Saturday, August 25, 2007

Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miss St Previews

SEC West

Ole Miss (4-8, 2-6)

Season 3 of the Ed Ogeron tenure in Oxford. Brent Schaeffer is out at QB and Seth Adams is in. Benjarvus Green Ellis returns as one of the better running backs in the SEC that no one knows about. Ogeron has improved the recruiting in Oxford, but the wins have yet to come. The Rebels are getting closer as shown by close losses to LSU and Georgia last year. I still think the Rebels will have a tough time getting out the cellar of the SEC West.
Best Case: 6-6
Worst Case: 3-9

Stats Under Ed Ogeron-
7-16 SU
6-7 Home
1-9 Away
0-6 vs Top 10
0-8 vs Top 25
5-10 Off a Loss

Miss State (3-9, 1-7)

Returning Starters: 9 Offense, 5 Defense
Returning Letterman: 43 (23, 18, 2)
Letterman Lost: 22 (6, 13, 30

Sly Croom came out of Spring with a full depth chart for the first time in his coaching stint at Miss State. The Bulldogs will have Michael Henig back at QB, but are still going to struggle on offense. The defense, however, should be pretty stout again but may get wore down by the end of the year.
Best Case: 5-7
Worst Case: 2-10

Stats Under Sly Croom-
9-25 SU
6-14 Home
3-11 Away
0-7 vs Top 10
1-10 vs Top 25
6-18 Off a Loss

SEC East
Kentucky (8-5, 4-4)

Returning Starters: 7 Offense, 8 Defense
Letterman Returning: 59 (29, 28, 2)
Letterman Lost: 20 (10, 7, 3)

The wildcats may have the best QB in the SEC in Andre Woodson. Rafael Little is back at running back after an injury-plagued season last year. One area Kentucky will need to improve is their defense. Rich Brooks main problem is that he has South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida all in his own division (not to mention LSU, Auburn, Arkansas also in the conference).
Best Case: 7-5
Worst Case: 4-8

Stats:
17-30 SU
13-13 Home
3-17 Away
0-6 vs Top 10
0-15 vs Top 25
11-15 Off a Loss


Vanderbilt (4-8, 1-7)

Returning Starters: 10 Offense, 8 Defense
Returning Letterman: 53 (26, 23, 4)
Letterman Lost: 13 (4,7,2)

The wide receiver no one has heard of – Earl Bennett. Chris Nickson is back at QB to lead the Commodore attack of offense. Jonathan Goff is another in the line of strong Vanderbilt linebackers. Nashville is a tough place to play and I think the Commodores can knock off a mid level SEC team this year.
Best Case: 7-5
Worst Case: 4-8

Stats Under Bobby Johnson-
15-43 SU
10-21 Home
5-21 Away
0-5 vs Top 10
1-16 vs Top 2510-29 Off a Loss

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