ESPN picks division winners in SEC, upset of the year ahead of 2020 season
Will Muschamp may get a reputation as the Upset Coach of the Year. But if ESPN has this pegged correctly, that may be just fine with Gamecock fans.
Mark Schlabach made his conference predictions of awards and division winners across college football, including the SEC.
Schlabach returned to what’s become largely chalk predictions for division winners in recent years, except for LSU’s special season in 2019: Alabama and Georgia. He picked the Crimson Tide to win the SEC Championship and have the offensive and defensive players of the year in RB Najee Harris and LB Dylan Moses.
He also joined the preseason hype bandwagon around LSU TE Arik Gilbert as offensive freshman of the year, and Texas A&M CB Jaylon Jones as his defensive counterpart.
The comeback player of the year will be Terry Wilson, the QB at Kentucky, while Southern Cal transfer QB JT Daniels at Georgia, and North Dakota State transfer LB Jabril Cox at LSU will be the best transfers of the year.
In a return to last year’s trends, Schlabach picked LSU coach Ed Orgeron as coach of the year, and Muschamp as the coach on the hot seat. Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning is the coordinator on the rise, and the Bulldogs tilt with the Gators will be the game of the year.
Again, like 2019, ESPN likes South Carolina in a big upset, although this one might not be as big as Georgia in 2019, but this prediction sees South Carolina over Texas A&M on Nov. 7.
Here are the predicted finishes by division:
5. South Carolina
2. Texas A&M
5. Mississippi State
6. Ole Miss