How do you improve on a team who has turned out the most first round draft picks in the NCAA over the past three seasons, as well as just won the National Championship?
Well for one, you don't mess with the formula too much.
But you do work to maintain. A.J. McCarron will again be the starter, this time with a BCS National Championship season under his belt.
The Crimson Tide will have a huge hole to fill at center however, as William Vlachos, starter for the past three seasons, is now gone.
But the interesting thing to watch this spring will be Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones, who will try moving from his award winning left-tackle spot to center in an effort to fill that gap.
The defense will have a lot to prove, as several starters from a year ago are now gone.
The majority of Auburn fans would have just as soon scrapped the whole defense around mid-season and started over.
Well, luckily for them, that has been Gene Chizik's focus this offseason.
New defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will be taking over with a new attitude and staff. Only defensive line coach Mike Pelton remains from the 2011 staff.
The good news for the defense is that the starting unit stays mostly intact, allowing VanGorder to focus on their maturation rather than basics.
On the offensive side, there is officially a battle for quarterback.
Clint Moseley will be facing competition from Kiehl Frazier for the starting role in 2012.
True freshman Zeke Pike will also be competing at quarterback, but is unlikely to start right away.
With most of the 2011 team coming back, and talk of a National Championship caliber team this season, the big question for Georgia can be summed up with one name: Crowell.
Can the stud running back stay healthy long enough to allow the Dawgs to make an impact?
He'll want to come out strong in 2012, and put his previous performance of three rushing yards against Michigan State behind him.
Last year saw Georgia go all the way to the SEC Championship game. With an East division that has no clear-cut favorites, Georgia should run away with the division.
The thing to watch this spring for the Dawgs will be the talented young receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who is going to try out at cornerback to help even out the thinning secondary.
Ah, the new guy. Well, one of them anyway. So what is Missouri all about, and how will they fare against the rest of the SEC in 2012?
Missouri orients themselves around a spread-offense, mostly out of the shotgun formation. They depend on their quarterback James Franklin to run the ball on the edge a lot, and do have some dangerous receivers.
They will also be returning the Big 12's leading rusher, Henry Josey.
Missouri's biggest test will be coping with the loss of three starters from their offensive line.
Missouri's defense is their soft spot, but do have emerging players in Andrew Wilson and Brad Madison.
Running back Marcus Lattimore will look to come back from a devastating ACL injury last season and show that he can still get the job done.
Although it has been acknowledged that Lattimore is not 100%, his rehab is certainly ahead of schedule.
Lattimore will most likely not be involved in any contact this spring, but it will be interesting to document his progress, as having him available at the beginning of the season would be a huge plus.
Conner Shaw is on pace to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC in 2012. He will look to stay in form and maybe compete in the East with Georgia.
The big question that needs to be answered this spring is who will emerge at wide receiver? One of their younger players will have to step into the role, which is currently wide open.
Those who are thinking that Vanderbilt will be an easy "W" in 2012 are in for a big surprise.
Vandy is rolling with a ton of confidence, despite losing their bowl game.
Jordan Rodgers will be the quarterback for the Commodores going in to head coach James Franklin's second season.
Another big early question will be the health of running back Warren Norman, who is expected to be ready to compete in the spring, though his impact on the season isn't even being speculated on yet.