson Tide opened the season as the AP No. 1 three times under Nick Saban, and there's a good chance that happens again in 2017. Jalen Hurts’ progression under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian...

10. Georgia 

Here’s the team that will be talked about than anybody else in the offseason. Running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel stayed in school, and Jacob Eason should make a big jump as a sophomore. At least, that’s what we’re counting on.

11. LSU 

Ed Orgeron’s first full season as head coach should be successful, especially if it continues to revolve around Heisman Trophy candidate Derrius Guice. The Tigers should be in good shape early, but the November schedule is brutal.

14. Florida 

Gators have won back-to-back SEC East Division championships, but lost some key defensive pieces to the NFL Draft. Yet Jim McElwain’s team seems to find a way in those games that shape the division race.

19. Auburn 

We’ll find out if Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham can compete for the starting job, but the tandem of running backs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson should continue making big plays

24. Tennessee

Vols have to replace a lot of talent, so Butch Jones’ recruiting must show through in a tough September that includes games against Georgia Tech...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2017, 01:03:49 pm
Athlon projects college football's very early top 25 teams for 2017 (https://athlonsports.com/college-football/very-early-college-football-top-25-2017)

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17. Tennessee
Volunteers fell short of most preseason expectations of a SEC East title in 2016, but coach Butch Jones has still pieced together back-to-back nine-win seasons. In order for Tennessee to edge Florida and Georgia in the East next year, this team has to navigate a schedule that features games at Alabama and Florida, while LSU and Georgia visit Neyland Stadium. Additionally, the Volunteers will have a new play-caller on offense and a quarterback battle this offseason between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano. The offensive line returns mostly intact, and John Kelly is a player to watch at running back...

16. Florida
Gators have claimed back-to-back SEC East titles under coach Jim McElwain, and a third one is within reach. In order to beat Georgia or Tennessee for the East crown, improvement on offense is a must. Florida finished 100th nationally in scoring in 2015 and 107th in 2016. Luke Del Rio is the team’s most experienced quarterback, but Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask (both redshirt freshmen) will press the junior for the starting nod in the spring. Regardless of which quarterback wins the starting job, expect to see a lot of running back Jordan Scarlett and receiver Antonio Callaway. The offensive line also is improving, but tackle David Sharpe left early for the NFL. McElwain has holes to fill on defense at each level and a new coordinator calling the plays in 2017.

14. Auburn
Auburn had an up-and-down 2016 season, with injuries to quarterback Sean White and running back Kamryn Pettway derailing the offense in November. The Tigers started 1-2 before winning six in a row, followed by a 1-3 finish to the season. Coach Gus Malzahn needs more out of the passing attack in 2017 and landed a potential All-SEC quarterback in Jarrett Stidham. After one year at Baylor, Stidham left the program and spent 2016 out of football at a junior college.

13. Georgia
SEC East will be a tight, three-team battle between Georgia, Florida and Tennessee next fall. For now, the Bulldogs get the nod as our early favorite to claim the division title. The schedule for coach Kirby Smart’s team does feature a couple of tough road trips with games at Tennessee, Notre Dame and Auburn. However, the offense should take a step forward with quarterback Jacob Eason having a full offseason to work as the starter. The return of running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel ensure the ground game will be one of the best in the SEC. Georgia’s defense is expected to return nearly all of its key contributors from a unit that limited opponents to 24 points a game in 2016.

12. LSU
Ed Orgeron’s first full season at the helm in Baton Rouge begins with a similar question: What will LSU get out of its offense? It’s no secret the Tigers have one of the nation’s top running backs in Derrius Guice and a strong foundation to build around on the offensive line. New coordinator Matt Canada was a strong hire, but this offense needs more from its passing attack. Can Danny Etling hold onto the starting quarterback spot? There’s also uncertainty at receiver, as more depth is needed and Malachi Dupre could leave for the NFL. LSU’s defense under Dave Aranda will be one of the best in the nation next fall.

1. Alabama
Saban’s team has a few key pieces to replace going into the 2017 season, but as usual, the Crimson Tide aren’t hurting for talent. New play-caller Steve Sarkisian will continue to build the offense around quarterback Jalen Hurts. With a full year to develop as the starter, expect Hurts to improve as a passer in 2017. And it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a standout supporting cast in place, as Hurts will be throwing to Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart, while handing off to Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Joshua Jacobs at running back. Cam Robinson is a big loss at left tackle, but Jonah Williams started every game as a true freshman and could flip from right tackle. The losses on defense are more significant. End Jonathan Allen, linebackers Reuben Foster, Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams must be replaced. The secondary should be a strength with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Marlon Humphrey and Ronnie Harrison anchoring the group. The schedule also breaks in Alabama’s favor. Crimson Tide host LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss and play Florida State at a neutral site (Atlanta).
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2017, 07:41:22 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/818783255000453121

1. Bama

12. LS

13. UF

15. AU

16. UG

Honorable mention includes but is not limited to Tennessee
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2017, 08:22:37 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/818813696206139392

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1. Alabama
Losing the national title game won’t have any effect on the Crimson Tide’s standing next August. Nick Saban’s team will bring back its starting quarterback, top two running backs and top two receivers on offense...

7. Auburn
The Jarett Stidham Era is set to begin, and he’s going to get plenty of help from the Tigers’ elite running back duo of Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson.

12. Florida
Gators have fielded an excellent defense and plenty of talent at the offensive skill positions in two consecutive seasons. 2017 should be no different. McElwain’s missing ingredient has been consistent quarterback play. He’ll be hard-pressed to find it next fall.

13. LSU
Running back Derrius Guice surpassed Leonard Fournette in importance as the season dragged on, and will be one of the SEC’s primary Heisman candidates in what figures to be his final season in Baton Rouge. There’s still a big question mark at quarterback for Ed Orgeron, and the front seven will rely on a handful of rising sophomores.

16. Georgia
It’s prove-it time for Kirby Smart. 10 of 11 defensive starters are expected back. On the other side of the ball, All-SEC back Nick Chubb is returning for a final season, and rising sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason figures to improve.

23. Tennessee
Much has been made of the Vols’ high-profile departures (Josh Dobbs, Alvin Kamara, Josh Malone, Derek Barnett and Cam Sutton), and rightfully so. But the majority of the starters are coming back, and Butch Jones’ red-hot seat means this team knows it needs to win immediately.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2017, 10:09:46 am
What breakthrough? Vanderbilt doesn’t look ready for another big step in 2017 (https://www.seccountry.com/vanderbilt/what-breakthrough-vanderbilt-doesnt-look-ready-for-another-big-step-in-2017)

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no SEC team outside of Tuscaloosa carried as much heat as Vanderbilt. Derek Mason used November wins over Ole Miss and rival Tennessee to undergo a swift transformation from potential chopping block victim to “it” coach, and his offense appeared to have reemerged from a two-and-a-half year stint in creative purgatory.

Monday, the optimism fizzled out with an embarrassing 41-17 loss against North Carolina State in the Independence Bowl.

Those looking forward to a big jump in 2017 were brought back down to Earth as sophomore quarterback Kyle Shurmur (19 of 46 for 158 yards, no touchdowns and 3 interceptions) turned in perhaps the worst performance of his career and Mason’s defense — excellent in 2015 but pedestrian this fall — collapsed against a middle-of-the-road ACC team that had not hit the 40-point mark against an FBS opponent this year.

Vanderbilt’s 2017 conference schedule opens with a home game against Alabama on Sept. 23.

The Crimson Tide have not lost in Nashville since 1969, going 35-1 overall vs. the Commodores in that time. As long as Nick Saban is still on the ‘Bama sideline, Vanderbilt is going to start 0-1 in SEC play. Then, there’s a key back-to-back stretch at Florida and vs. Georgia which could very well lead to an 0-3 mark that sinks the ‘Dores before they can take a deep breath.

There is a bit of good news, too, though: Vanderbilt might have the easiest November schedule of any SEC team. Western Kentucky, Kentucky and Missouri all visit Nashville before Vanderbilt packs up and buses to Knoxville for the annual Tennessee-Vandy rivalry game on Thanksgiving weekend.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2017, 11:04:34 am
https://twitter.com/KirkHerbstreit/status/818860223507087360
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2017, 07:39:29 am
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/818820372178972672

1. Bama
2. AU
3. LS
4. UG
5. UF
6. UT
7. A&M

8. Arkansas: Four key defensive linemen on the Razorbacks' two-deep will be gone, as will middle linebacker Brooks Ellis, so finding quality options to succeed the departed will be key. Offensively this team is in good shape with a backfield of Austin Allen, Rawleigh Williams III and Devwah Whaley all returning. All but one starting offensive lineman (Dan Skipper) is back, including center Frank Ragnow, one of the nation's best. That's huge. -- S.K.

9. OM
10. UK
11. SC
12. MS
13. VU
14. MU
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2017, 11:29:46 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/819917494462906368
Outlet                    UG’s ranking
USA Today                  17th
Yahoo Sports               17th
CBS Sports                 15th
SB Nation                   14th
ESPN                          13th
Sporting News            10th
College Football News   7th
Average ranking          13th
Median ranking           14th
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2017, 09:31:24 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/821455825441095686

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6. Arkansas: Razorbacks were horrible on defense and soft on the lines last season, which is a horrible trend in Bret Bielema's fourth season. It's possible Arkansas bounces back in 2017, but things are trending the wrong way.

7. Ole Miss: Things could be on the verge of falling apart in Oxford, where the NCAA...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2017, 08:39:35 am
Post-signing day SEC power rankings: Alabama is still on top (http://www.espn.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/127028/post-signing-day-sec-power-rankings-alabama-is-still-on-top)

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8. Arkansas: It's no secret that the 2016 season was a major disappointment in Fayetteville. The ending was terrible, with a loss to Missouri and blowing a 24-0 lead over Virginia Tech in the bowl game. Signing day was a success with the signing of No. 1 junior college wide receiver Brandon Martin and No. 1 junior college tight end Jeremy Patton and getting ESPN 300 cornerback Chevin Calloway away from Texas.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2017, 12:57:58 pm
https://twitter.com/McMurphyESPN/status/828664422465802240
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2017, 06:08:40 am
From national title contenders to those struggling to make a bowl game, here’s how each SEC team stacks up against each other after National Signing Day: (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/post-national-signing-day-sec-power-rankings-2017)

7. Tennessee

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8. Arkansas Razorbacks

2016 record: 7-6, 3-5 SEC

Class ranking: No. 28

Evaluating Arkansas is difficult. The Razorbacks have long-term answers at quarterback and running back, but the rest of the roster is in question. Three out of four starting defensive linemen and four of the top five wide receivers are gone. Luckily, 4-star junior college wide receiver Brandon Martin will make an immediate impact. Returning four of five offensive linemen should fortify what was an inconsistent position group last year. However, Bret Bielema needs results now or the pressure will rise.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2017, 07:13:16 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/829504359960555520

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Malzahn, entering his fifth season as head coach and eighth overall at Auburn, reeled in another top 10 recruiting class last week on National Signing Day. Twenty-three players he feels will add to an already solid foundation.

