2008 SEC West Best-Worst Scenarios

With the 2008 college football season just weeks away, enjoy The Campus Game’s “Best-Worst Scenarios” for the Southeastern Conference.

These are not overall predictions (those will be posted the week of August 30th when regular weekly columns begin); instead this is an analysis of reasonable best-worst case seasons for each SEC team.

Scenarios are listed alphabetically.

SEC West

Alabama: Best 10-2 … Worst 6-6

Probable Wins: Tulane, Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Arkansas State

Probable Losses: @Georgia, @Tennessee, @LSU

Swing Games: Clemson (@Atlanta), @Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn

Comment: Talent level is rising for Tide, but may be year away from conference elite status.

Arkansas: Best 6-6 … Worst 2-10

Probable Wins: Western Illinois, LA-Monroe, Tulsa

Probable Losses: @Texas, Florida, @Auburn, LSU

Swing Games: Alabama, @Kentucky, Ole Miss, @South Carolina, @Mississippi State

Comment: Bobby Petrino is likely to struggle for a year as the Hogs lost a ton of offensive talent.

Auburn: Best 11-1 … Worst 8-4

Probable Wins: LA-Monroe, Southern Miss, @Vanderbilt, Arkansas, UT-Martin

Probable Losses: None

Swing Games: @Mississippi State, LSU, Tennessee, @West Virginia, @Ole Miss, Georgia, @Alabama

Comment: Auburn should probably be favored in the West, but the visits to the Mississippi schools and to Bama will not be easy.

LSU: Best 11-1 … Worst 8-4

Probable Wins: Appalachian State, Troy, North Texas, Mississippi State, Tulane, Alabama, Ole Miss, @Arkansas

Probable Losses: @Florida

Swing Games: @Auburn, @South Carolina, Georgia

Comment: Road trips to Florida and Auburn should determine whether defending champs repeat as division winners.

Ole Miss: Best 8-4 … Worst 5-7

Probable Wins: Memphis, Samford, Vanderbilt, LA-Monroe

Probable Losses: @Florida, Auburn, @LSU

Swing Games: @Wake Forest, South Carolina, @Alabama, @Arkansas, Mississippi State

Comment: Don’t be surprised if the Rebels surprise. Ed Orgeron left much talent in Oxford … still, those five road games are tough and finding more than 8 wins seems a stretch at this point.

Mississippi State: Best 8-4 … Worst 5-7

Probable Wins: SE Louisiana, Vanderbilt, MTSU, Kentucky, Arkansas

Probable Losses: @LSU, @Tennessee

Swing Games: @LA-Tech, Auburn, @Georgia Tech, @Alabama, @Ole Miss

Comment: The two Mississippi schools are intriguing in the West. Sylvester Croom has built a solid program and several of those swing games are winnable.

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