The college football season is just about a month away and the media invaded the camps of the top football programs across the country. This time of year is dominated by the media as they perform their media days and get an inside look at the teams, coaches and offer up predictions for the upcoming season.
The SEC was the big highlight as they are considered one of the best football conferences in college football, although Florida State won the championship last season.
The media days side show does give coaches a chance to praise their team and build hype for the upcoming season. Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt is very excited about the upcoming season. He really likes returning an offense that averaged nearly 500 yards and 36.7 points per game that could only get better with some healthier components returning, and he thinks his defense will play smarter. The addition of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has Richt excited that his team is finally ready to take a leap into championship status. Despite all of those moves and changes the media has predicted that the Georgia Bulldogs will be the second banana in the conference to the Alabama Crimson Tide, of course.
Alabam is no stranger to being selected as the champ, although they are often wrong more times than not. Alabama was voted the preseason favorite to win the conference, although that title has been a bit inauspicious. The media has struggled to pick the champion, especially when they have targeted the Crimson Tide. The media is 4-of-22 trying to pick the correct champion and 0-of-5 picking Alabama as said champion. Some teams have other reasons to be motivated.
The Kentucky Wildcats were selected to finish in dead last. The Wildcats will return 16 starters and have a highly touted recruiting class that will report this fall, so there is some hope that things can get better in the short-term. Head coach Mark Stoops was not happy with the predictions and will undoubtedly use it this year to motivate his team.
Finally there were even some predictions that were completely out of left field. The previously unidentified media member that projected Arkansas, one year after going winless in the conference, will win the SEC in Bret Bielema’s second season, is perhaps going out on a limb. Anything can happen, but that surely is a risky selection for anyone that wants to bet on Arkansas to win the SEC.
The media days are fun to watch and there are always some great quotes that come from elite coaches like LSU’s Les Miles and Alabama’s Nick Saban, but they are nothing more than fluff to hold over the college football fan until the season starts. Hang in there it is almost here.
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