September 26, 2017

Early Predictions for Tigers, Dawgs, and Tide

[brian]With the calendar turning to August that can only mean one thing, college football season is now upon us. With local and national call-in shows heating up, and message boards starting to blow up like fourth of July fireworks, the wait is almost over.

But with anticipation comes questions, and one of the most asked questions out there about any team heading into any year is “Can They?”. So here is a quick look at some of the “Can they?” that will undoubtedly be answered this year.

 
CAN THEY RELOAD?

The calling card of all perennial college football powers is their ability not to re-build, but to reload. So with Auburn fresh off of a perfect 14-0 campaign that included a national championship and a Heisman trophy winner, can they reload? The Tigers return only a handful of starters, one of which not named Cam Newton, and have a schedule loaded with tough away games, but have put together a couple of great recruiting classes.

In fact, just signed former Heard County Brave stand-out wide receiver Jaquay Williams who transferred this past spring to Sandy Creek high school for his Senior season.. Look for the Tigers to be tested early with a September 10 matchup against preseason No. 15 Mississippi State.

 
CAN THEY REGROUP?

To say that last season was a disappointment in Athens would be a tremendous understatement. Going 6-7 with two of those losses coming to Central Florida and Colorado, leaves a sour taste in the mouth of UGA fans. The offseason has done little to ease that pain losing arguably the greatest play-maker in UGA history, not named Herschel, when A.J. Green bolted for the NFL draft, and then seeing it’s top two returning rushers in Washaun Ealey and Caleb King being dismissed and ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season.

The silver lining may stand in the form of the biggest question mark from last year in All-American hopeful Aaron Murray at quarterback, coming off of arguably the best freshman season a quarterback has ever produced at UGA. With a little help from an offensive line that returns size and experience, and a top five recruiting class headlined by RB sensation Isiah Crowell, the dawgs have a chance to erase the memory of 2010, and cool the seat of one Mark Richt..

An opening night date with Boise State in the Georgia Dome gives the Dawgs a chance to show early why they could be a force in the SEC East.

 

CAN THEY STAND UP TO THE HYPE?

Most teams would have been thrilled to finish a season with ten wins including a blow-out bowl game win against a then top ten opponent. But coming off of a perfect 14-0 in 2009 and a 12-2 campaign in 2008, the feeling in Tuscaloosa was that the Tide underachieved last season.

The losses of Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram, all-american wide-out Julio Jones, and perhaps one of the most under appreciated leaders in college football in quarterback Greg McElroy, there are definitely questions to be answered heading into the season.

Star back-up RB Trent Richardson showed last year why he is viewed as an early frontrunner for the Heisman, and back-up Eddie Lacy had two 100 yard rushing performances himself.

The quarterback spot is up for grabs with two very capable contenders fighting it out for the starting job in A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims, and transfer WR Deron Carter could be the deep threat to compliment Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks.

The defense should be the Crimson Tide’s strong suit this year as they return the bulk of a young but athletic group from last year. A September 10 date with Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions gives the Tide a chance to answer some of these questions and shine under the bright lights.

 

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