[2017 College Football Preview] The SEC

And we have arrived!  Another year, another College Football Preview is officially in the books.

After weeks of scanning through every single college football conference and predicting how every single team will finish, we have arrived at the end.

It’s the conference that everyone calls the “King of College Football”. Personally, I think it’s a little over-rated because if you really want to break things down…..it’s Alabama and everyone else. That’s just the truth.

Can anyone from the SEC finally step up and take ‘Bama down?

ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!!!…………

 

 

 

 

 

14. Ole Miss Rebels

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Matt Luke (0-0 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Marquis Haynes (DL), Greg Little (OL), Van Jefferson (WR), Benito Jones (DL), DeMarquis Gates (LB), Zedrick Woods (CB), Gary Wunderlich (K), Sean Rawlings (OL), Javon Patterson (OL), Rod Taylor (OL), Jalen Julius (CB), Myles Hartsfield (S), Will Gleeson (P)

Top Incoming Players: Tony Gray (OL), D.D. Bowie (DB), Chester Graves (DL), Breon Dixon (LB), Markel Winters (LB), Kam’ron White (DB), Josh Clarke (LB), A.J. Harris (DB), Brenden Williams (LB), Javien Hamilton (DB), Mohamed Sanogo (LB), Braylon Sanders (WR), Alex Faniel (QB), Ben Brown (OL), Jordan Ta’amu (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Alabama (September 30), @ Auburn (October 7)

Predicted Record: 4-8 (1-7)


 

13. Missouri Tigers

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Barry Odom (4-8 all-time)

Top Returning Players: J’Mon Moore (WR), Marcell Frazier (DL), Paul Adams (OL), Damarea Crockett (RB), Johnathon Johnson (WR), Drew Lock (QB), Dimetrios Mason (WR), Alec Abeln (OL), Tre’Vour Sims (OL), Kevin Pendleton (OL), Paul Adams (OL), Tyler Howell (OL), Tucker McCann (K), A.J. Logan (DL), Eric Biesel (LB), Anthony Sherrils (S), Cam Hilton (S), Corey Fatony (P)

Top Incoming Players: Da’Ron Davis (WR), Terry Petry (DB), Taylor Powell (QB), Walter Palmore (DL), Nate Anderson (DL), Logan Christopherson (TE), Case Cook (OL), Pompey Coleman (OL), Rashad Brandon (DL), Hyrin Morrison White (OL), Jamal Brooks (LB), Yasir Durant (OL), Aubrey Miller (LB)

Toughest Games This Season: Auburn (September 23), @ Georgia (October 14), Florida (November 4), Tennessee (November 11)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (1-7)


 

12. Kentucky Wildcats

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: TaxSlayer vs. Georgia Tech (Lost 18-33)

Head Coach: Mark Stoops (19-30 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jordan Jones (LB), Mike Edwards (S), Benny Snell (RB), Nick Haynes (OL), Denzil Ware (DL), Josh Allen (LB), C.J. Conrad (TE), Austin MacGinnis (K), Stephen Johnson (QB), Dorian Baker (WR), Garrett Johnson (WR), Jervontius Stallings (OL), Kyle Meadows (OL), Cole Mosier (OL), Naquez Pringle (DL), Adrian Middleton (DL), Courtney Love (LB), Chris Westry (CB), Derrick Baity (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Josh Paschal (LB), Javonte Richardson (WR), Tyrell Ajian (DB), Lynn Bowden (QB), Danny Clark (QB), Lonnie Johnson (DB), Yusuf Corker (DB), PHil Hoskins (DL), Jordan Wright (LB), Alex King (LB), Bryan Koback (RB), Joshua Ali (WR), Walker Wood (QB), Michael Nesbitt (CB), Clevan Thomas (WR), Chris Whittaker (DL)

Toughest Games This Season: Florida (September 23), Tennessee (October 28), @ Georgia (November 18), Louisville (November 25)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (2-6)


 

11. Vanderbilt Commodores

Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Independence vs. N.C. State (Lost 17-41)

Head Coach: Derek Mason (13-24 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Ralph Webb (RB), Kyle Shurmur (QB), C.J. Duncan (WR), Caleb Scott (WR), Trent Sherfield (WR), Nathan Marcus (TE), Bruno Reagan (OL), Ean Pfeifer (OL), Justin Skule (OL), Tommy Openshaw (K), Jonathan Wynn (DL), Nifae Lealao (DL), Oren Burks (LB), Taurean Ferguson (LB), Tre Herndon (CB), Ryan White (S), Arnold Tarpley (S), Sam Loy (P)

