Best case: The JUCOs act as stop gaps for the defense, we run the ball well enough to mask our passing weaknesses and pull out close ones which would be about 8-4.
Worst case: Our QBs are shit, our discipline problems continue, no one can beat out Jake Holland which would be about 4-5 wins.
Washington State W - Leach is a good coach, but even our average d-line can disrupt his passing schemes. Add a Pac-12 defense and I think we start 1-0.
Arky State W - They've had a good stretch but they've just flat out had better coaches than their opponents. Moderately big win here.
Mississippi State L - Still feel like we'll get carved up by any decent QB and Russell has shown that he's decent. We got some good JUCO lineman coming in but our secondary is still patchwork and that's putting it nicely.
@ LSU L - LSU in death valley, where we haven't won since 1999. Can't imagine that changes.
Ole Miss L - Freeze is good, guys and he has an experienced QB with a higher ceiling than it looks.
Western Carolina W - Obvs.
@ Texas A&M L - Also, obvs.
Florida Atlantic W - Out talent them for an ugly win.
@ Arky L - Until I see that our d-line is as talented and deep as we keep trying to pretend it is I can't pick us to beat a team that will play power run ball.
@ Tennessee W - I think Butch Jones is an upgrade but they've had too much attrition and they lack depth which is Malzahn's specialty.
Georgia L - I don't think UGA is that good this year but they're still better than us. I actually think this is Richt's last year.
Alabama L - Barring a nuclear bomb hitting T-town this is pretty self-explanatory.
5-7 (1-7) is what I see. We'll be much improved, but I can't imagine our fanbase would be too happy with it. This is what happens when you play in a conference with 12 teams that could all win 8+ games. Especially when your QB situation is as bad as ours.
Once Jeremy Johnson settles into the job I think we're bound for great things, but that won't happen this year.
Edited by HFS, 13 February 2013 - 06:01 PM.