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    Re: Toughest Schedules for 2013

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    Georgia opens with Clemson and South Carolina.Thats a couple of tough ones to start.
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    Re: Toughest Schedules for 2013

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    Interesting observation about Bama gear in western TN. The plain fact of the matter is that TN, as a state, is relatively poor in African American population. We're not going to get into a discussion of why the AA population supplies the bulk of the best FBS players - that's a topic for the NS board. However, it's a fact of life. Nashville is a 1.5 million or so SMA and is somewhere around 25% AA. Memphis' SMA is over 40% AA. TN, as a whole, was only around 16% AA in 2000. That shows you where the AA population isn't - the rest of TN. Except for a few periods where we've shot ourselves in the foot in the Memphis area, UA has done very well there. So has Ole Miss. So, in the end, UT's recruiting problem goes back to being a demographic one. In the periods in which UT has been successful, it has recruited in the surrounding states, while adding some national recruits. In fact, I used to read on UT sites witty remarks about the number of highly-rated prospects they were over-flying on their way to CA or other points north and west. However, that's largely in the past, at this point. It'll be interesting to see if they can climb out of this hole, given the increased competition they now face in their bordering states...
    I think in light of these challenges, it's going to be very, very hard for UT to consistently return to its former glory. Makes me sad for their decent fans...all four of them.

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    Re: Toughest Schedules for 2013

    First chance I've had to reply since I posted this morning, but here it goes...

    I don't feel sorry for UT at all. I don't think Butch Jones REALLY knew what he was getting in to when he took the job though. Even the back half of their schedule (Mizzou, Auburn, Vandy, and Kentucky) will be tough on them. Remember this: They are losing almost the entirety of their offense (Bray, Hunter, Patterson, and Zach Rogers), plus had one of the worst defenses in the nation (107 in total defense). The coach they brought in is an offensive minded guy...not a good combo. I think they, at best, win 6 games... I look for them to go 4-8 in all reality. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch...

    On the flip side of that, I think we have arguably our easiest schedule since CNS has been at Alabama. Toughest games should be aTm, Ole Miss, and LSU... Though I think LSU will be down this year, and Mississippi won't be quite ready yet... Getting the Aggies in week 3, after a bye (plus having the bye before LSU to get healthy down the stretch), stacks up well. Our schedule is very reminiscent of Auburn's in 2010...it seemed built to make a run.

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    I came away feeling bad for what pile of mess Butch Jones stepped in a Tennessee. In the first 8 games they play 5 teams who will, presumably, be per season top 10.
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    Wow! One of the hardest schedules I've seen in a long time.


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    Re: Toughest Schedules for 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by ALA2262 View Post
    Good! They had the most favorable schedule that Roy Kramer could give them for the first twenty years. 1992-2011.
    Ditto. I will give them as much sympathy as they gave us following the Kramer/Phatphil impact on the University of Alabama.
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    Re: Toughest Schedules for 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by uafan4life View Post
    It's early in the season after they'll have only played two complete pansies - that won't test the new team chemistry, especially the O-Line - with us having two weeks to prepare. The only better scenario would be not having to play them, which isn't possible.
    I like Bama's 2013 schedule, but when you look at Texas A&M's schedule, you realize how important that 9/14 game is. A&M has a fairly easy schudule too, apart from playing us. (Both teams play LSU). The winner of the Alabama - Texas A&M game will have a great shot at running the table to win the West. The loser will be in catch-up mode.
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