Archived SEC Blog 2014

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  1. Mr2Bits

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    It's finally here, the 2014 edition of the blog. So here is what's on tap in the SEC this year.

    Florida or LSU will win the conference and the national title: but which one? Both of these teams are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and they will most likely play twice. Like last year, the winner of the SEC Championship in the Georgia Dome will play in Arizona for the crystal.

    Auburn will come up short again: Coach Lambeau has done a remarkable job at Auburn after having won a national title at Texas. But let's face it, right now the other Tigers are just too tough to beat. The talent gap between Auburn and LSU this year is insurmountable, in the opinion of this blogger.

    Alabama has one last run: They are still the 3rd most talented team in the SEC on paper. If things go the Tide's way, they could roll into Atlanta. It is this season of bust for Nick Saban's crew.

    The SEC East is a one team show: With the departure of David Duckett to the NFL, there will be no one to challenge Florida this season. Gator fans are booking hotel rooms in Atlanta as we speak.
     
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    @Maximus21 @Lambeauleap - feel free to blog away!
     
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    Games of the Year in the SEC:

    1. LSU @Auburn (Week 3): The de facto SEC West title game takes place early this year on the plains. Will Jeremy Richardson and friends be able to move the ball on the vaunted LSU defense? LSU has to travel to USC the week before; how much will the trip out west affect the Bayou Bengals?

    2. Florida @Tennessee (Week 3): This is the only foreseeable speed bump for Florida on their march through the SEC East. No David Duckett for the Vols, but plenty of talent for Tennessee at WR and RB could keep the Gator D off balance. How will Anthony Swain respond to the 100,000 plus at Neyland Stadium?

    3. LSU @Florida VIII (Week 6): Yeah, we've attached roman numerals to the rivalry. Coach Maximus and coach 2Bits will cross paths for the 8th time in 5 seasons. LSU will be battle tested at this point, having travelled to USC and Auburn. Florida should be undefeated when the Tigers roll into The Swamp, a venue at which coach Maximus is winless.

    4. Alabama @LSU (Week 11): Last dance for Mary Jane? The loser of this game can probably forget about Atlanta.

    5. Auburn @Alabama (Week 12): The Iron Bowl has been taken over by War Eagle. Of course a loss will eliminate Auburn from the SEC race, but raise your hand if you see that one happening.
     
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  4. Mr2Bits

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    Key out of conference games:

    Last season was the "YEAR OF THE SEC." Southeastern Conference schools won virtually every major OOC game on the schedule. SEC schools will once again test their mettle against the best in the country. Here are the key match-ups:

    1. LSU @USC (Week 2): Talk about a heavyweight title fight! Kawika Siegal vs. Adam Fitzpatrick at quarterback, nit to mention all that talent on defense on both sides of the ball. This is not an elimination game, but the loser will have no room for error going forward.

    2. Virginia Tech @Auburn (Week 4): Big time SEC / ACC match-up on the plains. The Hokies are looking to get back into the national spotlight. A win over coach Lambeau and the SEC could do just that.

    3. Florida @Oklahoma: The Gators go west to take on coach Ticket and Boomer Sooner. Florida has a decided advantage on paper, but Norman is a tough venue. This game also comes in between games against Miami and @FSU.

    4. Florida @Florida State: Although the Seminoles lost a significant part of their firepower from last season, Gator Nation knows that a win at The Doak is always hard to come by. A loss in this game puts a serious dent in the national title hopes of either team.
     
  5. Maximus21

    Maximus21 BCS Chaos - Syracuse

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    Pre-Season All-Americans [SEC users only]

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    • WR Jeremy Richardson (2nd Team)
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    • CB Randall McClain (1st Team)
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    • CB Eric Reid (2nd Team)
    • SS Reggie Leak (2nd Team)


    Pre-Season All-SEC [users only]

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    • WR Jeremy Richardson (1st Team)
    • RE Greg Vinson (1st Team)
    • K Marcus Stevens (1st Team)
    • TE Chris Lumpkin (2nd Team)
    • SS Ashton Howard (2nd Team)

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    • WR Tyrone Gray (1st Team)
    • DT Dominique Easley (1st Team)
    • ROLB Dylan Zeigler (1st Team)
    • CB Randall McClain (1st Team)
    • P Eric Carter (1st Team)
    • DT Sharrif Floyd (2nd Team)

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    • HB Justin Miller (1st Team)
    • CB Eric Reid (1st Team)
    • SS Reggie Leak (1st Team)
    • QB Adam Fitzpatrick (2nd Team)
    • HB Kenneth Harley (2nd Team)
    • WR Tharold Simon (2nd Team)
    • MLB Michael Smith (2nd Team)
     
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  6. Mr2Bits

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    Breaking down LSU @USC

    There are several great week 2 games across the country, but perhaps none bigger than the national champion LSU Tigers traveling to The Coliseum to take on USC. This is a huge game for the Trojans. A perennial top 10 team, USC finds itself on the outside of that group looking in. A loss for the Trojans means no shot at a national title. For LSU, this is an opportunity to show the country that the SEC is the dominant force in college football. Here are some keys to the game:

    1. Containing Justin Miller: The LSU speedster does not need much room to find open space, and once he does - forget it: he gone. USC must limit Miller to under 15 carries to have a chance in this game.

