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@barrettsallee Who ends up with more passing yds this year: Tenn, UGA, Ark or Mizzou?— Scott K (@RazorJamon) August 30, 2012
That's a really good question. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if any of those four teams do.
I'm going to go with Arkansas, because I'm a big believer that the Razorbacks offense won't miss a beat without former head coach Bobby Petrino.
The Hogs still have a bona fide stud at wide receiver with Cobi Hamilton, a freak of an athlete at tight end with Chris Gragg, and the staff is really high on the progression of former quarterback Brandon Mitchelland, true freshman Mekale McKay at the two other wide receiver spots.
The average height of those four targets is 6'4". That's huge—literally.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson got very little help from his offensive line last season, but that should change with the return of star running back Knile Davis. His presence should take pressure off of Wilson and allow him more time to find those receivers.
Arkansas won the passing title last season with a 300 yard-per-game average, 56 yards per game more than second-place Georgia.
That's too big of a gap for Georgia, or any team, to make up.
Davis is more of a focal point of the offense, but Wilson and Co. will still air it out.
@barrettsallee if AU starts out 3-0 which is more likely: Auburn’s better than we thought OR CU, MSU were overvalued?— Nick H (@cinco2seis) August 30, 2012
It really depends on how those games go, rather than the win/loss record.
The game vs. Clemson is a mystery, due in large part to the fact that the two teams are bringing in a total of three new coordinators. Any win is a good win in that matchup, unless the offense looks terrible in the process.
Any road win in the SEC is a good win in the SEC, and Auburn's Week 2 matchup vs. Mississippi State is no exception.
If Auburn can squeak out a win, it certainly is a good sign, but certainly not indicative that Auburn is "back." This game has been close for two straight years, including in 2010, when Auburn won by three in Starkville in the national championship season.
I'm not sold on Mississippi State as anything more than a middle-of-the-road SEC team at best, so if Auburn wins a close one, it probably won't have much impact on my opinion of the Tigers one way or the other.
Now if Auburn wins either in a blowout, then Auburn is probably better than people thought.
@barrettsallee Which freshman or sophomore will be the breakout defensive star in the SEC W this year?— Rick Muscles (@RickMuscles) August 30, 2012
Since you said "breakout," that eliminates the easy answer of "Jadeveon Clowney."
If you consider Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson as an unknown, then he would definitely qualify as a candidate to be a breakout player. He's a co-starter at corner for the Gators heading into this season, after starting most of 2011 before suffering a neck injury.
He had 22 tackles and one interception last season, but he should be a stud in the not-too-distant future.
If he doesn't count as a breakout defensive star, I'll stay in Florida with my answer and go with BUCK linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. At 6'3", 277 pounds, Fowler is a monster and has been the talk of fall camp.
He will live up to the hype in 2012.