SEC Top Letdown Games for Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

SEC letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

SEC schedules don’t let up too often, and that intensity level is an occasional problem. Where will that letdown come among all the big-time showdowns? Each team should win these games below, but let’s just say the focus might not be there – these should be more dangerous than they need to be.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: SEC Spring Version 2022

SEC college football rankings and predictions with realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

SEC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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As always, the SEC is going to be loaded with talent, full of teams in the College Football Playoff chase, and there’s a shot at least 12 of the 14 teams end up going bowling.

And then Alabama and Georgia will show off how awesome they are – again.

However, Tennessee has improved. Florida will be better. Texas A&M is terrific, Ole Miss reloaded through the transfer portal, and whatever team really is 7th-best in the SEC West could probably fight for most other division titles in college football.

There will be more transfers, more big personnel changes, and several other parts to the SEC puzzle, but for now, this 2022 looks even better than 2021.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

SEC East Rankings: Spring Version

1. Georgia Bulldogs

2020: 8-2 2019: 12-2 2018: 11-3

No, this won’t be 2020 LSU falling off the map after a historic national championship season, but no one loses that much NFL talent – especially off the defense – and gets better. However, there’s still more than enough talent coming back to be in the national championship mix.

The Dawgs should be favored in every game with no Alabama or Texas A&M to face from the West. They have to deal with Oregon to start the season, and there should be a slip somewhere along the way, but it’s going to take something major to beat this team twice with this slate.

Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2022 Georgia Prediction, Spring Football Version: 11-1
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 11-1
Georgia 2021 Final Record: 14-1
Georgia 2022 Schedule & Analysis

2. Florida Gators

2020: 8-4 2019: 11-2 2018: 10-3

How fast can Billy Napier get this whole thing going? He was always the next IT head coach in college football, and now he gets to finally crank it all up with his amazing rushing offense that puts up big, efficient numbers.

All the work done last year as the Gator offense pivoted styles should pay off with QB Anthony Richardson and Louisiana transfer RB Montrell Johnson about to blow up. The O line should be fine, but the defense that loses seven key starters will need some time. It’s Florida – the athletes are there, and the overall production can’t be less consistent than 2021.

The schedule doesn’t have enough early layups with Utah to start and Kentucky and at Tennessee in September. On the plus side, the team only leaves Florida once before going to Texas A&M in early November, and leaves the state just three times overall.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2022 Florida Prediction, Spring Football Version: 9-3
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 9-3
Florida 2021 Final Record: 6-7
Florida 2022 Schedule & Analysis

3. Tennessee Volunteers

2020: 3-7 2019: 8-5 2018: 5-7

Is this finally when Tennessee turns the corner and becomes something fantastic? There aren’t a ton of personnel losses, getting QB Hendon Hooker back for another year was huge, and now everyone knows how to work the Josh Heupel offense.

The schedule helps with a manageable start before dealing with Florida, at LSU, and Alabama. Going to Georgia doesn’t help, and sneaky-tough dates at South Carolina and Pitt will make this a bit of a challenge, but anything less than eight wins and a step forward will feel like a disappointment with this team.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2022 Tennessee Prediction, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 6-6
Tennessee 2021 Final Record: 7-6
Tennessee 2022 Schedule & Analysis

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4. Kentucky Wildcats

2020: 5-6 2019: 8-5 2018: 10-3

The Wildcats didn’t have massive personnel losses, but the ones who are gone were big. The offensive backfield is loaded, a few transfers will help to fill the holes across the attack, and seven starters should be back on defense. Again, though, it’s going to be partly about quality of returning talent as much as quantity.

The schedule gets a tune-up against Miami University before going to Florida. The non-conference schedule is a relative breeze – Louisville makes the trip over to Lexington – there’s no Alabama, Texas A&M, or LSU from the West, and the Georgia game is at home.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2022 Kentucky Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 7-5
Kentucky 2021 Final Record: 10-3
Kentucky 2022 Schedule & Analysis

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

2020: 2-8 2019: 4-8 2018: 7-6

This just got interesting after a great first season under Shane Beamer. Now the Gamecocks return relatively strong on offense with Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler stepping in behind a veteran line and strong group of target. The D is another story with several big pieces of the front six gone, but the line should be a positive.

It’s going to be a grind, though, with road games at Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, and Arkansas to go along with home dates against Georgia, Texas A&M and Tennessee. November ends with a brutal kick – at Florida, Tennessee, at Clemson – so there’s no margin for error early on.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2022 South Carolina Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 5-7
South Carolina 2021 Final Record: 7-6
South Carolina 2022 Schedule & Analysis

6. Missouri Tigers

2020: 5-5 2019: 6-6 2018: 8-5

Someone apparently likes to use the transfer portal. The Tigers might have lost a slew of parts on both sides of the ball – 13 starters are done – but they filled in the gaps fast, had decent depth to rely on, and they should be okay as long as the lines come together fast.

