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May 28th
Bama, Auburn teams to beat this week
Written by News Desk   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:30

pughBy Don Pugh, Sports Prognosticator

Okay folks, back again. This week is the preview to the SEC West.

7. Arkansas should be improved on both sides of the ball, but that doesn't mean another last place SEC season is out of the question for the Razorbacks, who are still trying to rebuild and upgrade their roster after the whole Bobby Petrino fiasco. Qualifying for a bowl berth would be a significant step for Bielema, but a long road awaits and it starts opening weekend against Auburn and does not get smoother.

6. Mississippi State- Two things will be key to success this year. Dak Prescott and the defense. The Bulldogs are returning a lot of talent on defense and Prescott should be a dual threat at QB. Special teams will be a problem child and could cost them some close games.

5. Texas A&M- How do you replace Manziel, Evans and the other weapons the Aggies lost? You don't right away, and it may be a few years before A&M is again in the spotlight.

4. Ole Miss- The Rebel's play in perhaps the toughest division in college football, so a huge jump should not be expected. Ole Miss returns a ton of talent and will be a tough team and with a few upsets may find themselves atop the division. They will have to pull upsets against LSU, Alabama and Auburn to do this, but it can happen.

3. LSU- A rebuilding Tigers team could find it very hard to reach 10 wins this year. New faces are everywhere and no proven QB could be really bad news. A strong defense could be a savior but with Bama and Auburn on the schedule, it could be too much to ask.

2. Auburn- Again as in the East, this could be a tossup not decided until November 29th. Auburn is returning a ton of talent lead by QB Nick Marshall. The defense wasn't great last year but they lost some good ones that will be hard to replace. Instead of 12-2 last year Auburn could have been a 9 win team. If no magic comes out this year a repeat will be hard to do.

1. Alabama – The Tide has some holes to fill on defense but should have enough talent to be a tough squad. On the offense, Yeldon and Henry should be a great 1-2 punch. The QB position will be wide open, but I look for Coker to develop into a great replacement for McCarron.

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