By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on July 30, 2014
With SEC football less than a month away, it's time to make some bold predictions for the 2014 season. Several teams stand a chance of winning the conference, and some of the more disappointing teams have improved greatly, setting up even the casual college football fan for an exciting season. Here are five bold predictions for the 2014 SEC football season.
The Vols have a new fantastic head coach in Butch Jones and an elite recruiting class, but it will take some time before they contend in the SEC East. However, Tennessee always gives a top team trouble sometime in the season. Last season, the Vols defeated South Carolina and kept the Gamecocks from an SEC Championship berth. One upset victory could be the difference between five and six wins.
The Tigers always have a talented defense but look to only have four or five games where they’ll be major favorites. LSU will have a good season, but I’m not sure their offense will be able to lead them to more than eight wins.
The Gamecocks were picked to win the SEC East in 2014, but South Carolina lost key players all over the field from 2013. Georgia, if they can stay healthy and out of jail, have young, explosive talent at almost every position. The Bulldogs need to win their opening game against Clemson to gain confidence, but they should have a very promising season.
It’s assumed that the Auburn Tigers or Alabama Crimson Tide should win the SEC West. I agree with that, but I believe that the wild card in the SEC West is the Ole Miss Rebels. Ole Miss could steal a win against Alabama or, more likely, Auburn, and decide who ends up going to the SEC Championship and likely the National Championship.
Okay, maybe this isn’t a bold prediction, but a lot of people pick against the Crimson Tide. Alabama loses a few key players, but the turnover rate for on the field talent for Nick Saban’s teams is ridiculous. The Crimson Tide should cruise to the college football playoffs and have the talent to dominate opponents all season long.
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