This group will feel pressure

Georgia head coach Mark Richt during day two of SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Doug Finger/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, May 2, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.

It's different in the SEC. The “C” stands for crystal, OK? The league has dominated college football for the last five seasons and there's a good chance it will do it again in 2011. But with high expectations comes heavy pressure. We look at the 10 biggest pressure points in the conference this fall.

Jordan Jefferson

LSU is, say it all together, the best team in the country if it had a quarterback. So, Jordan, if the Tigers are to win a national title it's up to you. No pressure. Just don't mess it up.

The SEC East on Oct. 1

The West rules, right? Oct. 1 could change that. Alabama is at Florida, Auburn is at South Carolina and Mississippi State is at Georgia. Also, Kentucky is at LSU. But those three East home games could change the perception of the division.

Gus Malzahn

Speaking of perception, nobody will remember that Auburn's offense was pretty darn good in Malzahn's first season. All they will look at is how it performs without Cam Newton. That's just the way it is.

Stephen Garcia

Steve Spurrier expects his bad boy quarterback to be back in the fall. But for how long? The pressure isn't on Garcia to perform as much as it is to stay out of trouble.

Mississippi's secondary

Hey, guys. This is the offense calling. You mind getting a turnover every once in awhile to give us a short field? You could not count the Rebels' picks on one hand because they had six. Not good.

Mark Richt

The Georgia coach survived a season under .500 and a loss to UCF. But he starts this season with Boise State and South Carolina. An 0-2 start could lead to warm pants again in Athens.

SEC officials

The new celebration rule could erase touchdowns and nowhere in the country has there been such inconsistency as with SEC refs. We think there will be much debate over one of these calls.

Willy Robinson

The Arkansas defensive coordinator knows the head coach will find a way to score some points. If the Hogs are to contend in the West it will have to do better than seventh in the SEC in total defense and 10th against the run.

Trent Richardson

How many times have you heard someone say the Alabama tailback is better than Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram? Well, Trent, it's your show now. Let's see what you've got.

Dan Quinn

The new Florida defensive coordinator comes to Gainesville where the head coach is a defensive mastermind. And he just lost his lockdown cornerback. Other than that, no pressure.

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