"We have quality depth here, really probably quality depth in all three phases, maybe for the first time since I've been here," Malzahn said at the tail end of Auburn's National Signing Day broadcast. "So, there won't be the stress on these guys to to come in and do it immediately. Now, a lot of these guys will help and a lot of these guys will be in the mix, but our just depth -- our depth's in great shape as far as our program. Add in this group to what we've got, I mean I think we've got a chance to really do something special in the next three or four years."

Nine players in Auburn's 2017 recruiting class are already enrolled, including transfer quarterback Jarrett Stidham. The four-star dual-threat played his freshman season at Baylor in 2015. Now on the Plains, he is expected to compete with returning starter Sean White and backup John Franklin III...

"Our offensive staff's going to get right back at it and get ready," he said. "I'm ready to get back on the field with the guys and I think our guys are too. You can just kind of sense that excitement when you've got a chance to win a championship you kind of sense that excitement from a coaches standpoint and a player's standpoint. We're ready to get out there."
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2017, 02:23:00 pm
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/847464302508359680

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Ole Miss
Simply put, the Rebels are already disqualified from a trip to Atlanta because of their one-year postseason ban. But even if they could get to Atlanta, few would pick them after last year's 5-7 record, especially with defensive questions still lingering and a road schedule that features Alabama, Auburn and State.

Arkansas
We really don't know what to make of the Razorbacks...

A&M
Oh, man. We've been bitten too much by the Aggies. Those 5-0 starts and 8-5 finishes were painful, but last year's 6-0 start and 8-5 finish was the last straw...

LSU
There's still a lot of talent in Baton Rouge, but you better believe that the jury is still very much out on Ed Orgeron...

Auburn
We've seen this all before: Gus Malzahn has a hotshot quarterback, and the defense should be one of the league's best. Last time Auburn was in this situation, the Tigers went 7-6 in 2015 and won just two league games.

Tennessee
Why aim to be SEC champs when another Champions of Life title is on the line?
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2017, 12:56:33 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/849660751505698816

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ESPN updated its Football Power Index rankings to incorporate “returning starters and recruiting rankings for each team to project the best teams and units in 2017.” In the latest version, Auburn is ranked No. 5 in the nation.

“The Tigers return 15 starters and bring in former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham as part of the No. 9 recruiting class,” ESPN’s Stats & Information wrote. “With the No. 5 offense, No. 7 special teams and No. 10 defense, Auburn joins Ohio State and Alabama as the only schools projected to have three top-10 units.”

80%+ probability to beat Arkansas

2. Bama
6. LS

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2017, 06:04:56 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/851866757350514688
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2017, 11:30:11 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/852515383118614528
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2017, 11:45:32 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/852215080393613312

The Tigers’ last seven games of the season: at Florida, Auburn, at Ole Miss, at Alabama, Arkansas, at Tennessee, Texas A&M. That’s the definition of difficult.

Florida’s scheduling has been a target for derision some in recent years —

Athlon Sports agrees that measuring strength of schedule is not an exact science.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2017, 07:28:47 pm
 OddsShark‏Verified account @OddsShark Apr 13

2017 #NCAAF SEC Conf. Championship odds:

BAMA -140
LSU +550
AUB +700
UGA +700
UF +1000
TENN +1200
TXAM +4000
MISS +6600
UK/SCAR +8000
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2017, 12:55:05 pm
 Brett McMurphy‏Verified account @McMurphyESPN 33m33 minutes ago

.@LVSuperBook title odds: Ala 7-2 FSU, OhSt, USC 7-1 OU 10-1 Mich 12-1 Clem, LSU, UL 15-1 Aub, PSU, Tex 20-1 Ga, Wash 30-1 ND, OkSt, VT 40-1
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2017, 11:26:58 am
https://twitter.com/KevinScarbinsky/status/858389222172102659

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With the first 112 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, the 32 teams combined to select the entire 2016 Alabama defense.

Or so it seemed.

Seven members of that special defense were chosen in the first four rounds Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It would've been more had Da'Ron Payne and Minkah Fitzpatrick been eligible.

even players from the same defense were chosen in the top half OF THE SAME DRAFT.

It's no wonder last year's Crimson Tide defense made a deep run at all-time greatness but - without the injured Jackson - came up one second, one play, one stop short...

That's an astounding amount of talent to lose from one unit in one year. It's not unprecedented - LSU had eight defensive players drafted in 2013 - but it has to be a serious concern for Saban and coordinator Jeremy Pruitt looking forward to the 2017 season.

Even a program recruiting at such an unparalleled level has to feel the loss of that many big-time players who made big-time plays in big-time games. You don't replace that kind of ability, knowledge and toughness quickly or easily.

After losing six draft picks, the 2010 Alabama defense gave up 1.8 more points and 41 more yards a game than the outstanding 2009 unit. After losing six more draft picks, the 2012 Alabama defense surrendered 2.7 more points and 66.4 more yards a game than the elite 2011 group.

Those were relatively small increases...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2017, 12:08:29 pm
Florida finally pulls even with LSU in post-spring SEC power rankings (http://www.espn.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/129099/florida-pulls-even-with-lsu-in-post-spring-sec-power-rankings)

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8. Arkansas: Austin Allen could be one of the top three quarterbacks in the SEC, and he'll have one of the league's best centers in Frank Ragnow. With Paul Rhoads taking over a perennially underachieving defense, there's reason to believe the Razorbacks could put together a solid season.

T-3. LSU: Ed Orgeron can say all he wants about how the offense beat up on the defense all spring, but the evidence says otherwise. Danny Etling & Co. put together a weak performance...

10. Ole Miss: Good luck getting a gauge on the Rebs these days. Shea Patterson could be one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in our nation, and it might not make a difference
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2017, 09:23:33 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/859401141104279553

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ESPN senior college football writer Mark Schlabach has Auburn as the No. 10 team in the country heading into the 2017 season - impressed by new Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

Rival Alabama moved from No. 1 down to No. 3.

12. LS
13. UG
21. UF
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 14, 2017, 12:41:28 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/863785837665939457

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“I think we’re strong overall on defense, with almost all starters returning and good young players replacing backups who graduated. We are deep on the DL, solid at both inside and outside LB. A healthy Dominick Sanders gives me confidence at safety. Having two quality running backs returning (we all know their names) is big. [Jacob] Eason should be improved and the new kid [Jake Fromm] is good enough to step in if he had to. The kickers should be OK, and I like that Smart introduced competition to keep the veterans from becoming complacent.”

Concerns for Owen “are OL, receivers and overall special teams play. I hope we develop offensive balance with a stronger and more creative passing attack. We could be good enough to win the East this year, which I’d rate as ‘exceeds expectations.’ I’m doubtful we can win the SEC..."
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2017, 08:50:54 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/864112679941804037

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(That means a $100 bet on Georgia would win $2,000 if the Dawgs claim the title.)

https://twitter.com/BarrettSallee/status/863365312120594432
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 19, 2017, 01:10:44 pm
CFB Season Win Totals are finally out

Bama 10.5 o-150

'17 Over/under for South Carolina’s wins 5.5, putting them in a tie for the fifth-best in the SEC East behind Florida (8), Georgia (8), Tennessee (7.5) and of course, Kentucky (6). (https://www.seccountry.com/south-carolina/south-carolina-football-wins-over-under)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAMHdVOVYAAddS_.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAMHfOxU0AErdR-.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2017, 06:22:06 pm
FWIW:

https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/866743369116069888

https://twitter.com/finebaum/status/866736205823692801
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2017, 08:22:54 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/867554285516730369

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    This year’s team has the athleticism and upside to make up for the losses on the defensive line and wide receiver, and there’s still enough explosion to hang around with just about everyone.

    Texas A&M is going to be good enough to win the West — but it’s been good enough to win the West for a while, and it hasn’t happened.

    The schedule works out, though, with Alabama and Auburn coming to College Station, and with the dangerous road games at Ole Miss and LSU coming at the end. By late November, if those two games matter for A&M in any way for the SEC West title, things will be going well.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2017, 09:38:32 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/868211172469854208

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Bama had the highest win total at 10.5, and SI still has the Crimson Tide as a solid choice to go over that.

Another one of the best bets should make Mississippi State fans happy. The Bulldogs are projected at 5.5 wins, and Sports Illustrated is confident that Nick Fitzgerald and Co. will go over that.

https://twitter.com/BradPowers7/status/865544889240494080
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2017, 09:21:22 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/869553461712609282
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2017, 04:09:00 pm
https://twitter.com/SECCountryAU/status/869600335349899264

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Auburn football hype train isn’t making any scheduled stops in Las Vegas this offseason.

Since the end of spring practice, Auburn has been trending up in preseason polls and predictions nationally. Athlon Sports recently called the Tigers “the biggest threat to Alabama in the SEC.” ESPN’s Mark Schlabach put them in his updated top 10. Two advanced ratings systems have done the same.

But the experts in Las Vegas aren’t all-in...

The consensus for Auburn among several sportsbooks is eight wins —

2017 CFB WIN TOTALS (via Odds Shark)
Alabama    10.5
LSU    9
Auburn    8
Florida    8
Georgia    8
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 01, 2017, 08:03:37 pm
https://twitter.com/Ben_Baby/status/870392379857043457

https://twitter.com/finebaum/status/870391264927252480
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2017, 04:59:40 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/871842645622095872
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 08, 2017, 06:52:15 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/872219537818746882

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBq0VLcW0AE8CZp.jpg)

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 09, 2017, 12:04:17 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/873171777626791937

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Since 2005, Georgia is one of only five teams to be included in the AP Preseason Top 25 on an annual basis, along with LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Southern Cal.

