Ultimate Guide to the SEC + Best Bets!

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

East Division

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.

Tennessee (6-6)- They won their first game last night over Bowling Green but they did not look impressive at all, especially Joe Milton. The Michigan transfer looked very lackluster and finished the game with an abysmal 31.4 QBR. Sooner or later I think Hendon Hooker will take over as QB1 and not because he is a great player, but because Milton stinks and he's the only other option. They lost everyone that was good from their offense last year so I expect them to be worse than last year, which means they’ll be God awful. On defense they are pretty average. They lost their best player to an in conference rival which is a perfect example of the current state of Tennessee football. This program is a disaster.

South Carolina (4-8)- The Gamecocks offense will go as far as Kevin Harris will take them as their pass offense is pathetic and Harris was one of the best backs in the country last year rushing for over 1100 yards and 15 Tds. On defense I expect them to be even worse than they were last year as they lose their best playmaker in the front seven and their 2 best players in the secondary. Let the rebuild in Columbia begin.

Vanderbilt (3-9)- The most entertaining thing about this team is that they had a girl who could kick last year. Enough said.

West Division

Texas A&M (11-2)- I am thrilled to see Texas A&M’s offense led by someone other than Kellan Mond and I believe Haynes King is going to have a huge 2021 season. The Aggies backfield is loaded as Isiah Spiller returns and Devon Achane may be the best RB2 in America. King can run as well as he ran track in high school and was ranked the number 5 dual threat QB in the class of 2020. The Aggies return their 3 leading receivers as well so this offense will improve in 2021. The Aggies defense was insane last year as they were the best in the SEC and held opponents to 92 rush yards per game. They lose some talent up front but return Michael Clemons and Aaron Hansford who are great at stopping the run and getting to the QB. Their secondary returns everyone and I expect them to be the best secondary in the SEC. Their schedule sets up Jimbo’s Aggies to be a sleeper to not only win the conference, but the natty as well.

Alabama (11-1)- Bryce Young takes over as QB. Young is another player I have watched since his early high school days and his development has been incredible as I wrote him off after his first high school season. Saban has had nothing but great things to say about his QB and with weapons like John Metchie and freshman Agiye Hall coming in I don’t expect a huge drop off for Bama’s offense. On defense they lose some ballers like Dylan Moses and Pat Surtain but it's Bama. They retool better than anyone so they will once again be one of the best defenses in the country. Expect Josh Jobe to break out. Overall, Bama will not be as good as they were last year, which would be damn near impossible, but they are obviously a contender to win it all as usual.

Ole Miss (9-3)- My favorite player in all of college football plays for the Rebels and that man is the next Patrick Mahomes AKA Matt Corral. As soon as Lane Kiffin stepped foot in Oxford, Corral’s numbers shot up and I cannot wait to see what he can do in year 2. They lost Elijah Moore and Kenny Yeboah but they still have some great players in Braylon Sanders, Dontario Drummond and Jonathan Mingo. The Rebels rush attack will also be explosive as Jerrian Ealy and Snoop Conner are a great 1-2 punch. Expect the Rebels to have the best offense in the SEC once again. Onto the defense, which is the real problem. They lose their best player in Jacquez Jones but return everyone else, not that that's a good thing as their defense was straight up awful in 2020. I expect them to get better but they will definitely remain in the bottom half of the conference.

LSU (7-5)- It is already known QB Myles Brennan will not be available until mid season so the Tigers already are at a disadvantage and in week 1 they have to travel across the country to play a team who already has a game under their belt. Not ideal to say the least. Their pass offense last year was what made the Tigers roll but now without Brennan I just don’t see that happening as they only averaged 3 yards per carry as a team in 2020. Also I believe this is the year LSU fans realize it was Joe Brady who won them the natty not Coach O. The fact they had the worst pass defense in the SEC makes no sense to me given the talent they have. Derek Stingley and Eli Ricks are arguably the best CB duo in the nation and I expect them to prove it this year. The Tigers secondary will be lockdown. Their front seven will be solid as well as they return almost everyone. Expect the Tigers defense to take a huge leap in 2021, but with no Myles Brennan, the ceiling is not very high for this team and I expect UCLA to take care of business at home versus them.

Auburn (7-5)- The Gus Malzahn era is officially over and in steps Bryan Harsin which was a pretty unexpected hire in my opinion. Honestly at this point I have given up on Bo Nix as he really doesn’t have anything in his game that makes you go “wow this kid is legit” and with a new system to learn, I’d be shocked to see him make a big jump in his progression. The offense is going to be Tank Bigsby and only Tank Bigsby because he is a literal tank as he averaged 6 YPC in 2020, expect that to go up in 2021. On defense they have Zakoby Mcclain who had a whopping 113 tackles in 2020 and Smoke Monday, one of the best safeties in the nation. Their defense was above average last year and I expect them to keep on improving as they have a multitude of playmakers. I may watch Auburn games just to hear the announcers talk about Tank and Smoke, the 2 best names in CFB.

Mississippi State (7-5)- The KJ Costello experiment worked for a week and then the Bulldogs couldn’t seem to find a way to score, which was very uncharacteristic of a Mike Leach team. Will Rogers was then thrown into the fire and honestly I thought he did decently given the circumstances. On offense, Jaden Walley is the only player that really sticks out to me as despite all the QB controversy, Walley had 100 yards in 80% of the games he played in. He built a great rapport with Rogers and I expect the 2 of them to link up a ton this season. On defense they were surprisingly really good in 2020. Their front seven loses their best player in Erroll Thompson but they still have a good enough squad to put up similar stats as they did in 2020. In the secondary expect Martin Emerson to lead the way as he had 72 tackles and 11 PBUs in 2020. The Bulldogs aren’t anything special but I believe they will improve in 2021 even if their record doesn’t reflect it.

Arkansas (4-8)- The plan for the Razorbacks offense better be to give the ball to Treylon Burks every play as he is an animal. He has it all, the size, the speed, the playmaking ability, you name it, Burks has it. It's just a shame he plays for Arkansas, but once he steps foot in the NFL everyone will know who he is. But other than Burks there is nothing exciting about this team, on offense or defense.

Conference Championship

Georgia defeats Texas A&M 24-20

Best Bets

Ole Miss Over 7.5 Wins

Texas A&M Over 9.5 Wins

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