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2013 SEC Predictions

AuburnUndercover's insiders break down what to expect in the SEC in 2013.

Manziel looks to continue his success in 2013.

Bryan Matthews

Offensive Player of the Year: Johnny Manziel -- His numbers may not be as good as last year but he's still the SEC's most dynamic offensive player.

Defensive Player of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney -- A no-brainer.

Coach of the Year: Steve Spurrier -- I'm expecting big things from the Gamecocks.

Next coordinator to become a head coach: Kirby Smart -- I'm surprised he wasn't hired this past year. He'll be a major candidate again this year.

First head coach to be fired in 2013: Gary Pinkel (Lane Kiffin, nationally) -- Pinkel has just about worn out his welcome at Missouri. Kiffin has worn out his welcome everywhere he's been.

Best conference game: Alabama at Texas A&M, Sept. 14 -- This game is already being hyped as a huge one for both teams. The winner is on the fast track to the SEC West and SEC championship -- and possibly the BCS National Championship.

Best non-conference game: Florida State at Florida, Nov. 30 -- This game will be loaded with future NFL stars and is between two teams on the rise and with National Championship aspirations.

There are high expectations for Clowney and the Gamecocks.

Bold prediction: Arkansas will go 0-8 in the SEC.

Ron Sanders

Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Murray -- Georgia is going to have to outscore other teams to win. That means lots of opportunities for Georgia’s senior quarterback.

Defensive Player of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney -- He could be the most dominant player in college football.

Coach of the Year: Will Muschamp -- If the Gators beat Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks on Nov. 16, they’ll be playing in Atlanta. What about Georgia? The Gators have beaten the Bulldogs 18 of the past 23 times they've played.

Next coordinator to become a head coach: Doug Nussmeier – Alabama’s OC has a high-profile job and experience in the B1G, the Pac-12 and the NFL, in addition to the SEC. That means he knows a ton of people and he has recruited in a lot of different places. That makes him a candidate for almost any college job that opens.

First head coach to be fired in 2013: Missouri’s Gary Pinkel has done a fine job in Columbia. However, 13 seasons is a long time. Add in the change in conference, his DUI and a slew of tawdry rumors and it’s likely the Tigers will be looking in a new direction for 2014.

Best conference game: LSU at Alabama, Nov. 9 – Cam Cameron should have LSU’s offense humming by November – if Les Miles will leave him alone.

Murray will be looked upon to lead Georgia this season.

Best non-conference game: Georgia at Clemson, Aug. 31. We’ll find out a lot about both teams in the first week. Is Georgia still soft? Is Dabo Swinney good or just lucky?

Bold prediction: Florida will win the SEC East. Auburn will win eight and play on New Year’s Day.

Austin W. Penny

Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Murray -- Georgia is returning one of the best backfields in college football and giving Murray something to keep a defense's mind on during play-action passes.

Defensive Player of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney -- Not only is Clowney a remarkable defensive player, he may be the best player in all of college football.

Coach of the Year: Mark Richt -- I think this is the year that Georgia and head coach Mark Richt finally make the most of a talent filled team.

Next coordinator to become a head coach: Kirby Smart -- Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was rumored to be in the running for a few head coaching jobs last season, but stayed on the Crimson Tide’s staff. I wouldn’t expect him to decline too many job offers after this year.

First head coach to be fired in 2013: Gary Pinkel -- Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel has been on the hot seat for awhile; another disappointing season and he could be looking for a new job.

Best conference game: Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Sept. 14 -- Last year, Texas A&M defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa 29-24. This year's game in College Station has the makings for another thriller.

Best non-conference game: Florida vs. Miami, Sept. 7 -- After a five-year hiatus, the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will meet once again in Miami for one of college football's most classic rivalry games.

Bold prediction: Alabama will not win the SEC West.

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