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POWER FIVE, TAKE FIVE

By Marc Lawrence — As we wind down our pre-spring practice Power Five conference report, outlined by Paul Myerberg of the USA TODAY, we close things out with the most highly thought of conference in the land, the SEC, home of defending national champion LSU. Last year the Tigers were Joe Burrow’s team. At the edict of Burrow, summer practices were run by the players who issued an alert to his teammates: practice in the morning. As a result, to a man the roster would run through an unbeaten, championship-winning season. But Burrow is gone as are so many other stars on last year’s roster. Thus, repeating will not be easy, and with it rivals in the SCE are poised to fill the void. Another question worth knowing is how will the Gus Malzahn-Chad Morris combo work in Auburn? The Tigers hired Morris as their offensive coordinator, whose reputation as a coordinator is spotless. For the top question and answer on each team in the SEC this season, click here.
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From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: If you missed this earlier, it bears repeating … New Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater is 28-7 ATS as a starter in the NFL. Included is a jaw-dropping 18-2 ATS mark in games in which he is not favored.
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When San Francisco fell to Kansas City in SB LIV earlier this year it should be noted that the 49ers finished the 2019 season with a 4-12 record, the same as the 1998 St. Louis Rams in the year before becoming the “Greatest Show on Turf” and winning Super Bowl XXXIV. More than a decade earlier, after going 4-11 the previous season, the Cincinnati shuffled its way to Super Bowl XVI and then proceeded to lose to the 49ers. If it sounds like we’re trying to draw a parallel it’s because we are.
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