SEC Football Predictions 2009


Why is the SEC the best conference in college football? Let’s hear your opinion in the comments!


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GameRosters.com 2009 SEC Conference football predictions.

2009 SEC Football Champion: The Florida Gators – For the second straight year Florida beats Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

SEC EAST

  • 1. Florida (8-0) – The defending national champs return stud QB Tim Tebow, a deep RB corp with Jeffrey Demps, Chris Rainey and Emmanuel Moody, and ALL 11 STARTERS on defense that should be the best in the country. Throw in the biggest home field advantage and the best coach in the country in Urban Meyer, and there is nothing that can stop the Gators. If they can navigate tough games against Georgia and @ LSU, the Gators should roll to an undefeated season, another SEC crown, and a birth in the BCS Championship.
  • 2. Georgia (6-2) – The Dawgs lose #1 draft pick Matt Stafford and star RB Knowshon Moreno, but return top-tier sophomore WR AJ Green, a talented defense, and an offensive line that should be much better than last year. Joe Cox should be solid replacing Stafford, and Caleb King and crew can carry the load to replace Moreno. However, the Bulldogs have a brutal non-conference schedule, opening up @ Oklahoma State, getting Arizona State at home, and closing the year @ Georgia Tech. But they have only 1 road game in their last 5, and should cruise after their Halloween date with the Gators.
  • 3. Tennessee (4-4) – All the talk in the offseason centered around new coach Lane Kiffin and his aggressive style. But while mouthing off to whoever will listen, Kiffin has quietly assembled a phenomenal coaching staff, and has proved with his recruiting that the Vols will soon have as much talent as anybody in the conference. The verdict is still out, however, on whether or not all that can lead to W’s on the field. The Vols return instability at the QB position, so look for them to pound away with the run this year. All-american safety Eric Berry leads a great secondary that was part of the #3 defense in the nation last year, and new coordinator Monte Kiffin is one of the best minds in the game. Look for the Vols to show improvement, but the rough SEC hands them 3-4 losses.
  • 4. South Carolina (3-5) – Steve Spurrier has never quite been able to put it all together at South Carolina, and the Gamecocks lose a lot of talent from last year’s 7-6 team. There are questions on the offensive line and in the secondary, and it’ll be up to sophomore QB Stephen Garcia to improve an offense that was awful last year. The defense should take a step back after losing Jasper Brinkley, Captain Munnerlyn and others, and the gamecocks will get roughed up in the SEC.
  • T-5. Vanderbilt (2-6) – It was a tale of two seasons last year, as Vandy started 5-0 , then lost 6 of 7 before knocking off Boston College in the Music City Bowl. Vandy returns 9 starters from a defense that was their strength last year, and it’s a good thing, because the offense was horrible, ranking 117th in the country. Coach Bobby Johnson’s commodores could surprise some people this year, but we think the SEC is too tough to get through with more than 2 wins.
  • T-5. Kentucky (2-6) – Coach Rich Brook’s Kentucky Wildcats will again need to ride a solid, opportunistic defense as the offense will struggle once again. Cornerback Trevard Lindley has all-american talent, but how far Kentucky goes will be up to junior QB Mike Hartline. We see no more than 3 SEC wins for the Wildcats, with 2-6 the most likely scenario.

