Why SEC teams make the College Football Playoff

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Our final conference in this series, but we won’t be done after this! A special countdown leading up to college football is coming, and were getting so close to the start of fall! Until then, we give you the SEC. Welcome to the only conference that’s made the College Football Playoff every year. This is the best conference in college football, and there’s no debate about it. The gap between the top few teams and the rest of the conference was pretty big last year, but it appears to be closing. Everyone’s trying to figure out how to beat Alabama, but there’s not a simple solution.

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SEC East

Florida Gators

This is the most hype the Gators have received since Tim Tebow was on campus. Florida’s always had the talent, but it came down to coaching. Dan Mullen’s back in Gainesville, and he’s leading the charge. We’ll find out just how legit this team is when they face Miami to start the season. Then, we’ll see how we feel.

Georgia Bulldogs

Until further notice, Georgia runs the SEC East. The only problem is the division is getting crowded near the top. Kirby Smart’s been dominating on the recruiting trail, so no one should ever question the talent level on this team. Not only do they have to worry about winning the East, but they still must get over the hump that is Alabama.

Kentucky Wildcats

It’s time to reassess the state of the program now that Benny Snell’s gone. Kentucky surprised the entire SEC last year by winning 10 games, but that’s not happening again. This remains a good team, but they’re not sneaking up on anyone anymore.

Missouri Tigers

Believe it or not, the Tigers could very well start 8-0 heading into the Georgia game on November 9th. Missouri’s divisional crossover games in the West are Arkansas and Ole Miss. That’s huge for this team. With an easy non-conference schedule, it’s easy to see this team compete for a conference title.

South Carolina Gamecocks

Many picked the Gamecocks to compete in the SEC East, but that didn’t happen. Last year was disappointing, and it ended with a horrific 28-0 loss to Virginia. Several key players return on both sides of the ball, giving them a chance to be a competitor again. Hopefully it goes better than last year.

Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee’s going to be better, but it seems their ceiling ends at seven wins. If we’re being honest, that’s a step they need to take first before thinking bigger. The non-conference schedule isn’t too tough, but playing in the SEC will always be a challenge.

Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt has a top running back, wide receiver, and tight end in their offense. So they’ve got potential to score a ton of points, but they were average with all three last year. The schedule doesn’t do them any favors either. The first three games are Georgia, at Purdue, and LSU. Derek Mason is a good coach, but his record won’t reflect how good he is while he’s at Vanderbilt.

SEC West

Alabama Crimson Tide

Does anyone really think the Tide won’t compete for a national championship? I don’t think anyone needs to tell you how good they are, even with the blowout loss to Clemson.

Arkansas Razorbacks

Welcome to the SEC, Chad Morris. After putting together a few okay seasons at SMU, the Razorbacks brought him to the SEC. Not only that, but Arkansas plays in the West. Good luck making a bowl game with that schedule every year.

Auburn Tigers

How long can Gus Malzahn keep this going with his seat so hot? His first game this year is against Oregon, and he’ll do that with a freshman quarterback. A loss in Week 1 won’t go over well, so you can imagine how much pressure Malzahn and the Tigers already feel before even playing a game.

LSU Tigers

It seemed like LSU’s ceiling was second place in the SEC West the last few years, but that could change. The Tigers surprised many last year with 10 wins, but still couldn’t beat Alabama. Everyone knows that Alabama is the team to beat, and no one knows that better than the Tigers. They also face Texas this year in Week 2. Even if they manage to beat Texas and Alabama, they also face Florida, and have to win the SEC Championship game against either Florida or Georgia. If they survive those tests, look out.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Joe Moorhead’s an offensive guy, but that’s the side of the ball that struggled last year. Defense finished in the Top 10 in a bunch of categories, but the studs are gone. Assuming that side of the ball takes a step back, the offense must step their game up.

Ole Miss Rebels

Matt Luke’s still in a tough position, but he added two former head coaches as coordinator’s to help him. Rich Rodriguez and Mike MacIntyre will coach the offense and defense, respectively. A bowl game is possible, but this will be a young team.

Texas A&M Aggies

If Jimbo Fisher is worth the contract, he needs to have his team competing in the West. Are they ready for that step yet? It doesn’t look like that, but we have to wait and see. Just like everyone else, the Aggies must find a way to topple Alabama. Not many have figured that out in the last few years, so it’s well kept secret that only Clemson’s seemed to figure out.

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