2016 College Football Preview: SEC

Day five of previewing college football’s POWER FIVE conferences concludes the only way we can….with the so-called “Kings of College Football”.

Yes, I’m talking about the SEC. The SEC consider themselves the best conference in college football and for good reason. At the end of the college football season, there is always multiple contenders coming out of the conference and let’s not beat around the bush….they win almost all of the National Championships.

So, who’s going to be the teams that are left standing at the end of the year hoping to represent the SEC in the College Football Playoff?

Will it last year’s National Champions….the Alabama Crimson Tide?

How about Ole Miss?

LSU?

Georgia?

Tennessee is getting a lot of hype right now. Will it be them?

It’s going to be Alabama isn’t it? Of course it is.

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!

 

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14. South Carolina Gamecocks

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Will Muschamp (0-0 at South Carolina)

Top Returning Players: Cory Helms (OG), Sean Kelly (P), Drew Williams (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Brandon McIlwain (QB), Jake Bentley (QB), C.J. Freeman (RB), Rico Dowdle (RB), Bryan Edwards (WR), Randrecous Davis (WR), Robert Tucker (TE), Evan Hinson (TE), Akeem Cooperwood (OL), Darius Whitfield (DL), Stephon Taylor (DL), Jamarcus King (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Mississippi State, Georgia, Tennessee, @Florida, @Clemson

Predicted Record (for 2016): 3-9 (0-8)


13. Vanderbilt Commodores

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Derek Mason (7-17 at Vanderbilt)

Top Returning Players: Ralph Webb (RB), Zach Cunningham (LB), Oren Burks (LB)

Top Incoming Players: Deuce Wallace (QB), Sean Auwae (OL), Joejuan Williams (DB), Zaire Jones (DB), Sam Loy (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @WKU, Florida, @Georgia, @Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee

Predicted Record (for 2016): 4-8 (1-7)


12. Kentucky Wildcats

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Mark Stoops (12-24 at Kentucky)

Top Returning Players: Jon Toth (C), Austin MacGinnis (K)

Top Incoming Players: Gunnar Hoak (QB), Benny Snell (RB), Justin Rigg (TE), Landon Young (OL), Drake Jackson (OL), Tate Leavitt (OL), Kash Daniel (LB), Jordan Bonner (LB), Jordan Griffin (DB), Grant McKinniss (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Florida, @Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia, @Tennessee, @Louisville

Predicted Record (for 2016): 5-7 (2-6)


11. Texas A&M Aggies

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Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl: Music City Bowl vs. Louisville

Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin (36-16 at Texas A&M)

Top Returning Players: Trevor Knight (QB), Christian Kirk (WR), Josh Reynolds (WR), Ricky Seals-Jones (TE), Avery Gennesy (OT), Myles Garrett (DE), Daeshon Hall (DT), Shaan Washington (LB), Armani Watts (S)

Top Incoming Players: Nick Starkel (QB), Trayveon Williams (RB), Rakeem Boyd (RB), Clyde Chriss (WR), Quartney Davis (WR), Kellen Diesch (OL), Austin Anderson (OL), Riley Anderson (OL), Justin Madubuike (DL), Aaron Hansford (LB), Tyrel Dodson (LB), Alton Robinson (LB), Travon Fuller (DB), Charles Oliver (DB), Ikeena Okeke (DB), Braden Mann (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): UCLA, @Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, @Alabama, @Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU

Predicted Record (for 2016): 6-6 (3-5)


10. Missouri Tigers

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Barry Odom (0-0 at Missouri)

Top Returning Players: Charles Harris (DE), Josh Augusta (DT), Michael Scherer (LB), Aarion Penton (CB), Anthony Sherrils (S), Corey Fatony (P)

Top Incoming Players: Micah Wilson (QB), Damarea Crockett (RB), Brendan Scales (TE), Albert Okwuegbunam (TE), Tre Williams (DL), Greg Taylor (DB), Tucker McCann (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @West Virginia, Georgia, @LSU, @Florida, @Tennessee, Arkansas

Predicted Record (for 2016): 6-6 (3-5)


10. Auburn Tigers

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Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl: Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis

Head Coach: Gus Malzahn (27-13 at Auburn)

