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    I believe the SEC has a good chance of repeating as national champions. Who?
    That is what will be interesting. Here's a look at the SEC teams and starters
    returning. (Based on ESPN offense and defense)

    Alabama 5-5 (10)
    Auburn 6-7 (13)
    Arkansas 9-7 (16)
    Georgia 8-5 (13)
    Vanderbilt 7-5 (12)
    Missouri 9-7 (16)
    Tennessee 6-6 (12)
    Florida 10-9 (19)
    Texas AM 8-8 (16)
    Kentucky 7-5 (12)
    Ole Miss 8-7 (15)
    LSU 5-5 (10)
    South Carolina 8-6 (14)
    Miss State 9-8 (17)

    My view on returning starters is the quality of those players and the quality of players
    who will be stepping into starting roles. IT AIN'T the SAME with all of these teams. If
    anyone thinks Alabama will suffer for the lack of returning starters...well, I disagree.

    Auburn and Miss State have a lot of talent returning in the West. Georgia and Florida
    (sleeper) should rule the East with South Carolina a team who can upset a favorite.

    If I had to guess, I'd say Bama and Dawgs in the SEC title game. Then................

    My take....welcome yours........................................................
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    S&P has a great overview of returning starters in their brand new first-to-last ratings. I'll have to find it....i remember FSU in the ACC was in for some trouble on that front
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    https://www.sbnation.com/college-foo...gs-projections

    here it is. tap the "returning production" column to rank by that section and you see Bama, UGA, and the barn head and shoulders above the rest of SEC in returning production

    Projected 2018 S&P+ rankings (as of Feb. 9)

