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SEC football preview

To celebrate SEC media days we're asking SportsNation to give its conference preview. Will Alabama win another SEC crown? Which player is the Heisman favorite? And which coach will experience the most success in his first season? Cast your votes now!

  • Which team will win the SEC title this season?

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  • Which of these teams has the best shot at knocking off Alabama this season?

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  • Which of these SEC players is most likely to win the Heisman Trophy?

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  • Which SEC coach will have the most success in his first season?

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  • Who will provide the most memorable quote at this year's SEC Media Days?

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  • An SEC team has won the past seven BCS championship games. When will the SEC's streak of national championship wins come to an end?

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Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops made some critical comments recently about the SEC and the idea that the conference is significantly better than the rest of college football, and in particular Stoops' home, the Big 12. "You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?" Stoops asked. "What'd we [the Big 12] have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year?" So we'll ask you, SportsNation. How do the SEC and Big 12 stack up heading into the 2013 season? Click the logos to set your ballot.

Playbook's DJ Gallo looks at some key criteria in the Big 12 vs. SEC debate

SEC vs. Big 12 teams

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The SEC has six of its members ranked in the preseason college football coaches' poll, led by LSU and Alabama, who sit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Will the Tigers retain their crown as conference champions? Where will the league's newest members, Missouri and Texas A&M, fall? Click the team logos to set your rankings!

More conference rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-12

Player rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

More: SportsNation's top 25 | Your predictions | Rank Heisman hopefuls

2012 SEC football teams

Alabama

Alabama

2011 overall: 12-1
2011 SEC: 7-1

Arkansas

Arkansas

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 SEC: 6-2

Auburn

Auburn

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 SEC: 4-4

Florida

Florida

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 3-5

Georgia

Georgia

2011 overall: 10-4
2011 SEC: 7-1

Kentucky

Kentucky

2011 overall: 5-7
2011 SEC: 2-6

LSU

LSU

2011 overall: 13-1
2011 SEC: 8-0

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 2-6

Missouri

Missouri

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 Big 12: 5-4

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

2011 overall: 2-10
2011 Big 12: 0-8

South Carolina

South Carolina

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 SEC: 6-2

Tennessee

Tennessee

2011 overall: 5-7
2011 SEC: 1-7

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 SEC: 4-5

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Vanderbilt

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 SEC: 2-6

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Game 1: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 1 Auburn at Mississippi

Todd (Anchorage)

Mel, which pro QB, past or present, does Newton remind you of the most?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

The best runner I ever saw as a QB was Michael Vick. He just had tremendous speed, explosiveness. This kid is the closest I've seen since Vick. Newton is 6-6, close to 250 pounds. He has great feet. He has different gears in the open field. He shocked Patrick Peterson last week. And he has the power where he can drag you. Plus, he has a cannon for an arm. He's an incredible talent. Another year at Auburn could make him and early first round pick in the draft and the top QB chosen in the 2012 draft, assuming that Luck comes out this year. Full transcript

Game 2: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 2 Oregon at USC

Oscar (Los Angeles)

Is USC factored into the BCS and then simply taken out, or are they not even imputed into the computers?

Brad Edwards
Brad Edwards

Even though the Trojans can't be ranked in the coaches' and Harris polls, USC is still a part of the computer rankings (ranked in the 20s by all of them this week), so it doesn't hurt Oregon in the BCS. In fact, the computers (and maybe most humans), will consider USC to be the second-best team Oregon has played so far this year, behind Stanford. Full transcript

Game 3: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 6 Missouri at No. 14 Nebraska

Ryan (Lincoln, NE)

How does Mizzou try to defend T-Magic, now that he's shown he can air it out a bit?

Big 12 blogger David Ubben
David Ubben

Missouri learned a lot from playing Illinois earlier this season. You'll probably see a similar approach. Especially with Dominique Hamilton out, prepare to see a lot of the "Candy" formation, with four defensive ends. They need speed on the field. Aldon Smith and Taylor Martinez are going to go head-to-head a lot this week. Smith has to be a lot faster than he looked on that interception return, but I bet he was pretty tired at the end of that thing. Full transcript

Game 4: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 5 Michigan State at No. 18 Iowa

Doug (Quad Cities)

Adam, love the blog. Michigan State is a lot like Iowa was last year. Winning close games, playing well in the 4th quarter. The spead is Iowa by 6.5 right now (which seems way high for a top tier big 10 game). Iowa might get Parker back so does Iowa play spoiler this weekend and cause MSU's luck to run out?

Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg
Adam Rittenberg

Doug, you can't be a spoiler when you're favored by 6.5 points. Most folks expect Iowa to win this game, and the Hawkeyes have to if they want to remain in the Big Ten race. You can bet Michigan State will use the underdog thing to its advantage. The teams certainly have similarities from the last two years, and the last three games have been very close. I'd expect another nailbiter Saturday. Full transcript

Game 5: SportsNation's burning questions for Georgia vs. Florida

Nick (Atlanta)

Cocktail Party Thoughts?

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maisel

It's just weird that neither Florida nor Georgia is ranked. I've been saying for a couple of weeks that Georgia is going to win the East, largely because it would be a great story if the Dawgs pulled it off and I root for great stories. I don't know how you predict which Florida team will show up in Jacksonville. But Aaron Murray is coming around for Georgia. I'm going to take Georgia. Full transcript

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This is one of the few moves we didn't hear rumored at some point during the conference realignment frenzy of the spring and early summer. But putting aside the brutal travel schedule, how would Boise State fare as a football-playing member of the SEC?

Why do we ask? Well, it's July and we're having a hard time getting worked up about the Tour de France. But also because you asked. Specifically, Aaron from Fort Benning, Ga. asked (sort of) when ESPN.com SEC blogger Chris Low stopped by to chat Monday.

Aaron (Ft. Benning, Ga)

If Boise State goes undefeated this year and plays in the NC Game, creates a bunch of noise by winning 2 games against BCS teams, Do they need to play an SEC team for the nation to agree with a title for Boise State, (if they won)?

SEC blogger Chris Low
Chris Low

My stance on Boise State hasn't changed. Chris Petersen has done a terrific job and proven that Boise State can stand toe-to-toe with just about anybody in the country in a one-game situation. But if Boise State were in the SEC, I think they would be an 8-4 or 9-3 type team most years. That doesn't diminish what they've accomplished, but is something to think about when we start throwing national championship scenarios out there. Full transcript

So what about it, SportsNation? In another chat, ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach joined many in ranking Boise State's opener against Virginia Tech as one of the games of the year. But what if instead of a few high-profile games early in the season against the likes of Virginia Tech and Oregon State, Boise State played at Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee, as Ole Miss will in a 36-day stretch this fall? Could Kellen Moore and Boise State compete?

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