SEC Top Letdown Games for Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

SEC letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

SEC schedules don’t let up too often, and that intensity level is an occasional problem. Where will that letdown come among all the big-time showdowns? Each team should win these games below, but let’s just say the focus might not be there – these should be more dangerous than they need to be.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Arkansas College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Arkansas Razorbacks Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Arkansas season with what you need to know and keys to the season.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Preview
Head Coach: Sam Pittman, 3rd year, 12-11
2021: Overall: 9-4, Conference: 4-4 2021 Preview
Keys To The Season | Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Arkansas Top 10 Players | Arkansas Schedule & Analysis

Arkansas Razorbacks Preview 2022

On a national scale, it really did get lost in the 2021 narrative.

Georgia was the star of the SEC, Alabama was Alabama, Lane Kiffin was Lane Kiffin, Florida was imploding, LSU was crashing, Tennessee was fun, Auburn wasn’t, South Carolina was surprising, Texas A&M and Mississippi State were relatively disappointing, and …

Arkansas won nine games.

It’s the SEC program without the flashy brand name head coach, it didn’t have a huge national superstar, and it got the job done with great line play, solid defense, and with a smart style that worked.

There was one bad performance against Auburn. The other three losses came to Ole Miss (a 52-51 shootout that could’ve gone either way), Alabama (a great gut-check fight to make it 42-35), and Georgia (no shame there).

All that, and remember, winning three games in 2020 against an all-SEC schedule was considered a huge step forward under head coach Sam Pittman. The program won 11 games over four years and hadn’t won more than eight since 2011, and now it appears to be poised and ready to be an even bigger player.

It’s still the SEC West, and the schedule appeared to go out of its way to create unnecessarily dangerous matchups in non-conference play, but this team has the potential to be even better than the 2021 version, even if the final record doesn’t show it.

And this time, Arkansas will get the national attention.

Arkansas Razorbacks Preview 2022: Offense

The offense took off under offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, and now it should keep on rolling. In theory, the Arkansas offense works best when the great offensive line is able to control the game and bash away, but the rushing attack is more about open spaces than power.

The Hogs led the SEC in rushing, had the tenth-most efficient passing game in the country, and averaged 442 yards and 31 points per game overall.

KJ Jefferson turned into a star. The 6-3, 245-pound junior was a rushing threat – 664 yards and six scores – hit 67% of his passes, threw 21 touchdowns and just four picks, and now he’s got the experience to blossom and do even more.

The passing game lost Treylon Burks to the Tennessee Titans, but in comes Jadon Haselwood from Oklahoma to go along with a few nice deep threats. Burks was special, but there’s enough talent back to be fine.

The offense line might be not be the best in the SEC, but it shouldn’t be too far off. Center Ricky Stromberg and guard Brady Latham are rocks for the ground game, but this group has to be far better in pass protection. There were too many tackles for loss allowed.

Jefferson led the team in rushing, but Raheim Sanders and Dominique Johnson can handle the workload in the rotation. They’re big backs with speed.

Arkansas Razorbacks Preview 2022: Defense

The defense needs to find more of a pass rush, and there were a few games when things just didn’t work, but overall there was a huge improvement under former Missouri head man Barry Odom. The D allowed over 400 yards just four times after giving up that many or more eight times in ten games in 2020 and nine times in 2019.

There wasn’t enough of a pass rush last year, and it doesn’t help to lose the guys who produced. 245-pound hybrid Zack Williams is the leading returning sacker with just 3.5, but the production will come from all over to let the big front three hold up against the run.

Bumper Pool has the game to go along with the name as one of the SEC’s best all-around linebackers. With Pool combining with Alabama transfer Drew Sanders, the Razorbacks have a good combination to work around.

The Hogs get as many defensive backs on the field as possible – they’ll often work with a 4-2-6 alignment. There might be a few key losses, but the group that helped generate 13 picks last year has a good group returning helped by big-tackler Jalen Catalon coming back after missing half of last year with a shoulder injury.

The transfer portal brings a big boost with Latavious Brini coming in from Georgia to take one safety spot and Dwight McGlothern stepping in from LSU to take over at corner with Greg Brooks going the other way to Baton Rouge.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the 10 best Arkansas players going into the 2022 season?

Arkansas Razorbacks Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?

