SEC Hot Topics

Posted: July 16, 2012 in sports

SEC football will be the topic of the week with SEC Media Days going on Tuesday through Thursday.

What will be the hot topics? Here’s a team-by-team peek at what will dominate conservations in Birmingham.

The East:

Florida – Will Jeff Driskel or Jacoby Brissett start at quarterback? Will they share duties? The Gators are desperate for some offense.

Georgia – Can the Bulldogs over come their offseason, off-the-field problems? If the Dawgs don’t win the East will Coach Mark Richt be back on the hot seat?

South Carolina – Are the Gamecocks finally talented enough to beat the West powerhouses? Last year they lost to Auburn and Arkansas and didn’t pay either LSU or Alabama.

Tennessee – Is quarterback Tyler Bray as talented as advertised? Will Coach Derek Dooley be the first SEC coach fired?

Vanderbilt – Can Coach James Franklin continue to keep the Commodores a tough out? Vandy didn’t beat any talented teams last season but they were competitive in nearly every game.

Kentucky – Will the Wildcats ever beat a ranked team?

Missouri – As an SEC newcomer, can the Tigers handle the SEC grind?

The West:

Alabama – How deep is the Crimson Tide’s seemingly endless talent pool? The reigning national champs lost a boatload of stars to the NFL but they’re expected to contend for the BCS title again.

LSU – Can first-year starter Zack Mettenberger, a Georgia transfer, give the Tigers solid enough play at quarterback to go with their outstanding defense?

Arkansas – Can the Razorbacks overcome the unexpected loss of Coach Bob “Motorcycle Loverboy” Petrino?

Auburn – Can the Tigers at least be competitive with the big boys? Auburn, 8-5, lost by an average of 25 points to Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Georgia.

Mississippi State – Does Coach Dan Mullen have what it takes to take the Bulldogs from competitive to champions in the West?

Ole Miss – Will the Rebels ever win another SEC game? They’ve lost 15 straight. And who is Hugh Freeze?

Texas A&M – See Missouri.

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