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    What did the ACC have? The three Clemson players plus Jones from Duke and Burns from FSU and the outstanding center from NC State and Lindstrom from BC?

    Seven out of 32 is not too bad, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Top 10 Players Drafted

    Alabama: 10
    Ohio St.: 9
    Oklahoma: 8
    Washington: 8
    Georgia: 7
    Texas AM: 7
    Auburn: 6
    Clemson: 6
    Notre Dame: 6
    Ole Miss: 6
    Does that say anything about the coaching at Clemson?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mws View Post
    Does that say anything about the coaching at Clemson?
    Clemson has an excellent staff from top to bottom. Dabo is demanding but he treats them
    right and they all want to be there. No turnover like many successful programs.
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    The Sporting News has come out with their Top 25 quarterbacks for 2019. Six SEC
    signal callers make the list and four ex-SEC quarterbacks who transferred also made
    the list.

    Current

    #2 Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
    #3 Jake Fromm, Georgia
    #13 Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
    #14 Joe Burrow, LSU
    #20 Feleipe Franks, Florida
    #23 Kelly Bryant, Missouri from Clemson

    Transfers

    #5 Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma from Alabama
    #8 Shea Patterson, Michigan from Ole Miss
    #11 Justin Fields, Ohio State from Georgia
    #19 Jacob Eason, Washington from Georgia

    #1 was Lawrence from Clemson.
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    MISSISSIPPI STATE - With three studs gone off of last year's No. 1 defense in the SEC, it's fair
    to say that the offense will probably have to pick it up a bit. Nick Fitzgerald struggled (51%) as
    a passer last year where the unit ranked No. 13 in the conference with just 175 yards per game.
    Kaytaon Thompson provided a few glimpses throwing the ball that suggest he could provide a
    boost. He threw three touchdowns in the spring game and had a 6-to-1 touchdown to interception
    ratio in limited action last year. The receiving corps struggled during 2018, but tall targets like
    Stephen Guidry (19) and Osirus Mitchell (26) should become bigger factors with Thompson slinging
    it around. Coach Joe Moorhead will be looking for more balance between his offense and defense,
    especially in conference play. Being No. 1 in defense and No. 13 in offense won't cut it.
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    Ranking Justin Fields, a qb that couldn't make the starting lineup before transferring to another school, ahead of Joe Burrow is just ridiculous. And, Burrow is much better than Kellen Mond as well. Mond is an interception throwing machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSUpete View Post
    Ranking Justin Fields, a qb that couldn't make the starting lineup before transferring to another school, ahead of Joe Burrow is just ridiculous. And, Burrow is much better than Kellen Mond as well. Mond is an interception throwing machine.
    Yeah Pete, it will be interesting to see how Fields does at Ohio State. He had a terrible spring game causing some
    concern among the Buckeye faithful. The QB I feel will have a standout season is Washington's Jacob Eason. The
    kid has all the tools to really help the Huskies. Of course Jalen Hurts is the other I will follow closely. He contributed
    a lot as a Bama player.
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    Number of (Career) wins by current SEC coaches.

    Jeremy Pruitt (5) Tennessee
    Matt Luke (11) Ole Miss
    Chad Morris (16) Arkansas
    Barry Odom (19 Missouri
    Derrick Mason (24) Vanderbilt
    Kirby Smart (32) Georgia
    Mark Stoops (26) Kentucky
    Ed Orgeron (41) LSU
    Joe Moorhead (46) Miss State
    Will Muschamp (50) South Carolina
    Gus Malzahn (62) Auburn
    Dan Mullen (79) Florida
    Jimbo Fisher (92) Texas A&M
    Nick Saban (237) Alabama

    Saban is definitely the elder statesman of the SEC having more wins than nine
    other league coaches combined.
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    ALABAMA football earns the second highest APR score in the Southeastern Conference.
    Among the other 13 teams in the league, only Vanderbilt's mark of 991 was higher.
    Fifteen Tide players graduated last fall and eight more received their diplomas earlier
    this month.

