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2022 SEC Season Preview

(Mandatory Photo Credit: Gary Cosby, Jr / USA Today Sports)

Written by: Joseph Yun

At last, the time to cover the premier conference in all the land is at hand. The SEC will welcome Texas and Oklahoma to its ranks in a couple of years. It’s also home to the reigning national champions and the runners-up from the past season. What can Georgia do for an encore after finally ending the seemingly never-ending drought? Will Nick Saban exact revenge on his protégés and take back the crown that rightfully belongs to the Tide? Can Auburn avoid the off-field drama surrounding their head coach and be decent? How long will it take for Billy Napier and Brian Kelly to get going at Florida and LSU? Can Tennessee and Kentucky keep the good times going? And oh, the Lane Train is back in The Grove for another run. How will the king of the Power 5 fare in 2022?

In case you missed any of the prior conference previews, you can find them below:

Note: All games are scheduled for Saturdays unless otherwise noted


Florida (@GatorsFB)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Utah (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. Kentucky (W)

Sept 17 HOME vs. USF (W)

Sept 24 AWAY @ Tennessee (L)

Oct 1 HOME vs. Eastern Washington (W)

Oct 8 HOME vs. Missouri (W)

Oct 15 HOME vs. LSU (W)

Oct 22 BYE

Oct 29 WLCOP (L)

Nov 5 AWAY @ Texas A&M (L)

Nov 12 HOME vs. South Carolina (W)

Nov 19 AWAY @ Vanderbilt (W)

Nov 25 (Fri.) AWAY @ Florida State (L)

Predicted Record: 8-4

- The Gators have a new coach with extensive SEC ties in Billy Napier, who comes from Louisiana-Lafayette, with seemingly a literal army in tow to assist his team. There are bones of an East contender for Napier to work with in his debut campaign. Namely, quarterback Anthony Richardson returns as the unquestioned starter. Yes, Dameon Pierce is gone making a name for himself in the NFL. In his stead, Montrell Johnson comes in from the Ragin Cajuns to lead the way. Although Jacob Copeland transferred to Maryland, the receiver room features highly touted Justin Shorter, Xzavier Henderson, and Arizona State transfer Ricky Pearsall. Defensively, they return key stars like linebacker Ventrell Miller, EDGE Brenton Cox, Jr, and the latest corner star Jason Marshall, Jr. Safeties Trey Dean and Rashad Torrence will likely start alongside Marshall. Napier will have to get off to flying start as the schedule isn’t easy in September. The post-bye week schedule doesn’t get any easier as Vanderbilt is the only easy game left. Three consecutive games against conference contenders Georgia, A&M, and South Carolina loom as does the rivalry game against Florida State. September will set the tone for Napier’s first year in Gainesville, for sure. Expect an eight-win season at minimum for the Gators and a fight for second place in the East.

Sept 3 “Neutral” vs. Oregon (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. Samford (W)

Sept 17 AWAY @ South Carolina (W)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Kent State (W)

Oct 1 AWAY @ Missouri (W)

Oct 8 HOME vs. Auburn “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” (W)

Oct 15 HOME vs. Vanderbilt (W)

Oct 22 BYE

Oct 29 WLOCP (W)

Nov 5 HOME vs. Tennessee (W)

Nov 12 AWAY @ Mississippi State (W)

Nov 19 AWAY @ Kentucky (W)

Nov 26 HOME vs. Georgia Tech “Clean Ol’ Fashioned Hate” (W)

