I don’t put much stock in what happened last year, or the year before, or the year before that, etc. This is college football. Each year there is an entirely new team.
The other thing that stands out to me in college football is how important the schedule is. And whether the game is home or away is a huge part of the relative difficulty of the schedule.
Last year I thought we would have a good team - and we did. However, the schedule was just BRUTAL. It was one of the most difficult schedules that I can recall us having. So last year I predicted an 8-4 or 9-3 outcome based on the difficulty of the schedule.
This year’s schedule is considerably easier. Burrow is gone; Tua is gone; and Fromm is gone. Our QB will be a sophomore and has gained some experience in the school of hard knocks. He’ll be better. In fact, like T Boyd, I believe he’ll be one of the best QB’s in the SEC.
Now what about this year’s O-line? Regardless of an easier schedule, how can we have a better team when we’re replacing 4 guys on the line? Like schedule, the experience of the O-line is usually another very important factor in the success of a team. I think we’ll be OK. Here’s why. First, last year’s line was probably just a notch above average. They weren’t great but they didn’t suck as much as many thought. Reaching the same standard shouldn’t be an insurmountable task. Second, once again schedule is such an important factor. The line will have 5 games to get much needed experience.
We’ll beat A Burrow-less LSU. Ditto for Georgia. Our toughest games will Texas A&M and the game @UAT.
I see us as 10-2 in the regular season. It’s all about the schedule.
War Eagle 🦅 .