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Every team and conference linked to previews below articles.
Every team and conference linked to previews. Conference previews also have links to team breakdowns. All 126 FBS schools are previewed.
Alabama would slip up, then it will most likely be week two at Texas A&M. If Johnny Manziel and the rest of the Aggies are at full strength, it will be a great game that the Tide could easily lose. Alabama has a good shot at another BCS National Championship, but it's so difficult to go undefeated nowadays in college football, especially in a power conference like the SEC. If it wasn't for recent off the field troubles, Texas A&M may have been the pick to win the SEC.
Georgia and South Carolina are both projected to win 11 games, but the Bulldogs are the pick to win the East Division. Florida is predicted to lose three games against Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina, but all should be close games so the Gators are still in the hunt.
The West Division could be tightly contested and Texas A&M could surge ahead with an upset over Alabama in week two. LSU could give some trouble in the West as well. The Tigers defeated the Aggies 24-19 last season and are projected to win again this year.
Ole Miss will be the most improved team in the nation this year as the Rebels are projected at 10 wins. Arkansas and Auburn will be improved on the field, but will only up their season win total slightly while in rebuilding stage.
Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are expected to have down season. The Bulldogs may not reach bowl eligibility. Missouri's and Tennessee's football programs look to be at a standstill.
For the conference, eight schools are projected to be bowl eligible.
Southeastern Conference Projected Record
Team, Overall Record, Conference Record
Projected Conference Champion: Alabama 13-0 (8-0)
Each school is linked to a 2013 preview.
2013 Preseason BCS National Championship & Rose Bowl Predictions
BCS National Championship Prediction First Pick: Alabama vs. Louisville
BCS National Championship Prediction Second Pick:
Texas A&M vs. Stanford
BCS National Championship Next Team Up:
Prediction Order of Most Likely to Win BCS National Championship:
Alabama, Louisville, Stanford, Texas A&M, & Ohio St.
Rose Bowl Prediction First Pick:
Stanford vs. Ohio State
Rose Bowl Prediction Second Pick:
Oregon vs. Nebraska
The College Football Universe Preseason All-America Team is posted below. The CFU All-America Team is a couple days late as there has been a great start to this season.
The SEC may have the most depth in talent overall, but the Pac-12 landed the most players on the CFU All-America Team with nine. The SEC has the second most named to the team with seven.
Independents have three listed below (BYU one & Notre Dame two). The ACC and Big 12 have two apiece while the Big Ten and Conference USA have one CFU All-American each.
Johnny Manziel is an easy pick as a CFU All-American for his work on the field, but his troubles off of it make him a tough selection. Manziel still made the team, but by close and if he doesn't play well this season, expect chaos in College Station.
College Football Universe Preseason All-America Team
P: Kyle Christy (Jr. 6-3 193) Florida
K: Cairo Santos (Sr. 5-8 160) Tulane
R: Marcus Murphy (r-Jr. 5-9 185) Missouri
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
The 2013 College Football Universe Preseason All-SEC Team is released. It's a couple days behind and the SEC opened with a great match on Thursday night between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
Alabama leads the way with six first team selections. Vanderbilt is next up with three; Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas A&M all each have two first team players. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and South Carolina had one apiece make the first team while Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee had no first squad representatives.
As expected the SEC has depth at every position. The talent rich SEC is the next level of college football when compared to other conferences. There are so many good offensive linemen in the conference that there are many other quality first team candidates as well as some of the other positions. With the recent troubles for Johnny Manziel, Georgia QB Aaron Murray nearly made the first team instead.
2013 Preseason All-SEC First Team
P: Kyle Christy (Jr. 6-3 193) Florida
K: Carey Spear (Sr. 5-10 194) Vanderbilt
R: Marcus Murphy (r-Jr. 5-9 185) Missouri
No. 60 Missouri Tigers (5-7)
Coach Gary Pinkel (13th season, 90-61 at Missouri, 163-98-3 overall)
Returning starters: 15, 8 offense, 6 defense, 1 special teams
Recruiting rank: 39
Strength of schedule: 11
In 2012, Missouri suffered the football program's first losing season since 2004 and only finished with two conference wins in their inaugural SEC season. Before last season, coach Gary Pinkel and the Tigers made seven straight bowl berths.
