B/R SEC Preseason Poll 2020: Schedule and Rules for B/R App Users

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2020

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Bleacher Report is preparing to survey fans in the B/R App to develop a 2020 SEC preseason poll ahead of the college football season.  

The weeklong event will feature two teams, one from the East and one from the West, spotlighted each day beginning Monday. App users can vote where they believe each program is going to finish within its respective division. The final results will be announced Aug. 10.

Here's a look at the complete schedule:

  • Monday, Aug. 3: Tennessee and Texas A&M
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4: South Carolina and LSU
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5: Florida and Arkansas
  • Thursday, Aug. 6: Vanderbilt and Alabama
  • Friday, Aug. 7: Missouri and Auburn
  • Saturday, Aug. 8: Kentucky and Mississippi State
  • Sunday, Aug. 9: Georgia and Ole Miss
  • Monday, Aug. 10: Voting results announced

The SEC announced Thursday its teams are going to play a 10-game, conference-only schedule this season. It followed similar decisions by the Big Ten and Pac-12 as conferences around the country try to chart the safest path forward amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the season is going to look and feel a lot different, especially with the fate of potential fan attendance still unsettled, the SEC will once again feature several top national title contenders, led by Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU.

         

EAST DIVISION

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Florida Gators

2019 Record: 11-2 (6-2)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 9 (National); No. 6 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

CB C.J. Henderson, WR Van Jefferson, DE Jabari Zuniga, LB Jonathan Greenard

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

DT Gervon Dexter

        

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina

Away: Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

         

Quarterback Kyle Trask returns for his redshirt senior season after throwing 25 touchdowns in 2019. He should lead a high-powered Gators offensive attack, but the season may hinge on the defense's ability to replace Henderson, Greenard and leading tackler David Reese.

             

Georgia Bulldogs

2019 Record: 12-2 (7-1)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 1 (National); No. 1 (SEC)

           

Notable NFL Departures

OT Andrew Thomas, OT Isaiah Wilson, RB D'Andre Swift

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

CB Kelee Ringo, OT Broderick Jones, DT Jalen Carter, ATH Darnell Washington

        

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Away: Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina

         

Head coach Kirby Smart has guided the Bulldogs to 36 wins over the last three seasons, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the nation. His top-ranked recruiting class should put UGA on the fast track toward title contention despite some high-profile losses along the offensive line.

                

Kentucky Wildcats

2019 Record: 8-5 (3-5)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 25 (National); No. 9 (SEC)

           

Notable NFL Departures

QB/RB Lynn Bowden, OG Logan Stenberg

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

         

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Away: Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee

         

Losing Bowden, who was a one-man show for the Kentucky offense at times last season, could prove difficult to overcome. The Wildcats otherwise return most of their high-impact players, however, and could be a sleeper if a solution emerges at quarterback.

              

Missouri Tigers

2019 Record: 6-6 (3-5)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 51 (National); No. 13 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

DT Jordan Elliott, TE Albert Okwuegbunam

             

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

        

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt

Away: Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee

         

Eliah Drinkwitz guided Appalachian State to a 12-1 record in 2019 during his first season as a collegiate head coach and now takes over the Missouri program. It'll likely be a rebuilding year for the Tigers, whose number of high-end playmakers is limited on both sides of the ball.

          

South Carolina Gamecocks

2019 Record: 4-8 (3-5)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 19 (National); No. 8 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

DT Javon Kinlaw, WR Bryan Edwards, DE D.J. Wonnum

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

DT Jordan Burch

         

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M

Away: Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Vanderbilt

         

Head coach Will Muschamp is under immense pressure to show progress in his fifth season leading the program. Quarterback Ryan Hilinski will need to take a major step forward in his second year as the starter for South Carolina to seriously compete, though.

                  

Tennessee Volunteers

2019 Record: 8-5 (5-3)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 10 (National); No. 7 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

DE Darrell Taylor, WR Jauan Jennings

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

         

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri

Away: Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

         

Tennessee will be strong in the trenches, and Henry To'o To'o showed flashes as a freshman of developing into one of the country's best linebackers. Whether there's enough explosiveness on the offense is the key question when it comes to keeping pace with the SEC elite in 2020.

