As the season draws nearer, the SEC pushes to add to their dominance of college football. Since its inception the SEC has 9 BCSNC of 15 (‘Bama in ’09, ’11, and ’12, LSU in ’03 and ’07, UF in ’06 and ’08, UT in ’98 and AU in ’10). With the last 7 in a row to boot and a few teams poised to make it 8!
Alabama has arguably the best coach in college football today, add to that the plethora of returning skill players and they are slighted to make another run to the title. With an experienced QB in AJ McCarron (211-314 2933 yds and 30 TDs), and talented sophomores, RB in TJ Yeldon (175 att 1108 yds and 12TDs) and WR Amari Cooper (59 rec 1000 yds) it’s hard to imagine the Tide struggling to score on anyone! On defense returning LB CJ Mosley (66 tkls 4 sacks 2 INTs) and DB Dieon Belue (28 tkls 2 INTs) makes the Tide solid on defense and add in Kirby Smarts genius and you begin to think that people will have a hard time scoring on ‘Bama!
Projected Wins: TAMU, OMISS, UK, ARK, UT, LSU, MSU, AND AU
Projected Losses: none
Alabama is poised to lay claim to the final BCSNC!
Georgia is to the east as Alabama is to the west. Georgia returns Aaron Murray (249-386 3893 yds 36TDs) the clear-cut best QB in the SEC, behind him at TB is Todd Gurley (22 att 1385 yds 17TDs) and in front of him is a large offensive line, the only thing to stop the offense is it own coach, Mark Richt. On the other side of the ball, end Garrison Smith (27 tkls 1 sack) will hold the fort down for the front 7 and DB Damian Swatt (34tkls 4INTs) finishes up the secondary. Another note, Georgia normally has a dominant LB, could that be Jordan Jenkins this year?
Projected Wins: USC, LSU, UT, UM, VU, UF, AU, AND UK
Projected Losses: none
Georgia will rise again from the East, but I don’t see them knocking Alabama from the ladder. 2014-15 will be these Dawgs’ year!
3. Texas A&M
Texas A&M took everyone by storm last year beating eventual BCSNC Alabama. Welcome to the SEC, this year they won’t surprise anyone! Still they are good enough to nab 3rd on my list, mainly because of Johnny “Heisman” Manziel (295-434 3706 yds 26TDs 201 att 1410 yds 21TDs). Steve Jenkins ( 34tkls 1INT 2SACKS) will be the heart and soul of the defense.
Projected Wins: ARK, OMISS, AU, VU, MSU, LSU, UM
Projected Losses: ‘BAMA
I look for the Aggies to drop the ball this year but only to eventual BCSNC Alabama. No Surprise this year
4. South Carolina
When they hear USC in the east everyone knows “Clowneys a Comin’”. Jadeveon Clowney could be the first defensive lineman to win the Heisman since Leon Hart won the award in 1949 at Notre Dame. Opposite of Clowney is another amazing talent in Chad Sutton. Both Clowney and Sutton anchor arguably the best front seven in college football since the “U” in the 90s. Offensively they return Connor Shaw (154-228 1956 yds 17TDs), and experienced game manager and Bruce Ellington (40 rec 600yds 7TDS) a shifty 2 sport Athlete at WR. Both will need to be on the same page to connect more often this season.
Projected Wins: VU, UK, ARK, UT, UM, MSU, AND UF
Projected Losses: UGA
Spurrier has turned a corner with USC , but the final corner “IS A COMIN’ “!
Last season Florida had an offense that was anemic, plain and simple and they better hope Jeff Driskel (156-245 1646 yds 12TDs) and Quinton Dunbar (36 rec 383 yds 4TDs) hook up a lot more. To succeed in this conference you must have an offense to keep your defense rested and Antonio Morrison (27tkls 1sack) is counting on just that. Hopefully with the experienced offensive line they have, the defense can rest enough to win a few more games.
Projected Wins: UT, UK, ARK, LSU, UM, AND VU
Projected Losses: UGA and USC
Florida has ridiculous talent but if the offense doesn’t gel it could be a worse season than last.
That’s it for Part 1 of my break down, return to check out Part 2 and Part 3.