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    Article 2014 Previews: Rating the Units

    2014 Previews: Rating the Units
    by Jess Nicholas
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    July 26th, 2014 07:17 PM

    While college football might be a numbers game to some, putting objective numbers down to predict a team’s chances in the upcoming season can be a challenge – some say impossible. . The system we present to you tries to do the impossible. What follows is a ranking […]

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    Nice. Thanks Jess.
    I would add the rankings for coaching in the overall category. Then I like our chances even more.
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    Thing that sticks out the most is that we not only rate last in special teams in the west, but last in the whole league.

    If that proves true, there's no way we win the SECW much less the first playoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaMoon View Post
    Thing that sticks out the most is that we not only rate last in special teams in the west, but last in the whole league.

    If that proves true, there's no way we win the SECW much less the first playoff.
    UA wasn't that far off in 2011. Foster was the long kicker (LSU game, anyone?), Shelley sort of put it together as the season went along and Mandell was decent but not a weapon yet. Alabama had good return and coverage personnel due to the athleticism. Here's hoping Griffith follows Shelley's path and Scott or Morris can come through at punter.
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    I think this is a pretty good ranking of the position groups. The only quibble I have is I think that Mizzou's QB is better than UT's. I'm sure you are looking at overall depth. But UT's QB play was a disaster last year. I think that Maul kid will be pretty good.

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    That ST for Bama is an unknown. I'm not sure what to say about it. If they come through though it will be great!


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    Re: 2014 Previews: Rating the Units

    Does UGA really have the best secondary? They weren't good last year, imo, and lost guys in the off season if I'm thinking correctly.

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    Bama dead last in special teams seems crazy with Christion Jones returning kicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaMoon View Post
    Thing that sticks out the most is that we not only rate last in special teams in the west, but last in the whole league.

    If that proves true, there's no way we win the SECW much less the first playoff.
    Probably due to our history of poor field goal attempt coverage.

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    If the same holds true this year, Arkansas will be facing either Missouri or Tennessee in Atlanta at seasonís end.


    Lol the rankings look good though. I would have expected our defensive line to be higher than our DBs with Trey Flowers and Philon anchoring it but that just speaks to the depth that the SEC has at DL

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    Re: 2014 Previews: Rating the Units

    Very interesting Jess!

    Bama's kicking game concerns me greatly and I'm talking about punting not place kicking. I guess if we score every time we get the ball neither will be a problem.

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    Re: 2014 Previews: Rating the Units

    It looks like Jess ranks experience and proven performance above fresh raw talent. This is reasonable. It somewhat explains the unimpressive OL ranking, which only adds to the QB question mark. I understand the DB ranking although I might have guessed LBs would place higher.

    Special teams got severely punished, because the kickers are unknown quantities. However, the coverage and return teams seem pretty good. I expect UA to beat that in-the-cellar ranking.

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    Re: 2014 Previews: Rating the Units

    Quote Originally Posted by JDCrimson View Post
    I think this is a pretty good ranking of the position groups. The only quibble I have is I think that Mizzou's QB is better than UT's. I'm sure you are looking at overall depth. But UT's QB play was a disaster last year. I think that Maul kid will be pretty good.
    It is a depth thing. Mauk almost was my SEC 3rd-team pick. UT has superior depth, which is why I went that way. It's pretty close.
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