Monday, March 24, 2014
Poll: Most likely upset next season
By Chris Low
One of the reasons we're so captivated by the NCAA basketball tournament is the reality that we're going to see upsets.
With the Sweet 16 set, we've already seen some dandies -- Dayton over Ohio State and Syracuse, Mercer over Duke and Harvard over Cincinnati.
In the spirit of March Madness, we thought we'd take a shot at predicting what upsets we might see next season involving SEC football teams. Yes, I know this is a basketball conference with the SEC being unbeaten and all in the NCAA tournament, but we'll force ourselves to break away briefly and talk a little football.
So you tell us which of the five games we've selected is most likely to produce an upset by voting in our SportsNation poll. We'll go over the results later in the week.
A few tidbits on the games we selected:
- Utah State returns 15 starters from a nine-win team a year ago -- including what the Aggies hope will be a healthy quarterback in Chuckie Keeton -- and gets what will be an extremely young Tennessee team in the first game of the season. Keeton was second nationally with 17 touchdown passes when he tore his ACL and MCL in early October last season.
- Talk about a nothing-to-win, everything-to-lose game: Missouri has to play at Toledo the second week of the season, and the Rockets gave the Tigers everything they wanted and then some last season in Columbia, Mo.
- Auburn's first road test of the season comes on a Thursday night against a Bill Snyder-coached Kansas State team that would love to pocket an SEC win. The Wildcats are replacing several starters on defense but are not without talent on that side of the ball.
- After getting Ole Miss at home in back-to-back seasons, Alabama has to go to Oxford next season. The Rebels have the talent to pull off the upset and, after 10 straight losses to the Tide, are due to break through.
- Arkansas always seems to play LSU tough, even when the Tigers are clearly the better team. Next season, Arkansas gets LSU in Fayetteville. Not only that, but the Tigers will be coming off what's always an emotionally draining game against Alabama (win or lose).