Of those five teams, Georgia is the only one to not appear in a national championship game during that span. Not only that, it’s the only team with double-digit appearances in the Preseason Top 25 that hasn’t made it to a title game.

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 12, 2017, 07:05:51 am
AL.com's projected 2017 SEC East order (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/06/alcoms_projected_sec_east_orde.html)

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The order was voted on by the SEC East's seven sports information directors. Schools could not vote for themselves.

 No. 7 Missouri
Missouri received all six last-place votes after a 4-8 record in 2016.

T-4. Tennessee
Tennessee was the popular pick to win the East last year, but a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season dropped the Volunteers to a second place finish. This year, the SEC's SIDs are far less bullish on Tennessee's chances to win the East. The Volunteers had more fifth-place votes (2) than second-place (1).

No. 3 Kentucky

No. 1 Georgia
Georgia received four first-place and two second-place votes to take the top spot...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 12, 2017, 02:52:52 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/874327969887649793

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No. 7 Ole Miss
With an NCAA investigation clouding its offseason and creating uncertainty about its future viability, Ole Miss appears to be stuck in a downward spiral.

 No. 6 Mississippi State
Bulldogs have a new defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham. And Nick Fitzgerald is back at quarterback. But few are bullish on State...

No. 5 Arkansas

No. 4 A&M
Boom-or-bust Aggies could be in for another up-and-down season. Head coach Kevin Sumlin appears to be on the hot seat and there will be another change at quarterback. Receiver Christian Kirk and running back Trayveon Williams...

No. 3 Auburn
Auburn, which received four second-place votes...

No. 2 LSU
The expectations will be high for Ed Orgeron in his first full season as LSU’s coach. The Tigers received one first-place vote and are once again loaded with talent.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 13, 2017, 01:01:01 pm
https://twitter.com/SECcountry/status/874666235157508096
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 13, 2017, 01:10:01 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/874600038168752128
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 14, 2017, 07:46:18 am
2017 SEC OVERALL POLL

The rankings are voted on by the league's 14 football information directors. Points assigned on basis of 13 for first place, 12 for second, 11 for third, etc.  (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/06/post_851.html)

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14. Missouri
Missouri received 16 points from SEC communication directors...

12. Ole Miss
There was a consensus on Ole Miss among SEC football information directors: the Rebels probably are going to be pretty bad.

8. Arkansas
This team plays Alabama and Auburn in back-to-back games the sixth and seventh weeks of the season. A win against either of those two teams...

7. Tennessee
Volunteers come in at seventh in the 71st annual SEC Football Report, and that might be a little high considering Tennessee's returning starters and lack of consistency under coach Butch Jones.

t-2. LSU
LSU received 142 points from SEC football information directors, including one first-place vote, four second-place votes, two third-place votes and five votes for fourth place.

The first-place vote slightly skews the consensus on LSU, which begins its first full season under coach Ed Orgeron.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 14, 2017, 01:28:53 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/875018966510571520

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Here’s a look at all 14 SEC teams:

    Alabama: 10.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
    Auburn: 9 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
    Georgia: 9 (Over +110, Under -130)
    LSU: 9 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
    Florida: 8 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
    Tennessee: 7.5 (Over -120, Under EVEN)
    Texas A&M: 7.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
    Kentucky: 7 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
    Arkansas: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
    Missouri: 6 (Over -110, Under -110)
    Vanderbilt: 6 (Over -130, Under +110)
    Ole Miss: 5.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
    Mississippi State: 5 (Over EVEN, Under -120)
    South Carolina: 5 (Over -110, Under -110)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 14, 2017, 01:29:59 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/875014297658810368

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1. Alabama

9. Auburn

11. LSU

15. Georgia

16. Florida

19. Tennessee

29. Arkansas

30. Mississippi State

37. Texas A&M

40. South Carolina

45. Kentucky

46. Ole Miss

48. Vanderbilt

55. Missouri
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 15, 2017, 06:20:52 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/875129491550601216
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2017, 10:40:48 am
https://twitter.com/WillSammon/status/877905458211803141
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2017, 06:32:26 am
Golden Nugget casino has Auburn favored by 7 points over Arkansas on Oct. 21 and by 10 points over Georgia on Nov. 11, two of 106 "games of the year"

On rivalry Saturday, Nov. 25, Alabama is a 6½-point favorite over Auburn, and Florida State is a 4-point favorite over Florida.

Scrollable full listing is available via link (https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/betting/golden-nugget-posts-lines-for-106-college-football-games-of-the-year)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2017, 07:35:58 am
https://twitter.com/jasonkersey/status/878352602152525830
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2017, 11:36:35 am
https://twitter.com/finebaum/status/880146414914998272

May have to beat UT on the field to achieve this.

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2017, 04:20:22 am
https://twitter.com/Brett_McMurphy/status/881242412722429952
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 03, 2017, 08:46:50 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/881589124653887488

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“Alabama does not have very many dangerous games,” Finebaum said on ESPN on Sunday. “Really the opener against FSU and the closer at Auburn, a place where the Tide lost four years ago. Other than that, most of the other games are going to be laughers.”

The Crimson Tide will face the Seminoles in the season opener at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, starting off with an opponent that also has a spot in the College Football Playoff on its mind. The Seminoles are loaded, and should be ranked high in the preseason polls.

“Alabama is going to be No. 1 and I don’t think it’s going to be close,” Finebaum said. “The most interesting thing is will Florida State be No. 2. We’ve never had a 1 vs. 2 matchup in the opening weekend. We always get that in the final game. This could be the first time. Alabama’s a 5.5- to 6.5-point favorite and I think that’s a very dangerous game.”
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 05, 2017, 08:08:31 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/882419385251528704

Steele breaks down the SEC and if the league can bounce back in 2017
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2017, 12:13:29 pm
https://twitter.com/RossDellenger/status/882998838113513472

Hoping for good weather
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2017, 11:21:08 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/883320842234548225

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Former Auburn star Ronnie Brown, a running back from Rome, Ga. who starred on the Tigers’ unbeaten 2004 team prior to becoming the No. 2 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, made an appearance at a charity golf tournament alongside Kirby Smart in Greensboro, Ga. on Thursday.

Brown retired from football in 2014 after a decade in the NFL...

“I think he’s going to be great. In my opinion, I would pick Georgia to win the East this year. But, you never know with injuries and all these other kinds of things. I think he’s doing a great job and he’s going in the right direction.”

Then one Hurts fumble away from one of those bowls offered by the men in the fancy coats.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2017, 06:54:51 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/883520930559008768

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Pegs the SEC as his projected toughest conference, followed by the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and much more.

Many in the SEC have something to prove in the months ahead. Will Alabama continue its dominance? Will LSU or Auburn challenge the Crimson Tide in the SEC West? Will Florida have an offense with a pulse? Will Butch Jones survive at Tennessee? How about Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M?
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 08, 2017, 07:05:59 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/883476288094261248

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For the first time in recent memory, you could make a legitimate argument last season that the SEC was not the best conference in college football. That was last year. Moving forward, the league should reclaim its spot as the unquestioned king of the sport, thanks to the continued dominance of Alabama and the expected re-emergence of Auburn and LSU in 2017.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2017, 02:14:35 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/884106604056117248

Has Florida winning the East with Vols and Wildcats tied for 3rd.

Hogs are fourth in the tough West.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2017, 10:19:35 am
https://twitter.com/RossDellenger/status/884762954830426112

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“I’m calmer now,” Orgeron said. “I don’t do the things I used to do. I don’t take my shirt off anymore. … I look at myself as a head football coach now. I’ve eased into the head coach mode.

“If I wanted to be a head coach, I had to start acting like one.”

He has mellowed with experience, he said. He greeted most of the questions sent his way with a smile. He often prefaced his answer with, “That’s a good question,” before delving into his answer.

He appeared to clearly understand his role as the face of the program. Between tight windows for interviews on Radio Row, he took a break to greet those fans gathered in the lobby with Sharpies and memorabilia.

“Let me go see my guys and take care of ‘em,” Orgeron told his handler.

Perhaps he was caught up in the moment. For several fans, Orgeron wrote “Geaux Tigers” ... without actually signing his name.

A woman holding two young children screeched with glee when she saw Orgeron so close. She pleaded for him to take a group picture, and Orgeron dutifully obliged, mugging for the camera as the woman clutched her children.

As the face of the program, Orgeron appeared to be in his element. But what about the other, more important side? The one that demands results?
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2017, 02:27:52 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/884797021017735173

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In the East, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will be picked to finish at the top of the division in some order. In the West, it will be Alabama on top, and then LSU and Auburn second and third (or third and second).

The last two years, the media has picked Georgia and Tennessee to win the East, and Florida has won it both times. The Gators remain nothing special on offense --

West is certainly deeper than the East, but the gap between No. 1 and everyone else is far larger than in the East. It would be a major surprise if anyone other than Alabama won the SEC West, let alone the overall SEC title...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2017, 07:08:09 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/885099912060428288

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. – Tennessee had six players selected in the NFL draft in April for the first time since 2009.

The task of finding replacements has just begun.

Jones will be approaching this new task with familiar faces, though. Since Jones enters his fifth football season with the Vols, every player in the program will be one of his guys.

“The great thing is we know every one of them,” Jones said at a Big Orange Caravan at The Barn at Sycamore Farms in Arrington. “We’ve sat in all their living rooms and they know us. That’s the great thing, the kind of transitional piece with this football team.”

Freshman running back Ty Chandler will be one player Jones might lean on early. Tennessee lost junior running backs Alvin Kamara (NFL draft) and Jalen Hurd (transfer to Baylor), creating an opening for Chandler.

“We are going to need a lot out of Ty,” Jones said.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 13, 2017, 07:12:08 pm
https://twitter.com/NealMcCready/status/885555689120309248
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2017, 01:49:18 pm
FWIW:

https://twitter.com/SEC/status/885877489754673153

Eastern Division (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School    Points
Georgia (138)    1572
Florida (96)    1526
Tennessee (3)    998
South Carolina (5)    897
Kentucky    869
Vanderbilt (1)    554
Missouri    388

Western Division (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School    Points
Alabama (225)    1683
Auburn (13)    1329
LSU (4)    1262
Arkansas (1)    796
Texas A&M    722
Mississippi State    633
Ole Miss    379
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2017, 02:02:56 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/885917581856698368

2017 SEC title odds per Bovada

Alabama– 2/3
Auburn– 5/1
LSU– 5/1
Georgia– 6/1
Florida– 8/1
Tennessee– 25/1
Texas A&M– 40/1
Arkansas– 66/1
Mississippi State– 75/1
Kentucky– 100/1
South Carolina– 100/1
Missouri– 200/1
Vanderbilt–200/1
***Ole Miss is off the board
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2017, 01:01:38 pm
https://twitter.com/AdamSparks/status/885915083553034240

Vanderbilt has never won an SEC football championship since the conference's first title in 1933.