There’s Louisiana Tech and Abilene Christian early on to tune up. and there are more than enough winnable games to at least get to six wins and a bowl. Throw in the break of not having to face Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, or LSU – and with Georgia coming to Columbia – and this needs to be a step-up season for head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2022 Missouri Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 7-5
Missouri 2021 Final Record: 6-7
Missouri 2022 Schedule & Analysis

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

2020: 0-9 2019: 3-9 2018: 6-7

Second year head coach Clark Lea still has a whole lot of work to do., but at least the team returns with plenty of experience. The 2021 team took its usual lumps, but the positive part is all the experience returning back on both sides of the ball. Now the team needs to find more steady playmakers – and find an offense.

Getting to start out the season at Hawaii will at least be a nice way to enjoy a late August Saturday, and there should be enough winnable games to get past the two victories of last season. However, it’s going to take a massive upset for the Commodores to get an SEC win.

Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11
2022 Vanderbilt Prediction, Spring Football Version: 3-9
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 2-10
Vanderbilt 2021 Final Record: 2-10
Vanderbilt 2022 Schedule & Analysis

SEC West Rankings Spring Version: NEXT

2022 NFL Draft: Best Picks of All-Time From Every SEC School

Who are the SEC’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each SEC program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from each of the SEC programs? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


Who were the best NFL draft picks from every SEC school?

Considering the conference dominates the NFL draft with all of its talent, you’d think this would be easy – roughly a quarter of every draft lately is made up by SEC players – but this is way harder than you might think.

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the SEC schools – these are the best draft picks.

If an SEC player came up with a great career for someone other than the team that drafted him, he’s not on this list, or he’s diminished a bit.

The goal with any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters.

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NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: First Four, Final Four

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the First Four games along with their Final Four picks

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the First Four games along with their Final Four picks


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
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NCAA Tournament First Four, Final Four
TA&MCC vs Texas Southern | Indiana vs Wyoming

Bryant vs Wright State | Notre Dame vs Rutgers
Final Four Picks | NCAA Tournament Schedule

NCAA Tournament First Four
Texas Southern vs Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi

6:40, truTV
Line: Texas Southern -3.5, o/u: 136

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Texas Southern
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Texas Southern
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Texas A&M-CC
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Texas Southern
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Texas A&M-CC
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Texas Southern
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Texas Southern
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Teas A&M-CC
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Texas Southern
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Texas A&M-CC
CONSENSUS PICK: Texas Southern

NCAA Tournament First Four, Final Four
Indiana vs Wyoming | 
Bryant vs Wright State
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Georgia vs Vanderbilt College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Georgia vs Vanderbilt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Wednesday.

Georgia vs Vanderbilt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, March 9


Georgia vs Vanderbilt How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, March 9
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Georgia (6-25), Vanderbilt (15-15)
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Georgia vs Vanderbilt Game Preview, SEC Tournament


Why Georgia Will Win

Okay, Georgia. It’s the first basketball game of the rest of your life.

Because this school is a problem for Alabama at the moment, it pulled off a win over the Crimson Tide in late January, and that’s been it for the fun losing 11 straight and 19 of the last 20.

However, for all of the problems, this isn’t a bad shooting team. It’s good on the free throw line and solid from the interior, even if it can’t shoot the three.

It’s not like Vanderbilt is setting the world on fire. It beat Georgia in late January, but it’s having problems on the boards and there are way, way, way too many turnovers.

However …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Vanderbilt Will Win

Georgia doesn’t force turnovers, at all.

There aren’t any steals, the defensive stops are missing, and the defense is letting just about everyone score at will.

The Bulldogs are allowing 47% from the field and everyone is fattening up with lots and lots of points.

You have to try to not have 70 points coming out of the locker room.

Vanderbilt is shooting well even when it’s losing, and against this D, that’s enough.

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Georgia vs Vanderbilt: What’s Going To Happen

Can Georgia become the story of the early part of the SEC Tournament?

A win over Vanderbilt would make the season at this point, and the offense will come close with an energetic performance with a whole lot points on the inside.

It won’t be enough.

Vanderbilt will hit the threes that Georgia won’t, and it’ll take over in a way it normally never does – with offensive rebounds.

Georgia vs Vanderbilt Prediction, Lines

Vanderbilt 81, Georgia 73
Line: Vanderbilt -9, o/u: 144.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

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Must See Rating: 2

5: King Otto
1: Lost City

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Tennessee vs Georgia Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Tennessee vs Georgia prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Tuesday.

