The SEC East: It's Anyone's Game

Dylan MartinContributor IIIJanuary 25, 2010

Well, it's probably not Vanderbilt or Kentucky's time to take the wide-open SEC Eastern Division, but Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and even South Carolina all have a great chance to be playing in the Dome come December.

In Florida, Tebow is gone along with other important players.

In Athens, the QB is at question, not to mention the 3-4 defense Todd Grantham brings in.

Tennessee is in a very ironic situation with the son of the Dawg Legend (aka Vince Dooley) becoming the new head coach.

South Carolina has no question at QB, which is why the Gamecocks have a great chance to play in Atlanta for the first time ever.


No. 6: Vanderbilt

Vandy stays as the bottom-feeder of the East once more. I'm not ruling out that Vanderbilt could take fifth or even fourth, but I can't see an underrated Kentucky or South Carolina team falling to the bottom.

Vanderbilt has enough talent to get out the SEC graveyard and just might. They get LSU, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina at home. They could go 2-2 in those SEC home games, we will see what happens.

2010 Record Predictions:  4-8


No. 5: Kentucky

The Wildcats are an underrated team and may just beat Tennessee for the first time in a very long while this year. Their quarterback is deadly, and Cobb is very good, I watched their game vs Georgia. The first half was a blowout, but they never gave and made a huge comeback to shock the Dawgs.

If Kentucky wants the East, this is the best chance for a while. Sadly for Wildcats fans, it won't happen. However, a win over Tennessee might make this season a little better.

2010 Record Predictions: 6-6


No. 4: Tennessee

Their head coach at the start of the 2009 season gave them reason to believe with words. He claimed he would take them back to the top of the SEC.

Kiffin attacked other coaches and even made up lies to make the other coaches look bad. The fans were pumped and ready.

In 2008 they went 5-7, one year later they went 7-6 with a big W over the Dawgs. People thought he just may be the guy. But now he has left the Vols for USC and had them scramble for a new head coach.

How will Tennessee fare with Derek Dooley?

2010 Record Predictions: 7-5


No. 3: South Carolina

They are in position to take the East. They have a senior QB, and Georgia and Florida have unproven quarterbacks coming in. The Gamecocks are looking for their first East title since joining the SEC in 1996.

South Carolina looks they can take it. Heck, they are even an underdog, which gives them a better chance to shock the SEC. But they are South Carolina, the team that has been known to fall and fold in the second half of the season. They will fold again this season but will get nine wins, also.

2010 Record Predictions: 9-3


No. 2: Florida

The reign of Florida is over with Tebow and others going to the NFL. You know the other East teams can't wait to take their shot at Florida.

But, people don't realize this still is Florida, and they still have Urban coaching their team. Florida has one very good recruiting class coming in. The class is at No. 1, according to ESPN. The quarterback is better than you think, and they are still very fast.

However, without Tebow, the East title will elude them.

2010 Record Predictions: 10-2


No. 1: Georgia

Oh boy, this is a coin-flip as once again the East will be decided in Jacksonville, Fla. I think this time the Georgia fans will be drinking those cocktails for partying—not to make the pain and hurt go away.

The 3-4 defense could be deadly to other teams, and Grantham has already singled out Florida in an interview. "I know who our fans want to beat every year before the season starts," he said.

Georgia has a question at quarterback, but so does Florida. Florida does not have as big a question, but still Tebow is gone. The Dawgs will get a win in Jacksonville and should take the party to Atlanta in December.

2010 Record Predictions: 10-2

This list could change after the spring games. I still want to see how the new guys work out before I do make a solid prediction. Anything could happen from now until summer.

My final prediction will come out a week before the season starts with the SEC title prediction and a national title prediction. The SEC West coming soon!


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