SEC 2010-2011 Season Preview


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Season preview for all SEC conference college football teams. Learn what the biggest challenges each team faces, who will have the biggest impact on the team and whether the team is likely to out-perform the betting line.

Previews are courtesy of Football Preview and the college football odds are courtesy of betED.

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SEC 2010-2011 Season Preview

  1. 1. South East Conference 2010-2011 College Football Season Preview
  2. 2. Alabama Crimson Tide <ul><li>Challenge: Defense
  3. 3. The Tide lost a number of key contributors from their number 2 ranked defense. Talented recruits need to step up.
  4. 4. Watchlist: Mark Ingram
  5. 5. Last year's Heisman trophy winner gets a second shot with basically the same o-line.
  6. 6. Betting Rating: Sell
  7. 7. Too much hype and talent around this team to bet on them. They are +100 to win the SEC. If their defense struggles, bet against them. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Arkansas Razorbacks <ul><li>Challenge: Defense
  9. 9. For this team to compete, the defense that gave up over 400 yards per game last year has to step up and they didn't add many defensive recruits.
  10. 10. Watchlist: Ryan Mallett
  11. 11. Mallett had 3,627 yards and 30 TDs passing last season, but only 55% completion rate.
  12. 12. Betting Rating: Hold
  13. 13. The Razorbacks won't surprise anyone on offense or defense. They are +800 to win the SEC because their d. can't compete. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Auburn Tigers <ul><li>Challenge: Quarterback
  15. 15. It looks like Cameron Newton has won the starting job, but he still has a lot to prove.
  16. 16. Watchlist: Onterrio McCalebb
  17. 17. McCalebb had 600 yards last year playing behind Ben Tate. He's ready for prime-time.
  18. 18. Betting Rating: Buy
  19. 19. It's risky with an unproven quarterback, but their running should be better than anyone expects. They are +500 to win the SEC. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Florida Gators <ul><li>Key Challenge: Defense
  21. 21. A lot of turnover on defense and a new coordinator.
  22. 22. Watchlist: John Brantley
  23. 23. The Gators send a traditional pocket passer to replace Tebow at QB.
  24. 24. Betting Rating: Buy
  25. 25. The turnover on this team should scare bettors away, but Urban Meyer always has the best recruits and is an excellent coach. They are +250 to win the SEC. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Georgia Bulldogs <ul><li>Key Challenge: Switch to 3-4
  27. 27. The Bulldogs' defense left much to be desired last season. At least they can't get much worse.
  28. 28. Watchlist: A.J. Greene
  29. 29. The only consistent performer left on the Bulldogs offense. Competition at QB means they should find someone who can get him the ball.
  30. 30. Betting Rating: Buy
  31. 31. Heavy competition at QB and RB means this team should be better than most teams that lose so many good players while switching systems. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Kentucky Wildcats <ul><li>Key Challenge: Defense
  33. 33. The Wildcats lost a lot of players on defense and they even lost a planned replacement
  34. 34. Watchlist: Randall Cobb
  35. 35. He's not just the leading receiver, but he gets yards running out of the shotgun.
  36. 36. Betting Rating: Buy
  37. 37. They are not getting much respect at +3000 and their offense is good enough to carry them to a few covers. </li></ul>
  38. 38. LSU Tigers <ul><li>Key Challenge: O-Line
  39. 39. The o-line was too small and inexperienced last season. This season, they'll just be too small.
  40. 40. Watchlist: Kelvin Sheppard
  41. 41. He led the Tigers defense with 110 tackles last season. Don't be surprise to see him do it again.
  42. 42. Betting Rating: Buy
  43. 43. One of the best defenses and an excellent recruiting class give this team excellent potential to surprise. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Mississippi State Bulldogs <ul><li>Key Challenge: Scoring
  45. 45. The Bulldogs lost their only real play-maker and don't have a clear-cut number one QB.
  46. 46. Watchlist: Pernell Mcphee
  47. 47. Mcphee led the team in sacks last season and, with most of the defense intact, should be a menace to quarterbacks all season.
  48. 48. Betting Rating: Buy
  49. 49. But only if you're betting under. Their offense will be painful to watch, but the defense should inflict some pain. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Ole Miss Rebels <ul><li>Key Challenge: Quarterback
  51. 51. If Nathan Stanley doesn't work out at QB, the Rebels have little in the way of alternatives.
  52. 52. Watchlist: Pass Rush
  53. 53. Simply put, the Ole Miss front-four and linebacking corps will make the secondary look good with all of the pressure they put on QBs.
  54. 54. Betting Rating: Hold
  55. 55. Their defense will be excellent except for a few game-breaking plays. This inconsistency makes them a hold. </li></ul>
  56. 56. South Carolina Gamecocks <ul><li>Key Challenge: O-Line
  57. 57. Last in rushing and sacks for 3-straight years, the new o-line coach can only help.
  58. 58. Watchlist: Stephen Garcia
  59. 59. Garcia threw for 2,862 yards and 17 touchdowns with an o-line made of cardboard cutouts. Imagine if they give him some time.
  60. 60. Betting Rating: Buy
  61. 61. They have a talented defense and even a slight improvement on the o-line will greatly improve the offense. </li></ul>
  62. 62. Tennessee Volunteers <ul><li>Key Challenge: Turmoil
  63. 63. Lane Kiffin left and some key players may not be returning. The new coach should help the program in the long run.
  64. 64. Watchlist: Tyler Bray
  65. 65. The 6'6” freshman QB looks to have stolen the starting job. As he matures, he will be very dangerous.
  66. 66. Betting Rating: Sell
  67. 67. They have a lot of talent left on the team, but they need a coach to stay for more than a year. </li></ul>
  68. 68. Vanderbilt Commodores <ul><li>Key Challenge: Passing
  69. 69. The Commodores were 119 th in passing efficiency last season and haven't done anything to address the problem.
  70. 70. Watchlist: Warren Norman
  71. 71. Norman averaged 5.5 yards per carry despite everyone knowing Vandy had no legitimate passing option.
  72. 72. Betting Rating: Hold
  73. 73. The Commodores can't pass and can't stop the run. Watch for some value later in the season. </li></ul>
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