SEC Football: 2019 Outlook And Predictions For The East Division
The SEC conference in college football is somewhat the same every year. The Alabama Crimson Tide are either the SEC champions, in the SEC title game or somehow still in the National Championship. In recent years Georgia has been in contention for the SEC title and challenged for the National title as well. The big questions for the SEC East Division are ones like will Georgia still reign, can Florida overthrow the Bulldogs, can Kentucky build on 2018 season’s success, and how will the 2019 SEC East standings look? Let’s take a look into the crystal ball at the SEC East Division and some predictions for the 2019 season.
Tennessee Volunteers (5-7)
In my opinion, the SEC East Division will have one team of the seven with a losing record and Tennessee is it. Head coach Jeremy Pruitt will get the Volunteers back to competing, but they need another year. Tennessee will need to find ways to beat Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri in order for them to compete in future seasons.
Possible Wins: Georgia State, BYU, Chattanooga, South Carolina, and UAB
Vanderbilt Commodores (6-6)
The Vanderbilt Commodores are now about a .500 win percent team and in the SEC East Division, I have them about the same record as last year. The Commodores can win about six games and that sixth one being against rival Tennessee. Facing the same problem as the Volunteers, Vanderbilt will most likely lose to Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri in the East Division.
Possible Wins: Purdue, Northern Illinois, Ole Miss, UNLV, East Tennessee State, and Tennessee
South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)
Getting to six wins in 2019 for South Carolina is actually a stretch. If the Gamecocks win games like North Carolina, Charleston Southern, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Appalachian State they will still need some luck to win a sixth game. If I had to guess the other win would be a close one versus Kentucky.
Possible Wins: North Carolina, Charleston Southern, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Appalachian State.
Kentucky Wildcats (8-4)
Coming off of losing defensive end Josh Allen and running back Benny Snell to the NFL Draft, the Kentucky Wildcats may take a step back in 2019. The SEC East Division looks to be competitive with teams like Georgia, Florida, and Missouri looking to be on top. Kentucky should win some games, but the Bulldogs, Gators, Tigers, and Mississippi State Bulldogs of the SEC West look to be too tough.
Possible Wins: Toledo, Eastern Michigan, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, UT Martin, and Louisville
Florida Gators (10-2)
A lot of hype surrounds the Florida Gators in 2019. Personally, I feel like they are a step behind the leader of the SEC East Division. The 2019 college football season has many possible wins for Florida and just a few key losses for the Gators.
Possible Wins: Miami, UT Martin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Towson, Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Missouri, and Florida State
Missouri Tigers (10-2)
For a team banned from postseason play, there isn’t much to play for this season except to shake things up. The Missouri Tigers look to do that in the SEC East Division in 2019. Especially with the talent they have. Transfer quarterback from Clemson Kelly Bryant looks to lead the way in his only year with the Missouri Tigers. There are plenty of possible wins on the schedule in 2019 for the Tigers, especially in the SEC East Division.
Possible Wins: Wyoming, West Virginia, Southeast Missouri, South Carolina, Troy, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas
Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)
The reigning SEC East Division champions should be on top again in 2019. Teams in the division like Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, and Missouri haven’t caught up to the Georgia Bulldogs. These teams are just a step behind and just one team, in my opinion, can beat Georgia in the regular season this year. The team most likely to get a win in Athens, Georgia is the Texas A&M Aggies. I think the Aggies upset the Bulldogs on November 23rd and get a win.
Possible Wins: Vanderbilt, Murray State, Arkansas State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, Auburn, and Georgia Tech
Even though the Georgia Bulldogs look to be the front runners in the SEC East in 2019, some surprises will still come out of that division. Kelly Bryant and Missouri look to upset a lot of teams in 2019 for sure. The Florida Gators look to compete for the East division title this season. Meanwhile, Kentucky looks to fight to keep towards the top of the division instead of falling back down. We will see how things unfold in 2019 in the East division of the SEC.
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