While trying to convey integrity did they convey credibility?
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2017, 01:08:56 pm
https://twitter.com/RyanCallahan247/status/886679240745390080

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1. Tennessee's new QB will be talented.

Whoever winds up becoming the successor to Joshua Dobbs will bring plenty of talent to the field. Sure, Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano lack experience and are total unknowns. But we know they're talented -- both were former four-star recruits --
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2017, 02:40:25 pm
https://twitter.com/DCTheState/status/886982855892623361

Game is in Columbia

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3. NOT A LOCK

Drew Lock has a powerful arm and a few games under his belt, and roasted underwhelming defenses last year. He also had 10 balls picked off, one at the 2-yard line during a loss at USC.And the Gamecocks get Skai Moore back this year (11 career interceptions).

4. WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS

Missouri’s rotten defense from a year ago gets a softball in Missouri State in Week 1. The Gamecocks’ defense, not rotten but not healthy a year ago, has to slow down N.C. State. Results aside, USC’s D will be more seasoned.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2017, 07:12:39 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/887086215278854144

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Florida: Little love from media under Jim McElwain

In McElwain’s first season at the helm, the Gators were predicted to finish fifth in the SEC East, behind Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and South Carolina. Fifth!

Then, after Florida won the SEC East —

Georgia: Historically over-hyped

Those who follow the Bulldogs know that every offseason seems to culminate with high expectations and a prominent place in the preseason polls. And while the team was generally a lock for 9-10 wins under Mark Richt, mostly because of the embarrassment of in-state recruiting riches at its disposal...

Alabama: You can’t win it every year, but you can come close

Alabama has been picked to win the SEC five times since 2008, and it has also won the SEC five times since 2008.

Crimson Tide did not take home the conference crown in three of the years reporters expected...

The best of the rest: Vanderbilt, Missouri and Mississippi State

These three schools rounded out the top four by virtue of entering most seasons with low, low expectations, which isn’t a bad situation at all. We’ve seen it several times: Missouri winning the SEC East — twice! — Vandy beating a sixth- or seventh-place prediction and Mississippi State riding that Dan Mullen quarterback magic to an impressive finish.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2017, 12:41:22 pm
Updated 2017 SEC over/under win totals finally released by Bovada (https://t.co/jZRI8zNXlO)

School    Over/under
Alabama    10.5
Arkansas    7
Auburn    8.5
Florida    8
Georgia    8.5
Kentucky    7
LSU    9
Ole Miss    5.5
Mississippi State    5.5
Missouri    6.5
South Carolina    5.5
Tennessee    7.5
Texas A&M    7
Vanderbilt    6
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2017, 06:50:19 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/887457016310108168

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Alabama's dominating 54-16 smackdown of Florida in last year's SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome showcased the growing chasm between Alabama and everybody else. Bama has won the last three SEC title games by a combined score of 125-44.

ama must replace Butkus Award winner Reuben Foster and Superman defensive end Jonathan Allen, as the Tide became the first team in draft history with seven players selected during the first 55 picks of the draft and the first with nine players chosen during the first 80 picks.

Yes, Jalen Hurts returns at quarterback - the first time Saban has had the same starter in back-to-back seasons since AJ McCarron, who won two national titles. Hurts struggled late in 2016, especially against Auburn, Florida and Washington, but those were also three of the top 12 defenses in America.

Coach Saban: "A realistic view of this team is that we lost 11 starters, a punter, a kicker, and a great return guy. So we lost a lot of good football players from last year's team, which is going to create a lot of opportunity for some other young players who need to prove and show that they can play with consistency and performance."

And later, he offered this: "Are we going to be able to do the things that we need to do with the young players that don't have as much experience, that are going to get some on-the-job training in terms of what they want to accomplish, what they need to do to do a good job? Are they going to be able to do those things with the right attitude, the right commitment, the right intensity, the right sort of ability to overcome adversity? Deal with success when they have success, and have the maturity to overcome some of the negatives that they'll surely go through in this season?"
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2017, 10:20:35 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/888015665269022721

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Missouri

Game date & time: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, Sept. 23

2016 record: (4-8, 2-6 SEC)

Returning starters: 10 offense, 5 defense, 0 specialists

Most important returning players: QB Drew Lock, RB Damarea Crockett, WR J'Mon Moore, DE Marcell Frazier, DB Thomas Wilson

Most critical departures: DE Charles Harris, DB Aarion Penton, LB Donavin Newsom, TE Sean Culkin, DT Rickey Hatley

Tod Palmer (@todpalmer):
How has Missouri addressed its rush defense this offseason?
The bad news for Mizzou -- which finished 13th in the SEC, allowing more than 230 rushing yards per game last season -- is that defensive end Charles Harris left early for the NFL and starting linebackers Michael Scherer and Donavin Newsom graduated. Those are three big losses --

With 10 starters back, what's expected of the offense?
Missouri quietly set a school record for most yards per game last season, averaging 500.5 yards and finishing fifth at 446.3 yards per game in conference. The Brad Smith, Chase Daniel, Blaine Gabbert, James Franklin powerhouses under Pinkel never put up that many yards per game. Of course, the Tigers also were wildly inconsistent, having their way with Eastern Michigan, Delaware State and Tennessee, while getting shut down by LSU and Florida among others.

A win for Missouri against Auburn would mean? A loss for Missouri would mean?
Probably an eye-opening 4-0 start (perhaps even the start of another surprising SEC East run) and certainly the biggest win of Barry Odom's coaching tenure, especially if Auburn arrives in Columbia as a ranked team as is anticipated. Missouri went 0-3 against ranked teams last season, losing by an average of 36-11. Of course, it also might spell the beginning of the end for Gus Malzahn. Most Mizzou fans aren't penciling that game in as a victory this summer, so a loss --
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2017, 04:31:43 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 1m1 minute ago

2017 LSU football preview: D.J. Chark leads a new-look group of pass catchers  https://www.seccountry.com/lsu/2017-lsu-football-preview-wide-receivers

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/888148387027181568/_bngjsGX?format=jpg&name=600x314)

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Wide receivers
The face: D.J. Chark

LSU isn’t returning too much as far as pass catchers go in 2017. Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, Colin Jeter, Desean Smith and Leonard Fournette accounted for 60 percent of LSU’s receptions and receiving yards a year ago. All are gone in 2017.

But the Tigers are returning D.J. Chark. LSU’s second-leading receiver and leading touchdown scorer in 2016, Chark accounted for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns last year while averaging 17.9 yards per reception, the best mark in the SEC West.

Tight ends

For years, LSU football fans have clamored that Les Miles and the old regime didn’t properly use tight ends in the passing game. That shouldn’t be a problem this season.

Canada’s offense doesn’t use a traditional fullback as LSU did under Cam Cameron...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 22, 2017, 12:47:07 pm
 Bruce Feldman‏Verified account @BruceFeldmanCFB 3h3 hours ago

Spoke w #OleMiss staffer>Said FRI's team workout was the best of summer. "Kids are out to prove that this is not gonna splinter the program"
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 22, 2017, 12:59:23 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/888794504601509888

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Ole Miss

Game date & time: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Oct. 7 at TBA

2016 record: (5-7, 2-6 SEC)

Coach: Matt Luke, interim

Betting line: Not yet posted

Returning starters: 5 offense, 6 defense, 2 specialists

Most important returning players: QB Shea Patterson, WR Damore'ea Stringfellow, LT Greg Little, DE Marquis Haynes, LB DeMarquis Gates

Most critical departures: QB Chad Kelly, RB Akeem Judd, TE Evan Engram, LB Tony Conner, DE Fadol Brown, LB Rommel Mageo [, Hugh Freezes's dignity?]



What does Matt Luke bring to the table as a coach?
He's an alum and was on Hugh Freeze's staff for all five seasons, so he has a good understanding of the program and the current team. A former assistant said he related to the players and the other side of the ball well. He was also on an Ole Miss team that went through a postseason ban during his playing days, so he can relate a bit to what these players are going through.

With both an NCAA investigation and coaching search going on, what does success look like for Ole Miss this season?
I think if they were to go 6-6 it would be a success. The players already know they can't play in the postseason and the coach who most of them committed to resigned a week and a half before camp. Luke is a first-time head coach and there's two new coordinators...

Running game
Ole Miss was the worst rush defense in the SEC last season. Expected Kamryn Pettway, Kerryon Johnson and whoever has emerged as the third back to see a lot of touches.

Back-to-back games in Alabama
The Rebels will be coming off a trip to Tuscaloosa that could be absolutely brutal. With so many unknowns at this point, there's no way to gauge whether Ole Miss will enter this game 3-1, 2-2 or 1-3, but the Tigers should be favored regardless.
NCAA investigation
Where the NCAA process stands at this point could again be a season-long distraction. If Ole Miss has met with the Committee on Infractions by this point, stories could drop at any time.
Wesley McGriff
The former Auburn secondary coach is in his first year as defensive coordinator
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2017, 06:55:03 am
Auburn opponent early scouting report: LSU (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2017/07/auburn_opponent_early_scouting_lsu_2017.html)

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LSU

Game date & time: Tiger Stadium, Oct. 14 at TBA

2016 record: (8-4, 5-3 SEC)

Coach: Ed Orgeron, first year (22-29, 6-2 as interim head coach at LSU)

Betting line: LSU by 4.5

Returning starters: 8 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialist

Most important returning players: RB Derrius Guice, DE Arden Key, LG Will Clapp, LB Donnie Alexander

Most critical departures: RB Leonard Fournette, WR Malachi Dupre, WR Travin Dural, C Ethan Pocic, DL Davon Godchaux, LB Kendell Beckwith, CB Tre'Davious White, S Jamal Adams

A win for LSU would mean? A loss for LSU would mean?
I tend to believe that this year's Auburn-LSU, for how early it is in the season, will determine the team that's still in the hunt to challenge Alabama for the SEC West title. The winner is still in it. The loser is eliminated. It's a big one, and it's in Tiger Stadium.

