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Old 02-12-2018, 01:13 PM   #1
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Per ESPN Tennessee to make a run in the playoffs in 2018?

ESPN's data suggests 5 SEC teams have enough talent to make Playoff run next season -- including Tennessee
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In the modern era of college football, no individual factor has proven to be more indicative of having a championship contender than talent on the roster.

Thereís an obvious reason Alabama keeps winning titles, the Crimson Tide recruit better than anyone else in the nation; at least they did before Georgiaís historic 2018 signing class. However, while some immediate contributors from the freshmen classes around the country are sure to emerge next fall, the vast majority of 2018 signees wonít make a meaningful impact for championship contenders.

Whatís much more significant than having one great recruiting class is stacking several on top of each other. With that being said, ESPN did just that recently, averaging out the last four recruiting classes around the nation.

According to ESPN, the last seven national title winners averaged a top 10 recruiting class the four years leading up to winning the title. Given that criteria, there are two SEC teams that possess that profile ó no surprise, itís Alabama and Georgia. The Tide have averaged a class ranking of 2.5 over the last four years per ESPNís recruiting data and Georgia has averaged a class ranking of 4.75 during that same span.

That doesnít mean the rest of the SEC should just cede the league to those two, as three other league teams possess the talent to compete for a Playoff berth next season.

ESPN also notes that all but three College Football Playoff teams since its inception have averaged a recruiting ranking of No. 15 the previous four years leading up to their Playoff berths.

Three SEC teams fit that criteria heading into 2018: Auburn (9.25 average ranking), LSU (8.25 average ranking) and, surprisingly, Tennessee (14.75 average ranking).

Adding another level of intrigue among these teams is the fact that LSU hosts Georgia next season and Auburn hosts Tennessee in cross-divisional games. If UGA wins the East and Alabama wins the West, the Crimson Tide will have to play every single SEC team on this list.

Having the talent to win it all isnít enough in the SEC, managing the weekly grind that is the league schedule is the true challenge that the champion will have to conquer in order to make next seasonís Playoff field.

Letís play boys. ESPN loves us...
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:19 PM   #2
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We might not be a great team for awhile, but the days are approaching when Alabama will lament having to deal with us every season.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:26 PM   #4
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The setup is already there for a letdown in year one. SMH.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:30 PM   #9
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This ESPN article just proves what a lot of my fellow Tennessee Football Fans believe- We should win 8 or 9 Games next year or we have Underachieved once again- No more Excuses from Mid-Major Coaches or 5 year Plans- Expect to Win NOW & Hold Coaches accountable that are drawing Multimillion Dollar Salaries- We have recruited Excellent over the last 4 Years & have wasted our Talent- Time for that to End - Tennessee deserves an Elite Program & 6 Wins is NEVER ACCEPTABLE- 9 WINS or BUST
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They're not factoring in attrition.
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