Another view on SEC

During a nine-year stint covering sports for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, University of Georgia graduate Mark Schlabach developed a healthy respect for Southeastern Conference football.

That respect shows through in a recent article he posted on espn.com entitled "Three Things I Can't Wait To See This Fall."

Schlabach correctly notes that the SEC East's traditional haves (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee) have a few more question marks than usual heading into 2007. Meanwhile, the traditional have-nots (Vanderbilt, Kentucky) return more proven players than usual. And, although LSU boasts imposing talent, Auburn appears capable of making things interesting in the Western Division this fall.

Bottom line: The SEC could be even more fiercely competitive than usual in 2007. Here's the outlook in Schlabach's words:

"Will the SEC be the country's dominant conference again? LSU sure looks like a national championship contender, but Florida and Georgia both have serious questions on defense. Tennessee must replace its big-play receivers and key components on the offensive line. Auburn might challenge LSU, a year after Tommy Tuberville's team was supposed to win the SEC. One thing is certain: With what Steve Spurrier is building at South Carolina, and Kentucky and Vanderbilt improving, there are no easy Saturdays in the South."


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