Chris Moore| BKD TV Insiders
Our final conference preview comes from the big, bad Southeastern conference. The SEC is looking to get the national championship back in it’s conference. After winning eight consecutive titles, the SEC has been shut out the past two seasons. The conference has a number of teams that could find their way to the college football playoff including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, and even Texas A&M. That’s eight possible teams from the SEC that could end up in the Final Four. What else is very possible? None of them make it because at some point or another, they all end up beating each other.
There are several teams that could be made the favorite. Alabama becomes the favorite almost by default because we know we can rely on Nick Saban, as probably the best coach in the country, to have his Crimson Tide ready to roll. The Tide are only returning two starters on offense, however the defense has a chance to be elite again this season. If Alabama can get reasonable quarterback play, they have a great chance to find themselves back on top of the SEC.
Team to Watch: Tennessee
Tennessee and Georgia are the heavy favorites to win the SEC East. Tennessee is in their third year under head coach Butch Jones. With only Georgia standing in their way, Tennessee has a real chance to play in the SEC title game behind the experience the team will have. Returning 17 starters from last year’s team the Volunteers expect to take great strides on offense and defense. Derek Barnett and Cam Sutton will look to lead this talented defense to the SEC championship.
Player to Watch: Jeremy Johnson, QB Auburn
Under Gus Malzahn, it appears Auburn is here to stay as SEC and national championship contenders. Jeremy Johnson will be the new quarterback, replacing Nick Marshall. Auburn lives by it’s run-first spread offense. However, in Jeremy Johnson, Gus Malzahn has a quarterback with the arm talent and physical ability to be a first round NFL talent. Similar to a guy by the name of Cam Newton, who Malzahn coached as the offensive coordinator of Auburn in 2010-2011. If Jeremy Johnson can grasp the offense, and be the legitimate dual threat quarterback that he can be, Auburn has an excellent chance to get to the playoff.
- South Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Mississippi State
- Texas A&M
Conference Championship: Auburn over Georgia