5 potential SEC East upsets that could determine division race

The SEC East figures to be one of the most competitive divisions in college football this season.

An argument can be made that at least five teams have a legitimate shot at getting to Atlanta at season’s end, and the other two are more than capable of playing spoiler.

College football is exceptionally hard to predict, which is part of what makes it so exciting, and this season can turn out any number of ways. As we look ahead, however, we’ve identified five possible upsets that could greatly impact the division race.

For clarification, games between the East’s primary contenders are what will most likely determine which team wins the division. In a tightly-contested race, though, it can be the school with the fewest slip-ups that is left standing.

Here are five of those possible slip-ups.

South Carolina at Missouri, Week 2

The Gamecocks aren’t factoring much into the SEC East conversation, but they have the potential to build momentum and become a dangerous midseason contender.

That is, of course, if they can get off the ground.

South Carolina’s defense will be slightly retooled from last year, and it will be tested early. In Week 2, the Gamecocks face the SEC’s No. 5 scoring offense from 2016. Missouri has defensive problems to figure out, but the Tigers can score enough points to win this one.

Mississippi State at Georgia, Week 4

The Battle of the Bulldogs could be an exciting affair in Athens. Georgia is expected to be much improved in Kirby Smart’s second season, while Mississippi State has one of the SEC’s most exciting players in Nick Fitzgerald and a defense that will be full of JUCO transfers.

If Mississippi State’s defense performs early under Todd Grantham, he won’t hesitate to bring a lot of pressure at Jacob Eason. With so many obstacles in its own division, Georgia doesn’t want to drop an early one against the SEC West. Not with annual partner Auburn still looming, on the Plains, no less.

Florida at Kentucky, Week 4

These two teams should be the most evenly matched on paper among the competitors on this list, but Kentucky has lost 30 consecutive games to Florida and will be considered an underdog until it breaks that streak.

The last time Kentucky beat Florida — in 1986 — Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops was a defensive back at Iowa.

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