SEC record predictions for 2020 season; Vols 3rd in East

KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 – Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers during practice on Haslam Field in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

It’s prediction time for the 2020 SEC football season.

Here’s how I see the season going down with record predictions and analysis.

SEC East
Georgia 8-2
Florida 8-2
Tennessee 6-4
Kentucky 5-5
South Carolina 4-6
Missouri 2-8
Vanderbilt 1-9

SEC West
Alabama 9-1
LSU 7-3
Auburn 6-4
Texas A&M 6-4
Mississippi State 4-6
Ole Miss 4-6
Arkansas 0-10

SEC Championship: Alabama over Georgia

Vince’s View: With the departure of so much talent and elite coaching in Baton Rouge, Alabama is back to having the best roster in the SEC. With so many unknowns week-to-week on player availability, the records of most teams were more difficult to project than the order of finish. I think this season is going to be so unusual with a fair share of upsets.

Tennessee’s coaching staff should help them adjust within games to give them an edge at times, which will be critical this season. UT has closed the gap to Georgia and Florida because of UT’s improvement, but both are ahead of the Vols in the rebuild, especially Georgia. I’m not ready to give the East to Florida like some others. Georgia’s roster is better than Florida, plus the Bulldogs should have one of the best defenses in the country.

The West is bunched up, 2 through 4 and then at 5 and 6. Very little separates those teams, with all having questions. LSU still has tons of talent at WR and on defense, especite losses. Plus, the Fighting Coach Os have the easiest schedule in the league, which should matter.

Like everyone, just thankful that we’re here and that we’ll have football. I won’t take it for granted.

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