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5 predictions for the SEC season

After peering into his crystal ball, Mark Schlabach conjured up five predictions for the 2006 SEC season.

Updated: August 24, 2006, 2:32 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Remember when quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning, Eric Zeier, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Couch and Eli Manning were lighting up the Southern skies? When Steve Spurrier's Fun-'n'-Gun offense revolutionized the way football was played in the SEC?

Well, those days seem long-forgotten in a conference where defense and running backs now matter most.

Last season, half the SEC's 12 teams -- Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida -- allowed 19 points or fewer and each ranked in the ...

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