The margin of error is small in a conference that had 10 of 14 teams finish with winning overall records in 2015. While every SEC team enters the season with high hopes, sometimes teams considered to be a threat to win a national championship falter, like Auburn did in 2015 — the No. 6 team in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.
But other programs surprise, like Florida — an afterthought in preseason that managed to make its way to the SEC Championship game.
Here are five SEC teams that look to be headed in the right direction and could improve their conference record in 2016.