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Arkansas Razorbacks Preview
Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: SEC Spring Version 2022

SEC college football rankings and predictions with realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

SEC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

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As always, the SEC is going to be loaded with talent, full of teams in the College Football Playoff chase, and there’s a shot at least 12 of the 14 teams end up going bowling.

And then Alabama and Georgia will show off how awesome they are – again.

However, Tennessee has improved. Florida will be better. Texas A&M is terrific, Ole Miss reloaded through the transfer portal, and whatever team really is 7th-best in the SEC West could probably fight for most other division titles in college football.

There will be more transfers, more big personnel changes, and several other parts to the SEC puzzle, but for now, this 2022 looks even better than 2021.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

SEC East Rankings: Spring Version

1. Georgia Bulldogs

2020: 8-2 2019: 12-2 2018: 11-3

No, this won’t be 2020 LSU falling off the map after a historic national championship season, but no one loses that much NFL talent – especially off the defense – and gets better. However, there’s still more than enough talent coming back to be in the national championship mix.

The Dawgs should be favored in every game with no Alabama or Texas A&M to face from the West. They have to deal with Oregon to start the season, and there should be a slip somewhere along the way, but it’s going to take something major to beat this team twice with this slate.

Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2022 Georgia Prediction, Spring Football Version: 11-1
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 11-1
Georgia 2021 Final Record: 14-1
Georgia 2022 Schedule & Analysis

2. Florida Gators

2020: 8-4 2019: 11-2 2018: 10-3

How fast can Billy Napier get this whole thing going? He was always the next IT head coach in college football, and now he gets to finally crank it all up with his amazing rushing offense that puts up big, efficient numbers.

All the work done last year as the Gator offense pivoted styles should pay off with QB Anthony Richardson and Louisiana transfer RB Montrell Johnson about to blow up. The O line should be fine, but the defense that loses seven key starters will need some time. It’s Florida – the athletes are there, and the overall production can’t be less consistent than 2021.

The schedule doesn’t have enough early layups with Utah to start and Kentucky and at Tennessee in September. On the plus side, the team only leaves Florida once before going to Texas A&M in early November, and leaves the state just three times overall.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2022 Florida Prediction, Spring Football Version: 9-3
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 9-3
Florida 2021 Final Record: 6-7
Florida 2022 Schedule & Analysis

3. Tennessee Volunteers

2020: 3-7 2019: 8-5 2018: 5-7

Is this finally when Tennessee turns the corner and becomes something fantastic? There aren’t a ton of personnel losses, getting QB Hendon Hooker back for another year was huge, and now everyone knows how to work the Josh Heupel offense.

The schedule helps with a manageable start before dealing with Florida, at LSU, and Alabama. Going to Georgia doesn’t help, and sneaky-tough dates at South Carolina and Pitt will make this a bit of a challenge, but anything less than eight wins and a step forward will feel like a disappointment with this team.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2022 Tennessee Prediction, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 6-6
Tennessee 2021 Final Record: 7-6
Tennessee 2022 Schedule & Analysis

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4. Kentucky Wildcats

2020: 5-6 2019: 8-5 2018: 10-3

The Wildcats didn’t have massive personnel losses, but the ones who are gone were big. The offensive backfield is loaded, a few transfers will help to fill the holes across the attack, and seven starters should be back on defense. Again, though, it’s going to be partly about quality of returning talent as much as quantity.

The schedule gets a tune-up against Miami University before going to Florida. The non-conference schedule is a relative breeze – Louisville makes the trip over to Lexington – there’s no Alabama, Texas A&M, or LSU from the West, and the Georgia game is at home.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2022 Kentucky Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 7-5
Kentucky 2021 Final Record: 10-3
Kentucky 2022 Schedule & Analysis

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

2020: 2-8 2019: 4-8 2018: 7-6

This just got interesting after a great first season under Shane Beamer. Now the Gamecocks return relatively strong on offense with Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler stepping in behind a veteran line and strong group of target. The D is another story with several big pieces of the front six gone, but the line should be a positive.

It’s going to be a grind, though, with road games at Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, and Arkansas to go along with home dates against Georgia, Texas A&M and Tennessee. November ends with a brutal kick – at Florida, Tennessee, at Clemson – so there’s no margin for error early on.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2022 South Carolina Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 5-7
South Carolina 2021 Final Record: 7-6
South Carolina 2022 Schedule & Analysis

6. Missouri Tigers

2020: 5-5 2019: 6-6 2018: 8-5

Someone apparently likes to use the transfer portal. The Tigers might have lost a slew of parts on both sides of the ball – 13 starters are done – but they filled in the gaps fast, had decent depth to rely on, and they should be okay as long as the lines come together fast.

