Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:42 am
 

SEC Preview

1 LSU - They bring back nearly all of their starters after a great season. With Les Miles at the helm, its hard to see them NOT slipping a game. They will win 11, with their 12th game being a coin toss. They will win the NC if they make it.
2 Alabama - The talent there is unreal, but in experience will always cost you. Losing McElroy, Jones and Co will hurt, but look for 10 wins with a likely bowl win.
3 Miss St - Im really on this St bandwagon. They will have likely the best defense in the conference and I think Relf will have a decent year. If St was in the East they could be a 11-1 team. But stick with 9-3.
4 Arkansas - Just one of my gut feelings. I think they are in the right direction and Davis will carry them to some nice wins. Unfortunately for them as well, they have a tough schedule, so 9-3 is most likely.
5 Georgia - Murray is the real deal. But this team went 6-7 last year with an embarrassing loss in their bowl game. Not having Green hurt before will hurt yet again. They will win the division, but only because its weak. Think next season. 9 wins tops.
6 S Carolina - I think Garcia will blow things up in a bad way. I just dont trust the Gamecocks. 10 wins is likely due to a weak schedule. But Georgia will win the tie breaker.
7 Auburn - I dont see another great year, but the talent and coaching is there. Once again, another West team will suffer due to a tough schedule. Safe bet is 8 wins.
8 Tennessee - A team that should have been an 8 win team will have improved some. Being in the East will help them. Talent and coaching is there to be special next year. Stick with 8 wins to be safe.
9 Florida - Brantley may thrive under Weis, but not the rest of the team. I think it will be a tough year for the Gators who will turn things around quickly. The schedule isnt easy. 8-4 with UT holding the head2head tie breaker.
10 Ole Miss - I havent followed the Rebels much, but all I know is they are screwed in the West. 6-6
11 Kentucky - Poor Wildcats. Tough schedule. 6-6
12 Vandy - Its still vandy. 4-8
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:37 am
 

2011 SEC Predictions

1 LSU - They bring back nearly all of their starters after a great season. With Les Miles at the helm, its hard to see them NOT slipping a game. They will win 11, with their 12th game being a coin toss. They will win the NC if they make it.
2 Alabama - The talent there is unreal, but in experience will always cost you. Losing McElroy, Jones and Co will hurt, but look for 10 wins with a likely bowl win.
3 Miss St - Im really on this St bandwagon. They will have likely the best defense in the conference and I think Relf will have a decent year. If St was in the East they could be a 11-1 team. But stick with 9-3.
4 Arkansas - Just one of my gut feelings. I think they are in the right direction and Davis will carry them to some nice wins. Unfortunately for them as well, they have a tough schedule, so 9-3 is most likely.
5 Georgia - Murray is the real deal. But this team went 6-7 last year with an embarrassing loss in their bowl game. Not having Green hurt before will hurt yet again. They will win the division, but only because its weak. Think next season. 9 wins tops.
6 S Carolina - I think Garcia will blow things up in a bad way. I just dont trust the Gamecocks. 10 wins is likely due to a weak schedule. But Georgia will win the tie breaker.
7 Auburn - I dont see another great year, but the talent and coaching is there. Once again, another West team will suffer due to a tough schedule. Safe bet is 8 wins.
8 Tennessee - A team that should have been an 8 win team will have improved some. Being in the East will help them. Talent and coaching is there to be special next year. Stick with 8 wins to be safe.
9 Florida - Brantley may thrive under Weis, but not the rest of the team. I think it will be a tough year for the Gators who will turn things around quickly. The schedule isnt easy. 8-4 with UT holding the head2head tie breaker.
10 Ole Miss - I havent followed the Rebels much, but all I know is they are screwed in the West. 6-6
11 Kentucky - Poor Wildcats. Tough schedule. 6-6
12 Vandy - Its still vandy. 4-8
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:37 am
 

2011 SEC Predictions

1 LSU - They bring back nearly all of their starters after a great season. With Les Miles at the helm, its hard to see them NOT slipping a game. They will win 11, with their 12th game being a coin toss. They will win the NC if they make it.
2 Alabama - The talent there is unreal, but in experience will always cost you. Losing McElroy, Jones and Co will hurt, but look for 10 wins with a likely bowl win.
3 Miss St - Im really on this St bandwagon. They will have likely the best defense in the conference and I think Relf will have a decent year. If St was in the East they could be a 11-1 team. But stick with 9-3.
4 Arkansas - Just one of my gut feelings. I think they are in the right direction and Davis will carry them to some nice wins. Unfortunately for them as well, they have a tough schedule, so 9-3 is most likely.
5 Georgia - Murray is the real deal. But this team went 6-7 last year with an embarrassing loss in their bowl game. Not having Green hurt before will hurt yet again. They will win the division, but only because its weak. Think next season. 9 wins tops.
6 S Carolina - I think Garcia will blow things up in a bad way. I just dont trust the Gamecocks. 10 wins is likely due to a weak schedule. But Georgia will win the tie breaker.
7 Auburn - I dont see another great year, but the talent and coaching is there. Once again, another West team will suffer due to a tough schedule. Safe bet is 8 wins.
8 Tennessee - A team that should have been an 8 win team will have improved some. Being in the East will help them. Talent and coaching is there to be special next year. Stick with 8 wins to be safe.
9 Florida - Brantley may thrive under Weis, but not the rest of the team. I think it will be a tough year for the Gators who will turn things around quickly. The schedule isnt easy. 8-4 with UT holding the head2head tie breaker.
10 Ole Miss - I havent followed the Rebels much, but all I know is they are screwed in the West. 6-6
11 Kentucky - Poor Wildcats. Tough schedule. 6-6
12 Vandy - Its still vandy. 4-8
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 18, 2009 6:34 pm
 

3rd Sat. in October: Bama and the Vols

Well its finally here! After back and forth streaks, Bama has taken over the series and has won the last 2 and 3 of the last 4 (if Im right). Bama has just taken hold of the #1 spot in the AP Poll, after beating S. Carolina 20-6, while Tennessee is coming off of a bye after a surprising demolishing of Georgia, 45-19. Some wonder if Bama is a little bit overrated. Some want to know who the heck is going to show up this week-Crompdaddy and Da Boys, or InCromptent and... Who? So lets break it down...

Well the keys are simple for Tennessee:
1 Stop Ingram
2 Stop Ingram
3 Occasionally stop Ingram
4 And if all else fails, stop Ingram

Ok I have a feeling that they could do all for of those things and they still wouldnt be able to stop Ingram. Now I do think they will be able to slow Ingram down and have success in the 1st half and into the 3rd quarter maybe, but how long they have to stay on the field will determine final stats. I think they will have most success putting pressure on McElroy and trying to confuse him. I dont think he will have a good game. He may not lose the game for him, but look for him to struggle. Montes D is built for the more traditional style offense (see UGA game vs Aub game), which is a big plus for the Vols. Speaking of which how about their D against Georgia? Never let them get past the 34. Wow.
So can they get anything done on offense? If Hardesty has anything to say about it, the running game should do somewhat good. I dont expect the run game nor Bamas run D to have a great day, I think it will be pretty well split. The big question is what about passing game? Yeah it was against UGAs bad D, but not only did Crompton look good, but the WRs CAUGHT THE BALL! They were great. So if we see more of the same, UT has a excellent, yes, and EXCELLENT chance at beating Bama. But thats a BIG if.
Special teams will determine how big of a victory it will be for the Tide, therefore I think its the key for the game. Even though Kiffin promised improvement from the Auburn game (he said hed put every starter in there if he had to), they still played one of the worst preformances in awhile. Well Im talking about coverage. And Whomever is returning punts needs to step up. Im also assuming Arenas is going to play and be fine-so fine he looks like Mr Untouchable. I have a feeling Bama will be set up for some easy points. Maybe that helps UT since they wont be on the field as long?
I think this will be a Bama/SC type deal, one score difference until Bama puts it away with a FG.

Ok so I talked more about UT but o well lol. Heres my predicted score:

Tide 22, Vols 13

Posted on: September 14, 2009 11:30 pm
 

Bruins 19 Vols 15...Reality can be a bummer.

