Friday, June 24, 2011
Reviewing the position rankings
By Edward Aschoff
Now that everyone has had time to digest our position rankings, it's time to take a look back at what the numbers might mean for the season.
These calculations came from our rankings that were based on season projections, talent and body of work.
For our overall team rankings, we took all eight position rankings and found the mean for each team. Obviously, the lower score, the better -- just like golf, which my game still hasn't figured out.
Just for fun, we also listed the number of players teams had in our top 10 player rankings and those in the top five.
Here's how the overall rankings turned out:
So, by our calculations, Alabama is equipped with talent that should propel them to the top of the SEC. Alabama ranked first in three of the position rankings and was in the top five six times.
Arkansas just missed out on bumping the Tide. The Razorbacks tied Alabama with 16 ranked players and 12 making the top five.
Expectations are very high for both teams and they return a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. Circle Sept. 24 on your calender folks because Tuscaloosa will be rocking when these two teams meet.
Georgia pulled an upset by nudging out South Carolina for fourth. That gives Georgia the SEC East in our book. The Bulldogs also had 13 players ranked in our position rankings, with seven making it in the top five. Even with those offensive questions, Georgia has some pieces in place to make a real run in the East.
The Bulldogs would feel right at home in Atlanta for the SEC championship game against Alabama (If our rankings hold true).
Ole Miss pulled itself from double-digits to the ninth spot. The Rebels were 4-8 and 1-7 in SEC play last year, but has the talent to improve on last year's major stumble.
Of course, we aren't proclaiming that this is how the season will pan out, but if it does, well you read it all here first.