Nick Saban is once again the unquestioned No. 1 coach in the SEC, but the debate begins at No. 2. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn each have a case to earn the No. 2 spot, with Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Tennessee’s Butch Jones rounding out the next tier of options.
The SEC was well-represented in the 2017 NFL Draft, once again finishing as college football’s top conference in terms of talent sent to the next level. The SEC had 53 total draft picks and easily outpaced the ACC, which was second with 43.
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in the early rankings.
Jim McElwain’s second season at Florida ended a little better than his first. While the Gators finished with one less victory (nine) than in 2015, they were able to win their last game of the season, a dominating 30-3 performance against Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
The 2016 Tennessee Volunteers are a shining example of just how much a team’s schedule can impact its season. Following wins against SEC East foes Florida and Georgia, the Vols would emerge from the first
Alabama opens the 2017 season in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where Nick Saban will face protégé Jimbo Fisher in what is a game we already can’t stop talking about. Win that, though, and it’s relatively smooth sailing the next few weeks, at least until nemesis Ole Miss visits on Sept. 30.