2009-2010 SEC Football

Mitch KilpatrickContributor IApril 16, 2009

Alabama (West)

Alabama began last season at No. 25 in the AP poll. Within a matter of weeks, Alabama jumped to No. 1 where it stayed until being beaten by Florida in the SEC title game. Not many people expected Alabama to be good so quickly.

Heading into 2009, Alabama has the top recruiting class (according to Rivals.com) for the second year in a row, and upon coming to Alabama, head coach Nick Saban predicted a national title within his first five years...Is this the year? 

Prediction: First in SEC West.


Arkansas (West)

Arkansas didn't finish well in the SEC, finishing the year fourth in the conference, but has a good chance to bounce back in 2009.

Bobby Petrino recruited a 6'6", 255-pound quarterback from Michigan to take the snaps for the Razorbacks, so now all Arkansas needs is speed to succeed.

Prediction: Fifth in SEC West.


Auburn (West)

Auburn began the 2008 season at No. 9 in the AP poll, however, the Tigers finished fifth in the SEC West with a 5-7 record.

Let's not forget the 36-0 shutout in Tuscaloosa by the Crimson Tide.

However, new head coach Gene Chizik landed Auburn the 23rd best recruiting class for the upcoming season.

Prediction: Fourth in the SEC West.


Florida (East)

This team is amazing. The 2008-2009 National Champions (13-1).

Tim Tebow leads this team and is the team's inspiration. Now he is heading into his senior season, and could possibly close out his collegiate career with his second Heisman.

Guess we'll find out in just a few months.

Prediction: First in SEC East.


Georgia (East)

Georgia started as preseason No. 1 last season, and had a decent team with Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford, but now that they are gone, who will take the honors of being a leader?

Prediction: Third in SEC East.


Kentucky (East)

The Kentucky Wildcats came close to a few upsets last year, including the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Kentucky had potential to do well, but the team seemed to always fail last year.

Prediction: Sixth in the SEC East.


LSU (West)

LSU finished third in the SEC West last season after losing to Alabama 27-21 in overtime, which would have guaranteed a spot for the Tigers in the SEC championship game.

However, LSU had one of the best recruiting classes for the upcoming season.

Prediction: Third in the SEC West.


Mississippi (West)

This team has potential to do very well in the upcoming season. Ole Miss is currently ranked No. 20 on the AP poll, and was the only team in the NCAA to defeat the Florida Gators last season.

Houston Nutt could turn Ole Miss into a big powerhouse in the next few years.

Prediction: Second in SEC West.


Mississippi State (West)

Sorry Dawg fans, but this won't be the year for Mississippi State.

Sylvester Croom resigned and Mississippi State received Florida's offensive coordinator-Dan Mullen.

But how will the spread system work with Mississippi State?

Prediction: Sixth in the SEC West.


Tennessee (East)

The Volunteers finished fifth in the SEC East last year with a record of 5-7.

Lane Tiffin came in as head coach after Phillip Fulmur resigned, and Tennessee has many returning with plenty of potential for success. The Vols also had a decent recruiting class for the upcoming season.

Prediction: Second in SEC East.


South Carolina (East)

Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks are going to be an upset team in the upcoming season. If Stephen Garcia can step up to the task, this team will be good.

Prediction: Fifth in SEC East.


Vanderbilt (East)

Not much to say about this team. Vandy was the SEC "sleeper" team last year and even won their bowl game against Boston College.

If Vandy can stay strong and healthy, they will finish well.

Prediction: Fourth in SEC East.