It's time. And we are still lazy. Perhaps it is the hot weather, however our research team is still behind on understanding all of the teams' coaching changes, position changes, new players, and strategies in the great SEC to have a detailed prediction of Week 1. So we'll just allow our slothful ways limit the insight and go with our (also slothful) guts do the picking for us until we get a better feel for how the teams will perform on the field.



Appalachian State @ (9) Tennessee - Oops, we were on the treadmill for this game. However, we will admit that while we would have predicted a Tennessee win, overtime would have never crossed our minds.. not even for a second.

South Carolina @ Vanderbilt - Ah, SEC vs SEC on Week 1 - we love it. We also would have loved to written this earlier, however we had South Carolina by 14 instead of 3.

Now to put on our Nostradamus hats on....

South Alabama @ Mississippi State - MSU by 17. The coaches need this victory more than the fanbase does.

Missouri @ West Virginia - Yikes... This one is tough. Missouri is "down", yet WVU likes to lose early each season. WVU pulls this one off at home though by 3.

(5) LSU @ Wisconsin - Lambeau Field is hosting its first college game since 1983? Sounds crazy, but if so... Wisconsin fever is down in Madison (whether they want to admit it or not) and for good reason. LSU enjoys the warm turf before it gets cold and runs away with a 12-point victory.

(16) UCLA @ Texas A&M - Ummmmm, try to represent the SEC, Aggies. Unfortunately the conference takes a small blow to its credibility. Bruins by 10.

LA Tech @ Arkansas - A new look to a backfield. The loss of a fabulous tight end. Some great departures including quarterback. New additions also looking to contribute. How will this group in Fayetteville begin the 2016 campaign? The Era of Allen, Part Two, begins with a RAZORBACKS victory. HOGS by 31. Wait... John L Smith is gone, correct?

(18) Georgia @ (22) North Carolina - New coaches.... New philosophy... new first game loss for the Bulldogs. NC by 12. Scratch that, Georgia is still Georgia and NC is still NC. Bulldogs by 8.

UMass @ (25) Florida - Steve Spurrier being back in town gives the Gators a twenty-four point advantage at the start. Florida doesn't need it and adds fourteen more to it. The "OBC" witnesses a 38-point victory.

Southern Miss @ Kentucky - Too tough to call. We flipped a coin - Kentucky was tails. Odds are in their favor today. Wildcats by 7.

(20) USC @ (1) Alabama: Game of the Week - Alabama has something to prove. So does USC. Alabama does a better job of proving their point. Alabama is just too powerful, better coached, and ranked because of what they have done recently, not on their name alone. We are winking right at you, USC. Enjoy your loss. Crimson Tide by 17... no 18.

(2) Clemson @ Auburn - Dear Gus, What is this burning sensation? Signed: Your Seat. Tigers by 10... Oops... Clemson by 10.

(11) Ole Miss @ (4) Florida State - This was almost our GOTW since it will probably be a lot more competitive that USC @ Bama. Unfortunately, we did not want our first Game of the Week of 2016 to be an SEC loss. Seminoles by 14. Sorry Rebs - prove us wrong... PLEASE!

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Brandon Allen. We underestimated him... or at least most of us did. As a freshman on the UofA campus we worried about the future post-Tyler Wilson, kind of the same way we underestimated a kid from Greenwood when we knew that Ryan Mallett would eventually don a cap and gown (or a Kanye West T-shirt and cargo shorts) and leave The Hill for an NFL career. Little did we know that Brandon (as we'll call him for future reference sake) would end up being in the Top Three in five of the six major career statistics in RAZORBACKS passing history. Note: the one exception would be his being 4th in single season yards with Mallett holding onto the first and third spots.

The quarterback slot turned out alright for us in both of these cases, didn't it?

What about now? And the next two years? Austin Allen must be doing well for Coach Bielema to give him the nod for the 2016 season. Some might say that there is a lack of talent in Fayetteville at the admiral position. Some would be mistaken. The young talents that chose to sit the bench and remain a RAZORBACK are no slouches. Hence, they say practice and competition makes you better. Austin has no choice but to be sharp and remain sharp. Ty Storey is no joke, and if Austin wants to remain the primary signal caller until graduation day, he knows that he has no choice but to improve day after day. If he fails, there are a hungry fans that will not be opposed to QB2 becoming QB1.

                                           You hear us, Austin. We are cheering for you.

We like what we are seeing in the preseason in and about the training facilities surrounding DWR, however there are many things yet to be determined. The question may not be the talent at the quarterback position. The question may be if there is enough talent around Austin to buy him the time in the pocket that Brandon was afforded. The answer to this mystery will be what ultimately defines the Era of Allen... denouement. Step out of the shadow and define yourself as you, AA. You have our support.

Photos courtesy of Saturday Down South and a great blog going by the name of Razorbackers. Please give them both your support.


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