Sully Says : Early 2017 SEC odds
I started thinking about the 2017 SEC season, and who will be best equipped to make a run at second-best in the conference behind Alabama.
The Tigers will return eight starters on both sides of the ball. Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson could be the best 1-2 tailback punch in College Football. Quarterback play will be huge again next season for Auburn. Gus Malzahn will be counting on Shawn White or Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham to provide some balance for the Tigers.
Derrius Guice is back, which is bad news for the rest of the SEC. Danny Etling also returns at quarterback. Throw in a new offensive coordinator, Broyles Award finalist Matt Canada, and you could have one of the most exciting offenses LSU fans have seen in a long time. LSU returns six starters on both offense and defense.
I hate to put any team from the East this high, but Florida will return ten starters on offense and seven starters on defense from a team that went 9-4. Throw in a salty recruiting class, and the Gators could be contenders.
The Hogs will return seven starters on offense and six on defense. The offensive line will be deeper and more talented. Austin Allen and the tailback combo of Rawleigh Williams and Devwah Whaley could be one of the most productive QB-RB tandems in the country. They will have to be much better defensively to have any chance to contend for second place.
We will see if a "year older means a year better." Georgia returns almost its entire two deep, which could be good news or bad news for the Bulldogs. Georgia will need a big year from sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason to be a factor.
The Cats return several starters on both sides of the ball. Would not be shocked if they contend for the title in the East division.
15-1 Miss. St.
Don't know if the Bulldogs will be able to stop anyone, but QB Nick Fitzgerald should be fun to watch.
20-1 Ole Miss
Rebels will return eight starters on offense and seven on defense. Sophomore QB Shea Patterson will have to come up big for the Rebels to make any noise next season.
20-1 Texas A&M
Aggies return several starters on both sides of the ball, but lost several playmakers. Quarterback Trevor Knight and defensive ends , Myles Garrett and Deshawn Hall, will be hard to replace.
Several starters are back, but quarterback Josh Dobbs is gone. Critical season for Butch Jones.
20-1 South Carolina
Should be better next season , but don't see Gamecocks making huge jump forward.
Could take another step in right direction.
Should be improved.
Most teams have reason for hope, which should make for plenty of positive talk during SEC Media Days.