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2012 Preseason SEC Football Rankings

2012 SEC Football RankingsIn the second edition of our college football conference previews we will be looking at the powerful SEC.  The Southeastern Conference is hands down the best football conference in all of the NCAA as demonstrated by the fact that a team from the conference has won the BCS National Championship every year since 2006.  The list includes the Florida Gators in 2006, the  LSU Tigers in 2007,the Florida Gators in 2008, the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2009, the Auburn Tigers in 2010, and the Alabama Crimson Tide again in 2011.  The 2012-2013 season should be another dominant year for the SEC as several teams are legitimate National Championship contenders with 5 teams in the top 15 in the nation.  Currently, Alabama is ranked #1, LSU is #3, Georgia #7, South Carolina #8, and Arkansas #13.

2012 SEC Football Rankings

1A.  Alabama Crimson Tide

It’s really hard to make a call between Alabama and LSU heading into this year.  Both teams lost a ton of talent to the NFL and both team have plenty of blue chip recruits ready to step in.  Considering the fact that LSU wet the bed in the BCS National Championship game we will give Bama the slight edge.  Alabama also benefits by having junior QB AJ McCarron back to lead the offense.

1B.  LSU Tigers

One could make the case that LSU is the more talented team heading into the 2012-13 football season.  Their defense should be as good as ever.  However, the Tigers will be relying on the inexperienced Zach Mettenberger to lead the offense.  That means they will likely lean heavy on the ground game.  If LSU is going to win a National Title this season they are going to need a more balanced offensive attack.

3. Georgia Bulldogs

The Georgia Bulldogs were one of the few SEC teams not raided by the NFL draft.  All major pieces of the offense will be back this season including QB Aaron Murray, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Malcolm Mitchell, WR Michael Bennett, WR Marlon Brown, and WR Tavarres King. The biggest questions come from the offensive line as they will lose the services of OL Cordy Glenn, OL Ben Jones, and OL Justin Anderson. They will also return 10 starters on defense.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

Steve Spurrier has the Gamecocks getting better and better each year.  South Carolina seems poised for another big year as they return the best running back in the nation with  Marcus Lattimore and promising young quarterback Connor Shaw.  The only thing holding SC back is their tough schedule!

5.   Arkansas Razorbacks

Offensively, the Razorbacks are ready to compete with the likes of Alabama and LSU for a SEC Championship.  While the defense has been steadily improving they are not quite there yet.  Thrown in the fact that Arkansas plays in the SEC West and you have the #5 team in the SEC.

6.  Missouri Tigers

Missouri is a newcomer to the SEC and will likely take some time getting used to the defensive minded approach common throughout the conference.  They should be able to quickly adapt offensively with QB James Franklin running the show.  The big questions is how he will perform against some of the top defenses in the nation.

7.  Auburn Tigers

Many have written off Auburn from title contention after chalking up their 2010 National Championship to superstar Cam Newton. However, the Tigers could surprise some people if their young defense can continue to make progress.

8.  Texas A&M Aggies

No one really knows what to expect from Texas A&M this season following their move from the Big 12 and the hiring of head coach Kevin Sumlin.  The Aggies do have talent and could be a wildcard in the SEC West.

9.  Florida Gators

The Gators are loaded with top ranked recruits but have struggled to find an identity on offense the last few seasons.  This will be the 4th straight year with a new offensive coordinator which means there will be some more growing pains in Gainesville – that is if they can find someone to play QB.

10.  Vanderbilt Commodores

Vandy has a lot of positives going for them this year- most notably a pretty easy schedule.  They will not play LSU, Alabama, nor Arkansas this season.  If they can handle South Carolina and/or Georgia they could end up surprising quite a few people this season.

11.  Tennessee Vols

The Vols have an abundance of talent but head coach Derek Dooley has largely failed to develop it.  If head can somehow turn the corner to save his job this team could be bowl eligible.

12.  Mississippi State

It’s hard to compete in the SEC if you can’t beat anyone in your own division.  Mississippi State has been better of late but until they can beat someone other than Ole Miss, they will continue to be cellar dwellers.

13. Kentucky Wildcats

There is not much to like in Lexington heading into the season.  The offense just flat out needs to get better if this teams is going to compete at all.

14.   Ole Miss Rebels

A terrible offense combined with a terrible defense is not usually a recipe for success.  New head coach Hugh Freeze has a monster task at hand getting the Rebels competitive.  It could be a very long year in Oxford!

Top Weekend Events 09/09-09/11

Well, it’s Thursday.  I totally blew is and forgot about Labor Day and my week’s been all messed up.  So, your Wednesday Top Weekend Events post is coming to you one day late.  Happy Thursday!

