South Carolina has won 11 games each of the last three seasons but are still in search of that elusive SEC Championship under Steve Spurrier. If the media correct, Spurrier’s Gamecocks will be playing in the SEC Championship Game this year after they are predicted to win the east division.
The Gamecocks have a new starting quarterback in Dylan Thompson and lose Jadeveon Clowney to the NFL, but the media believes they have enough talent in Columbia to get past the Georgia Bulldogs who are predicted to come in second place in the eastern division.
After a dismal 2013 season that saw a number of starters lost to season-ending injuries, the Florida Gators are picked ot finish third in the division and could make it difficult for the two teams ranked ahead of them if they stay healthy and the new offense under Kurt Roper brings out the best in Jeff Driskel.
#SEC East Order of Finish (Media): 1. South Carolina 2. Georgia 3. Florida 4. Missouri 5. Tennessee 6. Vanderbilt 7. Kentucky
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) July 17, 2014
Missouri was the surprise winner of the division last year, but the media doesn’t think they can pull off the same feat again this year without Dorial Green-Beckham, Kony Ealy and co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam, around for Gary Pinkel’s team this year.
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Butch Jones has Tennessee trending in the right direction after recruiting very well but his team will be as young as any team in college football this year. That said, the media is buying what Jones is selling and thinks they can take the next step and finish fifth in the division.
James Franklin left Vanderbilt for Penn State and the media’s perception of the Commodores is reflective of the coaching change that sees Derek Mason faced with a daunting challenge of sustaining the success of his predecessor.
Rounding out the division standings is Kentucky where Mark Stoops enters his second season in Lexington continuing to built the roster and get them ready to compete in the SEC. He had a top-20 recruiting class last winter, but he’s another year or two away from getting out of the cellar in the East.
Did the media get it right? What would your predicted order of finish look like for the SEC east?