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    MISSOURI, somewhat of a dark horse pick to win the division last season, and that
    might be the case again this year. The Tigers have to shore up a defense that has
    a tendency to give up big yardage plays though. With transfer Kelly Bryant (Clemson)
    and a boat load of skill players, the potential of the offense makes the Tigers an inter-
    ing and dangerous team. The defense needs to improve and become more of a shut
    down unit for this team to improve on last year's 8-5 record. Six returning starters
    will form the foundation for this year's defense.

    *The Tigers are 40-9 SU and 31-14 ATS the last six years in games where they out
    gained their opponent.

    *The Tigers have not had a winning record in SEC play the past four seasons.
    (1-7, 2-6, 4-4, 4-4)
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    Quick Hits

    *Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed away July 3rd at the age of
    38 from heart and kidney complications. The "Hefty Lefty" is Kentucky's career pass
    leader with 10,354 yards, ranking him eight in SEC history. Mr. Lorenzen also won
    a super bowl ring as a back up for the New York Giants.

    *In 2019, the state of Mississippi produced 16 players ranked as four or five star
    prospects in the 247Sports composite rankings, the fifth most of any state behind
    Texas, California, Florida and Georgia.

    *In the last five years, 68 of 71 offensive linemen named to an All-American team
    have played for a Power 5 team and 17 of those 68 players have come from the
    Southeastern Conference.

    *Tennessee has made a bowl five times in the past eleven seasons marking the fewest
    bowl bids during that span by any team in the Southeastern Conference. This year
    the Volunteers play eight home games and does not play a nonconference opponent
    from a Power 5 conference. I believe they will get a bowl bid this season.

    *SEC Media Days will start July 15-July 18 in Birmingham, Alabama. Much of the event
    will be televised by the SEC Network and ESPN. The schedule for coaches are:

    Monday, July 15 - Dan Mullen, Fla.....Ed Oregeron, LSU.....Barry Odom, Missouri
    Tuesday, July 16 - Kirby Smart, Ga.....Matt Luke, Ole Ms.....Jeremy Pruitt, Tn.....Jimbo Fisher, Tx A&M
    Wednesday, July 17 - Nick Saban, Ala.....Chad Morris, Ark.....Joe Moorhead, Ms St.....Will Muschamp, SC
    Friday, July 18 - Gus Malzahn, Aub…..Mark Stoops, Ky.....Derek Mason, Vandy

    Needless to say, Wednesday will be the big day for fans. The place will be overflowing.
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    SEC Win Totals (Fan Duel Sportsbook)

    Alabama - 11 -130
    Georgia - 11 +130
    LSU - 9 +100
    Florida - 9 +100
    Auburn - 8 -108
    Miss State - 8 -108
    Texas AM - 7.5 -114
    Missouri - 7.5 -180
    Kentucky - 6.5 -130
    Tennessee - 6.5 -135
    South Carolina - 6 +120
    Ole Miss - 5 +100
    Arkansas - 5 +100
    Vanderbilt - 5 +140
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    Vanderbilt - Derek Mason is entering his sixth season in Nashville with an 8-32 SEC
    conference record. Mason stands 24-38 overall including three straight wins over
    big in-state rival Tennessee. Mason will welcome back 7 starters on offense and 4 or
    5 on defense. Commodore teams have been well coached under Mason but keeping
    up with an improving SEC East is proving difficult. The offensive line must replace
    three starters who combined for 35 starts in 2018. The defensive line must replace
    all starters and is mainly unproven. The back end of the defense has even more to
    prove after losing 3 key starters. The lines on both sides of the ball are sure to suffer
    early lumps against Georgia, Purdue and LSU to open the 2019 season. The key for
    the Dores season will be developing in time for a season ending five game stretch that
    includes visits to South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.

    Georgia.....@Purdue.....LSU.....Northern Illinois.....@Ole Miss.....UNLV.....Missouri.....
    @South Carolina.....@Florida.....Kentucky.....East Tennessee.....@Tennessee

    Trend of the Day

    The Vanderbilt Commodores are 0-18 straight up and 2-16 against the spread in Game
    six of the season the last 18 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    SEC Win Totals (Fan Duel Sportsbook)

    Alabama - 11 -130
    Georgia - 11 +130
    LSU - 9 +100
    Florida - 9 +100
    Auburn - 8 -108
    Miss State - 8 -108
    Texas AM - 7.5 -114
    Missouri - 7.5 -180
    Kentucky - 6.5 -130
    Tennessee - 6.5 -135
    South Carolina - 6 +120
    Ole Miss - 5 +100
    Arkansas - 5 +100
    Vanderbilt - 5 +140

    I'll definitely get down on the LSU OVER 9, Ole Miss OVER 5, Vanderbilt UNDER 5 and I LOVE A$M UNDER 7.5
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    Preseason Top 25s are starting to drop now and NCAA.com is just the latest
    to release its ratings. Seven SEC teams are included.

