South Carolina must replace most of last year's top names but returns virtually everyone else. Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks are experienced, fast, and physical, and with a kind SEC schedule, they should be considered the favorite in the SEC East.
Georgia football opponents in 2014 Preview
Bill C. previews Georgia's already scheduled opponents in the 2014 season
Clemson loses its two most visible stars from last year's Orange Bowl squad, but the Tigers return one of the best defensive lines -- and perhaps the best set of coordinators -- in the country. They are deep and fast and might not need to rebuild.
After winning 20 games in his first two seasons, Paul Johnson has settled into the seven-win groove Chan Gailey nearly patented at Georgia Tech. But with less experience and more upside, the Jackets appear more likely to win five or nine in 2014.
Head coach Larry Blakeney's legacy at Troy is set already, but if he has one more rise to Sun Belt power in him, it begins this year. His Trojans have plenty of questions to answer at quarterback and on defense, but Troy's got some play-makers.