College Football 2015: SEC Pre-Season Power Rankings
14. Vanderbilt- Vanderbilt was winless in SEC play last season. Vanderbilt had one of the worst offenses and defenses in the country last year and they will look to improve on both sides of the ball. Their offense will improve offensively but I see them struggling defensively.
13. Kentucky- Kentucky finished last season with a record of 5-7. They have some talented players on this team but the SEC is too tough for Kentucky this year. A bowl game will be a successful season.
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12. South Carolina- South Carolina will need to figure out who their quarterback will be. Because of that I think South Carolina will struggle on the offensive side of the ball. The South Carolina defense was bad last year so they hired a new defensive coordinator. I don’t think they will be able to fix their defensive problems yet.
11. Texas A&M- The Aggies biggest problem last season was their defense that allowed over 35 points a game. They have hired John Chavis to be their new defensive coordinator. They will have one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC to help their offense. This team will be able to score points but I don’t think they will be able to fix their defense.
10. Mississippi State- Mississippi State loses 15 starters from last years team. Their offense will be lead by Dak Prescott. He is one of the favorites to win this years Heisman. They lost 8 starters on defense so I expect their defense to fall off this year.
9 Missouri- Missouri will need their quarterback Maty Mauk to have a breakout year if Missouri wants have a shot at East Title. They are very inexperienced at wide receiver, which will likely hurt Mauk. They return some experienced players on defense but their offense will struggle this year.
8. Florida- The Gators have hired a new Head Coach in Jim McElwain. Injuries have hurt this team in the past and they will need to stay healthy to have a good year. They have one of the best defenses in the country and arguably the best secondary in the country. If McElwain can fix this offense, Florida will have a turn around season.
7. Arkansas- Arkansas comes into this year with two of the most talented running backs in the nation. Unfortunately running back Jonathan Williams suffered a leg injury and will be out for the whole year leaving Alex Collins to be the main back. Arkansas has the defense to be a good team, their biggest problem is being able to play well on the road. These past couple season they have struggled on the road and that will have to change.
6. Tennessee- Tennessee is on the rise to being a dominate team in the SEC. I think they are a year away from winning the SEC East. They are solid on offense and defense. They will be the second best team in the East Division. I think they will use this year for experience and build for a run at the Title next season.
5. LSU- LSU has the biggest upside for this coming season. They have one of the most talented teams in the nation. They were a very young team last year but were competitive. If they can improve as a team especially on offense, LSU can be one of the best teams in this offense.
4. Ole Miss- Ole Miss had one of the best defenses in the country last season. It made up for their lack of offense. Their defense should be one of the best again but they need their offense to improve. They got one of the best junior college transfers at quarterback in Chad Kelly. They have one of the most talented wide receiver groups in nation, so the offense should improve. They have a tough schedule, which will hurt them this year.
3. Georgia- Georgia enters the year as the clear favorite to win the SEC East. They are unsure of who their starting quarterback will be but they will rely on running back Nick Chubb to have another great year. Georgia had arguably one of the top defenses in this conference last season and this year should be no different.
2. Auburn- Hiring Will Muschamp was huge for Auburn. They have always had talented players but could never put it all together. I think Muschamp is the answer to this problem. They have always had a good offense and even though they lost some key players their offense should be good as always.
1. Alabama- Alabama enters this season as the favorite to win the SEC. They have had one of the best teams over the past couple years and this year should be no different. They have questions at quarterback but they have so much talent everywhere else that they will be fine. The SEC WEST looks more open then it has been in awhile but I think Alabama is still the best team.
SEC Overview- The SEC West is by far the best division. It is more open this year then it has been in the past however. I think Alabama, Auburn and LSU will be in the mix for the West Division. I see Georgia’s only competition being Tennessee in the East, with Florida being a long shot.