TideFans.com/NARCAS SEC predictions and national top 25

 

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; ESPN analyst Lee Corso (left) wears the Alabama mascot head as analyst Kirk Herbstreit (right) laughs on the set of ESPN College Gameday before the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
Does Alabama have what it takes to repeat as champions? Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

TideFans.com/NARCAS SEC predictions and national top 25

 

SEC West                       Overall         SEC

  1. Alabama                 13-0                8-0
  2. Texas A&M            10-2                6-2
  3. LSU                           9-3                 5-3
  4. Ole Miss                   8-4                 5-3
  5. Arkansas                  5-7                  2-6
  6. Mississippi State    5-7                  2-6
  7. Auburn                     5-7                  1-7

 

SEC East                          Overall        SEC

  1. Georgia                     12-0               8-0
  2. South Carolina         11-1                7-1
  3. Florida                       10-2               6-2
  4. Vanderbilt                   7-5               3-5
  5. Missouri                      6-6               2-6
  6. Kentucky                     4-8               1-7
  7. Tennessee                   3-9               0-8

 

SEC Champion: Alabama over Georgia

 

National Top 25

Team                                      Comments

  1. Alabama                   Bama’s biggest challenges will be its own complacency – and getting past Georgia.
  2. Ohio State                Weak Big Ten, favorable schedule pave way for Buckeyes to reach title game
  3. Georgia                     If Bulldogs can shore up defense, they have a chance to knock off the Tide
  4. South Carolina        Three SEC teams in the top four. Is anyone surprised?
  5. Stanford                   Physical brand of football is stirring up the go-go PAC-12.
  6. Texas A&M              The Johnny Football Show comes back for a sequel, but lots of holes to fill
  7. Florida                      Gators starting to resemble Stanford of the East.
  8. Oregon                      Lots of talent returns, but coaching turnover can be unpredictable.
  9. Clemson                    Veteran QB returns, speed everywhere. Now the gameday coaching has to catch up.
  10. LSU                            Injuries, NFL Draft have decimated Tigers – as have questions about attitude.
  11. Florida State            Seminoles have plenty of talent, but continue to lose focus during the season.
  12. Oklahoma                 Sooner program is starting to slip a notch. Time to make a statement.
  13. Notre Dame              Blowout to Bama, offseason drama exposed plenty of cracks in Irish’s facade.
  14. Louisville                   Was 2012 a fluke, or is this program ready to step in amongst the nation’s elite?
  15. Michigan                    The Hoke-Meyer feud will be epic to watch in coming years. Wolverines need a QB.
  16. Oklahoma State        Talented, speedy team that has had trouble getting over the mental hump recently.
  17. Nebraska                    Veteran QB helps, but defense needs a talent infusion.
  18. Wisconsin                  Ranking more indicative of weak Big Ten than anything.
  19. Michigan State          Spartans could be a surprise 10-win team if the breaks go the right way.
  20. Boise State                 May eventually be ranked higher thanks to weak schedule.
  21. TCU                             Tough defense stands out in go-go Big 12; weak offense could hamstring the Frogs.
  22. Arizona State             Todd Graham might be a job-hopper, but he’s a good coach. ASU is getting better.
  23. Virginia Tech             Hokies are well coached fundamentally, but program is starting to stagnate.
  24. UCLA                           Bruins bounced back in a big way in 2012. Continuing success might prove harder.
  25. Ole Miss                      Rebels are trying to bring Big 12 offense to SEC. Will it work long-term?

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