From 2006 to 2012, the Southeastern Conference enjoyed a run of seven straight National Championships and totally dominated the college football landscape. Since that time, only Alabama has won a national title once and that was in 2015.
The SEC is still regarded as the premiere conference in the country by many, but other conferences within the Power Five are gaining ground and the ACC enjoyed arguably their greatest year in 2016, capping it with a National Championship by the Clemson Tigers.
This year look for the SEC to return to form as quarterback play will be much improved and the quality of quarterback will be as deep as the league has seen in recent years. As many as five SEC quarterbacks fall above the mean average of the Hour Glass quarterback Average (10.5) and several others are just below that average, with a chance to make a big jump in 2017.
Five head coaches fall above the Glasses average coaching factor of FIVE (5) and this is where the SEC has vastly underachieved over the last four years when you consider what league coaches are getting paid in the country.
SIX SEC schools are considered realistic National Championship contenders when you look at the overall matrix of the Hour Glass, while several other teams could find themselves in play for a New Year’s Six day bowl game come late November.
Ole Miss is the one team that is the hardest to read in 2017 and it has nothing to do with talent. The Rebels have enough talent to play with most anyone, but without knowing what will happen with their never ending NCAA troubles, it’s hard to tell the mindset of a program that has already self-imposed a one year bowl ban.
Alabama still looks to be the cream of the crop in the league and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. LSU, Auburn and Georgia look to be the biggest contenders to knock off the Tide in 2017, while several coaches could be fighting for their coaching lives come November.
Overall it should be a great year in the SEC with Alabama knocking off Georgia for the Southeastern Conference title and heading back to the College Football Playoff.