37-10... 42-7... 52-3? I will have to say, I was quite disappointed in how, well lets see how I can put this, "delusional" my fellow Vol fans were. Lets just say Vol Nation came back down to planet earth.
Now I ate my humble pie as well. I predicted a 10 point win for the Vols, but, didnt everyone else? It was hard. For the 2nd year in a row, my team beat themselves (props to UCLA obviously, I was really impressed with the QB and physical play) against the same team, embarrassing themselves-this time at home no less. Last year I had hope, that Crompton just needed time and that Lincoln was just rusty since it was the 1st game.
This year, not so much.
Crompton is the worst QB Ive ever seen strap on a helmet.
OK, now that I got that out of the way, lets look at the remaining areas of this team:\
I thought the Oline was better than this. They were OK though. I mean, how are you expected to do well when the defense is stacking 8/9 guys in the box because they know you cant throw against them? Sullins will have to step it up. Price isnt the only decent DT they will play. I was impressed with the last drive by them, expect for that 4th and 2 play obviously.
Speaking of the 4th down play. I beleive most of us wondered why they didnt try like a toss sweep, since up the gut wasnt working so hot. But of course we wouldnt be talking about it had Hardesty scored.
I didnt exactly like the playcalling, especially the call for a pass play to open the 2nd half-which was picked. But he HAD to throw the ball at some point I guess.
And then I had to deal with something worse than a loss. Even worse than a losing season. Worthless fans. Read on 3sib.com a blog that was supposedly about his thoughts on the game. Instead it turned into a "told you so that Kiffin sucks" bash party. This was a UT fan now guys. The Fulmoronites make me mad, as well as any of fans that jump on the bandwagon and throw Kiffin under the bus after his 2nd game. Crompton is the Practice King, dont blame Kiffin for being deceived. He had a pretty good thing going until Crompton screwed it up. Anyway there was one part in this dbags blog that said Crompton was a big reason that Fulmer lost his job. BS. Thats when the "post a comment" section went crazy, including me. If BJ was the answer why didnt Phil play him? THats right BJ wasnt his guy. And why did he allow Crompton to throw 41 times when Foster had 7 yards per carry average? Why did the special teams NOT have a coach and screw us over time again (including that UCLA loss)? O thats right Fulmer.
OK sorry to get off track, but theres been plenty of Kiffin hate going around. Seriously guys, give him time. We are ONE count them on your fingers ONE player away from a decent squad. Instead it will look worse than it is because of Crompton.
I mean I feel real sorry for the guy. He has given it his all even with death threats and everything. He just doesnt have it. And neither does Stevens. So shut up about Kiffin.
And I dont see the Florida game being close like I had originally predicted. Not with Crompton throwing 10 picks. Not with Stevens. They will stack the box and stop the run.
So in conclusion the defense is still pretty good, we just need better play from the ends especially and LBs. The WRs might have played below par, but they were wide open several times. Hardesty is awesome and will earn every yard he gets. Brown looks nice too. Oline needs to improve but they are OK. If Crompton has a DECENT game UT will keep it to within 3 scores. It depends on when he decides to make the bad plays.
Im hopefull things will change and that Crompton hasnt went back to his old self. But Im also realistic and realize that probably isnt going to happen/be the case. It could easily be along season, but I will follow every play-including this Saturday.

Gators 37, Vols 13
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 6, 2009 9:47 pm
 

