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    Hard to believe but Arizona State starts spring football practice today. Hermie
    obviously wants to get an early start.

    Sidenote: Spring drills will have live tackling with helmet only...no pads.

    This tread will be about spring drills and any information you want to provide
    regarding players, etc...…………..Some interesting QB battles across the football
    lands.
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    SEC Spring Practice Dates

    School...…..Practice Begins...….Spring Game
    Vanderbilt - Feb. 23 - March 30
    Arkansas - Feb. 23 - April 6
    Ole Miss - Feb. -28 - April 6
    S. Carolina - Feb. 28 - April 6
    Kentucky - Feb. 28 - April 12
    Alabama - Feb. 28 - April 13
    Auburn - Feb. 28 - April 13
    Florida - Feb. 28 - April 13
    LSU - March 7 - April 6
    Missouri - March 12 - April 13
    Georgia - March 26 - April 20

    Texas AM, Tennessee and Mississippi State were not available.
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    Needless to say, these six coaches need to have a productive spring drills because
    they are definitely on the 'Hot Seat'.

    Clay Helton (USC) - Pretty simple, Helton needs a big (bounce back) season or he's
    history.

    Gus Malzahn (Auburn) - 8-5 records and $7 million salary don't cut it with the Tiger
    faithful.

    Lovie Smith (Illinois) - Ridiculous hire and this dud has proven just that with his $5
    million salary.

    Willie Taggart (Florida State) - Most overrated coach in the FBS. I never understood
    this hire by the Noles.

    Chris Ash (Rutgers) - His offense averaged 13 points per game last year. Seems an
    understatement but spring drills should be devoted to scoring points.

    Randy Edsall (UConn) - His defense gave up an average of 50.4 points per game. One
    might think defense will get some attention during spring practice.

    I'm sure there are other coaches looking over their shoulder as spring ball gets under
    way. Please feel free to list some...……………………………..
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    According to SBNATION, the following teams will be the worst in the coming 2019
    college football season. Obviously spring drills will be important to each team to
    improve.

    130. UTEP.....129. UConn.....128. UTSA.....127. South Alabama.....126. Rice.....
    125. UMass.....124. Akron.....123. Bowling Green.....122. Central Michigan.....
    121. New Mexico St.....120. Charlotte.....119. Old Dominion.....118. Navy.....117.
    San Jose St.....116. Coastal Carolina.....115. New Mexico.....114. Georgia State.....
    113. East Carolina.....112. Liberty.....111. Kent State

    *Seeing Navy in this list is a bit of a surprise.
    *Hugh Freeze gets first spring practice at Liberty.
    *UTEP seems to always be a preseason bottom feeder.
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    Every SEC spring game will be televised live on one of the ESPN networks.

    March 30
    Vanderbilt.....SEC Network.....11:00 am

    April 6
    South Carolina.....SEC Network.....11:00
    LSU.....SEC Network.....1:00 pm
    Arkansas.....ESPNU.....3:00
    Ole Miss.....SEC Network.....3:00

    April 12
    Kentucky.....SEC Network.....5:00pm

    April 13
    Florida.....SEC Network.....12:00
    Alabama.....ESPN2.....1:00
    Miss State.....ESPNU.....1:00
    Texas A&M.....SEC Network.....1:00
    Auburn.....SEC Network.....3:00
    Tennessee....SEC Network.....5:00
    Missouri.....ESPNU.....3:00

    April 20
    Georgia.....SEC Network....1:00

    Can't wait to watch a few of these spring games.
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    September 7, 2019 has LSU traveling to Austin to play Texas. That is one game I'm looking forward
    too. The week two clash pairs teams in neighboring states that haven't played each other in over 60
    years. Both teams have high expectations this fall, they do regular battle on the recruiting trail and
    there's a tiny bit of history involving LSU and Texas coach Tom Harman, as the two were in negotiations
    for the job Orgeron ultimately got. Both teams had top 5 recruiting classes and both starting quarterbacks
    returning. LSU has 16 starters returning (8 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teams) while Texas returns 10
    starters (5 offense, 3 defense, 2 special teams). Huge game for both programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    According to SBNATION, the following teams will be the worst in the coming 2019
    college football season. Obviously spring drills will be important to each team to
    improve.

    130. UTEP.....129. UConn.....128. UTSA.....127. South Alabama.....126. Rice.....
    125. UMass.....124. Akron.....123. Bowling Green.....122. Central Michigan.....
    121. New Mexico St.....120. Charlotte.....119. Old Dominion.....118. Navy.....117.
    San Jose St.....116. Coastal Carolina.....115. New Mexico.....114. Georgia State.....
    113. East Carolina.....112. Liberty.....111. Kent State

    *Seeing Navy in this list is a bit of a surprise.
    *Hugh Freeze gets first spring practice at Liberty.
    *UTEP seems to always be a preseason bottom feeder.
    Are my eyes deceiving my? Is it possible my wife's alma mater (Texas State) isn't in the bottom 20 this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    According to SBNATION, the following teams will be the worst in the coming 2019
    college football season. Obviously spring drills will be important to each team to
    improve.

