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Alabama Crimson Tide


QB A.J. McCarron

Last year: 12-1 overall (7-1 in SEC); Beat LSU in BCS title game

CFN breakdown: Will Alabama win its third national title in four seasons? Years of superior recruiting have kept the shelves stocked with next-level talent and terrific fill-ins for some key losses, but there isn't another Heisman-caliber running back like Trent Richardson or Mark Ingram ready to take over on offense, while the defensive back seven loses its heart-and-soul leaders. Read more >>

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Arkansas Razorbacks


QB Tyler Wilson

Last year: 11-2 overall (6-2 in SEC); Beat Kansas State in Cotton Bowl

CFN breakdown: Bobby Petrino is a good enough head coach to have taken a loaded Hog team deep in the hunt for the SEC West title, which means it would've been deep in the hunt for the SEC championship, which means it would've been deep in the hunt for the national title. John L. Smith isn't Petrino, but he's a strong enough veteran head man to keep the dream alive. Read more >>

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QB Wilson focused, ready for season
Davis: I'm healthy and ready to rock
Arkansas a topic of conversation
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Auburn Tigers


TE Philip Lutzenkirchen

Last year: 8-5 overall (4-4 in SEC); Beat Virginia in Chick-fil-A Bowl

CFN breakdown: While 8-5 might seem like a dud of a campaign coming off a championship, there might not have been five more forgivable losses in college football, even if all of them were ugly blowouts. But after Alabama won its second national title under Nick Saban, the pre-2010 question remains –- can Auburn keep up the pace? Read more >>

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Pat Dye's SEC storylines
News and notes from Day Three
Big Wednesday for Auburn
Chizik: Expect physical preseason
Video: Lutzenkirchen meets the media
Video: Blake talks upcoming season
News and notes from Day Two
News and notes from Day One

Florida Gators


S Matt Elam

Last year: 7-6 overall (3-5 in SEC); Beat Ohio State in Gator Bowl

CFN breakdown: No, Urban Meyer didn't leave the cupboard bare. No, Will Muschamp didn't walk into a tough situation, and no, the talent level wasn't down. Everything is in place for Florida to field a national title-caliber team year-in-and-year-out, and there's no reason to ever shoot for anything less. Read more >>

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Notebook: Florida wants to keep LSU rivalry
Video: Gators SEC media day recap
Post media day offense two deep
Long-awaited change for Gillislee
Memorable Muschamp quotes
Pease raising excitement for offense
A.C. Leonard set to transfer
Gillislee gets laughs with bold prediction

Georgia Bulldogs


QB Aaron Murray

Last year: 10-4 overall (7-1 in SEC); Lost to Michigan State in Outback Bowl

CFN breakdown: The talent has been on par with all the other superpower programs in the SEC –- and yes, Georgia is a superpower program. The coaching has been fine and the support from the school and fan base have been terrific. But for whatever reason in a league where the difference between being elite and winning a national championship is paper thin, there's something missing. Read more >>

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Video: Georgia Media Day wrap
Video: Richt talks Georgia
Quotes from LB Jarvis Jones
Video: Tavarres King meets the media
Quotes from Abry Jones

Kentucky Wildcats


Coach Joker Phillips

Last year: 5-7 overall (2-6 in SEC); No bowl game

CFN breakdown: Kentucky has been treading water in a down SEC East. The chance was there to step up and shine during the down period, and UK didn't do it. Soon, very soon, everything will swing back with Missouri joining the fun in the division with Florida and Tennessee certain to improve. But can the Wildcats keep moving forward, too? Read more >>

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Memorable Phillips quotes
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LSU Tigers


DB Tyrann Mathieu

Last year: 13-1 overall (8-0 in SEC); Lost to Alabama in BCS title game

CFN breakdown: Last year's Tigers would've had one of the greatest years in the history of college football had they beaten Alabama in the BCS championship game. No team in the history of the sport has ever put together a stronger résumé considering it beat two BCS game winners –- Oregon and West Virginia –- and, oh yeah, it beat the eventual national champion in its own house. Read more >>