    (Adopted in 2004, APR is an NCAA initiative that monitors the eligibility and retention
    of individual student-athletes during each term over a four year period. Teams must
    earn a four year average score of 930 to compete for championships.)
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    ALABAMA put together the greatest offensive season in its history last year, setting
    school records for points per game (45), passing yards per game (327), yards per
    play (7.8) and total yards per game (522). With Alabama returning more than a
    half a dozen key players, including the quarterback and four all-conference quality
    receivers, 2019 could be another year of setting records.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    ALABAMA put together the greatest offensive season in its history last year, setting
    school records for points per game (45), passing yards per game (327), yards per
    play (7.8) and total yards per game (522). With Alabama returning more than a
    half a dozen key players, including the quarterback and four all-conference quality
    receivers, 2019 could be another year of setting records.
    Yes, of course. If coached properly, Tua should be much better this year, although it is also true that opposing coaches will have seen some relatively effective defensive tactics in the MSU/UGA/Clemson games that they can work with to slow down Tua. But that's the point of the coaching -- to get him prepared to deal with those tactics.
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    Clover,

    what do you think about the gators scheduling a future home and home vs Colorado?

    while other SEC schools are scheduling home and homes vs ELITE programs, the gators choose Colorado.

    Boss move or soft move??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrofins View Post
    Clover,

    what do you think about the gators scheduling a future home and home vs Colorado?

    while other SEC schools are scheduling home and homes vs ELITE programs, the gators choose Colorado.

    Boss move or soft move??
    Colorado won 10 games in 2016 so you just never know. Their new coach certainly knows Florida well.
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    The SEC went 13-1 in week one last year. The conference can only match that record
    this season with Georgia and Vanderbilt meeting in the opener.

    Week 1 Snapshots:

    *Vanderbilt beat Georgia in 2013 and 2016 and, no, the three year pattern will not continue
    in 2019.

    *Auburn opens the season against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. The Ducks return 17 starters
    plus an established quarterback. Ouch!

    *Ole Miss opens against a dangerous Memphis squad that returns a 3,000 yard passer and a
    1,200 yard rusher.

    *Florida makes a short trip to Orlando to face rival Miami. The Canes enter the game with a
    new coach, new offensive coordinator and new starting quarterback.

    *South Carolina will travel north to Charlotte to face Mack Brown and his North Carolina squad.
    The Gamecocks have almost every conceivable edge in this one with the Tar Heels starting over.

    *Alabama should have demanded a better opponent in the Atlanta matchup against Duke.
    Remember the Louisville opener last year.

    Men, it's almost June...opening kickoff is just around the corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    The SEC went 13-1 in week one last year. The conference can only match that record
    this season with Georgia and Vanderbilt meeting in the opener.

    Week 1 Snapshots:

    *Vanderbilt beat Georgia in 2013 and 2016 and, no, the three year pattern will not continue
    in 2019.

    *Auburn opens the season against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. The Ducks return 17 starters
    plus an established quarterback. Ouch!

    *Ole Miss opens against a dangerous Memphis squad that returns a 3,000 yard passer and a
    1,200 yard rusher.

    *Florida makes a short trip to Orlando to face rival Miami. The Canes enter the game with a
    new coach, new offensive coordinator and new starting quarterback.

    *South Carolina will travel north to Charlotte to face Mack Brown and his North Carolina squad.
    The Gamecocks have almost every conceivable edge in this one with the Tar Heels starting over.

    *Alabama should have demanded a better opponent in the Atlanta matchup against Duke.
    Remember the Louisville opener last year.

    Men, it's almost June...opening kickoff is just around the corner.
    Are lines out yet for week 1 for all games?

    Would love to know the South Carolina/North Carolina line. I think the cocks will take them to the wood shed

    I see UGA winning an ugly low scoring game. Like a 27-6 kind of game

    I think Oregon beats Auburn

    Ole Miss beat up on Memphis last year (i was all over that game)

    The gators should have a 70/30 crowd advantage playing in HOT and humid weather in an evening game. Both teams are used to humid conditions but the best "conditioned" team will win that game and kids could drop like flies in the 2nd half

    The most important part of the Bama/duke game will be the last 5 minutes b/c that is when bama will have the ball and they will need to score that last minuted td to cover the zillion pt spread that they will be favored by
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    KENTUCKY will enter 2019 having beaten South Carolina five games in a row, Missouri
    four straight times and Vanderbilt four out of five. Those positive streaks have been the
    foundation of Mark Stoops' elevation process that has taken the Wildcats from 2-10 in
    2013 to 10-3 last season.

    VANDERBILT has added at least nine transfers to its roster since last season. One, key
    graduate transfer is quarterback Riley Neal who was a three year starter at Ball State
    where he threw for 7,393 career passing yards. He is expected to replace four year
    starter Kyle Shurmur this season.

