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A reminder why this year will be an uphill battle for Vols

In the SEC, teams are built around the line of scrimmage. Tennessee won’t have many familiar faces this season… #Vols are only FBS program in country replacing every OL and DL starter — Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 22, 2014 For more on the Vols, check out the preview I did earlier this season.
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For better or worse: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

After looking like a genius with Chan Gailey’s players, Paul Johnson has settled into an average tenure with the Jackets. Over the last four years the Jackets have never won less than six games and they’ve never won more than eight. They consistently finish 4-4 or 5-3 in the conference. Will the Jackets be better or worse than they were last season? First let’s take a look...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

For better or worse: UNC Tar Heels

In 2013, the Tar Heels finished 7-6 overall and 4-4 in the ACC. What is a one game slide good for in the ACC Coastal? It’s the difference between a tie for first place and a fifth place finish. Will the Heels be better or worse than they were last season? First let’s take a look at the schedule…. 8/30 vs Liberty 9/5 at SDSU 9/13 at ECU 9/27 at Clemson 10/4 vs Virginia Tech...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

For better or worse: Pittsburgh Panthers

In his two years at Pitt, Paul Chryst has gone 13-13 overall and has started to dig Pitt out of the weird circumstances caused by their multitude of head coaching changes. In 2013, the Panthers went 7-6 with their best win coming against Notre Dame and their worst loss coming at the hands of Navy. Will the Panthers be better or worse than they were last season? First let’s take...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

For better or worse: Boston College Eagles

After a two win season in 2012, the Eagles turned to Steve Addazio as their new head coach. Addazio was coming off of a 4-7 season with the Temple Owls so the hire seemed a bit strange. If last years results are any indication, the Eagles went 7-6, the hire doesn’t seem very strange anymore. Will the Eagles be better or worse than they were last season? First let’s take a look...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

For better or worse: Syracuse Orange

In their first year in the ACC, Syracuse went 7-6 overall and split their conference games. In Scott Shafer’s debut season, the Orange started slow as they lost four of their first seven including an embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech 56-0 but they turned it around down the stretch and won four of their last six games. Will Syracuse be better or worse than they were last season...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

For better or worse: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Last season the Wake Forest Demon Deacons went 4-8 in Jim Grobe’s final season. Their two conference wins came against Maryland and NC State and their worst loss came at the hands of Louisiana-Monroe. Dave Clawson, from Bowling Green, has replaced Grobe. Will Wake be better or worse than they were last season? First let’s take a look at the schedule…. 8/28 vs Louisiana-Monroe...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

For better or worse: NC State Wolfpack

Last season the North Carolina State Wolfpack won just three games for their new head coach, Dave Doeren. Their three wins came against Louisiana Tech, Central Michigan and Richmond (yeah, that’s rough). Will the Pack be better or worse than they were last season? First let’s take a look at the schedule…. 8/30 vs Georgia Southern 9/6 vs Old Dominion 9/13 at USF 9/20 vs Presbyterian...
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For better or worse: Virginia Cavaliers

Last season the Virginia Cavaliers finished the season with a 2-10 record and went winless in the ACC. Their best win was the season opener against BYU and their worst loss came in week five when they got routed by Ball State. Will the Cavs be better or worse than they were last season? First let’s take a look at the schedule…. 8/30 vs UCLA 9/6 vs Richmond 9/13 vs Louisville...
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2014 College Football Preview: Florida Gators

2013 Record: 4-8 (3-5 in SEC) Head Coach: Will Muschamp (22-16 in three years at Florida) Last Bowl Game: 2012 Sugar Bowl: lost to Louisville 33-23 Stadium: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fl (capacity = 88.548) 2013 Home Record: 3-3 Spring Football Highlights: Schedule: 8/30 vs Idaho 9/6 vs Eastern Michigan 9/13 vs Kentucky (2013 result: won 24-7) 9/20 at Alabama 10/4...
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Chris Conley’s Star Wars fan film: Retribution

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Lines for Golden Nugget SEC “Games of the Year”

The Golden Nugget has put out lines for 200 college football games for the upcoming season. Here are the SEC lines…. Thursday August 28th Texas A&M at South Carolina (-9) Boise State vs Ole Miss (-9) Saturday August 29th Arkansas at Auburn (-24) Clemson at Georgia (-9) WVU vs Alabama (-27.5) LSU (-7) vs Wisconsin Saturday Sept 13th Tennessee at Oklahoma (-19) Georgia at South...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Comparing Phil Steele and Athlon’s Offensive Pre-Season SEC teams