Review of the Vols: Kiffin's debut a nice one

Note: There are many of you that say "You beat a crappy team, big whoop." More than likely, you didnt watch the game and dont know what they looked like compared to last years.
OK, this is it! The ball is kicked off and reality sets in-its happening. Fulmer is not on the sidelines. Its Kiffin. After what seemed like forever for this offseason to come and go, the Lane Kiffin Era is real now. He and his staff are calling real, live plays.
So it starts off with WKU getting the ball 1st. OK, the defense is suffocating, no surprise. Now the offense has it. Kiffins 1st play is called. The 1st series is taking place. Lets see what kind of team compared to not only last years offense, but compared to a Fulmer offense. But moslty compared to last years.
TE Brandon Warren puts the ball on the ground. Ok. Hardesty fumbles? Huh? Crompton is picked off??? What the screw???
That was the 1st quarter. But from the 2nd quarter on, you could see a difference in this Tennessee squad.
I dont care if the school for the deaf and dumb could beat WKU. I know the Hilltoppers suck beyond recognition. But listen to me, this was about Tennessee. And this was alot different that last years offense.
Last year the Vols beat N Illinois 13-7. 13 points is not a typo. Then they lost, yes lost to Wyoming, only scoring 7 points. Crompton couldnt hit the broadside of a barn, the WRs dropped passes and my gosh the line couldnt block. There was confusion. Crompton stared his target down the entire time and, in most cases, threw it at the WRs feet. Guys, he threw it in the stands on 4TH DOWN one time. Yell
Not saturday. Crompton looked very sharp. 2 tipped INTs are not always his fault (thought the 1st one was). He didnt look confused, he was extremely accurate, and he was having fun. He looked completely different. He didnt have to think. He was playing football.
Sure he didnt have pressure in his face and super tight coverage (altho once he got hit and made a pretty pass for a TD). But this wasnt about THEM saturday guys, it was about the VOLS. Take away the 1st couple of turnovers and they didnt beat themselves, which was their main problem last year.
Then we got the big boys up front. Sure this isnt an SEC type Dline theyre up against. But they had 170 yards rushing against Wyoming and N Illinois COMBINED. Yep, 170. 380 is alot better. No more flipping. Laughing
Speaking of the backs, I think as long as we have solid blocking they will do some damage, especially late in the game with fresh legs.
And the freshman didnt play like freshmen. (Richardson isnt the answer on punt returns anyway) Teague was very nice and Brown and Oku seem ready to contribute. Hopefully Brown will get alittle more physical.
Then we got the playcalling, which I thought was very nice. I was pretty pleased with it. (TE was acually involved) And how the team kept playing hard after the big lead. Crompton was in there longer than I expected, but that answered my question of how many live reps did Kiffin want the 1st string to get.

So am I saying we are ready for the big boys, or even that we will demolish UCLA? NO! But Im telling you why this 63-7 win over a terrible team is worth smiling over. It appears we might have a chance at a good year. Sure, Alabama will treat our offense like they did VTs, and sure there will be some picks and fumbles. But Im willing to bet that 90% of that will come via the other team, NOT because or team shot themselves in the foot. No one beat UT last year. They beat themselves. Dont look for alot of that this year.

Go Vols!
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: August 16, 2009 4:22 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2009 4:39 pm
 

Indepth preview of the Vols: Theyve got a chance.

  Every team has a chance to be good or better than expected. Every fanbase gives their team a better chance at doing so than everyone else. UT is far from being an exception.
  UT fans have their case. Non-Vol fans have theirs. Both have valid arguments.
  Vol fans say "decent at worse", others say "decent at best".
  Tennessee can be 9-3 just as easily as they can be 5-7 and vice versa. But where will they end up most likely at?
  Well first you've got to go back to last year, where UT fans blame the system for the awful offense way more than the players. Other fanbases say the blame should be distributed equally, saying that UT lacked talent and playmakers. To an extent this is true. But we can also go back futher to 07, where the offense was pretty decent. The only starter they lost heading into the 08 season was QB Erik Ainge. Yes, anytime you go from Ainge to Crompton, its not going to be very pretty. But why did the ENTIRE team play so... awful?
  Sounds to me like alot had to do with the system. This team admitted the NEVER really understood it. There was too much thinking involved, and the OL "flipping" around? How about 43 pass attempts in the OPENING game where you led most of the time?? Yell
  And here comes the "But its LAME KITTEN coaching!" comments. Well Im sure he will learn quickly that the SEC is much different than he thought. And I know he's new at head coaching. But this team could have done better if they were their own coaches! Plus people have got to remember, Kiffin may not be so great, but hes got a GREAT staff and hes bringing in some good talented players. I promise you that goes a long way. So it may take him awhile to figure it all out and realize its different than he thought, but hes got help to get him there. Besides, how do you know that he isnt a good head coach?

Ok so lets look more in depth at the offense:
Quarterback: Crompton is going to be the starter. Stevens hasnt shown that hes capable of doing any better than either of them did last year. Crompton has had some good practices, but fumbling on the QB-center exchange and overthrowing guys shows that he still has a ways to go. But he will be better than last year. Maybe not by much, but he will be improved (right? Right???).
Backs: Ok many people are glad to see Arian Fumblester Foster gone, and Im torn here. He rushed for almost 2000 yards in 07 and then, with the help of the OL, played terrible last year. The backs could be better than last year, but they could be worse. It depends on if the OL can block worth a flip. If Hardesty can stay healthy and Brown and Oku can hold onto the football they will be a better group.
Receivers: Now this is a tricky one. I think the WRs will have a better year, but I dont know if they are a better group than last years. It will be close. Freshmen Richardson and especially Teague are doing well so far, and the 3 guys returning, Jones, Moore and Warren, should be solid after the 1st 2 get healthy.
O Line: Now here is the group that will have improved the most. They return all but the LT from last year, and you can already tell how much theyve changed, from Scott getting the "biggest improvement since spring" honor to McNeil no longer "satisfied with just showing up for the games". They wont be very good at pass blocking, but they should do quite well in run blocking.
Plus the TEs and FBs will actually be involved this year, unlike what Clawson promised us.

