The 2018 college football season in the SEC begins Saturday. Each week we’ll count down the league’s top teams. Figure on this ranking changing greatly over the course of the next three months, maybe even at the top.
14. Arkansas: Arkansas won one game in SEC play last year and usher in first year head coach Chad Morris.
13. Vanderbilt: The ‘Dores open up with Middle Tennessee to begin the year. The defense will be good, but it’s hard to find more than one SEC win on their schedule.
12. Tennessee: Jeremy Pruitt gets his first head coaching job in Knoxville. His reward is a neutral field opener against West Virginia in Charlotte.
11. Kentucky: The Wildcats lost starting left tackle Landon Young just weeks before their opener against Central Michigan.
10. Ole Miss: The Rebels open up against Texas Tech in Houston. That could be interesting if the Red Raiders find an offensive rhythm.
9. Missouri: Drew Lock is going to throw for a lot of yards in 2018. Look for gaudy numbers in both weeks one and two.
8. Texas A&M: Jimbo Fisher has to win a lot of games for the amount of money the Aggies are paying him. They’ll welcome in Clemson Week 2.
7. LSU: One quarterback transfers in, two transfer out. The Tigers open the season against the Miami Hurricanes in Arlington, TX.
6. Florida: Dan Mullen begins a new era at Florida with the season-opener against Charleston Southern. Feleipe Franks was named the Gators starting quarterback this week and will have to play much better than he did a season ago for Florida to exceed low expectations this fall.
5. Mississippi State: In Joe Moorhead’s first season as a head coach, he’ll begin his tenure without starting QB Nick Fitzgerald who is suspended for a violation of team rules.
4. South Carolina: Quarterbac Jake Bentley gets wide receiver Debo Samuel back as the Gamecocks take on Coastal Carolina in a literal cock fight in Week 1.
3. Auburn: Jarrett Stidham and the Tigers face PAC-12 favorite Washington in Atlanta, a meeting of preseason Top 10 teams, to begin the 2018 season.
2. Georgia: The Bulldogs will open against Austin Peay in Week 1 before traveling to South Carolina in an early SEC test in Week 2.
1. Alabama: Louisville will be the ninth Power 5 opponent Alabama has faced to open a season since 2008. The Tide are currently 25-point favorites against the Cardinals.
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