SEC PREVIEW

 

Many things remain the same in the SEC and that starts at the top of the standings with Alabama and Georgia being the favorites. The conference has a ton of depth with Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M being included in many Top 25 teams. Look for at least four more teams to garner enough wins to get a bowl bid with Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee being those squads.

 

Odds to Win the SEC

 

Alabama -152

Arkansas +25000

Auburn +2500

Florida +1200

Georgia +275

Kentucky +2500

LSU  +1200

Mississippi +10000

Miss St   +2200

Missouri  +3300

South Carolina +6000

Tennessee  +6600

Texas A&M +2500

Vanderbilt  +12500

 

Team Previews 

 

Coach Nick Saban is 146-21 in his 12 seasons at the helm of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He returns a quarterback that many feels could become the Heisman winner with Tua Tagovailao running the offense. Returning are four complete offensive players Jerry Jeudy, ‘Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle. The running back situation has limited experience but look for Najer Harris to get the bulk of the carries. 

The strength of this team can be found in the secondary with Trevon Diggs, Patrick Surtain along with Xavier McKinney, Jared Mayden, and Shyheim Carter. It’s all there for this team to get it down and it doesn’t hurt they have some motivation after getting handled in the national championship last season.

 

The Georgia Bulldogs are ready with experienced quarterback Jake Fromm. Last season he be counted on by head coach Kirby Smart. The receiving corps has lost some experience but there is always somewhere waiting in the wings such as Jeremiah Holloman to grab more passes. The running backs are part of the strength with De’Andre Swift returning after rushing for 1,049 yards in an injury-filled season. The defense will be the concern but this team is a top four or five in the nation. 

Florida enters the season ranked #8 in some publications as coach Dan Mullen has a team that can win the East. A thing to watch is they begin the season with a Week 0 game in Orlando facing the Miami Hurricanes and their tough defense. Quarterback Feleipe Franks should thrive with a deep backfield and several top receivers. Defensively, Florida will be one of the best upfronts but must find a way to get better against the run. 

 

The LSU Tigers will find eight defensive starters return. This can get them closer to the top bowls this year. Quarterback Joe Burrow was solid and enjoys a slick receiving corps and two running backs in John Emery and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Look for the offense to be slightly better and improve on their 32.4 points per game from the previous season. They have difficult road trips to Texas, Alabama, Mississippi State and includes home games versus Texas A&M, Florida, and Auburn.

 Coach Jumbo Fisher returns for his second season at Texas A&M. Things are going in the right direction but the schedule is brutal with games at Clemson, Georgia, and LSU. Quarterback Kellen Mond will use Jashaun Corbin as his primary running back. 

Look for Kentucky to get to the postseason and may find 10 wins on their schedule. Auburn was a huge disappointment last season and will start a freshman quarterback this year. Don’t be surprised if the Tiger is the best defensive team in the country. 

Mississippi State may see a drop in production and Tennessee continues to rebuild. Missouri and South Carolina are decent teams but must schedule within the SEC. Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Arkansas found out the conference. 

 

2019 Predictions

   

East Division

1 Georgia 8-0

2 Florida 6-2

3 Missouri 4-4

4 South Carolina 3-5

5 Tennessee 3-5

6 Kentucky 2-6

7 Vanderbilt 2-6

   

West Division

1 Alabama 8-0

2 LSU 6-2

3 Texas A&M 5-3

4 Auburn 3-5

5 Mississippi State 3-5

6 Ole Miss 2-6

7 Arkansas 1-7

   

SEC Championship Game

Alabama  over Georgia