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: Second Round Saturday Games

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the second round Saturday games

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the first round Saturday 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: Saturday
North Carolina vs Baylor | Creighton vs Kansas
Michigan vs Tennessee | Richmond vs Providence
Saint Mary’s vs UCLA | Saint Peter’s vs Murray St
NMSU vs Arkansas | Memphis vs Gonzaga
Final Four Picks | NCAA Tournament Schedule 

NCAA Tournament Second Round
Baylor vs North Carolina

Line: Baylor -5.5, o/u: 149

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

NEXT: Kansas vs Creighton State Expert Picks, Predictions

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

NEXT: Providence vs South Dakota State Expert Picks, Predictions

Tennessee vs Longwood Prediction, Game Preview: NCAA Tournament First Round

Tennessee vs Longwood prediction, NCAA Tournament First Round game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday

Tennessee vs Longwood: NCAA Tournament First Round prediction and college basketball game preview.


Tennessee vs Longwood Game Preview, NCAA Tournament First Round How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 17
Game Time: 2:45 pm
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
How To Watch: CBS
Records: Tennessee (3 seed, 26-6)
Longwood (14 seed, 26-7)
Region: South

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NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews

Tennessee vs Texas A&M Prediction, Game Preview: SEC Championship

Tennessee vs Texas A&M prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Sunday in the SEC Championship.

Tennessee vs Texas A&M prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Sunday, March 13


Tennessee vs Texas A&M Game Preview, SEC Championship How To Watch

Date: Sunday, March 13
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Tennessee (25-7), Texas A&M (23-11)
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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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Tennessee vs Mississippi State College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview, Lines, How To Watch

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

Tennessee vs Mississippi State prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Friday, March 11


Tennessee vs Mississippi State Game Preview, SEC Tournament How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 11
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Tennessee (23-7), Mississippi State (18-14)
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Arkansas vs Tennessee College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Arkansas vs Tennessee prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might win on Saturday.

Arkansas vs Tennessee prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 5


Arkansas vs Tennessee How To Watch

Date: Saturday, March 5
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Arkansas (24-6), Tennessee (22-7)
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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 …

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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 …

Top 25 Game Previews, Predictions

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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