The best coaches adjust, which explains why passing guru Steve Spurrier has turned around the Gamecocks' program with running and defense.
The schedule favors the defensive-minded Bulldogs, but the offense has question marks in the line and at running back.
The Vols could be the most improved team in the conference.
The Gators have a shot at back-to-back seasons of six or more losses for the first time since 1979.
The Tigers' first SEC go-round could be traumatic.
Successive bowl seasons are still a possibility.
Basketball season can't come soon enough.
The Tigers have no apparent weaknesses on the field, although you might wonder how first-time quarterback starter Zach Mettenberger will handle big-game pressure.
Despite all its losses, the Tide could be just one Les Miles gaffe away from playing for another national title.
The Razorbacks are good enough to win the East but can't manage enough defense to keep up with LSU and Alabama in the West.
The Tigers still miss Cam Newton on offense, but their defense is on the way up.
The Bulldogs haven't had a winning record in the SEC since 1999.
New conference, new coach and new quarterback. That's too much newness.
Expansion will drop the Rebels from sixth to seventh.