Updated: Sep 4
Georgia Bulldogs (12-1)- Anything less than 11-1 would be a huge disappointment, just look at their schedule. After averaging more than 10 yards per pass, quarterback JT Daniels looks to lead the Bulldogs offense. To lead the rushing attack, Zamir White is the undisputed RB1, but the Bulldogs also have 4 other backs who averaged more than 5 YPC in 2020. Wide receiver George Pickens is kind of a big deal too. Expect this offense to be electric and one of the best in the SEC. The Bulldogs had the second best total defense in the SEC last season, but they had the best rush defense by far as they only allowed 72 rush yards per game in 2020 which is absurd. They lose a lot in their secondary as their 3 best defensive backs are all off to the NFL. The front seven also takes a hit losing Azeez Ojulari who had 8.5 sacks in 2020. After DJ shreds their secondary in week 1, I expect Georgia to be lockdown on defense.
Florida (8-4)- Maybe their record won’t show it but I expect the Gators to regress a lot in 2021. Losing Pitts, Toney and Trask is bad enough but replacing Trask with Emory Jones is the nail in the coffin. They also lost quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, who was a key piece in Kyle Trask’s development. People call Dan Mullen the QB whisperer but in reality it has always been Johnson as he has been on Mullen’s coaching staff since the Mississippi State days with Dak. Without him I’d be shocked to see the Gators finish in the top 5 of the SEC in terms of offense as the rush offense doesn’t look very promising either. On defense I expect them to improve. Kaiir Elam is one of the best cornerbacks in the nation and looks to build off a phenomenal 11 PBU and 2 INT 2020. His partner Jaydon Hill is extremely underrated as he recorded 7 PBUs in 2020. Look for the Gators secondary to be amongst the best in the SEC. In terms of their front seven, they return their 2 leading tacklers along with their sack leader so they will most definitely improve. Overall, the Gators are not bad but they lack the elite talent and explosiveness that took them over the top in 2020.
Missouri (7-5)- Connor Bazelak will break out this year. His stats will say he was very mediocre in 2020, but if you actually sat down and watched him play, he can ball. With the departure of Larry Roundtree, Mizzou will be forced to throw more pushing Bazelak into the spotlight, where I expect him to thrive. The Tigers return their leading receiver in Keke Chism who will lead the receiving once again, but expect running back Tyler Badie to take on a big role in the pass game as well. On defense, they lose their best player in Nick Bolton, the glue of their defense, but they return everyone else. Trajan Jeffcoat is a baller as he recorded 6 sacks in 2020. The Tigers defense can go from mediocre to good if they force more turnovers as they only forced 9 in 2020.
Kentucky (6-6)- After ranking last in total offense but 4th in defense last season, Kentucky looks to play their unorthodox style of football once again in 2021. Running back Chris Rodriguez is an animal after contact and is playing behind one of the best offensive lines in the nation so I expect the Wildcat’s run offense to be top 10 in the country. The pass offense however, is a different story. Terry Wilson transferred so Will Levis will take over as QB1. He started a few games in his Penn State career and was decent. He can run a little but he is not the guy to make Kentucky’s offense elite. On defense they lose their 2 best players in Jamin Davis and Jamar Watson. They are still a solid unit but they will regress. As a team Kentucky is very hard to evaluate but with a great run attack and a decent defense I can see them being bowl eligible.