Classic City Classic Pool Play Predictions

If Southern Miss was at Classic City Classic (CCC) this weekend, I would have let Francis write this post. Because we all know he would have picked them to finish dead last. And then I’d get to watch the Southern guys destroy Francis on Twitter if they broke seed, even if they finished second-to-last.

That would have been funny.

Alas, Southern Miss is not in that number this weekend, but the CCC field is graced with four Bama Secs teams: LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Tulane. Four pretty damn strong Bama Secs teams.

So how will these four fare at this all-important Fall tournament? My predictions!

LSU

Will break seed … Or have it broken, I should say. No Yeti this weekend is a big, big loss at a tournament of this quality. You cannot replace a player of his caliber on the field nor can you hide his absence with schemes and game plans. Not against these kind of teams. LSU’s youth will be exposed to the elements, and they will be harsh.

All of that being said, there is a considerable amount of young talent on this team. Sectionals and Regionals games are not won or lost in the Fall, but the experience these guys get this weekend without Yeti should help this team win more games than not come Spring.

Prediction: 2-3 in Pool A

Auburn

Will hold seed. Auburn-Y lost to Emory at Hootenanny a few weeks back, but only by two points. If Auburn is taking a full squad to CCC, they should be able to hold off Emory this weekend.

Usually not a fan of Sectional match-ups in big tournaments like this. But … Looking forward to the Auburn-LSU matchup. If Auburn cannot beat LSU without Yeti, how will they be able to beat LSU this Spring?

Prediction: 1-4 in Pool A

Tulane

I want to say that Tulane is going to break seed, because they are under-seeded to be honest. But hot damn, Pool B is a B.I.T.C.H.

North Carolina, Florida and Georgia Tech at the top. Upstart Cincinnati, a team with a really, really good Fall resume so far this season, as the 4th seed in the pool. And then Tulane.

I think they’ll hold seed. I think they’ll challenge one or more of those top four teams — probably Cincinnati — but I don’t know if they’re ready to get over that hump yet.

Prediction: 1-4 in Pool B

Alabama

This will be our first real look at Alabama this Fall, because I’m not really reading into their results at Hootenanny (They sent only a “X” squad and made it to the Quarters).

We all know what this team can do, and that’s win games. You can’t explain why they win, THEY JUST WIN. They are the Tim Tebows of the Section.

So let’s kickstart the 2014 Alabama ROLL TIDE PAWWWWWL hype machine by predicting that the Bammers will be the only team of the four Bama Secs teams this weekend to BREAK SEED.

Prediction: 3-2 in Pool D

Auburn wins two in pool play at CCC

Auburn won two games on Saturday at the Classic City Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., while LSU and Vanderbilt both struggled.

Auburn (2 – 3) finished fourth in Pool A after defeating Tennessee-Chattanooga 13 – 10 and Indiana 13 – 8 in pool play. Auburn’s three losses in pool play came against Wisconsin (4 – 13), Georgia Tech (6 – 13) and Davidson (9 – 11).

LSU and Vandy, however, were not as successful on Saturday. Both teams finished the day 0 – 5 and last in their respective pools.

In LSU’s closest game of the day against South Region rival Texas State, Purple Haze held an 11 – 8 lead late in the game, but Texas State went on a 5 – 0 to win the game 13 – 11.

Vanderbilt also fell 13 – 11 in its closest contest of the day against James Madison.

Auburn will square off against Minnesota (3 – 2) in the B Bracket on Sunday morning. The winner of that game will face the winner of Colorado v. North Carolina State in the B Bracket Semifinals.

LSU and Vandy will play in the C Bracket on Sunday morning. Purple Haze faces James Madison (1 – 4) while Cobra Kai takes on Texas State (1 – 4).

Follow all the action here.