1. South Carolina
They are big, experienced and have a lot of depth because they didn't lose anyone from last year's group.
With four returning starters and three key backups coming back, it was easy to put them behind USCe. La'El Collins and Jared Hawkins may be the best tackle duo in the conference.
3. Texas A&M
Jake Matthews is gone, but the Aggies have basically turned into "Offensive Tackle U." It's not as catchy as "Running Back U," but when has playing O-line been sexy?
It will be difficult to replace the #2 overall pick in the NFL Draft (Greg Robinson), but they return their other four starters.
Normally the Crimson Tide would be in the top three, but losing Cyrus Kouandjio and Anthony Steen is a big hit. However, having the top recruiting class essentially every season means that they have plenty of people who will be able to step up and play.
The Hogs were set to be in the bottom third of this category until the transfer of Cameron Jefferson from UNLV. Add him to line with Denver Kirkland and Brey Cook making it a solid starting offensive line. In year two, Bielema has been able to add more depth to the position as well.
7. Mississippi State
They return four seniors on this unit, but do have to replace the talented Gabe Jackson. This is suppose to be their year, and experience upfront will have to play a major role if that is to happen.
Third in rushing yards last season, but at the bottom in sacks allowed makes it hard rank this unit that returns only two starters.
9. Ole Miss
Laremy Tunsil is an elite tackle, but I couldn't figure out who was going to start where after that. That many question marks doesn't project well in the rankings.
Before writing this, I thought Georgia would be much higher on my ballot. But, they lost three starters off of a pretty average unit.
The first step for them to improve this season is to learn to block the other team and not each other.
I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt by returning four starters off a unit that gave up three sacks a game last season.
I think the biggest hit they took was losing offensive line coach Herb Hand. They return four starters from the worst rushing attack in the conference last season.
They return no one on the offensive line. Literally, no one.
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