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Tigers, 'Dawgs on top again

ESPN.com analyst Jim Donnan predicts the Southeastern Conference champion, award winners and more:

And the winner is ...
LSU

The Tigers should beat Georgia in the conference championship game for the second straight year. LSU swept the Bulldogs last season thanks to a vicious defense and a solid offense, but finding the right guy at quarterback will be key for the Tigers this year. If LSU can just be decent on offense this year their defense will carry them.

But I wouldn't be surprised ...
If Florida won
The Gators could make a move because they get LSU at home -- and Florida was the only team to beat Nick Saban's squad last year -- and have a hex on division rival Georgia. Sophomore quarterback Chris Leak has a year of experience under his belt and if the offensive line can give him time to throw, watch out for the Gators as a sleeper.

Most Valuable Player ...
David Greene, QB, Georgia
Greene is 32-8 as a starter in his career but was poorly protected last year and did not have much of a running game to support him. With any kind of help this year he could win the Heisman Trophy.

Most Important Player(s) ...
LG Lance Butler/LT Jonathan Colon, Florida
Butler and Colon are question marks up front, replacing NFL draft picks Shannon Snell and Max Starks. Butler and Colon will have a lot to do with the success of Chris Leak and the Florida running game. Also file under this heading any of the 18 new starters (10 offense, 8 defense) for Arkansas.

Coach of the Year ...
Nick Saban, LSU
Saban has his hands full with road games at Georgia, Auburn and Florida this year, and developing a solid quarterback will be the big test for Nick because everything else about the Tigers spells doom for the rest of the SEC.

Assistant You Should Know ...
John Chavis, Defensive Coordinator, Tennessee
Chavis has been the man behind the scenes as head coach Phil Fulmer compiled a 113-28 record with the Vols. Look for Tennessee's defense to carry the load early as the offense searches for a QB.

Player I'd pay to watch ...
Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
"The Cadillac" could churn out big numbers for the Tigers this year. His all-around play and ability to stop and start remind me of Barry Sanders.

Toughest Place to play ...
Neyland Stadium, Tennessee
With "Rocky Top" blaring over 40 times a game and a boisterous crowd of more than 100,000 clad in orange this is an intimidating place.

Game of the Year ...
LSU at Georgia, Oct. 2
Not only the game of the year in the SEC but perhaps the entire nation, this one pits two of this year's preseason top four and last year's SEC championship game opponents against each other. Probably a preview of the championship game again this season.

ESPN.com college football analyst Jim Donnan takes part in chats and makes observations on Saturdays as part of College GameDay Live.