2013 Results: 12-2 1st in the East (7-1); won the Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma St.
2013 Highlight: Won the SEC east in only their second year in the league.
2013 Lowlight: SEC Championship game loss.
2014 Outlook: What a breakout, surprise season 2013 was for the Tigers. They were predicted to finish toward the bottom of the east and ended up winning it. I think the Tigers have the potential this year to continue to compete for the east crown. They have a manageable schedule that opens with their two toughest conference opponents. A split in those games could put them in the thick of the race again this year. They return a strong offensive line and defensive line, which go a long way towards winning in the SEC.
Biggest Issue to Solve: Wide Receivers. The Tigers lost L’Damian Washington to the NFL and Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the team and is headed to Oklahoma. The guys returning at receiver have only seen limited action. It will be very important to find some talent in this area.
Key Players: QB Maty Mauk and the offensive line.
Most Important Game: Sept. 27th at South Carolina; revenge game after a double OT home loss in 2013.
Media Prediction (SEC finish): 4th SEC East
My Prediction (SEC finish): 3rd SEC East (5-3)
My Overall Record Prediction: 9-3
Why?: Count me in the vast number of people that were surprised by Missouri’s rapid ascent to the top of the SEC east last year. This year may tell us more about where they fit in the league and if they’ll truly be able to compete. I think they come slightly back down to earth this year with the amount of inexperience they have at the skill positions on offense.
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