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2007 SEC West Football Preview
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SEC West Football Predictions from MadduxSports.com
The SEC West differs from the East division and is more like a traditional conference with 3 tiers. You have a clear cut favorite to win it all in LSU in the top tier. The middle tier contains 3 bowl worthy teams in Arkansas, Alabama, & Auburn and than you have a final lower tier that will be lucky to win 2 games in conference play encompassing Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Expect to see some large college football spreads when LSU takes on these 2 bottom feeders. They travel to Mississippi State on August 30 th & visit Mississippi on November 17th.
1) LSU – The stars are aligned for the Tigers to make a run at the BCS championship this season. Coming off back to back 11-2 seasons and 2 impressive bowl wins over national powers Miami Fla. (40-3) and Notre Dame (41-14), this could be the year the Bayou Bengals finally break through and win it all. They lose JaMarcus Russell to the NFL draft, but Matt Flynn won’t have to do as much as Russell did due to the cupboard full of weapons Russell has left him.
The defense has been of the best in the country the last few years and this years squad, scary to say, could be even better and improve on the 12.6 ppg they surrendered in 06. 8 starters return and from our national rankings they have the #1 defensive line, #6 linebackers, and #2 secondary corps in all of college football! The SEC schedule is soft with all the tough conference games being played at Tiger Stadium and LSU figures to be favored in all 12 of their lined games. Final stat to take note of, LSU outgained conference opponents by over 130 yards per game in 2006, more than 75 yards better than the 2 nd place team. This team is scary good and we will call for them to go undefeated and face USC in the BCS title game January 7th 2008.
2) Arkansas – Last year the Razorbacks finished with a 10-4 record and outgained conference opponents by over 50 yards per game. Those 4 losses were against USC, LSU, Florida, & Wisconsin. The #1, #3, #4, & #7 ranked teams in the country! They have changed offensive coordinators to David Lee who has installed a new pro style passing game, but still won’t forget about the run as they have the best running back in the country in Heisman candidate Darren McFadden leading the way. As long as the offense can gel in the scheme in time for conference play, this Razorback team should finish right behind LSU and go to a major bowl game.
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3) Alabama – The Crimson Tide posted a 2-6 record in conference play last year but still outgained opponents by 32 yards per game. New head coach Nick Saban steps into a favorable situation with the schedule as Alabama plays most of their tough conference games at home. The front seven of the defense is inexperienced and as a whole the team is not very deep, so we will call for a 5-3 conference record and bowl bid in Saban’s return to the college ranks.
4) Auburn – The Tigers are probably more talented than Arkansas & Alabama but have to play a brutal conference schedule including going on the road to face Florida, LSU, Arkansas, & Georgia which should result in at least 3 losses. There are questions on the offensive line as well as the skilled positions losing their best wide receiver Courtney Taylor & starting running back Kenny Irons. The defense should keep them in games and we will call for a 4 th place finish and 4-4 conference record for Auburn.
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5) Mississippi State – It will be a fight as usual between Mississippi & Mississippi St for the bottom 2 spots in the West. The Bulldogs have a decent offense returning 9 players from the squad that put up 25.8 ppg last season. Head coach Croom stated that this team would contend for the west division title when he took over the reins 4 years ago. They are undeniably improved but as for title contention, we are just not seeing it.
6) Mississippi – The Rebels have a stud in starting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis who runs with power, speed and stamina. The offense could be better if they avoid erratic quarterback play as they have 9 starters returning. The major loses on defense will ultimately limit the Rebels chances of moving up past 5th in the SEC West division.
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