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August 24, 2013

2013 Southeastern Conference Preview

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2013 Southeastern Conference Preview

 

Today, we conclude our college conference previews.  To some, it could be thought that we begin our professional football previews.  The SEC is in a league by itself, Bob Stoops’ opinion notwithstanding.  There have been seasons in the past where an undefeated team from the SEC failed to receive the opportunity to play for the national championship, but those days are long gone.  With one final year remaining in the BCS Bowl alignment, the SEC will try to produce the national champion for the eighth consecutive season.  Alabama owns three of those previous seven championships, including the last two.  No team has ever officially won three consecutive national championships, and the Tide is a heavy favorite to run the table with a memorable season similar to 1992 and 1979.

 

Alabama will be favored in every game this season, but running the table in this league is not much different than running the table in the NFL.  In actuality, five league teams could compete for the national title.  Thus, we shall pick no team to run the table in the SEC.  The only thing that could prevent the SEC from winning that eighth consecutive title is not getting the opportunity to play for it.  Can a 12-1 SEC champion skip over an undefeated team from the Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12?  This could be the year where the SEC champ sits in that situation.  Alabama could go 12-1 and have to settle for the Sugar Bowl, because we believe at least two teams from the other power conferences will run the table.

 

Concerning the Tide, Coach Nick Saban cannot automatically inscribe his team’s name on the trophy.  There are spots on both sides of the ball that need new starters.  Yes, this powerhouse reloads rather than rebuilds, but it leaves the Crimson Tide with a couple of liabilities that can be exploited.  One of those new starters that will step in without the team missing a beat is running back T. J. Yeldon.  Yeldon averaged 6.3 yards per rush as the key backup last year, and he showed the nation what he could do in the opener against Michigan

 

Yeldon will draw in defenses for quarterback A. J. McCarron to exploit through the vertical passing game.  McCarron reminds us a lot of another QB that once wore crimson—Bart Starr.  Starr played in an era where Johnny Unitas and Sonny Jurgensen produced the gaudy stats, but Starr was the one cashing the most championship checks.  McCarron actually had a higher passing efficiency than the two top stars at Georgia and Texas A&M.  He completed 67+% of his passes for an average of 9.3 yards per attempt and with 30 TDs to 3 Int.  Those numbers are more than adequate to be considered a top Heisman Trophy candidate.

 

McCarron has most of his receiving targets coming back, including Amari Cooper and his 1,000 receiving yards.

 

On defense, Alabama takes a back seat to nobody, except maybe the Baltimore Ravens.  There are holes to plug in the secondary and in the interior line, but ‘Bama’s second teamers would still go 9-3 if they were a separate team, so the new starters will be much better than average.

 

There are three Western Division teams capable of upsetting the Tide on a given Saturday.  LSU must replace a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but the Tigers start a lot of juniors and seniors.  The underclassmen still get a good deal of experience, so don’t expect much regression in Baton Rouge.

 

Coach Les Miles has an offense that will be potent this year.  Quarterback Zach Mettenberger may be no better than third or fourth best in the division, but he has a chance to play at the next level.  Running backs Jeremy Hill and Kenny Hillard will combine for 1,200-1,500 yards and 20-25 touchdowns.  Almost all the pass catchers return, and the offensive line has four starters that should play for pay in a couple years.

 

According to our preseason ratings, the Ole Miss Rebels are the most improved team in the nation this season.  Second year coach Hugh Freeze surprised fans across the South when he guided the Rebels to a bowl game in his first season, following a disastrous 2-10 mark the year before.  There is a chance Ole Miss could sneak into division title contention if the defensive backfield can improve enough.

 

Freeze welcomes back 19 starters and adds the best recruiting class seen in Oxford since the days of Johnny Vaught.  If it were not for a brutal schedule that finds the Rebels playing at Texas, and at Alabama in back-to-back games, we would forecast a BCS At-large Bowl Bid for this team.  Quarterback Bo Wallace should improve upon his 2012 numbers (63.9%/2,994 yds/22 TD/17 Int.) with a year of experience in Freeze’s no-huddle offense.  Keep an eye on receiver Donte Moncrief, as we believe he is on the cusp of a major breakout season with 85-90 receptions for 1,200 yards.

