Thursday, May 6, 2010

SEC Power Ranking

The Bleacher Report gives their SEC power rankings and the Cats come in at No 9 on the list. I was surprised to South Carolina ranked No 3 and Georgia No 5 on the list. I was also shocked to see UK ranked ahead of Tennessee in the report.


  1. I posted this elsewhere. I really don't think people realize how ugly Tennessee looks on paper.

    I still think we're a better team than Tennessee coming into the system. They have only four returning starters. They're 107/120 teams in % of yards returning. Their offensive line was an absolute mess, and now with the transfer of Aaron Douglas, they have no returning starters and lots of youth and inexperience. They'll have no one to protect, either, choosing between either a true freshman QB or a juco QB, neither of which were highly touted at all. It is no exaggeration to suggest that this could be the worst Tennessee offense in 25 years.

    Defensively, they're in a similar boat to us: 7 returning starters back, but the ones that they did lose are severe. Eric Berry and Dan Williams were their two best players and will be great NFLers. It's unclear what's going to happen to Darren Myles who appeared to be headed to be a great player.

    Most importantly, they have their 3rd coach in 3 years who has a completely differently personality than the two coaches before him and, presumably, a different personality than the players recruited by Fulmer or Kiffin. Unlike Chizik, Nutt, or Kiffin before him, Dooley did not make tremendous hires when he came to the job. He struggled for three years at freaking Louisiana Tech.

    I don't see how this team is ranked any higher than 5th on more than its tradition alone.

  2. I have been reading some of the same things about UT, and the more I read the better I feel. I sure wish we played them earlier and at home but this may be our best chance ever to beat them. I think we will have a good chance in 2011 also because I think we will be better and we catch them at home again.