The 2016 SEC championship game will mark the 24th consecutive year for this annual college football event. The first two games were held in Birmingham, Alabama, but the Georgia Dome has hosted this contest since 1994. The University of Florida holds the record for winning the highest number of championships at seven. Schools that have yet to play in the yearly SEC title game include Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Mississippi and Texas A&M.
In the Western division Alabama is anticipated to continue its winning performance under coach Nick Saban. Similarly, since 2013 LSU and Alabama share the statistic for allowing fewest yards on the ground. Moreover, for LSU, under coach Miles, its passing game is noted to be excellent..
Auburn is struggling to retain winning seasons. Its football squad have fewer wins against top 25 rated teams. Auburn’s last bowl bid was against Memphis that Auburn won. Auburn has a solid defensive line in players Davidson, Lawson, Adams and Williams. If the Auburn defensive line can exhibit strong consistency on field, and its offense take advantage of opportunities provided, the team could well be a post season contender.
Ole Miss has had some notable attrition in its roster in the recent past. However, it has a strong quarterback and defensive line.
The Eastern division team favors Tennessee, Georgia and Florida to be post season contenders. Under coach Butch Jones, the Volunteers have improved their win record by two games consecutively in the last two seasons. Meantime, the Florida Gators won the East division in 2015 under coach McElwain in his first season at that school. A solid quarterback and consistent kicking game are two noted issues for Florida from its recent past. Georgia has a new coach this year, Kirby Smart.
According to Athlon Sports, the University of Kentucky Wildcats have the longest running post season drought in the Southeastern conference. The team’s last bowl bid was in 2011 when they lost to Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Their coach, Mark Stoops, is hoping for the slump to break by the team recording six wins this coming season.
While Kentucky has an ongoing post season drought, Florida’s kicking team has been rated second to lowest in college football nationally, and LSU had the highest loss in yards due to penalties, these programs could improve and be post season contenders. Alabama in the West division and Tennessee in the East division, I feel will be the teams in strongest contention for the 2016 SEC title.