 

Texas A&M is one of two teams in limbo as the season approaches.  Quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has made headlines and could be looking at a suspension for selling autographs.  Even if he plays, we do not believe he has the wherewithal or fortitude to lead his team.  A swollen head rarely performs at peak performance, and it is our opinion that he will not replicate his big statistics of last season.  While our ratings do not factor this belief, they will factor the loss in rating if he cannot play.  Manziel’s loss would cost the Aggies roughly 9.4 points per game.  For now, A&M gets these 9.4 points.

 

Two Western Division schools introduce new coaches to the league in 2013, and both of the pair know how to coach and get positive results.

 

Gus Malzahn takes over at Auburn after guiding Arkansas St. to a conference title.  The Tigers dropped off a mountain in the two years following their national championship, and the Tigers lost their last two Iron Bowl games to their rival by a combined score of 91-14.  Malzahn should immediately produce results in Jordan-Hare Stadium, but the War Eagles have way too much ground to make up in one year and will probably come up short at least one times too many for bowl eligibility.

 

Bret Bielema has landed at Arkansas after doing yeoman’s work at Wisconsin.  He brings a power running game philosophy with big passing targets at the tight end position.  It will take him a couple seasons to create a new mold, as this team was built for the quick passing game.  Year one should see another losing mark in Fayetteville.

 

Mississippi St. began 2012 with seven consecutive wins, but none of those victories came at the expense of a bowl team.  A closing schedule of Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Arkansas, and Ole Miss saw the Bulldogs go 1-4, yielding 38.5 points in the four losses.  In the Gator Bowl, MSU lost to Northwestern to make it a 1-5 finish.  It would not surprise us one bit if the Bulldogs lose eight games this year, even though our ratings call for a .500 season.

 

The Eastern Division has not won a conference championship since Tim Tebow led Florida to the 2008 national title.  Last year, Georgia came very close to pulling the upset over Alabama in the title game.  That team was really good, but this team should be even better.  Georgia may actually have the best chance of going 12-0 before the conference title game, but we figure that with a schedule that includes Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, and Florida, as well as Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs will stumble at least once.

 

Aaron Murray must be considered a Heisman Trophy contender.  After all, he was voted as the preseason number one QB by the coaches’ poll ahead of McCarron and Johnny Football.  Last year, he completed 64.5% of his passes for 3,893 yards and an average per attempt of 10.1 yards!  Usually, a double-digit ypa means an option qb threw 60 passes for 600 yards.  No, Murray attempted 386 passes.

 

A couple of high quality receivers are no longer around for Murray, but he still has Malcolm Mitchell and big tight end Arthur Lynch.

 

What makes the Bulldogs so deadly on offense is the running game.  It used to be that teams ran to set up the pass, but Georgia can do it in reverse.  If defenses don’t plan to stop Murray’s downfield passing attack, they are committing suicide.  Thus, putting eight in the box is like playing Russian Roulette with only one empty chamber in the firearm.  Backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall teamed for 2,144 yards and 25 scores on the ground in 2012.  It’s pick your poison if you are an enemy defensive coordinator.

 

Now add to the equation the fact that the entire starting offensive line returns, and Georgia fans can expect their team to average 40-45 points and gain 475 to 500 yards per game.

 

The only possible impediment that could keep the Bulldogs from repeating as Eastern champs is a defense that is a bit too generous and must break in a host of new starters.  Alabama torched the ‘Dogs for 512 yards.  Tennessee gained 478.  Nebraska gained 443, and yet UGA won two of these contests.

 

Added to the defensive woes for this season are the losses of Alec Ogletree, Shawn Williams, Jarivs Jones, and Bacarri Rambo, the top four tacklers from a year ago.

 

If Georgia does not win the Eastern Division flag, South Carolina should.  The “Ole Ball Coach” has guided the Gamecocks to consecutive 11-2 seasons, and Steve Spurrier welcomes back enough talent to compete for another 11-win season.  Like Georgia, USC lost a considerable amount of talent on the defensive side, but The Gamecocks have one very big advantage.  They have the best defensive player in college football returning to the defensive flank.  Jadeveon Clowney has no peer at defensive end.  A year ago, the behemoth made headlines for a bone-shattering tackle in the offensive backfield at the Outback bowl, but take a look at his stats, as they are even more eye-popping.  He recorded a league best 23.5 total tackles for loss with 13 sacks.  The SEC routinely has the most NFL-caliber offensive tackles in the nation, and still Clowney could not be contained.  Opponents can eliminate him only by running to the opposite flank.

