College Football Week 1 Predictions: SEC Primed to Continue Decade of Dominance

Matt WestCorrespondent IIAugust 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hands with head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers afterthe 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama won the game by a score of 21-0.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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There have been a few constants in college football in the last decade, and one is that the Southeastern Conference will put forth more talented teams than the rest of the country, bar none.

It’s hard to believe so much talent can be gathered in one conference year after year, but there’s no denying the disparity. (Many argue a few teams from the SEC could hold their own against NFL competition.)

With the start of the 2012 college football season on the immediate horizon, it’s a fun time to look ahead and imagine what teams can make a spirited run toward the Bowl Championship Series.

An SEC team won the BCS National Championship in each of the last six seasons. In addition, 2011 saw them make history by having two teams from the same conference square off in the big game.

I’m here to say the SEC is not going anywhere, and Week 1 will prove just that.

LSU looks to be the most talented team in the SEC at the start of the season, even with the recent dismissal of star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. LSU will run the ball effectively, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be an upgrade from last year.

With that said, LSU won’t be the only ranked team from the SEC rolling this week. Alabama may have the biggest test in the opening weekend, having been slotted to play No. 8 Michigan in Ann Arbor, but it has too much firepower for Brady Hoke’s bunch. It will be closer than people realize, but the defending champs will win by two touchdowns on Saturday night.

South Carolina and Georgia, two supremely talented defensive teams, will make easy work of their unranked opponents this weekend. And No. 23 Florida, while still not in the upper echelon of the SEC, will take care of business against Bowling Green.

It’s certainly early to be thinking about the BCS and which teams possess the talent to get there. But the SEC is a different animal than the rest of college football's conferences, and will kick off 2012 in dominant fashion.