Auburn story lines:

    Losing streak in Baton Rouge
    Auburn has not won at LSU since the 1999 Cigar Game. Gus Malzahn has never won at LSU. If this is a night game, and it should be, then Tiger Stadium will be in its usual lively form. Expect silent counts and lots of hand signals.
    Start of a three-game road stretch
    Auburn's season will hinge on the second half and it opens with games at LSU, Arkansas and A&M.

LSU story lines:

    QB play
    Danny Etling is expected to retain the starting job to start the season. Whether that continues with two touted freshmen on the roster will depend on how Etling handles a new offense in the first six games, but LSU should be 5-1 or 6-0 heading into this game.
    Ed Orgeron's first full season
    Oregeron had a good run as interim coach but anything less than a 5-1 start and questions will begin to be raised about whether retaining him was the best move.
    Opening of brutal second half of season
    LSU will be coming off a road trip to Florida and an intense game there. But the opponents it faces in the final six games include Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas A&M. The season is won or lost in this stretch.
    Les Miles
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2017, 02:44:05 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/889177494523457541

FWIW, ESPN FPI rankings for SEC Teams:

2. Alabama
5. Auburn
10. LSU
13. Georgia
14. Florida
19. Tennessee
27. Texas A&M
32. South Carolina
33. Mississippi State
35. Kentucky
37. Ole Miss
38. Arkansas
39. Missouri
46. Vanderbilt
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2017, 07:54:49 am
Auburn A&M Scouting Report (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2017/07/auburn_opponent_early_scouting_8.html)

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A&M

Game date & time: Kyle Field, Nov. 4 at TBA

2016 record: (8-5, 4-4 SEC)

Coach: Kevin Sumlin, sixth year at Texas A&M (79-38, 44-21 at Texas A&M)

Betting line: Not yet posted

Returning starters: 5 offense, 7 defense, 2 specialist

Most important returning players: RB Trayveon Williams, WR Christian Kirk, LB Otaro Alaka, DB Armani "Ronnie" Watts, DB Donovan Wilson

Most critical departures: QB Trevor Knight, WR Josh Reynolds, WR Ricky Seals-Jones, DE Myles Garrett [would have led with Garrett], DE Daeshon Hall, LB Shaan Washington

Insight from Texas A&M beat reporter Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman):

A&M's quarterback competition heading into the season?
Plenty of times in these situations the coaches will have a pretty strong inkling of who will start, even if they don't reveal as much, but in this situation I believe it's still wide open. I wouldn't blame the coaches if "journeyman" senior Jake Hubenak earned the start at UCLA on Sept. 3, considering freshmen Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond have never taken a college snap. Longer term, it wouldn't surprise me if Starkel was the guy

If he doesn't win the job before the season, what would it take for Kellen Mond to be the starter by the Auburn game? Did Kevin Sumlin learn from the Kyler Murray/Kyle Allen situation?
Rivals had Mond as a five-star out of IMG Academy, but the spring showed he still has a long way to go in terms of being a starter in the SEC.

How do the Aggies plan to replace Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall?
The Aggies signed one of the top junior-college defensive ends in Micheal Clemons, and he'll compete with veterans Qualen Cunningham and Jarrett Johnson for playing time. Truth is, the Aggies can't come close to replacing the monster that was Garrett

Auburn story lines:

    End of the road
    This is the last of a crucial three-game road stretch and comes after an open week. It's also Auburn's last road game of the regular season.
    Most pivotal game?
    After moving earlier on the schedule last season, this game is back to late in the season and has proven to have a huge impact on four Auburn seasons from 2012-15. Depending where each team is in the standings, the loser might be completely out of the race in the SEC West, or in the case of Kevin Sumlin, out of a job.

A&M story lines:

    Sumlin's job security
    The entire season will be a week-to-week review of Sumlin's tenure and evaluation of if he's best for the future.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2017, 08:47:52 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/889931737438060544

8 wins per Bovada
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 28, 2017, 04:10:02 pm
Marq Burnett: opponent preview and prediction: Ole Miss (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/2017-alabama-football-opponent-preview-prediction-ole-miss)

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Bama vs. Ole Miss

    When: Saturday, Sept. 30
    Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Last meeting: Alabama defeated Ole Miss 48-43 on Sept. 17, 2016

Ole Miss at a glance

    Coach: Matt Luke (interim)
    2016 record: 5-7, 2-6 SEC

Ole Miss players to watch

Shea Patterson | QB

With Freeze out, only two active SEC coaches have wins over Nick Saban and Alabama —

ama gets the Rebels at home in Week 5 on Sept. 30. That means Alabama will have more time to get things figured out between the opener and the date with Ole Miss.

Alabama’s three games between Florida State and Ole Miss are Fresno State (Sept. 9) and Colorado State (Sept. 16) at home, and at Vanderbilt (Sept. 23)...

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2017, 10:02:01 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/892034597210513408

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2017, 09:25:46 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/892846323241713665
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2017, 06:32:07 am
https://twitter.com/AntonioCMorales/status/892868442830905345

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"One of our goals as a team this year and as a coaching staff is to go out there and give it our all and win as many games as we can," Shea Patterson said. "So that he’s not a Band-Aid coach."

Patterson has and will probably face more questions regarding his future with the program.

When asked about it, he's constantly shifted the focus to the upcoming season. As the face of the program, he'll be counted on to be one of the main leaders to help his teammates get through this storm.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2017, 08:33:01 am
https://twitter.com/Ben_Baby/status/892203836009566209

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Week 4: A&M vs. Arkansas

Sept. 23, AT&T Stadium

The skinny: Is this going to be the year Arkansas beats A&M while both are members of the SEC? A&M's won all five meetings since the Aggies joined the conference. This game went to overtime in 2014 and 2015, while last year's was close in the third quarter before the Aggies ran away with it. Once again, A&M could find itself in a close game against its old Southwest Conference rival.

The pick: A&M

Projected record: (3-1, 1-0)

Poll available at link

A&M up 65-35 at time of post
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2017, 08:41:23 am
https://twitter.com/AdamSparks/status/892769110806990848

One year from now: There is good news and bad news.

The good news is that "we" lost no players to end of eligibility. The bad news is that all of 2017's players have returned.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2017, 12:40:48 pm
https://twitter.com/SECCountryHogs/status/893125235079335936

1. Bama

11. AU
12. LS
14. UF
17. UG
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2017, 12:54:48 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/893147585367683072

1. Bama

12. LS
13. AU
15. UG
16. UF
24. UT Vols
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2017, 01:21:30 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/893170958118383617
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2017, 12:14:07 pm
2017 Alabama football opponent preview and prediction: Mississippi State  (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/2017-alabama-football-opponent-preview-prediction-mississippi-state)

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Alabama vs. Mississippi State

    When: Saturday, Nov. 11
   
    Where: Davis-Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.
   
    Last meeting: Alabama defeated Mississippi State 51-3 on Nov. 12, 2016

In 2014, when Mississippi State came to Tuscaloosa ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Bulldogs put up a tough fight led by then-quarterback Dak Prescott. It ended in a 25-20 loss to Alabama.

Outside of that contest, Mississippi State has scored 10 points once during Alabama’s nine-game winning streak in this series.

Mississippi State squeaked out a 17-12 win in Nick Saban’s first year as Alabama’s coach in 2007, and the Tide has been getting revenge since.

Alabama football has outscored Mississippi State 282-70 since 2008 when the streak began.

Prediction

Alabama 34, Mississippi State 10
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2017, 12:49:05 pm
 NCAAF Nation‏ @NCAAFNation247

2017 #CFB Team LB Rankings

1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Miami FL 4. VT 5. FSU 6. LSU 7. Ohio St 8. Wisconsin 9. USC 10. Texas
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2017, 09:10:05 pm
 The Advocate‏Verified account @theadvocatebr

Rabalais: LSU can weather most of its offseason attrition, but the offensive line woes are reaching critical mass: https://buff.ly/2hvRuLf
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2017, 07:27:51 am
Trevor Matich says Florida is ranked too low in Coaches Poll (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/espns-trevor-matich-says-florida-ranked-low-coaches-poll)

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“The defensive line will still be filthy. they’ve got some inexperience behind them but they’ve got a lot of guys who can get behind the line and pressure the passer,” Matich said.

“Offensively I think the quarterback position will be a lot better whoever starts. If quarterback improves from heinous to decent this year, it’ll look like a completely different team.”

Alabama came in at No. 1, LSU at No. 12, Auburn at No. 13 and Georgia No. 15. Tennessee was the final ranked SEC team, at No. 24.

No. 16 Florida opens the season against Michigan, which is ranked No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. The two teams meet in Dallas on Sept. 2

Still have QB controversy
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2017, 06:06:20 pm
 Ross Dellenger‏Verified account @RossDellenger 8h8 hours ago

Preseason polls starting to roll out. #LSU 13th in @SInow's rankings.

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1. Bama
10. AU
13. LS
16. UG
18. UF
25. A&M
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2017, 09:34:55 pm
 Edgar Thompson‏Verified account @osgators

UF star receiver Antonio Callaway among seven #Gators suspended for opener against Michigan: http://bit.ly/2wVcvln

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 VegasInsider.com‏ @TwitVI 6h6 hours ago

VegasInsider.com Retweeted Edgar Thompson

👀
#Michigan was favored by 2.5/3. Expect Gators to be a bigger underdog now
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2017, 04:58:41 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 11h11 hours ago

Pat Dye: Current team is ‘most talented’ he has seen at Auburn

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“I think this is probably the most talented football team that I’ve seen at Auburn, top to bottom,” Dye said. “They’re a little thin in the secondary, like I mentioned. And they’re a little inexperienced at the wide receivers. … I think defensively, we’ve got a chance to be better.”

Dye was the Tigers’ coach from 1981-92 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2017, 05:01:44 am
Ranking Alabama's top position groups from worst to first (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2017/08/ranking_alabamas_top_position.html)

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9. Specialists
Crimson Tide should be able to flip the field as well as anybody. Punter extraordinaire JK Scott is back, after all. But there are question marks everywhere else. The Tide bid adieu to kicker Adam Griffith, and at this stage of the preseason it’s unclear who will replace him... Then there are the returner spots. They’re up for grabs.

