SEC Superlatives and More

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As the offseason winds down and fall camp has arrived, I decided to go off topic of just Razorback news. Where does Arkansas fall into the scheme of things in the SEC? In my preview, I did pick Arkansas to go 9-3 (5-3) in 2018. It sounds really good, but my realist side says to expect less than the 9 wins. 2018 will be a fun year in the SEC and for the Razorbacks. Here is my SEC predictions for 2018. Who do you believe has the best units in the SEC?
SEC Projections
East:                                                                      West
Georgia
South Carolina
Florida
Kentucky
Mizzou
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
East Breakdown:
Georgia should easily cruise to an East division championship this season. Besides South Carolina, no other team will be able to compete with Georgia. They are deep at every position and even if they their play their talented freshman, they are all former highly rated players. South Carolina has a lot of momentum under third year head coach, Will Muschamp. Many people around the SEC say they could contend for the division. Unless Kentucky can finally breakthrough by upending Florida they will go another year without getting to Atlanta.
Missouri will be breaking in a new offense under former Volunteer head coach, Derek Dooley but return the best quarterback in the East, Drew Locke. The Tigers should be as high flying as ever with the return of running back Damarea Crockett. Crockett rushed for over 1,000 yards as a true freshman in 2016. Tennessee and Vanderbilt will bring up the rear of the East. Either team could finish last in the division. Both teams lack quality depth but Vanderbilt does return their quarterback, Kyle Shurmur. That is about the only promising thing the Commodores have going for them in 2018.
West:
Alabama
Auburn
Mississippi State
Arkansas
Texas A&M
LSU
Ole Miss
West Breakdown:
For much of the past eleven seasons, Alabama has reigned supreme as kings of the SEC Western Division. The Crimson Tide have won six of the eleven division titles since Nick Saban became the head coach. NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Alabama vs ClemsonWith the talent they return, even if they have a quarterback controversy, the only team that could possibly contend with them is Auburn. The Tigers return quarterback, Jarrett Stidham but are breaking in a new starting running back, new wide receivers and filling the holes along the offensive line.
Mississippi State could be the Cinderella of 2018. Nick Fitzgerald returns and so do their running backs Aerris Williams and Kylin Hill. This offense will be very good and the defense returns virtually everyone. The Bulldogs could possibly shock one of the top two teams in the Western division.
Arkansas, Texas A&M and LSU could end up anywhere around the 4th thru 6th spots in the SEC West. The Aggies have plenty of skill position players but they do not match up well in the new pro-style scheme that new head coach Jimbo Fisher brings. LSU looks to trend upwards in their second season under head coach, Ed Orgeron. During his tie at Ole Miss, Orgeron struggled mightily even with the talent he recruited but still could not win with it. This is a big season for the Tigers, their fans and athletic department who want ten wins regularly.
Ole Miss is suffering NCAA sanctions after the firing of former head coach, Hugh Freeze. Somehow, new head coach, Matt Luke (interim in 2017), kept the Rebel program together in order to finish 6-6 with an Egg Bowl victory against Mississippi State. During the offseason, the Rebels lost quite a few talented players most notably their star quarterback, Shae Patterson, who transferred to Michigan. They replace Patterson with Jordan Ta’mu who was very good the last four games.
SEC Superlatives
Best QB

  1. Drew Locke
  2. Nick Fitzgerald
  3. Jake Bentley
  4. Jake Fromm
  5. Jalen Hurts/Tua Tagovailoa

Best RB Group

  1. Alabama
  2. Mississippi State
  3. Kentucky
  4. Georgia
  5. 5. Arkansas

Best Receiving/Tight End Group

  1. Alabama
  2. Ole Miss
  3. Kentucky
  4. Arkansas
  5. Georgia

Best Offensive Line Group

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Mississippi State
  4. Missouri
  5. South Carolina

Best Defensive Line Group

  1. Auburn
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU South
  5. South Carolina

Best Linebacker Group

  1. Georgia
  2. LSU
  3. Alabama
  4. South Carolina
  5. Arkansas

Best Secondary Group

  1. LSU
  2. Georgia
  3. Alabama
  4. Auburn
  5. South Carolina

Thanks for all your reads today! I hope you have enjoyed them all.

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