SEC Football Preview
The SEC Network has launched and we are just a few days away from another year of SEC football. The season will get off to a hot start with two big games on Thursday, August 30th. The ole ball coach, Steve Spurrier will look to get his Gamecocks off to a hot start when Texas A&M comes to town, while Ole Miss will take on Boise State in Atlanta. The SEC looks again to be the best league in the country with 8 teams ranked in the preseason AP top 25. Where will Auburn rank in the always tough SEC west? Will Vanderbilt make any noise under first year coach Derek Mason? Lets take a look at my 2014 SEC predictions.
The SEC west looks as if it will be loaded once again in 2014. Auburn and Alabama headline what a crazy race for the western division crown. I believe Ole Miss and Mississippi State will be much improved and could be dangerous in 2014. It will definitely be interesting to see if the Rebels and Bulldogs can turn their success on the recruiting trail into contending for a championship. Les Miles will be busy eating grass but will still lead his team to eight wins, while Texas A&M and Arkansas will be looking ahead to baseball season. In the end Gus Malzahn and Auburn will successfully navigate a brutal schedule and will head to Atlanta for a second straight year.
The SEC east will look to keep pace with the west when the college football season begins on August 30th. Georgia leads a division that features one first-year head coach in Vanderbilt's Derek Mason and two coaches in their second seasons in Tennessee's Butch Jones and Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops. South Carolina and Missouri will both be solid and could threaten Georgia as the race to Atlanta unfolds. Butch Jones will look to get things rolling on Rocky Top and should be bowl eligible in year two at Tennessee. Will Muschamp added offensive coordinator Kurt Roper in the offseason in hope of making a bowl game and returning to Gainesville for a fifth season. In Lexington, Mark Stoops looks to translate his success on the recruiting trail to the field as he enters year two at Kentucky. Derek Mason is familiar with high academic institutions after spending time at Stanford but will have his work cut out for him in his first year at Vanderbilt. When its all said and done the ole veteran Mark Richt will extend his stay in Athens with an eastern division championship and will lead his Bulldogs against rival Auburn in Atlanta.
Hope everyone is doing well as the season opener approaches! Feel free to contact me on Twitter @AUTigerFrank and I look forward to seeing everyone on August 30th! War Eagle!