We’re more than halfway through the 2016 season, but things are far from settled in the SEC.
The East looks to be a battle between Tennessee and Florida, while the West is still up for grabs with both Alabama and Texas A&M still undefeated.
One of those teams will lose this weekend, but you never know how things will turn out with an SEC West schedule.
On Wednesday, ESPN revealed SEC bold predictions for the second half of the season:
- Edward Aschoff: Jalen Hurts in a Heisman finalists
- This was one of the least bold predictions on the list. Aschoff pointed out that if Hurts, as a true freshman, is able to earn wins against Texas A&M, LSU and Auburn and earn a trip to Atlanta that he will surely make a trip to New York.
- David Ching: Tennessee rebounds to win the SEC East
- Ching admitted in explanation that this isn’t really that bold of a pick. Florida currently controls its own destiny in the SEC East with conference games against Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina and LSU remaining. Tennessee holds the tiebreaker and will need Florida to lose at least one of those games, while the Vols will need to win out against South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
- Sam Khan, Jr.: Arkansas runs the table in the regular season
- This is certainly a bold prediction. Arkansas has looked good, but still has remaining conference games against Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. They may be favored in each of those games, but the first three could be super competitive.
- Greg Ostendorf: Auburn goes undefeated until Iron Bowl
- Looking at the schedule, Auburn fans may not even believe this one. The Tigers still have games against Arkansas, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Georgia before they get to Alabama on Nov. 26. Being on the road against Ole Miss and Georgia won’t make things any easier. It’s possible, but not probably.
- Alex Scarborough: Alabama finishes season with three 1,000-yard rushers
- This would be crazy. Scarborough predicts both Damien Harris and Jalen Hurts to finish the year with at least 1,000 yards should they stay healthy. Neither of those seem out of the question, but the ESPN reporter predicts that sophomore Bo Scarbrough will have a big second half. The back currently holds 273 yards and five touchdowns on the year.