2014 SEC West Picks

Last year the SEC’s string of national championships was stopped at seven, but there’s another string still alive.  The SEC West’s division winner has also won the last five conference championship games.  Who’ll try to make it six in a row?  Let’s take a look below.

1) Alabama Crimson Tide [Overall 11-1, SEC 7-1] – It’s hard to pick the Tide here, especially with the uncertainty at quarterback.  On the other hand, it’s also hard to pick against a team so talented.  I don’t see this team going undefeated, so I’ve penciled in a loss in Red Stick.  Look for a second or two of payback at the end of the season as well.

2) Auburn Tigers [9-3, 6-2] – This will be a very good football team, but it’ll be hard for Gus Malzahn and the gang to replicate the miraculous tale of 2013.  Look for three road losses this year:  Manhattan, Oxford and Tuscaloosa.

3) Ole Miss Rebels [9-3, 6-2] – Bo Wallace is one of the more talented and experienced quarterbacks in the league this year and that should equate to the Rebs taking a step forward this year.  This win total factors in wins over Tennessee, LSU and Auburn.

4) LSU Tigers [9-3, 6-2] – The Tigers are a very talented team, despite all of their departures over the last couple of seasons.  The difference between the first and fourth teams in the SEC West isn’t very big.

5) Texas A&M Aggies [8-4, 4-4] – The Aggies look to replace Johnny Manziel with Kenny Hill and also look to find a defense.  Kevin Sumlin’s teams are just to explosive offensively to pick them any lower.

6) Mississippi State Bulldogs [6-6, 2-6] – The Bulldogs are the odd man out again in the SEC West.  Two losses against A&M and Ole Miss turn mean the outhouse instead of penthouse for these Dogs.

7) Arkansas Razorbacks [4-8, 1-7] – The Hogs are improving, but will find this season another long, hard slog.  Bret Bielema is building a smash-mouth football team, but he doesn’t have all of the pieces he needs just yet.