The Southeastern Conference. Widely considered to be the best conference in the nation as the teams always produce great games. Bama-LSU, Vols-Vandy are just a few examples of every conference game having a postseason feel. The SEC’s 5 year stranglehold on the national title is a source of pride and they will tell anyone who will listen how great they are, so in a way it makes them the Notre Dame of conferences. I know most of the coach names in the picture are old, but it’s still pretty funny.

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West Division

1) Alabama
The consensus pick to win the conference title, ‘Bama is as loaded as any top team in the nation. The offense will pile up points, with RB Trent Richardson, WRs Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks taking over for departed stars Mark Ingram and Julio Jones. Whoever, the QB turns out to be will have a massive O-line to protect him. The defense is no slouch as it touts depth and talent, lead by LBsDonta Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, as well as SS Mark Barron.

2) LSU
Their Nov 5th game at Bama could decide the division winner. Theoffense is not as talented as Bama, with several players needing to play up to the hype and with Jordan Jefferson back at QB, who knows what will happen? Their defense will carry them, with some established stars, such as LB Ryan Baker and youngsters such as DEs Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. Flunking the Les Miles Clock Management course will be a positive.

3) Arkansas
The loss of Ryan Mallett will hurt, but the Hogs have a ton of weapons with RB Knile Davis and 4 legit threats at WR to help presumed QB Tyler Wilson. One point of concern is that both OTs will be new, but with a strong interior, they will learn quickly. The defense has studs in DE Jake Bequette, LB Jerry Franklin and FS Tramain Thomas to lead deep rotations at each group.

4) Auburn
When you lose as much talent as the Tigers did, a very tough challenge lies ahead. There will be no Cam Newton, but RBs Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb will be highly productive. The receivers and O-line have to replace many former starters, with depth guys needing to step up. The defense is the same, with several new guys needing big seasons for the team to make any noise in the SEC.

5) Mississippi State
Coming off a big 2010, the Bulldogs will be hard pressed to repeat that success. RB Vick Ballard is a force, but if the passing game can’t get off the ground (no pun intended), then he will have a tough time. QB Chris Relf and the receivers are average, but the O-line should be solid. The secondary will have to carry a front seven that has been depleted and has little depth.

6) Ole Miss
RB Brandon Bolden is good runner, but is also the team’s top returning receiver, which can’t be good. An unsettled QB situation is somewhat offset by the O-line which has talent, but might be overwhelmed by the lack of production at the skill positions. The defense has too many questions to be effective enough, including an vastly underachieving secondary.

East Division

1) South Carolina
With Florida in a transition phase, it could be the Gamecock’s time to seize the top spot in the East. RB Marcus Lattimore is a playmaker and WR Alshon Jeffery might be one of the best in the nation. Receiver depth and and ok-but-not-great play from QB Stephen Garcia are concerns, but the O-line is solid. The D-line oozes talent with DT Travian Robertson and DEs Devin Taylor and Melvin Ingram and that doesn’t include super-recruit Jadeveon Clowney. The LBs are a veteran group with injury issues and both safeties will be new. Still, as a unit, the defense will be among the tops in the SEC.

2) Georgia
Another team that can take advantage of Florida’s slide, the Bulldogs have the pieces to do just that. Aaron Murray is the best QB in the conference, but will miss AJ Green. TE Orson Charles and true freshman RB Isaiah Crowell will have to step up. Potential all-SEC picks OT Cordy Glenn and C Ben Jones lead a line that needs depth. The defense will be solid with a few new starters, with LB Alec Ogletree, CB Brandon Boykin and FS Bacarri Rambo leading the way.

3) Florida
The Muschamp Era begins and the Gators have more questions then answers, which doesn’t bode well. QB Jeff Brantley has to produce big time and the RBs need to prove they can fit in the pro-style offense. There is talent in the receivers and O-line, but they must translate that into results. Linebacker and secondary will be solid with depth issues, but the D-line will top notch. A 4 man rotation at DT will keep everyone fresh, but some may have to play end, since Ronald Powell is the only real starter at the position.

4) Tennessee
The Vols finished strong last season, but only return 9 total starters. QB Tyler Bray and RB Tauren Poole will continue to build on strong showings last year, but no returning receiver had more then 16 catches last season. If the O-line can avoid injuries, they should be all right. The defense will need new starters to step up, but there is talent with DT Malik Jackson, FS Janzen Jackson and the cornerbacks.

5) Kentucky
This will stay a basketball school for a long time. RB Derrick Locke will be sorely missed and there are no proven receivers. QB Morgan Newton has some experience and a solid offensive line in front of him. LB Danny Trevathan and SS Winston Guy are the only producers on defense and that will not cut it in the SEC.

6) Vanderbilt
The doormat for the conference, the Commodores do not have enough talent to get out the SEC cellar. Warren Norman and the rest of the RBs will produce, but lack of production at other positions will hamper the offensive. The defense has much more talent in LBs Chris Mavre and Tristian Strong and CB Casey Hayward. However, there is not much of a pass rush or run defense from the D-line.