15 SEC questions we want answered in 2016
Several SEC teams have major questions entering the 2016 season, including national champion Alabama.
Some will be answered during spring practice, but most will remain until the start of the 2016 season.
Here’s a list of 15 questions that will circulate throughout the SEC during the offseason:
1. Will quarterback play improve at the several SEC teams in need of an upgrade and the handful (Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi State) that must replace a capable performer?
2. Does Alabama have a realistic chance to win a fifth national championship in the last eight seasons without Derrick Henry, Ryan Kelly and Jacob Coker on offense, and with a new front seven on defense?
3. Can Tennessee and Arkansas avoid the slow starts that plagued them the past two seasons and contend for division titles and major bowl berths, or do they only play well once they are out of contention?
4. Was Missouri a two-year fluke East champion or can Barry Odom make a quick fix on an offense with an inexperienced line, no playmakers at receiver and possible rifts between the players?
5. With a national championship now on his resume, how long will Lane Kiffin stay at Alabama?
6. Can incoming freshman Jacob Eason step in immediately and direct a talented cast at Georgia toward a division title?
7. Who will be the next SEC coach on the chopping block, Mark Stoops, Gus Malzahn, or Les Miles?
8. Who will be the next in a line of Heisman winners and contenders at running back for Alabama, Bo Scarbrough, Jordan Scarlett, Damien Harris or Kenyan Drake?
9. Who will be the SEC’s biggest impact freshman, following in the footsteps of Calvin Ridley, Antonio Callaway and Christian Kirk?
10. Can Mississippi State go to a bowl game for the seventh straight season without Dak Prescott?
11. Will there be another surprise winner of the SEC East (Tennessee wouldn’t be a surprise) following Mizzou and Florida?
12. Who will win more games in 2015, Mark Richt at Miami or Kirby Smart at Georgia?
13. What will LSU do to get back at Ole Miss (the Rebels play at Death Valley) after two years of Katy Perry insults?
14. What will Bret Bielema say or do to cause controversy or make a spectacle of himself?
15. Can Leonard Fournette win the Heisman against a field including Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson?