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 …

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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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Kentucky vs Vanderbilt College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

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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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Alabama vs Vanderbilt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 10


Alabama vs Vanderbilt Game Preview, SEC Tournament How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 10
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Vanderbilt (16-15), Alabama (19-12)
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Georgia vs Vanderbilt College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

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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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Alabama vs Vanderbilt Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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Alabama vs Vanderbilt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, February 22


Alabama vs Vanderbilt How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, February 22
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, TN
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Alabama (17-10), Vanderbilt (14-12)
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Alabama vs Vanderbilt Game Preview


Why Alabama Will Win

Alabama is going to keep on shooting threes. That’s what it does.

It threw a whopping 40 up against Kentucky in the loss a few days ago – making 14 – and it’s going to stay on brand against a Vanderbilt defense that isn’t going to bomb away if it needs to keep up.

The Commodores have had their moments from the outside, but can they find enough other ways to score if they’re not making 12 threes – the eight they average per game?

They’re not good enough from the free throw line – even though they get there a lot – they don’t come up with enough offensive rebounds, and they’re not going to keep up if the Crimson Tide stay on brand.

However …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Vanderbilt Will Win

Vanderbilt can guard the three.

It got rocked by Auburn last week, but for the most part it’s great at keeping teams to around 35% or under from three. It has to do that at home – and being in the Gymnasium matters.

It’s 0-5 on the road in its last five games and won its last four at home.

The offense doesn’t turn the ball over that much, and Alabama will put the Commodores on the line a bazillion times. Yeah, the threes will come raining down, but the Tide all about quantity over quality – they miss a ton from the outside, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Alabama is lousy on the road.

They’ve won a few road games back in early January, but they’ve dropped six straight on the road mostly because they keep on missing their threes.

Vanderbilt will pull off a desperately needed victory that needs to be a spark.

Alabama vs Vanderbilt Prediction, Lines

Vanderbilt 82, Alabama 78
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5:

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Auburn vs Vanderbilt Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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Auburn vs Vanderbilt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, February 16


Auburn vs Vanderbilt How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, February 16
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Auburn Arena, Auburn, AL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Auburn (23-2), Vanderbilt (13-11)
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Auburn vs Vanderbilt Game Preview


Why Vanderbilt Will Win

No, the Commodores aren’t going to crank up the offense and they won’t keep up if Auburn goes off, but they have the ability to hit from three and the defense is terrific at guarding the outside.

It’s possible to make Auburn one dimensional. As good as it is, it’s been lousy from three – it hasn’t hit 30% from beyond the arc in any of its last six games – and there’s a problem when the free throws aren’t dropping.

Vanderbilt can pull this off if it can force a slew of turnovers and eventually make this a free throw shooting contest, but …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Auburn Will Win

Auburn should be deadly on the move.

Vanderbilt doesn’t move the ball around well enough to overcome the concerns on the inside against everything the Tigers can do. Auburn comes up with a whole lot of blocks and it’s killing everyone on the boards.

Vanderbilt is hardly awful on the boards, but it’s not going to be able to keep the Tigers off the offensive glass. They’re owning the inside and getting tons and tons of second chance points with ten or more offensive rebounds in the last six games with a whopping 21 in the loss to Arkansas and 23 in the win over Missouri.

However …

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What’s Going To Happen

All of those offensive boards aren’t necessarily a good thing – Auburn is missing a whole lot shots lately and the threes just aren’t falling on a consistent basis. The defense will help pick up the slack.

Vanderbilt hasn’t been all that bad on the road overall, but it’s not going to be able to move the ball around well enough and it won’t be able to handle the Tigers inside on either end of the floor.

Auburn vs Vanderbilt Prediction, Lines

Auburn 77, Vanderbilt 66
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 2.5

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Tennessee vs Vanderbilt Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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Tennessee vs Vanderbilt prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 12


Tennessee vs Vanderbilt How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 12
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Venue: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Tennessee (17-6), Vanderbilt (13-10)
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Tennessee vs Vanderbilt Game Preview


Why Vanderbilt Will Win

The Commodores are making a big late push.

It might be a wee bit late in the process to get an NCAA Tournament bid, but they’re picking a great time to play their best basketball of the year with three wins in their last four games.

They’re shooting a whole lot better, they’re hitting their threes, and this has been a different team over the last two weeks than the one that lost to Tennessee 68-60 in mid January.

Combine the improved offense with good defense from three, and this is a dangerous team.

However …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Tennessee Will Win

Tennessee is playing well, too.

The Vols are taking and making their threes, they’re hitting their shots from the inside, too, and they’re doing a great job of taking over games in their three-game winning streak.

They didn’t shoot all that well in the first game against the Commodores, but they were great on the free throw line and the defense forced a ton of turnovers – they’re finding ways to win.

And then there’s the home factor …

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What’s Going To Happen

Tennessee is 5-6 away from home with two of those wins coming in the last week. Now it’s back in Thompson-Boling where it’s 12-0 and dominating from three.

Talk about shooting better in familiar surroundings, the Vols have hit double-digit threes in nine of their 12 home games and just twice in the 11 games away from home.

It might not hit ten threes against a Vanderbilt defense that’s strong from the outside, but it’ll push through to a good business-like win.

Tennessee vs Vanderbilt Prediction, Lines

Tennessee 74, Vanderbilt 66
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 3

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