Florida- If Florida can improve their OL running game production to the tune 50-60 more yards per game they will be a serious CFP contender. The Gators passing attack, which averaged 300 ypg, should be lethal again. With all the other pieces seemingly in place including a salty defense and an All-American type placekicker moving from 120 rushing ypg into the 175 ypg range might run the Gators into the 2020 College Football Final Four.
Georgia- The Dawgs drew a tough break offensively when spring football was cancelled. With a new: Coordinator, QB, multiple offensive linemen along with unproven receivers those March/April reps are going to be hard to replace. With Virginia, Alabama, and Auburn all in the first 6 games will Georgia’s defense be able to keep the games close enough to give their offense a chance?
Kentucky- QB play has killed Kentucky the past few season. After injury last year the Cats really did not play one (much respect to what Lynn Bowden did rushing the football last year out of position and with ZERO passing attack). The QB depth chart at UK does not look promising with Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith at the top.
Missouri- The Tigers tried staying in-family with their post Gary Pinkel hire of Barry Odom. Unfortunately, the former Mizzou LB could never re-create the fearsome defensive lines that led the way for 2 SEC East tiles under the legendary coach. This time the Tigers tabbed Eli Drinkwitz who’s head coaching experience was last year at Appalachian St. The Missouri fan base is hoping Drinkwitz can follow the success pattern that Scott Satterfield is having at Louisville by way of Appalachian St.
South Carolina- During their disastrous 4-8 season South Carolina fans had to witness another “Muschamp Moment.” Along the way, behind a 3rd string QB on the road in Athens facing the bullies of the SEC East, the Gamecocks pulled off maybe the biggest upset of the season against Georgia. Another season like that and it might be time for Muschamp’s nameplate to go back to reading…Defensive Coordinator.
Tennessee- Jeremy Pruitt knew it was going to be a minimum 2 years of pulling teeth before the Vols were ready to be a player in the SEC East. If the Vols can carve out 9 wins and get one of the 3 big boys: Florida, Georgia or Alabama along the way then the chants of “Go Big Orange” will be deafening for the 2021 season.
Vanderbilt- Sure Kyle Schurmer had some bright spots along the way in Nashville. But historically Vanderbilt does not have enough offensive weapons or a mauling offensive line that can cover average to bad QB play which is what is almost always the case for Vandy. For the love of Jay Cutler, can Vandy find so QB play?