Tennessee vs Georgia prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, March 1


Tennessee vs Georgia How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Game Time: 6:30 ET
Venue: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, GA
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Tennessee (21-7), Georgia (6-23)
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Tennessee vs Georgia Game Preview


Why Tennessee Will Win

Georgia has lost nine straight and 17 of the last 18 thanks to a defense that can’t stop anyone.

The Bulldogs are shooting okay, and they’re hovering around 70 points per game on a regular basis – but usually coming up just short of that – but everyone is able to move the ball around at will against this D.

Florida came up with 20 assists while hitting 52% from the field. Texas A&M made 56% of its shots helped by 21 assists. Ole Miss made 56% of its shots, LSU hit 49%, and South Carolina made 52%, and …

It’s the worst defense in the SEC for a reason, and Tennessee is about to have some fun.

Tennessee has won seven of its last eight games, but …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Georgia Will Win

For all of the great things Tennessee is doing, it’s not making a ton of shots.

It’s scoring, but it’s struggling from the field – it hasn’t hit 50% in any of its last seven games – because it’s not coming up with the steals like it did for a nice stretch in early February. It’s also not moving the ball around like it normally does.

Normally a lock to come up with double-digit assists, it failed to get to ten in two of the last three games, the offense struggled, the threes weren’t quite there, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Yeah, those two games were against Auburn and Arkansas, and Georgia isn’t 45 miles from being in the same area code as either of those two defensively.

The Vols might be a bit inconsistent in a slew of ways, but they’re about to go off on a Georgia defense that just can’t seem to stop anyone from scoring easily.

Tennessee vs Georgia Prediction, Lines

Tennessee 82, Georgia 63
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 2

5: Romy
1: Michelle

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Georgia Football Schedule 2022: 3 Things To Know

Georgia football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Georgia football schedule 2022: Who do the Bulldogs miss on the SEC schedule and what are 3 things to know?


2022 Georgia Football Schedule

Sept 3 Oregon (in Atlanta)

Sept 10 Samford

Sept 17 at South Carolina

Sept 24 Kent State

Oct 1 at Missouri

Oct 8 Auburn

Oct 15 Vanderbilt

Oct 22 OPEN DATE

Oct 29 Florida (in Jacksonville)

Nov 5 Tennessee

Nov 12 at Mississippi State

Nov 19 at Kentucky

Nov 26 Georgia Tech

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Georgia Football Schedule What To Know: Who do the Bulldogs miss from the SEC West?

Auburn Mississippi State

There’s no real complaining about who the defending national champions get from the West. There’s no sure-thing layup against anyone from the division, but playing Auburn at home and going to Mississippi State isn’t all that awful.

That means Georgia misses Alabama and Texas A&M – it’ll take that deal. Missing the Ole Miss offense along with LSU and Arkansas is just fine.

Georgia Football Schedule What To Know: The road games …

They’re about as easy as they can possibly get for an SEC team.

The two most dangerous games away from Athens aren’t even real road dates. The opener against Oregon might as well be a home game in Atlanta, and the Florida showdown is, as always, in Jacksonville.

South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi State, Kentucky. Again, all things considered, that’s a light and breezy road run for a team with national championship dreams.

Georgia Football Schedule What To Know: What does it all really mean?

Don’t blame the regular season schedule if Georgia isn’t back in the College Football Playoff.

Again, no Alabama and no Texas A&M is the big break, and consider it an upset if the Dawgs aren’t favored in every game – assuming there’s not a meltdown of some sort.

As long as the team can maintain its focus against Mississippi State and Kentucky coming off what should be fun East battles with Florida and Tennessee, all should be just fine.

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Tennessee vs South Carolina Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Tennessee vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

Tennessee vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 5


Tennessee vs South Carolina How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 5
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Tennessee (15-6), South Carolina (13-8)
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Tennessee vs South Carolina Game Preview


Why Tennessee Will Win

Can the Vols get hot from the field?

Of course, everyone is great when they shoot well, but they’ve been terrific from three at times lately – great against Florida and Texas A&M, but struggled against Texas – and it wins when it’s on no matter where the shots are coming from.

They’re 13-1 when hitting 39% or better, and 2-5 when they’re under the mark. South Carolina keeps teams to 40% from the field, but it hasn’t been struggling with the D in January against the better teams.

Tennessee hit 44% from the field in the 66-46 win a few weeks ago, but …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why South Carolina Will Win

South Carolina might not always be great from the outside, and it’s not all that consistent, but the defense has been solid lately, it’s been terrific at times at guarding the three, and it’ll always bring a bit of a fight.

