No. 31 South Carolina

This represents a season of transition in the SEC East. Tennessee figures to be down. Kentucky is adjusting to a new coach. Florida has a new quarterback and defensive coordinator, while Georgia is relying on a redshirt freshman quarterback and a new defensive scheme. All that upheaval could allow South Carolina to make a move up the standings, but it can only happen if the Gamecocks get consistently strong performances from their offensive line and from Garcia. That’s probably asking too much. The more likely scenario is that South Carolina wins some games it shouldn’t but also loses some games it shouldn’t on its way to an 8-5 finish.