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Football tabs mean the season is near

I worked on my first football special section back in 1996.
Just like ever other of the preseasons, I begam this trek the early morning of July 31 as the Basile Bearcats joined together for media day photos.
The journey continued around the tri-parish area as I visited Iota, Church Point, Eunice High and Mamou before my final stop at St. Edmund.
Every team has high hopes heading into the football season with the plan to win their respective districts and make a deep run in the playoffs.

Bama still the best in SEC West

This is the final preview of the SEC football teams:
The Alabama Crimson Tide’s plan is to be in the SEC title game every season.
Alabama is 7-4 in the SEC championship game, including a three-game winning streak.
The Tide’s path to the football playoff series begins in Atlanta against Florida State.
The opener is one of three predicted tough games on Alabama’s schedule.
A loss against the Seminoles just puts a little mreo pressure on Alabma not to lose another game.

Orgeron era officially begins at LSU

This is the 13th team in the SEC football previews:
LSU lost four games last season – two with Les Miles and other two under Ed Orgeron’s leadership.
The losses to Wisconsin (16-14) and Auburn (18-13) was enough to push Miles out the door.
The losses to Florida and Alabama prevented the Tigers from the Sugar Bowl.
LSU should open the 2017 season with a 5-0 record with wins over BYU (86.5 chance of winning), Chattanooga (97.9), Mississippi State (70.2), Syracuse (88.5) and Troy (95.1).

Auburn looks to contend in SEC West

This is the 12th team in the SEC football previews:
The Auburn Tigers are favored in 10 of its 12 games this season.
But if they really win 10 games, Auburn still has to beat Alabama to capture the SEC West.
The Tigers should win the season opener against Georgia Southern (99 percent chance of winning) but then visit defending champions Clemson (47.5).
A win over Mercer (99.7) and Missouri (82.7) puts Auburn at 3-1 before facing Mississippi State (88.2) and Ole Miss (89.3).

Hogs look to improve in 2017

This is the 11th team in the SEC football preview series:
Arkansas fans are hopeful this year ends like last year started.
The Razorback began the season with a 4-1 record burt finished losing three of the last four games.
But the biggest obstacle to a fast start this year is the Hogs’ schedule.
Arkansas is favored over Florida A&M (99.6 percent chance of winning) but then they face two teams from the Lone Star State and will fall to Texas Christian (36.1) and Texas A&M (38.8).

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