Friday, May 13, 2011
SEC champion poll
By Edward Aschoff
With so much talent in the SEC this season, there are a handful of teams that will battle for a trip to Atlanta.
It feels like the last team standing will make it out of the West. Alabama enters as the presumed favorite, but LSU and Arkansas bring back enough talent on both sides of the ball to stay right with the Tide until the end.
Alabama has the fortune of playing LSU and Arkansas at home, but must travel to Mississippi State, who will have one of the most exciting offenses in the league this fall.
LSU has a young defense, but it possesses the talent to compete with just about anyone in the country. The Tigers saw a transformation in quarterback Jordan Jefferson and they are hoping to see that bleed over into the season.
Arkansas' offense will be deadly, but the defense is much improved. If the defense is as good as advertised, the Hogs will be very though to get by this fall.
In the East, South Carolina will be the favorite, even if quarterback Stephen Garcia doesn't return. The Gamecocks could benefit from playing a West team in the SEC championship game that should be exhausted after making it through the regular season.