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4 Insane (and 1 Very Reasonable) Predictions for SEC Football in 2018

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You wanna get nuts? Alright. LET’S GET NUTS!

Outback Bowl -  Michigan v South Carolina Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

I guess the conference season isn’t really over until the wee hours of next Tuesday morning, but the Cocks’ season is done, so let’s do this now. Here are four insane things that WILL - that’s right W I L L - happen in 2018 in the SEC! How sure am I? Sure enough to bet my kids’ college fund on it!*

1. CAROLINA MAKES A NEW YEAR’S SIX BOWL GAME

Hey, I said we were getting crazy. Until a new OC is named, we know next to nothing about the offense next season. But the backfield is experienced, Jake Bentley showed in the second half of the Outback Bowl that he is almost there in terms of being an elite QB in the conference, and one of the fortunate side effects of Deebo’s injury is we saw just how good Edwards and the Smith boys can be.

Georgia is on the verge of a major run through the conference and it might be one more season before Carolina levels off with Clemson. That leaves ten games that Carolina is “supposed to win.” Do that and it’s likely hello Atlanta for New Year’s Day 2019...maybe New Orleans if Bama slips up a bit in the West.

NCAA Football: Outback Bowl-Michigan vs South Carolina
Who can wait to see Will Muschamp shouting at a referee in the Peach Bowl next season?
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2. ED ORGERON GETS FIRED BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON

LSU was neither good nor bad in 2017. There is clearly no direction for the offense going into the offseason, and the Tigers open up with a suddenly much better than anyone anticipated Miami.

The first half of LSU’s schedule in 2018 screams 3-3. A&M swooped in and closed a deal with Jimbo Fisher. The natives are restless in Baton Rouge. Don’t be surprised to see an October 13th loss to Mississippi State followed by a meeting of boosters that leaves both Coach O and athletic director Joe Alleva seeking a new opportunity.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Alabama
Ed Orgeron, seen here muttering cuss words in Cajun French, may be on the hot seat before a ball is even snapped next season.
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

3. JALEN HURTS LOSES HIS STARTING JOB

Questions about Jalen Hurts as a passer are going to follow him into the offseason, where offensive coordinator Brian Dabol will be pushing for a better threat in the passing game. He’s already got a better passing quarterback on the roster in rising sophomore Tua Tagovialoa.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Vanderbilt
Imagine how much fun it will be to hear people from Alabama try to pronounce his last name!
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think Alabama played a weak schedule in 2017? Well then get a load of the 2018 schedule. There won’t be much reason to not let Dabol experiment a little bit in the first few games and that might be where Tua takes the same kind of surprising control of the job that Jalen Hurts did in the 2016 season.

4. DREW LOCK WILL BE A LEGIT HEISMAN CANDIDATE

Barry Odom righted the ship in the second half of 2017 and Mizzou got seven wins in a season that began with us asking if they might be the worst team in SEC history. Through it all Drew Lock remained Drew Lock, throwing for 44 touchdowns and nearly 4000 yards.

Mizzou probably won’t be a threat to win the East in 2018, so that means Lock’s stats are going to have to be off the charts in order to get noticed, and why shouldn’t they be if he comes back? Larry Rountree III looks like a nice piece at running back, but not someone you could build a legitimate offense around. So, hell, let’s open things up!

NCAA Football: Texas Bowl-Texas vs Missouri
Get used to this because if Barry Odom is smart, this is what he will have his offense doing on every play in 2018.
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Do you know how long it’s been since we’ve seen someone throw for 5000 yards in a college football season? Only one year, but still, wouldn’t it be awesome to see again? Mizzou will have to pick its poison next season - SEC defensive lines or SEC secondaries. Why not at least let your best player be the one doing the attacking?

AND NOW ONE VERY REASONABLE PROJECTION

Auburn fans’ minds will change about how they feel about Gus Malzahn at least three times during the season.

* NOTE: The author is wildly irresponsible and his children are not bright. Please consider these factors when deciding how to gamble with your kid’s college fund.