Top Incoming Players: Dimitri Moore (LB), Dayo Odeyingbo (DL, Colin Anderson (LB), Jacob Free (QB), Tae Daley (DB), Bryce Bailey (OL), Jalen Pinkney (DL)

Toughest Games This Season: Kansas State (September 16), Alabama (September 23), @ Florida (September 30), Georgia (October 7), @ Tennessee (November 25)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (2-6)


 

10. Arkansas Razorbacks

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Belk vs. Virginia Tech (Lost 24-35)

Head Coach: Bret Bielema (25-26 at Arkansas, 93-50 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Frank Ragnow (OL), Hjalte Froholdt (OL), Jared Cornelius (WR), Dre Greenlaw (LB), Austin Allen (QB), McTelvin Agim (DL), Ryan Pulley (CB), Johnny Gibson (OL), Brian Wallace (OL), Dwayne Eugene (LB), Henre’ Toliver (CB), Josh Liddell (S)

Top Incoming Players: Brandon Martin (WR), Chevin Calloway (DB), Jeremy Patton (TE), Montaric Brown (DB), Chase Hayden (RB), Daulton Hyatt (QB), Dalton Wagner (OL), Koilan Jackson (WR), Jarrod Barnes (WR), Maleek Williams (RB), Derrick Munson (LB), Kirby Adcock (OL), Shane Clenin (OL), David Porter (OL), Maleek Barkley (WR), De’Vion Warren (DB)

Toughest Games This Season: TCU (September 9), @ Alabama (October 14), Auburn (October 21)

Predicted Record: 6-6 (3-5)


 

9. LSU Tigers

Last Year’s Record: 8-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Citrus vs. Louisville (Won 29-9)

Head Coach: Ed Orgeron (6-2 at LSU, 22-29 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Derrius Guice (RB), Arden Key (LB), Kevin Toliver (CB), Will Clapp (OL), Donte Jackson (CB), D.J. Chark (WR), Maea Teuhema (OL), Danny Etling (QB), Drake Davis (WR), K.J. Malone (OL), Greg Gilmore (DL), Josh Growden (P)

Top Incoming Players: JaCoby Stevens (DB), Tyler Shelvin (DL), Austin Deculus (OL), Todd Harris (DB), K’Lavon Chaisson (DL), Lowell Narcisse (QB), Kary Vincent (DB), Grant Delpit (DB), Jacob Phillips (LB), Mannie Netherly (WR), Edward Ingram (OL), Patrick Queen (LB), Myles Brennan (QB), Tyler Taylor (LB), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB), Saahdiq Charles (OL), Neil Farrell (DL), Justin Thomas (DL), Jontre Kirklin (DB), Aaron Moffitt (DL), Racey McMath (WR), Tory Carter (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: BYU (September 2), @ Florida (October 7), Auburn (October 14), @ Alabama (November 4), @ Tennessee (November 18)

Predicted Record: 7-5 (3-5)


 

8. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: St. Petersburg vs. Miami, OH (Won 17-16)

Head Coach: Dan Mullen (61-42 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Nick Fitzgerald (QB), Donald Gray (WR), Martinas Rankin (OL), Leo Lewis (LB), Jeffery Simmons (DL), Aeris Williams (RB), Malik Dear (WR), Farrod Green (TE), Deion Calhoun (OL), J.T. Gray (LB), Chris Rayford (CB), Brandon Bryant (S), Mark McLaurin (S), Logan Cooke (P)

Top Incoming Players: Brian Cole (WR), Willie Gay (LB), Chauncey Rivers (DL), Johnathan Abram (DB), Keytaon Thompson (QB), Lee Autry (DL), Deion Pope (DL), Kylin Hill (RB), Montez Sweat (DL), Tommy Champion (OL), Noah Elliss (DL), Tyler Dunning (LB), Aaron Odom (DL), Tyre Phillips (OL), Tyler Williams (DB), Austin Williams (WR), Jaquarius Landrews (DB), James Jackson (DL)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Georgia (September 23), @ Auburn (September 30), BYU (October 14), Alabama (November 11)

Predicted Record: 7-5 (3-5)


 

7. Texas A&M Aggies

Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Texas vs. Kansas State (Lost 28-33)

Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin (44-21 at Texas A&M, 79-38 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Christian Kirk (WR), Zaycoven Henderson (DL), Armani Watts (S), Erik McCoy (OL), Daylon Mack (DL), Otaro Alaka (LB), Trayveon Williams (RB), Shane Tripucka (P), Connor Lanfear (OL), Colton Prater (OL), Daniel LaCamera (K), Donovan Wilson (LB), Priest Willis (CB), Nick Harvey (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Anthony Hines (LB), Jhamon Ausbon (WR), Hezekiah Jones (WR), Kellen Mond (QB), Derrick Tucker (DB), Michael Clemons (DL), Santino Marchiol (LB), Grayson Reed (OL), Keldrick Carper (WR), Camron Buckley (WR), Roshauud Paul (WR), Devodrick Johnson (DB), Myles Jones (DB), Tyree Johnson (DL), Devin Morris (DB), Adrian Wolford (OL), Ondario Robinson (DL), Jayden Peevy (DL), Jacob Kibodi (RB), Connor Blumrick (QB), Keynel McZeal (TE), Carson Green (OL)

Toughest Games This Season: Alabama (October 7), @ Florida (October 14), Auburn (November 4)

Predicted Record: 7-5 (4-4)


 

6. South Carolina Gamecocks

Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Birmingham vs. USF (Lost 39-46)

Head Coach: Will Muschamp (6-7 at South Carolina, 34-28 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Hayden Hurst (TE), Deebo Samuel (WR), Bryson Allen-Williams (LB), Skai Moore (LB), Taylor Stallworth (DL), Chris Lammons (CB), Bryan Edwards (WR), Zack Bailey (OL), Jake Bentley (QB), Rico Dowdle (RB), K.C. Crosby (TE), Alan Knott (OL), Cory Helms (OL), Malik Young (OL), Ulric Jones (DL), Jamarcus King (CB), D.J. Smith (S)

Top Incoming Players: Jamyest Williams (DB), OrTre Smith (WR), Javon Kinlaw (DT), Keisean Nixon (DB), M.J. Webb (DL), Shi Smith (WR), Will Register (TE), Dennis Dailey (OL), Kaleb Chambers (DB), Aaron Sterling (DL), Brad Johnson (DL), Caleb Kinlaw (RB), Sherrod Greene (LB), Chad Terrell (WR), Tavyn Jackson (DB), Eric Douglas (OL), Damani Stanley (LB), Jay Urich (QB), Summie Carlay (OL)

Toughest Games This Season: N.C. State (September 2), @ Tennessee (October 14), @ Georgia (November 4), Florida (November 11), Clemson (November 25)

Predicted Record: 7-5 (5-3)


 

5. Florida Gators

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Outback vs. Iowa (Won 30-3)

Head Coach: Jim McElwain (19-8 at Florida, 41-24 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Martez Ivey (OL), Jabari Zuniga (DL), Duke Dawson (CB), Antonio Callaway (WR), Cece Jefferson (DL), Eddy Pineiro (K), DeAndre Goolsby (TE), Jawaan Taylor (OL), Marcell Harris (S), Feleipe Franks (QB), Jordan Scarlett (RB), Brandon Powell (WR), Tyrie Cleveland (WR), Tyler Jordan (OL), David Reese (LB), Nick Washington (S), Johnny Townsend (K)

Top Incoming Players: James Robinson (WR), Tedarrell Slaton (OL), Zachary Carter (DL), Brad Stewart (DB), Daquon Green (WR), Adarius Lemons (RB), Marco WIlson (DB), T.J. Moore (OL), C.J. Henderson (DB), Kadeem Telfort (OL), Jake Allen (QB), Kemore Gamble (TE), Elijah Conliffe (DL), Shawn Davis (DB), Brian Edwards (DB), James Houston (LB), Kyree Campbell (DL), Ventrell Miller (LB), Kadarius Toney (QB), Malik Davis (RB), Nick Smith (LB)

Toughest Games This Season: Michigan (September 2), Tennessee (September 16), Georgia (October 28), Florida State (November 25)

Predicted Record: 9-3 (6-2)


 

4. Georgia Bulldogs

Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Liberty vs. TCU (Won 31-23)

Head Coach: Kirby Smart (8-5 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Nick Chubb (RB), Trenton Thompson (DL), Roquan Smith (LB), Isaac Nauta (TE), Davin Bellamy (LB), Dominick Sanders (S), Isaiah Wynn (OL), Jonathan Ledbetter (DL), Lorenzo Carter (LB), Malkom Parish (S), Jacob Eason (QB), Terry Godwin (WR), Michael Chigbu (WR), Lamont Gaillard (OL), Rodrigo Blankenship (K), John Atkins (DL), Natrez Patrick (LB), Deandre Baker (CB), Aaron Davis (CB), Marshall Long (P)

