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CC Staff Predictions: 2023 SEC Standings

Now that the college football media has embarrassed themselves with their 2023 SEC standings predictions, it is our turn to make things right. Other than a few disputes, there seems to be a consensus as to where each team in the SEC is heading this year. Where do we as a Cats Coverage staff stand on the matter? Take a look.



Braden Nevius

West

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Ole Miss

4. Arkansas

5. Texas A&M

6. Auburn

7. Mississippi State


"The reigning SEC West champs are in line to repeat with Jayden Daniels back under center. Arkansas and Ole Miss will put up a fierce battle for the third spot, but the balance of the Rebels will prevail in the end. Jimbo Fisher and A&M will disappoint once again as the Jimbo era comes to an end in College Station. Auburn and Mississippi State will be fringe bowl teams as they enter rebuilds with new head coaches. Alabama will shut the doubters out and be in playoff contention despite losing the division, with their lone defeat coming to LSU."


East

1. Georgia

2. Kentucky

3. Tennessee

4. South Carolina

5 .Florida

6. Missouri

7. Vanderbilt


"Until proven otherwise, Georgia is the class of the SEC East. Kentucky and Tennessee will battle for the second-place spot throughout the year, with the head-to-head matchup in Lexington being the most important game to each team's season. South Carolina is the bridge between good and bad in the east as they hold sole possession of fourth place. Florida, Missouri, and Vanderbilt will all struggle, but there is hope for the future."



Janson Hoskins

West

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Ole Miss

4. Arkansas

5. Texas A&M

6. Mississippi State

7.Auburn


"I don't see a dominant team in this division in 2023. I have division winner, LSU, going 10-2 along with Alabama with the Tigers holding the tie-breaker. The rest of the division is a jumbled mess of average to good teams at best. Brian Kelly has proven he has what it takes to stick around in the conference."



East

1. Georgia

2. Kentucky

3. Tennessee

4. South Carolina

5. Florida

6. Vanderbilt

7. Missouri


"I saw enough from Vanderbilt at the end of 2022 to see them taking a slight leap this year. At the top of the division, Georgia is the obvious number one with Kentucky and Tennessee fighting for second place. My intuition is telling me Kentucky pulls off the upset at home to fend of the Vols for the second-place spot. South Carolina and Florida will hover around the 6–8-win range as they continue to climb the later. As for Missouri, I just don't see it."



Jordan Mathus

West

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Ole Miss

4. Texas A&M

5. Arkansas

6. Mississippi State

7. Auburn


"The battle for SEC west supremacy will be a fight between LSU and Alabama. With the Tigers returning a Heisman candidate at quarterback and the unusual amount of question marks in Tuscaloosa, I give the edge to the Bayou Bengals. Meanwhile, the defense in Oxford gives me hope as Pete Golding takes the reigns and Jimbo Fisher continues to struggle in Aggieland. In Fayetteville, you have one of the best QB-RB duos in the league, but the rest of the roster leaves much to be desired. The bottom of the division will feature two teams rebuilding for the future in Mississippi State and Auburn."



East

1. Georgia

2. Tennessee

3. Kentucky

4. South Carolina

5. Florida

6. Missouri

7. Vanderbilt


"Georgia is once again the best team top to bottom in the entire conference. Tennessee and Kentucky are reversable for me, but given the Wildcat's struggles with the Vols, I have to lean on what history tells me here. South Carolina has improved significantly but their schedule will once again hold them back from breaking through. Florida and Missouri both have MAJOR quarterback problems. Experience does not always equal talent. While competitive, Vandy will once again be bottom dwellers in the east."




Jacob Childers

West

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Arkansas

4. Texas A&M

5. Ole Miss

6. Mississippi State

7. Auburn


"For me, the Tigers are the clear-cut favorites to win the west. The amount of turnover with players and staff is too hard to ignore for Alabama to put them at the top. The duo of KJ Jefferson and Rocket Sanders will be enough to carry Arkansas to a third place finish while a slow start for Texas A&M will land them at number four. A rough year for the state of Mississippi is incoming as both teams will struggle with an offensive identity. As for Auburn, Hugh Freeze inherited a mess, and the Tigers are a couple years away from being competitive again."


East

1. Georgia

2. Tennessee

3. Kentucky

4. South Carolina

5. Missouri

6. Florida

7. Vanderbilt


"Given one of the easiest schedules in the country, Georgia will roll to an undefeated season and their third consecutive playoff berth. Tennessee matches their 2022 record and the Heupel train continues to accelerate. In Lexington, Kentucky gets the offensive line figured out and will field a team that is top-20 in offense and defense. South Carolina will continue to progress, but has a lot of toss ups to deal with. Missouri and Florida will be biting their nails playing for bowl eligibility in November without top tier quarterbacks. Clark Lea is off to a great start in Nashville, but Vanderbilt is still ways away from the rest of the division."


In a unanimous decision, our staff expects a repeat of last year's SEC Championship between LSU and Georgia. Meanwhile, we expect Kentucky to finish no worse than third in the east, an improvement from 2022.

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No way will UK be 2nd or 3rd. More likely 6th.

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