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@BarrettSallee who has more red flags on offense? Alabama or LSU?4— Ben Wallace (@Bill_Braskyy) May 23, 2014
LSU, for sure.
Alabama's offensive questions center around quarterback Jacob Coker. The Florida State transfer might be solid, but he always has those running backs to fall back on—despite some roster turnover on the offensive line.
The problem with Alabama's offense is that all of its eggs are in Coker's basket. But even if he struggles, he should be able to fall back to "caretaker" status, and Alabama will be just fine.
LSU's offensive red flags are much more abundant.
I think true freshman Brandon Harris will win that quarterback job over Anthony Jennings and do fine, but he will make some freshman mistakes. A big reason is because LSU doesn't have any reliable receivers. Travin Dural is decent and had that big game-winning catch against Arkansas last year, but head coach Les Miles really needs true freshman Malachi Dupre to come in and be a star right away to stabilize that offense.
Sure, Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard are capable running backs and Leonard Fournette is coming in, but LSU needs to be multi-dimensional, and the combination of an inexperienced quarterback and an unproven wide receiving corps is a big red flag for the Tigers.
@BarrettSallee do you South Carolina's secondary will be ok this year?— Trifecta J (@Trifecta_J) May 23, 2014
Yeah, it'll be ok.
A lot will be made about the loss of Victor Hampton, but he was quite inconsistent last year. Jimmy Legree exhausting his eligibility is much more concerning.
Rico McWilliams didn't play last year but could secure one starting spot at corner. Jamari Smith moved over from running back and is competing with Sidney Rhodes, Ali Groves and several freshmen all vying for playing time. Safety Brison Williams is a solid option who can play either safety or corner, so there is some flexibility.
What South Carolina really needs is a pass rush, and I think they'll get it. Sure, Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles and Chaz Sutton are gone, but J.T. Surratt, Gerald Dixon, Gerald Dixon Jr., Darius English and several other talented defensive linemen return.
Lorenzo Ward is a good defensive coordinator, and he'll make sure those guys will generate some pressure and help out the secondary—whoever ends up starting back there.
Is going bowling a realistic expectation for Bielema in year two? RT @BarrettSallee: Today is SEC Q&A day. Send those questions in, folks!— Tyler Woessner (@TylerWoessner) May 23, 2014
Realistic? I'd lean more toward a bowl game being an optimistic expectation for this year's Arkansas team given the roster issues, the division it plays in and the schedule it was dealt.
The Hogs get UAB, Nicholls State, Northern Illinois out-of-conference at home, and travel to Texas Tech in mid-September in an interesting matchup between the SEC and Big 12. Texas Tech is going to be pretty darn good, but wins in the other three are likely—although I wouldn't necessarily etch a win over Northern Illinois in stone.
The Hogs draw Georgia and Missouri out of the East, which is a tough draw. I'm not sure what to make of Missouri yet, particularly sans wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, but Georgia is a legit title contender this year with a great offense and a defense that will be properly coached for the first time in a long time.
Ole Miss at home and Mississippi State on the road will be tough, but certainly winnable.
I don't think Arkansas will make a bowl, but it wouldn't totally shock me if it did. A bowl game is attainable, but I'd put it a little on the optimistic side.
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Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All recruiting rankings are courtesy of 247Sports, and all stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com.
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