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SEC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

The 2017 college football season has reached the halfway point in the SEC, and it’s time to hand out midseason awards and make a few predictions for the second half of the year. At the top of the league, Alabama and Georgia appear to be on a collision course for a matchup in the SEC title game. The Crimson Tide are rolling once again thanks to an elite defense, along with an offense that is averaging 42.7 points per game. The Bulldogs have showed marked improvement in coach Kirby Smart’s second season, as the ground attack and defense continue to lead the way, while freshman quarterback Jake Fromm seems to improve with every snap. As the second half of the year begins, it’s a mixed bag in the second tier of the SEC. Auburn appeared to be a top-10 team but stumbled at LSU. Ed Orgeron’s Tigers have won two in a row and will be a tough out in the second half of the season. Coaches remain on the hot seat at Texas A&M (Kevin Sumlin), Arkansas (Bret Bielema) and Tennessee (Butch Jones).

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Editors Mitch Light and Steven Lassan and contributor Bryan Fischer offer their up their picks for midseason awards and second-half predictions in the SEC. 

SEC Midseason Awards and Second-Half Predictions

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Jalen Hurts QB, Alabama

Nick Chubb RB, Georgia

Jalen Hurts QB, Alabama

Defensive Player of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Minkah Fitzpatrick DB, Alabama

Minkah Fitzpatrick DB, Alabama

Minkah Fitzpatrick DB, Alabama

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Jake Fromm QB, Georgia

Jake Fromm QB, Georgia

Jake Fromm QB, Georgia

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Freshman of the Year (Defense)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Marco Wilson DB, Florida

Marco Wilson DB, Florida

Greedy Williams DB, LSU

Coach of the Year

Steven  Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Kirby Smart Georgia

Kirby Smart Georgia

Nick Saban Alabama

Coordinator of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Jim Chaney OC, Georgia

Brian Daboll OC, Alabama

Jim Chaney OC, Georgia

Best Coordinator Hire of 2017

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Brian Daboll OC, Alabama

Brian Daboll OC, Alabama

Todd Grantham DC, Mississippi State

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven  Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Jarrett Stidham QB, Auburn

Jarrett Stidham QB, Auburn

Jarrett Stidham QB, Auburn

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Georgia

Georgia

Georgia

Must-See Game of Second Half

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

Alabama at Auburn

Alabama at Auburn

Alabama at Auburn

Projected Order of Finish

 

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Bryan Fischer

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