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Pre-Spring SEC Power Rankings

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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Power ranking the SEC East and West and predicting the conference champion ahead of spring practice.

SEC East:

1. Georgia -- After Jake Fromm's breakout freshman campaign he is garnering preseason Heisman attention and should lead the Bulldogs back to Atlanta.
2. South Carolina -- With a healthy Deebo Samuel, Jake Bentley and company are the biggest threat to Georgia in the SEC East.
3. Florida -- The Gators hit a homerun with Dan Mullen and the hire will pay immediate dividends on offense.
4. Missouri -- Missouri was a different team in the second half of 2017 and returns the nation's leader in passing touchdowns, Drew Lock.
5. Kentucky -- The Wildcats biggest recruiting win was the retention of Benny Snell Jr., Josh Allen, Denzil Ware, and Mike Edwards -- four of the SEC's best at their positions.
6. Tennessee -- New head coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff must overcome some significant personnel attrition, including the likes of John Kelly.
7. Vanderbilt -- The Commodores must replace Ralph Webb at running back, one of the great models of consistency in recent memory.

SEC West:

1. Alabama -- The defending national champions are the gold standard of college football and that's not poised to change in the near future.
2. Auburn -- Jarrett Stidham adjusted well to SEC play last season while the Tigers return nearly everyone he threw a pass to.
3. Mississippi State -- A healthy Nick Fitzgerald could be a darkhorse Heisman candidate while Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons form one of the most destructive duos in the nation.
4. Texas A&M -- The Aggies lose their best player on each side of the ball, but, outside of that, Jimbo Fisher brings back most of the meaningful contributors from 2017.
5. LSU -- Andraez Williams and Devin White highlight a talented defense, but gone is nearly the entire offense as well as OC Matt Canada.
6. Arkansas -- Chad Morris should inject some excitement into an offense in desperate need of some but it may take time to gel.
7. Ole Miss -- The Rebels will be hamstrung by NCAA sanctions and a postseason ban, but Jordan Ta'Amu was a pleasant surpise over the back half of last season.

SEC Champion: Alabama