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    Rk Team Conf. Recruiting impact Returning production Weighted 5-year Proj. S&P+
    1 Ohio State Big Ten 1 1 2 27.0
    4 Washington Pac-12 17 2 13 23.9
    3 Clemson ACC 12 3 3 25.4
    2 Alabama SEC 4 4 1 27.0
    6 Georgia SEC 2 5 28 22.1
    5 Auburn SEC 11 6 6 22.4
    7 Notre Dame Ind 10 7 16 21.4
    17 Central Florida AAC 66 8 85 13.9
    11 Michigan State Big Ten 33 9 22 18.0
    8 Penn State Big Ten 8 10 20 20.2
    12 Wisconsin Big Ten 36 11 11 17.8
    31 Florida Atlantic C-USA 77 12 107 8.7
    9 Oklahoma Big 12 6 13 7 19.5
    10 Michigan Big Ten 15 14 8 18.3
    14 Mississippi State SEC 26 15 21 15.7
    13 Miami-FL ACC 9 16 18 17.4
    44 Fresno State MWC 95 17 100 4.9
    26 Boise State MWC 65 18 26 10.0
    19 Oklahoma State Big 12 35 19 29 11.9
    34 Wake Forest ACC 67 20 83 7.4
    22 TCU Big 12 31 21 24 11.4
    21 Virginia Tech ACC 24 22 27 11.5
    20 Stanford Pac-12 27 23 10 11.9
    30 Missouri SEC 44 24 47 8.9
    33 Arizona Pac-12 45 25 63 7.7
    25 Ole Miss SEC 30 26 14 10.9
    15 USC Pac-12 3 27 9 14.0
    16 LSU SEC 7 28 5 14.0
    23 Oregon Pac-12 18 29 30 11.3
    28 Utah Pac-12 32 30 34 9.4
    38 Northwestern Big Ten 54 31 57 6.5
    42 Memphis AAC 71 32 48 5.1
    68 Ohio MAC 113 33 91 0.1
    63 Appalachian State Sun Belt 109 34 51 1.8
    40 Duke ACC 51 35 62 5.8
    24 Texas A&M SEC 14 36 19 11.0
    48 Boston College ACC 68 37 65 4.0
    27 Texas Big 12 16 38 43 9.6
    37 NC State ACC 40 39 40 7.2
    49 Toledo MAC 73 40 41 4.0
    66 Arkansas State Sun Belt 89 41 81 1.4
    36 Iowa Big Ten 39 42 38 7.2
    72 Wyoming MWC 111 43 96 -0.7
    29 Louisville ACC 28 44 12 9.3
    54 Purdue Big Ten 62 45 89 3.2
    62 Marshall C-USA 80 46 79 1.9
    46 Iowa State Big 12 49 47 78 4.6
    18 Florida State ACC 5 48 4 12.3
    41 Washington State Pac-12 46 49 55 5.4
    55 San Diego State MWC 75 50 53 2.6
    82 Miami-OH MAC 103 51 120 -2.0
    47 Texas Tech Big 12 59 52 59 4.1
    56 South Florida AAC 69 53 73 2.5
    69 Northern Illinois MAC 91 54 77 0.0
    78 Troy Sun Belt 97 55 93 -1.1
    35 South Carolina SEC 20 56 56 7.2
    74 SMU AAC 84 57 112 -0.9
    43 West Virginia Big 12 42 58 44 5.0
    77 Utah State MWC 115 59 54 -1.1
    59 Houston AAC 70 60 49 2.1
    70 Louisiana Tech C-USA 86 61 74 -0.4
    32 Florida SEC 13 62 17 8.2
    53 Georgia Tech ACC 48 63 36 3.5
    45 Pittsburgh ACC 37 64 31 4.7
    86 North Texas C-USA 99 65 113 -3.6
    93 Buffalo MAC 125 66 119 -5.4
    58 Indiana Big Ten 56 67 50 2.2
    92 Army Ind 110 68 123 -5.3
    61 Kansas State Big 12 64 69 39 1.9
    83 Middle Tennessee C-USA 93 70 88 -2.9
    65 California Pac-12 57 71 58 1.4
    52 Arkansas SEC 41 72 32 3.7
    96 Eastern Michigan MAC 121 73 124 -6.1
    81 Temple AAC 90 74 61 -1.9
    39 UCLA Pac-12 19 75 23 6.0
    91 UAB C-USA 117 76 97 -5.0
    100 New Mexico State Ind 124 77 129 -7.7
    50 Baylor Big 12 34 78 15 3.9
    57 Arizona State Pac-12 38 79 46 2.3
    64 Kentucky SEC 29 80 75 1.8
    51 North Carolina ACC 25 81 33 3.8
    73 Virginia ACC 61 82 72 -0.8
    71 Syracuse ACC 58 83 70 -0.6
    85 Navy AAC 92 84 52 -3.3
    67 Minnesota Big Ten 47 85 45 0.8
    102 Massachusetts Ind 116 86 125 -7.7
    75 Vanderbilt SEC 52 87 86 -1.0
    76 BYU Ind 72 88 35 -1.1
    87 Western Michigan MAC 78 89 66 -3.7
    84 Rutgers Big Ten 53 90 106 -3.1
    60 Nebraska Big Ten 22 91 42 2.0
    101 Nevada MWC 98 92 109 -7.7
    98 Tulane AAC 79 93 108 -6.6
    105 UNLV MWC 104 94 114 -8.4
    107 UL-Monroe Sun Belt 102 95 122 -9.1
    97 Bowling Green MAC 88 96 84 -6.3
    94 Southern Miss C-USA 74 97 92 -6.0
    90 Western Kentucky C-USA 85 98 37 -4.6
    95 Colorado State MWC 82 99 60 -6.0
    88 Cincinnati AAC 55 100 69 -4.0
    109 South Alabama Sun Belt 118 101 90 -9.5
    80 Maryland Big Ten 23 102 76 -1.7
    111 New Mexico MWC 114 103 102 -10.2
    106 Georgia Southern Sun Belt 106 104 67 -8.5
    115 Liberty Ind 130 105 116 -11.8
    104 UTSA C-USA 76 106 101 -8.4
    112 Air Force MWC 129 107 71 -10.2
    114 Old Dominion C-USA 122 108 104 -11.5
    113 Georgia State Sun Belt 94 109 121 -11.1
    103 Kansas Big 12 63 110 115 -8.1
    108 Tulsa AAC 87 111 87 -9.2
    89 Colorado Pac-12 43 112 64 -4.6
    118 Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 128 113 99 -12.1
    119 Akron MAC 126 114 103 -12.6
    79 Tennessee SEC 21 115 25 -1.6
    116 Central Michigan MAC 107 116 98 -11.8
    117 Ball State MAC 101 117 94 -11.9
    99 Illinois Big Ten 50 118 82 -7.6
    121 UL-Lafayette Sun Belt 120 119 95 -13.3
    126 Charlotte C-USA 112 120 130 -15.2
    120 Florida International C-USA 83 121 126 -12.8
    123 Texas State Sun Belt 100 122 128 -14.6
    122 Hawaii MWC 105 123 110 -14.2
    127 Kent State MAC 119 124 117 -15.3
    124 Connecticut AAC 96 125 118 -14.7
    110 Oregon State Pac-12 60 126 68 -9.7
    128 Rice C-USA 123 127 111 -16.2
    125 East Carolina AAC 81 128 80 -15.1
    130 UTEP C-USA 127 129 127 -20.3
    129 San Jose State MWC 108 130 105 -19.1



