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  D1Baseball’s Preseason Top 25 Chat (01/16/2018) 
12:30
Kendall Rogers: 

Hey gang — we will be back here 2 PM CT to answer your questions. Be sure to get them in now!

Tuesday January 16, 2018 12:30 Kendall Rogers
2:01
Aaron Fitt: 

Hey everybody, happy 2018 to you all! I’ll chat as long as I can today from the hospital where I’m taking care of a little family matter, might have to run early. If so, Kendall will take good care of you! Let’s dive in.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:01 Aaron Fitt
2:03
[Comment From B10B10: ] 

I know there was only one Big ten team ranked in the rankings you published. Do you think it is going to be a down year for the Big Ten? Were there a lot of Big 10 teams on the fringe?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:03 B10
 
Aaron Fitt: 

We did have several Big Ten teams on the fringe, as you put it. Maryland, Nebraska and Michigan were all in the discussion, and Minnesota was in the mix too. Also feel pretty good about Michigan State. Overall, no, I don’t think it will be a down year in the Big Ten, and I suspect several of those clubs will make appearances in the Top 25 over the course of the season. I just don’t see a clear-cut elite team, though Indiana has that potential, in my opinion. We’re buying on the Hoosiers.

  Aaron Fitt
2:04
Kendall Rogers: 

All right gang — I am here. Sorry I am late. My kids wanted to play in the snow for a bit. Just a fair reminder we are a month away from college baseball season and it’s 24 here in Houston with Heavy Snow.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:04 Kendall Rogers
2:04
[Comment From JeffJeff: ] 

Hey Gents, gotta say I’m pleasantly surprised Tech is starting ranked that high considering how “Jung” they are. I think we have a starting rotation that could easily be one of, if not THE, best starting 3 in the country. Was that a big factor in ranking them at No. 3, or did these guys just look that good in the fall?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:04 Jeff
 
Aaron Fitt: 

The Red Raiders just have a lot back from a team that was downright great last year, even with Davis Martin missing a large chunk of the season. It’s hard to beat Martin-Gingery as a one-two punch when they’re both healthy, and obviously there’s a ton of quality depth behind them too, and a great bullpen. Plus we just love those sophomore position players (Jung, Farhat, Little, Berglund all feel like star-caliber players). Tech was strongly in the discussion for No. 1 for us.

  Aaron Fitt
2:06
[Comment From CajunsFanCajunsFan: ] 

Hey guys, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns fan here and longtime reader! Love the chats. I’m curious if the fate of Gunner Leger this year is the reason you don’t have Louisiana ranked to start the season. We have a lot of young talent in the field, but on the mound we should still be rock-solid with Nick Lee, Hogan Harris, and Dylan Moore among others setting the tone. What are your thoughts on our early season tough schedule and how we will handle that out of the gate with some new faces in the lineup? What’s our postseason ceiling?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:06 CajunsFan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

You nailed it — if Gunner were at full strength heading into the season, I feel pretty confident saying that the Cajuns would be ranked in the Top 25. As it is, they were in the discussion, and would certainly be in the next tier for us. I do really like that infield — even with a freshman shortstop (I think Cantrelle is going to be a really good player there, and he’s mature for a freshman too). The schedule will certainly present a nice test, we’ll find out early if this team is ready to contend at a high level.

  Aaron Fitt
2:06
[Comment From TonyaGTonyaG: ] 

What do you expect from the Owls in Wayne Graham’s last season at Rice?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:06 TonyaG
 
Kendall Rogers: 

I actually think the Owls will have a pretty solid offense. I think Dom DiCaprio is ready to take the next step forward (he worked incredibly hard on his physique and athleticism in the offseason), and Ford Proctor is Ford Proctor. I also look for Ryan Chandler to take a step forward. In essence, I really like what Rice has on the front-end of the rotation in Matt Canterino. He’s got a nice FB and wicked breaking ball, but the rest of the rotation is just OK for me. The bullpen and 2/3 spots have something to prove. With that said, would it be a shock if Rice is ranked in June? Absolutely not.

  Kendall Rogers
2:06
[Comment From Scott C.Scott C.: ] 

How is the NCAA going to address Super Regional paring between teams from the same conference or will the be avoided when the top 16 are seeded? For example, If your preseason top 25 held form, would #1 Florida and #16 LSU as well as #8 Kentucky and #9 Mississippi would play each other?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:06 Scott C.
 
