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The year in review in the SEC

The year in review in the SEC

Listed here are all 14 SEC teams, split into divisions, with their current records in bold type and our preseason predictions in italic type. And for those who have forgotten TideFans.com’s preseason picks for college football’s inaugural final four playoff, our picks included Florida State in second, Alabama in third and Ohio State in fourth. The team we missed? Read on to find out.

SECCG wrap-up: Tigers can’t play spoiler to Bama’s storybook run

This may not be the most dominating Alabama team in the school’s long, multi-championship history. But it is one of the most likable.

Every time Nick Saban talks about the 2014 edition of the Crimson Tide, his genuine affection for the team comes flooding out. Unlike the 2013 team, which suffered from leadership-related short circuits on both sides of the ball, the 2014 Alabama team is a strange combination of lunchpail mentality with the quick-strike ability of a coiled rattlesnake. The offense is led by the country’s unlikeliest elite quarterback, who is built like a sawed-off fireplug, runs like a whippet and has an uncanny knack for rising to the occasion.

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SECCG preview: Missouri, like Auburn, is a dangerous breed of Tiger

It’s hard to say how much of a contender Missouri is, given the sorry state of the SEC East. But it’s just as hard to say whether the SEC West’s two breeds of Tigers – the Auburn and LSU varieties – are more dangerous than the ones from the Show-Me State.

Because Missouri’s Tigers have done one thing that neither LSU nor Auburn showed capable of doing in 2014: They took care of business when they had to. Despite getting blown out by Georgia, Missouri managed to find a way to win six straight SEC games to close the season, four of those against bowl teams, three of them on the road. Missouri would be getting national title mentions right now if not for posting arguably the worst – or at least, the costliest – loss of any Power 5 school, a 31-27 jaw-dropper to Indiana.

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Missouri

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Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded. Seniors are in black, juniors previously on the team are in green, junior college transfers in their junior year are in purple, junior college transfers in their sophomore year are in […]

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Auburn wrap-up: Movie-like finish gives new meaning to ‘Finish’

One of the most beloved moments in Alabama’s pregame video montage is a set of highlights strung together over a symphonic score, while one-word phrases are superimposed over the images.

“Grit,” “Toughness” and “Comebacks” are some of the selections, the video eventually fading out over an image of the late Paul “Bear” Bryant” being carried off the field by his players, with the word “Class” chosen for that final remembrance.

Alabama’s 2014 win over Auburn could give rise to an entire video based around a single word – “Resilience.”

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 24, 2014 If there’s a box Nick Saban has yet to fully check off at Alabama, it’s the one marked “dominate one’s in-state rival.” Despite talking about dominating Auburn “365 days a year” in his introductory press conference, it just hasn’t happened. In Saban’s seven seasons at Alabama, […]

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Auburn

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Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded. Seniors are in black, juniors previously on the team are in green, junior college transfers in their junior year are in purple, junior college transfers in their sophomore year are in […]

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 14

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  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 24, 2014 Last week’s record: 7-1 (87.5%) Season record: 78-24 (76.5%) The Predictions Dept. had a nice Week 13, setting up the final week of the regular season and our last chance to significantly improve our mediocre season mark. The top games this week are no doubt the […]

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 23, 2014 Let’s just be honest about it: Western Carolina was paid to lose. No, Alabama didn’t have an under-the-table deal. No Division-IA school ever does when it hosts a Division-IAA school. Michigan certainly didn’t when then-D1AA Appalachian State upset the Wolverines in Ann Arbor and ultimately cost […]

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  By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Nov. 18, 2014 After back-to-back critical games against LSU and Mississippi State, and with the Auburn game looming in two weeks, Alabama may be looking at this week’s game against Western Carolina as somewhat of a break. And that’s probably the right idea. Nick Saban might pull his hair […]

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