With SEC media days behind us, it’s smooth sailing until preseason camps for Southeastern Conference football teams, and then the 2016 season will be here.
Those long, slogging summer days are almost over, and it’s nearly football time in Tennessee…and Alabama…and Mississippi…and everywhere else.
At this point of the offseason, everybody has massive expectations. After all, everybody’s still undefeated, right?
If you listen to the conference’s media contingent, it’s going to be Alabama over Tennessee in the SEC championship game. That’s according to this week’s media polls released, and even though the scribes and analysts have been right just five times in 24 years, the Crimson Tide are a safe pick.
Can you imagine two of the oldest rivals meeting twice in the same year? It would be the first time the Volunteers and Tide have met for the conference title since there was a championship game, and it would be one of the toughest tickets in all of sports.
But they aren’t the only programs with huge expectations. LSU is expected to be stout again, and if Ole Miss can wade through its off-field worries, the Rebels could shine, too. On the East side, Florida is the defending champion, and Jim McElwain’s team has to be better on offense than it was a season ago, right?
Also, there are three new coaches in the East with Georgia’s Kirby Smart, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp and Missouri’s Barry Odom. So, there is new life in all three of those atmospheres.
Expectations abound, so let’s take a look at best- and worst-case scenarios for each program this year.
Source: Bleacher Report CFB