In 2002, the Georgia Bulldogs won the conference title for the first time since 1982. In doing so, the bulldogs shellacked a one dimensional Arkansas Razorbacks team in the SEC championship game.
This year, most prognosticators are picking the Auburn Tigers to win it all and end a near two decade long SEC championship drought. In doing so, the Tigers/Plainsmen/War Eagles will have to get by an LSU club that has had two top 5 recruiting classes in the last 3 years, including the top class this year.
The Tennessee Vols and Florida Gators hope to rebound from sub par (by their standards) years.
The Kentucky Wildcats and Arkansas Razorbacks hope to continue their recent trend of playing tough in the toughest conference in America.
Ole Miss may have the most highly sought after college player this year in Eli Manning, but offers little help that would assist him in being named the best player in the land.
Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are rooted in their respective cellars. At least the Commodores have not been accused of cheating their way to the bottom. They have done it on their own. Mississippi State, on the other hand, may be facing NCAA penalties in the near future.
South Carolina could be improved, and may make noise in the East.
Alabama will enter the season under the direction of their 3rd coach in the last couple of years. Mike Shula inherits a squad with talent, but no numbers. NCAA penalties will decimate this club in the next couple of years. This may be Bama's last shot at a successful season for the next couple of years.
It appears that another great year is in the making in the SEC.