Predicted Record: 12-0

- What can the reigning national champions do for an encore after a magical run in 2021? Do it again, of course. The talent they have lost to the pros in the past draft cycle would be crippling to most programs. I mean, how do you replace Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt, Travon Walker, Quay Walker, Zamir White, James Cook, Lewis Cine, Nakobe Dean, and George Pickens to name a few? You have highly rated backups at every position. Offensively, eternal legend Stetson Bennett returns as the lead signal caller. While not Zeus + Cook, Kendall Milton and Kenny McIntosh return to lead the running back room. The receiver room is a three-headed hydra of Adonai Mitchell, Kearis Jackson, and Ladd McConkey. Georgia boasts three tight ends (Brock Bowers, Darnell Washington, and Arik Gilbert) that all could go in the first round in their respective cycles. Speaking of the power of three, the Dawgs boast that on the line as well in Warren McClendon, Broderick Jones, and Sedrick Van Pran. The big name to watch on defense is Jalen Carter, who has been very much hyped as the next big thing on that front. Nolan Smith and Robert Beal are key returning veterans as well to watch for this cycle. In the secondary, Kelee Ringo leads the way at cornerback while Tykee Smith and Christopher Smith play beside him. The schedule isn’t too difficult to handle while the defense gels together under new leadership outside of the back-to-back in Jacksonville and hosting the Volunteers. September is only interesting because the opener hosting Oregon and former DC Dan Lanning at Mercedes Benz Stadium. If the Bulldogs don’t slip into what plagued the 2014 Seminoles (i.e. expectation that teams will roll over fearing the helmet), they should waltz back into Atlanta in December. They have the talent to go undefeated.

Kentucky (@UKFootball)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Miami (OH) (W)

Sept 10 AWAY @ Florida (L)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Youngstown State (W)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Northern Illinois (W)

Oct 1 AWAY @ Ole Miss (L)

Oct 8 HOME vs. South Carolina (L)

Oct 15 HOME vs. Mississippi State (W)

Oct 22 BYE

Oct 29 AWAY @ Tennessee (L)

Nov 5 AWAY @ Missouri (W)

Nov 12 HOME vs. Vanderbilt (W)

Nov 19 HOME vs. Georgia (L)

Nov 26 HOME vs. Louisville (W) “Governor’s Cup”

Predicted Record: 7-5

- The Wildcats are an ascending program after years of being a fun little hope train, much to the chagrin of basketball head honcho John Calipari. The inter-athletic department brouhaha perked up enough ears to the point that the AD had to tell both coaches to cool it. Kentucky has to replace a ton of talent that went to the league such as Josh Paschall, Darian Kinnard, Wan’Dale Robinson, and Yusuf Corker. Fortunately, much of the offensive core returns, led by QB Will Levis, who projects to be a high draft pick in April. Unfortunately, running back Chris Rodriguez remains in suspension limbo because of a DUI case. Backup runner Kavoisey Smoke will get the lion’s share of the carries in his stead. Transfer receiver Tayvion Robinson (Virginia Tech) will attempt to replace some of Robinson’s production. Defensively, they return a lot of talent and production. Talented front seven prospects like Jacquez Jones, DeAndre Square, J.J. Weaver, and Octavious Oxendine. Not to leave the secondary out, they have a couple of prospects like cornerback Carrington Valentine and safety Tyrell Aijian. The non-conference schedule is pillow soft but eternal bugaboo Florida awaits in September. October features key swing games throughout. November is much more manageable with only defending national champions Georgia being the only surefire loss.

Missouri (@MizzouFootball)

Sept 1 (Thurs.) HOME vs. Louisiana Tech (W)

Sept 10 AWAY @ Kansas State (L)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Abilene Christian (W)

Sept 24 AWAY @ Auburn (L)

Oct 1 HOME vs. Georgia (L)

Oct 8 AWAY @ Florida (L)

Oct 15 BYE

Oct 22 HOME vs. Vanderbilt (W)

Oct 29 AWAY @ South Carolina (L)

Nov 5 HOME vs. Kentucky (L)

Nov 12 AWAY @ Tennessee (L)

Nov 19 HOME vs. New Mexico State (W)

Nov 26 HOME vs. Arkansas (W)