SEC WEST

  • 1. Alabama (6-2) – Coach Nick Saban had the Crimson Tide rolling earlier than expected last season as he led the team to an undefeated regular season. However, gone is QB John Parker Wilson, RB Glen Coffee and 3 starters on the O-line including top 10 pick Andre Smith. The 2009 team will need to be led by a defense that returns 9 starters and should be one of the best in the country. The D will need to keep the team in games until the offense can start to click with so many new starters. Despite the turnover though, ‘Bama returns WR Julio Jones, arguably the best receiver in the country, star-in-the-making RB Mark Ingram, and back-to-back loaded recruiting classes. Expect the ’09 team to take a small step back, but with a schedule that misses Florida and Georgia, the Tide should still challenge for the SEC crown.
  • T-2. Ole Miss (6-2) – Rising QB Jevan Snead returns with nearly all of his weapons on offense, and 8 starters return from a top 20 defense. DE Greg Hardy has battled injuries, but when healthy is a star and should be All-SEC. Coach Houston Nutt will have his most talented team ready to play and the Rebels will challenge for the SEC West title.
  • T-2. LSU (6-2) – LSU could easily win the West this year. Sophomore Jordan Jefferson will take over at QB and has a slew of weapons to work with, including stud RB Charles Scott, WR Brandon Lafell and TE Richard Dickson. The defense wasn’t great last year and loses most of its D-line, but welcome several new coaches and should improve. Coach Les Miles brought in yet another outstanding recruiting class and if LSU can handle a rough schedule they can make some major noise in the SEC.
  • 4. Arkansas (3-5) – Michigan transfer Ryan Mallet will battle redshirt freshman Tyler Wilson, but should win the quarterback job. He will have several returning weapons wo work with, including star TE DJ Williams and senior RB Michael Smith. Add in some exciting newcomers like Ronnie Wingo and the Razorbacks offense should be much improved in 2009. The question mark will once again be the defense, which was young last year but returns 9 starters. Coach Bobby Petrino has the Razorbacks headed in the right direction, but the combination of a brutal road schedule, inexperience at QB and a suspect defense will prevent Arkansas from reaching the top half of the division this year.
  • 5. Auburn (2-6) – Auburn made the controversial hiring of Gene Chizik, pulling him away from 2 down years at Iowa State. Chizik also brings with him Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn, who engineered the nation’s best offense the last 2 year’s at Tulsa. Power back Ben Tate returns to lead an offense that struggled mightily last year, and several key starters are lost from the defense. The tigers have the potential to have a big win or two, but it’ll be another couple of years before they are ready to compete in the West.
  • 6. Mississippi St (0-8) – The Bulldogs brought in new coach Dan Mullen to improve an offense that was in the bottom 10 in the country last year. The defense should once again be solid, but it will take more time for the offense to improve enough to make the Bulldogs relevant in the SEC West. Miss St. could steal a win or two, but we don’t see it happening, as they suffer through a miserable winless SEC season.

Why is the SEC the best conference in college football? Let’s hear your opinion in the comments!


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11 Responses to “SEC Football Predictions 2009”

  1. hambone says:

    Defense! thats the reason! players! soooo many great players come from the south

  2. hambone says:

    i agree with what you said about my team Arkansas, i think we will win 3-4 sec games and win all the non conference ones like eastern michigan, troy, tex a&m and missouri state, those are all going to be wins imo. Not this year, but next year will be the big one for my hawgs! i think 5-3 or 6-2 in SEC!

  3. hambone says:

    our defense will be much improved in the secondary, the line backers will be ok, im worried about the d line though. we have some amazing newcoming CB’s that will make the ark secondary one of the best in the nation the next few years

  4. VUFTBALL1 says:

    Hee Hee. I’m loving how people are thinking Vandy’s offense isnt going to be any good. This is going to be Vandy’s best offense in years… even better than the Cutler years. We have a QB in Larry Smith that can make all the throws and receivers all over the field that can go get it (Jeffers, Umoh, Herndon, Cole, Brown, etc. – all people who dont do any work dont know about). Jeffers will be All-SEC by the end of the year. Dont believe me? Just watch. Vandy surprise people?? How many years are we going to have to “surprise” people before it isnt a surprise anymore? 4-4 for VU in the league, 8-4 overall.

  5. Marc says:

    Why is the SEC the best? Answer in a word – SPEED.

    The speed of the conference most closely resembles the NFL of all conferences so it is no coincidence that the best players in the country now want to play in the SEC as they know that is the best route to the pros.

  6. I wish ISU would have traded Chizik for Tubberville..

  7. Brian says:

    predeictions seem pretty good, but the commentary and presentation here are a joke.

  8. Wes Avent says:

    The main reason the SEC is so dominate year in and year out is because of the high school systems. The high school programs in the south are just so better than anywhere else. These kids are conditioned so well from the humidity and the heat. Example…go take at look at South Panola High School. Look at Lakeland, FL…Look at Hoover, AL…the list goes on and on. It is not just the football either. The baseball programs in high school are dominate as well. Thus, look at the CWS this year! All in all, I have to say is that this is not a mystery on why the SEC is the powerhouse in COLLEGE SPORTS. It all starts in the high school ranks.

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