    2. Kawika or bust: USC's signal caller is the most talented passer in the nation and the consensus #1 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. He will have to have a big day for the men of Troy.

    3. Spreading out the Tigers: On that note, look for USC to come out in 4 and 5 WR sets in order to keep LSU's linebackers off the field. The secondary was really LSU's only concern coming into the season.

    4. Harley and Miller = victory for LSU: With the explosiveness of USC's pass offense, churning up yards on the ground, and hence the clock, will be key for the Bayou Bengals. This was LSU's formula against Florida in the SECCG; look for them to use it here.

    Prediction: LSU 31 USC 24
     
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  7. JerzeyReign

    JerzeyReign #BeatOhio

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    I called the upset! Good write up Bits
     
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    Breaking News: LambeauLeap out at Auburn

    ESPN has just learned that coach LambeauLeap will step down as Auburn's head football coach effective immediately. This is shocking news for Tiger Nation, given that Auburn had both SEC and BCS title aspirations going into this season. This news also comes one week before the huge showdown with LSU.
     
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    Monster Week in the SEC:

    Week 3 features two huge games in the SEC, one in the East and one in the West.

    1. #2 Florida @#4 Tennessee: David Duckett is gone, but the Vols have played the Gators tough as of late. Florida's problems at QB continue to be a story. Will Anthony Swain finish this game? If not, look for the Gators to limp out of Knoxvegas with a loss.

    2. LSU @Auburn: Wow. The abrupt resignation of coach Lambeau has thrown a monkey wrench into this game. The Bayou Bengals are smelling blood in the water. Will Auburn lay down at home? Can anyone stop LSU?

    Don't forget about...

    Georgia @South Carolina: Both teams will look to get an early leg up in the SEC East race. The loser of this game will have a tough time making it to Atlanta.

    TAMU @Arkansas: Always a fun match-up. A&M is looking to prove that they belong on the national stage and are deserving of their #20 ranking. No better way of doing that than beating an SEC squad.
     
  10. Maximus21

    Maximus21 BCS Chaos - Syracuse

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    Somewhat instant analysis of #1 LSU @ #12 USC:

    Why LSU won: 0 turnovers and a great performance by HB Kenneth Harley. His 98 yard catch and run opened the scoring and LSU never trailed in the game. Also QB Adam Fitzpatrick went 11/12 passing so that helped (love the 95 THA).

    Why USC lost: 2 INTs in the 2nd half and allowed LSU to go 7/10 on 3rd down. That is not a recipe for success.
     
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  11. JerzeyReign

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    Chaos Wk3 Recruit of the Week
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  12. Mr2Bits

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    Atkins looks dirty. He might even get on the field next season.
     
  13. Maximus21

    Maximus21 BCS Chaos - Syracuse

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    That depends on if Harley and/or Miller jump to the NFL.
     
  14. Mr2Bits

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    SEC Bowl Projections - Week 5

    BCS National Championship Game: LSU vs. Ohio State
    Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. West Virginia
    Capital One Bowl: Auburn vs. Michigan
    Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma
    Outback Bowl: Georgia vs. Michigan State
    Gator Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Penn State
    Chick-fil-a Bowl: South Carolina vs. Miami
    Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. CUSA Champ
     
  15. Jvigorous1

    Jvigorous1 Hokie

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    I think UF makes it to the Championship gm this year against OSU.

    Tennessee drops 11 spots to # 20 after losing to Houston 26-27.
     
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    Florida / LSU Preview (Clash of the Titans VIII)

    It's Florida / LSU week. This is not a must win game, but a loss means there is no room for error in the race to the BCS Championship Game in Glendale. Coach 2Bits is 5-2 all time against coach Maximus, but the two LSU victories have come in SEC Championship Games. Last season, LSU spoiled Florida's run to the national title. This looks like part one of the perennial two part saga in this great rivalry. Here are the keys to the game:

    1. Quarterback play: What is going on with Florida at QB? Who will start? Swain or Allen? Florida has not been able to put together a complete game at the QB position yet. Also, we learned last week that Adam Fitzpatrick is not infallible. 5 INTs? Ouch. He CANNOT do that against Florida.