Predicted Record: 5-7

- The ‘Zou hit the portal hard to expound upon Eli Drinkwitz’s job status past 2022. However, the schedule might not be amenable for them to see any tangible progress just yet. For the Tigers to go bowling once more, it will take a lot of breaks i.e. sweeping September and finding wins in swing matches. Key games against South Carolina and Arkansas to name a couple. Offensively, they lost Connor Bazelak to Indiana but do retain Brady Cook and add Jack Abraham from Mississippi State in the quarterback room. Yes, they lose Tyler Badie to the NFL but gain Stanford transfer Nathaniel Peat as RB1. A veteran offensive line returns as well. Tight-end Tyler Stephens (Buffalo) looks to be the primary weapon during this draft cycle. Defense is where most of the talent resides for the program. EDGE returnees Trajan Jeffcoat and Isaiah McGuire lead the line along with Oklahoma State transfer Jayden Jernigan. The linebacker room is led by Florida transfer Ty’Ron Hopper and Chad Bailey. Fortunately most of the secondary returns that’s led by Kris Adams-Draine and Clemson transfer Joseph Charleston. Can Coach Drink get the Tigers to a competitive status where they fight for bowl eligibility again? The back end of the schedule after the bye will determine a lot.

South Carolina (@GamecockFB)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Georgia State (W)

Sept 10 AWAY @ Arkansas (L)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Georgia (L)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Charlotte (W)

Oct 1 HOME vs. South Carolina State (W)

Oct 8 AWAY @ Kentucky (W)

Oct 15 BYE

Oct 22 HOME vs. Texas A&M (L)

Oct 29 HOME vs. Missouri (W)

Nov 5 AWAY @ Vanderbilt (W)

Nov 12 AWAY @ Florida (L)

Nov 19 HOME vs. Tennessee (L)

Nov 26 AWAY @ Clemson (L) “Palmetto Bowl”

Predicted Record: 6-6

- The Gamecocks have the talent and nonconference schedule to make it a go at bowl eligibility if not more, provided the breaks go right. September is a mixed bag of easy wins and hard-nosed duels. The biggest name to watch on offense is former Oklahoma starter, Spencer Rattler. Besides the potent signal caller, there are names such as running back Christian Beal-Smith (Wake Forest), Antwane Wells, Jr (James Madison), tight ends Austin Stogner (Oklahoma), and Jaheim Bell. Defensively, yes they have to replace the star EDGE Kingsley Enagbare but they do have reinforcements still on the roster. Names such as DT Zacch Pickens, LB Sherrod Greene, EDGE Jordan Burch, and corner Cam Smith are on the draft radar this cycle. The schedule gets more brutal as we march on in November with three straight against top-tier contenders, including the Palmetto Bowl rivalry with Clemson. Key swing games will include Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee as must-haves if they want to fight for third place in the East.

Tennessee (@Vol_Football)

Sept 1 HOME vs. Ball State (W)

Sept 10 AWAY @ Pittsburgh (W)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Akron (W)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Florida (W)

Oct 1 BYE

Oct 8 AWAY @ LSU (L)

Oct 15 HOME vs. Alabama “Third Saturday in October” (L)

Oct 22 HOME vs. UT-Martin (W)

Oct 29 HOME vs. Kentucky (W)

Nov 5 AWAY @ Georgia (L)

Nov 12 HOME vs. Missouri (W)

Nov 19 AWAY @ South Carolina (W)

Nov 26 AWAY @ Vanderbilt (W)

Predicted Record: 9-3

- *Annoyingly blares Rocky Top at ear-shattering levels* Josh Heupel proved to be the real genius from UCF that got a promotion unlike his counterpart in Lincoln. Tennessee lost some talent like Velus Jones, Jr, Alontae Taylor, and Cade Mays. All is not lost as he has a ton of talent returning, led by senior QB Hendon Hooker. The talented passer will have assets to throw to like Cedric Tillman and Bru McCoy. A veteran offensive line that features Darnell Wright as its top draft prospect alongside Cooper Mays. Defensively, it’s an experienced unit full of draft potential as well. The linebacker room, especially, with Byron Young, Aaron Beasley, and Jeremy Banks trending towards the early to middle rounds at this juncture. The secondary needs some work but there’s talent there. Schedule-wise, September could be an undefeated month with Pitt and Florida providing some strenuous work. Back-to-back games against LSU and Alabama could prove the Volunteers’ undoing. The trick is to be competitive against Bama. The road trip to Athens beckons after hosting rival Kentucky so no breaks there. All in all, there’s enough talent and coaching to compete for second place in the East.