Top Returning Players: Jovon Robinson (RB), Braden Smith (OG), Alex Kozan (OG), Carl Lawson (DL), Montravius Adams (DL), T.J. Neal (LB), Johnathan Ford (S), Daniel Carlson (K), Ike Powell (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Woody Barrett (QB), Malik Miller (RB), Nate Craig-Myers (WR), Kyle Davis (WR), Eli Stove (WR), Landon Rice (TE), Brodarious Hamm (OL), Derrick Brown (DL), Marlon Davidson (DL), Prince Michael Sammons (DL), Nick Coe (DL), Tre’ Threat (LB), Paul James (LB), John Broussard (DB), Marlon Character (DB), Jayvaughn Myers (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Clemson, Arkansas State, LSU, @Mississippi State, Arkansas, @Ole Miss, @Georgia, @Alabama

Predicted Record (for 2016): 6-6 (3-5)


8. Arkansas Razorbacks

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Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl: Liberty Bowl vs. Kansas State

Head Coach: Bret Bielema (18-20 at Arkansas)

Top Returning Players: Dominique Reed (WR), Jeremy Sprinkle (TE), Dan Skipper (OT), Hjalte Froholdt (OG), Frank Ragnow (C), Deatrich Wise (DL), Brooks Ellis (LB), Henre’ Toliver (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Cole Kelley (QB), Devwah Whaley (RB), T.J. Hammonds (WR), Jordan Jones (WR), Grayson Gunter (TE), Jake Heinrich (OL), McTelvin Agim (DL), Briston Guidry (DL), Austin Capps (DL)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @TCU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, LSU, @Mississippi State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 7-5 (4-4)


7. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl: Belk Bowl vs. NC State

Head Coach: Dan Mullen (55-35 at Mississippi State)

Top Returning Players: Fred Ross (WR), A.J. Jefferson (DL), Richie Brown (LB), Brandon Bryant (S), Brandon Holloway (KR)

Top Incoming Players: Korey Charles (RB), Jamal Couch (WR), Christian Roberson (TE), Jordan Thomas (TE), Dontea Jones (TE), Stewart Reese (OL), Jeffery Simmons (DL), Kobe Jones (DL), Marquiss Spencer (DL), Tre Brown (DL), Erroll Thompson (LB), C.J. Morgan (CB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @LSU, @BYU, @Alabama, Arkansas, @Ole Miss

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-4 (4-4)


6. Florida Gators

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Last Year’s Record: 10-4

Last Year’s Bowl: Citrus Bowl vs. Michigan

Head Coach: Jim McElwain (10-4 at Florida)

Top Returning Players: Antonio Callaway (WR), Martez Ivey (OG), David Sharpe (OT), Caleb Brantley (DL), Bryan Cox (DL), Jarrad Davis (LB), Jalen Tabor (DB), Marcus Maye (S), Eddy Pineiro (K), Johnny Townsend (P)

Top Incoming Players: Feleipe Franks (QB), Mark Thompson (RB), Lamical Perine (RB), Tyrie Cleveland (WR), Josh Hammond (WR), Freddie Swain (WR), Grant Holloway (WR), Rick Wells (WR), Dre Massey (WR), Brett Heggie (OL), Antonneous Clayton (DL), Jordan Smith (DL), Jachai Polite (DL), Jeremiah Moon (LB), David Reese (LB), Vosean Joseph (LB), Chauncey Gardner (DB), Quincy Lenton (DB), Jeawon Taylor (DB), McArthur Burnett (DB), Eddy Pineiro (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, @Arkansas, @Florida State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-4 (5-3)


5. Ole Miss Rebels

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl: Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma State

Head Coach: Hugh Freeze (34-18 at Ole Miss)

Top Returning Players: Chad Kelly (QB), Quincy Adeboyejo (WR), Evan Engram (TE), Marquis Haynes (DL), Tony Conner (LB), Kendarius Webster (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Shea Patterson (QB), Justin Connor (RB), D’Vaughn Pennamon (RB), Jarrion Street (RB), D.K. Metcalf (WR), A.J. Brown (WR), Tre Nixon (WR), Ocatvious Cooley (TE), Gabe Angel (TE), Jacob Mathis (TE), Greg Little (OL), Bryce Matthews (OL), Chandler Tuitt (OL), Eli Johnson (OL), Royce Newman (OL), Benito Jones (DL), Charles Wiley (DL), Detric Bing-Dukes (LB), Donta Evans (LB), Deontay Anderson (DB), Jaylon Jones (DB), Greg Eisworth (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, @Arkansas, @LSU, Mississippi State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 9-3 (6-2)


4. Georgia Bulldogs

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Penn State

Head Coach: Kirby Smart (0-0 at Georgia)

Top Returning Players: Nick Chubb (RB), Sony Michel (RB), Greg Pyke (OG), Isaiah Wynn (OT), Tyler Catalina (OT), Lorenzo Carter (LB), Dominick Sanders (S), Isaiah McKenzie (PR)

