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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Edward Aschoff's SEC bracket

By Edward Aschoff

Now that you've seen Chris' SEC bracket, it's time to take a look at what I came up with.

Remember, my seeds are different, but I'll follow the same formula as Chris did. Let's see if we have the same teams dancing in Atlanta.

Seeds: FIRST ROUND

In Nashville, Tenn.

No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 14 Kentucky: There might be more excitement in Lexington thanks to Mark Stoops, but South Carolina is the better team and shouldn't have much of a problem in this one. Winner: South Carolina

No. 6 LSU vs. No. 11 Missouri: This one will be closer than people think because Mizzou will have a much healthier and more explosive offense, but LSU's Jeremy Hill will wear down that undermanned defensive front late. Winner: LSU

In Kansas City, Mo.

No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 Tennessee: Florida has a lot of kinks to work out on offense, but pretty much everything is new in Knoxville, and the Gators' defense will be way too much for the Vols to handle. Winner: Florida

No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 12 Arkansas: Georgia's defense might be rebuilding, but the offense will haven no problem lighting up the scoreboard against the Hogs' defense. Winner: Georgia

In Tampa, Fla.

No. 7 Ole Miss vs. No. 10 Mississippi State: The Egg Bowl heads to Tampa where the Rebels' explosive offense will abuse a Mississippi State defense that has to replace too much in its secondary. Winner: Ole Miss

No. 8 Vanderbilt vs. No. 9 Auburn: The Tigers will be better with Gus Malzahn taking over, but Vanderbilt's defense will force a key turnover late, leading to a Wesley Tate go-ahead touchdown that seals it. Winner: Vanderbilt

SECOND ROUND

In Orlando, Fla.

No. 1. Alabama vs. No. 8 Vanderbilt: The Crimson Tide just have too much coming back and with time to watch the Dores play, Nick Saban & Co. will be more than prepared to cruise through this one. Winner: Alabama

In New Orleans, La.

No. 4 Florida vs. No. 5 Georgia: The Gators have lost two straight to the Bulldogs, but expect a little more kick to Florida's offense with a more confident and prepared Jeff Driskel making too many second-half plays against this younger Georgia defense. Winner: Florida

In Houston, Texas

No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 7 Ole Miss: This will feel like a home game for the Aggies, and expect a ton of points from both sides. Johnny Manziel will do his part, but Ole Miss' offense provides a bad matchup for A&M's gutted defense, with 145 yards and two touchdowns from Donte Moncrief guiding Ole Miss to the upset. Winner: Ole Miss

In Charlotte, N.C.

No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 6 LSU: Expect a defensive struggle in the Music City. Jadeveon Clowney will make a game-changing play of some kind that will help set up a game-winning scoring drive led by Connor Shaw late in the fourth. Winner: South Carolina

SEMIFINALS

In Miami, Fla.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Florida: The Gators will be tough enough to hang in for a while close to home, but Alabama's defense will force Driskel into too many uncomfortable situations, giving quarterback AJ McCarron a short field to work with for most of the second half. Winner: Alabama

In Arlington, Texas

No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 7 Ole Miss: South Carolina doesn't have the explosiveness to win a shootout with the Rebels, but some key takeaways -- and havoc from Clowney -- in the second half will propel the Gamecocks to a 10-point win in Jerry's World. Winner: South Carolina

CHAMPIONSHIP

In Atlanta, Ga.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 South Carolina: Clowney will make life tough for McCarron in the first half, and will help the Gamecocks to a slight halftime lead. But Cyrus Kouandjio will handle him in the second half, helping T.J. Yeldon pound away at that South Carolina front to open up the passing game. After tying the game with a field goal midway through the fourth, Alabama will seal things with a deep touchdown pass from McCarron to Amari Cooper with less than two minutes remaining. ... Alabama 27, South Carolina 20