We’ve already looked at how the SEC fared against other BCS conferences and independents in 2012, and ‘13 brings a whole new wave of great non-conference games.August 31st will be a particularly massive opening weekend, with Georgia-Clemson, Alabama-Virginia Tech, LSU-TCU, Mississippi State-Oklahoma State and UNC-South Carolina. Here are the top 10 non-conference games of 2013:
Everybody loves predictions, especially when the previous season has been over for only about a week. What can we expect in the SEC in 2013? Let me look into my crystal ball and give you a few bold predictions to write down in ink. OK, maybe in pencil:
Athlon Sports has graded the first-year coaching hires for the 2012 season, and Ohio State's Urban Meyer checks in at the top of the list. There were 28 coaches who took over programs in 2012, including three from the SEC. Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze fared well in Athlon's rankings. Sumlin was No. 2 right behind Meyer and received an A-plus. Freeze was No. 4 behind Penn State's Bill O'Brien and received an A-minus. Arkansas' John L. Smith, who wasn't retained following the Hogs' 4-8 finish, wound up next-to-last at No. 27 and received an F. The only coach ranked lower was Southern Miss' Ellis Johnson, who was fired after going 0-12 last season.
Alabama - Football players from all over the country gathered for the first practices of the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. Players from colleges around the state, including Alabama, Auburn, Alabama State, Troy, Tuskegee, Alabama A&M, UAB, Jacksonville State and West Alabama will participate, as well as representatives from...