Can we really argue with Nick Saban at this time? Until someone unseats them, they remain at the top accepting all challengers.
2) South Carolina
The Ole Ball Coach has his best squad since he’s been in Columbia. If they can start off 3-0 they can emerge as the main threat to dethrone Bama and Saban. Would it not be fitting for Spurrier to pull this off?
Can nice guy Mark Richt finally get his team to play with the killer instinct? He certainly has the offensive weaponry to do so with senior QB Aaron Murray. If Todd Grantham can get that defense playing at a high level, watch out.
This is probably my pick that most disagree with. I think Zach Mettenberger gets to that next level and elevates the Tigahs play to challenge Bama in the West. Questions on defense but they have the athletes. What about the voodoo in Death Valley?
It didn’t take long for the Gators to take on the tough as nails demeanor of their coach Will Muschamp. The defense will again be really good. Can Jeff Driskel improve and make them a threat through the air? That is the question.
6) Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin’s team has more to prove than any of the rest of the power 6. Johnny Manziel was electric on his way to the Heisman. Is he still focused? Will we see a sophomore slump? Their defense was ranked 9th in total D and 7th in scoring D in the conference; plus they lost all their top end talent. The defense must improve if they want higher levels of success.
For in depth analysis of the Eastern Division Power 3 teams https://3rdand57.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/sec-east-power-3/
For in depth analysis of the Western Division Power 3 teams https://3rdand57.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/sec-west-power-3-way-too-early-predictions/