Aaron Fitt: 

You are correct. My understanding is that the top 16 will be seeded without any regard to conference affiliation, so it’s inevitable that we will see some of those intraconference super regional matchups between regional top seeds. So be it.

  Aaron Fitt
2:08
[Comment From jbjb: ] 

Obviously, Clemson and South Carolina lost a great deal of pitching. How do you see the season going for these 2 teams?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:08 jb
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yeah, that’s the reason neither team cracked our Top 25 — but both of them still have plenty of talent on the mound and a lot of experience in the lineup, and I’m fairly confident we’ll see both in the Top 25 as the season progresses. Both teams could easily have ranked in our preseason Top 25, but we’ll wait a bit and let some of those less established arms prove themselves. I do believe in the talent, and I like Clemson’s depth. My biggest concern with SC is the depth on the mound, but Adam Hill is a legit ace at least, and they’ve got a couple of exciting young power arms behind him. The upside is certainly there.

  Aaron Fitt
2:08
[Comment From USM_EAGSUSM_EAGS: ] 

No Southern Miss in your top 25? No CUSA at all?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:08 USM_EAGS
 
Kendall Rogers: 

If they aren’t in the rankings today — they aren’t ranked. USM is very very similar to South Alabama for me. They were heavily in our discussions. I really like what Southern Miss brings to the table offensively, but the pitching staff is a concern for me outside of Sandlin and Wallner. Two X-factors for me: Stevie Powers and Walker Powell. Those are two premium arms who could help take USM to the next level.

  Kendall Rogers
2:10
[Comment From Bruin FanBruin Fan: ] 

Curious on your take on Kyle Molnar at UCLA. Kid came in with high expectations and for various reasons – mainly injury – hasn’t really lived up to it. What have you hear about his fall and projection for spring? Also, is Justin Hooper ever going to live up to the hype he had coming in?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:10 Bruin Fan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Molnar was pretty darn solid his freshman year before the injury, then just had to sit out last year because of Tommy John. Reports on his progress this fall were positive — he was back up around 91-92 with command, along with a good changeup. We expect him to bounce back strong and have a very good spring, which is a big reason for our bullish ranking of UCLA.

  Aaron Fitt
2:11
[Comment From HornFanHornFan: ] 

Obviously Texas will be solid in the rotation again this year with 3 pitchers in your top 100. Do you think they have enough in the bullpen and at the plate to contend for the Big 12 title though? Seems like a rebuilding year for Pierce and Co.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:11 HornFan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Great question, HF. I actually think the offense will be OK. Not great, but solid. I think Ryan Reynolds and Austin Todd will take steps forward, and Mason Hibbeler is a guy I didn’t see this fall because he was hurt, but a guy whom the coaching staff is very excited about. Kody Clemens is an electric player and Zach Zubia is a real X-factor type. Zubia showed premium and easy power at the NWL this past summer. He wasn’t great this fall, but he’s got the juice to put together a strong season in the DH role. If there’s a question mark for me re: UT, it’s the bullpen, though. I like Beau Ridgeway, but I wouldn’t be buying Josh Sawyer stock until I see him prove it and stay healthy (he’s got the stuff when healthy though). Verplank is another interesting arm to watch. He’s got big stuff — but it’s really raw.

  Kendall Rogers
2:13
[Comment From GilGil: ] 

I know Duke’s inclusion surprised many. It’s hard to think of many examples of a program that has dug itself out of such a hole so quickly. Of course, they still have work to do, but how has their coaching staff managed to accomplish so much to turn this program around? I don’t know many people who thought a preseason ranking would ever be possible 5 years ago when the new coaching staff took over.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:13 Gil
 
Aaron Fitt: 

They’ve just really elevated the overall talent level there through superb recruiting. One thing that’s really noticeable is how they’ve been able to transform the physical complexion of this roster over the last several years. Duke used to rely on a lot of scrappy undersized guys, and now the average height of their roster is like 6-3 or something — it’s a really dramatic overhaul. They have aggressively gone after big, physical, projectable guys with academic pedigrees, and they have gotten them. Players really believe in the coaches’ vision for the program.

