Football is so close I can almost taste it. We are weeks away from what I hope is another incredible football season. Last season was great for the ACC and Clemson. Not so much for fans of the Crimson Tide or really the rest of the SEC. As a fan of a school in the SEC that will remain unnamed, I am calling this upcoming season redemption season, and it better be. Last season the SEC showed signs of a conference that could be on the decline, and personally, I can’t handle that. I won’t handle that. So here it is, my way t00 early, probably wrong predictions on how the SEC plays out in Redemption Season 2017.
The east should be better than it was last year. Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia should all be better.
- South Carolina
I believe Jacob Eason is the best QB in the SEC (sorry Jalen Hurts), and as a result, Georgia should win the conference. If the running backs can stay healthy and Jacob Eason plays up to potential, then Georgia will be hard to stop. Staying healthy will be key. Florida is a close second. I almost picked Florida, but I’m just not sure they have a QB that can make the big plays. We will see. I think South Carolina surprises folks, and shows signs as a team to be back on the right track. I also see Missouri improving from the disastrous season it had last year. I mean it can’t get much worse. Tennessee will fall a bit from last season. Not sure who is going to replace Dobbs at QB, and I still don’t buy Butch Jones being a great coach. To me, Tennessee underachieved last year, but at least they were the Champions of Life.
The West will still be the better division in the SEC, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. However, I’m predicting at least one coach in the SEC West will be fired by the end of the season, and if I am being honest I could see two coaches getting the boot. The problem with the SEC West is nearly every team is expected to win the conference every year, and that isn’t possible. Here is how I think the West will look at the end of the season.
- Texas A&M
- Mississippi State
- Ole Miss
I think it would be stupid not to predict Alabama to win the division. As long as Nick Saban is head coach, one should pretty much pick the tide every year. As much as it pains me to say, Saban is the Goat. While I am picking Alabama to win the West, I don’t think they get through the regular season without a loss. That’s right Bama fans you’re going to lose. I think LSU or Auburn trips them up at some point in the season, but I still think Bama wins the conference and gets a trip to Atlanta. The next best team will be the Bayou Bengals. LSU is a team that I’m high on. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in Atlanta, but the questions at quarterback are keeping me from picking them to win the division. However, I think too many folks are counting out LSU and the fact that they have added an excellent coordinator in Matt Canada. If Danny Etling can manage the game and the offensive line proves to be able to provide protection, then look out, but with the tigers having to go into Gainesville and Tuscaloosa, right now I’m not sure they can win the conference. Auburn is being hyped up to be great. It seems every year Auburn is suppose to have an elite quarterback. Remember the hype around Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III? Well, one of those guys is now pursing a basketball career and the other is making a move to wide receiver. This year Jarrett Stidham is that guy for Auburn. This year, I’ve decided not to buy the hype. I don’t see Auburn winning the conference, and if I prove to be right, then Gus Malzahn is looking for a job. Yes, the wheels will officially be off the Gus Bus #sad. Speaking of losing a job, What’s up Kevin Sumlin? I think A&M is in for another mediocore season, and sadly, Kevin Sumlin is gone by the end of the year. The potential of adding Chip Kelly will be too much for a team like Texas A&M to keep a mediocre coach.
So there you have it my way too early, dramatic, most likely wrong predictions.