The race for the SEC East crown has several more options than the West making it interesting for discussion. Let’s get to it.
** Florida [Current 4-3 (2-3), Predicted 7-5 (4-4)] – The Gators are one cocktail party away from oh-for-October. The Gators have a week off before taking on the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville and right now it’s hard to see the Gators being competitive in this game. In fact, of the remaining four games against UGA, South Carolina, Furman and Florida State, only the Paladins look like a gimme.
** Georgia [Current 5-2 (4-1), Predicted 10-2 (7-1)] – Things are lining up nicely for the Dawgs, pretty much like I predicted.
** Kentucky [Current 2-4 (0-3), Predicted 5-7 (1-7)] – The Wildcats are, by far, the worst team in the league this year. If the Cats found some offense during their bye week, they could possibly be competitive in their last four conference games. I’m not expecting it, though.
** South Carolina [Current 6-1 (4-1), Predicted 11-1 (7-1)] – Last week wasn’t a very good one for the Gamecocks. First, Stephen Garcia is kicked off the team and then sophomore sensation Marcus Lattimore is lost to a season-ending injury. The Gamecocks should be favorites in three of their last five and have very tough games left versus Arkansas and Clemson.
** Tennessee [Current 3-3 (0-3), Predicted 7-5 (3-5)] – Like last year, the Vols have left themselves no room for error over the last six games in order to become bowl eligible. South Carolina looks a bit more doable since the Lattimore injury, so it’s possible for the Vols to go 4-2 down the stretch and improve over last season’s record.
** Vanderbilt [Current 3-3 (1-3), Predicted 4-8 (0-8)] – Don’t mess with the fightin’ Dores. Only one of the last six games (Arkansas) doesn’t look competitive for the Commodores. James Franklin could make major hay in his first season.