The 2018 SEC college football predictions begin with a few familiar faces atop the league projections. Alabama and Georgia finished the 2017 football season in the national championship game, and that's where the path to the 2018 title starts. The Crimson Tide are Athlon's pick to win it all, with the Bulldogs finishing 12-1 and earning a spot in the CFB Playoff. Georgia has a commanding edge in the East, but Florida should take a big step forward under coach Dan Mullen, and South Carolina is poised to push for eight or nine victories.
Missouri's high-powered offense should earn coach Barry Odom's team another bowl trip, while Tennessee is poised to improve in the first year under coach Jeremy Pruitt. Auburn is the biggest threat to Alabama in the West, but Mississippi State is an intriguing team to watch. Coach Joe Moorhead's squad returns one of the top defenses in the league, and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is poised for a huge senior year.
Texas A&M made a big splash by hiring Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State. Fisher won't guide the Aggies to a SEC title in Year 1, but this team has the pieces in place to finish inside of the top 25. LSU enters 2018 with major question marks on offense and has to navigate a brutal schedule. Ole Miss features one of the conference's top offenses but is ineligible to compete for a bowl game. Arkansas begins its rebuilding effort under coach Chad Morris after Bret Bielema was dismissed following a 4-8 mark in 2017.
Here's our look at how the entire SEC will rank at the end of the season, along with project SEC and overall season records.