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    Good info RT........

    Fla-Atlantic and Fresno State are two teams I like and the chart shows I might
    be right. Two teams to keep and eye on during the 2018 season.
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    FAU didnt have "the best" of recruiting classes as they are G5 but they had some really good transfers coming to Boca for next Season (which doesnt get factored in when comes to recruiting classes). They start the season at Oklahoma and play at UCF next season.

    Was hoping for a huge point spread week 1 vs Oklahoma as i want to take FAU in that one
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    FAU has a ton of talent coming back including that stud at running back.

    RT's chart show's they are ranked 12th. The same with Fresno ranked 17th.

    You are right Knight about Kiffin signing some good defensive juco kids.
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    Bama is DEAD! Saban has lost his advantage because of losing top assistants! Bama's
    recruiting class a disaster falling from #1 the past years to now not even a top-5. He's
    too damn old to keep up with his former assistants.

    Ok, what has Saban recruited the past three years? Thinking a few of these dogs will
    come through this season.

    Write Alabama off at your own stupidity.
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    Florida returns 19 shit starters...and no QB. I see a more competitive team that is lucky to win 7 games. If Dan Mullen goes 8-4 or better he should be SEC COTY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    Florida returns 19 shit starters...and no QB. I see a more competitive team that is lucky to win 7 games. If Dan Mullen goes 8-4 or better he should be SEC COTY!
    Coach my friend...bet one of the Washington statues on eight wins.

    Nine if the freshman quarterback develops into the real deal.

    Sleepers.....Sleepers them Gators!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    Florida returns 19 shit starters...and no QB. I see a more competitive team that is lucky to win 7 games. If Dan Mullen goes 8-4 or better he should be SEC COTY!
    Coach, I am not sure the "Gator Faithful" would be satisfied with an 8-4 win/loss record especially if the 4 loses were inflicted by conference foes... The Southeastern conference is brutal....and unforgiving. Look at Saban, he's winning all the time he is still in the "hot box" every year. When he retires he wants to live on a lake with good reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Donald View Post
    Coach, I am not sure the "Gator Faithful" would be satisfied with an 8-4 win/loss record especially if the 4 loses were inflicted by conference foes... The Southeastern conference is brutal....and unforgiving. Look at Saban, he's winning all the time he is still in the "hot box" every year. When he retires he wants to live on a lake with good reason.
    I think most people realize Butters left a f'ing mess in Gainesville; from a depleted roster full of 3-star talent to a weak, undisciplined S&C program.....to leaving no QB worth a shit for the next guy to work with. So, w/ that if this team competes and doesn't get blown out, I think Gator fans will be happy.

    UF lost two close games to LSU and Texas A&M and should have EASILY won both if the offense had any sort of a pulse. They also won a couple of games they should have lost to UK and UT. UF has been a complete sh*t show since Urban Meyer's last season in 2010. It's going to take more than 1 season for Mullen to turn it around.

    CL thinks 8 wins is a given....I sure hope so, but I see 4-8 losses easily: FSU, UGA, LSU, Miss State, Missouri, South Carolina, and possibly Kentucky & Tennessee. All of these games are toss ups....or sure losses

    FSU has won 5 in a row and 8 of the last 9. Inexcusable....and the game is in Tallahassee this year. FSU has owned UF since 2010.

    UGA.....well, everyone is playing catch up to them .

    Missouri blew out UF last year and returns their QB.

    Tennessee....has more talent and the game is in Knoxville.

    Kentucky wants to end the streak and will - as usual - bring their A-game to gainesville.

