SEC Football Q&A: Is Mizzou a Legitimate SEC East Contender?
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From Terry Johnson (@TPJCollFootball) on Twitter: What are the odds that Missouri takes the SEC East? They get UGA with a lot of DB's out...
If Georgia keeps getting players suspended, Missouri's odds will get better and better. The East is still down, although I do think that Georgia and South Carolina will both take a step forward this season.
South Carolina is probably the most talented team in the division, but by virtue of Georgia missing Alabama, Arkansas and LSU out of the West, the Bulldogs are probably the favorite. However, if Georgia falls to Missouri in Week 2, it will throw the entire division up for grabs.
James Franklin is an absolute stud at quarterback for Missouri, and if he's healthy to start the season—which is the assumption at this point—he will be a star in the SEC. Trips to South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, and a visit from defending national champion Alabama, could present problems for the Tigers. But if they beat Georgia and get a break or two, I could see them taking the East.
Over at Your Best 11, my colleague Adam Kramer posted the odds to win the SEC, which 5Dimes listed as 25/1 for Missouri. That's fourth in the East behind Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. I'd probably put them a slight bit ahead of Florida at this point.
From Justin Felts (@jmfelts12) on Twitter: In what world would we [Arkansas] be okay with Phillip Fulmer?
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Well, depending on the situation, this one.
Justin is referring to the report that former Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer had been contacted in some aspect by Arkansas about its coaching vacancy.
I don't like the idea long-term, and I don't think either Fulmer or Arkansas would agree to it on a long-term basis. But if we're talking about Fulmer on a short-term, interim CEO basis, I could hop on board.
Fulmer has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the SEC, posting a career 152-52 career record as a head coach—all at Tennessee. If it's in more of a supervisory role, I think it'd be a good idea.
I doubt it happens though.
From (@kluch53) on Twitter: Was there ever a spring game in the SEC in which a team didn't show promise?
Every team is a national title contender after every spring game. As Ingram Smith of ChuckOliver.net pointed out in response, the same can be said on National Signing Day.
If a coach got up in the post-spring press conference and said that his team was awful, there's no hope, and that this is going to be a rebuilding year, ticket sales would drop.
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