“Louisiana is a fresh-air mental asylum.”
― James Lee Burke, Pegasus Descending
The Clemson defense I don't really know much about but I think their offense will be fairley good. Watkins was not their only playmaker, the QB was descent and they have another receiver who is faster than Watkins. I think they have a good chance against Auburn.
I've been saying since last season (actually since sCam left) that we would witness a downward spiral at the barn the likes of which many of us have never seen. Does my heart good to see those idiots have to scramble.
Last edited by Alajambama; August 23rd, 2012 at 12:06 PM.
The best thing to ever come out of Tennessee...I-65 heading south.
I agree with this also...I think they'll beat Clemson, but I could see them dropping a close one to an MSU and/or Vandy type.
Whoever mentioned the Florida comparisons earlier in the thread is probably spot on, I think. Based on what I read some time ago, their starters on both sides of the line are pretty decent and now have some good experience, but depth could be a real issue.
Now how do you win the NC (2 years ago) and go backwards. Its almost like they are just now starting a football program.
Hate to say it, karma maybe.
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
- General George Patton
I just really think the boogs are going to have an extremely hard time scoring. They were not real good last year and I think they will be even worse this year. If you look at the history of teams that scrapped the spread in the last 3 or 4 years, they all struggled afterward. Texas had way better talent than the boogs and they had a losing record their 1st year they went away from the spread and weren't much better last year.
I can see the boogs defense being somewhat better, but they are going to wear down quickly because they are going to be on the field a lot. When the injuries start piling up , the drop off in talent will really hurt them in games later in the season.
Last edited by Rama Jama; August 23rd, 2012 at 12:46 PM.
2010 was the anomaly - it had little to do with the coaches other that 'right place, right time'.
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I'm ok with it if they win several games and then we beat them like they stole something. Keeps Cheeze Whiz in place and we get the pick of in-state recruits, especially the ones with decent character. But I have some relatives who are Barn grads and the collective record against the big boys in the SEC is starting to be a major topic of conversation. I expect them to lose to us, lsu, and uga. That sits badly with their fans. If they lose to a&m, which I consider entirely possible, there will be a lot of dissent. Yeah, you bought one in 2010, but since then the trend line is in a bad direction.
Picking the toss-up games is just such a crapshoot. Anytime you have a bunch of teams like that playing against each other, picking a winner is very hard because you have to pick who plays the best ugly football. Usually it hinges on a handful of bad plays and just who benefits the most.
Again, though, if Auburn keeps getting the close game luck, they are going to win most, if not all, of those games. They would have been 5-7, 9-3, and 5-7 the past three years if it weren't for that, but we all know it didn't turn out this way. Surely that has to regress to the mean at some point, but again it's just so hard to say in the context of one game.
Someone mentioned nine wins earlier, but I think you can forget that. Arkansas would have to tank for that to happen, and I don't see Auburn knocking them off, even with it being on the Plains. I see 8-4 in the regular season being the top end.
For certain, though, we'll find out Auburn almost immediately. They pick up Clemson and MSU right off the bat, and that will tell the tale. If they win both of those, you can just about pencil them in for seven wins, maybe eight. If they drop both, though, they will have to avoid upsets down the stretch against Vandy and A&M just to get 6-6 and the Weedeater Bowl.
Of course, MSU generally has all the offensive output of a first grade basketball team, so you have to figure it will be low scoring. I would think you're probably looking at a 17-14 type of game with a turnover or two being the difference maker.
Last edited by BigEasyTider; August 23rd, 2012 at 01:09 PM.
2010 was just the ultimate anamoly. Everything came together perfect, like ten lighting strikes hitting the same spot simultaneously. Get the huge influx from the superstar QB, illegally or not, JUCO transfer blows up, get great injury fortunes, weak year across the country, bit of a down year for the conference, tons of luck in countless close games, you name it. Next thing you know you're 14-0 and holding a crystal ball. It was the ultimate powerball lottery ticket type of season, but it happened.
The issue for them and outsiders was that 2010 just threw off the baseline expectations tremendously. It's a national champion, but to the extent that they are viewed as a bona fide national championship program is just not accurate. It's very much a program undergoing a big rebuild, crystal ball or not. The luck in close games has played a part in that too. People don't believe the rebuild aspect when you go 8-5. Replace that with a couple of 5-7 seasons -- which would have more accurately reflected their actual performance in 2009 and 2011 -- and it's another story.
Now, I'm not sure Chizik has really done a great deal to make matters better. His assistants outside of Malzahn have been questionable at best, they've generally been fundamentally poor and very undisciplined as a team, and attrition and off-field problems have been severe. Recruiting has been much better, but they are recruiting a lot of character cases and arguably placing them in an environment which is highly conducive to triggering further problems, and that plays a big role in the continued attrition.
In any event, here they set four years later, and I think the reason they look so much like a rebuilding program is because they are a rebuilding program. He inherited a lot of issues four years ago, and he really hasn't done a lot to effectively address many of them. The question is just whether or not he can get it together now or if he's going to fizzle like Bowden did.