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And probably the most shocking prediction in this whole article is having the Georgia Bulldogs win the SEC. How in the world could somebody pick an SEC East team to win this conference? Surprised? Don't be.
Sure, Georgia may not be as talented as some of the other teams in this conference, but it's not that far off. The Bulldogs also have a schedule that should pretty much guarantee them a spot in the SEC Championship Game, that's halfway there and gives me a 50 percent chance of getting this prediction, correct right off the bat. We are talking about a schedule that doesn't include Arkansas, LSU or Alabama.
As for the talent, Georgia has one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Aaron Murray. In his first two seasons he has thrown for over 6,000 yards and 59 touchdowns, heading into his third year, he should really separate himself from the pack and become one of the premier quarterbacks this sport has to offer this season.
Then we look at the running back position and Georgia has a two-headed monster leading the way in Isaiah Crowell and true-freshman Keith Marshall. Both have home-run ability and are the type of players that you must know where they are on the field at all times. These two players give the Bulldogs a balanced offense that you don't see much of in this conference.
Then, of course, the defense. While everybody was drooling over the Tigers and Crimson Tide last season, Georgia was ranked fifth in the country in total defense and were tied 15th with 35 sacks. Not to mention the Bulldogs were also ranked seventh in the country with 32 turnovers forced. That same unit returns nine starters from a year ago, making this a very balanced and dangerous club.
Georgia has a lot to like heading into the season, but will be overlooked early because of all the talent in the SEC West. Don't be one of those that ends up sleeping on this team.
Reasons I Didn't Pick the Rest:
Alabama: Inexperienced wide receiver depth, secondary lost three key contributors, running back position is banged up and a very tough schedule. This team has the talent to win it all, but can they overcome Michigan, at Arkansas, at LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn?
Auburn: Questions at the quarterback position and a defense that couldn't stop anybody from doing anything last year. Just how good will this unit be in one year after finishing 79th in the country in points allowed?
Arkansas: Off-the-field issues and a new head coach. Just how will that affect them early on in the year? Then we have the unknown with running back Knile Davis who hasn't had any contact since 2010. Add the fact that the Razorbacks do have to play LSU, Alabama, at Texas A&M, at Auburn and at South Carolina. Ouch.
LSU: The Tigers are talented enough to win this conference, but let's not act like there aren't questions heading into the season. Just how good will Zach Mettenberger be? Who will step up on the defensive side of the ball after losing six starters? Then you add a brutal SEC West schedule, and it is no guarantee this team will repeat as SEC champs.
South Carolina: Will Marcus Lattimore be himself after tearing his ACL last season? Who is going to step up at the wide receiver position? Is the secondary going to balance out after losing a few pieces and suffering injuries to current starters? Too many questions for my liking.