    130. UTEP.....129. UConn.....128. UTSA.....127. South Alabama.....126. Rice.....
    125. UMass.....124. Akron.....123. Bowling Green.....122. Central Michigan.....
    121. New Mexico St.....120. Charlotte.....119. Old Dominion.....118. Navy.....117.
    San Jose St.....116. Coastal Carolina.....115. New Mexico.....114. Georgia State.....
    113. East Carolina.....112. Liberty.....111. Kent State

    *Seeing Navy in this list is a bit of a surprise.
    *Hugh Freeze gets first spring practice at Liberty.
    *UTEP seems to always be a preseason bottom feeder.
    I remember when East Carolina had a good program rolling. GA State should be better with all the resources, but still a relatively young program I guess.
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    SB nation did these rankings based on 1) current recruiting class 2) returning starters and 3) how team has performed the previous 5 seasons.

    Curious to see last year's bottom 20 and wonder how these teams performed for the 2018 season? I wonder if we could find any "bet on" or "bet against" teams for 2019.

    I actually thought East Carolina was going to be a "bet against" team last season but they werent so bad (i'm not doing research on this but i noticed many weeks last year where they covered spread)
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    With an eight-game conference schedule and a 14-team league, the 2019 season
    comes down to who you play in the opposite division. Below is this year's cross-
    over schedule for each team.

    EAST DIVISON
    Florida - Auburn, at LSU
    Georgia - at Auburn, Texas A&M
    Kentucky - at Mississippi State, Arkansas
    Missouri - Ole Miss, at Arkansas
    South Carolina - Alabama, at Texas A&M
    Tennessee - Mississippi State, at Alabama
    Vanderbilt - LSU, at Ole Miss

    WEST DIVISON
    Alabama - at South Carolina, Tennessee
    Arkansas - at Kentucky, Missouri
    Auburn - at Florida, Georgia
    LSU - at Vanderbilt, Florida
    Ole Miss - Vanderbilt, at Missouri
    Mississippi State - Kentucky, at Tennessee
    Texas A&M - South Carolina, at Georgia

    *Auburn faces Florida and Georgia, the two top teams from the East Division.
    *South Carolina has a tough two games in Alabama and Texas A&M.
    *Missouri gets a break with Ole Miss and Arkansas.
    *Alabama should handle South Carolina and Tennessee.
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    ESPN has come out with their Power Index Debut (FBI). The SEC has 3 of the top 5 teams
    in the country, 5 of the top 10 and half of the top 20. Amazing for a sorry ass conference
    who doesn't play anybody.

    1. Clemson.....2. Alabama.....3. Georgia.....4. LSU.....5. Michigan.....6. Oklahoma.....7. Notre
    Dame.....8. Florida.....9. Auburn.....10. Oregon.....11. Texas AM.....12. Penn State.....13. OSU
    …..14. Michigan State.....15. Tennessee.....16. Mississippi State.....17. Washington.....18. Utah
    …..19. South Carolina.....20. Missouri

    *The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best
    predictor of a team's performance going forward for the rest of the season. FBI represents
    how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000
    simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule.
    Ratings and projections update daily.
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    Alabama will head into spring drills with SEVEN new assistant coaches. In what has
    become an annual event, Saban has to essentially rebuild his coaching staff. Here's
    a look at the new Tide staff.

    OC/QBs - Steve Sarkisian (OC Atlanta Falcons)
    DC/LBs - Pete Golding (Alabama)
    ST/TEs - Jeff Banks (Alabama)
    RBs - Charles Huff (RBs Mississippi State)
    WRs - Holman Wiggins (WRs Virginia Tech)
    OL - Kyle Flood - (OL Atlanta Falcons)
    DL - Brian Baker (DL Mississippi State)
    LBs - Sal Sunseri (DL Florida)
    CBs - Karl Scott (Alabama)
    Ss - Charles Kelly (DC Florida State)

    Spring practice starts next month so these new guys will have to hit the field
    running. You can bet they are putting in a lot of hours now getting ready.
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    Kirby Smart (Georgia) has promoted linebacker's coach Dan Lanning to defensive
    coordinator. Lanning will also get a nice pay raise going from $350,000 to $750,000.
    He served as interim DC in the Sugar Bowl where Georgia lost to Texas and now gets
    the position fulltime. Even with the huge pay raise, Lanning is not Georgia's highest
    paid assistant...that title goes to offensive coordinator James Coley who makes a
    base salary of $950,000. The Dogs will be the SEC's last team to start spring practice
    beginning March 26th.
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    The FLORIDA Gators seem to be ahead of schedule under Dan Mullen, and they capitalized
    on that momentum with a top-10 recruiting class in 2019. This is also a nod that Florida is
    in the best shape among the "big three" programs in the state. Florida State is a mess, and
    Miami has yet another coaching change. Now, the challenge for the Gators is to close the gap
    with Georgia who keep bringing in top-three recruiting classes with blue-chip talent. The Dogs
    have claimed back-to-back SEC East titles and are favored to make it three in a row in 2019.
    Some think Florida is ready to challenge Georgia as representative of the East in Atlanta this season.
    I'm not one of them, they have a ways to go before that happens.
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