    Miss State - game is at Miss State....they return 18 starters, plus their QB, game is on the road, and this team will want to stick it to their old coach.

    South Carolina - beat UF last year, returns their QB, and Muschamp will always want this one.

    LSU - lots of talent and has continuity w/ the head coach.

    Like I said, if Mullen can go 7 or 8 wins he should win SEC COTY....if he wins 9? National coach of the year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    I think most people realize Butters left a f'ing mess in Gainesville; from a depleted roster full of 3-star talent to a weak, undisciplined S&C program.....to leaving no QB worth a shit for the next guy to work with. So, w/ that if this team competes and doesn't get blown out, I think Gator fans will be happy.

    UF lost two close games to LSU and Texas A&M and should have EASILY won both if the offense had any sort of a pulse. They also won a couple of games they should have lost to UK and UT. UF has been a complete sh*t show since Urban Meyer's last season in 2010. It's going to take more than 1 season for Mullen to turn it around.

    CL thinks 8 wins is a given....I sure hope so, but I see 4-8 losses easily: FSU, UGA, LSU, Miss State, Missouri, South Carolina, and possibly Kentucky & Tennessee. All of these games are toss ups....or sure losses

    FSU has won 5 in a row and 8 of the last 9. Inexcusable....and the game is in Tallahassee this year. FSU has owned UF since 2010.

    UGA.....well, everyone is playing catch up to them .

    Missouri blew out UF last year and returns their QB.

    Tennessee....has more talent and the game is in Knoxville.

    Kentucky wants to end the streak and will - as usual - bring their A-game to gainesville.

    Miss State - game is at Miss State....they return 18 starters, plus their QB, game is on the road, and this team will want to stick it to their old coach.

    South Carolina - beat UF last year, returns their QB, and Muschamp will always want this one.

    LSU - lots of talent and has continuity w/ the head coach.

    Like I said, if Mullen can go 7 or 8 wins he should win SEC COTY....if he wins 9? National coach of the year!
    Well stated Coach....as always; You've been on the "inside", that is why I always look for your comments regarding college foosball (especially when they pertain to the Gators)..,......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Donald View Post
    Well stated Coach....as always; You've been on the "inside", that is why I always look for your comments regarding college foosball (especially when they pertain to the Gators)..,......
    Florida have a lot more talent than suggested above. They were #9 in recruiting 2017 preceded by #14-23-8. 2017 recruited 15 4-stars which was 5th most in the nation. '18 class wasn't great but still top 20 and got a QB that several programs had top 3 on their board plus another 14 4-stars. Probably only Georgia has more 4-5 stars on their roster in the East (perhaps Tenn...probably very close with Florida) so talent is there. Mullen will have >30 4-5 stars to work with and won plenty in Starkville with 2-3 stars. Problem with Mullen is he might rely on QB productivity more than any coach in the nation so someone has to step up because he needs a true dual-threat to win. Any team that loses Nussmeier as OC is addition by subtraction
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    Charleston Southern, Kentucky, Colorado State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Idaho, FSU all wins. That's
    seven. Then they get LSU, Missouri and South Carolina at home so there's a built in advantage.
    The only two losses I would mark right now are at Mississippi State and Georgia in Jacksonville.

    Obviously, getting either Feleipe Franks or incoming freshman Emory Jones (#5 dual QB) to play at
    a consistent level is the key. Jones is on campus and will go through spring practice and many
    believe he will be the man when the season starts. Mullin has a history of developing quarterbacks
    and he has a good one in Jones to work with.

    I believe Mullin has a good chance of having a very productive season...again with solid QB play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    Florida have a lot more talent than suggested above. They were #9 in recruiting 2017 preceded by #14-23-8. 2017 recruited 15 4-stars which was 5th most in the nation. '18 class wasn't great but still top 20 and got a QB that several programs had top 3 on their board plus another 14 4-stars. Probably only Georgia has more 4-5 stars on their roster in the East (perhaps Tenn...probably very close with Florida) so talent is there. Mullen will have >30 4-5 stars to work with and won plenty in Starkville with 2-3 stars. Problem with Mullen is he might rely on QB productivity more than any coach in the nation so someone has to step up because he needs a true dual-threat to win. Any team that loses Nussmeier as OC is addition by subtraction
    I'm not sure what site you're getting your numbers from, but UF hasn't had a class inside the top 10 since Muschamp - at least 5 classes ago.

