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SEC football preview

To celebrate SEC media days we're asking SportsNation to give its conference preview. Will Alabama win another SEC crown? Which player is the Heisman favorite? And which coach will experience the most success in his first season? Cast your votes now!

  • Which team will win the SEC title this season?

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  • Which of these teams has the best shot at knocking off Alabama this season?

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  • Which of these SEC players is most likely to win the Heisman Trophy?

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  • Which SEC coach will have the most success in his first season?

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  • Who will provide the most memorable quote at this year's SEC Media Days?

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  • An SEC team has won the past seven BCS championship games. When will the SEC's streak of national championship wins come to an end?

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Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops made some critical comments recently about the SEC and the idea that the conference is significantly better than the rest of college football, and in particular Stoops' home, the Big 12. "You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?" Stoops asked. "What'd we [the Big 12] have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year?" So we'll ask you, SportsNation. How do the SEC and Big 12 stack up heading into the 2013 season? Click the logos to set your ballot.

Playbook's DJ Gallo looks at some key criteria in the Big 12 vs. SEC debate

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The SEC has six of its members ranked in the preseason college football coaches' poll, led by LSU and Alabama, who sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Will the Tigers retain their crown as conference champions? Where will the league's newest members, Missouri and Texas A&M, fall? Click the team logos to set your rankings!

More conference rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-12

Player rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

More: SportsNation's top 25 | Your predictions | Rank Heisman hopefuls

2012 SEC football teams

Alabama

Alabama

2011 overall: 12-1
2011 SEC: 7-1

Arkansas

Arkansas

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 SEC: 6-2

Auburn

Auburn

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 SEC: 4-4

Florida

Florida

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 3-5

Georgia

Georgia

2011 overall: 10-4
2011 SEC: 7-1

Kentucky

Kentucky

2011 overall: 5-7
2011 SEC: 2-6

LSU

LSU

2011 overall: 13-1
2011 SEC: 8-0

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 2-6

Missouri

Missouri

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 Big 12: 5-4

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

2011 overall: 2-10
2011 Big 12: 0-8

South Carolina

South Carolina

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 SEC: 6-2

Tennessee

Tennessee

2011 overall: 5-7
2011 SEC: 1-7

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 4-5

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Vanderbilt

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 SEC: 2-6

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This is one of the few moves we didn't hear rumored at some point during the conference realignment frenzy of the spring and early summer. But putting aside the brutal travel schedule, how would Boise State fare as a football-playing member of the SEC?

Why do we ask? Well, it's July and we're having a hard time getting worked up about the Tour de France. But also because you asked. Specifically, Aaron from Fort Benning, Ga. asked (sort of) when ESPN.com SEC blogger Chris Low stopped by to chat Monday.

Aaron (Ft. Benning, Ga)

If Boise State goes undefeated this year and plays in the NC Game, creates a bunch of noise by winning 2 games against BCS teams, Do they need to play an SEC team for the nation to agree with a title for Boise State, (if they won)?

SEC blogger Chris Low
Chris Low

My stance on Boise State hasn't changed. Chris Petersen has done a terrific job and proven that Boise State can stand toe-to-toe with just about anybody in the country in a one-game situation. But if Boise State were in the SEC, I think they would be an 8-4 or 9-3 type team most years. That doesn't diminish what they've accomplished, but is something to think about when we start throwing national championship scenarios out there. Full transcript

So what about it, SportsNation? In another chat, ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach joined many in ranking Boise State's opener against Virginia Tech as one of the games of the year. But what if instead of a few high-profile games early in the season against the likes of Virginia Tech and Oregon State, Boise State played at Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee, as Ole Miss will in a 36-day stretch this fall? Could Kellen Moore and Boise State compete?

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Texas and Kansas don't meet on the basketball court until early February, but in the spirit of the upcoming BCS championship game in football (or "that game the day after the GMAC Bowl," as Nick Saban prefers we refer to it), the second-ranked Longhorns are doing their best end-around on poll voters.

Just days after knocking off No. 10 North Carolina at Cowboys Stadium, Texas knocked off No. 9 Michigan State to complete a sweep of last season's finalists. No. 1 Kansas got a win of its own last night, knocking off California, but with a pair of wins by double digits against top-10 teams. is Texas making a case to take over the top spot?

A week after last season's title game. voters ranked Texas No. 7 in looking ahead to this season. By June, Rick Barnes' team was up to No. 5 in SportsNation.

bleednd82

Texas is best team in the country. I feel that last year they just didnt produce like most experts expected. I watched them destroy UNC and Pittman looks like a completly differ player. Damion James is playing up to potential unlike last year. I have a feeling Big 12 gets two teams in the Final 4 with Kansas and Texas.

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baugrl00

Man, that was a good game. The final score is misleading, it was close all game. I kinda liked how Texas just dribbled the ball out with 40 seconds left and took the shot clock violation on purpose, shows good karma. How about Balbay gettin' 2 dunks in the last 4 minutes, ha. T to the Izzo is a good coach, Mich St was scarin' me in the 1st half. Had a lot of athletic layups going in... Good to be a Texas fan this year.

-- baugrl00

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