Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: SEC

Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: SEC

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Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: SEC

Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: SEC


Quick three sentence previews giving you what you absolutely need to know about every SEC team going into the 2017 season. 


2017 SEC Previews: Quick Version

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You’re a busy person.

You have places to go, things to do, lives to lead. You don’t have time to read hundreds of thousands of words about college football things, especially with the season just around the corner.

Or, you have nothing to do. You have plenty of time on your hands, but you don’t really care that much about teams other than your own. However, you’re a college football fan and you’d like to have a general sense of what’s going on with all 130 teams.

So here you go. Here’s what you absolutely you need to know about every team – previewing the SEC here – in three sentences, with links to the full blown team previews if you’d like to dive in further.

Read these, get smarter, move along.

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SEC East

Florida Gators

– The passing game has to be better and more dynamic for the nation’s 116th-ranked total offense, and bringing in Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire, and with the expected growth of Feleipe Franks, the quarterback play will be far stronger.

– New defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has to replace several fantastic stars in the secondary, but the pass defense should be a rock again, while the rebuilding front four will be under fire right away against Michigan.

– Georgia might be the best team in the East, and Tennessee has the potential to rise up and surprise, but there’s no reason to expect anything less than a third straight trip to the SEC Championship – and a third straight loss to Alabama.

Florida Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Georgia Bulldogs

– If the offensive line is terrific, the offense will be fantastic with a loaded backfield, an interesting quarterback battle, and experienced playmakers across  the board to expect a more consistent season.

– Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has a killer group of veterans to work with, welcoming back almost all of the top tacklers led by one of the nation’s best linebacking corps.

– It’s a Win East or Bust season with more talent, depth, experience and upside than anyone in the division.

Georgia Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Kentucky Wildcats

– The pressure is on the Wildcats to be even better offensively with eight starters back led by a great-looking line, explosive backs, and a rising star in QB Stephen Johnson.

– The experience is there on defense, but the talent is just okay around hybrid pass rusher Denzil Ware and a slew of veteran tacklers in the back seven.

– This isn’t the best team in the SEC East, but the division is just okay and could be there for the taking if the Wildcats get a little luck, finally beat Florida, and put together a great early run.

Kentucky Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Missouri Tigers

– The offense under offensive coordinator Josh Heupel did exactly what it was supposed to do, and it should rock again with everyone back up front, and QB Drew Lock a rising star throwing to a loaded receiving corps.

– A stunning disaster, the defense finished a horrible 118th in the country, but now should be better with a good secondary and a good-enough line in a 4-2-5 alignment.

– After an awful first season, and the expectations there to at least come up with a winning season, the pressure will be on head coach Barry Odom in his second season to prove he can handle the gig.

Missouri Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

South Carolina Gamecocks

– After a year of transition under Will Muschamp, there’s hope for a far better offensive season with ten starters back led by QB Jake Bentley, but in need of a stronger year from the veteran line.

– Considering all the coaching talent on the defensive side, and with the return of star LB Skai Moore and a good-looking secondary, the D has no excuse not to be far better, even with a slew of the top tacklers gone.

– The schedule isn’t all that bad, the experience is in place – at least on offense – and the SEC East isn’t unmanageable, so with a few breaks, an upset over a Georgia here and/or a Florida there, this could be a deep sleeper in the division title chase.

South Carolina Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Tennessee Volunteers

– Even though no one on a national scale will be expecting much out of the offense, it should be able to run well with John Kelly pounding away behind a quietly great-looking line.

– The total dud of a Tennessee defense has to find a pass rush, needs a slew of players to be up to their prep hype, and the run D has to be far, far, far stronger.

– Head coach Butch Jones might not be on the hot seat many will make him out to be, but he can’t have a disaster of a season, needing to win at least eight games with a few big victories along the way.

Tennessee Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Vanderbilt Commodores

– Once again, the running game will carry and offense that perked up at the end of last year, relying on Ralph Webb to overcome another inconsistent season from the passing attack.

– Losing all-star LB Zach Cunningham hurts, but the defense will still be fantastic as long as it can find a bit more of a pass rush and a lot more pressure into the backfield.

