The 2013 SEC football season is sure to bring excitement for all familiar and fresh faces. The first SEC games will be played on August 29th, when the Kentucky Wildcats head to Western Kentucky University and the highly-touted South Carolina Gamecocks host UNC in Williams-Brice Stadium.
Headed into the 2013 campaign, here is the latest buzz on Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida.
For the second straight year, the Crimson Tide will roll into a fresh season needing to replace a first-round draft pick at the running back position. Planning accordingly, Coach Saban successfully integrated his depth chart throughout the year to properly balance his backfield.
Going into 2012, Heisman hopeful Trent Richardson was poised to fill the shoes of the previous year's Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Now that Richardson was selected No. 3 overall to the Cleveland Browns, the Tide will look to standout Eddie Lacy and his SEC-leading 7.1 yards per carry to bring a national title to Tuscaloosa.
Lacy's 6'1'', 220-pound frame is a perfect fit for the physical, game-changing play Saban likes to integrate in the backfield—a style flawlessly chiseled by Ingram and Richardson.
Come July 2012, the Aggies will officially become a part of the SEC after leaving the Big 12 conference.
Which New Back Will Have the Best 2013 Season?
All of the focus is on their 5-star recruit (2009) Christine Michael, who is looking to carry the Aggie offense after tearing his ACL against Oklahoma last year.
The good news for Michael is that A&M has one of the best offensive lines in the country blocking for him, so the fans in College Station can only hope Michael stays healthy in 2013.
Auburn has many recruiting needs to attend to, but they will turn to a young, agile back in Onterio McCallebb to fill Michael Dyer's 2,300-yard season.
The transition will be tough in Gator country, especially after losing their two most prolific players in Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey in their already-depleted offense.
Going into the 2013 campaign, the Gators will turn to their new, unproven running back Mike Gillislee to compete for wins the best conference in all of college football.