The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has been known for College Football dominance in the past decade, most of which has been produced by teams in the Western division of the SEC such as Alabama and LSU. The SEC also has an Eastern division which hasn’t been very dominant in recent years. However, the SEC East might finally show some improvement this season.
Florida finished 1st in the SEC East last year. There are not many returning starters on defense but their offense will still be a threat this fall. Returning starters on offense include Running back Jordan Scarlett, Tight End Deandre Goolsby, and electric Wide Receiver Antonio Callaway.
Florida in 2017 will go 6-6 overall, and in SEC games they will go 4-4 during this regular season. This prediction wouldn’t be far off because Florida is losing many starters from last season on defense, and as we all know, defense wins games. Florida’s losses this season will include the opener to Michigan, then to Kentucky, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Florida State.
Georgia year in and year out has been known for mediocrity, and then they hired coach Kirby Smart so that they could once again become a contender for a national title. Georgia finished 3rd in the SEC East last year and they look to come back stronger as they return several starters on offense and defense. On offense Georgia returns their two best backs in Sony Michel and Nick Chubb with Jacob Eason beginning his Sophomore season. On Defense Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy will return for their senior seasons.
Georgia in 2017 will go 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the SEC games during the regular season. The two losses will be to Notre Dame and Auburn. Georgia should still get into a decent bowl game in January.
Kentucky, a Basketball School, surprised a lot of people with their 4th place finish in the SEC East last year. Coach Mark Stoops looks to lead his Wildcats into 2017 with high hopes. With key returning starters on offense like RB Bennie Snell and QB Stephen Johnson.
Kentucky in 2017 will go 8-4 overall, and 4-4 in SEC games. The losses will be to South Carolina, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Georgia.
Missouri started their journey in the SEC red hot by winning the SEC East in 2013 and 2014. It seems like the Tigers have tapered off a bit as they went 4-8 last year. This Missouri team has entered a “rebuild mode” even though they still have their starting QB Drew Lock and WR Nate Brown, and they probably won’t see much success in the coming years.
In 2017 Missouri will under-perform once again by going 5-7 overall and 2-6 in SEC games. Their losses will be to South Carolina, Purdue, Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida.
In 2016, under Will Muschamp for the 1st time, the Gamecocks went 6-7 which means they barely qualified for a bowl game. South Carolina returns several key starters such as RB Rico Dowdle, WR Deebo Samuel, DE Dante Sawyer. The Gamecocks also add Freshman Defensive Back Jamyest Williams which will be a threat for the Gamecocks defensive scheme.
In 2017, The South Carolina Gamecocks will go 8-4 overall, and 5-3 in SEC games. Their losses will be to Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, and Clemson.
Butch Jones’ Volunteers couldn’t seem to put up enough points in the 1st half of any game last year, but they somehow ended up with the luck to make a fourth quarter comeback to win. The reason for their late game heroics was because of their dual-threat QB Josh Dobbs, DE Derek Barnett, RB Alvin Kamara, and RB Jalen Hurd. Not one of those guys will be on Tennessee’s 2017 roster so expect it to be a rebuilding year for the Vols.
In 2017 the Volunteers will not have a good year, going 4-8 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. Because of the rebuilding they will be going through this record makes sense. Their losses will be to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, LSU, and Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt finished 6th in the SEC East last year and you could expect just about the same this year. Vanderbilt is not losing many starters except for linebacker Zach Cunningham. Expect a breakout season from Senior WR Caleb Scott who will finally be 1st string this year.
In 2017 Vanderbilt will go 6-6 overall, and 2-6 in SEC games. The Commodores will have losses to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Missouri.
So after much deliberation the 2017 standings for the SEC East are as follows: 1st place it is The University of Georgia, in 2nd The University of South Carolina, tied for 3rd in the SEC East is Florida and Kentucky, tied for 5th in the SEC East is Vanderbilt and Missouri, and rounding out the SEC East in 7th place is Tennessee.