Georgia is the early favorite in the SEC East for 2015, but the Bulldogs will be pushed by Florida, Missouri and Tennessee. The Volunteers are a team on the rise under coach Butch Jones, while the Gators have the talent to rebound in coach Jim McElwain’s first year. The Tigers have key personnel losses to address, but coach Gary Pinkel’s team always seems to find the right answers to reload the roster.
Looking down the list of questions for each program, it seems like there are plenty of warts to go around. And maybe Georgia’s are smaller than everyone else’s. But that’s just a maybe before spring practice.
It is interesting that the perception of South Carolina has dropped so precipitously in just a year. But there are good reasons to have doubts about the Gamecocks.
Florida is a mystery to me, as I’ve previously said. The Gators lack the horses to be élite on offense, but would mere competence on that side of the ball be enough to make them a factor in the division race?
Tennessee has certainly recruited well the last two seasons. But it’s not as if the Vols are the only SEC East program to do so.
Missouri has lost a lot, true. But based on their track record of the last two seasons, if the Tigers are healthy, I’m taking them seriously.