Sports 56 WHBlog Q

August 17, 2009

On the Couch

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 9:48 pm

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As the College Football Season gets into the second week of camp, I’ve come up with 5 questions for each team in the SEC and the Memphis Tigers.  These are questions that teams would like to answer before the season gets underway.  Next to the team name is my pre camp predictions which will be re-evaluated after training camp.

SEC East

Florida (11-1 / 7-1)

  1. Is anything short of a title disappointing?
  2. Can Tim Tebow step up to an even bigger challenge and pressure?
  3. Will John Brantley be a key to the offensive success this year?
  4. Who is the best candidate to replace Percy Harvin?
  5. Are there any flaws in the defense?

Georgia (11-1 / 7-1)

  1. Can Joe Cox be good enough for Georgia to contend?
  2. Is Caleb King the next great Georgia back?
  3. Who’s the complement to A.J. Green?
  4. Is the defense improved?
  5. Can the defensive ends get a pass rush?

Tennessee (7-5 / 3-5)

  1. Will confidence in Jonathan Crompton make him become what we thought he’d be?
  2. Is the offense better than a year ago?
  3. Can the running game be good enough to have balanced offense?
  4. Is the defense capable of stealing games?
  5. Can Lane Kiffin coach?

South Carolina (7-5 / 3-5)

  1. Is Steve Spurrier a 7-6 sort of coach?
  2. How patient will Spurrier be with Stephen Garcia?
  3. Who will be the feature back?
  4. Is the offensive line better than a year ago?
  5. Will they have any sort of pass rush?

Kentucky (7-5 / 3-5) 

  1. Can they manage schedule to keep the bowl streak alive?
  2. Can they go 6-0 from October 10-November 14?
  3. How versatile will Randall Cobb have to be?
  4. Can they finally break through in the East?
  5. Are these the best offensive and defensive lines Rich Brooks has had?

Vanderbilt (5-7 / 2-6)

  1. Is the offense better than a year ago?
  2. Can the young receivers grow up?
  3. Are they capable of winning 3 of the 4 final games?
  4. Can the defense steal enough games?
  5. Was last year an aberration?

SEC West

Alabama (11-1 / 7-1)

  1. Can Greg McElroy be at least John Parker Wilson?
  2. Who is the receiver opposite Julio Jones?
  3. Is the talent there to replace losses on offensive line?
  4. Can the defense continue to dominate against the run?
  5. Do the Tide have to be undefeated to win the West?

LSU (10-2 / 6-2)

  1. How long will Jordan Jefferson be the starting quarterback?
  2. Can Rueben Randle or Russell Shepard be the freshman of the year in the SEC?  How much and where will they be used?
  3. Is John Chavis a good answer for a struggling defense?
  4. How many losses will put Les Miles on the hot seat?
  5. Should finishing ahead of Ole Miss be the goal?

Ole Miss (10-2 / 6-2)

  1. Are the Rebs really a top 10 team?
  2. Can they avoid the slipups from a year ago?
  3. Can Greg Hardy stay on the field?
  4.  Is pass defense better?
  5. Will lack of depth on the offensive line hurt the team?

Arkansas (7-5 / 3-5)

  1. Why will the defense be better?
  2. Can the offensive line protect an immobile quarterback?
  3. Is Ryan Mallett this year’s Jevan Snead?
  4. Is their speed catching up to the rest of the SEC?
  5. Are they still a year away and can they be last year’s Ole Miss?

Auburn (4-8 / 1-7)

  1. How many quarterbacks will play?
  2. Can they win more than one game in October?
  3. How long before Ted Roof can get defense back to Auburn like?
  4. How long before Gus Malzahn can get the offense to his liking?
  5. Will Gene Chizik hire look foolish or brilliant?

Mississippi State (2-10 / 0-8)

  1. How much time will Tyler Russell and Chris Relf see this year?
  2. Can State win two non conference games?  What about at least two of the final five?
  3. Can Anthony Dixon flourish in Dan Mullen’s offense?
  4. Can Brandon Cooper step up at defensive end to solidify defensive line?
  5. Who will step up as the second wide receiver?

Memphis (5-7 / 3-5)

  1. Do they have full confidence in starting quarterback?
  2. Do they need to start 5-1 just to get to a bowl?
  3. Why is the defense better?
  4. Can so many new faces make the defense tough to all get on the same page?
  5. How many losses put Tommy West on the hot seat?

Sports Bar “Big SEC Coaching Power Rankings”

  1. Urban Meyer (Florida)
  2. Nick Saban (Alabama)
  3. Houston Nutt (Ole Miss)
  4. Mark Richt (Georgia)
  5. Bobby Petrino (Arkansas)
  6. Les Miles (LSU)
  7. Rich Brooks (Kentucky)
  8. Bobby Johnson (Vanderbilt)
  9. Steve Spurrier (South Carolina)
  10. Tommy West (Memphis)
  11. Lane Kiffin (Tennessee)
  12. Dan Mullen (Mississippi State)
  13. Gene Chizik (Auburn)

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There’s plenty happening this month in Tunica.  For a complete list of events and attractions in Tunica, Mississippi, click on the link below.  Get easy access to the casinos, golf courses, and all other entertainment. 

Here are some coming attractions:

Carlos Mencia (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: September 04

Carlos Mencia, superstar/stand-up comedian, is undoubtedly one of today’s most lauded entertainers and feared comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience.

B.B. King (Gold Strike) 888-245-7529

Date: September 05

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 76, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever.

Jon B. & Damon Williams (Sam’s Town) 800-456-0711

Date: September 12

These Comedians material is universal and there’s something for all ages. There popularity has provided them the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business.

Chicago (Harrah’s) 800-946-4946

Date: October 02

In 1967, Chicago musicians Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Robert Lamm, and Peter Cetera formed a group with one dream, to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns. Their dream turned into 20 Top Ten singles, 12 Top Ten albums (five of which were #1), and sales of more than 120 million records.

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Don’t forget to join me every Thursday afternoon at Tunica National for our three person scramble.  $25 gets you nine holes of golf, a dinner following your round and an opportunity at great prizes, including $150 in promotional chips for closest to the pin.  Just call 662-357-0777 or 866-833-6331. 

Have a Great Week!


1 Comment »

  1. I don’t think you have Bobby Johnso ranked high enough. I’m not even a Vanderbilt fan, but that guy doesn’t get to play by the same rules as those with whom he competes, and,yet, Vandy is dangerous every year. Houston Nutt is ranked too high. He never even won a conference championship at Arkansas.

    Comment by Chris — August 18, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

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