Reasons to Doubt: Changing offenses is never easy and though I have faith Weis’ scheme will work, it may take a little time to come around. Florida’s got three of its toughest games in conference on the road as well.
Predicted 2011 Record: 9-3. In spite of a tough schedule and growing pains of a new regime, these Gators should be much improved, right back in the thick of it in the East.
Georgia – 2010 Record: 6-7. Returning Starters: 13; 6 offense, 7 defense.
Reasons to Believe: QB Aaron Murray is considered to be the top signal caller in the league and for good reason. He really stepped up to the plate last year. Georgia also landed a stellar recruiting class after a disappointing season to compliment their young QB. Last year’s defense wasn’t totally bad and having experience on that side of the ball should serve it well.
Reasons to Doubt: The Bulldogs backfield is severely depleted with losses to graduation and transfers which will put the load on a young, talented back in Isaiah Crowell. The Georgia offensive line has struggled for years so this may be a case of addition by subtraction, but I’ll have to see it to believe it.
Predicted 2011 Record: 8-4. Georgia looks like a team right in the middle of things in the East. However, they are probably still behind Florida and South Carolina and need to watch their backs as Tennessee isn’t far behind them at this point.
Kentucky – 2010 Record: 6-7. Returning Starters: 15; 6 offense, 9 defense.
Reasons to Believe: A lot of folks are high on QB Morgan Newton to come in and make the offense click in the post Randall Cobb era. The return of LB Danny Trevathan, who led the SEC in tackles last year, is also a plus.
Reasons to Doubt: There’s just not much else on the roster to get excited about for the Wildcats. If they played in Conference USA or the Big East, they’d probably be in the mix but in the loaded SEC, they are in the hot water week in and week out.