    2. Turnovers: A cliche, I know. But who can forget the Adam Fitpatrick fumbles from two years ago in both games, or Trey Burton's fumble in the 3rd quarter of last year's SECCG? These were game changing plays; the team that can capitalize on them will win.

    3. Florida's front 7 vs. LSU's backs: Harris, Floyd, Easley, and McCullough are arguably the best front 4 in the nation. Behind them sit Dylan Zeigler and Melvin Blake, two of the nation's top LBs. These 6, along with the rotation of Michael Taylor and freshman Ryan Casey will have to contain Harley and Justin Miller, the best RB duo in the country. Thunder and Lightning, Fire and Ice, Ying and Yang, call them what you want. Miller and Harley are nasty. If they are able to chew clock, Florida will struggle.

    4. Florida's WRs vs. LSU's secondary: Reggie Leak and company will have a tough time containing Gray, Robinson, and Chris Dunkley, who showed up in a major way against Arkansas. The last time they met, LSU came out in their base 3-4 defense against Florida's 3 WR sets. Look for more of that on Saturday.

    Prediction: LSU 28 Florida 24 (until Florida can figure out its QB situation, they will struggle against complete teams like LSU)
     
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  17. JerzeyReign

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    JerzeyReign approved:)
     
  18. benbuckeye

    benbuckeye Walk On

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    @Maximus21 remember when I said I wouldnt watch games if they were broadcasted...well i take that back because I think I would have to watch this game
     
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  19. Maximus21

    Maximus21 BCS Chaos - Syracuse

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    Instant Analysis: Florida 21 LSU 10

    Why Florida won:

    Their secondary locked down LSU's WRs all night long. Only TE Geoff White and HB Kenneth Harley had any impact for LSU in the passing game.
    Ball control - QB's Swain and Allen combined to go 15/18 and HB Clarence Webster got most of his 62 rushing yards in the 2nd half.

    Why LSU lost:

    Inability to get any offensive flow working. Harley had a good game but the coaching staff didn't really feed him the ball enough (11 att).
    LB's suddenly couldn't cover HB Clarence Webster. He had 3 catches for 52 yards but 2 huge TDs.
     
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  20. Mr2Bits

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    What we learned in the SEC: Week 6

    1. A three team race: Auburn has fallen off of the map with the departure of coach Lambeau. The SEC will come down to the winner of LSU / Alabama against Florida in the SECCG.

    2. Florida's defense is really good: Most pundits pointed to the beef up front, particularly the D-line, Dylan Zeigler, and Melvin Blake, but it was the secondary led by Randall McClain and Danny Hayes that contained LSU on 3rd down.

    3. Ole Miss and Georgia are done: Both have two conference losses and the schedule doesn't get any easier. Fans in Athens should not be too surprised, but the Ole Miss faithful has to be a little disappointed after pulling off a great win against Bama to open SEC play.
     
  21. JerzeyReign

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    I hope the Tide can make some waves in the SEC! Tired of seeing Florida/LSU;)
     
  22. Maximus21

    Maximus21 BCS Chaos - Syracuse

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    I really hope not
     
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    LOL, sometimes I miss Rocky Top;)
     
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    SEC Statistical Leaders: Through Week 7

    Passing Yards: Phillip Sims, Alabama: 1640
    Passing TDs: Phillip Sims, Alabama: 14
    Rushing Yards: Kenneth Harley, LSU: 801
    Rushing TDs: Kenneth Harley, LSU: 12
    Receptions: Ace Sanders, South Carolina: 55
    Receiving Yards: Ace Sanders, South Carolina: 728
    Receiving TDs: 3 tied at 5
    Tackles: Aaron Broussard, South Carolina: 53
    Tackles for Loss: Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State: 16
    Sacks: Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State: 5.5
    Interceptions: Eric Reid, LSU: 5
    Forced Fumbles: Thomas Ryan, Vanderbilt: 3
     
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    LSU / Alabama Preview:

    Huge game in Death Valley in week 11 which will most likely determine the West's representative in Atlanta. Coach Maximus' LSU squad has never lost to Alabama en route to 3 SEC titles in 4 seasons. Here are some keys to the game:

    1. LSU's running game: When Harley and Miller are on, the Tigers are difficult to stop. If coach Maximus feeds his thoroughbreds the rock, Bama could be in for a long afternoon.

    2. Bama's front seven: That being said, Alabama is strong up front. If Gemara (I should have gone to Florida) James and MLB Taurean Gilmore can force LSU into 3rd and long situations, the Tide will be in good shape.

    3. Quarterback play: Aside from the run game and also turnovers, the quarterback who plays best will guide his team to victory. Phillip Sims leads the SEC in TD passes, and Adam "Fitzy" Fitzpatrick has not played up to expectations in the middle stretch of the season. If Sims has a good game and Fitzy struggles, LSU will be in trouble.
     
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