2015 SEC Conference East Preview College Football From Mitch on Tonys Picks TV 7-21-2015

July 28, 2015

Mitch from Sports Chat Place guests on the Tonys Picks TV Show and offers previews from the SEC Conference East for the upcoming 2015 campaign.

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SEC Conference East Previews:

Florida Gators: 2014: 7-5 overall and 4-4 in SEC East
They were involved in lots of close games a season ago. Former Colorado St head coach Jim McElwain takes over the program. The team has road games at Kentucky, Missouri, LSU and South Carolina with a neutral site game against Georgia. Non-conference games are all at home to New Mexico St, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida St. McElwain’s strength is getting production from his quarterback.
Regular Season Win Total: 7 ½ wins.
Georgia Bulldogs: 2014: 10-3 overall and 6-2 in SEC East.
It was a two game improvement for the Bulldogs last year. Losses to South Carolina on the road and to Florida cost the team a shot at the SEC title game.
They have road games at Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech with a neutral site game against Florida. The Gators have Alabama at home. Their non-conference schedule is Louisiana Monroe, Southern and Georgia Southern at home with the Yellow Jackets on the road.
There is a competition at quarterback with three candidates vying for the position. Nick Chubb returns and was productive so the club could absorb the loss of Todd Gurley. The team lacks experience at quarterback and wide receiver.
Regular Season Win Total: 9 wins
Kentucky Wildcats: 2014: 5-7 overall and 2-8 in SEC East.
Mark Stoops improved the club by three wins in 2014. The team opened up 2014 at 5-1 then lost six straight to close the season. 14 starters return in 2015 with seven on each side of the field. The team has road games at South Carolina, Mississippi St, Georgia and Vanderbilt. They have Auburn at home. In non-conference the team has home dates against Ul Lafayette, Eastern Kentucky, Charlotte and Louisville. The club scored nearly 12 more points in 2014 than the 2013 campaign. Junior Patrick Towels returns under center for the Wildcats.

Regular Season Win Total: 6
Missouri Tigers: 2014: 11-3 overall and 7-1 in SEC East.
Back to back SEC East champions. They lost to Alabama 42-13 in the 2014 SEC title game. 12 starters return in 2015. The Tigers have road games at Arkansas St, Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Arkansas. Their non-conference schedule has home dates to SE Missouri St, Connecticut BYU at Kansas City and Arkansas St on the road. Maty Mauk returns under center. Missouri saw their point production fall by 12 points in 2014.
Regular Season Win Total: 7 ½
South Carolina Gamecocks: 2014: 7-6 overall and 3-5 in SEC East.
It was a disappointing year for South Carolina as their win total fell by four games from the previous three seasons. The defense digressed as their unit allowed 30 points a game in 2014 which was ten point higher than in 2013. The team has 12 starters back from 2014 with only four on offense. The team has road games at Georgia, Missouri, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Their non-conference opponents are North Carolina at a neutral field then home to UCF, The Citadel and Clemson. They host LSU. The QB job is between sophomore Connor Mitch and true fresnman Lorenzo Nunez.
Regular Season Win Total: 7
Tennessee Volunteers: 2014: 7-6 overall and 3-5 in SEC East.
It was the first time in five years than the Volunteers finished over .500. The season ended nicely with a bowl win against Iowa by 17 points. 18 starters are back for Tennessee. On the road the team is at Florida, Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri. They get Georgia and Arkansas at home. In non-conference the Volunteers play Bowling Green at Nashville, home to Oklahoma, Western Carolina and North Texas. Joshua Dobbs returns under center as he hit over 63% of his throw in 2014. Jalen Hurd the top running back returns in 2015 as well as tons of experience in the wide receiver positions.
Regular Season Win Total: 7 1/2
Vanderbilt Commodores: 2014: 3-9 overall and 0-8 in SEC East.
The Commodores return 18 starters for second year head coach Derek Mason. The team had the most freshman on the field in 2014 than any other team. They have road games in SEC at Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. In non-conference there are road games at Middle Tennessee St and Houston with home games to Western Kentucky and Austin Peay. The team averaged just 17 points per game in 2014 which was a 13 point drop off from 2013. Four players lined up under center last year for the Commodores. Former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig replaces the fired Karl Dorrell. Expect the team to pound the rock.
Regular Season Win Total: 3 1/2
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