2019 NCAA Football Predictions: Southeastern Conference

Now that we got all the other conferences out of the way, let’s focus on the one that everyone will be paying close attention to all season long. That is the SEC and the dominant presence of the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

 Can they continue to be dominant this season and win themselves yet another title? Or will one of the other conferences do it?

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We have seen Alabama play a team from each of the other conferences in the semi finals of the playoffs over the last four seasons. Alabama is certainly still the team to beat despite their disappointment in the National Championship game,  but can an SEC team keep the Tide from rolling?

SEC East:

  1. Georgia Bulldogs:

2018 record: 11-3 (with Bowl game including)

Bowl Result: Lost to Texas (28-21) in the Sugar Bowl

2019 Prediction: 11-1

2. Florida Gators:

2018 record: 10-3

Bowl Result: Beat Michigan (41-15) in the Peach Bowl

2019 Prediction: 9-3

3. Kentucky Wildcats:

2018 record: 10-3

Bowl Result: Beat Penn State (27-24) in the Citrus Bowl

2019 Prediction: 9-3

4. Missouri Tigers:

2018 record: 8-5

Bowl Result: Lost to Oklahoma State (38-33) in Liberty Bowl

2019 Prediction: 7-5

5. Tennessee Volunteers: 

2018 record: 5-7

Bowl Result: N/A

2019 Prediction: 6-6

6. South Carolina Gamecocks:

2018 record: 7-6

Bowl Result: Lost to Virginia Tech (28-0) in Belk Bowl

2019 Prediction: 6-6

7. Vanderbilt Commodores:

2018 record: 6-7

Bowl Result: Lost to Baylor (45-38) in the Texas Bowl

2019 Prediction: 4-8

How about Georgia’s chances? Can this be the year that Kirby Smart finds a way to beat his mentor? In order for that to happen, Georgia will need to make sure they can make it to their third consecutive Conference Championship.

The biggest teams in their way are Florida, Auburn, and Texas A&M. They also have a showdown against Notre Dame. 

The Bulldogs will likely need to run the table if they end up losing to any of those teams. The one game they really don’t want to loss the Florida game because that will put the Gators in front seat in East. 

Let’s be honest, I don’t think that any other team in the East has a chance to make the Conference Championship besides the Bulldogs and the Gators. But can Kentucky have the success this year that they had last year?  

SEC West:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tides:

2018 record: 14-1

Bowl Result: Beat Oklahoma (45-34) in Orange Bowl/ Lost to Clemson in National Championship game (44-16)

2019 Prediction: 11-1

2. LSU Tigers:

2018 record: 10-3

Bowl Result: Beat Central Florida (40-32) in Fiesta Bowl

2019 Prediction: 10-2

3. Auburn Tigers:

2018 record: 8-5

Bowl Result: Beat Purdue (63-14) in Music City Bowl

2019 Prediction: 9-3

4. Mississippi State Bulldogs:

2018 record: 8-5

Bowl Result: Lost to Iowa (27-22) in Outback Bowl

2019 Prediction: 8-4

5. Texas A&M Aggies:

2018 record: 9-4

Bowl Result: Beat North Carolina State (52-13) in Taxslayer Bowl

2019 Prediction: 8-4

6. Mississippi Rebels:

2018 record: 5-7

Bowl Result: N/A

2019 Prediction: 6-6

7. Arkansas Razorbacks:

2018 record: 2-10

Bowl Result: N/A

2019 Prediction: 4-8

But let’s hope that it’s the Georgia Bulldogs instead of the other teams.  I really don’t want to see Alabama win it again and Georgia or Clemson will be the only teams to stop them.  I think Alabama has another great season,  but they will get a surprising from either LSU, Auburn, or Texas A&M.

I mean everyone wants to take down the big trunks, but not everyone is big enough.  The Tide literally stomp on their opponents every year on the way to another playoff appearance, and this year may not be any different.

Regardless of Alabama losing one game,  they will still run the tables and earn themselves another chance at the playoffs.

It’s going to be interesting how well Auburn and LSU play against Alabama this year,  as I expect one of them to pull the upset. They are both ranked in the top 10 going into the season,  so let’s see if they can play that. 

Or maybe it’ll have to be the Clemson Tigers from the ACC that does it again for back-to-back titles? Let’s take a look at their chances of doing so in our next article.

Also don’t forget to look at the other conferences either. 

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