Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A recent grad's SEC predictions

In the spirit of the week, The Sports VU decided to join the fun and make its own preseason SEC predictions. Is it pointless? Probably, but it's the middle of July and I'm all for anything that helps pass the time until August 28. Also, you'll be able to look back at these in January and commend us on our amazing picks. Or something like that.

Jarred and Aram made their predictions. Now it's time for recent Vanderbilt graduate Will Gibbons to share his wisdom.

SEC East
1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. Tennessee
4. South Carolina
5. Kentucky
6. Vanderbilt

SEC West
1. LSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Mississippi State
5. Ole Miss
6. Arkansas

Offensive Player of the Year:
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Florida
Top Newcomer: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Breakout Player: Demetrius Byrd, WR, LSU
Non-Vanderbilt game you're most looking forward to: Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville (Nov. 1)
One guarantee: I really like Georgia’s personnel and Mark Richt, but this team won’t be playing for the national title, despite the amount of hype it is getting. The Dawgs travel to Arizona State, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina, get Florida in Jacksonville, and face Alabama and Tennessee at home. Georgia Tech is never easy, while Kentucky and Vandy have been pesky for the Bulldogs. The only true cakewalk on the schedule is Georgia Southern, as even Central Michigan is being picked to win the MAC. That’s just too much to ask of any team.
One bold prediction: With Houston Nutt and the excitement he’s generating, Ole Miss will compete for (not necessarily make) a bowl game. Coach O brought in a lot of talent, and Nutt just might coach it up.

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