With all that talk about SEC football being down a year ago, Alabama went out and saved the day with (another) national championship.
So much for that argument, huh?
Regardless, the fact remains that over the past couple of years, the league is nowhere near as strong from top to bottom as it has been in recent memory.
Offensive playmakers abound around the league, and defensive talent is sprinkled in, too. But with all the new coaches and new quarterbacks interspersed throughout many of the member institutions, this isn't going to be a year where the SEC is full of familiar faces.
Yes, staples such as LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Georgia running back Nick Chubb (if healthy), Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, running back Jalen Hurd, Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett will provide plenty of star power.
But questions still are plentiful. As spring kicked off across the Southeast over the past couple of weeks, a bunch of new faces began trying to establish their footprint at new programs.
What's it going to be like without Mark Richt on the Georgia sideline? When SEC media days kick off, Steve Spurrier's quips will be absent for the first time in years. Who will replace Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland's swarming all around the field for tackles? What about Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott's flinging darts?
Can Alabama coach Nick Saban find the next great running back to replace Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry?
Some tasks, as always, are tougher than others. Saban has a deep pool of 5-star talent from which to choose, so Dan Mullen replacing Prescott looks a lot more daunting. And with pressure on every single coach throughout the conference, your list is going to be different than mine and everybody else's.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at the SEC coaches facing the most difficult tests this spring. As usual, make your selections known in the comments.