    MISSOURI is hoping for a reversal by the NCAA Infractions Appeal Committee where
    they have been ruled ineligible for postseason play in 2019 due to sanctions from an
    academic fraud case. The bowl ban means any senior on the Tigers roster can transfer
    to another school this summer and play immediately without penalty in the coming
    season. So far, no one has opted to transfer.
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    Over/Under on Tennessee playing Rocky Top during their game with Alabama.
    (132 times for the game, about 33 times per quarter)

    An Alabama fan and a Tennessee fan, fighting alongside each other for the Allies,
    where captured during World War II and sentenced to die by firing squad. The
    German commander ask the Tennessee fan if he had any last requests. The Vol
    said, "I want to hear 'Rocky Top' on last time." The Bama fan was then asked if
    he had any last requests. "YES, shoot me first!"

    If you have ever been to a Bama/Tennessee game, especially one in Knoxville,
    you know what I mean...…………...
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    Opening Week Schedule

    8/29 Florida - Miami (Orlando)
    8/31 Texas State - Texas A&M
    8/31 Georgia - Vanderbilt
    8/31 Toledo - Kentucky
    8/31 Georgia Southern - LSU
    8/31 Ole Miss - Memphis
    8/31 Miss State - Louisiana (ULL)
    8/31 Alabama - Duke (Atlanta)
    8/31 Portland State - Arkansas
    8/31 Auburn - Oregon (Arlington)
    8/31 South Carolina - North Carolina (Charlotte)
    8/31 Georgia State - Tennessee
    8/31 Missouri - Wyoming
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    Florida - After announcing a home-and-home series with Colorado last week,
    the Gators announced a home-and-home series with Texas. The first game
    of the series will take place in Gainesville on September 7, 2030. Florida will
    then travel to Austin the following season on September 6, 2031. The Gator
    - Colorado series is set for 2028 and 2029.

    Alabama also has a home-and-home series scheduled with the Longhorns.
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    NICK SABAN is the third oldest coach remaining in the Football Bowl Subdivision
    behind Ohio's Frank Solich (74) and North Carolina's Mack Brown (67). Brown, who
    has Saban by a couple of months, played running back at Vanderbilt and Florida
    State, and had five knee surgeries before he started coaching. If Saban and Brown
    coach for five more years, then maybe they'll be around for Urban Meyer's third
    retirement from the sport.

    AUBURN is nearing its fundraising goal for a Football only facility. Athletic Director Allen
    Greene has been working to fund-raise for the new complex, which is expected to cost
    around $60 million to complete, and he hopes to soon be able to present the project
    to the Auburn board of trustees. Head coach Gus Malzahn has made a $2 million donation
    to the project. Auburn's most recent football related project was a $40 million makeover
    to Jordan Hare Stadium.

    GEORGIA announced recently that the Bulldogs will travel to Oklahoma on September 9,
    2023, and the Sooners will play in Athens on September 13, 2031. Georgia's previously
    announced home-and-home series with Power 5 nonconference opponents include two with
    Clemson (2029 at Clemson and 2030 in Athens, and 2032 in Athens and 2033 at Clemson);
    Texas (2028 at Austin and 2029 in Athens); UCLA (2025 in Pasadena and 2026 in Athens);
    and Florida State (2027 in Tallahassee and 2028 in Athens). Georgia also will play in Atlanta's
    Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Virginia in 2020, Oregon in 2022 and Clemson in 2024. Dawg
    fans have some strong nonconference games to look forward to in the near future.
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    There were no SEC COACHING CHANGES this year. Not even Tennessee, who seems to change
    its head football coach on a regular basis didn't make a change. 2005 was the last time SEC teams
    made no changes at the top of their football programs. Here's a breakdown of changes made from
    2006-2019.

    Alabama 1, Auburn 2, Arkansas 3, Florida 3, Georgia 1, Kentucky 2, LSU 1, Miss St. 1, Mo 1
    (from 2012), Ole Miss 3, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 4, Texas AM 2 (from 2012), Vanderbilt 3

    That's 29 HC changes since the 2006 season started. Basically, it's an average of more than two
    changes per team during that stretch, which equals three different HC at each school over the course
    of 13 years. That's also an average of just north of 2 coaching moves made per offseason.

    I've got to believe there will be a change or two after the 2019 season.
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    Athlon ranks SEC quarterbacks going into the 2019 season.