    Here's a CBS sports article on roster talent:

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-fo...ayers-in-2018/

    Florida is 14th....behind UGA, Tennessee, FSU, Texas A&M.....and the usual suspects.

    The fact is, UF has a roster full of 3-star talent. The fewest 4-star talent since the "star" rating system was invented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    Florida returns 19 shit starters...and no QB. I see a more competitive team that is lucky to win 7 games. If Dan Mullen goes 8-4 or better he should be SEC COTY!
    Coach, you know way more about the Florida program than I do, but I'm not buying what you are selling. Seldom do I agree with RT and Clover but their above posts are pretty damn accurate.

    The biggest problem Mullen faces this year is buy in from the kids recruited by McElwain. It took Smart a year to weed out the kids who didn't adopt to his philosophy and Mullen could face the same backlash. Mullen believes in physical practices and kids spending extra time in the weight room - how these kids adjust and accept that will determine how well they do.

    If they buy in and get just average QB play I expect them to win 8, possibly 9 or more games. They will not be out talented by many teams they play. This is not the SEC of old - take bama and Ga out and there is not a huge talent gap in the other teams. LSU and FSU matches up well with Fla's talent, but it is hard to take LSU serious with Coach O at the helm. And who knows what to expect from FSU - it could take them a year or two to adjust from a pro style to a spread.

    Your non-conference schedule is manageable. Other than having to play LSU from the west, your conference schedule is easy by SEC standards. You have back to back to back games with Tenn, Miss State and LSU. If you manage to win 2 of those you could easily go into the Ga game with one loss and the SEC east championship on the line. Maybe that is a pipe dream but I don't see it being out of the realm of possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post

    The fact is, UF has a roster full of 3-star talent. The fewest 4-star talent since the "star" rating system was invented.
    Per Rivals, over the last 5 years Fla has signed 122 players. 58 of those were 4 or 5 star kids (48%).

    You may not have the most talented team in the conference but you aren't void of talent either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadLast View Post
    Coach, you know way more about the Florida program than I do, but I'm not buying what you are selling. Seldom do I agree with RT and Clover but their above posts are pretty damn accurate.

    The biggest problem Mullen faces this year is buy in from the kids recruited by McElwain. It took Smart a year to weed out the kids who didn't adopt to his philosophy and Mullen could face the same backlash. Mullen believes in physical practices and kids spending extra time in the weight room - how these kids adjust and accept that will determine how well they do.

    If they buy in and get just average QB play I expect them to win 8, possibly 9 or more games. They will not be out talented by many teams they play. This is not the SEC of old - take bama and Ga out and there is not a huge talent gap in the other teams. LSU and FSU matches up well with Fla's talent, but it is hard to take LSU serious with Coach O at the helm. And who knows what to expect from FSU - it could take them a year or two to adjust from a pro style to a spread.

    Your non-conference schedule is manageable. Other than having to play LSU from the west, your conference schedule is easy by SEC standards. You have back to back to back games with Tenn, Miss State and LSU. If you manage to win 2 of those you could easily go into the Ga game with one loss and the SEC east championship on the line. Maybe that is a pipe dream but I don't see it being out of the realm of possibility.
    Nice response DL. Did you see the chart and article I posted. Florida has the 14th best roster in the country.....and 7th best in the SEC. So UF is a mid-pack SEC team talent wise.

    I agree w/ you on the buy in. From the players comments/tweets/etc they seem to be buying in. There's quite a few players on this team that have never contributed and need to be weeded out. McElwain brought in some very questionable non-SEC talent (i.e. he "stole" some players from FAU and FIU, literally).

    As far as next year's results. You do realize this team went 4-7 last year? And they have no QB?

    Do you honestly think UF is going into Starkville and winning? MSU returns 18 starters and they are home vs. their old coach. I wouldn't be surprised if this game wasn't a blowout. They're ranked and won the bowl game. Do you think UF goes into Tallahassee and wins? After losing 8 of 9 to FSU? What about South Carolina? You think Muschamp is just going to roll over for the "Mighty Gators"? No way.

    Again, this team went 4-7....and has no QB.