There’s Louisiana Tech and Abilene Christian early on to tune up. and there are more than enough winnable games to at least get to six wins and a bowl. Throw in the break of not having to face Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, or LSU – and with Georgia coming to Columbia – and this needs to be a step-up season for head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2022 Missouri Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 7-5
Missouri 2021 Final Record: 6-7
Missouri 2022 Schedule & Analysis

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

2020: 0-9 2019: 3-9 2018: 6-7

Second year head coach Clark Lea still has a whole lot of work to do., but at least the team returns with plenty of experience. The 2021 team took its usual lumps, but the positive part is all the experience returning back on both sides of the ball. Now the team needs to find more steady playmakers – and find an offense.

Getting to start out the season at Hawaii will at least be a nice way to enjoy a late August Saturday, and there should be enough winnable games to get past the two victories of last season. However, it’s going to take a massive upset for the Commodores to get an SEC win.

Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11
2022 Vanderbilt Prediction, Spring Football Version: 3-9
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 2-10
Vanderbilt 2021 Final Record: 2-10
Vanderbilt 2022 Schedule & Analysis

SEC West Rankings Spring Version: NEXT

2022 NFL Draft: Best Picks of All-Time From Every SEC School

Who are the SEC’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each SEC program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from each of the SEC programs? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?

Who were the best NFL draft picks from every SEC school?

Considering the conference dominates the NFL draft with all of its talent, you’d think this would be easy – roughly a quarter of every draft lately is made up by SEC players – but this is way harder than you might think.

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the SEC schools – these are the best draft picks.

If an SEC player came up with a great career for someone other than the team that drafted him, he’s not on this list, or he’s diminished a bit.

The goal with any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters.

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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, Analysis
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LBs | Ss | CBs | 50 Greatest Value Draft Picks Ever
NFL Draft by college over last 5 years: 1-130 rankings

NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: Elite 8

The CFN expert picks and predictions for the Elite 8 NCAA Tournament games.

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the Elite 8 games

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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Expert Picks
Houston vs Villanova | Duke vs Houston
Kansas vs Miami | UNC vs Saint Peter’s
Expert Picks So Far | Tournament Schedule 

NCAA Tournament Elite 8
Houston vs Villanova

Line: Houston -2.5, o/u: 128

Eric Bolin, Villanova
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Houston
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Houston
Dan Harralson, Villanova
Jeremy Mauss, Houston
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Houston
Johnny Rosenstein, Houston
Nick Shepkowski, Villanova
Scott Steehn, Houston
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Villanova

NEXT: Villanova vs Michigan Expert Picks, Predictions

NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Previews: Elite 8

College basketball schedule, predictions, previews, and how to watch all NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games

NCAA Tournament Elite 8 schedule, predictions, and game previews with all of the game times, lines, and how to watch

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Results So Far Straight Up: 294-125
Against The Spread: 221-188-10; Point Total: 222-194-3
Click on each game for the game preview

NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Expert Picks
Houston vs Villanova | Duke vs Houston
Kansas vs Miami | UNC vs Saint Peter’s
Expert Picks So Far | Tournament Schedule 

Duke vs Arkansas Prediction, Game Preview: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

Duke vs Arkansas prediction, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday

Duke vs Arkansas prediction: NCAA Tournament Elite 8 pick and college basketball game preview.

Duke vs Arkansas Game Preview, How To Watch

Date: Saturday, March 26
Game Time: 6:09 pm
Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
How To Watch: TBS
Records: Duke (2 seed, 31-6)
Arkansas (4 seed, 28-8)
Region: West

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NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews

2022 Arkansas Football Schedule: 3 Things To Know

Arkansas football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Arkansas football schedule 2022: Who does Arkansas miss on the SEC schedule and what are 3 things to know?

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Previews: Sweet 16

College basketball schedule, predictions, previews, and how to watch all NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 schedule, predictions, and game previews with all of the game times, lines, and how to watch

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Results So Far Straight Up: 290-121
Against The Spread: 217-185-9; Point Total: 219-189-3
Click on each game for the game preview