Predicting What The Final 2014 SEC West Standings Will Look Like
This 2014 college football season could be defined early on by a couple letters and they are SEC West. The SEC West, I feel, is the greatest division in the history of college football. Yes I know this is a bold statement, but the depth and quality of these teams is something that you just don’t see.
The leaders of this division are, of course, the big boys of the SEC. The Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide appeared to be the favorites coming into this season, but after a crazy week six the SEC West is a mess.
The Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs had the biggest weekend in their program’s history. As a result it left them tied for third in the latest edition of the AP Poll. Ole Miss is 5-0 for the first time since 1962 and it has been a magical ride to this point.
The Bulldogs also sit at 5-0 after demolishing Texas A&M in Starkville, Mississippi this past weekend. The Bulldogs haven’t seen this type of success in years as well, but are they real competitors to win the SEC West this season?
The Auburn Tigers have slowly been flying under the radar just taking care of business. That will change this weekend as they take on one of those number three teams the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville. The Tigers will suddenly jump to the forefront of people’s minds for the first time since last year’s national title game.
Auburn’s offense is even better this year than last, thanks to a more explosive passing game. I believe Auburn is the favorite not only in the SEC West, but the entire SEC. They will have their chance to prove it this weekend in what is easily the game of the week in college football.
Finally, there is the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide are coming off a heartbreaking 23-17 loss to Ole Miss in what was a game for the ages. The Tide are 4-3 in their last seven games dating back to last year and that has the Tide faithful scared to say the least.
Alabama has arguably the most favorable schedule remaining of the top contenders in the SEC West because of the fact they get Mississippi State and Auburn in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide still have the most talented roster of probably any team in the country, but putting all the pieces together has seemed to be more difficult than in past years.
So, how will the SEC West play out when all is said and done?
I have went through the schedules and came up with what I feel will be the final standings in the SEC West when the season is all said and done. This could be a complete blind shot when we look back on this because of how competitive this division is.
Here is how we see the final SEC West standings looking in 2014.
- Auburn Tigers
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Ole Miss Rebels
- Texas A&M Aggies
- LSU Tigers
- Arkansas Razorbacks
That is how I see the final SEC West standings playing out. I believe while the success of the two Mississippi schools is great, it will be short lived and come to an end as early as this coming week seven.
If they are able to repeat success this week and win crucial games then that could change my entire process of thinking. I have more faith in Alabama and Auburn that they can handle success and deal with failure easier than the Mississippi schools.
We are just hitting the grind of these SEC West schedules and if the early signs are any indication of the games we will get this year then it will be a classic season in the SEC West division. The best football is played in the SEC West and with that comes the greatest games. The ride has just begun, so sit back and enjoy it before this great season flashes right before our eyes.