Friday, February 21, 2014
Poll: Which SEC team is poised for a fall?
By Chris Low
Five SEC teams finished with 10 or more wins last season, and four of the five wound up in the top 10 of the final polls.
Auburn was No. 2, South Carolina No. 4, Missouri No. 5 and Alabama No. 7. LSU also hit double digits in wins last season and finished No. 14 in the final polls.
What are the odds of all five winning 10 or more games again in 2014? The short answer -- not good.
Alabama, LSU and South Carolina are the only three schools in the league to have won 10 or more games each of the last three seasons.
So we'll ask you, the fans, for a little help. Go vote in our SportsNation poll and select the SEC team you think is most likely to drop off next season.
For whatever it's worth, Alabama, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina will all be playing with new starting quarterbacks next season. The only one that won't is Auburn, which returns Nick Marshall.
It's not all that uncommon for teams in the SEC to go from 10 or more wins one season to a losing season the next. Florida did it a year ago after winning 11 games the previous season. Arkansas did it in 2012 after winning 11 games in 2011.
And nobody has seesawed quite like Auburn recently. The Tigers went unbeaten in 2010 and won the national championship. They dropped off to eight wins in 2011, three wins in 2012 and came back last season and played for the national title. Missouri had a similar resurgence last season. Gary Pinkel's Tigers bounced back with 12 wins after mustering just five wins in their first year in the SEC in 2012.
It can change quickly in this league.
We'll leave it to you to tell us who will take a tumble next season.