– To be blunt, Vanderbilt went bowling because the rest of the SEC was a bit down, but the team should have the right formula and experience to be in the hunt for another post-season appearance.

Vanderbilt Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

SEC West

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2017 CFN All-SEC Team & Top 30 Players

Alabama Crimson Tide

– No coach has more pressure to deal with than new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who’ll try to come up with more of a downfield passing game while not getting away from a killer ground game led by RB Bo Scarbrough and multi-talented star QB Jalen Hurts.

– It’s Alabama, so even without a sure-thing superstar alpha-dog linebacker, of course the defense is going to be a killer again with a special secondary and another phenomenal rotation for the line.

– Unlike the last several seasons, the schedule is a major plus after starting out the season against Florida State – there aren’t any road games to worry about until the regular season finale against Auburn.

Alabama Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Arkansas Razorbacks

– It’ll be hard for Arkansas to be the ground-and-pound version many want to see under Bret Bielema – especially with star RB Rawleigh Williams retiring – but Austin Allen is a good-looking quarterback who’ll always keep the team in the game.

– Former Iowa State head man Paul Rhoads is the new defensive coordinator, and he’s got a lot of work to do for a D that got destroyed over the second half of last year and got lit up like a Christmas tree against anyone who could throw.

– It’s win-or-else time for Bielema, who hasn’t been bad, but hasn’t made a whole lot of headway, stuck in a mediocre rut over the last few years.

Arkansas Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Auburn Tigers

– The hype is through the roof for an offense that welcomes in new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsay, Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham, and a killer 1-2 rushing punch of Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson.

– While losing the top two defensive players – DE Carl Lawson and DT Montravius Adams – hurts, almost all of the top tacklers return for a D that doesn’t have to be special, but has to hold serve so the O can do its thing.

– Without another great team in the West other than Alabama, as long as they beat LSU and don’t slip up more than once, there’s a decent chance the Tigers will get to the Iron Bowl with a shot at winning the division.

– Auburn Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

LSU Tigers

– New offensive coordinator Matt Canada comes in from Pitt, and now he’ll try opening up the passing game a little bit while relying on star RB Derrius Guice to carry the attack.

– Arden Key – if healthy and playing up to his talent – might be the nation’s top defensive end, while the secondary will be fantastic again despite the loss of safety Jamal Adams.

– It’s a very good LSU team, but compared to what it was supposed to be coming into last season – as disappointing as it was – it’s going to have to scratch and claw to stay in the SEC West race.

LSU Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Mississippi State Bulldogs

– Nick Fitzgerald could and should be the most interesting quarterback in college football, with prototype size, special running skills, and the emerging passing skills to do even more for the offense that he already did everything for.

– New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has to first help step up a miserable pass defense while hoping for tackle Jeffrey Simmons becomes an NFL-caliber anchor to work the run D around.

– Once again, Mississippi State will be the plucky team that annoys everyone, gets to a bowl game, and comes up with a big game here and there, but won’t really be in the SEC West chase.

Mississippi State Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Ole Miss Rebels

– There’s absolutely no pressure on a program in a redshirt year following the coaching change and with all of the NCAA violations in play – this is a dangerous team that’ll play like it has nothing to lose.

– New offensive coordinator Phil Longo will be about tempo, tempo, tempo, with star QB Shea Patterson bombing away to an under-the-radar good receiving corps and behind a veteran line with four starters back.

– The defense is a long way from the talent and production of a few years ago, but getting DE Marquis Haynes back is a huge break, and the secondary has plenty of talent at safety to work around.

Ole Miss Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

Texas A&M Aggies

– There’s plenty of talent at quarterback, but it’s going to be an ongoing battle between Jake Hubenak (the veteran), Kellen Mond (the eventual superstar) and Nick Starkel (the wild-card) to settle the position.

– The lousy defense of last year isn’t going to be stronger without Myles Garrett, but even with a worse pass rush, the secondary has the talent to be okay thanks to the return of Armani Watts along with both corners.

– It’s a make-or-break season for head coach Kevin Sumlin, needing to at least make A&M more of a player in the West with a ten-win run and hope for a big 2018.

– Texas A&M Preview
– Schedule & Prediction

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