6. Mississippi State: Any good offensive line needs an anchor, and the Bulldogs have that in senior Derek Sherrod, who’s started the last 22 games at left tackle. He joins three other returning starters, all of whom deserve their share of credit for Anthony Dixon’s big season a year ago. The only problem is that Dixon has taken his act to the NFL. Nonetheless, this is a physical group that really gets after people.
7. Ole Miss: The middle of the Rebels’ offensive line from a year ago is gone, including third-round draft pick John Jerry. Remember all the trouble Bradley Sowell had at left tackle, particularly early last season? Well, he made it through the storm and is back as one of Ole Miss’ most experienced linemen. Sophomore Bobby Massie returns at right tackle after breaking into the starting lineup as a freshman.