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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2022 LSU Football Schedule: 3 Things To Know

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

LSU football schedule 2022: Who does LSU miss on the SEC schedule and what are 3 things to know?


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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

5 Best NCAA Tournament Predictions Against The Spread: First Round Friday

What are the 5 best NCAA Tournament predictions for the first round Friday games?

5 best NCAA Tournament predictions. What are the best bets and plays for the first round Friday games?


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NCAA Tournament Predictions 
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NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: First Round Friday Games

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

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the first round Friday 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: Friday
Ohio State vs Loyola | Auburn vs Jax State
Texas Tech vs Montana State | Purdue vs Yale
Villanova vs Delaware | USC vs Miami
Alabama vs Notre Dame | Texas vs Va Tech
Illinois vs Chatt | Duke vs Cal St Fullerton
LSU vs Iowa State | Arizona vs Wright State
Houston vs UAB | Michigan State vs Davidson
Wisconsin vs Colgate | Seton Hall vs TCU
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NCAA Tournament First Round
Ohio State vs Loyola Chicago

Line: EVEN, o/u: 132.5

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

NEXT: Auburn vs Jacksonville State Expert Picks, Predictions

LSU vs Iowa State Prediction, Game Preview: NCAA Tournament First Round

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LSU vs Iowa State Game Preview, NCAA Tournament First Round How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 18
Game Time: 7:20 pm
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
How To Watch: TBS
Records: LSU (6 seed, 22-11)
Iowa State (11 seed, 20-12)
Region: TBS

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Arkansas vs LSU College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview, Lines, How To Watch

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

Arkansas vs LSU prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Friday, March 11


Arkansas vs LSU Game Preview, SEC Tournament How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 11
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Arkansas (24-7), LSU (22-10)
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LSU vs Missouri College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview, Lines, How To Watch

LSU vs Missouri prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday.

LSU vs Missouri prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 10


LSU vs Missouri Game Preview, SEC Tournament How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 10
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: LSU (21-10), Missouri (12-20)
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Alabama vs LSU College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

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

Alabama vs LSU prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 5


Alabama vs LSU How To Watch

Date: Saturday, March 5
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Alabama (19-11), LSU (20-10)
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LSU vs Arkansas Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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

LSU vs Arkansas prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, March 2


LSU vs Arkansas How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, March 2
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AR
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: LSU (20-9), Arkansas (23-6)
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LSU vs Arkansas Game Preview


Why LSU Will Win

The Tigers have just enough dangerous parts to hang around with the Hogs, even if they’re struggling lately.

They’re able to shoot well enough to keep up with the teams with the offensive pop, and the defense has been doing a fantastic job of stopping the three.

No one in the nation comes up with more steals, few teams are better overall defensively, and again, good luck getting a clean look from three.

As long as the Tigers are able to hit close to 45% from the field, they have a chance, but …

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Why Arkansas Will Win

LSU has a really, really, really hard time on the road.

It’s great at home – at least it has been against everyone but Ole Miss and … Arkansas. The Hogs won the first meeting 65-58 back in mid-January.

LSU failed to get to 40% from the field in the loss, but that was an aberration in Baton Rouge. On the road, the team is 1-6 in its last seven games and 2-7 in the last nine.

The offense just stops and the shooting isn’t good enough. Yeah, the Tigers come up with a whole bunch of steals and are great defensively, but Arkansa doesn’t rely on the three and doesn’t turn the ball over all that much.

And …

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What’s Going To Happen

It could be argued that Arkansas is playing as well or better than anyone in the SEC over the last several days. It’s on a four-game winning streak and came up with a terrific win over Kentucky.

It’s not going to drop the game at home.

Yes, LSU comes up with whole lot of turnovers, but it also gives the ball away too much. Arkansas forced 17 turnovers in the first meeting and should generate close to that many on this go-round.

LSU vs Arkansas Prediction, Lines

Arkansas 75, LSU 69
Line: Arkansas -5.5, o/u: 139.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 3

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