    1. Clemson.....2. ALABAMA.....3. Ohio State.....4. GEORGIA.....5. Oklahoma

    6. Michigan.....7. LSU.....8. FLORIDA.....9. Texas.....10. Notre Dame

    11. TEXAS AM.....12. Oregon.....13. Penn State.....14. Washington.....15. Utah

    16. Wisconsin.....17. AUBURN.....18. Iowa.....19. Central Florida.....20. Nebraska

    21. Virginia Tech.....22. Michigan St.....23. MISSOURI.....24. Northwestern.....25. Boise St.
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    2019 Returning Starters
    *QB Returns
    **Obviously, when the season starts, some numbers may need adjusting.

    Team...……………….Offense.....Defense......Total
    Alabama...……………..6*…………...6...…………..12
    Arkansas...…………….6...…………..6...…………..12
    Auburn...………………..7...………….7...…………..14
    Florida...………………..5*…………...8...…………..13
    Georgia...……………...6*…………...7...…………..13
    Kentucky...…………….4*…………...4...…………...8
    LSU...…………………….8*…………….6...…………...14
    Ole Miss...……………..3...………….10...…………..13
    Miss State...………….7...…………..4...…………...11
    Missouri...……………..7...…………..6...…………...13
    S. Carolina...………..7*…………….7...…………….14
    Tennessee...…………10*…………..7...…………...17
    Texas A&M...………..7*…………….4...…………….11
    Vanderbilt...………….7...…………..5...…………….12

    Most teams, other than Kentucky have a decent foundation returning.
    Eight teams return starting quarterbacks.
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    Arkansas - The 2018 season is almost here and the countdown can't start soon enough
    for the Razorback faithful hoping to erase the memories of 2018. Chad Morris is supposed
    to have brought a high-powered offense to Arkansas. Putting the "hammer down" in the
    "left lane" was his promise during his introductory press conference and seemingly every
    other time he met with the media until the Hogs played an actual game under him. But
    once the team faced competition outside of practice, it became very clear Arkansas' offense
    wouldn't be finding the "fast lane" anytime soon. Don't expect that to change quickly in
    2019. This program is still at least one more season away. Morris didn't win a conference
    game last year but played Texas A&M and LSU to 7 point games giving hope for a SEC win
    this season. Considering how many young players are about to receive a ton of playing
    time, I'm thinking a league win would be a major step in the right direction.

    Trend of the Day

    The Arkansas Razorbacks are 11-1 against the spread after playing Auburn. Say it ain't
    so Hog fans...Alabama follows Auburn this season October 26. GL
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    SEC Quarterbacks - Alabama's Tua Tagavailoa and Georgia's Jake Fromn are generally
    rated the top two signal callers in the SEC for 2019, if not for the entire country. Take
    a look at some others.....

    *Jake Bently (SC) - Bently has a legitimate shot to be the Gamecocks' all-time leader
    in passing yards and touchdowns by the end of the season, but he's been inconsistent
    accuracy wise during his career.

    *Kelly Bryant (Mo) - Bryant has never taken a snap in the Southeastern Conference, but
    he did lead Clemson to a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2017. Despite losing his
    job to freshman Trevor Lawrence, he's 16-2 as a college starter.

    *Joe Burrow (LSU) - Burrow is considered largely as a game manager for the Tiger offense,
    but that was a vast improvement over what the offense had had in the previous decade
    or so before him. He threw just five interceptions in 379 attempts last season, but he was
    sacked 35 times.

    *Feleipe Franks (Fla) - Franks still has accuracy issues and tends to hold onto the ball too
    long at times, but he showed vast improvement under Dan Mullen last season. He needs
    to keep improving for the Gators to have a shot at Georgia in the East.

    *Kellon Mond (A&M) - In his first season working with Jimbo Fisher, Mond broke the 3,000
    yard mark passing. He is also the leading returning rusher among SEC quarterbacks with
    474 yards and 7 touchdowns.