Vanderbilt (@VandyFootball)

Aug 27 AWAY @ Hawai’i (W)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Elon (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. Wake Forest (L)

Sept 17 AWAY @ Northern Illinois (W)

Sept 24 AWAY @ Alabama (L)

Oct 1 BYE

Oct 8 HOME vs. Ole Miss (L)

Oct 15 AWAY @ Georgia (L)

Oct 22 AWAY @ Missouri (L)

Oct 29 BYE

Nov 5 HOME vs. South Carolina (L)

Nov 12 AWAY @ Kentucky (L)

Nov 19 HOME vs. Florida (L)

Nov 26 HOME vs. Tennessee (L)

Predicted Record: 3-9

- It was a rough debut for Clark Lea, going 2-10. 2022 doesn’t look much better but expect the Commodores to be better than it showed last season. There are likely three wins on the schedule, all in September. October features two road dates against the reigning national champions and a desperate Missouri team. November is just unfair but at least Vandy gets to sleep in their own Nashville beds for three games. Check back in 2023 if they fight for bowl contention. A downright elite class by Vanderbilt standards should be fun to watch at the least.


Alabama (@AlabamaFTBL)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Utah State (W)

Sept 10 AWAY @ Texas (W)

Sept 17 HOME vs. ULM (W)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Vanderbilt (W)

Oct 1 AWAY @ Arkansas (W)

Oct 8 HOME vs. Texas A&M (W)

Oct 15 AWAY @ Tennessee “Third Saturday in October” (W)

Oct 22 HOME vs. Mississippi State (W)

Oct 29 BYE

Nov 5 AWAY @ LSU (W)

Nov 12 AWAY @ Ole Miss (W)

Nov 19 HOME vs. Austin Peay (W)

Nov 26 HOME Iron Bowl (W)

Predicted Record: 12-0

- Nick Saban’s men are in a vengeful mood as they lost the national title in a heartbreaker to archrival Georgia. Yes, they have their usual boatload of prospects sent off to the league but boy, they return a ton of talent ready-made for the early rounds. That talent is led by the reigning Heisman winner quarterback Bryce Young, who’s projected to be a top ten pick in April. The loaded running back room is led by Georgia Tech transfer Jahmyr Gibbs. Wide receiver is a three-headed monster that features Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton, Tyler Harrell, and Ja’Corey Brooks. Those three will have to replace the fearsome duo of John Metchie (get better soon, John) and Jameson Williams. Cameron Latu returns at tight end. As per usual, the line has an all-world prospect in guard Emil Ekyior, Jr. Watch for him as the cycle gets going. Defensively, they boast the EDGE duo in all the land with Heisman contender (among many other awards) Will Anderson and Dallas Turner. Both will be very top 15 selections in their respective draft classes. Elsewhere in the front seven, linebacker Henry To’o To’o returns as a highly touted prospect himself. The secondary features elite talents in Eli Ricks (LSU), Brian Branch, Malachi Moore, DeMarco Hellams, and Jordan Battle. Not to mention sensational sophomore and captain of the all-name team Kool-Aid McKinstry. September is easily an undefeated start with only Texas presenting a moderate challenge but they come to Tuscaloosa. October features the season’s most anticipated matchup with A&M due to an offseason escalation of spectacular verbal assault. The Tide should remain undefeated through Halloween but the month has its challenges. November should be entertaining with consecutive away dates to eternal rival LSU and another former Saban assistant who likes to rankle the masses, the Fighting Kiffin's. The Iron Bowl is always entertaining, especially with an Auburn team that could be coachless by then.

