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In the 2010 football season, two time BCS Champion Florida suffered a step backward. The finger points directly to the loss of the nation's finest player, quarterback Tim Tebow, to the professional ranks.
True, there were some youth issues as well, but no one on the roster for the upcoming season can equal Tebow so the problem of supreme talent will continue to exist.
Add to this situation that coach Urban Meyer has stepped down. He is replaced by a man who has never been a head coach for a day in his life and has no connection to the Florida staff or operating style. It is easy to see why Florida will still suffer under unrealistic expectations in 2011.
Alabama lost their best players. Auburn lost their best players. No amount of self-convincing will change that fact. Regardless of who comes back, these two teams will not be as good in 2011 as they were in their championship years of 2009 and 2010.
LSU, often overlooked as a BCS contender, has ample talent returning but not an overwhelming list of superior players as they had in 2007.
Arkansas is on the way down while Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia should be competitive for the East division title but no more.
Mississippi State may in fact be the surprise team of 2011, led by an outstanding coach and solid line play. However, the Bulldogs do not seem to be a lurking BCS kingpin at this time.
Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt will assume their natural positions in the SEC.
From this view, the SEC will not produce a team strong enough to make it into the 2011 BCS Championship game.
If not the SEC, then who will be the most likely participants in our next National Title clash?