A year ago the SEC East managed all of two wins in 15 games against the West. It got better last year with five wins.

Woo-hoo.

The two divisions play 14 regular-season games against each other and the East has become the whipping boy for the best division in college football.

But there is a path to .500. I’m not saying it’s an easy one, but if the East is going to pull even record-wise, here are the seven games it needs:

Sept. 23 — Mississippi State at Georgia.

The Bulldogs will likely be the pick in Hoover to win the East. The other Bulldogs will likely be picked to finish sixth. If this goes the West’s way, all bets are off.

Oct. 7 — Arkansas at South Carolina and LSU at Florida.

The Gamecocks may not be physical enough, but home field should help. Florida will need this win at home to have a big season.

Oct. 14 — Vanderbilt at Ole Miss and Texas A&M at Florida.

We’re putting a lot on the Gators, but having both games at home should help. Ole Miss should be picked to finish last in the West.

Oct. 21 — Kentucky at Mississippi State.

Do you get the impression I’m bullish in the Wildcats and think Mississippi State will struggle this year? You are correct.

Nov. 4 — Ole Miss at Kentucky.

Kentucky could be better than Ole Miss, a program that is dealing with NCAA issues and a drop in talent.

There are seven other games between the two divisions and you never know about possible upsets.

Sept. 23 — Alabama at Vanderbilt and Auburn at Missouri.

Sept. 30 — South Carolina at Texas A&M.

Oct. 21 — Tennessee at Alabama.

Nov. 11 — Georgia at Auburn.

Nov. 18 — LSU at Tennessee.

Nov. 25 — Missouri at Arkansas.

And if it ends up 7-7, it will come down to the SEC Championship Game to see which division has bragging rights. For a year, anyway.

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