College Football SEC West Preview Podcast NCAA Predictions Odds From Mitch on Tonys Picks TV 7-18-2017

July 18, 2017

Mitch from Sports Chat Place guests on the Tonys Picks TV Show and offers his picks, predictions, previews and odds from the SEC West Conference.

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SEC West Preview
Alabama Crimson Tide—
14-1 a year ago with their only loss coming to Clemson in the Championship Game 35-31. They were 14-0 after beating Washington 24-7 in the semifinals. Jalen Hurts returns under center for his sophomore campaign and he can hand the ball off to Bog Scarbrough. They open with Florida St in Atlanta then comes Fresno St and Colorado St. They get LSU at home and have to travel to Auburn and Texas A&M. Crimson Tide was the top scoring defense in college football allowing 13 points a game and number one against the run.
Auburn Tigers—
Coming off an 8-5 season and lost in the Sugar Bowl 35-19 to Oklahoma. Jarrett Stidham is the favorite to win the job at quarterback. The sophomore saw limited action at Baylor in 2015 throwing 109 passes for a 69% completion percentage. They were the 112th passing team last year and that needs to be improved. Auburn travels to Clemson on September 9th. They host Alabama and Georgia but must travel to LSU, Arkansas as well as Texas A&M. Lots of experience backing Stidham at the running back and wide receiver position.
LSU Tigers—
LSU was 8-4 in 2016 and defeated Louisville in the Citrus Bowl 29-9. Ed Orgeron is in his first full year with the Tigers. He must replace five starters on offense and six on defense. Senior Danny Etling is the leading contender at quarterback. Tigers were 101st in the passing game last year. Defense was solid allowing 15.8 points a game which was fifth best in college football. They open with BYU in Houston. They get Auburn, Arkansas and Texas A&M at home. They travel to Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Florida.
Texas A&M Aggies—
Head coach Kevin Sumlin on the hot seat after an 8-5 season. They were beaten in the Texas Bowl by Kansas St 33-28 as a 3 point favorite. It is a three man race for the starting quarterback position with redshirt freshman Nick Starkel the favorite. The team was 46th in passing last year. Defense was a major issue for the Aggies last year finishing 91st against the pass and 80th against the run. Under Sumlin we have seen Texas A&M lacking size when they stepped up in competition against Alabama and LSU. They open at UCLA and have road games at Florida, Ole Miss and LSU. They get Auburn and Alabama at home.
Arkansas Razorbacks—
Brett Bielema is another coach on the hot seat after a 7-6 season. They blew a huge lead in a 35-24 defeat in the Belk Bowl to Virginia Tech as a seven point underdog. Senior Austin Allen returns under center and will have an experienced line. Arkansas had trouble stopping the run allowing 206 yards per game which was 94th in the nation. Opponents put up 31 points on the Razorbacks which was 85th in college football. They have a home game with TCU and host in the SEC Auburn and Mississippi St. They travel to Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and play Texas A&M in Arlington Texas.
Mississippi St Bulldogs—
Dan Mullen enters his 9th year with the Rebels. Led them to a 6-7 record in 2016 after beating Miami Ohio 17-16 in the St Petersburg Bowl as a 14 point favorite. Nick Fitzgerald returns under center for his junior year with returning playmakers around him. Bulldogs were the 120th ranked passing defense in college football last year allowing 281 yards passing per game. The team allowed nearly 32 points per game which was 93rd in the nation. They have a weak non-conference schedule. Road games in the SEC are at Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M and Arkansas. They get LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss at home.
Mississippi Rebels—
Hugh Freeze enters his sixth season at Ole Miss also on a hot seat after a 5-7 season. They missed a bowl game for the first time in four seasons. Chad Kelly exits the program and sophomore Shea Patterson is the favorite to win the job. He had one good start against Texas A&M last year as a freshman but struggled in his final two games under center. His line is experienced by playmakers are not. Ole Miss was 120th against the run plus gave up 34 points per game ranking 100th in the nation. Rebels travels to California in the non-conference plus has road games in the SEC at Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi St. They host LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
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