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Monday, August 27, 2012
Monday chat wrap

By Edward Aschoff

Another Monday chat is in the books. Here's a nice little summary if you decided to watch replays of your favorite college football game from last year instead of joining the fun:
Gabe (Missouri)
Can the Razorbacks defense break through this year and be the deciding factor we need to finally claim our SEC title.

Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
If Arkansas is going to make a serious push in the SEC West that defense has to be better. It was pushed around by LSU and Alabama last year -- the Hogs' only losses. Depth was a major issue and there are still depth issues at linebacker. The defensive line will be key with DD Jones, Byron Jones and Robert Thomas inside. But can Trey Flowers step up, especially with Tank Wright moving to linebacker? Tevin Mitchel could be an absolute stud at CB, so there is talent here, but Paul Haynes has to make this group more consistent, tougher and more aggressive.

Gabe (Missouri)
Dash can we get this season started already! Can you redeem yourself over Low this season? I see the Razorbacks going 11-1 regular season with only loss coming from Alabama. Do you think our defense is underated. I believe they are the key to making this season count and finally breaking through.

Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
I've been training all summer to make a strong run in the picks. Chris' days of dominance are over.
Wes (Alabama)

How do you think Cordarrelle Patterson will fare in replacing Da'Rick for the Vols?

Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
He has all the talent to be very good, but he now has to learn that playbook on the fly. And he has to be pretty good at learning it. Having Hunter alongside him will help, but we still don't know if he truly is 100 percent. I think you'll see some struggles early from both as they get used to things, but having a talent like Tyler Bray throwing the ball will help. If Patterson adapts well he could be one of the league's top deep threats.

Chase (Red Stick, LA)
There has been some talk on ESPN's CFB shows (Gameday, CFBLive, etc.) that their predictions will be that no team from SEC will be in NCG this year.."This is the year!" With last year having 2 SEC teams in NCG...Kirk and the guys are going the opposite way? Agree or Disagree?

Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I still think LSU is the best team in the country, while Alabama will be right up there this fall. Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina can all push for a BCS run. I don't think an SEC team will get shut out of the national championship. Not with the talent coming back at the top.

Andy (COMO)
I see South Carolina winning the east with a tie breaker. They will have 2 losses as well as UGA and Mizzou, but having beat both those teams they get the division. Would this be to bold of a prediction to say Mizzou ties for the division?

Edward Aschoff (12:11 PM)
I think Missouri brings back enough talent to compete in the East, yes. But I am just not sold on the lack of size. I know coaches and players aren't worried but come mid-October things might be different. You live and die by your lines more in this league. I just don't know if this team can hold up for an entire season. Now, I picked South Carolina to win the East, so I'm with you there. A tie-breaker with UGA won't surprise me. One with Mizzou would.