It’s this simple. The Gamecocks have got to keep the score low to pull this off.

They’re 8-0 when allowing fewer than 66 points, and they’re 5-8 when they don’t. That’s a heavy lift against a Tennessee team that can score in bunches at times, but being on the road has been a difference-maker.

Nine of the 11 times Tennessee has scored more than 70 points were at home, and it’s been under that mark in seven of the ten games that weren’t in Knoxville.

South Carolina has to grind this down to a halt at times, win the rebounding margin, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Tennessee will have a bit too much offense down the stretch.

South Carolina turns it over too often, it’s not going to have the pop from three, and it’s just not good enough from the free throw line to take advantage of its chances.

It’ll be close for a while, and it certainly won’t be a scoring-fest, but the Vols will escape.

Tennessee vs South Carolina Prediction, Lines

Tennessee 73, South Carolina 66
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: COMING

5: One week off before the Super Bowl
1: Two weeks off before the Super Bowl

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Auburn vs Georgia Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Auburn vs Georgia prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

Auburn vs Georgia prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 5


Auburn vs Georgia How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 5
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, GA
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Auburn (21-1), Georgia (6-16)
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Auburn vs Georgia Game Preview


Why Auburn Will Win

So what’s Auburn doing that’s so great?

It’s not hitting from three lately, it’s fouling a whole lot, and it’s been just okay at getting that extra pass for easy baskets. However …

It’s been amazing on the boards, it blocks a whole lot of shot, and it doesn’t make enough mistakes for teams to overcome the pace and the firepower the Tiger offense is bringing.

There was a rough shooting night several days ago in a close win over Missouri, but it’s hitting everything inside the arc and is great at getting on the move and getting to the rim.

But it’s this – Georgia is bad on the boards. Auburn can have an off day shooting and be fine. So …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Georgia Will Win

What can Georgia do to pull this off?

It’s 1-10 in its last 11, but it was able to shock Alabama at home by clamping down from the outside came coming up with its best day of the year at forcing turnovers.

The Bulldogs are great at getting to the free throw line. They have to stall the Auburn offense a bit by getting fouled and slowing the overall rhythm.

They’ve been shooting well from the field lately – even in losses – and Auburn can’t seem to buy enough threes over the last several games hitting under 30% from the outside in four of the last five.

But …

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What’s Going To Happen

Auburn should be able to run its way to a relatively easy win.

It took out the Dawgs 83-50  a few weeks ago even though it was lousy from three and only got to the free throw line nine times. It was one of Auburn’s best passing games of the season, the D forced a ton of mistakes, and it should all happen again.

Expect the Tigers to be at least +6 in the rebounding margin.

Auburn vs Georgia Prediction, Lines

Auburn 81, Georgia 66
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 2

5: One week off before the Super Bowl
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Georgia Was THE Team, Stetson Bennett: 5 National Championship Thoughts

5 thoughts from Georgia’s win over Alabama in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship

Stetson Bennett’s big drive, to the loss of Jameson Williams, to Georgia being THE team of 2021, here are 5 National Championship thoughts from the terrific game.


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Georgia 33, Alabama 18: College Football Playoff National Championship 5 Things That Matter

Prediction: Georgia 26, Alabama 23
Line: Georgia -2.5, o/u: 52.5
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Now that the dust has settled after Georgia beat Alabama for the College Football Playoff National Championship – and after getting a shot to watch the game again after spending a fun night in a raucous and very cold Lucas Oil Stadium – here are the 5 main takeaways with 24 hours to let it all sink in.

5. Georgia was the team of 2021

Yeah, of course – it won the national championship. Losing the SEC Championship – as it turned out – didn’t matter, and it might have been just what the Dawgs needed.

You want focus? LB Nakobe Dean was so locked in on Alabama that he ended up wearing a Tide national championship hat after it was all over.

Obviously that was a mistake, but the loss in Atlanta refocused the effort. Any possibility of overconfidence was gone, the mission was to take down Bama – of course it was going to be Georgia-Alabama in the national championship – and this veteran team full of superstar talent had the laser focus needed to pull this off.

2021 Georgia was the team of the year, just like 2020 Alabama was the team of the year, just like LSU owned the 2019 season.

Georgia’s defense stopped Clemson to start the season – getting the only touchdown of the game on a pick six – and it ended the season with a dramatic pick six.

2021 Alabama might have rented the top spot for several weeks, but it was Georgia’s turn thanks to that D that helped bail out …

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4. Stetson Bennett’s one big drive
3. Jameson William’s injury mattered
2. Bill O’Brien was fine
1. The talent level, oh, the talent level
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