Top Incoming Players: Jacob Eason (QB), Elijah Holyfield (RB), Riley Ridley (WR), Tyler Simmons (WR), Isaac Nauta (TE), Charlie Woerner (TE), Ben Cleveland (OL), Chris Barnes (OL), Julian Rochester (DL), Michail Carter (DL), Tyler Clark (DL), David Marshall (DL), Chauncey Manac (LB), Jaleel Laguins (LB), Mecole Hardman (DB), Chad Clay (DB), Tyrique McGhee (DB), Marshall Long (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): North Carolina, @Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida

Predicted Record (for 2016): 10-2 (6-2)


4. LSU Tigers

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Last Year’s Record: 9-3

Last Year’s Bowl: Texas Bowl vs. Texas Tech

Head Coach: Les Miles (112-32 at LSU)

Top Returning Players: Leonard Fournette (RB), Malachi Dupre (WR), Travin Dural (WR), Ethan Pocic (C), William Clapp (OG), Maea Teuhema (OT), Davon Godchaux (DL), Lewis Neal (DL), Kendell Beckwith (LB), Arden Key (LB), Tre’Davious White (CB), Jamal Adams (S), Blake Ferguson (LS), Derrius Guice (KR)

Top Incoming Players: Devin White (RB), Drake Davis (WR), Stephen Sullivan (WR), Dee Anderson (WR), Jamal Pettigrew (TE), Willie Allen (OL), Donavaughn Campbell (OL), Rashard Lawrence (DL), Edwin Alexander (DL), Glen Logan (DL), Andre Anthony (DL), Caleb Roddy (DL), Michael Divinity (LB), Rahssan Thornton (LB), Saivion Smith (DB), Eric Monroe (DB), Kristian Fulton (DB), Cameron Lewis (DB), Andreaz Williams (DB), Connor Culp (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Wisconsin, Mississippi State, @Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama, @Arkansas

Predicted Record (for 2016): 10-2 (6-2)


2. Tennessee Volunteers

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl: Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern

Head Coach: Butch Jones (21-17 at Tennessee)

Top Returning Players: Joshua Dobbs (QB), Jalen Hurd (RB), Preston Williams (WR), Derek Barnett (DL), Jalen Reeves-Maybin (LB), Cameron Sutton (CB), Evan Berry (KR)

Top Incoming Players: Jarrett Guarantano (QB), Carlin Fils-Aime (RB), Brandon Johnson (WR), Jeff George (WR), Corey Henderson (WR), Devante Brooks (TE), Ryan Johnson (OL), Marcus Tatum (OL), Jonathan Kongbo (DL), Alexis Johnson (DL), Daniel Bituli (LB), Ja’Quain Blakely (LB), Nigel Warrior (DB), Marquez Callaway (DB), Tyler Byrd (DB), Marquill Osborne (DB), D.J. Henderson (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Florida, @Georgia, Alabama

SEC Championship Game: vs. Alabama (L)

Predicted Record (for 2016): 11-2 (7-1)


1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Last Year’s Record: 14-1

Last Year’s Bowl: College Football Playoffs vs. Michigan State, National Championship Game vs. Clemson

Head Coach: Nick Saban (105-18 at Alabama)

Top Returning Players: Damien Harris (RB), Bo Scarbrough (RB), Calvin Ridley (WR), Robert Foster (WR), O.J. Howard (TE), Cam Robinson (OT), Ross Pierschbacher (OG), Alphonse Taylor (OG), Jonathan Allen (DL), Da’Shawn Hand (DL), Reuben Foster (LB), Ryan Anderson (LB), Marlon Humphrey (DB), Minkah Fitzpatrick (DB), Eddie Jackson (S), Adam Griffith (K), J.K. Scott (P), Cole Mazza (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Jalen Hurts (QB), B.J. Emmons (RB), Trevon Diggs (WR), T.J. Simmons (WR), Irvin Smith (TE), Miller Forristall (TE), Jonah Williams (OL), Deonte Brown (OL), Chris Owens (OL), Scott Lashley (OL), Charles Baldwin (OL), Kendell Jones (DL), Raekwon Davis (DL), Jamar King (DL), Lyndell Wilson (LB), Ben Davis (LB), Terrell Hall (LB), Christian Bell (LB), Nigel Knott (DB), Shyheim Carter (DB), Jared Mayden (DB), Shawn Jennings (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): USC, WKU, @Ole Miss, @Arkansas, @Tennessee, @LSU, Mississippi State

SEC Championship Game: vs. Tennessee (W)

Predicted Record (for 2016): 11-2 (6-2)

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