Expectations are always sky high at most Power 5 programs before the season.
Dreams of magical runs to a championship or an upper-tier bowl game dance in the heads of nearly every fan at every program, but the reality is the majority of the fans will be disappointed by these high expectations.
What should fans expect? What is a reasonable expectation for your team?
We are taking a look at every Power 5 program in the country and assigning a realistic win expectation for each team. These are not over-under betting odds you will find overseas or in Las Vegas. No, these are my personal expectations for each team and why I believe fans should keep these realistic expectations in mind as they try to provide a proper perspective on the upcoming season.
Today we end with the SEC, the only Power 5 conference siding with a conference-only schedule this fall. Alabama and Georgia are the favorites to meet in the SEC Championship Game, but upsets are bound to happen in an expanded conference season, right? The conference is also breaking in four new head coaches while replacing several star quarterbacks, including LSU’s Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. Could chaos reign in the SEC?
More importantly, as a rabid fan, how can you put this season in perspective? How many wins should you realistically expect for your team? My win totals and explanations can be found in the space below.