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SEC Mike debates the conference's top coaches & breaks down the league

August 19, 2022
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Host of That SEC Podcast, Michael Bratton joined Friday's edition of TexAgs Radio to talk all things SEC football as the season approaches. "SEC Mike" discussed Jimbo Fisher as a head coach, some of their conference opponents and more SEC storylines.



Key notes from SEC Mike interview

  • Oh boy. Anytime I get to come on the No. 1 Texas A&M show, I’m doing good.
     
  • I didn't make the 8-4 jokes. Based on the Dave Bartoo CFB Matrix coaching grades, it's mathematical: Jimbo Fisher has the worst coaching grade in college football. Sam Pittman has one of the best. Arkansas was bad then Pittman came and last year, won nine games and a New Year’s Six bowl. I'm scratching my head wondering why we keep giving this credit to Jimbo.
     
  • What we saw of Haynes King wasn’t that impressive. Fisher signed Zach Calzada. We blamed everything on him. They beat Alabama with a backup but lost to other schools. It’s inconsistent. That’s poor coaching.
     
  • I don’t think Kellen Mond got better. The highlight for him was his sophomore year against Clemson. He looked like a Heisman candidate then.
     
  • The COVID-19 year was not college football. That was a bizarre year. I'm not trying to take away from Jimbo Fisher. He's a good recruiter.
     
  • Arkansas has the best combo of coordinators maybe in the country. Both those guys will be head coaches soon. KJ Jefferson was phenomenal. Four of five are back on the offensive line, and those receivers are good. You can't replace Treylon Burks. I think the sky's the limit for Arkansas, and that's why I have them second in the SEC West.
     
  • Ole Miss is a wild card. They lost all three coordinators. I think Ole Miss will struggle this year. I have faith in Lane Kiffin because he's a fascinating case study. It seems like they've abandoned his recruiting and are going through the portal. I think it's a 7-5 or 8-4 type of year for Ole Miss.
     
  • I'm not a huge Stetson Bennett fan, but I think he deserves a statue outside the stadium. That offense gets overlooked because of the defense last year. The problem with the SEC East is there isn't another roster with that much talent. I have Kentucky as fifth in the east, and they will get run over. I think Georgia can coast their way to another national championship.
     
  • Tennessee had 25 guys jump into the portal. That will come back and get you. They don’t have a lot of depth, and I don't think they have the roster. If it's clicking, they can beat anybody, but they can also trip over opponents. 
     
  • It's going to be interesting with the Big Ten contract. Geography means nothing, and I think that's the threat to the SEC. If I was the Big Ten, I would come south. The SEC would be smart to grab those south schools. Eight out of 10 times they play an SEC team, they get steamrolled.
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SEC Mike debates the conference's top coaches & breaks down the league

2,946 Views | 9 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by jrdaustin
jsmc71
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This guy has a podcast to which someone actually listens/subscribes??? Wtf?
taylorswift13
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What a waste of a segment on TexAgs… Sec Mike more like Sec Yikes
The Agly Duckling
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Hard hittin', baby!
AgBQ-00
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The guy was a clown. Passing judgement on King based on his first game and 1 drive in the second. Also putting Calzada's inconsistency on the coaching is bizarre. Calzada had happy feet every time he dropped back. The one game he stood in the pocket and was decisive he beat Bama. But the knee injury brought his happy feet back. Calzada is tough as nails. dude was all heart but, he has a nervousness about his game that points to him needing time to develop confidence.
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First off, he said what he said to get "clicks/views" and he got them.

…and at same time while I don't agree with everything he is saying, some of his points have merit. There is no world - even with Calzone at QB - where we should have been 8-4 last year. Not with Spiller and Achane in the backfield, an Oline that stepped up to the injury challenges and a top 15 defense.
jsmc71
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Really makes me think I should start a podcast. If this is guy is successful enough to be on anything other than self-bought public access spot, virtually anyone who can spitball about college football can do the same.
Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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sec mike graduated from arky? sounds like it.
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jrdaustin
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I just tried to look up Bartoo's Matrix to see what the metrics are, and everything is behind a paywall. Some people may know who this guy is, but with no numbers to back up his "mathematical" analysis, his argument sounds to me more along the lines of "Ketch at Rivals says..."
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