Daily Archive for April 5th, 2008

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SEC bulks up its non-conference schedule

Source: AJC.com 

The SEC gets a bad rap for weak non-conference scheduling and in past years that criticism has been well deserved. But I would stack these five non-conference games against any five that any other conference will play in 2008. Note that none of these games will be played on an SEC campus:

1. Clemson vs. Alabama, Aug. 30, Georgia Dome: With running backs James Davis (of Atlanta) and C.J. Spiller returning, plus quarterback Cullen Harper (of Alpharetta) and wide receiver Aaron Kelly (of Marietta), Clemson is the preseason favorite to win the ACC. After a late season collapse in 2007, Alabama hopes to be better in the second season under Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide will find out in a hurry what kind of team they have.

2. Georgia at Arizona State, Sept. 20: The Sun Devils were 10-3 and shared the Pac-10 title with Southern Cal in their first year under coach Dennis Erickson. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter returns with a very good group of receivers. Arizona State will view this game as a major test of their credibility in Erickson’s second season.

3. Arkansas at Texas, Sept. 13: The Longhorns hope to put some fire in their defense which, at times, wasn’t very good last season with the hiring of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. Quarterback Colt McCoy, who is 20-6 as a starter, expects his junior year to be his best. After tune-ups against Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe, new Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino gets his first real test.

4. Tennessee at UCLA, Sept. 1: The Volunteers, who lost in the SEC championship game last December, have all kinds of questions about their defense, which wasn’t very good a year ago and has lost LB Jerod Mayo. The Bruins will be making their debut under new coach Rick Neuheisel. What better way to jump-start the UCLA program (and recruiting against Southern Cal) than to knock off a high-profile program from the SEC? Norm Chow, UCLA’s new offensive coordinator, will give Tennessee DC John Chavis a lot to think about.

5. Auburn at West Virginia, Oct. 23: This will be one of the wildest games of the season. West Virginia, now under new coach Bill Stewart, will continue to run one of the best spread offenses in the game under quarterback Pat White. Auburn has installed the no-huddle spread and will try to play even faster. West Virginia is the defending Big East champions and loves to play on Thursday nights in Morgantown. It will be interesting to see how Auburn performs in that kind of atmosphere.

End of Spring Defensive Breakdown

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End of Spring Offensive Breakdown

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