Now this qualifies as a bold SEC preview prediction. (As noted, written by Jerry Hinnen, as voted on the CBS Sports college football panel.)
Coach of the Year: Mark Richt, Georgia
Is it now or never for Richt? On paper, Jeremy Pruitt’s experienced, talented defense should be the best the Dawgs have enjoyed in years, and Nick Chubb gives Richt’s offense the kind of backfield bell cow his best offenses have always been built around. Meanwhile, no other SEC East team looks nearly as complete, and the West champ will have run a far more taxing divisional gauntlet. If Richt can’t end the Dawgs’ SEC title drought in 2015, it’s fair to ask when he will — but that’s also why it’s never been more likely that he actually will.
Great googly mooglies. As much as I’d like to go there, I can’t bring myself to click the keys. But as my mom used to say, Jerry, from your lips to Gawd’s ears.