1. Alabama 13-1 (1)
Bowl Game: BCS National Championship game, Beat Notre Dame 42 - 14
LSU is at Alabama Nov 9th
Alabama's AJ McCarron became the first Crimson Tide starting quarterback to win two national championships in the modern era.
2. Georgia 12-2 (2)
Bowl Game: Beat Nebraska 45-31
LSU is at Georgia September 28th
Redshirt junior quarterback Aaron Murray will return for his senior season. Murray said NFL scouts told him that he would not be a first-round pick, if he came out early.
3. Texas A&M 11-2 (4)
Bowl Game: Beat Oklahoma 41-13
Texas A&M visits LSU November 23rd
The Aggies have a chance at playing in the national championship game next season. They will be highly ranked, a manageable nonconference schedule, host Alabama on September 14th and toughest road game is at LSU.
4. South Carolina 11-2 (6)
Bowl Game: Beat Michigan 33-28
Jadeveon Clowney's explosive hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl began his Heisman campaign in 2013. All eyes will be on the future number one NFL pick.
5. LSU 10-3 (3)
Bowl Game: Lost to Clemson 25-24
Ego Ferguson, Jermauria Rasco, Ronnie Feist, Ronald Martin and Dwayne Thomas will likely be new starters on LSU's defense next season.
6. Florida 11-2 (5)
Bowl Game: Lost to Louisville 33-23
Florida will visit LSU on October 12th
The Gators ranked 114th in the country going into the bowl in passing offense, a phase of their game that must improve for Florida to become a legitimate national championship challenger.
7. Vanderbilt 9-4 (8)
Bowl Game: Beat North Carolina State 38-24
The Commodores won 9 games for the first time since 1915. Can Vandy match that number again next season? The Commodores will travel to South Carolina, Texas A&M and Florida next season and host Ole Miss and Georgia.
8. Ole Miss 7-6 (9)
Bowl Game: Beat Pitt 38-17
Ole Miss hosts LSU on October 19th
Good first season for head coach Hugh Freeze and he's showing he can recruit. The nation's number one high school prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, is expected to sign with the Rebels. But LSU remains in the mix for the defensive end from Loganville, Georgia.
9. Mississippi State 8-5 (7)
Bowl Game: Lost to Northwestern 34-20
Mississippi State hosts LSU on October 5th
The Bulldogs started the 2012 season with a 7-and-0 record. I do not expect a similar start in 2013. They open the season against Oklahoma State in Houston and the Bulldogs conference home opener is against LSU.
10. Missouri 5-7 (10)
No Bowl game
Missouri will have a chance to get the 2013 season off to a great start. The Tigers open against Murray State, Toledo, and Indiana, but begin SEC play with road trips to Vanderbilt and Georgia. In October and November, they host Florida, South Carolina and Texas A&M.
11. Arkansas 4-8 (11)
No Bowl Game
LSU hosts Arkansas November 30th
Arkansas kicks-off the 2013 season by hosting U-L Lafayette. That will be a good test for a Razorbacks defense that allowed 30 points a game in 2012.
12. Tennessee 5-7 (12)
No Bowl Game
Quarterback Tyler Bray is heading to the NFL, so the quarterback battle will be between Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman. Worley is a former National Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina.
13. Auburn 3-9 (13)
No Bowl Game
LSU hosts Auburn September 21st
Auburn's first three games prior to its trip to LSU are not easy wins. They open the season at home against Washington State. In week two, Auburn hosts defending Sun Belt champion Arkansas State, which is new head football coach Gus Malzahn's old team. And then Auburn plays its conference opener against Mississippi State.
14. Kentucky 2-10 (14)
No Bowl Game
Wildcats Coach Mark Stoops is known as a defensive guru, but newly hired offensive coordinator Neal Brown will bring an “Air Raid” offense to Lexington.