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Alabama is one of the most interesting teams in college football in 2014, if for no other reason that a team one play away from a possible shot at a national championship, returning a nucleus of top talent and poised for yet another title run, is actually a team in transition. A new offensive coordinator is in town, the quarterback position is completely up in the air and changes are expected on the defensive side of the ball to correct a downward trend, particularly in front seven performance.
Alabama is now the employer of one Lane Kiffin, former Tennessee head coach, NCAA scofflaw and general spoiled brat. At least that’s what he’s been in the eyes of Alabama fans until now. These days, he’s the hopeful savior of Alabama’s balanced, but ground-oriented offensive attack built around the idea that beating an opponent into a bloody coma is the pinnacle of college football strategy. But the ultimate determiner of style may be decided by which quarterback wins the starting job.
While college football might be a numbers game to some, putting objective numbers down to predict a team’s chances in the upcoming season can be a challenge – some say impossible.
The system we present to you tries to do the impossible. What follows is a ranking of every position group of every team in the SEC, and we try to make the results as objective as we can.
Via a process that first went to press nine years ago, TideFans/NARCAS expanded its rating system beyond the simple six-class system employed in the past. In all 14 SEC previews, you’ll notice eight unit divisions – quarterbacks (QB), running backs (RB), wide receivers and tight ends (WR), offensive line (OL), defensive line (DL), linebackers (LB), defensive backs (DB) and kickers, punters, return men and coverage units (ST, for special teams).Continue reading …
Projected 2014 SEC standings SEC East SEC West Team Overall SEC Team Overall SEC 1. Georgia 12-1 8-0 1. Alabama 11-1 7-1 2. South Carolina 11-1 7-1 2. LSU 10-2 6-2 3. Florida 7-5 4-4 3. Auburn 9-3 5-3 4. Missouri 7-5 4-4 4. Ole Miss 9-3 5-3 5. Vanderbilt 6-6 2-6 5. Texas A&M […]Continue reading …
TideFans.com/NARCAS Preseason 2014 All-SEC team OFFENSE WR Amari Cooper, UA Laquon Treadwell, OM Damiere Byrd, USC WR Sammie Coates, AU Marquez North, UT Malcolm Mitchell, UGA TE Malcolm Johnson, MSU O.J. Howard, UA C.J. Uzomah, AU T John Theus, UGA Austin Shepherd, UA Corey Robinson, USC G Alex Kozan, AU Vadal Alexander, LSU Spencer Pulley, […]Continue reading …
One of the side effects to consistently signing classes that are stocked top-to-bottom with talent is that it gets difficult to project who will end up playing and who will finish the season with “RS” posted next to his name.
While nothing is certain until fall camp is over, here’s a look at the incoming freshmen and transfer signees on the 2014 Alabama football team, and a quick assessment of which players are most likely to play or not play during the upcoming season.Continue reading …
For the past 16 years, TideFans.com has broken out its crystal ball to select who we thought would be likely to win such awards as SEC Coach of the Year, or which coach would find themselves on the hotseat.
Change is needed from time to time, and this article – we’ll call it our 2014 Emerging Trends analysis – will serve to replace the venerable crystal ball, which has been dropped, cracked and cloudied too many times to be useful anymore.
Instead, each SEC team will get its time under the microscope, and we’ll attempt to offer some insight behind the numbers that will come in future articles as we head towards the start of the regular season.Continue reading …
When Alabama football officially gets cranked back up for fall practice, the Jacob Coker Watch will start approximately 1 millisecond afterward.
Unfortunately for Coker, the expectations for him, which are already high, will simply continue to snowball over the course of the summer. And if Coker doesn’t come right out of the gate looking like some combination of Joe Namath, Peyton Manning, Y.A. Tittle, an M1A1 Abrams tank and Secretariat, the fan backlash could be the biggest thing since … well, since the last second of the 2013 Auburn game. There is no meltdown like that of an angry Alabama fan.Continue reading …
The problem with draft prospects telling reporters that they’ve “received a second-round grade,” for instance, is that NFL teams blow more smoke than the Marlboro Man in a bowling alley bar.
Along those lines, the results of the 2014 NFL Draft, from an Alabama players’ perspective, went about the way everyone expected. Not every Bama player with a draft grade got drafted, and some fell far below their expected position. With the exception of quarterback A.J. McCarron’s free-fall into the fifth round, and perhaps the fact that Anthony Steen went undrafted, there were no major surprises.
Here’s a recap of Alabama’s draft picks, compared to where TideFans.com projected them in two prior articles.Continue reading …
For a fan base that was on the edge of its seats Saturday, watching with great interest the battle at quarterback, A-Day didn’t tell them much. Thanks to A-Day rules which completely remove QB scrambles from the list of possible outcomes – anything wearing a black jersey is considered “sacked” if they so happen to get breathed upon by a defensive lineman – Blake Sims might as well have been a boat anchor. A-Day ended up being a poor barometer of Sims’ skill set, and the quarterback competition is no clearer now than it was prior to the game.Continue reading …
It may be tax day, but presumptive Alabama draftees are less concerned with taxes and more concerned with stocks.
And we don’t mean of the Dow Jones variety.
Now that pro days have concluded, here’s a brief look at where we projected Alabama’s players a few weeks ago, and whether they’ve done anything to raise or lower their value as draft day approaches.Continue reading …