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2014 Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

2014 Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

In addition to losing head coach James Franklin to Penn State, the Commodores lose more production from its 2013 team than does any team in the conference. Only nine starters return, the team is changing both offensive and defensive schemes, and head coach Derek Mason has never run a program before. Vanderbilt still has a good nucleus, thanks to Franklin’s inspired recruiting, but it would surprise no one if the Commodores missed the postseason.

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 4

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 4

The Predictions Dept. started to shake off the rust in Week 3, missing only the Ole Miss-Texas game. While national pundits on ESPN ponder the future of Texas head coach Mack Brown, TideFans.com turns its attention back to the SEC. This week, while Alabama gets a breather of sorts, SEC fans will largely get a breather as well, as the top games are Auburn-LSU and Tennessee-Florida, simply due to the history of the two series.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 1

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 1

Welcome back to our weekly SEC previews, our chance to take a humorous (but usually thoughtful) look at what’s going on around the SEC. Last year was a decent showing for the Predictions Dept., not the best we’ve ever done but certainly not the worst, either. We look forward to bringing you our insights and lighthearted humor again in 2013.

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2013 Fall Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

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2013 Fall Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt, for years, has tried to enter the realm of big-time football. One could argue that it finally happened over the offseason, when four players were dismissed following arrests for rape and a fifth player was suspended after being indicted as an accessory. Vanderbilt isn’t accustomed to headlines like these, and as disturbing as the charges were on their face, on the field it creates more headaches for this program than it would for most SEC teams. Vanderbilt is still a thin team, and all five players charged were in the two-deep. This comes just as James Franklin is trying to take Vanderbilt from being a perennial SEC doormat to a program that can compete for postseason trips to Atlanta.

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Rating the Units

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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.

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TideFans.com/NARCAS SEC predictions and national top 25

Picks for the SEC and the top 25 nationally.

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Briefly looking ahead to 2012 trends

The SEC of 2012 won’t look like the SEC of 2011, even if teams duplicate their 2011 records. Texas A&M and Missouri are joining the party, and SEC teams will have to adjust to the arrival of their new cousins.

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SEC bowl picture as muddy as ever

With just two weeks to go in the regular season – plus an SEC Championship Game that most doubt will be all that competitive – the 2011 SEC bowl picture is about as clear as chocolate buttermilk. Here’s an updated look at the SEC’s bowl possibilities, as of this week.

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