 

The Carolina offense returns its key contributor for the ninth year in a row.  Spurrier runs the offense much like Tom Landry ran the Dallas Cowboys’ offense for close to three decades.  You can always count on USC to average about 380-400 yards per game and 31-35 points per game.

 

Florida has too much of a rebuilding project this year to be a serious contender in the division, but the Gators have the talent to beat out everybody else for third place.  Jeff Driskel plays in virtual anonymity in a league with so many star signal callers, but he has an NFL arm.  Unfortunately, this year, he does not have the same quality of receivers as last year.  To add to the troubles, the Gators must replace Mike Gillislee at running back.

 

There are more holes on the defensive side of the ball as five of the top six tacklers from last year are gone.

 

After Florida, the next three spots are up for grabs.  Missouri, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt will jostle for the four, five, and six spots.

 

Tennessee welcomes Butch Jones as its new coach.  We believe of the four new coaches to enter the league, Jones will have the most success in year one, as he inherits a team that underperformed greatly in 2012.

 

The offense must break in a new quarterback, and that man figures to be Justin Worley.  Worley benefits by enjoying the best offensive line in the league if not in the entire nation.  The Vols are especially talented inside, and that should bode well for their running back tandem of Marlin Lane and Rajion Neal.  This duo teamed for 1,366 yards, and it is likely that they will move that number north of 1,750 yards this year.

 

Part of the reason for the bump in rushing yards is due to the fact that Tennessee lost two receivers that heard their names called early in the 2013 NFL Draft.  The Vols do not have a receiver on this year’s roster that can equal Justin Hunter and Cordarelle Patterson.

 

Tennessee played matador defense last year, giving up more points and total yards (428 pts/5,666 yards) than any stop unit in school history.  We have a suspicion that having Jones on the sidelines will be worth at least seven points improvement per game on this side of the ball.  If so, look for the Big Orange to return to a minor bowl this year.

 

Vanderbilt is coming off its most successful season since 1948 and first nine-win season since World War I.  Third year coach James Franklin is a hot commodity and has already turned down offers to coach elsewhere.  He has simply led the Commodores to bowl games in consecutive seasons and just signed the best recruiting class in Vandyland since the days of Coach Henry “Red” Sanders.

 

Vanderbilt suffered a major black eye in July, and the wound is still oozing.  Four players were dismissed from school and later indicted for an alleged rape on an unconscious student.  A fifth player has since been indicted for alleged evidence tampering.  The other four had never played for the Commodores, but one of those involved was expected to compete for a starting spot this year and had NFL potential.

 

However, that fifth player was one of the top players on the team.  Chris Boyd was suspended with less than two weeks to go before the opening game, and that leaves the black and gold in a bind.  Boyd would have teamed with Jordan Matthews to form the best two-man receiving punch in the league.  Without Boyd, Matthews figures to see a lot of extra attention from pass defenders.  His catch total might actually go up, but his yards per catch is headed south.

 

Austyn Carta-Samuels takes over for Jordan Rodgers at quarterback.  Carta-Samuels has prior starting experience at Wyoming, but the SEC and the Mountain West are not comparable.  Also missing from the offense is all-time leading rusher Zac Stacy, who rushed for 1,141 yards and 10 TDs last year.

 

The defense should be as talented this year as last, but the offense may force it to stay on the field a bit longer.  The secondary is very talented with two players capable of becoming NFL draft picks.  Andre Hal and Kenny Ladler combined for four interceptions and 19 Passes Defended.

 

Missouri was on course for a rather decent first season in the SEC until star quarterback James Franklin went down with an injury in October.  Three close losses followed, and the Tigers finished 5-7.  Franklin returns for one final season, and MU has the pieces in place to reverse that record and head back to a bowl in 2013.

 

Kentucky has a lot of ground to make up before the Wildcats can compete for sixth in the Eastern Division.  New coach Mark Stoops has already received commitments that would make this next recruiting class one of the best ever in Lexington, but the only thing Wildcat fans can look forward to this fall is the commencing of basketball practice in mid-October.  The Cats could very well go 0-8 in league play for the second year running.

 

New Teams: None

 

Departures: None

 

Pre-season PiRate Ratings

Southeastern Conference

East Division

Team

Conf.

Overall

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Georgia

0-0

0-0

121.4

117.4

121.7

South Carolina

0-0

0-0

119.8

116.7

119.5

Florida

0-0

0-0

117.8

113.3

116.0

Missouri

0-0

0-0

114.1

109.7

112.9

Vanderbilt

0-0

0-0

109.8

106.8

109.2

Tennessee

0-0

0-0

107.6

107.5

107.2

Kentucky

0-0

0-0

100.0

100.9

98.1

     

 

 

 

West Division

Team

Conf.