                  

Vanderbilt Commodores

2019 Record: 3-9 (1-7)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 53 (National); No. 14 (SEC)

           

Notable NFL Departures

RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

        

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee

Away: Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas A&M

         

Vanderbilt hasn't posted a winning record since 2013, and that hurdle could prove difficult to jump once again in 2020 with questions throughout the offensive skill positions. Dayo Odeyingbo and Dimitri Moore lead a more proven defense that could keep the Commodores in games.

          

WEST DIVISION

Alabama Crimson Tide

2019 Record: 11-2 (6-2)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 2 (National); No. 2 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

QB Tua Tagovailoa, WR Henry Ruggs III, WR Jerry Jeudy, OT Jedrick Wills, S Xavier McKinney, CB Trevon Diggs, DT Raekwon Davis

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

QB Bryce Young, DE Will Anderson, DE Chris Braswell, ATH Drew Sanders

         

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Texas A&M

Away: Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee

         

The remarkable rate of turnover at Alabama continued as head coach Nick Saban and his staff delivered one of the nation's best recruiting classes to compensate for nine players being drafted, including four inside the top 15 picks. In turn, the Tide should find themselves in the title mix once again.

               

Arkansas Razorbacks

2019 Record: 2-10 (0-8)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 30 (National); No. 11 (SEC)

           

Notable NFL Departures

DT McTelvin Agim, SS Kamren Curl

             

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

         

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Alabama, LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee

Away: Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M

         

The Razorbacks have endured two straight winless seasons in SEC play. New quarterback Feleipe Franks, a graduate transfer from Florida, gives an otherwise talented offense plenty of upside, but new defensive coordinator Barry Odom must improve a unit that allowed the seventh-most points per game in 2019.

             

Auburn Tigers

2019 Record: 9-4 (5-3)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 7 (National); No. 5 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

DT Derrick Brown, CB Noah Igbinoghene, DE Marlon Davidson

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

        

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Texas A&M

Away: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State

         

Auburn may have the widest range of potential outcomes among SEC teams. That said, if quarterback Bo Nix improves in Year 2, a strong possibility with Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz at his disposal, and the defense can fill a few key voids, the Tigers could contend for the conference title.

        

LSU Tigers

2019 Record: 15-0 (8-0)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 4 (National); No. 3 (SEC)

           

Notable NFL Departures

QB Joe Burrow, LB K'Lavon Chaisson, WR Justin Jefferson, LB Patrick Queen, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, FS Grant Delpit, CB Kristian Fulton

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

TE Arik Gilbert, CB Eli Ricks, WR Kayshon Boutte

         

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina

Away: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M

         

LSU is coming off a dream season with Burrow producing one of the best statistical years in college football history to lead the Tigers to the program's fourth national title. Matching that type of success will likely prove impossible, but the team should still be among the SEC's best.

                  

Mississippi State Bulldogs

2019 Record: 6-7 (3-5)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 28 (National); No. 10 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

LB Willie Gay, CB Cameron Dantzler, OG Tyre Phillips

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

         

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, Texas A&M

Away: Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi

         

Mississippi State hired Mike Leach as its new head coach after he led the Cougars to the nation's seventh-ranked offense last season. His arrival makes running back Kylin Hill, who totaled 1,530 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns last year, an under-the-radar Heisman candidate.

              

Ole Miss Rebels

2019 Record: 4-8 (2-6)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 34 (National); No. 12 (SEC)

           

Notable NFL Departures

SS Jalen Julius, DT Benito Jones

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

None

        

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State

Away: Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

          

Like its rival Mississippi State, Ole Miss hired a lauded offensive mind in Lane Kiffin to lead a program resurgence. The Rebels have a lot of talent on offense, but there's uncertainty on the defensive side of the ball, which could lead to plenty of shootouts.

           

Texas A&M Aggies

2019 Record: 8-5 (4-4)

2020 Recruiting Rankings: No. 6 (National); No. 4 (SEC)

            

Notable NFL Departures

DT Justin Madubuike, P Braden Mann

              

Incoming 5-Star Prospects

DB Jaylon Jones, WR Demond Demas

        

2020 Announced Opponents

Home: Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi, Vanderbilt

Away: Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina

         

Texas A&M isn't generating nearly as much hype as some of the conference's other top contenders, but this veteran-laden, well-rounded roster has the potential to compete with anybody in the SEC. The Aggies' hopes are raised by the lack of offseason activities, which has hurt teams going through mass changes.