It’s teams that have a solid group of skill players across every position that start hanging a ton of points on the scoreboard. So let’s rank the SEC’s starting quarterback, running back and wide receiver combos.
14. Missouri Tigers
QB Drew Lock – RB Ish Witter – WR Nate Brown
There’s not a ton of confidence surrounding a Missouri offense that struggled mightily in 2015. Maybe Barry Odom can provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the Tigers, but unless someone else steps up this fall, things look bleak for Mizzou.
13. South Carolina Gamecocks
QB Brandon McIlwain – RB David Williams – WR Deebo Samuel
Brandon McIlwain could be one of the biggest surprises this season if he wins the quarterback job, but there will still be plenty to learn. Williams and Samuel have some experience, but it’s still a young core for the Gamecocks.
12. Kentucky Wildcats
QB Drew Barker – RB Boom Williams – WR Garrett Johnson
Boom Williams is one of the most underrated running backs in the nation, and he should be relied on heavily to ease Drew Barker into things as he takes over at quarterback. This group has potential but a lot to prove.
11. Auburn Tigers
QB John Franklin III – RB Jovon Robinson – WR Marcus Davis
The success of this group all relies on how good John Franklin III can be for Auburn. Jovon Robinson is solid at running back, and Marcus Davis leads a group of wide receivers who just need someone who can get the ball to them consistently.
10. Vanderbilt Commodores
QB Kyle Shurmur – RB Ralph Webb – WR Trent Sherfield
Ralph Webb is the most underrated player in the SEC, and Trent Sherfield doesn’t get his due either. Kyle Shurmur got some snaps under his belt last season, so that should bode well for an offense looking to take the next step.
9. Arkansas Razorbacks
QB Austin Allen – RB Kody Walker – WR Drew Morgan
Drew Morgan isn’t flashy, but it’s hard to find someone more reliable. Kody Walker can be a solid running back if he can stay healthy, and Austin Allen is as prepared as he can be to step into the starter’s role. Overall, this group won’t blow you away, but it’s solid.
8. Mississippi State Bulldogs
QB Nick Fitzgerald – RB Ashton Shumpert – WR Fred Ross
Fred Ross is among the best receivers in the SEC, but the success of this group will depend on what happens with Nick Fitzgerald, who is the favorite to win the starting job at quarterback. His success will also impact how good Ashton Shumpert and a host of other running backs can be.
7. Florida Gators
QB Luke Del Rio – RB Mark Thompson – WR Antonio Callaway
Antonio Callaway had a solid season last year, but more consistency at quarterback will be the biggest impact on Florida’s offense. Luke Del Rio is expected to be an upgrade at quarterback, but we’ll find out for sure soon. Mark Thompson is also receiving a lot of hype as of late.
6. Georgia Bulldogs
QB Jacob Eason – RB Nick Chubb – WR Terry Godwin
If Nick Chubb returns to old form, we all know how good he can be. Terry Godwin is also very reliable at wide receiver, but everything hinges at quarterback for the Georgia offense. Jacob Eason may not get the first snap in the fall, but he’s the best overall option for the Bulldogs.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide
QB Blake Barnett – RB Bo Scarbrough – WR Calvin Ridley
We don’t know for sure if Blake Barnett will win the starting job, but whoever does just has to be good enough for Alabama to thrive. Bo Scarbrough appears to be handling big expectations well, and Calvin Ridley proved how great he can be in his freshman season.
4. Texas A&M Aggies
QB Trevor Knight – RB James White – WR Christian Kirk
Christian Kirk had an electric freshman season, and he’ll look to build on that if Texas A&M can have consistency at quarterback. Trevor Knight has proven he can be a solid player, but his success will determine what the Aggies do this fall. James White is also looking to add another dimension to the offense.
3. LSU Tigers
QB Brandon Harris – RB Leonard Fournette – WR Malachi Dupre
If this list were the best running back and wide receiver combos, LSU would be first. It’s hard to find better players than Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupre at their respective positions, but Brandon Harris’ success will be the deciding factor on what the Tigers’ offense will do this season.
2. Tennessee Volunteers
QB Josh Dobbs – RB Jalen Hurd – WR Josh Malone
Like LSU, Tennessee would be first if this list was made of just the best quarterback and running back duo, and it’s easy to see why. Josh Dobbs has been good and is hoping to take another step up in 2016, and Jalen Hurd is among the best running backs in the SEC. Josh Malone leads a solid group of receivers as well.
1. Ole Miss Rebels
QB Chad Kelly – RB Akeem Judd – WR Damore’ea Stringfellow
It’s a quarterback league, and Ole Miss returns the best player at the position to put them at No. 1. Chad Kelly won’t surprise people this year, so it’s vital for Akeem Judd and the rest of the Rebels’ running backs to take a step forward this fall. Damore’ea Stringfellow also leads one of the deepest receiver groups in the country.