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 Round Thursday Games

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the first round Thursday games

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the first round Thursday games


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

NCAA Tournament First Round: Thursday
Michigan vs Colorado St | Prov. vs So Dakota St
Memphis vs Boise State | Baylor vs Norfolk State
Tennessee vs Longwood | Iowa vs Richmond
Gonzaga vs Georgia State | UNC vs Marquette
UConn vs New Mexico St | Kentucky vs Saint Peter’s
Indiana vs Saint Mary’s | San Diego St vs Creighton
Arkansas vs Vermont | Murray St vs San Francisco
UCLA vs Akron | Kansas vs Texas Southern
Final Four Picks | NCAA Tournament Schedule

NCAA Tournament First Round
Michigan vs Colorado State

Line: Michigan -1.5, o/u: 136.5

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Colorado State
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Colorado State
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Michigan
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Michigan
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Colorado State
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Michigan
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Michigan
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Michigan
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Michigan
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Colorado State
CONSENSUS PICK: Michigan

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Kentucky vs Saint Peter’s Prediction, Game Preview: NCAA Tournament First Round

Kentucky vs Saint Peter’s prediction, NCAA Tournament First Round game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday

Kentucky vs Saint Peter’s: NCAA Tournament First Round prediction and college basketball game preview.


Kentucky vs Saint Peter’s Game Preview, NCAA Tournament First Round How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 17
Game Time: 7:10 pm
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
How To Watch: CBS
Records: Kentucky (2 seed, 26-7)
Saint Peter’s (15 seed, 19-11)
Region: East

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Kentucky vs Tennessee Prediction, Game Preview: SEC Tournament

Kentucky vs Tennessee prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday in the SEC Tournament.

Kentucky vs Tennessee prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 12


Kentucky vs Tennessee Game Preview, SEC Tournament How To Watch

Date: Saturday, March 12
Game Time: 3:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Kentucky (26-6), Tennessee (24-7)
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Kentucky vs Vanderbilt College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

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Kentucky vs Vanderbilt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Friday, March 11


Kentucky vs Vanderbilt Game Preview, SEC Tournament How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 11
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Kentucky (25-6), Vanderbilt (17-15)
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Kentucky vs Florida College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Kentucky vs Florida prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 5

Kentucky vs Florida prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 5


Kentucky vs Florida How To Watch

Date: Saturday, March 5
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Kentucky (24-6), Florida (19-11)
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Kentucky vs Ole Miss Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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

Kentucky vs Ole Miss prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, March 1


Kentucky vs Ole Miss How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Kentucky (23-6), Ole Miss (13-16)
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Kentucky vs Ole Miss Game Preview


Why Ole Miss Will Win

The Rebels have lost six of their last seven games, but they’re battling.

It’s a decent defensive team from three, it’s been good over the last few games on the free throw line, and there’s just enough ball movement to create points.

Kentucky is coming off a loss to Arkansas after not being able to hit a thing from the outside – that’s been a problem over the last few games.

It’s an erratic team from three, the defense has been slipping a bit, and …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Kentucky Will Win

Kentucky needs this to stay alive in the SEC regular season title chase.

Yeah, it struggled from the outside against Arkansas, it missed a few too many free throws, and the defense wasn’t great … and it lost on the road by two to a strong, fired up team.

Ole Miss isn’t all that bad, but it won’t come close to keeping up on the boards and it won’t shoot well enough to keep up.

After the loss to the Hogs, Kentucky is going to be cranked up to come up with a good performance at home.

It’s 17-0 in Rupp.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s Kentucky’s final home game of the year, and it’s not going to come out light.

After the loss to Arkansas the energy will be there from the start, and Ole Miss won’t be able to keep up from there. A Rebel run will come in the early second half to make the Cats keep trying, but it won’t be enough to get by.

Kentucky will hit enough threes to open it up to stay alive for the SEC regular season title.

Kentucky vs Ole Miss Prediction, Lines

Kentucky 78, Ole Miss 65
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 2

5: Romy
1: Michelle

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Kentucky vs Arkansas Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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

Kentucky vs Arkansas prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 26


Kentucky vs Arkansas How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 26
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AR
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Kentucky (23-5), Arkansas (22-6)
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Kentucky vs Arkansas Game Preview


Why Kentucky Will Win

Kentucky is back on track after the loss at Tennessee, rolling against Alabama and LSU teams that were just dangerous enough to come up with wins.

The Wildcats are shooting well again, they’re loading up on the free throw line, and they’re now at least threatening to do more from three even though they’ll never remind anyone of Steph Curry on the outside.

More than anything else, they’re still amazing on the boards.

They’ll be happy to get up and down the floor with the Hogs, but if they can do what they do on the defensive glass, they’ve got it.

However …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Arkansas Will Win

Arkansas has been amazing on the offensive boards.

They’ve won 12 of their last 13 games but forcing their way to the free throw line by attacking the rim, and that’s including making up for their misses and mistakes.

They don’t turn the ball over as much as Kentucky might want, and they’re holding up well defensively, holding teams under 40% from the field in four of the last six games.

No, they’re not shooting the lights out, and they’re not coming up with enough blocks, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Arkansas has been great defensively and making enough timely plays to overcome the other issues.

It held down Tennessee, pushed past Auburn, and cranked up the offense against Florida.

It hasn’t faced a team lately that can rebound and work inside like Kentucky can.

Arkansas is playing really, really well, and it’s got the confidence and momentum to rise up and pull this off at home, but Kentucky will pound, pound, pound on the boards and scoring inside the arc to pull this off.

Kentucky vs Arkansas Prediction, Lines

Kentucky 78, Arkansas 76
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 4.5

5: Troy Aikman on Monday Night Football
1: His inability to not say “make a play”

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Kentucky Football Schedule 2022: 3 Things To Know

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

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


2022 Kentucky Football Schedule

Sept 3 Miami University

Sept 10 at Florida

Sept 17 Youngstown State

Sept 24 Northern Illinois

Oct 1 at Ole Miss

Oct 8 South Carolina

Oct 15 Mississippi State

Oct 22 OPEN DATE

Oct 29 at Tennessee

Nov 5 at Missouri

Nov 12 Vanderbilt

Nov 19 Georgia

Nov 26 Louisville

Kentucky Football Schedule What To Know: Who do the Wildcats miss from the SEC West slate?

The Wildcats can’t complain. They have to go to Ole Miss and host Mississippi State from the West. That means they miss Alabama, Texas, A&M, Auburn, LSU, and Arkansas. That’s not too bad.

The games against the East aren’t all that bad, either. They have to start out the SEC season at Florida, but the road date at Tennessee comes after a week off, and the Georgia game is at home.

Kentucky Football Schedule What To Know: November might not be all that bad

Playing Georgia is bad no matter when it happens, but again, at least that’s at home.

At Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Louisville are wrapped around the date with the Dawgs. Throw in the October home games against South Carolina and Mississippi State, and five of the last seven games and eight of the last ten, and there isn’t a whole lot to complain about.

That means …

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

Really? There are only four road games?

Yup, and if Florida hasn’t built back better under Billy Napier two weeks in, there’s a shot at a massive record to kick off the season before going to Ole Miss.

There isn’t a non-conference game to worry about – all of them are at home – and there aren’t going to be too many times Kentucky will be the underdog. So go ahead and put it out there …

If Kentucky is ever going to get over the hump in the SEC East, this is the schedule to make it happen.

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