SEC Midseason Top 10 Players, Coach Rankings, Bowl Projections
The SECs best players, best coaches, and bowl projections at the midseason.
SEC Midseason Top Ten Players
1. QB Jalen Hurts, Soph. Alabama
His only negative is the lack of spotlight games. Alabama has been so good, and the schedule so mediocre, that Hurts is usually playing to the base – few are seeing just how good he’s been for the nation’s top team.
He’ll never be Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, but he’s connecting on 63% of his passes with seven touchdowns and no picks. Meanwhile. he’s one of the SEC’s top rushers with 517 yards and five touchdowns. So far he’s been the flawless, unflappable leader who doesn’t make the big mistakes and keeps everything rolling.
Not based on talent as much as overall performances, the rest of the top performers of the first half of the season have been …
2. RB Nick Chubb, Sr. Georgia
3. S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr. Alabama
4. S Armani Watts, Sr. Texas A&M
5. RB John Kelly, Jr. Tennessee
6. QB Jarrett Stidham, Soph. Auburn
7. QB Jake Bentley, Soph. South Carolina
8. LB Devin White, LSU, Soph.
9. LB Josh Allen, Jr. Kentucky
10. WR/KR Christian Kirk, Jr. Texas A&M
SEC Midseason Coach Rankings
1. Kirby Smart, Georgia
Yeah, he came into the season with a heater of a team, but he also lost his starting quarterback early on. The machine rolled on with a freshman under center, even at South Bend against a terrific Notre Dame team in a pressure situation.
Georgia is looking stronger than it has in a long, long time, and now there are real, live College Football Playoff expectations. With the rest of the SEC East flailing, Smart appears to be building the division’s superpower.
It’s been a rough year for SEC coaches with at least six needing big second halves. But Kevin Sumlin has done a fine job after the UCLA debacle, Gus Malzahn has made Auburn a player, and Derek Mason and Mark Stoops have kept their respective programs relevant in the bowl picture.
Based on what they were able to do over the first half of the season considering the talent returning and expectations …
2. Nick Saban, Alabama
3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
4. Will Muschamp, South Carolina
5. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
6. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
8. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
9. Jim McElwain, Florida
10. Matt Luke, Ole Miss
11. Bret Bielema, Arkansas
12. Ed Orgeron, LSU
13. Barry Odom, Missouri
14. Butch Jones, Tennessee
SEC Bowl Ties & Projections
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Since the Sugar Bowl is a part of the College Football Playoff, the SEC doesn’t have a direct tie-in to the game – although it would be the preferred choice of any SEC team that might get in.
There isn’t a direct pecking order after the best available team going to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. It’s mostly about geography and matchups, and the SEC will deliver plenty of options.
College Football Playoff: Sugar Bowl
Alabama vs. Clemson
New Year’s Six: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Georgia vs. UCF
Auburn vs. Virginia Tech
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Texas vs. Texas A&M
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Iowa State vs. Mississippi State
Florida State vs. Tennessee
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
Michigan vs. South Carolina
LSU vs. Purdue
Memphis vs. Kentucky
Camping World Independence Bowl
No SEC Team Projected Eligible