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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 2

SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 2

All things considered, a 10-3 week wasn’t a bad start for The Predictions Dept., given the level of craziness SEC teams displayed in some of their respective openers. The biggest upset, by rank, was Wisconsin’s surprise victory over LSU that put Les Miles back on the hotseat. But South Alabama beating Mississippi State may have been even more shocking. The quality of games this week takes a nosedive, as it almost always does in Week 2, with the Tennessee-Virginia Tech NASCAR crossover at Bristol Motor Speedway probably taking the prize as the most interesting spectacle.

SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 1

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 1

As usual, the top game on the opening-week slate belongs to Alabama, but Auburn faces Clemson in a strong undercard matchup, while Ole Miss battles Florida State in a game that could have playoff implications. Here’s our look at all the games for the opening week:

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2016 Previews: Rating the units of SEC teams

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2016 Previews: Rating the units of SEC teams

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.

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Tide hands flailing Tigers another SEC defeat

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Tide hands flailing Tigers another SEC defeat

Alabama spread the scoring wealth Saturday, as five players scored 11 or more points in an 80-71 thumping of Missouri at Coleman Coliseum.

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

The addition of Jamar King at the last moment brought Alabama up to a rating of “Excellent” in the “Needs Filled” category; otherwise, it would have been hard to rank the Crimson Tide No. 1 in the country overall over Florida State. Alabama, over the past few years, has finished with at least one position group’s worth of signees somewhere to be called best-in-class; in 2016, Alabama did it for at least one position group and maybe as many as three. Alabama got the nation’s best linebacker haul, picking up three 10.0-rated prospects on Signing Day: Ben Davis, Lyndell Wilson and Terrell Hall. But Alabama also was in the running for best OL class, headed by Jonah Williams

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LSU wrap-up: Bama not challenged in romp over Tigers

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LSU wrap-up: Bama not challenged in romp over Tigers

That Alabama defeated LSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night to retake the reins of its own playoff destiny wasn’t really a surprise to those who are familiar with Alabama’s recent seasons.

What’s surprising is that the Crimson Tide wasn’t really challenged at all by an LSU team that came into the game ranked second in the nation behind the running of RB Leonard Fournette and a quarterback who had yet to throw an interception.

Alabama didn’t just beat LSU Saturday night. Alabama made it look … easy.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 9

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Oct. 26, 2015 Last week’s record: 3-3 (50.0%) Season record: 52-18 (74.3%) The Predictions Dept. could be forgiven for taking chances on Auburn and Texas A&M last week and losing the picks; many people did that. But if you had Vanderbilt beating Missouri, you might want to get $100 from […]

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Game Guide | Games on TV | Sept 24-26, 2015

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Game Guide | Games on TV | Sept 24-26, 2015

VISITOR HOME Time CT Network (Channel Guide) Thursday, September 24th Cincinnati Memphis 6:30 PM ESPN / WatchESPN Friday, September 25th Boise State Virginia 7:00 PM ESPN / WatchESPN Stanford Oregon State 9:00 PM FS1 Saturday, September 26th Bowling Green Purdue 11:00 AM BTN BYU Michigan 11:00 AM ABC / espn3 Central Michigan Michigan State 11:00 […]

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 1

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 1

The 2015 SEC season kicks off this week, and the TideFans.com Predictions Dept. is looking for a better effort this year. The 2014 season was mediocre by past standards, but the road doesn’t get any easier, given the depth the SEC has managed to build, particularly in its West division. The highlights of the first week, outside of Alabama’s opening tilt against Wisconsin, is probably either Auburn’s opener against Louisville, or Arizona State’s visit to College Station to face Texas A&M.

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Texas A&M preview: Vegas may have this one wrong

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Texas A&M preview: Vegas may have this one wrong

TideFans.com doesn’t often make reference to betting lines, as that’s not our thing. But when Alabama opened up as roughly a two-touchdown favorite over Texas A&M, it got everyone’s attention in the sports media world.

Alabama, a team that had just scraped to a 14-13 victory over Arkansas, the SEC West’s presumptive worst team, was being made a two-touchdown favorite over a team that beat Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2012, carried the Crimson Tide to the wire in College Station in 2013, and has many of the same pieces returning from those teams in 2014. On the face, it doesn’t make sense.

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