SEC East Analysis: Dawgs, Vols Top Wild Division

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SEC East Analysis: Dawgs, Vols Top Wild Division

Icon Sports MediaGiven the mess in the SEC East, I've decided to take my weekly SEC Preview in a different direction.

Instead of previewing every game, I'm going to take a look at the teams in the East—and make some predictions on how the season will finish...

 

Georgia (4-2) is atop the East after beating Florida 42-30 in Jacksonville.  Like many SEC teams, the Bulldogs have had an up-and-down season.

UGA has key wins over Alabama and Florida, but key losses to South Carolina and Tennessee.

Georgia doesn't have an easy road left—but a very manageable one with games at home against Auburn and Kentucky.

No team in the SEC has played consistently this year, so look for the Bulldogs to drop one of these two games. I'm leaning toward Auburn.

IconTennessee (3-2) is in great position after holding on for dear life against South Carolina in OT.

The Volunteers have key wins over Georgia and South Carolina, with key losses to Florida and Alabama.

With home games left against Arkansas and Vanderbilt before a trip to Kentucky, the Vols could well win out—but who knows what will happen in the 2007 college football season.

I say UT drops at least one—maybe another upset win for Vandy.

South Carolina (3-3) has finally found an offense behind fifth-year senior QB Blake Mitchell...but the Gamecocks no longer control their own destiny.

USC has managed wins over Georgia and Kentucky, but have come up short in losses to LSU, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.

South Carolina has games left against Arkansas and Florida—both winnable matchups. Arkansas has faltered against good teams, and Florida's defense has struggled of late.

Florida (3-3) is coming off a thrashing at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs, but like USC they still have a chance in the East with a little help.

The Gators have looked unbeatable in wins over Tennessee and Kentucky, but have stumbled in losses to LSU, Auburn, and Georgia.

The reason: bad offensive line protection and porous defense.

UF has Vanderbilt and a trip to South Carolina to close the season. I say they drop one—I'm thinking it's to USC.

Kentucky (2-3)—oh Kentucky. 

I caught a lot of flack after tagging the Wildcats as overrated and predicting three straight SEC losses. I was wrong—instead of losing to LSU, Kentucky was upset by Mississippi State. 

The Wildcats picked up wins over LSU and Arkansas, but suffered losses to South Carolina, Florida, and now Miss. St.

With games left against Vandy, Georgia, and Tennessee , the Wildcats dreams of SEC glory—like Andre' Woodson's Heisman hopes—are all but dead.

I say they drop two of three, but who the two are remains to be seen.

How crazy is the SEC East? Vanderbilt (2-3) still has a shot at making it to Atlanta.

With the upset win over South Carolina, and their close loss to Georgia, the Commodores are playing better football.

Mackenzi Adams at QB has provided Vandy with a spark offensively, but it won't last for long.

Out of all the teams in the East, Vandy has the hardest remaining schedule with games against Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Vandy could pull off the upset over any of these teams, but I don't see it happening.  At best, they win one.

 

My division rankings... 

Overall 

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia

Offense

1. Florida

2. LSU

3. Alabama

Defense

1. South Carolina

2. LSU

3. Georgia

 

And the three teams with the best shot to represent the East in Atlanta...

1. South Carolina

Rejuvenated offense (501 yards on Tennessee) and excellent defense give the Gamecocks a real shot at the title game.

2. Georgia

Currently have the best record. A favorable schedule mixed with the emergence of RB Knowshon Moreno makes them legit contenders.

3. Florida

Tim Tebow and favorable schedule keep the Gators in it, but they need to improve defensively.

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