The Picks: Picking All-SEC teams especially hard this season


Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:46 p.m.

I always hang on to the printout of the media’s preseason All-SEC team. Not because it is easy to make fun of picks that didn’t pan out, but more as a historical document to show where our minds were back in July.

For example, running back Mike Davis of South Carolina wasn’t on the first three teams and will likely be on the postseason first team. Players such as Dominique Easley of Florida had their seasons cut short by injuries.

Mike Evans of Texas A&M was a second-teamer in the preseason, but anyone who doesn’t have him on the first team hasn’t watched any football this season.

Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy was a first-team selection in the preseason, but he’s had an inconsistent year.

The really interesting (OK, it’s only interesting to me and only because it’s Week 12 and I’ve run out of things to write about) position is tight end where the SEC has kind of a void. Hunter Henry of Arkansas has 21 catches to lead all tight ends and O.J. Howard burst on the scene in Alabama’s win over LSU.

But this year, the position has faded away a bit. I think so many teams are either in spread offenses that don’t employ a tight end or they are using the tight end to block because their quarterback is out. Maybe the All-SEC team shouldn’t have a tight end this season.

And maybe there should be a spot on the All-SEC team for best picker of the year. Another 8-2 week puts the overall record for The Picks at 89-21. And that doesn’t include my correct podcast picks of Baylor (covering the spread) and Stanford last Thursday night.

Florida at South Carolina: When I was talking to Steve Spurrier the other night, he was lamenting Florida’s difficult schedule. He pointed out that Texas A&M has played eight home games already this year. I pointed out that Florida is in a stretch where it will have played one home game in 48 days. Will Muschamp said before the season the University of Florida “embraces” the unfair schedules it keeps getting handed by the league. Yeah, I think he’d like to embrace it the way Joaquin Phoenix “embraces” Richard Harris at the beginning of “Gladiator.” South Carolina, 31-14.

Georgia at Auburn: Nick Marshall at Auburn, Zach Mettenberger at LSU? Is every SEC West quarterback someone who was kicked out of Georgia? Georgia, 28-24.

Oklahoma State at Texas: USC fans have to be rooting for Texas to keep winning. They don’t want the competition of searching for a new coach. Oklahoma State, 32-31.

Stanford at Southern Cal: For the life of me, I don’t understand how the USC kids understand what Ed Orgeron is trying to tell them. Maybe that’s the answer. It seems to be working. Stanford, 30-23.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt: Commodores need this one for bowl eligibility. Then again, Tennessee and Wake Forest are still out there. Vanderbilt, 23-20.

Michigan State at Nebraska: I think it would be fun to see Michigan State’s defense and Texas A&M’s offense matched up in a bowl game. Get that done, Cap One Bowl. Michigan State, 10-7.

Miami at Duke: If Duke makes it to the ACC title game, David Cutcliffe should be national coach of the year. Miami, 27-19.

Syracuse at FSU: You want to believe Syracuse could be a dangerous game for the Semis, but then you remember the Orange lost to Georgia Tech 56-0 earlier this season. FSU, 63-3.

Baylor-Texas Tech: Tech is heading the wrong way after getting off to a great start. Baylor is the wrong team to face when you’re struggling. Baylor, 42-28.

Alabama at Mississippi State: Classic trap game after Alabama’s big win over LSU. Riiigghhhttt. Alabama, 45-14.

Contact Pat Dooley at 352-374-5053 or at dooleyp@gvillesun.com. And follow at Twitter.com/Pat_Dooley.

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