1 LSU - They bring back nearly all of their starters after a great season. With Les Miles at the helm, its hard to see them NOT slipping a game. They will win 11, with their 12th game being a coin toss. They will win the NC if they make it.
2 Alabama - The talent there is unreal, but in experience will always cost you. Losing McElroy, Jones and Co will hurt, but look for 10 wins with a likely bowl win.
3 Miss St - Im really on this St bandwagon. They will have likely the best defense in the conference and I think Relf will have a decent year. If St was in the East they could be a 11-1 team. But stick with 9-3.
4 Arkansas - Just one of my gut feelings. I think they are in the right direction and Davis will carry them to some nice wins. Unfortunately for them as well, they have a tough schedule, so 9-3 is most likely.
5 Georgia - Murray is the real deal. But this team went 6-7 last year with an embarrassing loss in their bowl game. Not having Green hurt before will hurt yet again. They will win the division, but only because its weak. Think next season. 9 wins tops.
6 S Carolina - I think Garcia will blow things up in a bad way. I just dont trust the Gamecocks. 10 wins is likely due to a weak schedule. But Georgia will win the tie breaker.
7 Auburn - I dont see another great year, but the talent and coaching is there. Once again, another West team will suffer due to a tough schedule. Safe bet is 8 wins.
8 Tennessee - A team that should have been an 8 win team will have improved some. Being in the East will help them. Talent and coaching is there to be special next year. Stick with 8 wins to be safe.
9 Florida - Brantley may thrive under Weis, but not the rest of the team. I think it will be a tough year for the Gators who will turn things around quickly. The schedule isnt easy. 8-4 with UT holding the head2head tie breaker.
10 Ole Miss - I havent followed the Rebels much, but all I know is they are screwed in the West. 6-6
11 Kentucky - Poor Wildcats. Tough schedule. 6-6
12 Vandy - Its still vandy. 4-8
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:42 am