Overall

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Alabama

0-0

0-0

132.9

123.9

133.7

Ole Miss

0-0

0-0

122.0

117.2

122.0

Texas A&M

0-0

0-0

122.0

114.7

121.9

L S U

0-0

0-0

120.2

117.3

120.6

Mississippi St.

0-0

0-0

109.2

109.6

109.3

Auburn

0-0

0-0

105.5

103.5

103.9

Arkansas

0-0

0-0

101.7

107.3

99.8

     

 

 

 

League Averages    

114.6

111.8

114.0

 

 

Official SEC Preseason Media Poll

 

Pos

Team Points 1st Place

Eastern Division

1

Georgia

1570

149

2

South Carolina

1474

75

3

Florida

1300

19

4

Vanderbilt

858

0

5

Tennessee

694

0

6

Missouri

577

0

7

Kentucky

331

0

     

Pos

Team Points 1st Place

Western Division

1

Alabama

1681

225

2

Texas A&M

1333

11

3

L S U

1324

7

4

Ole Miss

883

0

5

Auburn

579

0

6

Mississippi St.

516

0

7

Arkansas

488

0

     

Picks To Win SEC Championship

1

Alabama  

182

2

Georgia  

38

3

South Carolina  

18

4

Texas A&M  

4

5

L S U  

1

 

Official Media SEC Preseason All-SEC Teams

OFFENSE

First-Team  
Pos Player Team
QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
RB T. J. Yeldon Alabama
RB Todd Gurley Georgia
WR Amari Cooper Alabama
WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt
TE Arthur Lynch Georgia
OL Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama
OL Jake Matthews Texas A&M
OL Anthony Steen Alabama
OL Gabe Jackson Mississippi St.
OL Travis Swanson Arkansas
     
Second-Team  
Pos Player Team
QB A. J. McCarron Alabama
RB Tre Mason Auburn
RB LaDarius Perkins Mississippi St.
RB Keith Marshall Georgia
WR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss
WR Mike Evans Texas A&M
TE Rory Anderson South Carolina
OL Antonio Richardson Tennessee
OL Jon Halapio Florida
OL Chris Burnette Georgia
OL JaWuan James Tennessee
OL Reese Dismukes Auburn
     
Third-Team  
Pos Player Team
QB Aaron Murray Georgia
RB Matt Jones Florida
RB Jeff Scott Ole Miss
RB Alfred Blue L S U
WR Malcolm Mitchell Georgia
WR Jarvis Landry L S U
TE Brian Vogler Alabama
OL La’el Collins L S U
OL Josh Williford L S U
OL Wesley Johnson Vanderbilt
OL A. J. Cann South Carolina
OL Zach Fulton Tennessee
OL James Stone Tennessee
OL Jonotthan Harrison Florida
     

DEFENSE

First-Team  
Pos Player Team
DL Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina
DL Dominique Easley Florida
DL Anthony Johnson L S U
DL Chris Smith Arkansas
LB C. J. Mosley Alabama
LB A. J. Johnson Tennessee
LB Denzel Nkemdiche Ole Miss
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama
DB Craig Loston L S U
DB Loucheiz Purifoy Florida
DB Deion Belue Alabama
     
Second-Team  
Pos Player Team
DL Xzavier Dickson Alabama
DL Ed Stinson Alabama
DL Dee Ford Auburn
DL Jeoffrey Pagan Alabama
LB Adrian Hubbard Alabama
LB Jordan Jenkins Georgia
LB Lamin Barrow L S U
DB Damian Swann Georgia
DB Andre Hal Vanderbilt
DB Marcus Roberson Florida
DB Vinnie Sunseri Alabama
     
Third-Team  
Pos Player Team
DL Garrison Smith Georgia
DL Daniel McCullers Tennessee
DL Alvin Dupree Kentucky
DL C. J. Johnson Ole Miss
LB Ronald Powell Florida
LB Tahj Jones L S U
LB Trey DePriest Alabama
LB Avery Williamson Kentucky
DB E. J. Gaines Missouri
DB Charles Sawyer Ole Miss
DB Jalen Mills L S U
DB Chris Davis Auburn
     

