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2015 Previews: Rating the Units

  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief 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 […]

2015 Previews: Who’s up, who’s down heading into 2015

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Last year, TideFans.com rolled out its first truly new preseason feature in years, the Emerging Trends analysis. It was an attempt to take a view from 30,000 feet of the SEC landscape and open a discussion on both the short- and long-term futures of each team. While we got most […]

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MSU wrap-up: Tide coming together at the right time

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MSU wrap-up: Tide coming together at the right time

Given that top-ranked Mississippi State was an underdog in Saturday’s game, it would be incorrect to call this Alabama win an upset.

It would, however, be appropriate for college football’s new Playoff Committee to finally acknowledge what the oddsmakers were trying to tell them beforehand: Alabama is probably the best, most complete team in college football right now.

Oregon will probably claim its high-flying offense makes it the most dangerous; Florida State can point to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and its undefeated record and claim it’s the best team in the land. But Alabama is beginning to win games with defense, sort of an anachronism in today’s college football world, and as de rigueur as high-powered offenses are at the moment, a strong defense beats a strong offense most of time, as much as that might chafe those in an around the sport that have become addicted to points.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 3

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 3

A soft schedule in Week 2 helped the Predictions Dept. ride to an undefeated record, although South Carolina at least attempted to make it interesting in its close win over East Carolina. This week, the Gamecocks are again part of the most intriguing conference matchup, as they fight for their SEC East lives in a matchup with Georgia, while Tennessee will get a chance to put its money where its mouth is, as the Volunteers face Oklahoma.

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From Polls to Playoff, Part 2: The System Breaks

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From Polls to Playoff, Part 2: The System Breaks

Beginning in 1936, the Associated Press ranked the nation’s top twenty football teams and awarded a national championship at the end of the regular season. Although bowl games (usually somewhere between five and seven) existed in these early days, the bowls were not taken into account when determining the national champion. There were several reasons the bowls were not included, including maintaining the amateur emphasis of college football, the fact the bowls were exhibitions, and the fact that most schools or conferences attempted to share the wealth by forbidding teams from attending the same bowl game in consecutive years.

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2014 Previews: Rating the Units

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2014 Previews: Rating the Units

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).

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2014 Previews: Projected SEC standings and top 25

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2014 Previews: Projected SEC standings and top 25

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 […]

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2014 Previews: Who’s up, who’s down heading into 2014

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2014 Previews: Who’s up, who’s down heading into 2014

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.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 8

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 8

The Predictions Dept. should have followed its hunch about the Missouri-Georgia game, once again proving the point about nothing ventured, nothing gained. Missouri once again finds itself in the game of the week against Florida, a game that could well decide the fate of the SEC East.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 7

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 7

Hugh Freeze, in addition to trying to rewrite the way offense is played in the SEC, is apparently trying to rewrite the punt. Freeze’s brain-lock – and a healthy dose of plain, old overrated-ness – conspired to give the Predictions Dept. its first loss in three weeks. This week’s slate of games is headlined by Florida visiting LSU, which will end one team’s hopes of reaching Atlanta, while Ole Miss’ season looks ready to go from mediocre to much worse as the Rebels host Texas A&M.

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