Arkansas (@RazorbackFB)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Cincinnati (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. South Carolina (W)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Missouri State (W)

Sept 24 Neutral vs. Texas A&M (AT&T Stadium) (L)

Oct 1 HOME vs. Alabama (L)

Oct 8 AWAY @ Mississippi State (W)

Oct 15 AWAY @ BYU (L)

Oct 22 BYE

Oct 29 AWAY @ Auburn (W)

Nov 5 HOME vs. Liberty (W)

Nov 12 HOME vs. LSU (W) "Battle for the Golden Boot"

Nov 19 HOME vs. Ole Miss (L)

Nov 25 (Fri.) AWAY @ Missouri (L)

Predicted Record: 7-5

- The Razorbacks have a loaded schedule with September and October being a brutal stretch. Opening the season with Cincinnati is a tough ask. Following that up with South Carolina and Texas A&M in the same month is even tougher. The month of October isn’t particularly fun with four eminently losable games. A good October would be going 2-2 with losses to Bama and BYU. The game against Mississippi State will be the key swing game of the season. November doesn’t get much easier with LSU and Ole Miss coming to Fayetteville. Not all is lost, however as Woo Pig has tremendous talent on both sides of the ball. Talented QB K.J. Jefferson returns to lead the offense that features receivers Jadon Haselwood, Ketron Jackson, and Warren Thompson. The running back room has a talented duo Dominique Johnson and Raheim Sanders. Center Ricky Stromberg could compete for the top center in the class as well. Defensively, they return the aptly named linebacker Bumper Pool with Alabama transfer Drew Sanders next to him. Secondary-wise, they have a couple of prospects to watch for in Jalen Catalon, Georgia transfer Latavious Brini, and Dwight McGlothern (LSU) all projecting mid to late-round pick status thus far. Sam Pittman led the team to a nine-win result last year but given the schedule, expect a seven-win campaign.

Sept 3 HOME vs. Mercer (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. San Jose State (W)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Penn State (W)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Missouri (W)

Oct 1 HOME vs. LSU (L)

Oct 8 AWAY @ Georgia “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” (L)

Oct 15 AWAY @ Ole Miss (L)

Oct 22 BYE

Oct 29 HOME vs. Arkansas (L)

Nov 5 AWAY @ Mississippi State (L)

Nov 12 HOME vs. Texas A&M (L)

Nov 19 HOME vs. Western Kentucky (W)

Nov 26 AWAY @ Iron Bowl (L)

Predicted Record: 5-7

- Auburn boosters tried with all their might to flex their muscles over the athletic department during the offseason. Bryan Harsin survived the potential coup d’etat by the skin of his teeth. However, athletic director Allan Greene recently chose to walk away before the boosters came for his position. Harsin has never been a cultural fit amongst the decadently venomous viper’s nest that makes up the boosters' ranks. Amidst all that, Harsin must coach his Tigers to at least an SEC West title or face the almighty wrath of the SEC’s most crazed and deluded fanbase. Fortunately for the Tigers, they open with five consecutive home games before facing the powerful Bulldogs. Home dates against Penn State and LSU will provide stern tests. October will likely determine Harsin’s fate. November will likely be a losing month with tough dates against A&M and Mississippi State before the Iron Bowl. Auburn’s talent mostly resides on defense with likely draftable prospects, with Colby Wooden, Derick Hall II, Owen Pappoe, and Nehemiah Pritchett. Quarterback TJ Finley was named the starter this week. RB Tank Bigsby surprisingly declared a return to the program as well. Bowl eligibility might be the ceiling for this team due to the schedule, drama, and lack of overall talent. It will likely be a long year for the residents of the “Loveliest Village on the Plains”.

