2007 SEC Football Preview
SEC football preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official southeastern conference football preview as well as individual team previews for all 12 sec football teams and our sec predictions. Dont miss our Free College football picks against the spread and bookmark our free college football lines page offering up to the minute betting lines for the weekly schedule.
The SEC is considered by many to be the toughest conference in college football. In this conference, a good team can look bad. The SEC is perhaps the top conference in college football with some of the best coaches, toughest defenses and most skilled players. Let us start with the East for our annual SEC conference preview.
SEC EAST OVERVIEW
Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, SC—what team will be victorious in this division? Here's how the SEC East shakes down his year.
The Georgia Bulldogs have lost a lot of guys up front. QB Matthew Stafford looked good late last season and the backfield could have an impressive year. The wide-outs must hold onto the ball much better than they did last season.
For the South Carolina Gamecocks, QB Blake Mitchell and RB Cory Boyd are golden. The defense also looks very strong. The stable of receivers is thin and the OL is a concern. Even headman Spurrier admits to these faults.
The fact is it is crowded at the top this year. The Gators may have a tough time repeating due to heavy loses in their defensive ranks. The offensive line is experienced but the "D" has lost nine starters. The secondary is especially thin and the linebackers are untested. QB Tim Tebow is young but looks ready to play.
The Tennessee Volunteers' QB Erik Ainge has a strong arm and fine accuracy. The running game looks better than last year's and much of the defense is ready to play. But the secondary is suspect and the receiving corps is weak.
The Vanderbilt Commodores return 18 starters, with half of those on defense. WR Earl Bennet has a lot of talent but the Vandy defense is extremely weak in a conference that is unforgiving.
Andre Woodson at QB looks to be a good leader for the Kentucky Wildcats. There's some fine receiving and running talent on board. Unfortunately, Kentucky sports an extremely weak defense, which will hurt them in the long run.
SEC WEST OVERVIEW
The SEC West contains one of the finest teams in the nation—the LSU Tigers. Additionally, Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama are all disciplined teams and bowl contenders.
Although the LSU Tigers don't have an experienced quarterback, they've got enough depth and experience on both sides of the ball to be a powerhouse. The coaching staff is topnotch and the defense has a solid veteran presence. Leadership on offense could be a question mark, especially if the QB situation isn't clarified.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have major playmakers and gamers in junior RB's Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and senior WR Marcus Monk. Despite losing important upfront power on the "D" line, the guys should still be able to pressure opponent QBs. Can this club get a passing game going? It will help.
Nick Saban, guru of college football, is the new coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. His hiring has created a lot of excitement around the Tide. Questions abound regarding the club's defense and running back situation.
For the Auburn Tigers senior QB Brandon Cox is a smart and stable field general, efficiently running the team's offense. If he stays healthy that will be a big plus. But Auburn has a punishing road schedule that includes Florida, Arkansas and LSU all jammed into four weeks. Major loses at key positions will also tax the Tigers.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels find themselves at the bottom of a tough division in a highly competitive conference. There's some stability on offense for the Bulldogs as 10 players return, including dynamic WR Tony Burks. The team has to hang onto the ball better, and it must find a solution to the running back situation.
The Mississippi Rebels feature RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis—who has power, speed and stamina. He's good for 1,000 yards. But inconsistency at quarterback and key loses on defense limit this team's chances of winning.
2) South Carolina
5) Mississippi State
6) Ole Miss
For more info on the 2007 South Eastern Conference, view their official website or read up on all the SEC football team previews below.