SEC Title Game: Who's Got the Best Shot to Get a Berth?

Christopher PowersContributor IOctober 20, 2010

SEC Title Game: Who's Got the Best Shot to Get a Berth?

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    As if the college football season wasn't crazy enough already, it's about to get crazier. 

    We have seen Michigan start off 5-0 with a potential Heisman quarterback fall in two straight games, Texas starting off 3-2 and then beat No. 5 Nebraska in Lincoln, Auburn put up 65 against Arkansas, and the first BCS rankings have Oklahoma No. 1. 

    But I think the most exciting thing to watch for the remainder of this season will be the race for the SEC Title game. 

    The SEC West has undefeated teams such as Auburn and LSU, and then there is that Alabama team who is pretty good as well. Then the SEC East has turned into the sloppy division that has suddenly become wide open with South Carolina on top but then Florida and Georgia sitting in their backseat. 

    It really is going to be fun to watch, but who will make it to the Georgia Dome to play for an SEC Title and a BCS bid?

SEC West- T-1st- No. 4 Auburn Tigers

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    Record: 7-0 (4-0)

    Remaining SEC Schedule: 

    vs No. 6 LSU,  @ Ole Miss, vs Georgia, @ No. 8 Alabama

    Red hot Auburn could very well go undefeated which I believe would give them a bid to play for the National Championship, but they have an extremely difficult schedule to cope with. If they are going to pull that off than they are the best team in the nation hands down.

    They will continue winning but lose a tough one in Tuscaloosa to their arch rival, but I don't think that will knock them out of the Title Game. 

    How They'll Finish:

    Wins- vs No. 6 LSU, @ Ole Miss, vs Georgia

    Losses- @ No. 8 Alabama

    Final Record- 11-1 (7-1)


SEC West- T-1st-No. 6 LSU Tigers

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    Record: 7-0 (4-0)

    Remaining SEC Schedule:

    @ No. 4 Auburn, vs No. 8 Alabama, vs Ole Miss, @ No. 23 Arkansas

    Their final schedule bears a striking resemblance to Auburn's, as do their mascots. The team that somehow can come away with only one loss in these final four games I believe is the team that makes it to Atlanta. 

    The Mad Hatter will have to pull off some more serious magic if LSU can win three of these four. Clock management could definitely be an issue in all of them, so they better start praying now. 

    With a shaky quarterback situation complemented by a stellar defense led by possible Heisman hopeful Patrick Peterson, LSU may have a decent shot. 

    How They'll Finish:

    Wins- vs No. 8 Alabama, vs Ole Miss, @ No. 23 Arkansas

    Losses- @ No. 4 Auburn

    Final Record: 11-1 (7-1)




SEC West-3rd-No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Record: 6-1 (3-1)

    Remaining SEC Schedule: 

    @ Tennessee, @ No. 6 LSU, vs No. 24 Mississippi State, vs No. 4 Auburn

    Two straight SEC road games await the Tide in two of the toughest venues to play at in the entire country. Tennessee could be 0-10 and Neyland Stadium will still be rocking for when the Tide try to roll on through. Then a trip to death valley I think is where you stick the nail in the coffin for Alabama's Title chances.

    The loss to South Carolina could very well have knocked them out of National Title and SEC Title contention, but you never know, they are going to need some help to pull it out though. Greg McElroy will need to have a Tebow like finish, not statistically wise of course, but more like you will never see a player play harder speech type of thing. 

    How They'll Finish:

    Wins- @ Tennesse, vs No. 24 Mississippi State, vs No. 24 Auburn

    Losses- @ No. 6 LSU

    Final Record- 10-2 (6-2)

SEC East-1st-No. 21 South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Record: 4-2 (2-2)

    Remaining SEC Schedule:

    @ Vanderbilt, vs Tennessee, vs No. 23 Arkansas, @  Florida

    The Gamecocks, like everyone else, will need some major magic but I think they have got it in them despite falling to Kentucky. The main thing they need to do is not let that get to them, and maybe kick a field goal and send it in to overtime next time they have the chance. 

    South Carolina will reel off three straight SEC wins but fall at Florida to finish off the year. With some help from Georgia in what technically will be an "upset" over Florida in two weeks, the Gamecocks will still some how pull it off. 

    How They'll Finish:

    Wins- @ Vanderbilt, vs Tennessee, vs No. 23 Arkansas

    Losses- @ Florida

    Final Record- 9-3 (5-3)

SEC East-T-2nd-Florida Gators

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    Record: 4-3 (2-3)

    Remaining SEC Schedule: 

    vs Georgia, @ Vanderbilt, vs No. 21 South Carolina

    After three straight losses, something you almost never see from the Florida Gators, is the Georgia game in Jacksonville, a must win?

    I believe it's a must win for both teams and whoever does will be the team that is fighting South Carolina for the spot in the Title Game. 

    Could Florida really lose four games in a row? It would be devastating to lose to their most hated rival, Georgia, and I think it could spell the end of the season and they would fall to .500 and 2-4 in the SEC. 

    If the Gators can get out of the slump and beat the Bulldogs they will then have to win out including at home against the Gamecocks if they want to return to the SEC Title game. 

    How They'll Finish:

    Wins- @ Vanderbilt, vs No. 21 South Carolina

    Losses- vs Georgia

    Final Record- 7-5 (4-4)

SEC East-T-2nd- Georgia Bulldogs

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    Record: 3-4 (2-3)

    Remaining SEC Schedule:

    @ Kentucky, vs Florida, @ #4 Auburn

    The hottest team in the SEC East right now, dare I say the Georgia Bulldogs. Well maybe I wouldn't call dominating Tennessee and Vanderbilt both at home "hot", but the offense is finding its rhythm.

    AJ Green has scored a touchdown in every game he has been back and Aaron Murray is looking like a starting quarterback in the SEC. But the sluggish start is what hurts Georgia's chances of making the Title game. A win at Kentucky and in Jacksonville against Florida I think will definitely give the fans hope and maybe even another year for Mark Richt, but ultimately starting off 0-3 in SEC play won't help. 

    How They'll Finish:

    Wins- @ Kentucky, vs Florida

    Losses- @ No. 4 Auburn

    Final Record- 7-5 (4-4)

SEC Championship- Auburn Tigers Vs South Carolina Gamecocks

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    I believe Auburn will finish 11-1 (7-1) and will have beaten LSU which would be the tie-breaker for them to make it. It all starts this Saturday against the other Tigers and Cam Newton will continue this winning steak. Auburn will however fall in the final game to the Tide who may crush their National Championship hopes, but will still make the SEC Title game.

    South Carolina suffered their biggest loss yet this past Saturday but I believe they will rebound but fall to Florida in the final game and they will finish 5-3 in SEC play. Technically an upset win for Georgia over Florida will help the Gamecocks, but if that does not happen they will have to beat the Gators in the Swamp.

    I am getting so excited writing about it that I am going crazy. What a finish it is going to be and everybody has still got a chance, I cannot wait to see how it all pans out.

    SEC Championship Prediction: 

    Auburn 42

    South Carolina 38