Five bold, crazy, stupid, daring, wacky preseason SEC college football predictions for the 2018 season.
Daily Five: (Potentially) Stupid Preseason SEC Predictions
Before you get all hot and bothered with what you’re about to read …
Yeah, like you saw Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas all winning four games.
Yeah, like you predicted that Alabama would lose to Auburn, not make the SEC Championship, and win the national title.
Yeah, like you saw LSU losing to Troy, and Missouri starting 1-6 and winning its last six.
They’re the wild, wacky, and crazy things that make each season fun, exciting and special. Throwing five (potentially) stupid predictions at the wall to see if they stick …
5. Jalen Hurts will see more time at quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa
The answer is so simple.
Convince Hurts that there’s an NFL future at receiver or free safety, design some offensive packages for him, and then turn Tagovailoa loose on the college football world.
However, there’s one factor in this that might just overcome everything else.
Tagovailoa threw 77 passes last season, and two of them were interceptions. Hurts threw 254 passes and just one pick.
Of course Tagovailoa is the sharper, stronger, better passer and all-around quarterback, but he only averaged a mere 0.1 yard more per pass than Hurts, and completed just 3% more of his throws.
That’s not to say that Hurts will start all year, but there’s a reason Nick Saban trusted him as a freshman to lead his national championship-caliber team.
82 yards rushing in the loss to Auburn last season. The forgotten epic touchdown drive and run in the loss to Clemson for the national title two years ago. The gut-check 114-yard, one-score rushing day in the 10-0 win over LSU in 2016. Hurts might just be college football’s most unappreciated player over the last two seasons, considering most fans are ready to kick him to the curb for No. 13.
Tagovailoa will be needed for his passing from time to time, but just wait and see who Saban gives the keys to this heater of a team to.