DISCLAIMER: Below, you’ll find the exact order in which the seven SEC East teams will finish in 2016. Please only use this knowledge for good, like betting your children’s college fund on it.
Or … we took a semi-educated stab at ranking the division’s offenses, defenses, coaches and X-factors, and now we’ve added it all up to project the division standings at the end of the season. We did the same with the West. Be sure to read all four installments, though, because — if not a perfect prognostication tool — the series does serve as a fairly complete primer on the division.
BEST OF THE EAST: Ranking the offenses
BEST OF THE EAST: Ranking the defenses
BEST OF THE EAST: Ranking the coaches
BEST OF THE EAST: Ranking the X-factors
There was no cheating here — picking the division and then trying to make the four other rankings add up to that conclusion. Each category was considered separately. The math calculated after the series was finished. But with the exception of Missouri in last, this pretty much lines up with what I’d have picked on gut feeling alone.
The East does not look nearly as formidable as the West, but Tennessee — No. 1 in every category here — should be a legitimate championship contender. After the Vols, Gators and Bulldogs, though, it’s murky. Maybe ugly even.
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