The top weekend event is the US Open Tennis – Session 24 which is the Men’s Semifinals.  The US Open has been plagued by rainy conditions.  Top players Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were infuriated with the United States Tennis Association for starting their matches in a light mist yesterday.  Their matches were halted after a mere 15 minutes.  The players stated that they didn’t feel “protected” and that the Association was solely after money.  The four players are rescheduled to play today, weather permitting, and whoever comes over the victor will go on to play this weekend in the Quarterfinals tomorrow and semifinals on Saturday and Sunday.

Of course, not to be out shown, NCAA Football is large and in charge on the top weekend list.  The top game this weekend is Penn State vs. Alabama, which kind of seems like an odd pairing; a Big-Ten team versus an SEC Team.  Alabama is ranked #3 and Penn State at #23.  If Penn State upsets the Crimson Tide, it would be a momentous occasion. 

The Notre Dame vs. Michigan game should be of no surprise to draw huge interest.  Both teams draw huge crowds on their own, but since it’s drivable distance between the two, the interest is even greater. Even more so, this game will be played under the lights of Michigan Stadium and both teams will be wearing retro uniforms.

For your concert news and events, Grace Potter will take the stage this Sunday in Nashville.  Her celebrity has really increased a lot after her discovery by Kenny Chesney on You Tube.  That’s not the bands only claim to fame, they have written many tracks for One Tree Hill, performed at 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival and opened for Dave Matthews Band in 2008.  Keep your eye on Grace Potter and the Nocturnals!

In summation, things to keep your eye on in the coming future NCAA Football (obviously), NFL Football, MLS Soccer, and Jason Aldean.

Top Weekend Events 09/09/2011 – 09/11/2011

1.)    US Open Tennis – Session 24, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, NY – Saturday, September 10th

2.)    Penn State vs. Alabama, Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA  – Saturday, September 10th

3.)     Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI – Saturday, September 10th

4.)    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN – Sunday, September 11th

5.)    Texas vs. BYU, DKR Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX – Saturday, September 10th

6.)     Boston College vs. Central Florida, Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL – Saturday, September 10th

7.)    Rice vs. Purdue, Rice Stadium , Houston, TX – Saturday, September 10th

8.)    North Carolina vs. Wake Forest, BBT Field, Winston-Salem, NC – Saturday, September 10th

9.)    Central Arkansas vs. Louisiana Tech, Jose Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA – Saturday, September 10th

10.) Mississippi State vs. Auburn, Jordan-Hare Stadium,  Auburn, AL – Saturday, September 10th

2011 College Football Pre-Season Rankings

#1 Auburn Tigers

The Top Ranked Auburn Tigers without Cam Newton will hope to repeat in 2011.

With the NFL labor dispute threatening the 2011 NFL season, college football is gearing up and is ready to satisfy your football fix.  Although summer seemingly just begun, many college football programs are beginning their summer camps in preparation for the first game in early September.  It’s hard to believe that is only a month and a half away!

The 2011 NCAA Football season should be another exciting one as prominent football programs Nebraska and Colorado changed conferences.  The Nebraska Cornhuskers decided to leave the Big 12 and join the Big 10.  This could not have come at a better time for the Big 10 as annual BCS contenders Ohio State’s future is up in the air following the NCAA investigation of Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor deciding not to come back.  The Colorado Buffaloes also decided to join the ranks of the PAC 10 and will be sure to form some natural rivalries with schools on the west coast.

To no ones surprise, the 2010-11 BCS National Champions Auburn Tigers are the preseason favorites this year.  It will be interesting to see if they can overcome the loss of the dynamic Cam Newton and continue their unbeaten streak.  If they have trouble adjusting, the TCU Horned Frogs will have a shot at the BCS crown.  The would be quite a feat for a team from the Mountain West. PAC 10 powerhouses Oregon and Stanford, along with LSU and Alabama of the SEC also have strong teams heading into the season and could contend for a National Championship.  The rest of the Free Ticket Classifieds Blog top 10 is below:

2011 College Football Top 10

  1. Auburn Tigers
  2. TCU Horned Frogs
  3. Oregon Ducks
  4. Stanford Cardinal
  5. Ohio State Buckeyes
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. Wisconsin Badgers
  8. LSU Tigers
  9. Boise State Broncos
  10. Alabama Crimson Tide

Other programs to keep an eye on:  Nevada Wolfpack, Arkansas Razorbacks, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Florida State Seminoles, Missouri Tigers, Texas A&M, NC State, and Nebraska.

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