SEC FOOTBALL: WHAT I'LL BE WATCHING
August 11, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
SEC FOOTBALL: WHAT I’LL BE WATCHING
By Troy Derengowski, EIHSS SPORTS
LSU: Will the Tigers overcome the dismissal of Tyrann Matthieu? Everything went well in 2011 except the final game against Alabama. LSU still has 12 returning starters and a home game against Alabama. The offense can score at will and the defense is loaded with talent.
ALABAMA: Will Alabama be able to repeat as National Champions? So far no team has done so in the BCS era. Bama lost a lot of players from the title team and will have a huge target on their backs.
GEORGIA: The Bulldogs have enough talent to win the East Division but winning the SEC is another matter. Georgia will have to find a way to win the power game on offense.
ARKANSAS: Bobby Petrino is gone. That’s good and bad. He has too much baggage but a great offensive football mind. Expectations are high but the defense will have to be better this season to stay with LSU and Alabama.
SOUTH CAROLINA: This year the Gamecocks could be better than last season. The defense is talented and the offense may be as good as it was two years ago. It will be a tough schedule they must conquer to make the title game again.
FLORIDA: The Gators will improve on their 7-6 season of 2011. Their depth is better, their defense will be one of the best in the SEC but will the offense be able to keep up?
TEXAS A&M: The Aggies have many concerns and the SEC schedule will be a killer. The offense is powerful but not enough to win the SEC West.
MISSOURI: The Tigers will compete in the SEC because they have enough firepower to do so. QB James Franklin must stay healthy. The SEC will find out just how good Mizzou is!
AUBURN: Coach Gene Chizik will have two new coordinators and the team isn’t as mature as Chizik would like. They do have a home friendly schedule but may be a year away from competing for the SEC title.
TENNESSEE: Derek Dooley will have seven new coaches on his staff, has an improved roster and a better passing game. But because they still don’t have a better running game, they won’t be a title contender.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs are going to try and throw the ball early in the season and rely on their strong defense to help. They have a favorable early schedule so let’s see what happens in the second half.
VANDERBILT: The Commodores lost too many close games last season. That must change if they plan on finishing higher in division play. The defense is the strength despite losing four key members. If they can find a way to pass the football, they will go bowling again.
OLE MISS: Hugh Freeze will try to turn another program around but he hasn’t seen a challenge quite like this. The Rebels have some talent so evaluating that talent will be a huge key in turning the program into a winner again.
KENTUCKY: The Wildcats have some talent returning but will rely on a lot of young players. They have a tough schedule so getting into a Bowl game may be a stretch.