    *Auburn, Mississippi State, and Arkansas have interesting quarterback battles going on to
    see who will be the starter. Fall camp will probably determine who wins the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    *Kelly Bryant (Mo) - Bryant has never taken a snap in the Southeastern Conference, but
    he did lead Clemson to a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2017. Despite losing his
    job to freshman Trevor Lawrence, he's 16-2 as a college starter.
    At least he has faced plenty of SEC competition, with a win over Auburn in Clemson, a win over USC in Columbia, and a win over the Aggies in College Station to go along with a loss to Alabama in the playoff. What's your opinion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    SEC Quarterbacks - Alabama's Tua Tagavailoa and Georgia's Jake Fromn are generally
    rated the top two signal callers in the SEC for 2019, if not for the entire country.
    The only question for me is whether the gap between Tua and Fromm is bigger than the gap between Fromm and the third-best QB in the conference. What's your opinion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mws View Post
    The only question for me is whether the gap between Tua and Fromm is bigger than the gap between Fromm and the third-best QB in the conference. What's your opinion?
    Tua and Jake are first round draft picks. Not sure any of the other quarterbacks rate at that level. The third best behind the two
    is A&M's Mond in my opinion. Guessing he's headed for a big year, even with that tough schedule.
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    Coaches - Every SEC coach returns from last season but some of them probably need
    better results to keep their jobs. Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Ole Miss' Matt Luke, Vandy's
    Derek Mason and South Carolina's Will Muschamp have led their respective programs
    for at least three years. They haven't created sustained success. Malzahn must find
    a quarterback, Luke replaced both coordinators, Mason hasn't finished with a winning
    record, Muschamp's Gamecocks went 7-6 last year. It will interesting to see who steps
    up and who takes a walk.

    *Nick Saban is a 50 percent bet when Alabama plays non-conference teams with a 25-25
    against the spread record.
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    Coordinators - Half the conference replaced at least one coordinator during the
    offseason, with three teams (Ole Miss, Tenn, Ga) replacing both positions. Six
    of the new coordinators are on the offensive side of the ball, and LSU hired Joe
    Brady to restructure its passing game. The majority of the conference offensive
    schemes probably won't change much, but the success or failure of these new
    coordinators can determine the outcome of the Southeastern Conference.

    *Ole Miss coach Matt Luke enters his third season in Oxford with a 3-12 against
    the spread record in conference play.
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    Georgia - The Dawgs have emerged as a national contender under Kirby Smart, and
    it has represented the SEC East in the conference championship game the past two
    seasons. The rest of the division looks murky behind the Bulldogs. Florida has shown
    improvement under Dan Mullens, who verbally prodded Georgia a couple times this
    offseason. After the Gators, not sure any other teams are capable of reaching the
    SEC title game. Kentucky lost its best players. South Carolina regressed last year
    and Missouri is appealing NCAA sanctions, which included a bowl ban. Tennessee
    and Vanderbilt will look to the future for any challenge to the East crown.

    *The Georgia Bulldogs have scored 31 or more points in 20 of their last 24 victories
    under Kirby Smart.
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    Overtime Rule - Following last seasons 7 overtime game between LSU and Texas A&M,
    the Southeastern Conference has put in place new overtime rules meant to reduce the
    likelihood of any extended games. The new rule has to do with overtime scoring and
    requires each team to employ a two point try beginning with the 5th overtime period.
    The rule also allows for a mandatory two-minute break period in the absence of a media
    timeout after the second and fourth overtime periods. The LSU/A&M marathon lasted
    nearly five hours last year.

    *LSU coach Ed Orgeron is 21-11 (65.6%) against the spread as the school's head coach.
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    Mark Richt and Kirby Smart first three seasons at Georgia are almost identical.

    First year: Richt 8-4, Smart 8-5
    Second year: Richt 13-1, SEC title, No. 3 poll finish. Smart 13-2, SEC title, No. 2 poll
    Third year: Richt 11-3, No. 7 poll finish. Smart 11-3, No. 7 poll finish

    Ain't that something...………….
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    Wow -- that is amazing.
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    Offensive Lines - In the Southeastern Conference, games are won and lost in the
    trenches, which means you better have a good offensive line. Therefore, it should
    be no surprise that many of the teams in the mix to win the SEC East and West
    have some elite players up front. Ranking SEC offensive lines:

    1. Georgia
    2. Alabama
    3. Missouri
    4. Auburn
    5. LSU

    These five teams have plenty of NFL talent up front, and that goes a long way when
    facing many of the league's elite defensive linemen.
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