7. Defensive Line
Defensive line has undergone a significant makeover since the end of the 2016 campaign. The departures of Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson created major voids in Alabama’s front. While the Tide knows returning starter Da’Ron Payne is a dependable player who can impose his will, doubts remain about the two guys flanking him: Da’Shawn Hand and Raekwon Davis.

Both Hand and Davis played a total of 346 snaps last season and while they were both high-profile recruits they have yet to make a major impact in Tuscaloosa. Together these projected starters will be supported by talented, yet inexperienced reserves including Isaiah Buggs, Quinnen Williams and Josh Frazier.

6. Offensive Line
Even though the departure of left tackle Cam Robinson was a significant one, an argument can be made that Alabama’s blocking front is more stable now than it was a year ago, when the interior positions were in a constant state of flux —

5. Quarterbacks
As a freshman, Jalen Hurts...

1. Running Backs
The biggest dilemma Brian Daboll may have in his first year as Alabama’s offensive coordinator is to which running back should he give the ball.

Key Players

Junior Bo Scarbrough, junior Damien Harris, sophomore Josh Jacobs, freshman Najee Harris, freshman Brian Robinson
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2017, 07:18:20 am
 SEC Country‏Verified account @SECcountry 20h20 hours ago

Right now Alabama is a 7 point favorite vs. FSU opening weekend. #SEC
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2017, 04:18:43 am
 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports 10h10 hours ago

For the second straight year, Alabama is the No. 1 team in the AP preseason poll http://trib.al/Qvmzk1Z

AP poll

1. Alabama (52) 1,513

2. Ohio State (3) 1,414

3. Florida State (4) 1,396

4. USC (2) 1,325

5. Clemson 1,201

6. Penn State 1,196

7. Oklahoma 1,170

8. Washington 1,150

9. Wisconsin 926

10. Oklahoma State

12. AU
13. LS
15. UG
17. UF
25. UT Vols
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2017, 04:47:04 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Las Vegas releases updated odds for SEC regular season wins, league champ, Heisman (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/las-vegas-updated-odds-sec-wins-conference-champion-heisman-winner)

Alabama — 11
LSU — 9
Auburn — 8.5
Florida — 8.5
Georgia — 8.5
Tennessee — 7.5
Texas A&M — 7
Arkansas — 6.5

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHxXcGDVwAEh9vf.jpg) (https://twitter.com/Johnny_Detroit/status/899690415963738113)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2017, 05:20:40 am
 Paul Finebaum‏Verified account @finebaum

Kentucky hasn't won 8 regular season games since 1984. Can the Cats end that streak in 2017?
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/900118439876022273/QmP2y5t_?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/finebaum/status/900118438420652035)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2017, 06:33:48 am
 SEC Country Kentucky‏ @SECCountryUK 19h19 hours ago

Kentucky football season predictions from SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto http://sec.news/2gdSZ0j 
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at South Carolina (Sept. 16)

Joe: South Carolina 27, Kentucky 19

vs. Missouri (Oct. 7)

Joe: Kentucky 35, Missouri 24

Missouri is expected to be better than last year, and junior quarterback Drew Lock is among the best passers in the SEC. But it’s too hard to get past Kentucky’s convincing 35-21 win on the road last season

at Mississippi State (Oct. 21)

Joe: Mississippi State 38, Kentucky 34

Remember last year’s instant classic? Austin MacGinnis nailed a 51-yard field goal as the clock expired to give Kentucky a 40-38 win. The Cats contained Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald in the air, but he rushed for more than 100 yards and 2 scores. Fitzgerald is back

vs. Tennessee (Oct. 28)

Joe: Kentucky 33, Tennessee 27

Kentucky has beaten Tennessee once since 1985. Make that twice after this one.

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2017, 06:36:02 am
 FBCSO Texas‏Verified account @FBCSO

Gators and flooding advice via @txgatorsquad: Expect them to be displaced. Simply looking for higher ground. Leave alone until water recedes
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIBDDPKVwAASPJr.jpg) (https://twitter.com/FBCSO/status/900793654192869376)

 Graham Hall‏ @GrahamHall_ Aug 25

Graham Hall Retweeted FBCSO Texas

It's about to get worse...About to be 85 more #Gators in Texas next week
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2017, 07:08:13 am
We’ll find out soon enough anyway, but I swear, get Derek Mason talking about his football team and you will get visions of Vanderbilt victories in droves.

The safe money is on a very competitive opener Sept. 2 at MTSU, which has the most accomplished quarterback in the state (Brent Stockstill), an elite pass catcher (Richie James) and a pass rusher (Walter Brady) who was a Freshman All-American two years ago at Missouri.

The safe money is on Vanderbilt scrounging for six or seven wins and a second straight bowl game under Mason. (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vanderbilt/2017/08/24/vanderbilt-football-derek-mason-have-you-believing-if-you-arent-careful/597811001)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2017, 07:17:06 am
 Tim Linafelt / FSU‏Verified account @Tim_Linafelt

FSU Prez John Thrasher is ready: "I shouldn't talk too much trash, but I think we're gonna beat Alabama pretty bad next week. I really do."


 Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton Aug 25

Not Jerry Tipton Retweeted Tim Linafelt / FSU

Not smart.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2017, 05:20:35 am
 Hugh Kellenberger‏Verified account @HKellenbergerCL Aug 29

Instead of power rankings this year I'm doing the tiers of the SEC. An explainer below. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/nletter/the-a-gap/2017/08/29/gap-tiers-sec/611275001/ …

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And with that, here we go:

    Tier 1
Alabama

    Tier 4

Arkansas: We're still waiting on the breakthrough season. It'll come at some point, surely.

Kentucky: It feels weird to have any preseason optimism about the Wildcats, but here we are.

State: We're going to find out about the Bulldogs in Week 3 against LSU.

A&M: Know this — whoever starts for Texas A&M at quarterback this week will somehow be your Week 1 Heisman front-runner.

Tennessee: Butch Jones said he's willing to let the QB competition go to warmups on Monday against Georgia Tech. I'm sure that means both guys look great, he says in jest.

Vanderbilt: Yeah, I guess. I like Derek Mason. I like Ralph Webb. Why not?

    Tier 5

Missouri: Offense scores points. Defense stops the other team. The Tigers have figured out the former, working on the latter.

Ole Miss: There's no Shreveport in the Rebels' future, but maybe a win in Covington, Kentucky in two weeks?
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2017, 06:10:13 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Vegas sharp breaks down Week 1 SEC football games
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p-to-date betting information for each SEC contest, complete with analysis and picks from Brian Edwards:

South Carolina vs. N.C. State (at Charlotte)

Kickoff: 3 p.m.
Friday Line: N.C. State minus-5.5 (opened minus-2.5)
Over/Under: 52.5
Public (ATS): 54 percent South Carolina
The Play: South Carolina and the points.

No. 11 Michigan at No. 17 Florida

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Friday Line: Michigan minus-5 (opened minus-4.5)
Over/Under: 43
Public (ATS): 56 percent Michigan
The Play: Pass on a side, lean to the over.

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 1 Alabama (at Atlanta)

Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Friday Line: Alabama -7 (opened -7.5)
Over/Under: 49.5
Public (ATS): 61 percent Alabama
The Play: Alabama minus the points
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 02, 2017, 07:11:12 am
SEC Chalk Picks for the Labor Day Weekend of 2017.  All times are EDT; all picks are est.

Saturday, Sept. 2

▪ 12:00 - Missouri State at Missouri OFF (SECN)

▪  3:00 - North Carolina State 28 at South Carolina 24 (ESPN)

▪  3:30 - Florida 21 vs. Michigan 24 (ABC affiliates)

▪ 4:00 - Kentucky 34 at Southern Miss 24 (CBS Sports)

▪ 4:00 - Charleston Southern at Mississippi State (SEC)  OFF

▪ 6:15 - Appalachian State 16 at Georgia 31 (ESPN)

▪ 7:30 - Georgia Southern 13 at Auburn 47 (SEC)

▪ 7:30 - South Alabama 17 at Ole Miss 42 (ESPNU)

▪ 8:00 - Vanderbilt 31 at Middle Tennessee 28 (CBS Sports)

▪ 8:00 - Alabama 28 vs. Florida State 21 (ABC)

▪ 9:30 - BYU 20 vs. LSU 28 (ESPN)

Sunday, Sept. 3

▪ 7:30 - A&M 27 at UCLA 30 (Fox)

Monday, Sept. 4

▪ 8:00 - Georgia Tech 27 vs. Tennessee 31 (ESPN)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2017, 07:35:18 am
SEC Chalk Picks for the Labor Day Weekend of 2017.  All times are EDT; all picks are est.

Saturday, Sept. 2

▪ 12:00 - Missouri State at Missouri OFF (SECN)

▪  3:00 - North Carolina State 28 at South Carolina 24 (ESPN)

▪  3:30 - Florida 21 vs. Michigan 24 (ABC affiliates)

▪ 4:00 - Kentucky 34 at Southern Miss 24 (CBS Sports)

▪ 4:00 - Charleston Southern at Mississippi State (SEC)  OFF

▪ 6:15 - Appalachian State 16 at Georgia 31 (ESPN)

▪ 7:30 - Georgia Southern 13 at Auburn 47 (SEC)

▪ 7:30 - South Alabama 17 at Ole Miss 42 (ESPNU)

▪ 8:00 - Vanderbilt 31 at Middle Tennessee 28 (CBS Sports)

▪ 8:00 - Alabama 28 vs. Florida State 21 (ABC)

▪ 9:30 - BYU 20 vs. LSU 28 (ESPN)

Sunday, Sept. 3

▪ 7:30 - A&M 27 at UCLA 30 (Fox)

Monday, Sept. 4

▪ 8:00 - Georgia Tech 27 vs. Tennessee 31 (ESPN)

SEC defenses generally exceeded Vegas expectations on Saturday except for Florida whose defense was kept on the field in the second half by their offense and who scored the Gators' only touchdowns.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2017, 08:22:58 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

College football betting odds: SEC Week 2 games
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South Carolina is a 4.5-point road underdog at Missouri in the first conference game of the season.

All SEC vs. FCS games are off the board early.

