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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 5

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 5

Upsets to both of Alabama’s chief rivals killed the Prediction Dept.’s record last week. This week’s slate of games feature a couple of matchups of teams that are in the middle of disappointing seasons (Arkansas-Tennessee, South Carolina-Missouri). Alabama-Georgia headlines the conference’s slate of games and will be covered in depth in our weekly Alabama preview. Here’s the rest of what the SEC has to offer in Week 5:

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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 4

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 4

It now appears Arkansas’ supposed improvement from 2014 to 2015 was just a mirage. While the Alabama-Ole Miss game cost the Predictions Dept. a red mark on its record, that game was almost a pick-em. Arkansas, on the other hand, should have handled Texas A&M, but didn’t. This week’s slate of games isn’t nearly as interesting, headed either by Mississippi State-Auburn or Tennessee-Florida.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 3

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 3

Aside from the Toledo-Arkansas shocker, the Predictions Dept. was largely happy with its Week 2 body of work. South Carolina showed that its defense was still a work in progress in a somewhat unexpected loss at home to Kentucky, but other than that, the rest of the conference slate went largely as planned. This week, Alabama vs. Ole Miss is by far the conference’s marquee game, but Auburn-LSU and South Carolina-Georgia could serve as preliminary elimination games for division races. Out of conference, Arkansas must rebound quickly as Texas Tech comes to town.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 2

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 2

The most important thing the Predictions Dept. learned from Week 1 was that, yes, Vanderbilt really is that bad. It wasn’t the fact that the Commodores lost to Western Kentucky, it was the way Vanderbilt so quickly gave up all the gains realized under former coach James Franklin and returned to being the Vandy of old. This week’s slate of SEC games is headlined by an LSU-Mississippi State tilt that was made much more interesting after LSU’s opener against McNeese State got canceled over electrical storm concerns. That means LSU’s first action will take place against a conference opponent. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma-Tennessee matchup will tell whether the Vols are really as bad on defense as they looked against Bowling Green.

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Previews 2015: Kentucky Wildcats

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Previews 2015: Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky is on pace to possibly be one of the most improved teams in the SEC – but its record may not reflect that. The Wildcats are still relatively far behind many of its SEC East peers in terms of overall talent. And there are still questions as to the direction Mark Stoops has the Wildcats traveling: Can Kentucky compete in the SEC running an Air Raid offense and lacking in defensive athleticism? History would say no, but Stoops is certainly trying to find out.

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Previews 2015: Georgia Bulldogs

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Previews 2015: Georgia Bulldogs

One of these years, Georgia is finally going to find a way to put it all together. It just might have to require a change in head coaches, though. The Bulldogs have underachieved consistently under Mark Richt, and being out front in the preseason is a dangerous place to be for Georgia. That’s where the Bulldogs again find themselves, picked by some – including this service – to run the table in the SEC. The schedule sets up nicely for Georgia, with back-to-back games against Alabama and Tennessee being the real challenge. On the field, Georgia must find a quarterback and solidify its defensive line.

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Previews 2015: Florida Gators

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Previews 2015: Florida Gators

While most people believe it’s just a matter of time before Florida reascends to the top of the SEC East – with a recruiting advantage like the one UF possesses, it’s not an unreasonable expectation – the Gators are currently in a big hole of their own making. The Will Muschamp hire turned out to be a grave mistake for Jeremy Foley, and now he has turned from one former Nick Saban assistant to another: former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, who arrives from Colorado State with the reputation of an offensive whiz and motivational mastermind. But he isn’t a top-flight recruiter, and the lack of player development under Muschamp will cause Florida some headaches in 2015.

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Previews 2015: Texas A&M Aggies

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Previews 2015: Texas A&M Aggies

How far the Aggies go in 2015 will be determined by how quickly new defensive coordinator John Chavis can right the ship. The Aggies have never lacked for offense since joining the SEC, but their built-for-the-Big-12 defense just can’t cut it. In addition to Chavis, head coach Kevin Sumlin finally seems to be getting serious about allocating assets to the defensive side of the ball. The Aggies might also find themselves better on offense simply by getting rid of Kenny Hill, who had become a distraction there. Texas A&M will put up a ton of points, but can the Aggies keep opposing offenses from doing the same?

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Previews 2015: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Previews 2015: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State overachieved greatly in 2014, in the process solidifying Dan Mullen’s hold on the head coaching position in Starkville – and, unfortunately, lifting future expectations. As often happens with Mississippi State, success does not appear to be sustainable. The Bulldogs simply haven’t recruited consistently enough to remain in the SEC’s upper echelon, and had its starting quarterback not elected to return to school, State would be staring a losing record in the face. As is, the Bulldogs will do well to get back to the postseason.

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