    14. Riley Neal - Vanderbilt
    13. Ben Hicks - Arkansas
    12. Terry Wilson - Kentucky
    11. Joey Gatewood - Auburn
    10. Matt Corral - Ole Miss
    9. Keytaon Thompson - Mississippi St.
    8. Jarrett Fuarantano - Tennessee
    7. Jake Bentley - South Carolina
    6. Joe Burrow - LSU
    5. Kelly Bryant - Missouri
    4. Feleipe Franks - Florida
    3. Kellon Mond - Texas A&M
    2. Jake Fromm - Georgia
    1. Tua Tagovailoa - Alabama

    I might have to disagree with Athlon on the order of a few of these quarterbacks.
    Gatewood may not even start for Auburn. South Carolina's Bentley is overrated
    in my opinion. I've never been a fan of Florida's Franks. I look for A&M Kellon Mond
    to have a big year. Tua and Jake are way better than the others.
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    Auburn - The Tigers play three road games against SEC teams with division title aspirations.
    They don't ease into it, either. They open SEC play in week 4 at Texas A&M. Two weeks later,
    they travel to Florida. Later they visit LSU. That's not an easy road to navigate with a veteran
    quarterback, and it's downright scary with a first-time starter. Presumably, it will be redshirt
    freshman Joey Gatewood, but it's still possible that true freshman Bo Nix could line up under
    center in College Station, The Swamp or Death Valley. Pressure year for coach Gus Malzahn.
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    Alabama - The Tide have NFL-caliber backups at many positions. They overcome juniors leaving
    early for the NFL better than any team in America. The only position where they absolutely have
    to have the starter remain the starter all season is at quarterback. A backup makes them vulner-
    able because there is no Jalen Hurts to turn to in 2019.
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    GEORGIA - The past two years, the Bulldogs owned the SEC East Division in a way most people
    don't realize. Georgia has gone 12-0 against East teams. All of those games were won by at
    least 14 points with an average margin of victory of 25.3 points per contest. The East team
    that's been the closest to them on average over the past two seasons (smallest margin of defeat)
    was South Carolina.

    Missouri is the only East Division team the past two years to score 28 points in a single game
    against Georgia. In fact, non-Missouri East teams averaged 12 points per game against the Dawgs
    the past two seasons.

    Georgia played 720 minutes of football against East opponents the past two years, and trailed
    for just 9 minutes and 38 seconds. That's 1.3 percent of the time Georgia was on the field.

    Georgia beat three East opponents who were ranked last year and all of those wins were away
    from home by at least 3 scores.

    Now, who's going to be the first East team to lose by fewer than 14 points? Who can actually
    hold a lead against Georgia for more than 7 minutes? Who will reach 30 points? And can
    anyone form the East, actually beat the Bulldogs?
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    SEC and more....by the numbers.

    (11): Alabama and Clemson have combined to win 11 of the past 12 college football playoff games.

    (1-8): Jimmy's record at Michigan against top-10 opponents. Jimmy is now hard at work planning
    next year's world tour for his team.

    (10): Number of starters returning on Oregon's offense, led by star quarterback Justin Herbert. Can
    this help the Pac-12 stay in the playoff hunt?

    (40-1): Alabama's record against all non-Clemson teams in the past three years. Bama is 1-2 against
    the Tigers.

    (20 +): Clemson enters 2019 having won 10 consecutive games by 20 or more points, tied for the
    longest streak since 1936.

    (125): ESPN 300 recruits who signed with SEC schools, the most by any conference in the 14 years
    ESPN has done recruiting rankings.

    (2001): The last year a first year coach (Larry Coker, Miami) won a national championship. Can Ohio
    State's Ryan Day do the same?

    (21-5): Army's record over the past two seasons, better than all Division 1 teams except Alabama,
    Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Georgia. Salute!

    (79): Percentage of Texas' touchdowns last season accounted for by quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the
    highest for a Big 12 player since 2011.

    (85.1): The total QBR for Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm in 2018, behind only Kyler Murray and
    Tua Tagovailoa.

    (1-12): Don't expect USC to pull off many upsets. The Trojans are just 1-12 straight up and 2-11
    against the spread as Dogs under Clay Helton.

    (1-11): UConn's record last season against the spread. Over the past 5 years, the Huskies are a
    money burning 16-40-2 ATS, the worst mark of any team in the FBS.

    (14-3-1): The number of games Texas coach Tom Herman has covered during his career against
    top-25 teams.

    (13-3-1): The number of games Northwestern has covered as an underdog their past 17 games,
    including a 7-1-1 mark with 6 outright wins as a dog in 2018.

    (1-9): Jimmy's record at Michigan against AP top-25 teams. Even worse, in the 5 games Jimmy's
    team was favored, the Wolverines were 0-5 ATS with 4 outright losses.

    (9-2-1): The number that Washington State posted against the spread last year, best in FBS.
    Amazing what the Pirate does with all those 3star recruits.

    (69%): Since Lincoln Riley took over at Oklahoma, 19 of the Sooners 28 games have gone
    over the total.

    (6): The underdog has covered in six straight championship games. That includes 3 of the
    5 college football playoff championship games.

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