Which SEC football team is most overrated, and which is most underrated?
Is Texas A&M truly the biggest threat to Alabama in the SEC West?
Does Bryce Young, JT Daniels or Matt Corral have the best chance at winning the Heisman Trophy? Will Georgia enjoy a cakewalk en route to winning the SEC East?
Questions abound ahead of the 2021 SEC football season. As usual, a team likely will prove to be overrated (LSU and Auburn headed that camp last year) and while another is underrated (see Texas A&M in 2020).
Additionally, Toppmeyer sounds off on Auburn coach Bryan Harsin's unclear vaccination status as he deals with a positive COVID-19 test, and Adams questions whether the newformed alliance between the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC will have any meaningful clout.
Here are their picks for most overrated and underrated teams in the SEC.
Texas A&M: The Aggies will be good. Perhaps really good. But No. 6-in-the-nation good? I'm not convinced. So much of that depends on whether new quarterback Haynes King is ready for the baton. His credentials are good, but let's see it in action. We know the Aggies will be stout on defense. They have impressive playmakers in Isaiah Spiller and Ainias Smith, plus the SEC's best tight end in Jalen Wydermyer. But it's a quarterback's sport, so a lot of that No. 6 preseason ranking is dependent on King. – Toppmeyer
Vanderbilt: You might be find it odd to see the Commodores listed among overrated teams, but some seem to believe Vanderbilt will win an SEC game and avoid a last-place finish in the East. No chance. – Adams
Florida: If you examine only how many starters each SEC team returns, you might not be bullish on Florida's chances to threaten Georgia in the East. But the Gators added some impact transfers, including Clemson's former five-star running back Demarkcus Bowman and veteran defensive tackle Antonio Shelton from Penn State. Plus, Dan Mullen has proven he can win with a variety of quarterback styles, and Emory Jones should thrive as a dual threat in his system. Seeing the defending East champions ranked behind teams like Iowa State, Cincinnati and North Carolina seems a bit off. – Toppmeyer
Ole Miss: The Rebels are No. 25 in the preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA coaches poll. They're better than that. Ole Miss' defense was so bad last year that it creates a negative when looking at the Rebels, even though they have one of the best quarterbacks in the country, a veteran offensive line and skill position talent. It's a really good offense, and this is an offensive era. And the defense won't be as bad as last year. The Rebels can win eight or nine games. – Adams
Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC Columnist for the USA TODAY Network. John Adams is a senior columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. If you enjoy their coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it. You can also subscribe to their podcast, SEC Football Unfiltered. They also host a podcast focused on Tennessee football, The Volunteer State.