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OTS's 2008 SEC Predictions

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Here goes my SEC predictions for 2008. They are entirely comprehensive, covering every single game played by every SEC team, and they are probably filled with plenty of errors. Nevertheless, here they are, no apologies, no regrets...

 

Alabama Crimson Tide (8-4 overall, 5-3 conferece)

Clemson: L

Tulane: W

WKU: W

Arkansas: W

Georgia: L

Kentucky: W

Ole Miss: W

Tennessee: W

Arkansas State: W

LSU: L

MSU: W

Auburn: L

Note: The Tide has five particularly tough opponents on the schedule, and they are pretty evenly spaced out. As a result, it's going to be pretty difficult for them to reel off any long winning streaks with the schedule. However, on the other hand, there are no overly brutal stretches, and as a result there shouldn't be any long losing streaks either.

 

Arkansas Razorbacks (5-7 overall, 2-6 conference)

Western Illinois: W

La Monroe: W

Texas: L

Alabama: L

Florida: L

Auburn: L

Kentucky: W

Ole Miss: L

Tulsa: W

South Carolina: L

MSU: W

LSU: L

Note: Once the first couple of games get out of the way, it's hell for the Hogs with arguably the toughest four-week stretch in all of college football, and it won't slack up from there. Kentucky should probably be a win, but Ole Miss and MSU will be close, they'll almost certainly lose to LSU, and probably South Carolina too. Even Tulsa, you can rest assured, will give them pure hell, and may very well get the victory.

 

Auburn Tigers (11-1 overall, 7-1 conference)

La Monroe: W

Southern Miss: W

MSU: W

LSU: W

Tennessee: W

Vanderbilt: W

Arkansas: W

West Virginia: W

Ole Miss: W

Tennessee-Martin: W

Georgia: L

Alabama: W

Note: If Auburn gets by LSU early, look out. They should be able to beat Tennessee, and from there the only legitimate threat until they play Georgia will be WVU. Though I picked WVU, I do have to love Auburn's chances there because of their past success of stopping the spread option. Bottom line, if this team gets by LSU, the probable worst case scenario is that UGA comes to town to face an 8-2 Tiger team that has all but locked up the SEC West. This team could easily make serious noise.

 

Florida Gators (12-0 overall, 8-0 conference)

Hawai'i: W

Miami: W

Tennessee: W

Ole Miss: W

Arkansas: W

LSU: W

Kentucky: W

Georgia: W

Vanderbilt: W

South Carolina: W

Citadel: W

Florida State: W

Notes: This is a front-loaded schedule where all of the activity will come in the first two months of the season. Once the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party reaches a conclusion, it's a relatively easy slate for Florida over the final month. They should beat South Carolina at home, FSU isn't likely to be very good, and Vandy and the Citadel will be nothing more than Gator appetizers.

 

Georgia Bulldogs (11-1 overall, 7-1 conference)

Georgia Southern: W

Central Michigan: W

South Carolina: W

Arizona State: W

Alabama: W

Tennessee: W

Vanderbilt: W

LSU: W

Florida: L

Kentucky: W

Auburn: W

Georgia Tech: W

Notes: Though the Dawgs get to somewhat ease into the season with a couple of relatively easy games in the opener, from there it is brutal, and at no point does the schedule slack up.

 

Kentucky Wildcats (4-8 overall, 1-7 SEC)

Louisville: L

Norfolk State: W

Middle Tennessee: W

Western Kentucky: W

Alabama: L

South Carolina: L

Arkansas: L

Florida: L

Mississippi State: L

Georgia: L

Vanderbilt: W

Tennessee: L

 

LSU Tigers (9-3 overall, 5-3 SEC)

Appalachian State: W

Troy: W

North Texas: W

Auburn: L

MSU: W

Florida: L

South Carolina: W

Georgia: L

Tulane: W

Alabama: W

Ole Miss: W

Arkansas: W

Notes: With the first three games coming against cupcakes, regardless of how good or how bad this team may be, they'll be 3-0 going to Auburn and no one will really know if they are a quality football team or not. In many ways, the Auburn game is the true season opener. The back-end of the schedule is pretty light, though, too, and as a result the entirety of LSU's season is going to be determined in a five-week stretch mid-season that includes Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia.

 

Ole Miss Rebels (6-6 overall, 3-5 SEC)

Memphis: W

Wake Forest: L

Samford: W

Vanderbilt: W

Florida: L

South Carolina: L

Alabama: L

Arkansas: W

Auburn: L

La Monroe: W

LSU: L

Mississippi State: W

 

Mississippi State: (6-6 overall, 3-5 conference)

La Tech: W

Southeastern Louisiana: W

Auburn: L

Georgia Tech: L

LSU: L

Vanderbilt: W

Tennessee: L

Middle Tennessee State: W

Kentucky: W

Alabama: L

Arkansas: W

Ole Miss: L

Notes: State simply isn't good enough to chalk up a lot of certain wins in 2008. Louisiana Tech will test them in Ruston, and it wouldn't be overly shocking if they lost, and Georgia Tech will make it tough too. They are still likely to lose to the top programs of the SEC, and sans SELA and MTSU, it's hard to find guaranteed wins on this schedule.

 

South Carolina (9-3 overall, 6-2 conference)

North Carolina State: W

Vanderbilt: W

Georgia: L

Wofford: W

UAB: W

Ole Miss: W

Kentucky: W

LSU:W

Tennessee: W

Arkansas: W

Florida:L

Clemson: L

Notes: Even if this team loses at home to Georgia early in the season, the schedule is so back-loaded that they should start 6-1 with LSU coming to town. With four of the last five games coming against quality teams, though, we may see a collapse similar to what we saw last year.

 

Tennessee Volunteers (7-5 overall, 3-5 conference)

UCLA: W

UAB: W

Florida: L

Auburn: L

Northern Illinois: W

Georgia: L

Mississippi State: W

Alabama: L

South Carolina: L

Wyoming: W

Vanderbilt: W

Kentucky: W

Notes: Even if the Vols beat UCLA in the season opener, the schedule is so front-loaded that they may very go into the final three weeks with a sub .500 record (4-5). However, their last three games are so incredibly weak that a loss is almost hard to fathom in any of them. As a result, the Vols' season is effectively going to be wrapped up by early November.

 

Vanderbilt Commodores (3-9 overall, 1-7 conference)

Miami (Ohio): W

South Carolina: L

Rice: W

Ole Miss: L

Auburn:L

Mississippi State: L

Georgia: L

Duke: W

Florida: L

Kentucky: L

Tennessee: L

Wake Forest: L

 

Final SEC Standings

 

SEC East

(1) Florida (12-0, 8-0)

(2) Georgia (11-1, 7-1)

(3) South Carolina (8-4, 5-3)

(4) Tennessee: (7-5, 3-5)

(5) Kentucky (4-8, 1-7)

(6) Vanderbilt (3-9, 0-8)

 

SEC West

(1) Auburn (11-1, 7-1)

(2) LSU (9-3, 5-3)

(2) Alabama (8-4, 5-3)

(4) Ole Miss (6-6, 3-5)

(5) Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5)

(6) Arkansas (5-7, 2-6)