Behold, a painstakingly scientific formula to determine what will be the exact order of finish in the SEC West this season. Or, at the very least, the culmination of our subjective rankings in four key components – offense, defense, coaching and X-factors – to produce a semi-educated guess. Hey, you got a better idea?
First, read all four installments, because opinions aside, there’s a ton of research and fun numbers in these that should give you a well-rounded knowledge of the entire division.
BEST OF THE WEST: Ranking the offenses
BEST OF THE WEST: Ranking the defenses
BEST OF THE WEST: Ranking the coaches
BEST OF THE WEST: Ranking the X-factors
|3. Texas A&M||4||3||3||5||15|
|4. Ole Miss||3||5||2||6||16|
|7. Mississippi State||7||7||6||7||27|
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. On gut alone, I’d have probably jumped Ole Miss (and maybe Arkansas) ahead of A&M. But who am I to argue with science?
Bottom line: The West is a brutal division, teams ranging from good to great, not bad to good. It would be a shock if at least six teams from this side of the league don’t make bowl games. The last two years, all seven teams won at least seven games. Alabama and LSU look like the teams to beat at the top, but it could be a free-for-all after that.
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