Hello, Auburn Family and War Eagle! The 2014 regular season came to an end last weekend as Auburn lost in Tuscaloosa, 55-42. The attention will now turn to preparing for a bowl game as well as the hiring of a new defensive coordinator. Gus Malzahn decided to make a change in defensive coordinator following last weekend's second half meltdown in Tuscaloosa. I hope Will Muschamp accepts the offer and comes back to Auburn! Let's take a look at the final standings in both SEC divisions.
South Carolina (6-6)
The SEC East is a disaster. Missouri and Georgia led an extremely weak division that struggled to contend with the dominant SEC West. In my opinion Missouri was the biggest surprise in the east. The Tigers continued their solid play after last year's appearance in Atlanta and will once again represent their division this year. Maty Mauk led Mizzou in two big road wins at both South Carolina and Texas A&M to capture a second-straight eastern division championship. The Kentucky Wildcats were also a surprise in the SEC East. Even though they failed to make a bowl, Mark Stoops has the Wildcats headed in the right direction. I'm interested to see if Kentucky will continue their climb after losing offensive coordinator Neal Brown to Troy. That's enough on the east. Oh, wait! Vanderbilt went 3-9. I need a beer.
Mississippi State (10-2)
Ole Miss (9-3)
Texas A&M (7-5)
It's not even close. The SEC West is the best division in college football. From Alabama to Arkansas all six teams in the division could win on any night. My biggest surprise in the SEC West was the play of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Bert's team continued to improve throughout the season with wins over LSU and Ole Miss. I'm afraid the Hogs will be a contender in the near future. In my opinion the biggest disappointment in the SEC West was the play of Auburn's defense down the stretch, which resulted in three losses. Following the South Carolina win, Auburn struggled to get off the field after Steve Spurrier exposed the Tiger secondary. I'm hopeful Coach Muschamp will come in and revive Auburn's defense. Unfortunately Alabama will be representing the west on Saturday in Atlanta. I think the Tide will win another SEC championship with a 21-point win over Missouri.
I appreciate you guys reading my thoughts on SEC football this year! I will have one more feature out once the bowl games are announced. Follow me on Twitter @AUTigerFrank! War Eagle!