Alabama has set a new precedent for dominance within the SEC. At this point, it’s expected that they will win the conference, get to the CFP Playoff and possibly run the table on a year-to-year basis; anything less would be an utter disappointment.
Let’s say, however, that Alabama were to disappoint. Which SEC teams would be most likely to dethrone them? Here’s a look at the three most prominent candidates:
Georgia: The Bulldogs have the easiest route to pulling this off (which is still very difficult) because they play in the SEC East and are the likely favorites to play the Crimson Tide in the SEC title game. They have the best running duo in the nation in Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, both of whom bring different styles to the table. Jacob Eason missed the last game vs. Notre Dame, but he should be a major difference-maker going forward over the course of the season. Lastly, they bring a quality defense to the table that knows how to make timely plays, as evidenced by Lorenzo Carter’s strip-sack of Brandon Wimbush on Saturday.
LSU: They play Alabama during the regular season and have as good a chance as anyone to dethrone the kings of college football. Danny Etling has been a good game manager to this point in the season, but he’s going to need to be more than that for them to pull off the upset. Additionally, Derrius Guice, Arden Key and company would have to play up their potential and dominate their 5-star competition. Like Georgia, it’s not unfeasible, but it is highly unlikely.
Auburn: Another team that plays Alabama in-season, Auburn will have to play much better than they did against Clemson. Their offensive line wouldn’t have a much easier time facing all of those five-star linemen, but it’s hard to do worse than giving up 11 sacks in one game. Give Jarrett Stidham a clean pocket and Kamryn Pettway some quality running lanes, and Auburn does have a puncher’s chance in the Iron Bowl.
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