  Well alot, if not most, Vol fans think our D will be just as good as last years. I disagree. I think they will be good, but not as good. Perhaps a slight struggle and dropoff with this system. The pass rush will be tons better, but I dont know if the LBs can duplicate what happened last year-newbies preforming quite exceptional. What I am excited about is the freshmen. They have been very solid in practice. So depth with plenty of talent might not be a problem.

  And then there is the special teams. This should be the most improved group now that we ACTUALLY got a STs coach! That would be Mr Eddie Gran. So I expect better things out of the punt and kickoff teams. Now Lincoln may still struggle, and Cunningham may not be able to replace Colquitt, but like UTs offense, "They cant be worse!".

  And then there is the schedule. What alot of fans dont realize is that yeah, the Vols were 5-7, but they were so close to being at least 7-5. We absolutely had the UCLA game won and WE LOST IT by throwing 43 times and playing the stupid prevent in the secondary. Then there was the Auburn game. Had we had just landed on that fumble for a safety we still would have won it. Then theres Wyoming... well we'll skip that one (which Ill blame the announcement of Phils firing for).
  This years schedule isnt any tougher by any means. Florida will still be tough as heck. UGA wont be any better, maybe even worse. Bama will still be tough, but maybe still slack off a bit. And I dont see any of those other teams improving from last year. OK, so we've got Ole Miss instead of Miss St. Well they might not be as good as advertised. And you can also look at it this way. I predict they lose to Florida Bama and Ole Miss (and SC). If so then they didnt "waste" a home game if you know what I mean. Optimism can be found anywhere if you look hard enough lol.

  So I think if you take everything into consideration UT is a 7-5 ball club. I also think that the UCLA game is the key game this year. They will not be 8-4 in all likelyhood if they lose to UCLA. If they can win big it will give them confidence heading into the UF game and that might be enough to... just kidding.

Now the thing that matters most; wins and losses.
W. Kentucky - Worst team in DivI I think they are being labeled, but I dont expect a complete slaughter. Heres a question for you: How much playing time will the backups get? Will Kiffin let the 1st string get as many as possible? Win 38-6
UCLA - Its time for revenge and its at home which is big. Last I heard UCLA will be starting a true freshman? Not good. And I can promise that you wont see the prevent again! Look for lots of running plays. Win 20-10
Florida - Well... Nothing is impossible I guess. Lose 30-13
Ohio - The offense starts to pick it up altho I heard Ohio isnt THAT bad? Win 37-10
Auburn - Another home game helps out, and it should be a close one. Like last year, except not as terrible by the offenses! Win 16-13
Georgia - UT will beat one of the Big 4 on their schedule. This should be a dog fight. Both Ds will look to be pretty good. A good ol fashion football game featuring defense and running backs. The Vols play their hearts out and pull the upset at home. W 17-16
Alabama - UT looking good now at 5-1 and coming out of a bye. But that Bama D will be just too much for Crompton and Co., and Bama pulls away in the 4th. Lose 23-13
S Carolina - I think Spurrier has one last trick up his sleeze and will beat the Vols inside Neyland, then retire after the season. Poor Lane will hate that. Lose 13-10
Memphis - A much needed break after a 2 game losing streak. Win 40-13
Ole Miss - Ole Miss could be really good, or just an average team. I think the D holds their on and Sneed out lasts Crompton for the win in Oxford. Lose 24-20
Vandy - After losing 3 of their last 4 games UT now sits at 6-4. They know that they must finish strong and win these last 2 games. Plus Vandy has yet to prove they can finish strong. Win 24-17
Kentucky - I think they will suprise some people, but if you cant beat UT in 05 or 08, their 2 worst season in forever, why should I ever give you the nod for the win? Wink Win 27-16

So there you go, 8-4 heading into the bowl game, which I will not predict.

 
 
 
 
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