3:30 p.m.    TCU    Arkansas    Arkansas -1.5

7 p.m.    Auburn    Clemson    Clemson -6.5

7:30 p.m.    Miss. St.    La. Tech    Miss. St. -6
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2017, 02:55:57 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Significant shift happens for Georgia-Notre Dame betting line
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/904791897230774272/ribwDKxC?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/904791894756077569)

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Notre Dame has opened up as a 6.5-point favorite after news of quarterback Jacob Eason’s absence from the game was known. That’s a jump from the Fighting Irish being consider a 4-point favorite Sunday night, before multiple betting sites took the line down.

Brad Powers @BradPowers7

WOAH! With QB Eason out, Notre Dame opens up as a 6.5-point favorite over Georgia!
12:51 PM - Sep 4, 2017
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2017, 10:37:08 pm
 AP Top 25‏Verified account @AP_Top25 10h10 hours ago

BREAKING: Florida State drops to No. 10 after loss; Clemson moves up to No. 3 behind Alabama, Ohio State #APTop25 http://apne.ws/c5We4h6
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1. Bama
12. LS
13. AU
15. UG
22. UF
25. Vols

Others Receiving Votes: Utah 96, UCLA 82, West Virginia 70, Colorado 65, Maryland 45, Oregon 44, South Carolina 44, Boise St. 22, Northwestern 20, Houston 14, San Diego St. 11, Texas Tech 4, Kentucky 4, Iowa 3, California 2, Navy 1, Vanderbilt 1, Pittsburgh 1, Mississippi St. 1, Nebraska 1, Michigan St. 1
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2017, 10:43:04 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Arkansas is ranked (Week 1)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/905194855323893761/psEGOfe6?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/905194980590972928)

7. Ark
8. UF
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2017, 11:00:57 am
Chalk Picks for those other SEC games on September 9, 2017

Eastern 10 at Kentucky 47

UT-Martin 13 at Ole Miss 48

Fresno State 3 at Bama 48

Indiana State 10 at Tennessee 48

Alabama A&M 3 at Vandy 52

South Carolina 35 at Mizzou 38

Nichols 16 at A&M 47

Auburn 24 at Clemson 31

Georgia 24 at Notre Dame 31

Miss. St. 38 at LaTech 31

UT-Chattanooga 7 at LSU 42
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 11, 2017, 04:46:06 am
 AP Top 25‏Verified account @AP_Top25 8h8 hours ago

Boomer! Oklahoma plants flag at No. 2 behind Alabama; Ohio State tumbles to No. 8; USC up to No. 4. The #APTop25:  http://apne.ws/az0hTZb
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 1 Bama
12 LS
13 UG
15 AU
23 UT
24 UF

Others receiving votes (two or more points): Utah 101, South Carolina 72, Colorado 66, West Virginia 63, Oregon 61, Maryland 42, Notre Dame 31, San Diego St. 16, Houston 10, Mississippi St. 3, Boise St. 3, Texas Tech 2, Iowa 2, California 2, Vanderbilt 2,...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 11, 2017, 05:41:20 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Week 3 opening Vegas betting lines for SEC games
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Louisiana at Texas A&M    Noon    Aggies -23
Tennessee at Florida    3:30 p.m.    Gators -4.5
Mercer at Auburn    4 p.m.    off
Purdue at Missouri    4 p.m.    Tigers -7
Colorado State at Alabama    7 p.m.    Crimson Tide -28.5
LSU at Mississippi State    7 p.m.    Bulldogs +7
Samford at Georgia    7:30 p.m.    off
Kansas State at Vanderbilt    7:30 p.m.    Commodores +4
Kentucky at South Carolina    7:30 p.m.    Gamecocks -5.5
Ole Miss at Cal    10:30 p.m.    Bears +3
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 13, 2017, 05:16:07 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Yahoo’s Pat Forde rips SEC West: ‘Could be Nick Saban and a bunch of schmoes’
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Auburn (3) flopped at Clemson, scoring six points. Auburn has averaged 8.3 points in its past three road games (Georgia and Alabama last year, Clemson this year, all losses) and scored one touchdown in those three games. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham was sacked an ungodly 11 times –  which undoubtedly is testament to the outrageous talent of the Clemson defensive front, but also a condemnation of Auburn.

Arkansas (4) was suffocated, ...

The travails of Texas A&M (5) are documented and might be getting worse.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 14, 2017, 05:10:37 am
SEC Predictions, Week 3: Tennessee-Florida, LSU-Mississippi State and several nonconference clashes with Power 5 teams
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A&M is a trainwreck right now. The Aggies could barely slip past FCS Nicholls State, 24-14, last weekend after blowing a 34-point lead to UCLA in Week 1. Louisiana (formerly Louisiana-Lafayette) has averaged 45 points in its first two contests, and figures to make life stressful for the 12th Man in College Station... The pick: Texas A&M.

No. 23 Tennessee at No. 24 Florida
Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
The pick: Tennessee
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 15, 2017, 08:00:37 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Vegas sharp breaks down Week 3 SEC games
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/907261024767807488/3QSMpPYI?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/908822365185953792)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 16, 2017, 06:19:58 am
Chalk Picks for 2017 Week Three

All Times EDT, all picks est.

▪ 12:00 - Louisiana 20 at Texas A&M 42 (SEC)

▪ 3:30 - Tennessee 22 at Florida 27 (CBS)

▪ 4:00 - Mercer at Auburn OFF (SEC alternate)

▪ 4:00 - Purdue 35 at Missouri 42 (SEC)

▪ 7:00 - Colorado State 13 at Alabama 41 (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - LSU 31 at Mississippi State 24 (ESPN)

▪ 7:30 - Kansas State 26 at Vanderbilt 22 (ESPNU)

▪ 7:30 - Kentucky 22 at South Carolina 27 (SEC)

▪ 7:30 - Samford at Georgia OFF (SEC alternate)

▪ 10:30 - Ole Miss 38 at California 34 (ESPN)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 18, 2017, 05:18:09 am
 AP Top 25‏Verified account @AP_Top25 16h16 hours ago

Defending champion #Clemson makes move to No. 2 in #APTop25: http://apne.ws/vnqdqAQ  @ralphDrusso

1. Bama
11. UG
15. AU
17. MissSt
20. UF
25. LS

[Some] Others receiving votes: West Virginia 114, Colorado 93, Maryland 84, Vanderbilt 83, Notre Dame 57, Memphis 21, California 19, Stanford 16, Kentucky 11, Kansas St. 10, Duke 10, Tennessee 6, ...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2017, 10:42:22 pm
SEC Chalk Picks for other games on Sept. 23, 2017.  All times are EDT; all picks are est.

UMass 17 @ Tennessee 45 -- Noon SECN

Bama 31 @ Vandy 12 -- 3:30 CBS

LaTech 22 @ South Carolina 31 -- 3:30 SECN

Miss St. 22 @ Georgia 28 -- 7 ESPN

Syracuse 17 @ LSU 38 -- 7 ESPN2

Auburn 38 @ Mizzou 21 -- 7:30 ESPNU

Florida 25 @ Kentucky 21 -- 7:30 SECN

Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2017, 10:54:39 pm
 Ross Dellenger‏Verified account @RossDellenger

#DellyPicks ARE BACK.

The Gambler and I dish out picks ATS in SEC games.

You won't have any money to count.
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Arkansas (+2.5) vs. Texas A&M, 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN)

    It's Buyout Bowl No. 1 of the 2017 SEC season. There will be plenty, plenty more, especially in an SEC Western Division with as many as four coaches on the hot seat. Bret Bielema beats Kevin Sumlin in this one in Dallas.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2017, 10:48:22 pm
 AP Top 25‏Verified account @AP_Top25 10h10 hours ago

POLL ALERT: Georgia, TCU surge into top 10; Alabama strengthens grip atop #APTop25 poll
http://apne.ws/8dt09KP
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKgfthyV4AAVHoQ.jpg)

1. Bama
7. UG

13. AU
21. UF
24. MS
25. LS

Others receiving votes: Tennessee 1
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2017, 10:51:40 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Week 5 opening Vegas lines for SEC games
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/912084563253501952/NQt_EKdO?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/912084561051480065)

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Vanderbilt at No. 21 Florida    Noon    Gators -8
New Mexico State at Arkansas    Noon    Razorbacks -18
No. 7 Georgia at Tennessee    3:30 p.m.    Bulldogs -6.5
E. Michigan at Kentucky    4 p.m.    Wildcats -14
No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 13 Auburn    6 p.m.    Tigers -10.5
Troy at No. 25 LSU    7 p.m.    Tigers -20.5
South Carolina at Texas A&M    7:30 p.m.    Aggies -9
Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama    9 p.m.    Crimson Tide -28.5

All times EDT; all picks est.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 25, 2017, 05:26:22 am
SEC Country Power poll following action from Week 4 (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/2017-sec-country-power-poll-alabama-football-ranked-week-4)

2. UG

4. UF

7. UK

12. Ark

13. OM
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 26, 2017, 06:38:21 am
 Brett McMurphy‏Verified account @Brett_McMurphy 22h22 hours ago

Via @LVSuperBook: OU -10 UT; Ga -7 UF; Ala -24 UT; Ala -14 LSU; Ala -10 AU; Clem -9.5 FSU; UM -6 ND; OSU -7 PSU; Wis -3.5 UM; OSU -3.5 at UM
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2017, 06:03:36 am
 Hugh Kellenberger‏Verified account @HKellenbergerCL 22h22 hours ago

New A-Gap: Oh, Butch Jones. And Tiers of the SEC. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/nletter/the-a-gap/2017/09/26/gap-butch-jones-latest-drama-and-more-sec/703090001 …

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Oh, that Butch Jones.

Answering a question about how one of his players, Shy Tuttle, hurt himself (he fell on a helmet apparently, as one does), Jones launched into a diatribe, including, "What do we want out of our media? This place, with the drama."

Oh, Butch.

So a few things to unpack here:

— No one in the media actually reported the rumor Tuttle hurt himself in a fight with a teammate. Someone asked what happened. That's called reporting.

— Tennessee does have a lot of drama. It's not alone in the SEC, and college football, in that there are places where unnecessary distractions just happen with greater regularity. The head coaches never seem to figure out they're part of the problem, though.

— This all came two days after Tennessee struggled to beat UMass, and that's the real problem.

    Tier 1 (Elite)

Alabama — Repeat after me: "I do not want Bama..."

Tier 5 (Suboptimal college football teams)

Arkansas —

    Tier 7 (Those tires are on fire)

Missouri —
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2017, 06:42:43 am
 SEC Network‏Verified account @SECNetwork 20h20 hours ago

Alabama has 765 rushing yards BEFORE CONTACT this season.

