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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tigers aim high in Gene Chizik's second year

It's finally game day. Here's how today's advance starts.
AUBURN, Ala. — Josh Bynes is adamant he’s not joking.

The Auburn linebacker, whose enthusiasm in media settings is unparalleled, has extremely high hopes for this year’s team — SEC championship hopes.

“We feel it, not just from the media but we feel it within ourselves, that we don’t see anything less than an SEC championship year,” he said. “The confidence is just going to keep building up.”

Is confidence or craziness? Looking at how SEC coaches have fared in their second year suggests it might be more the former.
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Here's a closer look at how some current SEC coaches fared in their second year compared to their first:

SEC coach - Year 1 --> Year 2
  • Mark Richt, Georgia - 8-4 (2001) --> 13-1, Sugar Bowl
  • Urban Meyer, Florida - 9-3 (2005) --> 13-1, National title game
  • Les Miles, LSU - 11-2 (2005) --> 11-2, Sugar Bowl
  • Steve Spurrier, South Carolina --> 705 (2005) - 8-5, Liberty Bowl
  • Nick Saban, Alabama - 7-6 (2007) --> 12-2, Sugar Bowl
  • Houston Nutt, Ole Miss - 9-4 (2007) --> 9-4, Cotton Bowl
  • Bobby Petrino, Arkansas - 5-7 (2008) --> 8-5, Liberty Bowl


Aeronaut said...

Good article, Andy.

So you are saying that I should book my flight to Atlanta for SECCG?

Andy Bitter said...

Maybe not. But an improvement on last year's eight wins is certainly possible.