Sept 4 (Sun.) “Neutral” vs. Florida State (Caesar’s Superdome) (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. Southern (W)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Mississippi State (W)

Sept 24 HOME vs. New Mexico (W)

Oct 1 AWAY @ Auburn (W)

Oct 8 HOME vs. Tennessee (W)

Oct 15 AWAY @ Florida (L)

Oct 22 HOME vs. Ole Miss (W)

Oct 29 BYE

Nov 5 HOME vs. Alabama (L)

Nov 12 AWAY @ Arkansas (L) "Battle for the Golden Boot"

Nov 19 HOME vs. UAB (W)

Nov 26 AWAY @ Texas A&M (L)

Predicted Record: 8-4

- After a trying season that resulted in new coach Brian Kelly infamously trying a new hybrid southern / Cajun accent, 2022 should be better, minus the dancing with recruits thing. There’s a lot of talent to be found on the Bayou Bengals. Transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels is the guy despite Kelly’s recent insistence on not naming a starter for secrecy purposes. The latest and greatest star receiver to come from the Bayou? Kayshon Boutte of course. He’s slated to be a first-round selection in April. The line has a couple of prospects such as Miles Frazier, Marcus Dumervil, and Tre’Mond Shorts (ETSU). Defensively, the big name to watch is BJ Ojulari (the younger brother of former Georgia standout Azeez). Ali Gaye could play a role on the perimeter as well. As per tradition, the secondary is loaded down with prospects. Players such as Jay Ward, Mekhi Gardner, Greg Brooks, Jr (Arkansas), and Jarrick Bernard-Converse. September is very friendly to Kelly’s prospects to get a hot start. October will not be as kind with four straight contests against conference contenders. Receiving the bye before Alabama is a gift. Getting Alabama and Arkansas back to back isn’t ideal to kick off November. Finishing with A&M will be a close contest. An eight-win debut for Kelly might be the ceiling for this team.

Mississippi State (@HailStateFB)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Memphis (W)

Sept 10 AWAY @ Arizona (W)

Sept 17 AWAY @ LSU (L)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Bowling Green (W)

Oct 1 HOME vs. Texas A&M (L)

Oct 8 HOME vs. Arkansas (L)

Oct 15 AWAY @ Kentucky (L)

Oct 22 AWAY @ Alabama (L)

Oct 29 BYE

Nov 5 HOME vs. Auburn (W)

Nov 12 HOME vs. Georgia (L)

Nov 19 HOME vs. ETSU (W)

Thanksgiving AWAY @ Egg Bowl (W)

Predicted Record: 6-6

- Mike Leach returns for another go making defensive coordinators sweat again. The Bulldogs return quarterback / part-time old country music star Will Rogers to run point as well. Running backs Dillon Johnson and Jo’quavious Marks will be heavily relied upon as the receivers get up to speed. Wide receivers like Jaden Walley and Austin Williams are expected to lead a youthful group. Defensively, tackle Nathan Pickering leads a group that could feature multiple picks like corner Emmanuel Forbes, Marcus Banks, and Jackie Matthews. September should be a winning month but October could be winless. The toughness eases up slightly but only just with looming dates against the reigning champions, Auburn, and Egg Bowl on Turkey Day. Combined with the lack of talent and the brutal schedule, bowl eligibility should be the floor of the team in 2022.

Ole Miss (@OleMissFB)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Troy (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. Central Arkansas (W)

Sept 17 AWAY @ Georgia Tech (W)

Sept 24 HOME vs. Tulsa (W)

Oct 1 HOME vs. Kentucky (W)

Oct 8 AWAY @ Vanderbilt (W)

Oct 15 HOME vs. Auburn (W)

Oct 22 AWAY @ LSU (L)

Oct 29 AWAY @ Texas A&M (L)

Nov 5 BYE

Nov 12 HOME vs. Alabama (L)

Nov 19 AWAY @ Arkansas (W)

Thanksgiving HOME Egg Bowl (L)

