Chasing the defending champion Tide in the Western Division will be two teams led by transfer quarterbacks, Arkansas and Ryan Mallett and Mississippi and newcomer Jeremiah Masoli. Not to mention an LSU team trying to get back on top and Auburn playing catch-up with in-state rival Alabama.
“Every team on our end of it is going to improve,” Saban said.
Florida could face a challenge from Georgia and receiver A.J. Green. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier has Stephen Garcia back running his offense.
“The East is completely wide open,” Gators coach Urban Meyer said.