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Ranking the power of each team in the Southeastern Conference for 2011

 

The road to the Atlanta begins tomorrow, each team from the Southeastern Conference likes their chances in 2011 for different reasons. Obviously, some feel better than others but being in the SEC provides enough talent for all teams to be competitive. The SEC is divided into two divisions, East and West, where 6 teams vie for the top which will lead them to the SEC Championship. These are my thoughts on how the respective SEC divisions will pan out.

 

West

 

6. Ole Miss Rebels – A mascot change isn’t going to provide the momentum they need to pull out of their current funk. Something has to change soon or the Rebels or Black Bears or whatever they are known as now will fall into the abyss that is 1-4. The Rebels could use a serious moral boost but I just don’t have one for them.

5. Auburn Tigers – I have a feeling the Tigers are going to are going to have a season to remember in 2011, but that memory may be painful for War Eagle fans. The schedule is one of the hardest in the Nation and the Auburn Tigers lost almost every starting player from last year, including stars Cam Newton and Nick Fairley. Unless Gene Chizik has another rabbit to pull from that magical hat, the Tigers might want to just take this season for a loss and build towards the next. The only thing that keeps them above Ole Miss is their history of recruiting.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks – Many are high on the Razorbacks but I see a ton of problems that need to be addressed before they can really be competitive in the SEC west. The loss of NFL quarterback Ryan Mallet will sting much more than Arkansas fans think. Playing first year quarterbacks rarely works out very well, with exception to Cam Newton most first year signal callers need at least a year to get accustomed to life in the SEC. The loss of Knile Davis didn’t help anything either.

3. Miss St. Bulldogs – The Bulldogs from the west could provide a few upsets in 2011. Their stifling defense and surprisingly powerful offense took the west to a new level, if they continue to progress under Dan Mullen the Bulldogs could even vie for the top of the west.

2. LSU Tigers – The Tigers will be hurt a little by the loss of Jordan Jefferson but I actually see Zach Mettenberger as an eventual upgrade to Jefferson. They may lose the game to Oregon because Jefferson is a jerk, but Mettenberger learned his lesson early and he should be ready to prove he has the skills to be an SEC quarterback.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide – The Tide have recruited themselves into a team capable of building a dynasty, if they can play up to their potential the Crimson Tide could bring home the crystal football for 2012.

 

East

 

6. Vanderbilt Commodores - An influx of recruits from the state of Georgia will make these guys better in the future, but the future is not today.

5. Kentucky Wildcats – The boys in blue need some players to step up in 2011 or it could be a long season.

4. Florida Gators – The addition of Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and Will Muschamp as head coach will provide a boost to this program in the future. The question is whether the boost will come sooner or later. My guess is a little later than Gator fans are hoping.

3. Tennessee Volunteers – Tennessee may be in the top three in the SEC east but they are still a long way from being number two. Derek Dooley has been through a gauntlet of bad players and NCAA inquiries but he has stayed strong and the Volunteers will be better this year than last, but don’t expect them to be ready to compete for the top of the SEC east.

2. South Carolina Gamecocks – The Gamecocks are coming off a stellar season with the emergence of freshman superstar Marcus Lattimore. The Ol’ Ball Coach has his guys playing better than the Gamecocks ever have before and if the Gamecocks can make it through their schedule unscathed they will make a serious run at the SEC Championship.

1. Georgia Bulldogs - Call me crazy but the Bulldogs have all the tools needed to be a top team in the SEC in 2011. The “Dream Team” provided tons of needed depth at critical defensive positions and the one offensive position that the Bulldogs had problems with over the past couple seasons, running back. Isaiah Crowell brings needed firepower to the Bulldogs backfield and the emergence of Kwame Geathers and the arrival of John Jenkins will shore up the defensive line.

 

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