SPECIALISTS

     
First-Team  
Pos Player Team
P Kyle Christy Florida
K Carey Spear Vanderbilt
Ret Odell Beckham, Jr. L S U
All-Purp Bruce Ellington South Carolina
     
Second-Team  
Pos Player Team
P Cody Mandell Alabama
K Cody Parkey Auburn
Ret Bruce Ellington South Carolina
All-Purp Odell Beckham, Jr. L S U
     
Third-Team  
Pos Player Team
P Steven Clark Auburn
K Zach Hocker Arkansas
Ret Andre Debose Florida
All-Purp Loucheiz Purifoy Florida

 

 

PiRate Ratings Summary

 

About Grades

93-100         A+

86-92           A

79-85           A-

72-78           B+

65-71           B

58-64           B-

51-57           C+

44-50           C

37-43           C-

30-36           D

0-29             F

 

About Predictions

Predictions are based on the PiRate Ratings with home field advantage factored in.  The PiRate Ratings use different home field advantages for every game, since the opponent factors into the equation.

 

Eastern Division

 

Team

Florida Gators

               
Head Coach

Will Muschamp

               
Colors

Orange and Blue

               
City

Gainesville, FL

               
2012 Record              
Conference

7-1

Overall

11-2

               
Grades              
Run Offense

86

Pass Offense

76

Run Defense

87

Pass Defense

84

               
Ratings              
PiRate

117.8

Mean

113.3

Bias

116.0

               
Rankings              
PiRate

14

Mean

18

Bias

19

               
Prediction              
Conference

5-3

Overall

8-4

 

 

Team

Georgia Bulldogs

               
Head Coach

Mark Richt

               
Colors

Red and Black

               
City

Athens, GA

               
2012 Record              
Conference

7-1 (lost in SEC Champ. Game)

Overall

12-2

               
Grades              
Run Offense

94

Pass Offense

97

Run Defense

80

Pass Defense

75

               
Ratings              
PiRate

121.4

Mean

117.4

Bias

121.7

               
Rankings              
PiRate

9

Mean

3

Bias

8

               
Prediction              
Conference

7-1 (lose in SEC Champ. Game)

Overall

11-2

 

 

Team

Kentucky Wildcats

               
Head Coach

Mark Stoops

               
Colors

Blue and White

               
City

Lexington, KY

               
2012 Record              
Conference

0-8

Overall

2-10

               
Grades              
Run Offense

61

Pass Offense

70

Run Defense

69

Pass Defense

60

               
Ratings              
PiRate

100.0

Mean

100.9

Bias

98.1

               
Rankings              
PiRate

57

Mean

59

Bias

71

               
Prediction              
Conference

0-8

Overall

3-9

 

 

Team

Missouri Tigers

               
Head Coach

Gary Pinkel

               
Colors

Black and Gold

               
City

Columbia, MO

               
2012 Record              
Conference

2-6

Overall

5-7

               
Grades              
Run Offense

77

Pass Offense

92

Run Defense

76

Pass Defense

70

               
Ratings              
PiRate

114.1

Mean

109.7

Bias

112.9

               
Rankings              
PiRate

30

Mean

30

Bias

31

               
Prediction              
Conference

3-5

Overall

7-5

 

 

Team

South Carolina Gamecocks

               
Head Coach

Steve Spurrier

               
Colors

Garnet and Black

               
City

Columbia, SC

               
2012 Record              
Conference

6-2

Overall

11-2

               
Grades              
Run Offense

72

Pass Offense

92

Run Defense

89

Pass Defense

84

               
Ratings              
PiRate

119.8

Mean

116.7

Bias

119.5

               
Rankings              
PiRate

12

Mean

6

Bias

12

               
Prediction              
Conference

7-1

Overall

11-1

 

 

Team

Tennessee Volunteers

               
Head Coach

Butch Jones

               
Colors

Orange and White

               
City

Knoxville, TN

               
2012 Record              
Conference

1-7

Overall

5-7

               
Grades              
Run Offense

79

Pass Offense

74

Run Defense

73

Pass Defense

66

               
Ratings              
PiRate

107.6

Mean

107.5

Bias

107.2

               
Rankings              
PiRate

40

Mean

37

Bias

41

               
Prediction              
Conference

3-5

Overall

6-6

 

 

