Steelemas, part dos

Here’s how Steele sizes up the SEC, by position group and coaching:

Aside from Mississippi State’s quarterback ranking, what really jumps out at me is how close Alabama and Georgia are.  The former totals 17 points; the latter, 20.  Just to give you an idea as to both how close and how dominant those two programs are, the next two programs each have the same number of points as ‘Bama and Georgia combined.

30 Comments

Filed under Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, SEC Football

30 responses to “Steelemas, part dos

  1. Doggoned

    Sure hope he’s right about the O-line.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. HirsuteDawg

    Looks like the chickens, 10RC and the “Dors are going to be in a tight – tight race for the bottom – Anchor Down!

    Like

  3. Salty Dawg

    The vowels! Hahahahahahahaha
    I swear! They are nothing but gnats at this point!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. HirsuteDawg

    A&M must have a hell of a running back.

    Liked by 3 people

    • More than one, actually. The issue is how good the run blocking will be this season.

      Like

      • Greg

        and throw in the QB, takes out some of the mystery for a defense. Nonetheless, would rather see Bama anyway……but thinks LSU could have something to say about that.

        Don’t think Bama will run away with things this year…..they’ve lost too much on ‘O. Still thinks that defense may also be suspect, see Ole Miss and UF.

        Thinks Pete Golding has difficulty adjusting….the Ole Miss game was NASTY, they did whatever they wanted last year.

        Like

        • Disagree on Golding — Alabama’s defense improved over the second half of the season.

          Like

          • Greg

            Don’t know….see UF.

            He had that “deer in the headlights’ look all of the Ole Miss game, he was lost. I guess we’ll see.

            Hell, I like him…..hopes Saban doesn’t run him off.

            Like

        • HirsuteDawg

          A&M also number uno in receivers – IF the qb is better than rated here could do some damage

          Like

          • Down Island Way

            And that conversation could/should go the other way, if a&m qb is truly an 11, that receiver group gonna’ have a hard time being a #1 group…as with UGA, 18 should make that receiver group a 2 or a 1.5 group…as with miss st. ol, their qb gonna’ have a dirty jersey all year, if not a 3 step drop and let it fly…

            Like

            • HirsuteDawg

              Thats why we watch, isn’t it. Going to be really interesting to see how they shake out. Would be nice to see someone give BAMA a run for their money in the West and damn I hope we play up to expectations.

              Like

  5. Does CH mean Coach? I guess the Handbags will be calling Steele a dummy today. They are convinced Dopey is one of the top 5 coaches in the game not the conferenceZ

    Liked by 2 people

  6. jcdawg83

    I still can’t buy into the myth of Jimbo being some sort of great coach. Other than losing a close game to Clemson I can’t think of a defining game that would make me think he was a great coach. Bama has destroyed him every year.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. artistformerlyknownasbman

    The Auburn folks have friends and coaches in low places.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. fisheriesdawg

    Lots of ways to scrutinize the math on this one, though. You can go with total points, but if there’s a huge gap between 1 and 2 (or any integers, for that matter), it’s not all that relative. Also, it’s notable that Alabama has five top-ranked units while Georgia and Texas A&M have two each. Nobody else has any except for Matt Corral and Ole Miss.

    What’s clear is that there’s an obvious separation below that group…and A&M may or may not be able to hang on the scoreboard in that top three because the QB position is such an anchor. I’d probably put LSU above A&M for consistency’s sake, but I couldn’t put them over Georgia or Alabama.

    It would be interesting to see how he would rate these programs on a 100-point scale if they’re rated completely independent of one another, i.e the way the old EA NCAA games used to rate individual players.

    Liked by 1 person

    • originaluglydawg

      You’re second sentence is right on. The difference could be a virtual toss up or a gaping crevice in every number.
      But there are a few “ties” which would indicate that if a situation IS toss-up-able or very close the chart just evens them.

      Like

  9. originaluglydawg

    Dawgs passing game matching up well against Florida’s defensive backs.
    Running game looks like it will be effective too. Florida’s very good defensive line will be tested by Georgia’s offensive line and depth of very good RBs.
    Georgia’s QB situation is unbelievably improved over last year (which was Mullen’s ticket to win the East).

    Like

    • fisheriesdawg

      I was listening to a female Florida fan while walking in to the United game yesterday. She seemed convinced that they’re fully back, that Dan Mullen is just as good as Spurrier or Meyer ever were, and that they won’t lose a step with Emory Jones after Trask left and obliquely compared him to Tebow.

      No mention of how much Grantham has improved over the off-season to complete the trifecta, though.

      Liked by 2 people

  10. CB

    I thought Arkansas’ qb looked a little more promising

    Like

  11. spur21

    Nix = Young – don’t think so.

    Like

    • fisheriesdawg

      We should hope he’s right. We know what Nix brings to the table, and if that’s all Young has to offer Atlanta becomes very winnable.

      Also, I watched the two #2 QBs play one another in person last season. One was clearly better. I know the other put up some video game stats a couple of times, but that’s not going to fly against good defenses.

      Like

  12. practicaldawg

    Also notable: the bottom 5 are all SECe teams

    Liked by 1 person