Not to be the bearer of bad news, but we likely won’t see an unbeaten SEC champion this season. With eight nationally-ranked teams and a few hungry bottom feeders, the chances of a preseason Top 10 finishing with 12 wins prior to the league title game are slim.

Here’s an educated guess at each program’s first loss. Interestingly enough, all but one will come on the road:


GEORGIA — at South Carolina, Sept. 13: The Bulldogs have been outscored 52-13 their last two trips to Williams-Brice Stadium and haven’t beaten a ranked team on the road since 2009.

FLORIDA — at Alabama, Sept. 20: Considering how handcuffed the Gators were offensively last season, spinning a 180 in time for their toughest road game of the season in Week 4 will be a challenge.

SOUTH CAROLINA — at Auburn, Oct. 25: National championship dreams and a 7-0 start take a hit in a losing battle on the Plains. The Gamecocks haven’t beaten the Tigers since 1933.

MIZZOU — at South Carolina, Sept. 27: Mizzou’s first challenging road game of 2014 ends much like the 2012 version, a multi-touchdown defeat.

TENNESSEE — at Oklahoma, Sept. 13: Perhaps the SEC’s toughest non-conference game this fall, keeping this one within a couple scores against a preseason Top 5 would be a mini-victory for the Vols. Last season, Tennessee lost four road games against ranked teams by an average of 30.5 points per contest.

KENTUCKY — at Florida, Sept. 13: Kentucky’s lost 27 straight games to the Gators. Make it 28.

VANDERBILT — Ole Miss, Sept. 6: An early-season SEC swing game, the Rebels have more talent at the skill positions and the Commodores don’t have much of a home field advantage in Nashville.


AUBURN — at Alabama, Nov. 29: There will certainly be some uneasy moments for the Tigers this season prior to the Iron Bowl with six games against ranked teams, but Auburn’s been there before.

ALABAMA — at Ole Miss, Oct. 4: So, this one’s my big 2014 upset. Alabama falters in its first true road game with a first-year starting quarterback.

LSU — at Auburn, Oct. 4: This weekend’s season opener against Wisconsin’s not a gimme, but the Tigers’ first loss of the season won’t come until the revenge factor sets in at Jordan-Hare Stadium in October.

ARKANSAS — at Auburn, Aug. 30: The Razorbacks have the SEC’s toughest opener, playing away from home against the defending league champs.

TEXAS A&M — at South Carolina, Aug. 28: Kevin Sumlin’s squad gets the ‘SEC’s first team to lose’ title this fall.

OLE MISS — at Texas A&M, Oct. 11: Coming off the emotional high of a win over Alabama and a 5-0 start, the Rebels’ bubble is temporarily smashed in College Station.

MISSISSIPPI ST. — at LSU, Sept. 20: This setback makes it seventeen consecutive losses against ranked teams for the Bulldogs.