The SEC usually has some of the nation's toughest schedules. With trips to rowdy venues such as Death Valley, Kyle Field and Neyland Stadium, as well as matchups with respectable non-conference opponents, SEC teams have to earn every win.
College football’s 2015-16 coaching carousel was one of the most active in recent memory. After 28 jobs changed hands, the 2016-17 version may not be as active at the end of the year. However, several big-time jobs could open, as Les Miles (LSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn) enter the 2016 season squarely on the hot seat.
Running back is one of the easiest positions to find a new standout each year, and there always seems to be a wave of stars ready to emerge in offseason workouts. Last season, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey finished second in the Heisman voting in his first year as the starter, while Alabama’s Derrick Henry went from sharing time with T.J.
There is a new sheriff in town in Athens. Head coach Kirby Smart takes over for Mark Richt after Richt and Georgia decided to part ways after 15 years. Smart comes to Athens off a 10-year apprenticeship under Nick Saban.
Spring practice is the first look at all 128 college football teams for 2016, and every coaching staff has a long list of questions for their programs to answer during offseason workouts. While replacing key players in the trenches or rebuilding the secondary is critical to the success of any team, quarterback battles are always going to steal the offseason spotlight.
The celebration and good feelings from Alabama’s national championship victory against Clemson are over. Spring practice in Tuscaloosa is set to begin on March 11, and the Crimson Tide enters the season with a bullseye on their back. As usual, coach Nick Saban’s team is one of the early favorites to win the national title.
Missouri is coming off an emotional 2015 season. Former head coach Gary Pinkel, the winningest coach in program history, announced his intention to resign after the season when he revealed he was diagnosed with lymphoma in May.
Dak Prescott is gone. Weep, Mississippi State fans. Weep uncontrollably. You deserve it. What a career Prescott had as a Bulldog — nearly 12,000 total yards and more than 100 touchdowns in his four years in Starkville.
Kentucky started off 2014 at 5-1 before finishing 5-7. In 2015, the Wildcats started 4-1 only to finish with the same 5-7 record, just one game shy of bowl eligibility for the second year in a row. They are 1-7 in November under head coach Mark Stoops. That lone win came against Charlotte last season.