Which SEC teams will make the biggest improvements in 2016?
There were several SEC teams that didn’t live up to expectations this year.
And then there were others that surprised us.
No one knows what will happen in 2016 but there are indicators that teams are either headed in the right direction or regressing.
So which teams will make the biggest improvements in 2016?
Tennessee: Tennessee is on the rise. Butch Jones has proven himself as an efficient recruiter and both outsiders and the Vols fan base are excited about the future. The SEC East is there for the taking next season. The Vols’ only losses this year came to the Gators with Will Grier, Alabama and an Arkansas team that gashed several strong opponents. Tennessee will be better in 2015 with Joshua Dobbs and a solid average defense. The Vols currently have the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the SEC.
Florida: It felt like Florida barely hung on all season long. But the program is right where many people thought it would be. The Gators had three losses, but all to quality opponents. Florida’s defense is No. 6 in the nation. Could you imagine if Grier wasn’t suspended for PED usage? Jim McElwain has revitalized the Gators. Now he has a year behind him to really make adjustments.
Missouri: The Tigers had an ugly season and they should improve next year. Barry Odom seems like a great fit and the defense that ranks No. 9 in the country should remain dominant. We still don’t know who will take over on offense, but it can’t get any worse than this season. The Tigers finished with the 119th-ranked offense in the nation.
LSU: With all of the talk surrounding Les Miles getting fired, there’s a good chance he comes back with a chip on his shoulder in 2016. It wouldn’t be shocking for the Tigers and Leonard Fournette to silence the critics and make a run for the national title. LSU currently has the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the country. Next year could be the Tigers’ year.
Ole Miss: Ole Miss has become a premier destination for some of the nation’s top prospects. The Rebels roster is littered with future NFL players not named Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche. Ole Miss showed that it can hang with the best with its second straight win over Alabama. Now Hugh Freeze needs to get his squad to play that way on a weekly basis. It looks like Ole Miss is close.