Disregard the line in the middle there. That was made when people thought the SEC would care about, you know, geography.
According to Saturday Down South… well, it doesn’t look good.
The SEC football blog ranked the favorites to win the division, and despite all the excitement around the program, Mark Stoops doesn’t really look to have the Wildcats in contention to compete just yet. The favorites are Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, per the usual. A bit surprising is Vanderbilt’s location “on the cusp,” but whatever. Predictably, though hopefully temporarily, Kentucky’s in the bottom tier:
Kentucky is rebuilding under head coach Mark Stoops. I expect the program to improve upon its two wins, but the SEC East crown is nowhere near a discussion in 2013…
Here’s some silver linings, though–Tennessee’s down there, too. And while their season looks like it might be a little better than ours, there’s no ruling out an upset. And Missouri’s down there, too, which isn’t surprising considering how much Missouri loves company. (Eh? Nevermind.)
But consider this a chip on the shoulders of the new guys; lower expectations gives them something to disprove, and while contention for the SEC East might be a little too much to ask for this season, we an at least knock on the door and remind people we’re here. You know, instead of being the mat in front of it.
So while we don’t necessarily disagree, Saturday Down South, we respectfully warn you that your list might change in coming years.