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2014 Previews: Rating the Units

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).

SEC previews and predictions: Week 13

Upon further review, video evidence shows the Predictions Dept. did not properly pick the Vanderbilt-Tennessee winner. Therefore, the perfect week eludes us once more. For the final week of the regular season, LSU-Arkansas obviously highlights the slate of games, but Alabama-Auburn is close on its heels and there are other interesting sidebars, such as Vanderbilt and Tennessee looking for bowl eligibility and Georgia trying to avoid an embarrassing upset against Georgia Tech.

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 12

Unbelievably, the Predictions Dept.’s lone loss last week came as the result of a WAC team (Louisiana Tech) defeating a SEC program (Ole Miss). That sort of explains Houston Nutt’s fate in a nutshell (Nutt-shell?), doesn’t it? This week, the slate of SEC games is sparse, and important SEC games are even fewer and far between. The most important may actually be the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game that could decide both teams’ bowl fates. In other words, it’s a good week to watch NASCAR.

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 11

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 11

The Predictions Dept. finally took a loss; unfortunately, the Kentucky-Ole Miss game was the culprit, not our pick of LSU to beat Alabama. This week, Auburn faces Georgia in the conference’s most important matchup, while Alabama tries to rebound against Mississippi State.

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 10

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 10

Yet another perfect week has elevated the Predictions Dept.’s 2011 record, but the Dept. sincerely hopes the string stops this week thanks to our LSU-Alabama prediction. Despite how it must feel after two weeks of hype, LSU-Alabama isn’t the only game happening this week. Florida faces a surprisingly tough Vanderbilt squad, while Arkansas and South Carolina meet in what is clearly the conference’s No. 2 game of the week.

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 9

Three perfect weeks in a row for the Predictions Dept. pushes the season average close to 92 percent, which is rarefied air. As most of the college football world – and virtually all the SEC world – waits a week to see Alabama take on LSU, there are still some key games this week, headlined by a cocktail party down in Jacksonville.

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