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Previews 2016: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M

Previews 2016: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M

The offseason has been a turbulent one for Ole Miss, more so the result of an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations than anything happening on the field. The Rebels have been effective spoilers under Hugh Freeze, but haven’t shown the mental toughness necessary yet to take the final step and win the division. Now, Ole Miss will have to prove it can take that final step while dealing with off-field distractions and replacing starters at over half the positions on the field.

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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TideFans.com’s preseason top 25 and SEC rankings

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TideFans.com’s preseason top 25 and SEC rankings

Projected 2016 SEC Standing and National Top 25 rankings

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This week in the SEC: Teams in the middle forever blowing bubble chances

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 23, 2016 A week ago, bubble banter was sprouting up across the SEC. The league seemed to be solidly on pace to at least match last year’s five NCAA tournament bids, and talk was building that the SEC could get six teams into March Madness for the first time […]

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This week in the SEC: Alabama’s suddenly making bracket racket again

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 16, 2016 March in Tuscaloosa used to mean more than spring football. When the NCAA tournament expanded in 1975 to include at-large teams for the first time, the Alabama Crimson Tide snagged a bid and started making itself at home. Bama returned the next spring and after a few […]

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Alabama 63, Texas A&M 62: Dreams are alive after avoiding nightmare finish

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 11, 2016 Alabama built an 11-point lead against visiting No. 15 Texas A&M, squandered nearly all of it in the closing minutes and then got its luckiest break of the year when a 92-percent free throw shooter missed twice with 2.3 seconds left as the Crimson Tide escaped with […]

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Bama seeking to exploit cracks in Aggies’ armor

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 10, 2016 Where to watch: No. 15 Texas A&M (18-5, 7-3 SEC) at Alabama (13-9, 4-6) – 6 p.m. Central today, Coleman Coliseum, SEC Network Who to watch: Arthur Edwards. The senior shooting guard has hovered right around his 10-point scoring average the past few games but is capable […]

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This week in the SEC: Title plans keep getting wrecked by road rage

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 9, 2016 Way back in the stone ages, when watching Southeastern Conference basketball mostly meant channel surfing to find the Jefferson-Pilot syndication package, the late Joe Dean Sr. had a theory on how to read the SEC standings in light of the difficulty of winning on the road. Dean’s […]

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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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This week in the SEC: Almost halftime, so let’s check the highlights

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Player of the half-year: Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – The 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard is the glue keeping the mercurial Wildcats together. His statistics (16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds per game) don’t capture the whole story of the energy he brings to the lineup, the superior decisions he makes and the grit he shows racking up more minutes than John Calipari would like.

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