So, I wanted to take a look ahead to the 2014 season just to see if this helped calm everyone down a little bit. I'm going to write up a depth chart projection, and then where we are improving, and where we will be worse (on a scale of 5 +'s or -'s). I'll do this by taking all current commits in the recruiting class, and assuming no attrition outside of Purifoy, who most agree is probably gone. Then, I'll take a look at the games and see how likely we are to win or lose said game. Offensive Line (+2) LT: Humphries/Kelleher LG: Garcia/Thurman C: ???/Brown RG: Moore/Silberman RT: Green/Brown The Breakdown: Obviously, we should be better on the offensive line next year. The addition of a few recruits to help with depth, and Chaz Greene back in the fold will be nice. The only question mark is at center, where there don't seem to be a ton of options. Wouldn't be surprised to see Thurman slide over. Running Backs (+4) H-Back: Taylor/Jones/Cook/Brown/Lane F-Back: Joyer/Ajagbe The Breakdown: It's hard to see where much playing time is going to be available for some of these guys. Taylor has to be the frontrunner at this point, but all indications are that Lane is going to be a nice surprise, and that Dalvin Cook might be the most athletic offensive talent we've had since Percy Harvin. Joyer back will mean a lot of running from the I next year. Wide Receiver (+2) X: Dunbar/Robinson Y: Fullwood/Lane Z: Pittman/Lane TE1: Collins/Goolsby TE2: Westbrook/Burton The Breakdown: Next year is going to be heavily dependent on the maturation of the WR's. The loss of Patton will hurt, but we are starting to see guys like Fulwood and Robinson come to life a little bit here late in the season. Quarterbacks (+3) QB: Driskel/Murphy/Grier The Breakdown: I think some people are going to be disappointed by the fact that Grier almost certainly won't play his freshman year. Driskel needs to make strides to keep the starting job, but just having his experience and talent back on the field will be a big plus. We've seen this season that his poor play may have been a result of a terrible offensive line rather than poor QB play. Defensive Line (Even): RE: Fowler/Mccalister LE: Bullard/Cox Jr. DT: Orr/Cummins The Breakdown: I don't see much of a change here. Unless we land Hand or another big name, we won't see a big improvement in depth next year. Fowler and Bullard should continue to improve, which will help mend the loss of Jacobs and Easley. Linebackers (+2): SAM: Powell/Anzalone MIKE: Morrison/Taylor/Ball The Breakdown: Don't see us getting any worse here, and the added depth of some guys that were injured this season will really help out. Powell could leave, but I wouldn't expect an extreme drop off even if he does. Secondary (EVEN): CB1: Hargreaves III CB2: Roberson Nickel: Poole/Dawson/Jackson S1: Gorman/Maye S2: Riggs/Harris The Breakdown: Don't see us getting much worse in the secondary, but without Purifoy, we may see a drop off in the blitz packages. Neither Roberson or Hargreaves has proven to be as effective of a blitzer as Purifoy has. I think we'll see a boost at safety. The Schedule Idaho: 99% (W) The Vandals have little to no talent. This shouldn't be a tough one at all. Eastern Michigan: 98% (W) Might be a tad bit tougher than Idaho, but should be a win none the less. Kentucky: 95% (W) Kentucky should be a little tougher next year in their second season with Stoops, but there's barely a chance they take us down at home. @ Alabama: 30% (L) Bama is going to lose a lot after this season, but they'll still be as talented and likely better coached than our squad. Not to mention the game will be at Bryant Denny. @ Tennessee: 65% (W) This is going to be the toughest two game stretch of the season, IMO. Tennessee has a nice class coming in, and have a lot of returning players. They lose just enough in their veteran O-Line that I think we take them down. LSU: 55% (W) LSU loses more on offense than anyone in the conference. Not to mention, their defense has been mediocre for most of the year. At home, I give us the slight advantage. Missouri: 70% (W) Missouri loses a lot on both sides, and Mauk isn't as good as we made him look this year. At home, this will be one of our easier games of the season. Georgia Bulldogs: 50% (L) It's hard to say where Georgia will stand without Murray, but if I had to guess, they'll be fine running Gurley and Marshall 80% of the game. @ Vanderbilt: 75% (W) This year was the exception, not the rule. South Carolina: 70% (W) I'm sure Spurrier will pull his team together for a decent season, but they lose a good amount of talent on both sides of the ball. Eastern Kentucky: 99% (W) Should be the easiest game of the year. FSU: 30% (L) FSU basically loses no one on offense, which is really, really scary. The good news is that this will be the last time we'll see Jameis Winston in Garnet and Gold. Overall: That adds up to about 8.35 wins next year, or an 8-4 season. The good news is, we are going to be more talented than 80% of the teams we play next year, and we'll be able to compete well with the other 20%. This year sucks. But next year probably won't.