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    Things to keep an eye on in 2013

    Alabama

    The passing game. AJ McCarron returns for his Senior year after an insane Junior season where he threw 30 touchdowns to 3 interceptions while completing nearly 68% of his passes. But more importantly is that this Alabama receiving corps is just flat out beastly. Several prominent college scouts have said that 1-6 Alabama has the best group in the country. You put that with McCarron and Yeldon in the backfield....

    LSU

    Jeremy Hill. As a freshman he rushed for 755 yards. Now the catch is that he only had 13 carries the first 6 games of the season.... People close to the program say he has looked amazing so far this year and they expect him to carry the load in the fall.

    Florida

    The quarterback position. Jeff Driskel will be the starter obviously but after that they have nobody. Jacoby Brissett transferred out and the backups on the roster have looked awful this spring. If Driskel goes down so will the Gators.

    Georgia

    The secondary. The Bulldogs lost 3 very good starters from their secondary. That might not matter in the SEC East where passing isn't gonna be a big factor. But if they get to the SEC Championship and play somebody like Alabama or Texas A&M it could be a big deal.

    South Carolina

    Mike Davis. He may not be Marcus Lattimore but South Carolina was pretty good without him in 2012. But all reports are that Mike Davis has looked great in camp and he averaged over 5 yards per carry in 2012 as a freshman.

    Tennessee

    The passing game. The Vols are practically starting from scratch losing their Quarterback, top 3 receivers and tight end from 2012. Not too good considering that the team struggled to run the ball and relied on the passing game.

    Auburn

    The offensive playcalling. Fans who have attended the practices and spring game as well as players are saying that Gus Malzahn has them running so many offensive looks and schemes that defenses will have no idea what is coming on any given play. A long shot from 2012 where teams knew exactly what Auburn was gonna run (literally see the Miss State game).

    Vanderbilt

    The defensive line. People were saying that the defensive line was the strength of the team in 2012 and they lost some key players. Well in the spring game the defensive line had 12 sacks.

    Arkansas

    The running game. Arkansas is expected to field a run-heavy offense in 2013 with as many as 6 backs getting a varied split of reps in practice and the spring game. Considering what they have returning and who they play against defensively it could be a tough start for the new coach.

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    I really think Alabama will 3Peat! They are just too good!

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    And their schedule hardly suggests otherwise.

    Two things are going to have to happen to Florida's offense this year. First, Driskel is going to have to show a lot of improvement as a decision maker in the pocket. Second, the offensive line has to do a much better job of protecting him than they did last year. With Brissett gone, Pease isn't likely to run him as much. That security blanket of a very talented quarterback just waiting in the wings isn't there anymore. Driskel's feet were a huge key to masking what was otherwise a putrid offense last season and to keep him upright through 13-14 games, it doesn't make sense to run him as much as we did last year.

    The defense is unlikely to be as dominant as it was for most of last season again this year. So the offense has to step up in a big way or we will lose every meaningful game we play.

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    Georgia

    The secondary. The Bulldogs lost 3 very good starters from their secondary. That might not matter in the SEC East where passing isn't gonna be a big factor. But if they get to the SEC Championship and play somebody like Alabama or Texas A&M it could be a big deal.
    Nah, UGA has no problem finding DBs. The concern is the front 7, they haven't had a tough Run D in years and have to rebuild the pass rush. The rocks in the front 7 are Jenkins, Herrera, and Smith -- all question marks at the other four spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcityroller View Post
    Alabama
    Auburn

    The offensive playcalling. Fans who have attended the practices and spring game as well as players are saying that Gus Malzahn has them running so many offensive looks and schemes that defenses will have no idea what is coming on any given play. A long shot from 2012 where teams knew exactly what Auburn was gonna run (literally see the Miss State game).
    Yesh, if there's one thing Gus can do it's give defensive coordinators fits. Last season's attempt to transition into a pro style scheme was a complete disaster and it made very little sense with so many spread athletes on the roster. Our recent history shows way more success with the the hurry-no huddle and there's nobody better to run it than the man who perfected the system.

    Gus did accomplished an amazing season with less than one year with Cam Newton. Just imagine what's ahead with 3-4 years of Jeremy Johnson.

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