SEC bye week winners and losers in 2017

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  1. TerryP

    TerryP Founding Member

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    I saw this posted over in my place this morning from SDS. (Not a big fan of their work, so let's start with that caveat.)

    I don't really question this one.

    LSU
    Open date: Oct. 28, between vs. Ole Miss and at Alabama

    Skinny: No fan or coach would ever argue against a bye week preceding a game at Alabama. But LSU also has to recover from three consecutive games against Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss.

    A glance at the Tigers’ schedule shows the bye in Week 9 could almost come at any time given the final three games are Arkansas, at Tennessee and Texas A&M. But with five wins in the past seven meetings against Ole Miss, the Tigers could build some momentum and confidence entering the off week and then Alabama.

    This is another case of comparing how Ed Orgeron will manage the bye week and build up for Alabama against his predecessor, Les Miles.

    Verdict: Winner
    The reasoning here leaves me shaking my head just a bit.

    ALABAMA
    Open date: Oct. 28, between vs. Tennessee and vs. LSU

    Skinny: It’s no coincidence that Alabama in recent years has scheduled its bye week before the LSU game. And that extra week to prepare is often cited as a reason LSU has a six-game losing streak against Alabama, which led to the firing of Les Miles.

    Earliest bye week: Week 3 -- Arkansas.
    Latest bye week: Week 9 -- Alabama, LSU, Auburn.

    It certainly helped last year when Alabama won 10-0 in Baton Rouge, and in similar fashion in 2015 when the Crimson Tide beat the Tigers en route to a fourth national title under Nick Saban. Saban is 9-4 with the Tide coming off bye weeks.

    Barring a loss in the opener against Florida State, Alabama could be 8-0 entering its bye in Week 9.

    Verdict: Winner

    Has anyone heard that cited as a reason?

    Semi-bye weeks for LSU opponents: (I'm not sure where to put Ole Miss this season. On the same level as Vandy, perhaps?
    • Florida gets Vandy before LSU
    • UArk gets Coastal Carolina
    • MSU gets La Tech
    • Ole Miss gets Vandy
    It's not a lot of difference with Bama's opponents getting an easier opponent.

    One odd thing I did notice about Bama's schedule this season. UofSC plays Arkansas, A&M, and Tennessee in consecutive weeks. Bama does as well immediately after those teams play the Gamecocks. I suspect this will favor the Tide due to the UofSC defense under Muschamp. Based on what I'm hearing coming out of Cola, those boys are going to hurt some people this year--literally.

    For a quick reference, here's the helmet schedule.
     
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    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

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    The SEC has an interesting line up for opening weeks.
     
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    shane0911 Helping lost idiots find their village Staff Member

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    Wait, Michigan is #1 ? How did that happen?
     
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    Bengal B Founding Member

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    In what poll?
     
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    shane0911 Helping lost idiots find their village Staff Member

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    Duh, it was the footnote saying where it's played
     
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    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Well, EXCUUUSE ME but I just went back over the 5 previous posts in this thread and I don't see anything about Michigan
     
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    shane0911 Helping lost idiots find their village Staff Member

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    No, I saw the little (1) next to the Michigan helmet. I later figured out it was a key not a ranking
     
  8. TerryP

    TerryP Founding Member

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    This is flipping the subject of the thread ...

    I got caught up looking at that as well. I jumped over to ESPN's Week 1 schedule for the 2nd, and noticed more than a handful of games like that. Those venues make the CBS afternoon game the worst one of the weekend (if ESPN/ABC play their cards the way I think they will.)
     
  9. Pjoe

    Pjoe Formally Known as $TigerFan$

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    Say what you will but LSU/Bama is always the closet game of the year talent wise. It makes since to have a bye for extra practice. Our talent is the toughest each team plays all year, the difference is the coaching. I think Nick could swap teams each year and win. It's a shame Les squandered the only talent that can match Bama hat on hat. It would have been nice to alternate championships with them, proving that the best overall talented rosters in the country are on these teams!
     
  10. lsutiga

    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

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    Moreso to "rest up" in my opinion. Get heelt.
     

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