SEC 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

SEC 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

2018 Spring Football

SEC 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis


The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the SEC.


SEC 2018 Spring Rankings

Based on how good all of the SEC teams appear to be this spring.

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14. Vanderbilt Commodores

All five starters are back up front, and Kyle Shurmer is a veteran quarterback,  but the offense is going to struggle to keep up in any sort of a shootout. The defense might not be quite as strong as it looked at the beginning of last season, but it won’t fall off the map despite the loss of key players up front and in the secondary.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

13. Ole Miss Rebels

The Rebels might not have anything to play for other than to screw up everyone else, but they’ll be a whole lot of fun – at least the starting 22 will be. Jordan Ta’amu will bomb away behind a veteran O line and with more than enough good receivers to help the cause. The secondary has upside, but the defensive front seven needs a whole lot of work.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

12. Kentucky Wildcats

Can the defense carry the offense a bit more? Everyone is back up front and in the secondary for a D returning ten starters. Now the O has to start doing its part, hoping Oregon transfer Terry Wilson can be the answer at quarterback. The front five will be the early strength of the attack, paving the way for RB Benny Snell.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

11. Missouri Tigers

Start with QB Drew Lock returning, and hope everything else works from there. Getting back all five starters on the offensive front helps, but with this coaching staff, the key is a defense that’s supposed to be a whole lot better. With eight starters back, there needs to be a lot more production.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

10. Arkansas Razorbacks

Get ready for a whole lot of fun. New head man Chad Morris is going to wing it all around the yard, and for good or bad, the fireworks are supposed to come. The receivers are in place, and all five starters are back up front, but will there be a ground game? The defense will be along for the ride.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

9. Tennessee Volunteers

Jeremy Pruitt has all the makings of the next superstar head coach. After all the drama and embarrassment, the Vols might have just fallen into the right guy. With seven starters back on defense, Pruitt’s team should be able to stay in most games, but can the offense finally start to score? That might take a while.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

8. Texas A&M Aggies

Jimbo Fisher’s massive contract isn’t going to start paying off right away. Everyone is back on the offensive line, and there’s firepower to get the attack rolling, but can the veteran defense do more against the better teams? Is the talent level in place to really and truly make a big run in the SEC West? The pressure isn’t on too much right away, but it’s coming.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

7. Mississippi State Bulldogs

It didn’t receive a whole lot of fanfare, but the hiring of Joe Moorhead was an interesting one – and a good one. He knows how to make an offense roar, and with a great quarterback situation – depending on how healthy Nick Fitzgerald is – and with loads of experience on the O, look out. The defensive front should be more than good enough to keep the Bulldogs in the bigger games.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

6. Florida Gators

It’s okay to expect Dan Mullen to do big things right away. Remember, this is a program just a year removed from back-to-back SEC Championship appearances. He’s got to settle on a quarterback, and he needs to find more offensive playmakers, but the line is in place with everyone back. And now, Mullen has something he never had in Starkville – a D loaded with talent. And it’s experienced, too.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

There might be a whole lot of key personnel losses in the defensive back seven, and the line needs to be tweaked, but Will Muschamp and his staff will always have a reliable D. The offense gets back almost all the key parts, including QB Jake Bentley and WR Deebo Samuel, who’s returning from missing most of last year. The Gamecocks might actually have a steady, explosive attack.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

4. LSU Tigers

The offensive backfield might need to start over, and the receiving corps needs new pieces, but as long as the line is fine, the attack will do its job. The secondary is going to be terrific, and the linebacking corps is full of big-time playmakers. It might not be the most scintillating team, but it’ll be effective in low-scoring slugfests.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

3. Auburn Tigers

Jarrett Stidham is back for another year, and with a loaded receiving corps to work with. This Auburn offense will be a blast if the line can rise up around the new starters. There’s just enough back on defense to be okay, but the season will be all about the offense being potentially unstoppable. All the pressure is on the Gus Malzahn system, and Stidham’s ability to add something extra.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

2. Georgia Bulldogs

Expect nothing less than another SEC East title and another trip to the College Football Playoff. Only Alabama and Clemson have the same talent level, but the Dawgs need a new group of linebackers to rise up, the top running back prospects have to be great, and the quarterback battle can’t be a distraction. With the players Kirby Smart has to work with, all should be just fine.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

The entire secondary needs an overhaul, but it’s Alabama – it has future NFL defensive backs. The D will be the D like always, but the key will be – potentially – the most interesting and exciting offense in the Nick Saban era. There’s no wrong answer at quarterback, the stable of running backs is special, and the line is terrific. Throw in the outstanding group of young receivers, and the big plays will come.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

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