Top Incoming Players: Isaiah Wilson (OL), Deangelo Gibbs (DB), Richard LeCounte (DB), D’Andre Swift (RB), Nate McBride (LB), Robert Beal (LB), Jake Fromm (QB), Andrew Thomas (OL), William Poole (DB), Malik Herring (DL), Jaden Hunter (LB), Netori Johnson (OL), D’Marcus Hayes (OL), D’Antne Demery (OL), Mark Webb (WR), Detravion Bishop (DB), Trey Blount (WR), Jeremian Holloman (WR), Walter Grant (LB), Latavious Brini (DB), Monty Rice (LB), Ameer Speed (DB), Justin Shaffer (OL), Devonte Wyatt (DL), Matthew Landers (WR)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Tennessee (September 30), Florida (October 28), @ Auburn (November 11)

Predicted Record: 9-3 (6-2)


 

3. Auburn Tigers

Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Sugar vs. Oklahoma (Lost 19-35)

Head Coach: Gus Malzahn (35-18 at Auburn, 44-21 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Braden Smith (OL), Daniel Carlson (K), Kamryn Pettway (RB), Carlton Davis (DB), Darius James (OL), Marlon Davidson (DL), Tray Matthews (S), Austin Golson (OL), Deshaun Davis (LB), Eli Stove (WR), Darius Slayton (WR), Chandler Cox (TE), Dontavius Russell (DL), Darrell Williams (LB), Stephen Roberts (S)

Top Incoming Players: Calvin Ashley (OL), Jarrett Stidham (QB), Austin Troxell (OL), Devan Burnett (RB), Malcolm Askew (DB), T.D. Moultry (LB), Markaviest Bryant (DL), Nick Brahms (OL), Sal Cannella (TE), Chandler Wooten (LB), Carlito Gonzalez (DB), Tryone Truesdell (DL), Noah Igbinoghene (WR), K.J. Britt (LB), Alec Jackson (DL), Malik Willis (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Clemson (September 9), Georgia (November 11), Alabama (November 25)

Predicted Record: 9-3 (6-2)


 

2. Tennessee Volunteers

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Music City vs. Nebraska (Won 38-24)

Head Coach: Butch Jones (30-21 at Tennessee, 80-48 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jauan Jennings (WR), Trevor Daniel (P), Jashon Robertson (OL), Darrin Kirkland (LB), Josh Smith (WR), Ethan Wolf (TE), Coleman Thomas (OL), Chance Hall (OL), Brett Kendrick (OT), Aaron Medley (K), Kendal Vickers (DL), Colton Jumper (LB), Rashaan Gaulden (LB), Justin Martin (CB), Todd Kelly (S), Micah Abernathy (S)

Top Incoming Players: Trey Smith (OL), Maleik Gray (DB), Ty Chandler (RB), Will Ignont (LB), Eric Crosby (DL), Matthew Butler (DL), Kivon Bennett (DL), LaTrell Bumphus (TE), Cheyenne Labruzza (DB), Jordan Murphy (WR), Solon Page (LB), Trey Coleman (RB), Riley Locklear (OL), Marquez Bembry (DL), Terrell Bailey (DB), Josh Palmer (WR), Theo Jackson (DB), Deandre Johnson (DL), Brent Cimaglia (K), Jacquez Jones (WR)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Florida (September 16), Georgia (September 30), @ Alabama (October 21)

Predicted Record: 10-3 (6-2)


 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Last Year’s Record: 14-1

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Peach vs. Washington (Won 24-7), National Championship vs. Clemson (Lost 31-35)

Head Coach: Nick Saban (119-19 at Alabama, 210-61-1 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jalen Hurts (QB), Calvin Ridley (WR), Jonah Williams (OL), Da’Ron Payne (DL), Rashaan Evans (LB), Ronnie Harrison (S), Minkah Fitzpatrick (S), J.K. Scott (P), Bo Scarbrough (RB), Bradley Bozeman (OL), Ross Pierschbacher (OL), Da’Shawn Hand (DL), Shaun-Dion Hamilton (LB), Anthony Averett (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Najee Harris (RB), Dylan Moses (LB), Isaiah Buggs (DL), Alex Leatherwood (OL), Elliot Baker (OL), Jedrick Willis (OL), VanDarius Cowan (LB), Markail Benton (LB), Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Chris Allen (LB), DeVonta Smith (WR), Jerry Jeudy (WR), LaBryan Ray (DL), Daniel Wright (DB), Xavier McKinney (DB), Chadarius Townsend (QB), Brian Robinson (RB), Henry Ruggs (WR), Kedrick James (TE), Tyrell Shavers (WR), Kendall Randolph (OL), Phil Mathis (DL), Major Tennison (TE), Mac Jones (QB), Kyriq McDonald (DB)

Toughest Games This Season: Florida State (September 2), Tennessee (October 21), @ Auburn (November 25)

Predicted Record: 12-1 (8-0)

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