This is a guest post by Aaron Dougherty. Aaron is avid sports fan that resides in the Raleigh, NC area. He has a degree in Sport Management from North Greenville University and enjoys writing about, reading, and watching sports in his spare time.
Perhaps you are sick and tired of hearing SEC this – SEC that, but in an age where more press show up for SEC media days than they do for the Super Bowl, all of the SEC talk is here to stay. In fact, ESPN just finished interviewing all 14 SEC coaches at their headquarters in Bristol, CT. ESPN gets it. They understand that people in the South have nothing better to do than sip sweet tea and watch college football. Thus the South produces the best football players who mostly end up playing for SEC football teams. It is no coincidence that the South has recently created a monopoly in college football by producing the past seven national champions.
This is not good for college football. In an ideal world, parity would exist and teams from every conference would have an equal shot at winning the crown. The SEC not only has the best players. It has the best coaches. So the trend will continue. While much of the rest of the country could care less that the SEC continues to dominate NCAA football, there remain some whose frustration levels are over the edge. These fans are ok with the South keeping NASCAR as its own but not College Football. But much like the Civil War, Southern fans are not so fast in giving up their territory. Yet this fight involves more than the north (Big Ten and American) and the south (SEC). This battle also includes the east (ACC) and the west (Big 12 and Pac 12). Perhaps mega conferences and playoffs are the only solution to the current BCS Mess.
As it stands now, I myself, am a southern resident and thus consumed with SEC life. I understand how SEC fans live and think. They eat, drink, and breathe SEC football. For that reason, I hope to begin a SEC Weekly Wrap Up for All Star Sports once the SEC season kicks off! In the meantime, here are my SEC predictions for the 2013-14 football season:
SEC EAST Predictions:
- Georgia Bulldogs (7-1) – sole loss coming to LSU at home, need not overlook @TN game
- South Carolina Gamecocks (7-1) – defense will be top notch, concern is at rb spot
- Florida Gators (5-3) – passing game is suspect, key game is again in Jacksonville vs. UGA
- Tennessee Volunteers (3-5) – the surprise team, ends season winning 3 straight SEC games
- Vanderbilt Commodores (2-6) – Franklin’s team takes a step back after successful year
- Missouri Tigers (2-6) – will be improved, but it won’t show in the standings
- Kentucky Wildcats (0-8) – will be surprise team next year but not this year
SEC WEST Predictions:
- Texas A&M Aggies (8-0) – Manziel Mania to run wild in College Station and beyond
- Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) – key matchup is McCarron vs. Manziel
- LSU Tigers (6-2) – another good year for the Mad Hatter
- Ole Miss Rebels (4-4) – Will win Egg Bowl and carry momentum in to next season
- Auburn Tigers (2-6) – defense has no where to go but up
- Mississippi State Bulldogs(2-6) – has a good team, but life is tough in the west
- Arkansas Razorbacks (1-7) – a great coach in a new conference with a not so good team
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