Rating the coaching jobs in the SEC has become a popular trend this offseason among major college football websites.

If all 14 SEC programs were forced to fire their head coaches today, and re-hire someone new, which school would present as the most attractive option in 2015?

14. Vanderbilt: Sorry, Derek Mason. In hindsight, picking the Commodores as your first landing spot as an FBS head coach may not have been the best idea, following arguably the best coach in program history and inheriting a roster on the downturn. The good news is that expectations are relatively low. And Nashville is one of the better (best?) SEC cities. The bad news? Vandy is the only academics-first institution, with high entrance standards, low fan support and a relatively small budget.

13. Kentucky: Much like Vanderbilt is academics first, Kentucky is basketball first. Hoops coach John Calapari’s contract rivals Nick Saban’s at Alabama. Expectations are lower, but despite recent progress with facilities, UK still is behind most of the conference in budget, tradition and fan support. Being so close to Ohio helps in recruiting, but then again, bring in some solid classes and the fans may start to get upset when you don’t make a bowl game.

12. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs’ five-week stay at No. 1 in the country last season? Mighty impressive. Just don’t get comfortable there if you’re a Mississippi State fan, even with Dak Prescott returning in 2015 and Dan Mullen looking like one of, if not the, best coaches in program history. Starkville, Miss., is one of the worst towns in the SEC to try to convince touted high school prospects to call home for three to five years. The facilities rank in the bottom half of the league. Mississippi doesn’t produce as much in-state talent as Florida, Georgia, Texas or even Alabama. And you’re competing with some nasty programs each year in the SEC West.

11. Missouri: The team’s stadium, fans and program history are good — maybe even above average for a power-conference team. The in-state recruiting may be a shade underrated. It’s admirable what coach Gary Pinkel has been able to do for this program working with less, and clearly the team is capable of winning games in buckets. But none of those core elements compare favorably to Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the SEC East, putting the program at an inherent disadvantage on some level every year.

10. South Carolina: Much like the Chicago Cubs, Gamecocks fans have supported losers for years. The Steve Spurrier era has been a nice change of pace, rewarding one of the most loyal fan bases in the conference. Still, from a historical standpoint, SC barely edges Vanderbilt for least-accomplished football team in the SEC. The recruiting base is decent, and it’s clearly possible to win. But Spurrier, one of the best coaches in SEC history, hasn’t been able to bring a title to Columbia, and despite an elevated profile, it’s hard to imagine the Gamecocks sustaining the recent level of success when he retires.

9. Ole Miss: The game-day environment in The Grove rivals anywhere in college football. Relative to the size of its population, Mississippi produces some elite recruits. But to linger on that “relative” idea for a while longer, the reach of the Rebels brand is inherently limited. Whereas many of the SEC West programs ranked higher on this list have a national reach, from its stadium to its history, Ole Miss can’t claim powerhouse status. It’s possible to win at just about any SEC school now, thanks to the conference’s vast wealth, and coach Hugh Freeze has done a nice job. But he’d love to have the resources and reach of an Alabama or Florida.

8. Arkansas: The Razorbacks are one of those sneaky-good programs. Fayetteville clearly isn’t a destination job for elite coaches vying for multiple national championships. Though Arkansas is the only major program in the state, the recruiting base isn’t the best. (Access to near-enough Texas and Oklahoma somewhat offsets that.) The school’s glory days harken to the Southwest Conference, prior to SEC membership. But the Hogs boast the 14th-largest athletic department in the country, an underrated home stadium and a strong commitment to pouring the necessary resources into the football team, even beyond what probably is considered average within the SEC.

7. Auburn: The Tigers may be in the single-most geographically-competitive area for recruiting in all of major college football, hemmed between Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Florida State. Despite a proud tradition of Heisman Trophy winners and national championships, Auburn remains the state’s second-best program historically. As a coach, any sign of slippage, especially against the Tide, can cost you your job pretty darn fast. But coach at Auburn and you’re in position to consistently compete for a title in the best division in college football.

6. Texas A&M: Between the football complex, indoor practice facility and currently-being-renovated Kyle Field, the Aggies’ facilities rival the best programs in the country. The school is flush with money, even relative to the current era, which is one of the reasons for coach Kevin Sumlin’s $5 million per year contract. Being anchored in Texas is a big plus as well, though the program still is trying to emerge from the shadow of the Longhorns from a perception standpoint. It’s also tough to fully capitalize on all those positives without championships, and those are difficult to come by considering the other SEC West schools.

5. LSU: The Tigers, as the lone Louisiana power, can count on an inherent advantage with all big-time in-state recruits. Texas is close by to further supplement the team’s talent. Tiger Stadium at night is a cliche as one of the rowdiest, most electric atmospheres in college football. The food in Baton Rouge is best-in-the-nation good. But prior to Nick Saban’s arrival, the football program spent a few decades mired in mediocrity. And, as we witnessed with current coach Les Miles last season, the fan base can be very demanding, almost unfairly so. LSU does not have the program history of a Tennessee, and the addition of Texas A&M to the SEC West in some ways is a geographical version of a strategic “Price Is Right” bid.

4. Tennessee: Don’t let the recent downturn fool you, nor the notion that the Vols are in a weak position when it comes to recruiting. Sure, the in-state talent isn’t amazing. Nashville is up-and-coming, but Memphis is much closer to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. But that’s forced Tennessee to recruit nationally, which is just what coach Butch Jones has done. The Vols have a fan base on par with Alabama and Florida. Neyland Stadium is a terrific facility. And the team’s football tradition belongs at the upper-echelon of not only the SEC, but the entire country. It’s possible to win a national championship in Knoxville, and expectations are not nearly what they were during Phillip Fulmer’s final seasons.

3. Georgia: The first thing that everyone mentions as it relates to Georgia these days is the team’s lack of recent championships under coach Mark Richt. The fan base is demanding, but then again, Richt may not still have a job if he’s coaching for a few of the teams in this Top 5. The Peach State isn’t Florida, Texas or California, but it may be the next-best state in the country in terms of recruiting. Almost by default, the Bulldogs claim one of the most talented rosters every year. UGA’s tradition, facilities, fan base and resources compete with just about any program in America as well.

2. Florida: Location, location, location. It’s Florida’s biggest advantage. If you can’t bring in talent with the Gators, you wouldn’t be able to bring in talent at any of the 13 other SEC programs. The fan base is as rabid as any other university in the nation. The program may not have a history of consistent success, but Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer proved there’s no excuse to be less than great with so many available resources. But, as of 2015, the Gators’ facilities are surprisingly weak for one of the country’s football powers, relatively speaking. And the team’s offense has been a mess since about the time Meyer went into temporary retirement. Florida State arguably has been the country’s best team the last two years, and Miami is showing signs of life as well. Otherwise UF would rank No. 1 on this list.

1. Alabama: Obsession with excellence. That’s what the Tide can claim over any other program, for better or worse. At what other school would a loss in the College Football Playoff semifinals be considered a disappointing season? That could be counted as a knock against Alabama, from the perspective of a coach, or a huge benefit. Win in Tuscaloosa and they’ll erect statues of you and practically worship your gravesite one day. As much pressure as Nick Saban faces, he also is the highest-paid coach in the history of college football and essentially has a blank check when it comes to facilities, support staff, recruiting and more. The program can claim 23 SEC championships and as much tradition as any school in the country. Recruiting isn’t a problem when the team is rolling, negating advantages of some other SEC schools. Alabama may lead the SEC in fans who may be clinically insane, and expectations at this point are championship or bust. But on some level, wouldn’t every coach want such a monstrous task?