Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Three SEC Predictions for the Upcoming 2012 NCAA Season
Done in collaboration with loyal reader Jessie. The SEC promises to have one of the most competitive conferences for the upcoming 2012 NCAA season. Texas A&M and Missouri both join the conference to have a chance to make their name in the league. LSU is the current SEC champion but early on, there are some who thinks that Georgia is the new big dog in the conference. Georgia Defense Could Help Them Take SEC Georgia's Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham took a struggling Georgia defense and turned them into a top-ranked defensive team last year by operating the 3-4 type of defense. This year, expect more from Grantham now with more experience in defense, they could surely take the next step. One of the weak spot of the squad is their offensive line. With a cast of new characters on the offensive line, the Dawgs could be vulnerable in early games. Fortunately, they have a pretty weak out-of-conference schedule that should give them time to adjust their offensive plays. Missouri and South Carolina may be their toughest opponents this coming season, but should they survive those, one of the best universities in college football could be well on their way to a 12 win season and a SEC title. Arkansas Had Down Year Yet Still Wins 10 Arkansas' off season scandals will clearly have an impact on the Razorbacks. In addition, they lost Bobby Petrino and their two best receivers to the NFL. However, they still have Tyler Wilson at quarterback position. Wilson threw 24 TD's last year, 6 interceptions and passed for 3,638 yards. In addition, the Razorbacks get Knile Davis back after coming off a season-killing ankle injury. He rushed for 13 TD's and 1,322 yards in 2010. This could be the season for us to look back and find out how they became great players. The Razorbacks probably won't take the SEC title, but they will still do well enough to win 10 games. Bobby who? Vanderbilt....Wins? Vanderbilt is the SEC's proverbial whipping boy, having just one winning season since 1982. They were on the cusps of having a solid year last year, but losing 5 games by a touchdown or less ended up killing the Commodores potential winner. Zac Stacy rushed for 14 TD's last year and 1,193 yards, which is something that we are force to reckon with this year in the SEC. Head coach James Franklin may finally have the tools to take the Commodores to an above .500 record. Expect the Commodores to finish the season around the 8 win mark.