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SEC Football 2014: Predictions For Eastern & Western Division Winners

By Tyler Blackshaw
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Were now firmly in the month of August, which means there is just over three weeks until college football officially kicks off.

With the start just around a corner it’s time to make predictions for what is sure to be an exciting season in the SEC.

Eastern Division:

  1. Georgia: The Bulldogs will win the SEC East because of their talent and experience. Quaterback, Hutson Mason, made three starts last season in place of the injured Aaron Murray. Mason played admirably in those spot starts throwing for 5 touchdowns and leading UGA to two wins. Mason will be surrounded ball as Todd Gurley, one of the nation’s best running backs and a Heisman hopeful, will be accompanying him in the backfield and Malcom Mitchell and Chris Conley will be out on the wings. If the young defense can improve upon last year, expect the Bulldogs to turn some heads this season.
  2. South Carolina: This prediction might anger a lot of the fans in the Carolinas who have aspirations of finally winning the SEC title. However, I don’t see USC The Gamecocks lost some huge pieces, especially along their defensive line, including first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. Coupled with loss of longtime QB, Connor Shaw, it’ll be difficult for Spurrier to lead this team past the likes of Georgia, despite playing them at home.
  3. Missouri: Despite winning the East last year, don’t expect a repeat from the Tigers. Quarterback, Maty Mauk, is one of the few SEC signal callers with plenty of experience but his solid quarterbacking play won’t be enough this season. Missouri has lost their two best defensive players in Kony Ealy and Michael Sam along with star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

Western Division:

  1. Alabama: Betting against Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide usually comes at a cost and I don’t see them losing to Auburn two years in a row, especially at home. While whoever is starting at QB for Bama will likely have growing pains, the aid of TJ Yeldon and Amari Cooper along the always stout Tide defense will be able to overcome the loss of AJ McCarron.
  2. Auburn: Most of the Auburn starters from a magical season return, including quarterback Nick Marshall. Auburn is poised for another great season, especially after another year of under Gus Malzahn’s tutelage. In fact, Nick Marshall could end up becoming a favorite for the Heisman trophy. However, the loss of Greg Robinson and Tre Mason will prove to be too much when they venture into Tuscaloosa and the loss will cost them the championship.
  3. Ole Miss: Choosing Mississippi over LSU might seem crazy to some people considering the Tigers have been one of the best teams in the NCAA for year. However, the loss of Zach Mettenberger, Odell Beckham Jr, and Jarvis Landry will be too much for Les Miles to overcome right away. In steps the Running Rebels lead by Bo Wallace to take their place. Ole Miss will have the benefit of a more experienced team, including the seasoning of what was a great 2013 recruiting class.

What are your predications for the season and what do you think of ours? Let us know in the comments below.

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