Well after a much need bloggievacation I’m recharged and ready for a year of college football which luckily starts this week. So I’ll be finishing the college previews with the SEC, Big 10 and then the grand Finale of BCS predictions. So without further ado…SEC time.
Mighty Spent His Bloggievacation battling the Couch Cat (Australian cousin to the Basement Horse)
1.Florida – As I’m sure the entire world knows at this point its Year 4 of the Tebow Child. The College Football Messiah was born 6’4 240 lbs throwing spirals and immediately helped Florida win a national championship. 3 years later the Tebow Child and his super defense looks to be the first to repeat as champions since Nebraska and Congressman Osborne in 1994/1995 . At this point I think the main questions around Florida will the Tebow Child prefer to turn air to gold or water to wine? Will he ascend to the NFL in a chariot pulled by unicorns or on a cloud surrounded by angels? Will ESPN’s college football crew commit mass suicide once Tebow ascends as there’s no reason to go on without Tebow - who will be anointed by December as the greatest college football player evaaah? In any event I'm picking Florida to win the East and the SEC.
2. Georgia – While last year it’s easy to remember that UGA face planted from its’ preseason #1 ranking it’s less remembered that both lines were decimated before week 1 by injuries. Those players are back and healthily. Furthermore a 5th year senior takes over for the over-rated Stafford. So Georgia should regain respectability but not much more.
3. Tennessee – Has anyone incurred more recruiting red flags and controversy before Game 1 than Lane Kiffin? Despite all the hubbub Kiffin was successful in pilfering recruits from other schools to give UT it’s best recruiting class in years. However attrition on defense should keep UT from being anything other than average.
4. South Carolina
1.Alabama/2. Ole Miss – Oddly enough the big question in the SEC is who will face Florida and its easy schedule in the SEC Championship game. 4 years ago Javon Snead lost the QB derby in Texas against Colt McCoy and transferred to Ole Miss. He’s now considered one of the top two pro QB prospects in the country and combined with a great D was able to beat Florida and Texas Tech last year and almost beating Alabama. They certainly have the potential to beat Alabama as Ole Miss has the home field advantage this year. So why pick Bama? 3 reasons. One is Houston Nutt’s teams have a history of underperforming with expectations, Nick Saban has better recruits, and line play. The one area Ole Miss lost talent in was at o-line and that’s Alabama’s strength. That said Alabama has a new QB so don’t be surprised if Ole Miss surprises.
Megan Fox spies another Saban v. Urban SEC title game
3. LSU – Last year LSU crashed hard behind shoddy QB play and an egregiously bad defense. By the end of the year LSU had found their QB in Jefferson Davis Beauregard Forrest (pronounced Jordan Jefferson). However LSU probably has the hardest schedule in the country with trips to Bama, Ole Miss and UGA and Florida visiting them in Death Valley. That’s not a formula for a BCS team or division champion….
4. Arkansas – Just a quick note that Ryan Mallet (formerly of Meechigan) resurfaces this year for the Razorbacks.
6. Miss State