Now that Athlon’s college football magazine has hit the newstands and Phil Steele has posted his pre-season teams, I thought it would be interested in comparing the two and their SEC picks. QB Nick Marshall (Auburn) and Bo Wallace (Ole Miss) were unanimous first and second team selections RB Todd Gurley (UGA) and TJ Yeldon (Bama) were unanimous first team selections Mike Davis...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at “explosiveness” in the SEC

I picked up my copy of Athlon’s college football preview this morning and was happy to see an article by Bill Connelly, of Football Study Hall, about college football analytics. Bill breaks down five points about college football stats and one of them was focusing on explosiveness and yards per play. While yards per play (ypp) aren’t the only way to measure explosiveness, it...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 SEC Championship Game Odds

Adam Kramer over at Kegs ‘n Eggs posted some off-shore odds for the SEC Championship Game today for the Power 5 Conferences. Here are the SEC odds… SEC Alabama 5/4 LSU 5/2 South Carolina 5/2 Auburn 5/1 Florida 5/1 Georgia 13/2 Ole Miss 12/1 Tennessee 15/1 Missouri 20/1 Mississippi State 25/1 Texas A&M 25/1 Arkansas 70/1 Kentucky 80/1 Vanderbilt 250/1 If these odds hold true...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Mississippi State Bulldogs

2013 Record: 7-6 (3-5 in SEC) Head Coach: Dan Mullen (36-28 at Mississippi State, 16-24 in SEC) Last Bowl Game: 2013 Liberty Bowl: beat Rice 44-7 Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, MS (capacity = 55,082) 2013 Home Record: 5-2 Spring Football Highlights: Schedule: 8/30 vs Southern Miss 9/6 vs UAB 9/13 at South Alabama 9/20 at LSU (2013 result: lost 59-26) 10/4 vs Texas...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 SEC win totals from 5 Dimes

5 Dimes has posted their 2014 win totals (doesn’t include post-season). Here’s a look at the SEC win totals for those they have posted…. SEC West Alabama 10.5 Auburn 9.5 Ole Miss 7.5 Texas A&M 7.5   SEC East Georgia 9.5 Missouri 9.5 South Carolina 9.5 Florida 7.5 Tennessee 5.5 h/t Kegs n Eggs
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Goldberg went to Georgia because of a bottle of Wild Turkey?

You probably know Bill Goldberg as the professional wrestler who burst onto the scene in the late 90s spearing and jackhammering everybody in sight. What you might not remember is that he was once an All-SEC defensive lineman for the University of Georgia. Goldberg was on Jim Ross’s Ross Report podcast this week and the two had some interesting reflections of Bill’s college football...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Where did your favorite wrestler play college football?

For decades, there has been a link between college football and professional wrestling. You can go back to Bronko Nagurski, a two way star at the University of Minnesota, who played college football in the late 1920s and while playing professionally did double duty as a professional wrestler. Can you imagine that happening today? When talking about professional wrestlers and college...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Tennessee Volunteers

2013 Record: 5-7 (2-6 in SEC) Head Coach: Butch Jones (second year at Tennessee, 55-34 All-Time) Last Bowl Game: 2010 Music City Bowl: lost to UNC 30-27 Stadium: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN (capacity = 102,455) 2013 Home Record: 4-3 Spring Game Highlights: Schedule: 8/31 vs Utah State 9/6 vs Arkansas State 9/13 at Oklahoma 9/27 at Georgia (2013 result: lost 34-31 OT) 10...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Richt’s plan for Todd Gurley

Mark Richt lauded Todd Gurley at a fan event in Augusta: "I'm a Gurley man. … We're gonna ride that big hoss." — Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) May 20, 2014
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

We take our football serious in the South

….maybe a little too serious @Vol_Football my Tennessee wedding pic.twitter.com/Rt0rhe3dHS — Robby Lowe (@robby_lowe) May 18, 2014  
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Movie night at Jack Trice Stadium

This is a pretty awesome visual (h/t reddit cfb) Great crowd for Movie Night at Jack Trice Stadium! #cyclones #cyclonenation pic.twitter.com/JErYK0VrI2 — Iowa State Athletics (@CycloneATH) May 18, 2014  
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The new NC State helmets

I can’t decide if I like them or if they are too Nascar-ish. You decide…
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Arkansas Razorbacks

2013 Record: 3-9 (0-8 in SEC) Head Coach: Bret Bielema (second season at Arkansas, 71-33 overall) Last Bowl Game: 2012 Cotton Bowl: beat Kansas State 29-16 Stadium: Donald W Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, AR (capacity = 72,000) 2013 Home Record: 3-4 (including 1-1 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock) Spring Game Highlights: Schedule: 8/30 at Auburn (2013 result...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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