Ty and Dan talk with SI.com’s Andy Staples about the upcoming SEC season, new names at Alabama, defensive questions at Georgia, the “Clowney Effect” at South Carolina, expectations for Texas A&M, Florida’s ugliness, LSU’s toss sweep, Kentucky’s excitement and much, much more. Plus, more trivia! Just because.
SEC Preview with Andy Staples (7/31)
Today on The Solid Verbal, Ty and Dan preview the SEC with Andy Staples of SI.com, hitting on the hype surrounding South Carolina, Georgia and LSU retooling defenses, excitement at Ole Miss, and James Franklin’s potential employment opportunities.
The guys go team-by-team with Andy and below are some of the questions he addresses surrounding each squad:
Kentucky – Andy predicted failure for Mark Stoops at Kentucky, but not in the spectacular fashion like Joker Phillips. Will he back off his prediction after seeing the Wildcats’ latest batch of recruits? And how does Kentucky build excitement at a “basketball school?”
Arkansas – A common knock against Bret Bielema at Wisconsin was his in-game coaching. How does Andy feel about the new Razorbacks boss and his in-game coaching with a new roster and coaching staff in the SEC? And where does Arkansas’ defensive line rank in the SEC?
Auburn – There’s a history of having great success in the SEC West with limited quarterback play. Is Auburn built to replicate that kind of success on any level this year?
Tennessee – With seven starters returning on the SEC’s worst defense, how much more can Butch Jones squeeze out of his defensive personnel?
Vanderbilt – The Commodores lose Jordan Rodgers at quarterback, but have some athletic options to compete for the job. Is the path forward to use that athleticism to take Vanderbilt to the next level? How are they going to get the offense going in 2013? And what does the future hold for James Franklin?
Ole Miss – When you look who is going to be playing the majority of the snaps for the Rebels, which unit improves the most from 2012 to 2013? Looking at schedule, which could be the most difficult in the conference, is it possible they could be better than their schedule indicates?
Mississippi State – Is there reason to believe the Bulldogs are more just than a team with some nice pieces?
South Carolina – How much of the hype surrounding the Gamecocks is deserved and how much of it stems from the Jadeveon Clowney talk? Are there enough playmakers on offense around Connor Shaw?
Georgia – Georgia might have the best offense in the country, but how far away is the defense from the winning the SEC East?
LSU – What is the difference in LSU receiving the benefit of the doubt in replacing so many starters on defense versus Georgia doing the same? Will Cam Cameron make this offense a more defined unit, and will he keep the toss dive play?
Texas A&M – Does it mean anything that SEC defensive coordinators had an offseason to watch tape on the A&M’s offense and Johnny Manziel? Can the Aggies win in a shoot out? Is the defense built to get a stop at the end of the game?
Alabama – Who’s a name that we don’t know now, but will a month into the season?
Missouri – What are the odds Gary Pinkel will be the coach in 2014?
Florida – Can the offense improve to the point where fans aren’t constantly underwhelmed by it? Can they throw the ball? At all?
As is Dan and Ty’s MO, the show closes out with useless trivia for Mr. Staples.