Phil Steele expects the SEC to be tough this season. In fact, he envisions it being the country’s strongest conference when all the fall’s dust and delightful intrigue settles.
In an interesting piece for ESPN on Friday, the college football guru used many factors to forecast which conference will be the best this year. After all his study, he pegs the SEC as his projected toughest conference, followed by the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and others.
The post comes one day after he broke down the reasons for why the ACC was the nation’s strongest conference in 2016. Certainly, the SEC left open room for debate last fall after the conference was criticized for a lack of depth behind Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s loss to Clemson in the national championship game strengthened the ACC’s case.
However, we’ve almost arrived to a new season.
Many in the SEC have something to prove in the months ahead. Will Alabama continue its dominance? Will LSU or Auburn challenge the Crimson Tide in the SEC West? Will Florida have an offense with a pulse? Will Butch Jones survive at Tennessee? How about Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M?
Steele and others expect big things from the SEC in 2017. They’re not wrong to do so.