Western division teams have won the last 6 SEC titles and, according to the Congrove Computer Rankings, Alabama is the favorite to make it 7 straight in 2015.
It would be the 3rd SEC crown in 4 years for the Crimson Tide, and their 4th in 7 years.
The computer sees 'Bama running the table, and then beating Georgia in the championship game. But it won't be easy.
Alabama is little more than a 3-point favorite in the title game, and only gets a 0.21-point edge in the regular season contest in Athens on October 3rd. The Tide is also a mere 2.94-point computer choice at Texas A&M on October 17th, and also has to travel to Auburn in the annual season-ending Iron Bowl rivalry clash. Nick Saban's boys are projected to beat Wisconsin by 11.67 points in the season-opener in Arlington, Texas.
The Western division of the SEC is rated the toughest in all of college football, while the Eastern division is ranked below the PAC-12 South and the Big Ten East, and just ahead of the ACC Coastal. The conference as a whole, also ranks as the toughest with the PAC-12 taking 2nd-place honors in that category.
Ole Miss is somewhat surprisingly projected to finish 2nd in 'Bama's division. The Rebels open the season just 3.37 power points behind 'Bama and are forecasted to go 11-1 with the only forecasted loss getting handed to them in Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M is 3rd, which means potential powerhouses LSU and Auburn are stuck in the 4th- and 5th-place slots, respectively. Despite being picked to come in last in the division, Mississippi State only trails 'Bama by 12.06 power points. None of the 7 Western division teams are picked to finish below 6-6 overall.
The Eastern division is more firmly believed to be Georgia's to lose. The 'Dawgs have a 5.35-point power edge over Missouri, and a 6.24-point gap over projected 3rd-place Tennessee. But those are the only teams in that division that are expected to finish above .500, while South Carolina is projected to go 6-6.
Florida, under new head coach Jim McElwain, is kicked down into a 3-way tie with Kentucky and Vanderbilt for for the division cellar.
Ultimately, Alabama is naturally among the computer's final four teams, but it has Georgia Tech taking down the Tide in the semifinals. Ohio State edges Michigan State in the other semifinal matchup and goes on to repeat as national champs.