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J. They had to find a way to do one better, so they decided to send a second team to the title game. When Alabama and LSU met, it really should have been the second time that this big game had been played between conference rivals that had played a tight game in the regular season. In 2006, we felt that Michigan and Ohio State should have played for the national championship, because Ohio State’s home field advantage was 5.5 points, and the Buckeyes won by three in the regular season. Of course, Florida showed Ohio State that the SEC was too powerful.

The last time the SEC did not win the title, Vince Young quarterbacked Texas to a last minute win over Southern California, with Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and LenDale White.

With the addition of Missouri and Texas A the SEC needed another bowl contract, so now this league has ten bowl tieins.

Texas A has three other major tieins with the SEC. Three famous SEC coaches had raidersofficialonline.com/99_lamarr_houston_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap Aggie ties. General Robert Neyland played football for a season at A before he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy. Bear Bryant was the A coach prior to taking over at his alma mater. Gene Stallings played for Bryant at A and later became the head coach there. Stallings became the coach at Alabama and won a national championship there.

Missouri has one gigantic contribution to not just the SEC but to all college football. The Tigers were the team that first introduced the option play to football. Coach Don Faurot, the father of the SplitT offense, first began to use the regular (double option) at Missouri. The splitt was the forerunner of the veer and wishbone offenses and even today’s zone read option from the spread formation.

The SEC media poll featured 222 voters. Here is how the voting went.

Can year two of the Coach Will Muschamp era in Gainesville replicate the feats of the two previous coaching geniuses at the Swamp? In Steve Spurrier’s second year, the Gators went 70 in the SEC. In Urban Meyer’s second year, Florida won a national championship.

Muschamp returns 10 defensive starters, although one of those (end Ronald Powell) is injured and will not be available until October. The Gators were stingy last year, giving up 20 points and 300 yards per game, and this group could chop those numbers down to 17 points and 275 yards per game this year.

Up front, Sharrif Floyd and Omar Hunter form an excellent tandem at tackle. Floyd does more than protect his linebackers; he gets into the offensive backfield and disrupts running plays. Ends Lerentee McCray and Dominique Easley both registered 7 tackles for loss last year. McCray actually played linebacker last year and switches to the “buck” end (part end/part linebacker).

Speaking of linebacker, the Gators’ top defensive player returns to the Mike position. Jonathan Bostic led the Gators with 94 tackles. He recorded three sacks and 10 total tackles for loss. Jelani Jenkins can do it all; he can blitz and dump a passer; he can stop a runner for little or no gain; and he can cover a receiver in the underneath zones like a cornerback.

The Gators have an excellent group of defensive backs. All four starters from last year are back, as well as the nickel and the top reserve. Safety Matt Elam is a smaller version of Jenkins; he can fill up a stat sheet with sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions and passes defended.

The offense lacked the oomph that past Gator teams had. The scoring average dropped to its lowest number since 1992. In SEC, the Gators failed to average 300 yards per game. Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis took the Kansas job, and former Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease takes over.

Pease does not have a Kellen Moore passing to Titus Young and Austin Pettis. In fact, the Gators don’t even have a solid number one quarterback. Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett are liable to continue competing for the starting job well into the season. Driskel will start against Bowling Green on Saturday, but he has not secured the spot. In limited action for both last year, they teamed for 354 yards and two touchdowns against six interceptions. Neither completed 50% of his passes.

With the losses of Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, last year’s number three back takes over as starter. Mike Gillislee actually had the highest rushing average of the trio, as he rushed for 5.9 yards per try.

Muschamp doesn’t have a big star among his wideouts, but Andre Dubose made the most of his 16 catches last year. He averaged 27 yards per reception and scored four touchdowns. Frankie Hammond, Quinton Dunbar, tight end Jordan Reed and fullback Trey Burton give the QBs multiple aboveaverage receivers, but none of these guys will become allAmericans.

The offensive line must deal with an injury to tackle Matt Patchan, but there is enough depth in the trenches to keep the offense moving. Guards Jon Halapio and James Wilson join center Jonotthan Harrison in the middle.

Caleb Sturgis is the top kicker in the league. He was 100% accurate on PATs, and he connected on 22 of 26 field goal attempts. Two of those four misses were from 50 or more yards. He made three from 50 or more, including a 55yarder.

The Gators have a weird schedule this year, because they were saddled with putting both Texas A and Missouri on their slate. UF closes their conference schedule on November 3, and then they play three nonconference games to end the season. In past years, they always took advantage of playing two patsies prior to the Tennessee game. Now, they have a trip to Texas A the week before heading to Knoxville. We like this team’s talent and think they could compete for the East Division crown, but the Gators will have a hard time splitting their first four league games.

The Bulldogs lost their first two games and their last two games, but won the 10 games in between last year. Those four losses came to teams that went a combined 476.

Coach Mark Richt welcomes back his starting quarterback and five of his top six receivers. Aaron Murray is one of three potential AllAmerican quarterbacks in the SEC. He tossed 35 touchdown passes, while completing 59% of his passes for 3,149 yards.

Murray has three receivers returning that caught 30 or more passes. Tavarres King had 47; Malcolm Mitchell had 45; and Michael Bennett had 32. King and Mitchell can burn a secondary with a quick six.

The loss of Isaiah Lamarr Houston Authentic Jersey Crowell may end up being addition by subtraction. Ken Malcome will try to hold off a couple of true freshmen. Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley were both highlyrated running backs.

The one area of concern on this side of the ball is in the trenches. There are no big stars here, and one of the expected starters (Kolton Houston) cannot gain eligibility because he continues to test positive for a banned steroid used on an injury two years ago during a shoulder surgery. Two line starters are back.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham did a great job with the defense last year, as UGA gave up just 277 yards per game. With 12 of the top 13 tacklers returning, the Junkyard Dogs will continue to bark.

Let’s start at linebacker, where the ‘Dogs are loaded at this spot, possibly the tops in the land. Jarvis Jones frequently made it to the drop back point Lamarr Houston Black Jersey before the quarterback! He led the SEC with 13 sacks, and he added six more tackles for loss. Unbelievably, he was credited with 49 QB hurries. Michael Gilliard finished third on the team with 65 tackles, and he was a jack of all trades with a pair of sacks, seven TFL, and four passes defended. A couple of linebackers, Chase Vasser and Alec Ogletree face one game suspensions, but the Bulldogs can beat Buffalo without them.

The threeman defensive line returns intact this year. Nose tackle John Jenkins tips the scale at more than 350 pounds. He can sit and take up two gaps. Ends Abry Jones and Cornelius Washington teamed up for nine sacks and 49 QB hurries.

The secondary benefitted from an excellent pass rush, and they responded by allowing less than 51% www.raidersofficialonline.com/99_lamarr_houston_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html completions and 176 passing yards per game. Safety Shawn Williams led the Bulldogs with 72 tackles and four interceptions. His counterpart at the other safety position is Bacarri Rambo, a first team AllAmerican, is one of a handful of players facing a suspension at the beginning of the year.
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