While Mizzou is still not ready to contend for the SEC East, the Tigers should be more competitive on the field. Injuries to the offensive line and quarterback James Franklin hampered the team's performance last year. From 2005-11, Missouri's offense on average ranked 19th nationally in total offense; MU dropped to 96th in 2012. Franklin's ability as an SEC caliber quarterback is still questionable and he will need to be more stable of a player.
Four starters on the offensive line return: center Evan Boehm, left tackle Justin Britt, left guard Max Copeland, and right tackle Mitch Morse.
Under the radar of an overall dismal season was strong play at tailback by Kendial Lawrence, who rushed for 1,025 yards. Lawrence graduated, but junior Henry Josey is back after a year off due to a late season injury in 2011. Josey ran for 1,168 yards for 8.1 yards per carry and nine touchdowns in 2011. Marcus Murphy may contribute to the run game some too.
Six of Missouri's eight top receivers are back for this season. Number one receiver T.J. Moe is lost to graduation, but there's still a wealth of talent in the receiver corps. Senior Marcus Lucas, Sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham, and junior Bud Sasser were all productive last season. Lucas is the leading returning receiver with 46 receptions, 509 yards, and three touchdowns. As a true freshman, Dorial Green-Beckham was considered by many scouts as the top recruit in the nation. Sasser has great speed as exhibited by his team-leading 23.1 yards per catch average. Junior Jimmy Hunt could also contribute as a receiver.
Last season, the Missouri defense led the nation in forced fumbles with 21 and recovered 16 of them. Despite out performing the offense, expect the defense to have a tough 2013 outing. Cornerback E.J. Gaines is the highest rated player talent-wise on the defensive side of the ball. Gaines broke up 11 passes and recorded 74 total tackles last season.
Other returning starters for the defense are juniors defensive end Kony Ealy, tackle, Matt Hoch, and safety Braylon Webb, and seniors, defensive end Michael Sam and linebacker Andrew Wilson. The biggest departure for the team was defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who was chosen 13th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ealy did provide additional pressure on the line by finishing the season with 37 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 10.5 tackles for loss. Wilson has led the Tigers in tackles each of the last two seasons and is a known hard hitter. The rest of the linebackers lack solid experience.
Sophomore kicker Andrew Baggett and punter Christian Brinser are new special team starters. Marcus Murphy is a prolific return man who took back three punts and one kick for scores in 2012 aline. Jimmy Hunt also returned a kickoff 87 yards for touchdown against Tennessee last season.
Running back Chase Abbington and defensive tackle Josh Augusta are the top recruits for Missouri's incoming class.
“We feel that this is a high-quality group of players who are good fits for areas of need," Pinkel said. "This is a versatile group that is excited to be part of our family, and help us compete for championships."
No. 43 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-8)
Coach Brett Bielema (first season at Arkansas, 68-24 overall)
Returning starters: 14, 5 offense, 8 defense, 1 special teams
Recruiting rank: 27
Strength of schedule: 3
After an embarrassing 2012 year, Arkansas will be a much better team this season, but it will take time before the Razorbacks are legitimate contenders in the tough SEC West. Brett Bielema's staff has a combined 174 years of coaching experience and that will help the Hogs build back.
While there are changes all around the coaching staff and some new faces among players, there's still some experience coming back. Arkansas returns 13 players who made at least six starts and 25 who made at least one start last season.
On offense, the Arkansas line ranked third in the SEC for fewest sacks allowed in 2012 (1.58 per game average). Senior Travis Swanson is one of the nation's top centers and a freakish athlete. Swanson was also named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List.
The biggest hole to fill on offense is at quarterback after 2012 senior Tyler Wilson moved on to the NFL. Sophomore QB Brandon Allen is listed at the top of the depth chart. As a redshirt freshman, Allen completed just 21-of-49 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown.
There will be some breaking in to do at the running back position. Sophomore Jonathan Williams did show glimpses of hope last season as a true freshman and is the team's leading returning rusher with just 231 yards.
As usual for Arkansas, there's depth at receiver. There may not be one standout player this preseason, but there's a good variety of talent. In 2012, sophomore Mekale McKay and senior Javonte Herndon hauled on 21 receptions apiece while combining for 600 yards and five scores. Julian Horton, Demetrius Wilson, and Keon Hatcher each caught a touchdown pass last season.
