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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 2

TideFans got off to a rocky start to the 2019 season, thanks largely to Tennessee and Missouri wetting their respective pants all over national television. Misses in close games like Auburn-Oregon and South Carolina-North Carolina are to be expected, but watching SEC teams lose to Wyoming and Georgia State is just ridiculous.

Duke wrap-up: Bama’s air show took the wind out of Duke’s sails

If you came into this game looking for Alabama to stomp Duke's lights out from the first snap, then Saturday's 42-3 win over the Blue Devils didn't follow the script you were expecting. Instead, Alabama played rope-a-dope with David Cutcliffe's offensive ingenuity until Cutcliffe had exhausted all the back pages and supplementary appendices in his playbook. Once Bama had seen it all, it shut the door on everything at once and just let nature take its course.

Duke preview: Offensive turnover will limit Blue Devils’ upset chances

As word broke Tuesday that Alabama would basically be without its running back group for the first half of Saturday's game against the Duke Blue Devils, there was concern that David Cutcliffe's band of upset specialists might be able to do the impossible against the best team in college football.

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Duke

Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and...
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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 1

We got a head start on our Week 1 previews for 2019 thanks to the Florida Gators, who came very close to our predicted score of 27-23 over Miami, eventually winning 24-20 in a sloppy game. What follows is the rest of the SEC's first week, which is mostly a snoozefest compared to some recent seasons.
Jul 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Matt Luke addresses the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Previews 2019: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M

Ole Miss: If Matt Luke hadn't pulled a solid recruiting class out of his hat, we'd be talking about the long-term, impending hibernation of the Black Bear program. Miss State: The schedule isn't terrible, but there is quality near the top of it and if the Bulldogs are slow to advance with new players, it could be a long season; TAMU: Somehow, with this defense, Texas A&M is being picked by some analysts to upset Alabama and LSU and win the SEC West. We're not sure where that kind of logic is coming from
Jul 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Chad Morris addresses the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Previews 2019: Arkansas, Auburn and LSU

Arkansas: Now the question is the same for Morris as it was for Bielema, Houston Nutt and countless others at Arkansas: Can he recruit well enough to be competitive in the cutthroat SEC West? Auburn: Basically, the fate of the 2019 Auburn Tigers comes down to the quarterback. LSU: With the exception of Alabama, no team in the SEC West looks better than this one, or at least not more complete.
Jul 18, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom speaks to the media from the main stage during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Previews 2019: Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt

As usual, Missouri has a lot of talent in some places and not nearly enough in others; Much of the Gamecocks' immediate future rides on the right shoulder of Jake Bentley, but he'll need to get more consistent if South Carolina wants to contend; There may not be a more dire and desperate situation than the one at Tennessee. Once one of the SEC's bedrock powers, the Volunteers have fallen into a consistent state of being an also-ran; The Commodores have made a habit of punching above their weight, and they'll need to do it again to avoid a losing season.
Jul 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen addresses the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Previews 2019: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

The Gators are still learning how to be Gators again after several years of wandering in the wilderness; Georgia continues to get better thanks to Smart's recruiting prowess, but at some point, results are going to matter; This is a rebuilding year, and unfortunately for Kentucky, the Wildcats didn't bring in enough blue-chip playmakers in February to counter the losses to graduation and the NFL.
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban during the spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Previews 2019: Alabama Crimson Tide

It's a new day for Alabama – somewhat. Nick Saban has brought back one-time, one-game offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to oversee what many believe will be a return to the offense of 2017, based more in power and vertical passing than last year's RPO-heavy, spread-forward attack. The RPOs will still be here, and so will the spread elements and the option elements, but Alabama football's identity is tough defense and a downhill running game. It wasn't lost on Saban that Clemson took the physical fight to Alabama in the College Football Championship – and won.

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