  Aaron Fitt
2:15
[Comment From DavisDavis: ] 

Wondering about NC State. They have many starters returning on offense and pitching staff, not to mention a good number of seniors on the team with experience. Why are they left out?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:15 Davis
 
Aaron Fitt: 

NC State was the first team out of our rankings actually, the unofficial No. 26 — we hated leaving them out, feel like they are a Top 25 team. You are right, there’s a lot to love about that lineup, and we don’t have any concerns about that part of it. Ultimately it’s just a matter of pitching — there are some solid veterans but I think they’re a little lacking in arms who can really shut down opponents, and depth is a bit of a question mark on the mound. Losing Dalton Feeney was a big blow. They really need Michael Bienlien to stay healthy (he was sidelined in the fall but the prognosis is positive) and emerge as a real workhorse on the weekends, because he has some of the best stuff on the staff.

  Aaron Fitt
2:16
[Comment From NibsNibs: ] 

What is UF gonna do at catcher with Rivera gone? Can JJ go 15 HR/60 RBIs?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:16 Nibs
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Nibs — It’s the JJ show right now. He’s got an accurate arm and the Gators really like his ability behind the plate. I’m intrigued as heck to see what he does with all the lights on him. Does he seize the moment? Also look for Cal Greenfield and Brady Smith to get some work behind the plate throughout the season. Greenfield is consistent and showed good tools behind the plate in the fall, while Smith is an athletic and versatile guy who can play multiple positions.

  Kendall Rogers
2:17
[Comment From BrianBrian: ] 

Where will Sully be rumored to leave for this coming offseason?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:17 Brian
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Brian — Sully will be at UF forever unless there’s a bad falling out. Sully had very serious interest in the Texas job — but just didn’t feel right leaving Gainesville. He also had interest in the South Carolina job, but once UF committed $50 million for a beautiful facility, it made a possible decision to leave seem pretty silly. I think Sully made the right move staying put for the long haul. What a monster he’s built in the Sunshine State.

  Kendall Rogers
2:18
[Comment From JeremyJeremy: ] 

What do you think about Arizona Wildcat Baseball?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:18 Jeremy
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Like that club a lot — similar to NC State, one of the toughest cuts from this list. Should be a very offensive club again, some real star power with Alfonso Rivas, Cesar Salazar, Nick Quintana and Cal Stevenson, plus a number of exciting breakout candidates in the sophomore class like Fraizer and Cannon. Question is the pitching — the rotation is unproven, but there is some talent there. Cody Deason should be ready to anchor that rotation on Fridays, and Tylor Megill was like a new man this fall; he’s a big key. They just need to figure out how the pieces fit on the mound, but sounds like they feel good about the depth. Wildcats should be a regional team again, and a potential Top 25 club early on in the spring if the pitching gels as hoped.

  Aaron Fitt
2:21
[Comment From BrianBrian: ] 

What about Liput and UF?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:21 Brian
 
Kendall Rogers: 

I’m hearing that a decision on Liput’s likely suspension will be made sometime next week. Worst-case scenario is the whole season — best-case scenario is none at all or a few weeks. I would think he gets 3-5 weeks of a suspension. We’ll see.

  Kendall Rogers
2:21
[Comment From BradBrad: ] 

What are your thoughts about Coastal Carolina this year and where do you have them ranked? After winning a title in 2016 shouldnt your recruits be strong and be in the top 25?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:21 Brad
 
Aaron Fitt: 

The Chants have had some turnover, but there’s still a strong foundation in place with Seth Lancaster, Cory Wood, Woody Woodall and Matt Beaird. I think Keaton Weisz is going to be really good at shortstop, and I like the athleticism in the outfield with Cameron Pearcey and Kieton Rivers. The key is on the mound; if Jason Bilous does what he did in the fall, he can be one of the most talented aces in the country, and this team could be very, very good. But he needs to prove it now; the talent is there, he can throw 100 mph. Let’s see him command it in the spring. Anthony Veneziano looked great for me in the fall, a lefty up to 94 with a swing-and-miss slide, and Zach Hopeck is a quality veteran. That rotation could be quite good. Definitely a team that is not too far removed from the Top 25.