    This team is a QB and a year or two away from being a 9 win team. 7 or 8 wins is the ceiling....and if Mullen tops that, like I said, he's SEC COTY material.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    Nice response DL. Did you see the chart and article I posted. Florida has the 14th best roster in the country.....and 7th best in the SEC. So UF is a mid-pack SEC team talent wise.

    I agree w/ you on the buy in. From the players comments/tweets/etc they seem to be buying in. There's quite a few players on this team that have never contributed and need to be weeded out. McElwain brought in some very questionable non-SEC talent (i.e. he "stole" some players from FAU and FIU, literally).

    As far as next year's results. You do realize this team went 4-7 last year? And they have no QB?

    Do you honestly think UF is going into Starkville and winning? MSU returns 18 starters and they are home vs. their old coach. I wouldn't be surprised if this game wasn't a blowout. They're ranked and won the bowl game. Do you think UF goes into Tallahassee and wins? After losing 8 of 9 to FSU? What about South Carolina? You think Muschamp is just going to roll over for the "Mighty Gators"? No way.

    Again, this team went 4-7....and has no QB.

    This team is a QB and a year or two away from being a 9 win team. 7 or 8 wins is the ceiling....and if Mullen tops that, like I said, he's SEC COTY material.
    Coach, not trying to be argumentative. You very well may be right about your gators. But I'm going to play devil's advocate.

    You seem to be basing your opinion on three things - last years record, previous recruiting classes and your QB situation.

    Don't get hung up on your 4 and 7 record last year. A coaching change can have a huge impact on a team. Auburn finished last in the west in '09 under Tuberville, then won the Natty under Chiz the next season. In '12 under Chiz Auburn didn't win a conference game, the following year under Malzahn played for the Natty. It can happen.

    You think Florida will struggle with Miss St and So Carolina. Lets use your recruiting angle as a comparison. Miss State has signed 121 kids the last 5 years. Only 26 (21%) were 4 stars. Advantage Gators. South Carolina has recruited better but not by too much. They have signed 125 with 44 (35%) 4 stars. Again, advantage Gators. If your recruiting angle holds water the gators will be the better team.

    The QB question mark for Florida next year is a concern. But it is not one that can't be over come. Having a dynamic QB can carry a team, but serviceable QB's that don't get their team beat can go along way too. Franks is a talented guy. Now that he has a little experience he could turn into the guy everyone expected. If he doesn't, don't count out Jones. Freshman QB's have had a lot of success in recent years. Fromm and Hurts both lead their teams to the Natty the last two years.

    Again, not saying your assessment of the gators is wrong. Just saying you may want to hold judgement before throwing in the towel. I don't see anyone in the east challenging Ga but if anyone does my money would be on Florida.
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    Interested in what Auburn running back steps up and fills Johnson’s shoes
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieRay View Post
    Interested in what Auburn running back steps up and fills Johnson’s shoes
    Right that! Also interested to see how the OL develops with four new starters.
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    These are some great posts.......damn, you younger guys take your college football seriously. I remember the days when a fan sang the school "fight song", that was enough......Hang in there; I feel the sport needs you now more than ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Donald View Post
    These are some great posts.......damn, you younger guys take your college football seriously. I remember the days when a fan sang the school "fight song", that was enough......Hang in there; I feel the sport needs you now more than ever.
    Why I love this place Mack. Not the passion of a few years back but still the best off season CFB STUFF on the net.
    MD, RT, SR, DL, CCB, and others make discussing CFB off-season fun and interesting.

    I love this stuff but after my last ban....haven't been as pro-active as maybe I could be. Still a bad taste!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieRay View Post
    Interested in what Auburn running back steps up and fills Johnson’s shoes
    AU doesn't have a back on campus capable of filling Johnson's shoes. I expect more of a running back by committee than Malzahn has used in the past.

    We could have an idea after spring practice who the go to guy will be, but I don't think Malzahn will name a starter before the first game.

    Kam Martin is the most likely candidate to start the first game. But, if he is as good as advertised, expect Asa Martin to inherit a bigger part of the game plan as the season progresses. He needs a year in the weight room but I don't think the situation will allow that.

    If there is a surprise back this season I think it will be will JaTarvious Whitlow. The kid turned lots of heads on the scout team last year. Miller and Barrett can't be ruled out but at this point the staff doesn't trust either as a feature back.
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