I’m sort of curious what the group’s impression of which schools have the toughest and easiest rebuilding jobs in the SEC East this season. That’s not the same thing as assessing which schools will win the most or least games; rather, I’m just looking at last season as a baseline and trying to figure out who’s got the most work cut out for them merely in terms of not falling back.
Edward Aschoff’s spring preview is as good a place to start as any, I figure. With the losses on defense, I know Georgia’s the popular pick in terms of which program in the division took the biggest hits, but looking at his list, is there any school starting farther behind last year’s eight-ball than Tennessee? New staff, a completely nuked passing attack and a third defensive scheme in three years suggest that the Vols will have personnel issues all over the field.
On the other side of the coin, dare I say it, Vanderbilt looks like it has the most manageable job of regrouping in the East. Stacy and Rodgers are gone, but there’s talent at running back and Jordan Matthews’ return should make the next quarterback’s job a little easier. Aschoff doesn’t mention it, but the ‘Dores only lose five starters on defense.
What do y’all think?