  Aaron Fitt
2:21
[Comment From Jumpman22Jumpman22: ] 

Why has Craig Gibson from Mercer not got a big job?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:21 Jumpman22
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Jump — Man, that is a GREAT question. Craig is an outstanding coach and we’ve consistently listed him as one of the rising assistants in college baseball. He was in the mix for the Georgia job the last go-round. I think he’ll be in the mix for that job and Georgia Tech if they come open anytime soon. He’s a terrific coach.

  Kendall Rogers
2:22
[Comment From HardyHardy: ] 

More intriguing series opening weekend …. CSF/Stanford or MSU/USM?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:22 Hardy
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I am very intrigued by both, and I think we will have coverage at both. I will probably be in Hattiesburg; I suppose I’d vote for that series just because I think the atmosphere is going to be uncommonly electric for February, especially since it’s a rematch of the regional final.

  Aaron Fitt
2:24
[Comment From USA JagUSA Jag: ] 

South Alabama returns almost everyone from an explosive offense last season. Obviously the pitching was the issue last year, how do you see Calvi’s pitching staff turning out this year?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:24 USA Jag
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think the pitching will be good enough for South Alabama to win a ton of games with one of the nation’s most explosive offenses. I don’t see a dominant staff here, but I’ve heard good things about Andy Arguelles, Zach Melton and Tyler Carr — that could win up being a solid rotation, and it sounds like Nick Desantis is ready to anchor the bullpen. Bob Keller does a great job with that staff; he’ll get the most out of the pieces there.

  Aaron Fitt
2:25
[Comment From NibsNibs: ] 

Out of all the guys Mississippi State has coming g back from TJ, which ones can realistically throw Opening Day at USM? Which ones can sneak in the weekend rotation?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:25 Nibs
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I think Ethan Small is the real pick to click — he generated real buzz in the fall. It’s big-time stuff, and his progression from surgery has gone very well. I suspect he’ll be in that weekend rotation the first weekend.

  Aaron Fitt
2:27
[Comment From WakefanWakefan: ] 

Was Wake Forest considered for the Top 25? Do you see the Freshman replacing the loss of the key juniors to last years’ team?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:27 Wakefan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

The Deacs were on our initial board of about 50-60 contenders when we started this discussion. I really like their pitching actually, but they lost a lot in the lineup, so we’ll wait to see how those freshmen do in the spring. Certainly intrigued by that freshman outfield trio of Chris Lanzilli, DJ Poteet and Michael Ludowig; if they hit the ground running, along with masher Bobby Seymour, the Deacs might not skip a beat, because a Griffin Roberts/Carter Bach/Colin Peluse rotation is quite exciting, I think. You watch — Roberts is going to have a huge year for the Deacs; for me he’ll be a strong contender for ACC pitcher of the year.

  Aaron Fitt
2:28
[Comment From CardManCardMan: ] 

Thoughts on Louisville this season? Lost alot to the draft last year. Rebuild or reload ?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:28 CardMan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Lost a ton to the draft — and still we’ve got them in the top 15, which shows you how much we believe in their talent. Louisville does not rebuild; and they reload very fast. Look for guys like Justin Lavey and Logan Wyatt, who were waiting in the wings a year ago, to take the reins as leading guys this year. And that pitching staff is loaded with big-time arms who need to prove themselves, but will quickly, we believe.

  Aaron Fitt
2:29
[Comment From PDX_BrennanPDX_Brennan: ] 

I mangled my question the first time around–but with Oregon State returning a fair deal of talent, what’s a reasonable expectation after last year’s absurd .900 winning percentage.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:29 PDX_Brennan
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Oh, at least .880! Slacking off is not allowed in Corvallis!

  Aaron Fitt
2:30
[Comment From AlexAlex: ] 

I’m a Florida fan, and I get why we are ranked #1, but I’m a little surprised that everyone seems to agree with it. This team was horrendous offensively up until it got hot for a few games in Omaha. While I was thrilled to have some luck on our side in Omaha for the first time ever, aren’t there a lot of concerns about this offense considering there are so many returners who underachieved?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:30 Alex
 
Aaron Fitt: 

Yes, those concerns are valid — this team is not without flaws. But the quality of that pitching is just so strong that it can’t be overlooked. We’ve seen over and over again how far a truly dominant staff can carry a team, and we know the Gators will defend. There is still some power potential in that lineup too; I’d expect more this year out of guys like JJ Schwarz, Jonathan India and Nelson Maldonado, along with Langworthy and Bell and some of those sophomores.