Team

Vanderbilt Commodores

               
Head Coach

James Franklin

               
Colors

Black and Gold

               
City

Nashville

               
2012 Record              
Conference

5-3

Overall

9-4

               
Grades              
Run Offense

75

Pass Offense

72

Run Defense

70

Pass Defense

81

               
Ratings              
PiRate

109.8

Mean

106.8

Bias

109.2

               
Rankings              
PiRate

37

Mean

39

Bias

38

               
Prediction              
Conference

2-6

Overall

6-6

 

 

Western Division

Utah Utes

                 
Team

Alabama Crimson Tide

 
                 
Head Coach

Nick Saban

 
                 
Colors

Crimson and White

 
                 
City

Tuscaloosa, AL

 
                 
2012 Record                
Conference

7-1

 
Overall

13-1

 
                 
Grades                
Run Offense

98

 
Pass Offense

97

 
Run Defense

100

 
Pass Defense

97

 
                 
Ratings                
PiRate

132.9

 
Mean

123.9

 
Bias

133.7

 
                 
Rankings                
PiRate

1

 
Mean

1

 
Bias

1

 
                 
Prediction                
Conference

7-1

 
Overall

12-1

 

 

 

Team

Arkansas Razorbacks

               
Head Coach

Bret Bielema

               
Colors

Cardinal and White

               
City

Fayetteville, AR

               
2012 Record              
Conference

2-6

Overall

4-8

               
Grades              
Run Offense

70

Pass Offense

66

Run Defense

80

Pass Defense

55

               
Ratings              
PiRate

101.7

Mean

107.3

Bias

99.8

               
Rankings              
PiRate

50

Mean

38

Bias

59

               
Prediction              
Conference

1-7

Overall

5-7

 

 

Team

Auburn Tigers

               
Head Coach

Gus Malzahn

               
Colors

Burnt Orange and Navy

               
City

Auburn, AL

               
2012 Record              
Conference

0-8

Overall

3-9

               
Grades              
Run Offense

69

Pass Offense

72

Run Defense

68

Pass Defense

72

               
Ratings              
PiRate

105.5

Mean

103.5

Bias

103.9

               
Rankings              
PiRate

43

Mean

45

Bias

44

               
Prediction              
Conference

1-7

Overall

5-7

 

 

Team

L S U Tigers

               
Head Coach

Les Miles

               
Colors

Purple and Gold

               
City

Baton Rouge, LA

               
2012 Record              
Conference

6-2

Overall

10-3

               
Grades              
Run Offense

90

Pass Offense

88

Run Defense

85

Pass Defense

79

               
Ratings              
PiRate

120.2

Mean

117.3

Bias

120.6

               
Rankings              
PiRate

11

Mean

4

Bias

9

               
Prediction              
Conference

6-2

Overall

10-2

 

 

Team

Ole Miss Rebels

               
Head Coach

Hugh Freeze

               
Colors

Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue

               
City

Oxford, MS

               
2012 Record              
Conference

3-5

Overall

7-6

               
Grades              
Run Offense

88

Pass Offense

93

Run Defense

90

Pass Defense

78

               
Ratings              
PiRate

122.0

Mean

117.2

Bias

122.0

               
Rankings              
PiRate

7

Mean

5

Bias

6

               
Prediction              
Conference

6-2

Overall

9-3

 

 

Team

Mississippi St. Bulldogs

               
Head Coach

Dan Mullen

               
Colors

Maroon and White

               
City

Starkville, MS

               
2012 Record              
Conference

4-4

Overall

8-5

               
Grades              
Run Offense

75

Pass Offense

73

Run Defense

82

Pass Defense

69

               
Ratings              
PiRate

109.2

Mean

109.6

Bias

109.3

               
Rankings              
PiRate

38

Mean

31

Bias

37

               
Prediction              
Conference

3-5

Overall

6-6

 

 

Team

Texas A&M Aggies

               
Head Coach

Kevin Sumlin

               
Colors

Maroon and White

               
City

College Station, TX

               
2012 Record              
Conference

6-2

Overall

10-3

               
Grades              
Run Offense

84

Pass Offense

99

Run Defense

78

Pass Defense

84

               
Ratings              
PiRate

122.0

Mean

114.7

Bias

121.9

               
Rankings              
PiRate

6

Mean

12

Bias

7

               
Prediction              
Conference

5-3

Overall

9-3

 

 

This closes the college football conference previews.  Beginning Monday, we commence with our NFL previews.  Additionally, on Tuesday, we will publish our regular weekly college ratings and spreads for week one of the FBS season.

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