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2007 SEC Football Preview
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Below is the SEC football preview beginning with the SEC East preview followed by the SEC West preview. As part of the 2007 college football previews on College Sports Fans, the SEC football preview kicks off with one of the nation's strongest conferences. Sit back and enjoy the 2007 NCAA football previews here from College Sports Fans and get ready for the beginning of another great season of college football and be sure to keep checking back for updates throughout this great 2007 season of college football, and check out the NCAA football previews 2008 as well.
SEC East Football Preview & Predictions from MadduxSports.com
The SEC is estimated by most pundits be the most demanding conference in college football. Week in and week out sec foes can make even great teams look inferior. It boasts unrivaled athletes, the top coaches, and toughest defenses in the country. The conference contains 12 teams, almost all of which are capable of playing in a major postseason bowl game, including a handful of teams gifted enough to win a national championship. For our college football predictions we will start with the SEC East.
1) Georgia – This could be a surprising college football pick to most but we will call for Georgia to win the SEC East. The Bulldogs have some question marks on the offensive line but sophomore QB Matthew Stafford looked good in the second half of the season and has progressed this spring and now may be the best quarterback in the SEC. The backfield is stacked with senior running backs Kregg Lumpkin and Thomas Brown’s 4.9 yards per carry leading the way. The defense discovered some holes in the spring, after the offense continually lit them up, but expect Mark Richt to have this taken care come conference time. Georgia started out slow last season but ended up out-gaining opponents by 55 yards per game. Expect a fast start and a spot in the SEC championship game this year.
2) South Carolina – This is the year for the Gamecocks to move up into the upper echelon of the SEC. The old ball coach has all the pieces in place with QB Blake Mitchell and RB Cory Boyd leading the way on offense. The defense looks very strong with 10 starters returning including 15 of their top 16 tacklers. Expect even better numbers than the paltry 18.7 ppg allowed in 2006. The offensive line is a bit of a concern but 8 players return that have starting experience to go along with the solid incoming freshmen class the old ball coach snagged up in the off season.
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3) Florida – This may surprise some folks but the bottom line is it is crowded at the top of the SEC East as it always is. Florida will now have an X on their back against every team they play. The defense has been decimated only having 1 starter back from last years national championship squad. Namely the secondary which is very raw at the cornerback position. Luckily the Gators still have the innovative Urban Meyer and a pretty solid offense led by sophomore Tim Tebow. At his disposal are weapons that are fast and dangerous targets that have the ability to score every time they touch the ball in wide receivers Andrew Caldwell and Percy Harvin. We are not saying the Gators won’t be good, they just won’t be national champions in 2007 but count on a respectable bowl.
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4) Tennessee – The Volunteers' are set at the quarterback position with Erik Ainge at the helm. He has a rocket arm and outstanding accuracy. He loses one of his biggest weapons in wide receiver Robert Meachem as well as their other 2 top wideouts and is left with week replacements. The running game figures to be improved from the poor output of 108 yards per game in 06. There isn’t much separating the top 4 SEC East teams as usual but with road games against Florida & Alabama we will call for the Vols to take the 4th spot.
5) Vanderbilt – The Commodores return 18 starters most in the SEC East. They also have a favorable schedule playing 8 games at home. This years defense returns 7 of their 8 top tacklers and should be the best unit in Bobby Johnson’s six year tenure with the school. The SEC schedule of course is tough but this could be the year Vandy breaks the streak of 25 straight years without a bowl birth.
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6) Kentucky – The Wildcats offense lead by quarterback Andre Woodson expects to be prolific. Woodson looks to be a good leader and he has some fine receiving and running weapons on board. Regrettably the Kentucky defense is one of the worst in the entire conference. Because of the defensive inefficiencies we have them sitting in the SEC East cellar.
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