Ed Aschoff has a level-headed take on the current state of the conference here.
After a third, exciting weekend of college football, we’ve figured out that there are currently five truly worthy challengers for the SEC title/playoff this season: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Behind them, well it’s just a race for relevancy.
In what was supposed to be a banner year for a league we thought was so deep and so good, it’s come to our attention the SEC is just like everyone else these days. Depth is what has made this league so fearless, but it’s suffering in 2015.
As he goes on to say, it’s not like the SEC is suddenly bad. It’s simply more of a case of it coming back to the pack this season.
The basic problem is that the two teams expected to take the big leap up, Arkansas and Tennessee, have both spit the bit (admittedly, to varying degrees so far) and the one preseason national contender, Auburn, has proven to be what Auburn usually is in years of great expectations… overrated.
There’s still more depth at the top than in any other conference. But four of those five teams face off against each other, and Alabama picks up Georgia, as well. The SEC could very well wind up eating itself this season.