2012 SEC West Football Projections

By: Maize_in_Spartyland

 

Now just 7 days from the beginning of college football, its time to unveil the 2012 SEC-West Conference projections! On Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 PM EST on ESPNU, SEC newcomer Texas A&M Aggies travel to Shreveport, Louisiana to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

 

On Saturday, the remaining SEC West teams are in action, at night. Five of the teams start at 7:00 PM EST, with the Auburn Tigers taking on the Clemson Tigers in Atlanta, Georgia on ESPN; the Arkansas Razorbacks, under interim head coach John L. Smith, take on the FCS Jacksonville State Gamecocks on ESPN3; the LSU Tigers begin their SEC Title defense, taking on the North Texas Mean Green on ESPNU; Ole Miss Rebels, under near head coach Hugh Freeze, welcome in the FCS Central Arkansas Bears on ESPN3; and the Mississippi State Bulldogs meet in-state FCS Jackson State Tigers on ESPN3. In the Game of the Week, the Alabama Crimson Tide open their BCS National Championship defense, facing the Michigan Wolverines at 8:00 PM EST on ABC.

Projected

Team

Overall

Conference

1

LSU

(11-1)

(7-1)

2

Alabama

(10-2)

(6-2)

3t

Auburn

(9-3)

(5-3)

3t

Arkansas

(9-3)

(5-3)

5t

Mississippi State

(7-5)

(3-5)

5t

Texas A&M

(7-5)

(3-5)

7

Ole Miss

(3-9)

(0-8)

 

Meet the favorites . . .

 

(1) LSU Tigers

Yes, LSU loses their quarterback and a wide receiver. Still, I like the Tigers to improve at the quarterback position, despite the loss of Jefferson. The running back corps are largely intact, as well. And you know the defense will be strong. Despite having LSU at the top again in 2012, I do have them with one loss – playing Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M, and Arkansas away from home will likely lead to one loss. Hosting Alabama and South Carolina is no breeze, either.

 

(2) Alabama Crimson Tide

Following the 2010 BCS National Championship, I said the Tide would not find themselves at the top of the SEC West. Sure enough, they didn’t, sustaining numerous losses to the NFL. Still, they had a pretty good season, knocking off Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. This year feels a lot like the 2011 season. The Tide lose Richardson at running back and have numerous holes on the defensive side. The non-conference schedule is largely a cakewalk absent the opener against Michigan. Road trips to Arkansas and LSU could prove troublesome, as well as a home contest with Auburn.

 

(3) Auburn Tigers

I’ll give Auburn the nod over Arkansas here. If Petrino was still head coach at Arkansas, they would probably be in sole place of third, if not second, in my predictions. Having Scot Loeffler as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator should help the Auburn offense, as Loeffler was a one time quarterbacks coach for Tim Tebow while at Florida. Auburn does lose Dyer to a transfer, but the quarterback situation should be more stable, especially with the transition to a more pro style offense. The wide receiving corps is largely intact, as well. Circle November as the key month for Auburn. The Tigers face both Georgia and Alabama that month, which could be the difference between being in the top half and the bottom half of the division.

 

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