Florida and Miami kicked off the 2019 college football season this past weekend, as the Gators narrowly defeated the Hurricanes. It was an entertaining showdown that gave fans a brief taste of SEC football.
As usual, the favorite to win the SEC is Alabama. Nick Saban has a strong core of returning players, which includes top prospects Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy.
The SEC is loaded with talent from top to bottom, and it's possible that two programs from the conference manage to make the College Football Playoff.
With Week 1 just a couple of days away, ESPN released its win-loss predictions for each SEC team.
Here is how ESPN believes the SEC will look:
- Georgia (11-1, 7-1)
- Missouri (9-3, 5-3)
- Florida (8-4, 4-4)
- Kentucky (7-5, 3-5)
- Tennessee (7-5 3-5)
- South Carolina (5-7, 2-6)
- Vanderbilt (4-8, 1-7)
- Alabama (12-0, 8-0)
- LSU (10-2, 7-1)
- Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3)
- Auburn (8-4, 4-4)
- Mississippi State (6-6, 2-6)
- Arkansas (5-7, 1-7)
- Ole Miss (3-9, 0-8)
ESPN surprisingly has Missouri finishing above Florida and Kentucky in the SEC East. It's certainly possible if Kelly Bryant has a big season for the Tigers.
The only team in the SEC that ESPN doesn't have winning a conference game is Ole Miss. Contests against Alabama Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M is a pretty tough stretch to get through.
Out of all the interesting predictions made from ESPN, the most shocking has to be Georgia defeating Alabama in the SEC Championship. A conference title would all but send Kirby Smart and his squad to the Playoff.
You can see ESPN's predictions for other major conferences here.