I keep finding this pieces projecting the division’s 2016 to share, because each one helps paint a picture of what’s ahead… or at least what the pundit class thinks lies ahead.
I do like what the folks at Pick Six Previews have done here, though, because it’s nicely organized, with easy to read charts of five-year won/loss totals, 2015 stats (maybe the best part), projected starting lineups and, of course, the schedule.
A few items that caught my eye:
- Tennessee’s 2015 stats are noteworthy, because with one exception, the Vols weren’t bad at anything. Their polar opposite was South Carolina, which stunk at everything except turnover margin. Gawd help Boom if regression to the mean rears its ugly head this season.
- Missouri’s 2015 offense was almost unimaginably awful. Florida’s, by comparison, was just imaginably bad.
- We knew how crappy Georgia’s offense was on third down last year. What’s amazing is that was the case for every team in the division except Tennessee.
- Best recruiting in the division over the past five years? Georgia’s.
If you’re looking for some subjective optimism, here you go: “While Tennessee is getting all of the preseason accolades, Georgia is 1B, not a distant 2, to the Volunteers in the SEC East. Look for the Bulldogs to compete for an SEC Title.”