The Arkansas defense may be a little better than usual, but the team will need to force more turnovers than last year (12). The Razorbacks bring back players that accounted for 73 percent of the team's quarterback hurries and 71 percent of the team's sacks. The Hogs should get pressure on opposing offenses. Defensive ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers had 13 tackles for loss apiece; Smith had a team-high six sacks. Tackle Bryan Jones (52 tackles) has started 29 of 35 games in his career and his a presence inside.
Sophomore linebackers A.J. Turner and Otha Peters both made the 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team. The secondary looks well in place as well with all four starters from a season ago. Sophomore safety Rohan Gaines tallied 75 tackles and four pass break ups as a Freshman All-American.
Kicker Zach Hocker returns for his senior campaign. Either juco transfer Sam Irwin-Hill or Hocker will likely take over punting duties.
Despite trouble off and on the field, Arkansas still pulled in the CFU No. 27 incoming recruit class. Running back Alex Collins (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) is the best prospect in an all-around solid class. Collins may be needed in the run game where depth of playmakers is an issue.
No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1)
Coach Nick Saban (seventh season, 63-13 at Alabama, 159-55-1 overall)
Returning starters: Alabama 14, 6 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teams
Recruiting rank: 1
Strength of schedule: 35
If coach Nick Saban was worried before about his players being overconfident after winning the 2012 BCS Championship, then he must be losing sleep over keeping the team humble after repeating earlier this year. The term dynasty is often overused in sports, but it is definitely a valid description for this era of Crimson Tide football.
Quarterback AJ McCarron is not only a team leader, but he has also became one of the most dynamic players on the team. McCarron is very accurate and a great decision maker. Last season, he threw only three interceptions compared to 30 touchdown passes.
With the loss of Eddie Lacy at running back, the Tide still has talent at the skill positions. TJ Yeldon is more than just a capable running back and flashed dynamic ability from time to time on the field in 2012. Incoming freshman RB Derrick Henry suffered a fractured fibula this spring, but is expected to recover by fall. Henry is a strong power runner so hopefully the injury does not make him too skittish.
In wide receiver Amari Cooper's first season at Alabama, he became a go-to receiver and a consensus Freshman All-American for 2012. Cooper will likely be one of the top receivers in the nation this season. Senior receiver Kenny Bell had just 431 receiving yards last season, but he looked good in spring practice and expect him to be targeted more in 2013.
The offensive line was thought of by many as the best in college football last season, but the Tide lost three of their linemen to the NFL Draft. There are other future NFL Draft picks ready to fill in their spots like returning starter Cyrus Kounadjio and his brother Arie. Experienced lineman Anthony Steen returns with 25 starts and 40 games played under his belt.
Saban said on their spring performance, “Well the offensive line has done a really good job all spring. I think Anthony Steen and Cyrus have done a really good job from a leadership standpoint... We need to continue to try to develop more players at that position, but I’m pleased with the progress that that group has made.”
Despite the loads of talent from 2012 gone to the NFL, the Alabama defense will be very strong once again and will not drop off much. Last season, the Tide finished number one in points allowed per game and yards allowed per game. Outside linebacker CJ Mosley leads the defense into the season. In 2012, Mosley led the team in tackles with 107, second most in the last 25 years for an Alabama player. The linebacker corps could be the best in the nation with solid talent from top to bottom.
The defensive line is the greenest group on "D", but starter Ed Stinson (8.5 TFLs) does return. Safety HaHa Clinton-Dix is a high caliber defender and a ball hawk. Last year, Clinton-Dix had a team-high five interceptions which also tied for the SEC lead.
Senior punter Cody Mandell (44.3 average) is back on special teams and senior kicker Cade Foster (4-9 FGs) takes over duties as full-time placekicker. Christian Jones returned a kick for touchdown last season and should contribute further in 2013.
Saban has brought winning to Tuscaloosa and the recruits to do it with. Alabama has the CFU No. 1 rated incoming recruiting class and two CFU Top 10 recruits. If healthy, running back Derrick Henry could have an immediate impact and Reuben Foster is the top freshman linebacker in the nation.
No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs (12-2)
Coach Mark Richt (13th season, 118-40 at Georgia and overall)
Returning starters: 16, 10 offense, 4 defense, 2 special teams
Recruiting rank: 10
Strength of schedule: 26
After a season that came so close to playing for it all, Georgia is still a legitimate BCS Championship contender. The Bulldogs have high promise on offense for 2013, but have to replace impact players on defense.
Offensively, veteran quarterback Aaron Murray is surrounded by options. Murray, the school record holder for touchdown passes, has a strong running game to work behind.
