The SEC as a whole has nothing left to prove. It is the standard of excellence

In the West, voters at media day last month put LSU a shocking fourth. Arkansas and Auburn are the buzz teams, but can they live up to it, or will they fold under high expectations the way Mississippi did a year ago?

So this time around, it really does look like one power team (Bama) and a lot of uncertainty.

For the long haul, the rest of America has to get faster. The stereotype of Southern speed versus plodders from the Midwest and elsewhere probably is overplayed, but everyone who saw the Florida and LSU defenses overwhelm the Ohio State offensive line a few years back knows there also is some truth to it. In the SEC, athletes aren’t at just the skill positions; they’re everywhere. Even the long-snappers are fast.