  Aaron Fitt
2:30
Aaron Fitt: 

Guys, I have to run, might try to answer a few more questions in a bit. I’ll leave you with Kendall for now.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:30 Aaron Fitt
2:31
[Comment From TexTex: ] 

Why no Sam Houston State?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:31 Tex
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Texas — Sam Houston State was heavily in the discussion for the final spot in our rankings. Ultimately, we went with Duke and then NC State as the first team out. SHSU is in the mix right after that. I do have some concerns with the departures of Bryce Johnson and Robbie Rojas (such a key vet), but still think the offense is in good shape with Andrew Fregia and others back. Keep an eye on Darien Simms. He’s an electric little player. I think the weekend rotation is solid, but I really, really like the potential with two relievers — Nick Mikolajchak and Kyle Backhus. Backhus has huge huge potential and Mik is a hard-nosed competitor.

  Kendall Rogers
2:36
[Comment From DaveDave: ] 

TCU lost a lot from last year’s team, what are your expectations for this season? Who are the emerging players to keep an eye on and how much of a leap do you expect Nick Lodolo to take this season?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:36 Dave
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Dave — They definitely lost some offensive guys — but they will have the second best 3-man rotation in the land, IMO, with Nick Lodolo, Jared Janczak and Sean Wymer. That’s such a great trio. The bullpen is also in great shape. Obviously the question mark w/ TCU is the offense. Luken Baker is the big returnee, but Josh Watson is a guy that needs to step up in a big way. Freshman Adam Oviedo is going to be a stud, and 3B Conner Shepherd is a really neat player. They’ve got some pieces to work with offensively, and I think Bill Mosiello will make sure this is a very serviceable offense. I’m not too concerned.

  Kendall Rogers
2:38
[Comment From WaverWaver: ] 

What will Travis Jewett do in his sophomore season at Tulane? Who should we be looking out for?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:38 Waver
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Tulane will need some guys to step up offensively to give Grant Witherspoon some help. I know Jewett is a big fan of junior college transfer 1B Trevor Jensen, but they’ll need a host of guys to step up offensively. I actually think the pitching staff has a chance to be pretty good. Kaleb Roper is a gamer who pounds the zone and Ryan Green is a hard-throwing righty who needs to be watched from a draft standpoint. Tulane also is high on Will McAffer out of the pen. For me, the offense needs to do improve a heck of a lot to be a postseason team.

  Kendall Rogers
2:40
[Comment From PDX_BrennanPDX_Brennan: ] 

What’s a “Best Case”, “Most Likely”, and “Worst Case” for the Beavs in 2018?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:40 PDX_Brennan
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Best Case: National Title
Most Likely: Be in the Final Four
Worst Case: Get knocked out of a Regional

I don’t think the Beavers will have to worry about C, but let’s see what happens. That’s why we play the games!

  Kendall Rogers
2:42
[Comment From SpurticusSpurticus: ] 

Kendall I understand we have a new coach and lost some key players but I still believe that South Carolina should be included as one of the top 25 teams in the country.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:42 Spurticus
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Spurticus — That is fair enough. The Gamecocks were heavily in the discussion for our Top 25, along with Clemson. I actually like many of the pieces back offensively for the Gamecocks. There’s some leadership and history of production there. I think, for me, the concern is the pitching staff outside of Adam Hill and Cody Morris, both guys I strongly believe in.

  Kendall Rogers
2:45
[Comment From Scott C.Scott C.: ] 

Does the departure of Chris Del Conte change the Jim Schlossnagle dynamic at TCU in the next couple of years?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:45 Scott C.
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Scott — I don’t think so, but never say never. Schlossnagle can stay at TCU and have a statue of him built in a few years. Where else can he go and have that in the future? I think Schloss would be crazy to leave TCU anytime soon.

  Kendall Rogers
2:46
[Comment From JMacJMac: ] 

Just to get this out of the way early…What are the chances Miss. State hosts a Regional?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:46 JMac
 
Kendall Rogers: 

If they finish where we have them ranked — very good, obviously. Can’t wait to see them host a regional with construction and cranes all over the place. Will give me shades of Baylor in 1999!

