SEC Championship Prediction

Despite it only being week 6 of the college football season, two teams may have already punched their tickets to the SEC Championship game.

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) is the heavy favorite to win the West, having already beaten Texas A&M, and go on to a third consecutive BCS National Championship. Meanwhile, after facing three top-ten opponents in their first four games and winning both of the conference games, the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0 SEC) have a much easier path to Atlanta with only one top-25 opponent in their way, the arch-rival Florida Gators.

There are other contenders, of course, but, for No. 10 LSU (5-1, 2-1 SEC) to win the West, they will need to beat the undefeated Tide and hope that Alabama drops another game -which would be hard to foresee seeing as Saban and co. don’t have another ranked team on their schedule. No. 9 Texas A&M’s (4-1, 1-1 SEC) chances are even more unlikely seeing as they lost early to Alabama; their road to Atlanta would have to include two conference losses by Alabama and a win over LSU.

In the East, the secondary contenders are less menacing, but have a better chance of dethroning the Bulldogs. No. 17 Florida (4-1, 3-0 SEC) just needs to win out to stamp their ticket to Atlanta, but that is much easier said than done. The rest of the Gators’ conference schedule includes #25 Missouri, #10 LSU, #7 Georgia, and #14 South Carolina. But, if Florida does drop one of those conference games, as long as they beat Georgia they will own the tiebreaker, but they can only lose one. Speaking of Mizzou (5-0, 1-0 SEC), the dark horse candidate Tigers have a tough road ahead as well -playing Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina in the next three weeks, but winning out would put them on top of the East. However, dropping just one of those three games would more than likely put them out of the race. The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 SEC) just have Missouri and Florida to contend with, but neither are pushovers. And, for South Carolina to make it to Atlanta, they need to win out and Georgia would have to lose at least one conference game.

It may be early, but its safe to say that the Tide and the Bulldogs have the easiest path to the Georgia Dome. The view from the top isn’t easy, but its manageable. As long as they don’t screw up.

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3 thoughts on “SEC Championship Prediction

  1. theshandacrowe

    Reading this a week later, the race for the SEC championship has very much been altered. I guess you could say a “screw up” did indeed occur. I also think you should have given a better reason to link that final article especially when you didn’t include any other supporting articles in the piece. Overall, it was well-written and well-thought out. I think some of your wording was a little odd sometimes with the continued use of the “win out” phrase. I know what you mean but it could have been conveyed more clearly.

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  2. jfedich

    I think this topic was interesting to read, especially because I have not thought about some about some of these scenarios. However, I think it would have been better if you had narrowed your focus to one specific team. With so many teams to talk about, you are not able to elaborate on any one team for too long. Also, it is hard to expect things to go as planned for that far into the future because, as we all saw this past weekend, the SEC Championship picture can change on a week-to-week basis.

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  3. ncastre

    I liked the topic that you picked to write your blog post about but I think that it is still too early in the season to tell who will definitely be playing in the SEC championship. With that being said I think that you should have tried to look for other articles to back up all of your points, especially about Alabama and Georgia having the easiest paths to the championship, considering all of your links were just for box scores to games that have yet to happen. That just would have given more depth to your post rather than just speculation. Also at the end I would have explained why you linked the Appalachian State v. Michigan box score instead of just leaving that hanging on there in the end and I probably would have chosen different wording rather than using “screw up” to end the post.

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