Conference Breakdown: SEC

5 things to know about the SEC

Biggest game: Alabama at LSU, November 5

Players to always watch: UGA RB Nick Chubb vs. LSU RB Leonard Fournette is one kind of battle between potential top-10 picks. A&M DE Myles Garrett vs. Bama OT Cam Robinson is another.

Team nobody wants to play: Let's say Vandy!

Coach who really needs wins: Well, Les Miles already cheated death once, and Auburn-A&M feels like a Hot Seat Bowl. Also, Mark Stoops and Derek Mason and ... sure, everybody but Nick Saban.

Don't be surprised if ... Texas A&M explodes. In either sense. (This text is unchanged from last year.)

Bill Connelly's Power Rankings

Tier 1

Alabama

Sure, Bama's got a couple problems ... problems almost every other team would love to have.

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LSU

The Tigers are loaded enough to make a title run. For Miles' sake, they better.

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Ole Miss

Once again the most interesting team in the country, Bill C argues:

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Tier 2

Tennessee

If Tennessee learns how to close big games, the hype will all pay off. That's an "if."

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Georgia

There is no grace period for Kirby Smart. He has to win big immediately.

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Arkansas

Bret Bielema's Hogs will be flashy and start out hot, then fade. No, just kidding.

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Mississippi State

This season was supposed to be about replacing the best player in program history, but ...

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Texas A&M

Kevin Sumlin's A&M is finally experienced. With this schedule, does that even matter?

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Florida

The Gators might have a great offense ... in 2017. Can 2016's just be competent?

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Auburn

Gus Malzahn has gone from Nick Saban's nemesis to the hot seat. Can he rebound?

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Tier 3

Missouri

Read how Mizzou can bounce back on the field from an extremely, uh, memorable 2015.

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Vanderbilt

Vandy's defense would be good enough to win the SEC East, if it had an offense.

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Tier 4

Kentucky

Kentucky's all about hot starts and sad finishes. Can 2016 break the cycle?

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South Carolina

Will Muschamp was a questionable hire, but don't judge him based on 2016.

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Tier 5