  Kendall Rogers
2:47
[Comment From horn froghorn frog: ] 

What are the strengths of Dallas Baptist this year?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:47 horn frog
 
Aaron Fitt: 

I really think that offense is going to be a force of nature — serious power potential, balance, guys who can hit for average and rack up doubles. To me they’re on the short list of most dangerous offenses in the country, led by Jameson Hannah, Devlin Granberg and that superb catching duo of Duce and Woolforth. And they got their top three starting pitchers back, and added a bunch of big power arms, as usual, so I expect the pitching staff to be a strength as well. Honestly, they’ve got Omaha potential.

  Aaron Fitt
2:49
Kendall Rogers: 

Kevin — I actually like the USA offense a lot. It’s riddled with studs like Swaggerty and Donovan, but I want to see how the starting rotations fares early in the season. USA could’ve been higher in our rankings if we were a little more confident about the pitching. Andy Arguelles, Zach Melton and Tyler Carr (especially Carr with a FB up to 94) are all talented guys, but none of them have proven to be premier arms just yet. You have to get better production from those guys if you want to make a big statement on the national stage (win a regional, or more).

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:49 Kendall Rogers
2:50
[Comment From BobbyBobby: ] 

Who do you see as the class of the WCC? Do you see Pepperdine taking a step forward in Hirty’s second year at the helm? Thanks as always.

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:50 Bobby
 
Aaron Fitt: 

My vote is for Saint Mary’s — I think they’re loaded on both sides of the ball (in fact, they were in our Top 25 discussion). Very balanced club. San Diego is also in the mix at the top of the WCC for me. Pepperdine is kind of an X-factor I think, frankly not sure what to expect from those guys, but I do really like that coaching staff and think the program is heading in the right direction.

  Aaron Fitt
Kendall Rogers: 

Agree with fit on St. Mary’s, but keep a close eye on USD. Sprengel is a front-line arm and I’m hearing very good things about projected starting pitcher Louis Crowe, whom I wrote up this past summer. Up to 93-94 with improved secondary stuff.

  Kendall Rogers
2:56
[Comment From JeffJeff: ] 

Is the AAC a 4 bid league this year?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 2:56 Jeff
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Jeff — Right now, I feel pretty confident about Houston, UCONN and UCF as postseason teams. I think ECU would have to strongly be considered with USF as another team to watch.

  Kendall Rogers
3:01
[Comment From SEC, SEC, SECSEC, SEC, SEC: ] 

How many bids will the SEC have this season? Is there a surprise team like Kentucky last year?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 3:01 SEC, SEC, SEC
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Teams I see in right now: Arkansas, Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU, Miss State, Florida, UK, Vandy, South Carolina — so, 10 teams. If there’s a surprise out of the remaining group? I’ll go with Georgia or Missouri.

  Kendall Rogers
3:02
[Comment From WilliamWilliam: ] 

2 part ? here. 1) Mississippi State’s home SEC slate is #14 vandy, #10 Texas A&M, #8 ole miss, #4 Arkansas, & #1 Florida. Gotta be one of the stoutest home schedules in a long time. B) with State having that home schedule plus spending majority of non conference away from home where do you think their SOS will be? They win some ball games they should be competing for a top RPI correct?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 3:02 William
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Miss State’s SOS and RPI should be very good if it does well at all for the reasons you mentioned. I also think USM is going to be very very solid, so playing that road series will end up being a bonus. If MSU can overcome murderer’s row, they will be setup very nicely for the postseason run.

  Kendall Rogers
3:04
[Comment From KevinKevin: ] 

What are your thoughts on South Alabama this year?

Tuesday January 16, 2018 3:04 Kevin
 
Kendall Rogers: 

Nick — a team that will be in our next Top 25 in all likelihood. They’ve got a lot of potential. Dodson/Vaughn obviously headline the offense, but I actually like the rotation and the back-end with Dodson leading the way. Ladrech, a senior, in that Sunday spot is a real luxury to have. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping Jared Horn has a huge year. That young man deserves it after everything he has been through.

  Kendall Rogers
3:06
Kendall Rogers: 

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Tuesday January 16, 2018 3:06 Kendall Rogers
 
 

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