ESPN: Hogs #1 going into next season

As long as either JWill or Toney come back.

I would much rather not be #1,way too much pressure put on a team that will be featuring quite a few young players.

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Embrace it, be happy to be considered the best. Something we haven’t had since Nolan was here. After the last 25 years, I love the attention that this team and kids are getting.

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Oh I’m very happy that we’re getting the respect I think we deserve. I just know that being #1 puts a huge Target on your back and kids can try too hard to justify that high ranking. I kind of like to go under the radar LOL walk softly but carry a big stick :slightly_smiling_face:

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This just hit my email inbox – from BetOnline:

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Coach Richardson always said, “the only way to beat pressure is to love it,” Billy.

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Something tells me Muss will be using this graphic shortly with a key portal prospect or two …

“YOU ARE THE FINAL PIECE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP PUZZLE !!”

Wax

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Welcome to the world of Bama football and annual expectations where everyone wants to take you down… Embrace it as noted above, beats the heck out of the bad dreams we were enduring in the two big sports four years ago.

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You can’t recruit like Coach Muss has and then hope to temper expectations.

These guys welcome it. It’s why they have been so successful in high school.

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That was my take as well. Not everyone wants that target on their back. Saban recruits for it and appears Muss and Pittman do as well.

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Seems like someone has respect for the way Hawgs are trending.

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Ding Ding…gotta use all of the Pub for recruiting. This is how you get to the top and stay there. You are always in the conversation of being one of the best teams out there.

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Yeah it’s nice to be thought of so highly,We will see how they handle it if we are indeed #1 to start the year.,I’m sure there will an adjustment period trying to figure out the best lineup.

Caesars Sportsbook has Kansas at 10-1 to repeat. We’re at 16-1.

ESPN did that? Going to temporarily stop spitting when typing E.S.P.N.

If this team and program want to win championships, they need to embrace having a target on their back.

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One thing for sure, unlike last year, this team will be tested early in the season in the Hawaii tournament in November. The young pups will get a taste of what they will be seeing during the SEC schedule. Win or lose there, Muss will have some great teaching points on just how important intense defense is to winning at this level.

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Jordan just had a narrow miss at Geico last week. I suspect it only fueled the fire.

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MGM has us tied for 2nd with KY at 10-1. Duke is 1st at 8-1, and Kansas is 12-1.

I said nothing about them not embracing the ranking. My point is with all the new pieces of the puzzle it’s going to be hard to hit the ground clicking on all cylinders and the players may be trying to do more than their capable of doing right away to live up to the hype… I kind of think Duke will be ranked number one anyway because they have three of the top five players in the country coming in but if we are #1 then let’s buckle up and go get it!! Going to be fun to see how the kids adapt to a different level of play.