We will see two storied programs competing with playoff implications already on the table when Alabama and USC face off in Week 1.
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From QBs to linemen to a linebacker and running back, these are the guys who are keys to their teams' success in 2016.
Maty Mauk, who went 17-5 as the starting quarterback for Missouri before being dismissed in January, has signed to play this season for Eastern Kentucky.
The coaching carousel looks to have finally stopped in the SEC. So now is a good time to look back at all the new hires since the end of last season.
Some SEC fans are elated with their curre recruiting classes. Some are less so. Don't get too comfortable. History says things are likely to change.
Some SEC East schools are off to better starts than others with offensive lineman, but nearly all are vying for No. 1 overall prospect Trey Smith.
The stretch of games from mid-September to mid-October -- with one exception -- will test Missouri and new coach Barry Odom.
How big could the SEC be?
In the spirit of conference expansion chatter, our Ryan McGee has an idea. He shook up the SEC, added four schools and juggled the divisions to help create a more balanced CFB map. Which teams are in the new West and East? Flipping the field
Only four out of 44 ESPN 300 wide receivers are currently committed to SEC schools. Which teams have work left to do?
Could Harris be headed to Denver?
Charles Harris has good speed as an edge-rusher. If Denver is looking for someone to get after the passer, Harris could be the guy. Way-too-early 2017 mock draft (Insider)
In 2006, coach Gary Pinkel and QB Chase Daniel were beginning a run that would see the Tigers win Big 12 North Division titles in 2007 and 2008.
After trying to stop the practice, SEC coaches now are ready to start participating in satellite camps after the NCAA rescinded its ban on them.
Though Alabama is off to a tremendous start, Georgia isn't far behind with eight commits, including six ranked in the ESPN 300.
Some SEC East schools need running back prospects more desperately than others. Where does each stand with returning and potential incoming backs?
The SEC, which boasts the reigning national champion (Alabama), led the way again with 51 total NFL draft picks, besting the Big Ten (47).
Of the 51 SEC players drafted by NFL teams over the weekend, 25 were ranked in the ESPN 300 or the ESPN JC 100.
Highlights: Kentrell Brothers
The Vikings grabbed the former Missouri linebacker in Round 5. Check out some of Brothers' best highlights.
Highlights: Connor McGovern
The Broncos grabbed the former Missouri guard early in Round 5. Check out some of McGovern's best highlights.
Highlights: Evan Boehm
The Cardinals grabbed the Missouri product with a pick late in Round 4. Check out some of Boehm's best highlights.
The Border War ceasefire must end
Kansas and Missouri had a thriving rivalry that went back to the 19th century. Then conference realignment ruined a great thing. Both athletic directors are friendly, and there's hope the game will return. Rivalries that should be back on the schedule
Les Miles might have his best collection of secondary talent at LSU and that's saying a lot; Alabama and Florida boast talent on the back end, too.
It's no surprise that Alabama and LSU appear to be the strongest up front on defense in the SEC at this point.
A look at some of the names you might hear called from the podium this time next year.
Missouri @ West Virginia Mountaineers
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