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NCAA Football Preview Pt. 2

Postby Carrie » Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:59 am

NCAA football columnist Ben Wilder takes on the big boys of the Big 10, Pac 10 and the SEC in his second and final installment of the 2008 NCAA Football Preview.

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Postby C20Percent » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:33 am

Alabama got off to a decent start last year -- the game against FSU notwithstanding -- but they completely lost it in their last 4 regular season games (still didn't lose any game by more than 7 points). I'm pretty excited with the improved offense and an experienced QB under center. If we can survive Clemson and Arkansas, then I think we've got a good chance against Georgia, but if we go into that game with a .500 record, then it's game over.

Mississippi State over Alabama? :smt018

And I'm gonna go with the upset: Wisconsin over Ohio State in the Big-10.

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Postby zombiemichaeljackson » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:39 am

C20Percent wrote: If we can survive Clemson and Arkansas, then I think we've got a good chance against Georgia, but if we go into that game with a .500 record, then it's game over.


I really don't think Arkansas is going to be a problem this year, they probably still have enough talent hanging around to win a few they shouldn't, but overall they're going to have a pretty awful year.

Mississippi State over Alabama?


That's what I thought too, but when I was putting this together I did a pretty ridiculous amount of research and the more I read about Miss St. the more I realized that they have a chance to be really good. They just need Carrol to go from 'efficient' to 'good' and for the receivers to step up.

And I'm gonna go with the upset: Wisconsin over Ohio State in the Big-10.


The problem Wisconsin has is that they have one of the harder in conference schedules in the Big Ten. I think Illinois may surprise people with how well their defense plays this year.
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Postby chap22 » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:40 am

C20Percent wrote:Alabama got off to a decent start last year -- the game against FSU notwithstanding -- but they completely lost it in their last 4 regular season games (still didn't lose any game by more than 7 points). I'm pretty excited with the improved offense and an experienced QB under center. If we can survive Clemson and Arkansas, then I think we've got a good chance against Georgia, but if we go into that game with a .500 record, then it's game over.

Mississippi State over Alabama? :smt018

And I'm gonna go with the upset: Wisconsin over Ohio State in the Big-10.


you might do well to remember that Alabumble hasn't scored an offensive TD on the Dogs since 2004. ;-) additionally, State gets two weeks to prepare for that game this year, while Bama will be coming directly off Saban's first return game to Baton Rouge. even if Bama doesn't get annihilated in that game (which i think they will), Saban may not survive it. those students are gonna have something special waiting for him.

also, State's schedule lines up well, playing UT, Vandy, and UK from the East, while Bama has to play UK, UGA, and UT. i can definitely see the Dogs finishing 3rd in the West (even without my maroon-colored glasses).
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Postby C20Percent » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:50 am

chap22 wrote:you might do well to remember that Alabama (FU!) hasn't scored an offensive TD on the Dogs since 2004. ;-)


A little wager, then? :)

I think the MissStake vs. Alabama game boils down like this -- whichever team has the most to play for will win that game.

This is all a moot point because Alabama is gonna own the SEC is about 2-3 years.

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Postby chap22 » Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:02 pm

C20Percent wrote:A little wager, then? :)

I think the MissStake vs. Alabama game boils down like this -- whichever team has the most to play for will win that game.

This is all a moot point because Alabama is gonna own the SEC is about 2-3 years.
i think honestly at that point they'll both be 6-win teams jockeying for bowl position. and i'll wait until closer to game time to see about injuries, etc before i place any wagers with you. ;-)


but i'll say this...i ain't scared of 'Bama in the least. and i also ain't scared of them "owning" anything any time soon.
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Postby zombiemichaeljackson » Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:04 pm

I didn't get a chance to fit this in the article, but after looking over all the conferences I think they rank like this for the upcoming year.

SEC-duh
Big 12-Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech, and Texas can all have legitimate shots to be *very* good.
Pac 10-there's a little drop off this year as a bunch of the teams, Oregon, Oregon St, Cal, UCLA, are reloading.
Big Ten-They'll be better than last year, but not great.
Big East-They'll fall off a little, and W.Va aren't going to be even remotely as good as people think, but it should be competitve.
ACC-Other than Clemson and maaaaaybe Va Tech this conference is dog poo right now.

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Postby C20Percent » Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:08 pm

No Missouri vs. Oklahoma or Missouri vs. Texas Tech = Total Fail.

I think Kansas gets exposed this year.

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Postby GratefulFred » Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:04 pm

Go Vols!

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Postby Carrie » Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:10 pm

GratefulFred wrote:Go Vols!


What he said. :wink:

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Postby GratefulFred » Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:43 pm

Carrie wrote:What he said. :wink:


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Postby Chris » Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:47 pm

C20Percent wrote:And I'm gonna go with the upset: Wisconsin over Ohio State in the Big-10.


Not with the lack of depth they're not.
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Postby C20Percent » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:01 pm

Chris wrote:Not with the lack of depth they're not.


How about if Wisconsin wins the Big-10 you give me 5 trades -- if anybody else wins I give you 1 trade?

Wait a minute... :smt012

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Postby Chris » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:43 pm

C20Percent wrote:How about if Wisconsin wins the Big-10 you give me 5 trades -- if anybody else wins I give you 1 trade?

Wait a minute... :smt012


Wisconsin lost their shot.

Last year was the year the Buckeyes were supposed to finish second or even third in the Big 10, and Wisconsin was supposed to finish first. I remember all the talk before the season began.

Now, I just don't think Wisconsin has enough, whereas the Buckeyes are pretty much at their peak once more with experienced offense, defense, and depth.
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Postby zombiemichaeljackson » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:18 pm

Chris wrote:whereas the Buckeyes are pretty much at their peak once more with experienced offense, defense, and depth.


I still don't think OSU has enough speed in their front seven to stop a truly elite offense, but I do think that they're good enough to make them have to work up and down the field, and I also think that Wells can grind out enough yards to keep the ball away from the aforementioned offense. So, while I think they can play with USC it will take a perfect game to actually beat them.

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