So, in the switch of platforms from SB Nation to ESPN, we lose Bill’s voluminous, meticulous team-by-team analysis in exchange for a division-by-division look. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to garner from his take. You’ll find his SEC West preview quite informative.
For one thing, S&P+ projects the West to be one tough neighborhood: its top five teams rank 1, 4, 8, 10 and 13, respectively, and even the two lowest teams come in at a respectable 39 and 48. Only one team projects to win at least 9 games (do I really have to tell you which?).
This is a pretty typical story for most of the teams in this division: “S&P+ projects A&M 13th overall — and projects an average win total of seven. That says a lot.”
There are also some great individual tidbits, like this one about Nick Saban’s management skills:
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has, of late, gone through coordinators like Spinal Tap drummers.
• 2015: offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart
• 2016: offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin (and, for one game, Steve Sarkisian), defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt
• 2017: offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt
• 2018: offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi
• 2019: offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Pete Golding
That’s insane. That’s eight different coordinators in five seasons.
Interestingly, Bill thinks we’re starting to see a few cracks in the ‘Bama foundation. If so, that’s good timing for Georgia.