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2011 Spring Preview SEC West Attitudes
Alabama RB Trent Richardson
Alabama RB Trent Richardson
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Posted Mar 22, 2011


The attitude for each SEC West team going into spring practices.


2011 SEC West Spring Preview

The Spring Attitudes

Click for each team's spring preview
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State
 
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West

Alabama

National title or bust. The Tide ran into a buzzsaw against South Carolina, but it should’ve beaten LSU and it flat-out gagged against Auburn. Win those two games and it’s on to the SEC title game and a second straight national championship. The Tide got every bad scheduling break in the book, including just about every big game coming against teams with two weeks off to prepare. This year, there are road trips to Penn State, Florida, Mississippi State and Auburn, but there are two weeks off before dealing with LSU and Georgia Southern is like an off week before Auburn.. The LSU and Arkansas games are at home, and the schedule, even with the tough road dates, can’t be used as an excuse for a team this talented. The bar has been set ridiculously high, but it’s fair.

Arkansas

Ten wins wasn’t good enough. The receiving corps should be devastating, Knile Davis has the potential to be in the Doak Walker discussion, and the pass rush and secondary should be fantastic. While the offensive line needs work and Tyler Wilson has to still prove he can be as productive as Ryan Mallett, everything is in place for the program to take yet another step forward. Going to Alabama and LSU will be a problem, but there’s no Florida on the slate and Auburn, South Carolina, and Tennessee are all home games. This is a good enough team to be in everyone’s top ten to start the year, and top five might not be out of the picture in some polls. Yes, the team is that good, and it shouldn’t shoot for anything lower than an SEC title.

Auburn

“Nobody believes we can do it.” The cliché fits here. The buzz about Auburn is that there isn’t any buzz. After winning the 2008 national title, Florida came back loaded with the attitude that anything less than dominant national title campaign would be disappointing. Alabama was preseason No. 1 last year after winning the 2009 national championship. Will Auburn be ranked in the preseason top 25? Yeah, it will because it’s Auburn and it’s still full of talent, but with so many huge losses and with such a massive rebuilding job being done, there’s not going to be any respect whatsoever. You only get on Cam Newton, but remember, last year at this time no one outside of the SEC had ever heard of him, and few outside of Auburn knew who Nick Fairley was. Don’t be shocked if the Tigers are right back in the race for the SEC title, at least that’s the hope.

LSU

Win the national title. This is hardly an air-tight team and there are plenty of big things to work on, but eight starters are back on offense and seven return on defense after winning 11 games last year. Sure, the Tigers should’ve lost to Tennessee, and there were several skin-of-the-teeth wins, but they also lost to Auburn by just seven despite getting run over, and last to Arkansas by eight. With so much returning experience, and with Florida, Auburn, and Arkansas coming to Death Valley, LSU can survive a loss at Alabama and still be in the hunt for the whole ball of wax. This team should be good enough to win the West. If you’re good enough to win the West, you’re good enough to win the SEC. If you’re good enough to win the SEC …

Ole Miss

It shouldn’t take that much to be among the living. If the Rebels didn’t gag against Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt, they would’ve gone bowling. Losing six of the final seven games wasn’t a plus, but they were in it against LSU and Mississippi State and weren’t embarrassing against some of the other West big boys. No, the talent level isn’t there to win the division, but there’s no excuse to not get to a bowl game with nine offensive starters returning, five back on defense, and with Southern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Fresno State, Kentucky, and Louisiana Tech on the slate. Win those five games, beat a BYU or a Georgia at home, and it’s off to the bowl.

Miss State

2010 was just the beginning. A nine-win season with a dominant bowl win, an Egg Bowl victory, and with wins over Florida and Georgia is a big deal for a program that’s always a bit out of the limelight a bit in the star-studded SEC West. But now the expectations are high, and they should be, with plenty of returning talent and with everything Dan Mullen wants to do in place. The offseason is vital for a team that has to get off to a hot start, with West showdowns against Auburn and LSU coming after the layup at Memphis. On the plus side, the schedule isn’t all that bad with LSU, South Carolina, and Alabama all coming to Starkville, and with no Florida from the East. It’s time to become an even bigger player in the SEC West race, and everyone will now where the team stands by late September.

Click for each team's spring preview
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State
 
2011 SEC Spring Preview 
- SEC Spring Preview - Does SEC Champ = BCS Champ?
- 2011 SEC East Spring Buzz | SEC West   
- 2011 SEC East Spring Attitudes | SEC West
- 2011 SEC East Big Spring Questions | SEC West 
- 2011 SEC East Key Positions To Watch | SEC West
- SEC East Spring Rankings | SEC West