Duo backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are both threats in the backfield. In 2012, Gurley led the team in rush yards with 1,385 to go with 17 touchdowns; Marshall averaged 6.5 yards per carry while garnering 759 rushing yards. There is talent at receiver as well. Malcom Mitchell is the leading returning receiver with 572 yards and tight end Arthur Lynch also contributed 431 receiving yards last season.
The offensive line brings back a wealth of experience to bolster the list of SEC teams with top notch O-lines. All five starters return from last year: C David Andrews, OG Chris Burnette, OT Kenarious Gates, OG Dallas Lee, and OT John Theus. Andrews was named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy Watch List.
The defense only has four starters back and Georgia will have to fill in some holes left by departures of key impact players. Defensive end Garrison Smith and cornerback Damian Swann are a couple players that could be leaders on the field. Last year, the big lineman Smith recorded 57 tackles and Swann snagged a team-high four interceptions. Despite the loss of LB Jarvis Jones to the NFL, Georgia has quality SEC linebackers in junior Amario Herrera and sophomore Jordan Jenkins.
"I'm probably more curious than concerned. It's just going to be interesting to see how quickly these guys can get their feet under them and start playing with some confidence," coach Mark Richt said about the defense. "I'm not saying they won't start out that way, but young people tend to be more apt to react to what happens early in the game."
While not dynamic, the special teams returns sophomores kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber.
Malcom Mitchell and Todd Gurley both seen time returning kicks last season. Last season, Gurley brought a kickoff back 100 yards for touchdown.
UGA landed the CFU No. 10 incoming recruiting class. It looks like the Bulldogs are preparing for after Murray's senior season by signing highly prospected quarterback Brice Ramsey.
No. 11 Florida Gators (11-2)
Coach Will Muschamp (third season, 18-8 at Florida and overall)
Returning starters: Florida 12, 6 offense, 5 defense, 1 special teams
Recruiting rank: 7
Strength of schedule: 10
Despite an offense that struggled last season, Florida still managed to have a successful 11-win season anchored behind a stout defense. To make it to the next level, coach Will Muschamp and the Gators need to show progress on offense and the defense will need to rebuild some after key departures. Florida earned a Sugar Bowl berth in 2012 that ended in a disappointing loss to Louisville.
"I think regardless of how you ended the season doesn't affect how you play the next season," Muschamp said. "But certainly in the offseason, you know different guys are motivated in different ways, and certainly I think that's something a lot of our guys have taken forward with them."
The stagnant Florida offense finished just 105th overall in yards per game and 118th in passing yards per game. Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel didn't have a bad completion percent at 63.7, but he needs to have big play ability without turnovers. The wide receiver core is short of any real threats and needs a player to breakout in 2013. Junior Quinton Dunbar is the leading receiver back with just 383 receiving yards a year ago.
Driskel is a dual threat (413 rush yards) and the team's leading returning rusher. The Gators lost 1,000-yard rusher Mike Gillislee and will have to make up for his loss. Sophomore running back Matt Jones is listed as the new starter on the depth chart.
Florida did not play a full spring game this year due to injuries along the offensive line, but the big men are expected to be recovered for this season. Offensive linemen Jon Halapio and Jon Harrison combine for 60 career starts and 80 career games.
Muschamp said, "We still feel pretty good about our situation, you know when Jon [Halapio] comes back, it gives you nine guys you feel comfortable about as far as playing experience... Jon Harrison, you know, I'll take him over any center in the country, as far as how he plays and how he approaches the game and being the rock for us up front."
Defensive lineman Dominique Easley and defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy lead the 2013 squad. Last season, Easley had a team-leading four sacks to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss; Purifoy forced three fumbles and blocked two kicks. DB Jaylen Watkins also hauled in three interceptions last year. The defense had no problems forcing turnovers in 2012 and the team finished with a plus 15 turnover margin (7th overall). The Gators will have to some rebuild holes on the defense as a result of departures such as first round draft pick DL Sharrif Floyd.
For special teams, Kyle Christy is one of the best punters in the SEC with a 45.8 punt yard average last season. Brad Phillips replaces all-star kicker Caleb Sturgis and Andre Debose returns on kick return.
Defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III leads the CFU No. 7 rated incoming recruiting class for Florida. Hargreaves is the CFU No. 5 rated recruit for 2013.
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