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Preseason Guide King Steele Says 6 SEC Teams (Including Vandy) Fit “The National Championship Mold”

Phil-Steele-College-OddsPhil Steele is the master of the preseason football guide.  His book is a treasure trove of information, data, facts, figures, stats, comparisons, charts, etc.  It could be this by-the-numbers approach that helps him put out what are considered to be the most accurate football predictions each year.

Today on his website, Steele has taken a by-the-numbers approach to determining which schools have a good shot at this year’s BCS championship.  You won’t be surprised to learn that six of the 14 schools that fit “the mold” for a national champ come from the SEC.  You will be surprised by one of the SEC school’s on that list.

You can check out the categories he used to whittle the entire FBS down to just 14 programs here.  (Be warned: you may have to re-read a few of his category descriptions multiple times.)  When all of his numbers were crunched his list looked as follows:

 

Alabama — SEC

Florida — SEC

Florida State — ACC

LSU — SEC

Michigan — Big Ten

North Carolina — ACC

Northwestern — Big Ten

Notre Dame — Independent

Ohio State — Big Ten

Oregon — Pac-12

South Carolina — SEC

Stanford — Pac-12

Texas A&M — SEC

Vanderbilt — SEC

 

Personally, I think James Franklin deserves some sort of raise or bonus for raising Vanderbilt’s program to the point that anyone could possibly list the Dores as national title contenders.

Further, here’s hoping for a Vandy/Northwestern BCS Championship Game in January.  Everyone in attendance should be forced to wear a mortar board.

 


9 comments
jscottnes
jscottnes

No Georgia?  Oh, right, BCS champs (other than Auburn) have to play defense.

RoadTrip
RoadTrip

The second Phil Steele typed in Vandy for his list is when he lost every ounce of credibility he may have previously possessed. Vandy - the beneficiary of a ridiculously easy schedule lucked up on a 9 win season. Their starting offensive leaders at QB and RB graduated. Being that they are no longer flying under the radar they will also no longer benefit from being known as Candy. Opponents will actually prepare and take them seriously going forward. IMO they will be most fotunate to win 6-7 games this next season after which Franklin will be off to greener pastures.  

raiders3
raiders3

@RoadTrip The prediction that Franklin will leave the program was made by many UT fans, as well as fans of others schools, immediately after both his first and second seasons.  Interesting to already see predictions that he will leave the program after his third season being made before the first game of the year is played.  Since a ridiculously easy schedule and luck are the reasons Vanderbilt achieved 9 victories, perhaps he should leave.  I know from your insight that he will never again win nine games at Vanderbilt and would fortunate to win 6 games this year.  I know from your insight that coaches didn't actually prepare for Vanderbilt and didn't take them seriously last year.  

Coach Franklin is an outstanding recruiter and plays by the rules.  He doesn't cheat and there will not be any NCAA sanctions while he is at Vanderbilt.  He is already on course for an outstanding recruiting class for 2014.


MoKelly1
MoKelly1

The Big 12 gets no love.

badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

@MoKelly1 And the little 12 would get love for what reason?  Other than the Austin and Norman papers no one thinks their is a top 20 team in the league?

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