HOOVER, Ala. — The SEC Soccer Media Days’ preseason predictions might be introduced Friday. I’ll take a wild bet and say media varieties will prefer Alabama to win the convention championship.
Any other wild bet: Georgia might be preferred within the East.
On the other hand, I’ve determined to place the divisional scores apart and record the convention groups first thru 14th. Wager what? Alabama continues to be No. 1.
Listed below are my energy scores:
Alabama: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throwing to the most productive corps of large receivers within the nation will have to end up an excessive amount of for no matter comes the Tide’s means all through the common season. And don’t bargain the motivational price of the blowout loss to Clemson within the nationwide championship recreation.
Georgia: With a formidable and deep offensive line, Jake Fromm will have to take fewer hits than another quarterback within the SEC. All that blocking off additionally will have to result in working again D’Andre Swift’s easiest season.
LSU: Quarterback is now not a staff weak spot, because of Joe Burrow. The Tigers’ protection may surpass Alabama’s.
Florida: An green offensive line most likely will depart the Gators in need of Georgia once more within the SEC East, however trainer Dan Mullen is just right at overlaying offensive weaknesses. The go back of injured cornerback Marco Wilson and the addition of Louisville switch Jonathan Greenard at finish will help in making for some other stout protection.
Texas A&M: In spite of the lack of superstar working again Trayveon Williams, the offense might be higher in trainer Jimbo Fisher’s 2nd season. Development gained’t be sufficient to conquer a frightening agenda that incorporates Clemson and Georgia outdoor the Aggies’ department.
Auburn: The Tigers’ defensive entrance can slug it out with LSU’s and Alabama’s. Trainer Gus Malzahn wishes to mend the offense.
Missouri: Larry Rountree is likely one of the country’s maximum underrated working backs, and Clemson switch quarterback Kelly Bryant will stay the Tigers rolling in the back of a cast offensive line. Taking part in Ole Leave out and Arkansas from the West might be an advantage.
Tennessee: Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will have to strengthen below new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, and freshman tackles Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright will have to be welcome additions to a sub-par offensive line.
South Carolina: Quarterback Jake Bentley must turn into extra constant, and the Gamecocks will have to improve their run protection.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs misplaced lots of the heavyweights from a standout protection, however they nonetheless have cornerback Cameron Dantzler and linebacker Erroll Thompson. The passing recreation has questions at quarterback and large receiver.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores have 3 of the league’s easiest offensive gamers in working again Ke’Shawn Vaughn, large receiver Kalija Lipscomb and tight finish Jared Pinkney. However that trio can’t assist a protection that has extra shortcomings than stars.
Kentucky: The Wildcats’ 10-Three report in 2018 was once an aberration. Search for the Wildcats to go back to customary this season.
Ole Leave out: Trainer Matt Luke can be a stopgap measure whilst the Rebels recuperate from NCAA probation. Ole Leave out has two extra completed head coaches on its team of workers — offensive coordinator Wealthy Rodriguez and defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre.
Arkansas: When the Razorbacks fired trainer Bret Bielema and changed him with Chad Morris after the 2017 season, they needed to notice there wouldn’t be a handy guide a rough turnaround. Bielema recruited to an influence working recreation; Morris’ runs a variety offense.
Whether or not the Hogs energy up or unfold it out, they are closing within the SEC.
John Adams is a senior columnist. He could also be reached at 865-342-6284 or [email protected] Apply him at twitter.com/johnadamskns.