Predicted Record: 8-4

- Ole Miss returns head coach Lane Kiffin who was the target of many programs with vacancies over the offseason. Kiffin has to decide on his new signal caller after Matt Corral exhausted his eligibility. The battle between incumbent Luke Altmeyer and USC transfer Jaxon Dart rages on as of this writing. Whoever wins the job will have serious firepower around him like running backs Zach Evans (TCU) and Ulysses Bentley IV (SMU). The receiver room consists of Johnathan Mingo, Jaylon Robinson (UCF), Jordan Watkins (Louisville), and Malik Heath (Miss State). Tight end Michael Trigg was highly touted while at USC so that spot is taken care of. Defensively, they lose Sam Williams but do have Cedric Johnson returning alongside Auburn transfer JJ Pegues and GT transfer Jared Ivey. The linebacker room got several upgrades with Khari Coleman (TCU) and Troy Brown (Central Michigan). Secondary-wise, the back line is led by Iowa State transfer Isheem Young, Miles Battle, Otis Reese (Georgia), and AJ Finley. The September nonconference schedule is very soft and should be an undefeated month before facing the October meat grinder. Three consecutive games against Auburn, LSU, and A&M isn’t the most fun. The post-bye schedule isn’t the most ideal as well with home games against Bama, the Egg Bowl, and a road trip to Fayetteville. It’s an eight or nine-win schedule with some lucky bounces here and there. Kiffin will make it entertaining on the journey to get there, that’s for sure.

Texas A&M (@AggieFootball)

Sept 3 HOME vs. Sam Houston State (W)

Sept 10 HOME vs. Appalachian State (W)

Sept 17 HOME vs. Miami (W)

Sept 24 Neutral vs. Arkansas (AT&T Stadium) (W)

Oct 1 AWAY @ Mississippi State (W)

Oct 8 AWAY @ Alabama (L)

Oct 15 BYE

Oct 22 AWAY @ South Carolina (W)

Oct 29 HOME vs. Ole Miss (W)

Nov 5 HOME vs. Florida (W)

Nov 12 AWAY @ Auburn (W)

Nov 19 HOME vs. UMASS (W)

Nov 26 HOME vs. LSU (W)

Predicted Record: 11-1

- The Aggies landed the top-ranked recruiting class this past cycle. They certainly have the talent to make a run at the king and the potential to take him down once again. Talents such as receiver / running back Ainias Smith and Devone Achane lead the backfield. Quarterback Haynes King is the current favorite to secure the leading role but much-hyped freshman Connor Weigman lies waiting in the wings. A&M boasts a deep receiver room featuring the likes of Moose Muhammad III, Jalen Preston, and Chase Lane as the veterans. Promising youngsters Evan Stewart and Chris Marshall occupy that room as well. Max Wright gets the first chance at replacing the departed Jalen Wydermeyer. In the trenches, Layden Robinson is the prospect to watch but center Luke Matthews (yes, that Matthews family) is a candidate also. Aki Ogunbiyi is another name at guard that could garner some hype as well. They have to replace DeMarvin Leal but there’s a ton of talent, both young and old. McKinnley Jackson and Isaiah Raikes are the old heads. Young guns Walter Nolan, Anthony Lucas, and Shemar Stewart are all four star recruits and above. They should factor quite heavily in 2022. Continuing the youth all-star movement are freshmen EDGE Lebbeus Overton and Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy. Linebacker is where the veteran stars are located in the form of Andre White, Jr, and Tarian Lee, Jr. If you’re looking for draft prospects in the secondary, well you’re in luck. Corners Jaylon Jones, Myles Jones, and Antonio Johnson are all early to mid-round selections. Safety Demani Richardson is another name to watch as well. September isn’t a cakewalk but it is manageable with the Aggies not leaving the state of Texas. The much anticipated match with Alabama awaits after the much discussed Saban vs Fisher verbal boxing match. The backend after the bye will be pretty tough as well with home dates against Florida, Ole Miss, and LSU looming as key swing games. Jimbo Fisher certainly has the talent in place to make things very interesting in the West and should challenge Alabama for the crown.

East Champion: Georgia

West Champion: Alabama

Conference Champion: ALABAMA


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