Georgia and Mark Richt are the defending SEC Champions, yet there are still some non-believers. The Dogs return a veteran quarterback in David Greene(he is unbeaten on the road), a big time receiver in Fred Gibson and an All American defensive star in David Pollack. The feeling is that Georgia caught some breaks in some big games (Clemson, Alabama and Auburn) and must prove their mettle first. This will provide a motivation for Richt and his team. The running game and offensive line will be the major question mark for this year's Bulldog squad. Ccan they finally beat Florida?
Key Stretch: Florida (11/1) in Jacksonville, Auburn (11/15), Kentucky (11/22)
Nick Saban has raised the bar at LSU and in doing so recruited very well. The Tigers were poised to defend their SEC Crown before being stunned in the finale by Arkansas. Finishing with two losses to end the season served as motivation for the Tigers who must establish a starting quarterback. Matt Mauck who seemed to have turned the corner before and injury ended his season needs to be more consistent. Joseph Addai who played as a freshman must carry the load in the backfield if the Tigers are going to continue to run the rock. Offensive lineman Stephen Peterman and defensive tackle Chad Lavalais will provide insight to many of these questions.
Key Stretch: Florida (10/11), at South Carolina (10/18), Auburn (10/25)
Mississippi State and head coach Jackie Sherrill went winless in SEC play last season. The Bulldogs who are under investigation by the NCAA have changed their offensive and defensive coordinators for this season. The Bulldog offensive attack will start with the running game and backs Jerious Norwood and Fred Reid. Defensively the Dogs dropped to 11th in the league in scoring defense but does return eight starters. Linebacker T. J. Mawhinney and receiver Justin Jenkins will represent the Bulldogs at Birmingham.
Key Stretch: Alabama (11/8), at Tennessee (11/15), at Arkansas (11/22)