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SEC football predictions

East

GEORGIA

2007 record: 11-2 (6-2, tied for first in East).

Coach: Mark Richt (72-19, eighth season).

Will be greatly tested … with a schedule that includes six SEC games against teams in the Top 25 and a trip to No. 15 Arizona State.

FLORIDA

2007 record: 9-4 (5-3, third in East).

Coach: Urban Meyer (31-8, fourth year; 70-16 overall).

Seeks a trip to Atlanta … with the return of a Heisman winner and a stable of offensive talent. But if the defense doesn't improve, it could be another four-loss season.

TENNESSEE

2007 record: 10-4 (6-2, tied for first in East).

Coach: Phillip Fulmer (147-45, 17th season).

Has the potential … to shock fans with a new West Coast offense and momentum from a 6-1 finish in 2007. An inexperienced QB is an issue.

SOUTH CAROLINA

2007 record: 6-6 (3-5, tied for fourth in East).

Coach: Steve Spurrier (21-16, fourth season; 163-56-2 overall).

Out to prove … Spurrier still has his magic. The quarterback situation is up in the air, but the Gamecocks return the SEC's leading receiver (Kenny McKinley).

KENTUCKY

2007 record: 8-5 (3-5, tied for fourth in East).

Coach: Rich Brooks (25-35, sixth season; 116-144-4 overall.

Must … regroup post-Andre Woodson. A deep running back corps helps. Repeating 2007's success (No. 7 at one point) will be tough with nine starters gone.

VANDERBILT

2007 record: 5-7 (2-6, sixth in East).

Coach: Bobby Johnson (20-50, seventh season; 80-86 overall).

Will continue to struggle … with inexperience at quarterback and a defense prone to having trouble stopping the pass and run.

West

AUBURN

2007 record: 9-4 (5-3, second in West).

Coach: Tommy Tuberville (80-33, 10th season; 105-53 overall).

Will implement … a spread offense with a new QB. But four quality backs mean the Tigers will still rely on running backs.

LSU

2007 record: 12-2 (6-2, SEC and BCS national champion).

Coach: Les Miles (34-6, fourth season; 62-27 overall).

Attempts to defend its national title … with a new QB. If a solid one emerges, the Tigers can make another run at the SEC title.

ALABAMA

2007 record: 7-6 (4-4, tied for third in West).

Coach: Nick Saban (7-6, second season; 113-65-1 overall).

Tries to rebound … from last year's collapse with an inconsistent senior QB and new offensive coordinator. Still, the rebuilding effort could be accelerated.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

2007 record: 8-5 (4-4, tied for third in West).

Coach: Sylvester Croom (17-30, fifth season).

Tries to improve … an offense that was 113th in passing with a sophomore QB who might not be much better than last season.

ARKANSAS

2007 record: 8-5 (4-4, tied for third in West)

Coach: Bobby Petrino (first season, 44-19 overall).

Begins a new era … with a spread offense and coach known for high-powered offenses. But 20 starters are gone, including Heisman runnerup Darren McFadden.

MISSISSIPPI

2007 record: 3-9 (0-8, sixth in West)

Coach: Houston Nutt (first season, 111-70 overall).

Has a new QB … in Texas transfer Jevan Snead. There's more talent than in recent years, but the schedule won't make things easy.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

SEC football predictions 08/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:44am]
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