Division hopes rest on Marcus Lattimore’s healing knee.
One of nation’s top defenses gives Dawgs title hope.3. Florida >> 7-5, 4-4
Gators still overcome mediocre recruiting years.4. Missouri >> 7-5, 4-4
Offensive innovation meets defensive strength.
Six or seven losses four straight years.6. Vanderbilt >> 4-8, 1-7
Surprising bowl season, but tough to keep it going.7. Kentucky >> 4-8, 1-7
Beating Louisville in opener would be huge.WEST DIVISION 1. LSU >> 13-0, 8-0
They take turns in the SEC. It’s LSU’s turn.2. Alabama >> 11-1, 7-1
One loss will keep Tide from title game this time.3. Arkansas >> 10-2, 6-2
Third-best in division could be top-five in nation.4. Mississippi State >> 8-4, 4-4
Tough time to have good team.5. Auburn >> 7-5, 4-4
Offense could struggle without coordinator Gus Malzahn.6. Texas A >> 5-7, 2-6
New league, new coach, but great O-line.7. Mississippi >> 2-10, 0-8
Starting over again, this time with Hugh Freeze.
•BCS title game:
TennesseeThree can’t-miss games
•Sept. 8: Georgia at Missouri
Memorial Stadium will be ablaze for SEC opener.
•Nov. 3: Alabama at LSU
Not necessarily elimination game for division and national-title hopes.
•Nov. 23: LSU at Arkansas
If Razorbacks beat ’Bama early, division may be on the line.Award winners • Offensive player of the year:
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina.• Defensive player of the year: