Predicting how Each New SEC Head Coach will do in 2021

The SEC has 4 new head coaches this year, and 3 of them have pretty low expectations. In this article I will look at schedules and try to predict each new SEC coaches' outcome for 2021.


Bryan Harsin, Auburn


2021 Schedule:

Sept. 4 - AKRON

Sept. 11 - ALABAMA STATE

Sept. 18 - at Penn State

Sept. 25 - GEORGIA STATE

Oct. 2 - at LSU

Oct. 9 - GEORGIA

Oct. 16 - at Arkansas

Oct. 23 - Open Date

Oct. 30 - OLE MISS

Nov. 6 - at Texas A&M

Nov. 13 - MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 20 - at South Carolina

Nov. 27 - ALABAMA


Former Boise State coach Bryan Harsin will head into 2021 with mild but strong expectations. Auburn still has a ton of talent, including quarterback Bo Nix who could enter the season as a Top 5 SEC Quarterback. Auburn has an interesting matchup with Penn State Week 3 and plays at South Carolina to try to get revenge Week 12. Auburn should finish well above bowl eligible and have an above average season.


Wins: Akron, Alabama St, Georgia St, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Miss State, S. Carolina

Losses: Penn State, Georgia, Texas A&M, Alabama

Final Record: 8-4 (5-3 SEC)

Josh Heupel, Tennessee


  • September 4th: Bowling Green

  • September 11th: Pittsburgh

  • September 18th: Tennessee Tech

  • September 25th: at Florida

  • October 2nd: at Missouri

  • October 9th: South Carolina

  • October 16th: Ole Miss

  • October 23rd: at Alabama

  • October 30th: OPEN

  • November 6th: at Kentucky

  • November 13th: Georgia

  • November 20th: South Alabama

  • November 27th: Vanderbilt

Josh Heupel comes to Rocky Top from UCF, following AD Danny White from UCF to Tennessee. Fans do not seem to like Heupel, as his record grew worse and worse every year at UCF. Heupel used to be an offensive coordinator for Missouri, coaching Drew Lock, and was a national champion in his quarterbacking days at Oklahoma. Heupel's offense averaged 43 points a game in 2020 at UCF, and he helped Missouri go from averaging 13 points a game to 38 ppg in 2 years. The Vols certainly have a surplus of talent at QB, with three 4-stars and a junior who started half of the 2019 season. Tennessee has a nice home and home with Pittsburgh, which is probably the biggest toss up game on the schedule. Tennessee will limp to a 6-6 season, and probably not go to a bowl because of the McVolunteers recruiting scandal.


Wins: Bowling Green, Pitt, Tenn. Tech, S. Carolina, South Alabama, Vanderbilt

Losses: Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia

Record: 6-6 (2-6 SEC)

Shane Beamer, South Carolina


  • Sept. 4 - vs. Eastern Illinois

  • Sept. 11 - at East Carolina

  • Sept. 18 - at Georgia

  • Sept. 25 - vs. Kentucky

  • Oct. 2 - vs. Troy

  • Oct. 9 - at Tennessee

  • Oct. 16 - vs. Vanderbilt

  • Oct. 23 - at Texas A&M

  • Oct. 30 - BYE

  • Nov. 6 - vs. Florida

  • Nov. 13 - at Missouri

  • Nov. 20 - vs. Auburn

  • Nov. 27 - vs. Clemson

Shane Beamer was hired at SC after being Oklahoma's assistant head coach and TEs coach. Beamer will not have very high expectations, as South Carolina has struggled immensely for the past few years. They by default play a harder schedule than normal, as they have a permanent SEC West game with Texas A&M and a rivalry with Clemson. South Carolina may need a year or two to get settled, so I am going to mark them down as non-bowl eligible this year.


Wins: E. Illinois, ECU, Troy, Vanderbilt

Losses: Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida, Missouri, Auburn, Clemson

Record: 4-8 (1-7 SEC)

Clark Lea, Vanderbilt


  • Week 1 (September 4): East Tennessee State

  • Week 2 (September 11); at Colorado State

  • Week 3 (September 18): Stanford

  • Week 4 (September 25): Georgia

  • Week 5 (October 2): UConn

  • Week 6 (October 9): at Florida

  • Week 7 (October 16): at South Carolina

  • Week 8 (October 23): Mississippi State

  • Week 9 (October 30): Missouri

  • Week 10 (November 6): BYE

  • Week 11 (November 13): Kentucky

  • Week 12 (November 20): at Ole Miss

  • Week 13 (November 27): at Tennessee

Clark Lea comes from a CFP Notre Dame team. He served as a DC, and will join a Vandy team fresh off of the first winless season in program history. There isn't much to say about Vanderbilt, except we may have a matchup for the worst CFB team with UConn vs Vanderbilt. Vandy doesn't have much of a recruiting class, and returns virtually no talent. It is evident that Vandy will likely sit in the cellar this season, and share the national basement with Kansas, UConn, and Akron. The biggest toss up game here is Colorado State.


Wins: UConn, ETSU

Losses: Colorado St, Stanford, Georgia, Florida, S. Carolina, Miss St, Missouri, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee

Record: 2-10 (0-8 SEC)

My Full SEC Predictions


EAST


  1. Georgia

  2. Florida

  3. Missouri

  4. Kentucky

  5. Tennessee

  6. South Carolina

  7. Vanderbilt

WEST


  1. Alabama

  2. Texas A&M

  3. LSU

  4. Auburn

  5. Ole Miss

  6. Arkansas

  7. Mississippi State

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