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SEC Blitz: Predictions for 2013

SEC East 1. Georgia 8-0, 11-2:

Perhaps game’s best backfield, but enough defense to win league?

2. South Carolina 7-1, 11-1:

Maybe Clowney can play quarterback, too.

3. Florida 5-3, 9-3:

Gators overachieved last year, defense keeps them close this season.

4. Missouri, 4-4, 8-4:

Injuries wrecked last season. Tigers poised for comeback.

5. Tennessee 3-5, 6-6:

Butch Jones takes over, breaks in new quarterback.

6. Vanderbilt 2-6, 6-6:

Drop from nine victories but should make it to third straight bowl.

7. Kentucky 0-8, 3-9:

Mark Stoops gets chance to pull Wildcats from doldrums.

SEC West 1. Alabama 8-0, 13-0:

Crimson Tide rolling toward third straight national championship.

2. LSU 6-2, 10-2:

Experienced QB Zach Mettenberger gives Tigers shot at division.

3. Mississippi 4-4, 7-5:

Rebels trending up, and plenty of offense returns.

4. Texas A 4-4, 8-4:

Even with Johnny Manziel, SEC defenses catch up.

5. Auburn 2-6, 6-6:

Gus Malzahn returns to coach many players he recruited.

6. Mississippi State 2-6, 5-7:

Tougher schedule puts three-year bowl streak in peril.

7. Arkansas 1-7, 4-8:

The Bret Bielema era begins. Give it time.

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BCS championship game:

Alabama

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Sugar:

Georgia

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Capital One:

South Carolina

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Cotton:

LSU

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Outback:

Florida

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Chick-fil-A:

Mississippi

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Gator:

Texas A

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Music City:

Missouri

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Liberty:

Vanderbilt

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BVAA Compass:

Auburn

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Independence:

Tennessee

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Sept. 7, South Carolina at Georgia:

One or the other has been division champ since 2010. Gamecocks have won three straight.

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Sept. 14, Alabama at Texas A

Only if Johnny Manziel plays. Tide looks to avenge last year’s lone loss.

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Nov. 9, LSU at Alabama:

Tigers won last time they played in Tuscaloosa (2011).

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Offensive player of the year: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia.

Determined to play better against the best in the league. As NFL prospect, the Drew Brees argument applies.

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Defensive player of the year: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (left).

Clowney was a stud before the crunching hit in the Outback Bowl. Now, he’s a top Heisman hopeful.

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