With SEC Media Days coming to a close, it is time for our predictions. Without further ado...
|2||Texas A&M||LSU||LSU||Auburn T-2||LSU||LSU|
|3||LSU||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||LSU T-2||Texas A&M||Texas A&M|
|5||Mississippi State||Arkansas||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn||Mississippi State|
|6||Arkansas||Mississippi State||Ole Miss||Arkansas||Ole Miss||Arkansas|
|7||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Arkansas||Ole Miss||Mississippi State||Ole Miss|
|4||Kentucky||Kentucky||South Carolina||Tennessee T-4||Tennessee||Tennessee T-4|
|5||Tennessee||Missouri||Tennessee||South Carolina T-4||Missouri||South Carolina T-4|
|6||South Carolina||Tennessee||Kentucky||Kentucky||South Carolina||Kentucky|
We all pick Alabama to win the SEC crown. All but Erik see UGA as the foe who falls to the Tide in that game. His choice is Florida.
Josh: The Aggies are on the rise, but the trip to Georgia combined with having to play LSU in Baton Rouge will be the difference in the seeding there. Hopefully Gus does just enough to stay employed.
I just don’t see anything in this division outside what is going to be a very good but flawed Georgia squad. Not a believer in Feliepe Franks, and the fact that Missouri has a legitimate chance to be in the top half of the division is an indictment on the rest of the teams.
Erik: 12, perhaps 13, SEC programs will be Bowl Eligible.
CB: I’m kinda feeling it for the Aggies. It feels like LSU is due for a letdown. Coach O cannot be this good. It might be the end of the road for Matt Luke at Ole Miss.
Florida is trending up but there are still not to UGA’s level. I’d be shocked to see anything othern than Bama-UGA in Atlanta for the first Saturday in December [FSID®].
Brent: Barring some unseen regression, Alabama is solidly ahead of the rest of the west. LSU and Texas A&M also both have pretty high expectations, though both have consistently stayed just a notch below being elite teams since, well, quite a while back. Auburn and Arkansas are the two real wild cards here. On paper, Auburn doesn’t project to be that great of a team... they just have too many holes and questions. But, if there’s anything I’ve learned in the past decade, it’s that Auburn always fails to live up to preseason expectations. When they’re expected to be great, they flop. And when they’re not expected to do much, they sneak up on some teams and wind up in national title conversations. Arkansas, on the other hand, is a team that played well above their talent level last season while breaking in a new head coach. They didn’t lose a whole lot, and very well could shoot to the top of the SEC West.
As for the Mississippi schools... I like Matt Luke. I really do. And he’s the right guy for the program right now. But that team just doesn’t have the roster. And Mississippi State really underachieved last season with a generational defense and senior offense, so I expect them wind up at the bottom of the pack.
The east, as always, is a little messier. Georgia has a lot of questions, particularly after losing ALL of their wide receivers this offseason, but the Bulldogs have still recruited heads and tails above everyone else, so I expect they come out on top. After that, its just kind of...meh... Florida I guess will be runner up, and the east will continue to look like it has for like the past 5 seasons. The Gators will have a solid defense but held back by QB play. Kentucky flashed early last season but faltered as the season wore on. However, they lost two generational players in Josh Allen and Benny Snell, so it will be interesting to watch and see if they can build on last season’s success, or just fall back into the pack.
Tennessee is still Tennessee and can’t put together much of anything too scary in their recruiting classes, but Pruitt will have them play well enough to not be at the bottom of the conference. Missouri and South Carolina are very flat teams with uninspiring coaches, and the addition of Kelly Bryant won’t help Missou too much.
And then there’s Vandy.
Aubie: To no surprise, the Auburn SBN site picked Aubie to finish second in the West but conceded that Bama would be number one.
RBRers: What are your picks? Share with us in comments!
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