That's more than 92 FBS teams TOTAL rushing yards. 😮
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 29, 2017, 05:31:06 am
Chalk Picks for those other games on September 30, 2017.  All Times EDT, All Picks est.

Vandy 17 @Florida 24  Noon ESPN

Georgia 27 @Tennessee 20  3:30P CBS

EMU 17 @Kentucky 31  4P SECN

MissSt 21 @Auburn 31  6P ESPN

Troy 14 @LSU 35  7P ESPNU

South Carolina 20 @A&M 28  7:30P SECN

Ole Miss 15 @Bama 44  9P ESPN
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 30, 2017, 07:26:41 am
Delly Picks is a post published each Friday. We make picks against the spread for each Southeastern Conference game.
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Alabama (-28) vs. Ole Miss, 8 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
Degenerate Gambler's Note: The Rebels have not covered in their last five games.

A&M (-7.5) vs. South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network)
    Maybe that overtime win over the Hogs last week will get the fighting Kevin Sumlins going.

    Degenerate Gambler's Note: The favorite has not covered in the last three meetings of the series.

State (+8) at Auburn, 5 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
Degenerate Gambler's Note: State has covered four of the last five meetings in the series.

Vanderbilt (+9) vs. Florida, 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN)
Degenerate Gambler's Note: The Gators have not covered in five of the last six games.

Tennessee (+8) vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m. Saturday (CBS)
Degenerate Gambler's Note: The favorite has not covered in the last five matchups in this series.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2017, 06:47:26 am
 SEC Network‏Verified account @SECNetwork 6h6 hours ago

They entered Week 5 undefeated.

They left Week 5 undefeated.

No. 1 @AlabamaFTBL (5-0)
No. 7 @FootballUGA (5-0)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLB5Uz6W0AE-Xfo.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2017, 07:52:54 am
 Justin Ferguson‏Verified account @JFergusonAU 8h8 hours ago

FINAL: The State of Alabama 115, The State of Mississippi 13
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2017, 02:11:54 pm
 Ralph D. Russo‏Verified account @ralphDrussoAP

... New Top 25. https://twitter.com/ap_top25/status/914551938104119302 …

1. Bama
5. UG
12. AU
21. UF

Others receiving votes: ... A&M 2, ... , Troy 1,


Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2017, 05:48:28 am
Week 6 opening Vegas lines for SEC games (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/week-6-opening-vegas-lines-sec-games)

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No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt    Noon    Commodores +16
Ole Miss at No. 12 Auburn    Noon    Tigers -22
LSU at No. 21 Florida    3:30 p.m.    Gators -5.5
Arkansas at South Carolina    4 p.m.    Gamecocks -1
No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M    7:15 p.m.    Aggies +25.5
Missouri at Kentucky    7:30 p.m.    Wildcats -15.5
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2017, 06:04:00 am
 SEC Network‏Verified account @SECNetwork 14h14 hours ago

SEC 🏈 Power Rankings

1) @AlabamaFTBL
2) @FootballUGA
3) @AuburnFootball
4) @AggieFootball

5-14: http://es.pn/2xeKaX7
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLPjHv7XoAAkMLx.jpg)

9. Arkansas (2-2): Razorbacks took advantage of a get-well game against New Mexico State

10. LSU

11. Tennessee
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 07, 2017, 06:54:17 am
Chalk Picks for those other SEC games on Oct. 7, 2017.  All Times EDT, All Picks est.

Georgia 28  Vandy 12  Noon ESPN

Ole Miss 17 Auburn 38  Noon SEC Network

LSU 21 Florida 24  3:30 CBS

Bama 41  A&M 14  7:15 ESPN

Mizzou 24  Kentucky 35  7:30 SEC Network
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 07, 2017, 07:11:29 am
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Ole Miss (+22.5) at Auburn, 11 a.m. (SEC Network)

    The Rebels only lost 66-3 at Alabama last week. A second straight road trip to that state will hopefully produce better results for Kenny and I.

Georgia (-17) at Vanderbilt, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    The Bulldogs are on a roll. The Dores are facing a third straight toughie in the SEC (Alabama, Florida, Georgia). That doesn't bode well.

    Degenerate Gambler's Note: The Bulldogs have covered in five of their last six games.

Florida (-2.5) vs. LSU, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

    The Tigers lost to Troy at home last week

Arkansas (-2.5) at South Carolina, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)

    Degenerate Gambler's Note: The Hogs haven't covered a spread since November of last year. That's not what Kenny wants to hear.

A&M (+26.5) vs. Alabama, 6:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2017, 02:29:52 pm
 Ralph D. Russo‏Verified account @ralphDrussoAP

Among the many interesting poll notes this week.
3 ranked SEC teams, fewest in 8 years. (https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP/status/917090803796840450)

1 Bama
4 UG
10 AU

Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 39, West Virginia 26, Louisville 25, Utah 17, LSU 9, Florida 9, Kentucky 6, Iowa St. 5, Texas A&M 4, Memphis 2
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2017, 03:54:21 pm
 SEC Network‏Verified account @SECNetwork 5h5 hours ago

Where we stand after week 6:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLoNF-jW0AAH1hq.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 09, 2017, 06:49:11 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

College football odds: Week 7 opening Vegas betting lines for SEC games
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/916432732506542081/1ZzhQRVb?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/917164048759828485)

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All times Eastern and all lines are as of 6 p.m. ET Sunday.
Matchup    Kickoff time    Line
BYU at Mississippi State    Noon    Bulldogs -20.5
South Carolina at Tennessee    Noon    Volunteers +1.5
No. 10 Auburn at LSU    3:30 p.m.    LSU +8
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss    3:30 p.m.    Rebels -3
Texas A&M at Florida    7 p.m.    Gators -3.5
Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama    7:15 p.m.    Crimson Tide -30
Missouri at No. 4 Georgia    7:30 p.m.    Bulldogs -28.5
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2017, 05:05:12 am
 ESPN Stats & Info‏Verified account @ESPNStatsInfo

FBS Teams from State of Alabama at LSU - Since 2000
Alabama     5-4
UAB            1-1
Troy            1-2
Auburn        0-8


 Ross Dellenger‏Verified account @RossDellenger 15h15 hours ago

Ross Dellenger Retweeted Sports Insights

Money on Auburn. Lots of money.

(6,000 betting tickets)

 Sports Insights‏Verified account @SportsInsights

Public bettors are once again fading #LSU (13% of spread tickets) in the most-bet game of the weekend.

http://bit.ly/NoLoveForLSU
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL9VV1RX4AE7lbA.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2017, 05:44:02 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

SEC Predictions, Week 7: Auburn-LSU, Arkansas-Alabama and more
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/918478148706164736/oSH7R0ni?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/918478145564626944)

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Last September, Auburn-LSU served as an elimination game for coaches Gus Malzahn and Les Miles. One year later, it’s obvious which man won.

No. 10 Auburn at LSU

Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

It’s funny how much we waffle on Gus Malzahn and Auburn. If the Tigers would’ve lost to LSU last season — which, for a couple minutes at least, they did —
The pick: Auburn.

A&M at Florida

Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
The pick: Texas A&M.

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss

Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
The pick: Vanderbilt.
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2017, 06:25:50 pm
Chalk Picks for those other SEC games on Oct. 14, 2017.  All Times EDT, All Picks est.

BYU 14 @ MissSt 35  Noon SECN

SoCarolina 24 @ Tennessee 27  Noon ESPN

Auburn 27 @ LSU 18   3:30p CBS

Vandy 27 @ Ole Miss 30  4p SECN

A&M 24 @ Florida 27  7p ESPN2

Mizzou 14 @ Georgia 42  7:30p SECN
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2017, 08:00:51 pm
 Ralph D. Russo‏Verified account @ralphDrussoAP 7h7 hours ago

The last time USC and Notre Dame played with both teams ranked in the top 15 ...

http://collegefootball.ap.org/article/ap-top-25-penn-state-2-behind-unanimous-no-1-alabama …

1. Bama
3. UGa

21. AU
24. LSU

Others receiving votes: San Diego St. 56, Texas A&M 46, Iowa St. 16, Virginia 10, Kentucky 8, Utah 4, Mississippi St. 3, South Carolina 2, ...
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2017, 08:22:01 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

College football betting odds: SEC Week 8 games (offshore odds)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/917535149230870528/1yrrS48Z?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/919677913775202304)

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10/21 – Noon    Idaho    Missouri     Missouri -14.5
10/21 – 3:30 PM     Tennessee    Alabama    Alabama -34
10/21 – 4:00 PM    Kentucky    Missisippi State    Mississippi State -10
10/21 – 7:15 PM    LSU    Ole Miss    LSU -7.5
10/21 – 7:30 PM    Auburn    Arkansas    OFF
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 16, 2017, 05:28:29 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

SEC Country Power Poll: Where Auburn is ranked (Week 7)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/919723255698771969/3BRr7oQ_?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/919723254478143488)

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3. Auburn
12. Arkansas
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 16, 2017, 05:44:56 am
 Kyle Tucker‏ @KyleTucker_SEC Oct 14

Kentucky now alone in second in the SEC East. One play away from tied for first.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMJY6YaWkAAptgA.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 19, 2017, 10:01:41 pm
Chalk Picks for those other SEC games on Oct. 21, 2017.  All Times EDT, All Picks est.

Idaho 24 @ Mizzou 38  Noon  SECN

Tennessee 7 @ Alabama 42  3:30 CBS

Kentucky 21  @ Mississippi St. 34  4P SECN

LSU 33 @ Ole Miss 27  7:15P ESPN
Title: Re: 2017 SEC Football Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2017, 04:51:41 pm
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Bama (-36) vs. Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
Degenerate Gambler's Note: Alabama is 1-4 against the spread in its last four home games.

Kentucky (+12) at Mississippi State, 3 p.m. SEC Network
Degenerate Gambler's Note: Cats are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 SEC games.

LSU (-7) at Ole Miss, 6:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Degenerate Gambler's Note: The Rebels went seven straight games without covering a spread until last week's win over Vanderbilt.

Arkansas (+15.5) vs. Auburn, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Hogs are on a slide, but what better way to turn it around than hosting an Auburn team that blew a 20-point first-quarter lead the week before? Kenny hopes Bret Bielema's boys keep it close.