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Mettenberger has his shot at the helm
Memorable Miles quotes

Ole Miss Rebels


Coach Hugh Freeze

Last year: 2-10 overall (0-8 in SEC); No bowl game

CFN breakdown: New head coach Hugh Freeze has the nearly impossible task of making an inconsistent program consistently great despite playing in the one of the best divisions college football has ever seen. While he has gone an impressive 30-7 in his three years as a head coach, the SEC is a whole new ballgame now. Read more >>

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Freeze's day to meet the media

Mississippi State Bulldogs


CB Johnthan Banks

Last year: 7-6 overall (2-6 in SEC); Beat Wake Forest in Music City Bowl

CFN breakdown: Head coach Dan Mullen has had some decent success. The running game has been solid over the years and the defense has been tight as a drum at times, but that hard work and good coaching isn't enough. Mississippi State needs to do everything it's been doing, only better. Read more >>

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QB Russell ready to step up
Jackson likes how 2012 lines up for MSU
Memorable Mullen quotes
Mullen relaxed for media days

Missouri Tigers


QB James Franklin

Last year: 8-5 overall (5-4 in Big 12); Beat North Carolina in Independence Bowl

CFN breakdown: At the start of all the realignment and expansion talks it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Mizzou was going to end up in the Big Ten. It seemed like a perfect fit of academics, geography and TV markets, but the Big Ten didn't seem to be as interested as Missouri wanted it to be. The SEC came calling and now the Tigers are going to be a part of the biggest show in college sports. Read more >>

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CB Gaines determined to excel
Pinkel has confidence to succeed

South Carolina Gamecocks


RB Marcus Lattimore

Last year: 11-2 overall (6-2 in SEC); Beat Nebraska in Capital One Bowl

CFN breakdown: Was 2011 the greatest season in South Carolina history, and can 2012 be even better? Yes and yes. The school-best 11-win campaign was just the fourth season in over 100 years with more than eight wins, but it was also the second in a row after winning nine games in 2010. The last two seasons appear to be just the beginning with Steve Spurrier amassing great recruiting class after great recruiting class Read more >>

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Confident Spurrier talks more success
Memorable Spurrier quotes from Media Day
S Swearinger focused on big season
QB Shaw ready for leadership role
Video: Spurrier speaks at media day

Tennessee Volunteers


QB Tyler Bray

Last year: 5-7 overall (1-7 in SEC); No bowl game

CFN breakdown: Tennessee isn't back to being the superpower among superpowers again, but at the very least it's supposed to be far more competitive. Instead, the offense came up with seven points or fewer in five of the final seven games. The two games the offense did a wee bit better came against Middle Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and on the year, Tennessee went 5-0 when scoring 24 points or more and was 0-7 when going under the mark. Read more >>

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Hot Vols topics from Media Days
Vols show new commitment level

Texas A&M Aggies


WR Ryan Swope

Last year: 7-6 overall (4-5 in Big 12); Beat Northwestern in Meineke Car Care Bowl

CFN breakdown: After years and years of beating its head against the Texas and Oklahoma wall, why was A&M going to want to deal with Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Arkansas, not to mention the SEC East? Instead of looking at the move like it's an impossible step forward to take, now A&M is out of the big burnt orange's shadow and can be its own program. Read more >>

Latest content:
Aggies ready for life in the SEC
New coach Sumlin talks about change, challenge
Memorable Sumlin quotes from media day
A&M lineman Joeckel ready for SEC life

Vanderbilt Commodores


Coach James Franklin

Last year: 6-7 overall (2-6 in SEC); Lost to Cincinnati in Liberty Bowl

CFN breakdown: Could it be possible that Vanderbilt was even better than its somewhat shocking 6-7 record? The Commodores didn't come up with any big wins over any top teams, but it pushed Georgia in a five-point loss, had Arkansas and Florida on the ropes, and lost to Tennessee in overtime. The final five of the seven losses were by a touchdown or less. Read more >>

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Memorable Franklin quotes from media day
Confident Franklin sends warning to SEC
Video: Franklin impresses media

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