Georgia, at 13, is middle of the conference pack (note that the author defines returning starter as someone who started at least seven games in 2017). Eight return on offense; five on defense. What’s interesting is the complete flip from a year ago at two positions: four returning starters on the offensive line and zero linebackers. Makes you wonder who will be carrying the heavier load early on this season.
The two most interesting tidbits? Alabama has to replace its top six defensive backs and must do so with a new defensive coordinator/position coach. No problem for the Sabanator, right? And Dan Mullen left his successor in pretty good shape, experience-wise, as Mississippi State returns nine starters on offense and eight on defense.