So, who's No. 3 in the SEC?

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HOOVER, Ala. — Clearly, Florida and Alabama are the top two teams in the SEC and those two schools will be picked by the media covering the league to make it to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
What has become a debate at SEC Media Days is this: Which is the No. 3 team in the SEC behind the Gators and Tide?
There seem to be four popular picks: Georgia, South Carolina, LSU and Auburn.
What’s your pick?
Mine is LSU. The Tigers are loaded with talent thanks to the top 5 recruiting classes Les Miles has brought to Baton Rouge year after year. If Jordan Jefferson comes through at quarterback and brings some consistency to the offense, LSU is capable of beating everyone on its schedule, including Florida and Alabama. One thing you have to factor in with LSU: There is pressure on Miles to have a big season after back-to-back relatively mediocre seasons. If Miles tightens up, this team could do the same. I’m saying that won’t happen.
Arkansas is getting a bunch of love because Ryan Mallett and most of last year’s starters return. But I think the Razorbacks will handle the expectations about as well as Ole Miss did a year ago. The Hogs could have two losses very early in the season (to Georgia and Alabama) and that would be hugely deflating.
I don’t think Auburn is No. 3 because quarterback is a major issue. I know Cameron Newton, for former Gators, has tons of raw talent and a strong arm, but he’s been a very inaccurate passer in the past. I think it’s going to be a tougher than expected sophomore season for second-year coach Gene Chizik.
Georgia has a much better chance of being No. 3 than Arkansas and Auburn. Listening to Mark Richt on Thursday, he feels really good about this team — and Aaron Murray’s chances of being a successful quarterback this season. The talent is there in Athens and this team is hungry to get back into the championship hunt.
I like the ‘Dogs, but I’m giving the edge to LSU to become the No. 3 team in the SEC in 2010.

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  1. No disrespect, but quarterback should be the least of Auburn’s worries in 2010. Gus Malzahn is without a doubt the best quarterback teacher in the country, and Cam Newton was a five-star number one JUCO QB with two national championships for a reason. Auburn will be better, but the defense is going to be subpar for a third straight season.

  2. I think RA is RIGHT about LSU…but Les’ TIME MANAGEMENT last year made me question his on-field abilities. A coach that has unquestionable caoching skills is the Ole’ Ball-Coach, and I think he put’s it ALL together this season. He has another Shane Matthews… with a strong defense this year! LOOK OUT! They will play FLA for the SEC East crown.

  3. You’re right, Arkansas will know their answer early with GA and ‘Bama. You’re wrong about the response of the team to expectations. Petrino is no Nutt and Mallett is Snead. Arkansas is ready.

    Arky has set in that No.7 spot since joining the SEC, more or less. Petrino is building a program with the talent to move up. This might be the year. It might not but, its coming.