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Projecting the SEC standings

Bobby Portis and Arkansas can be a contender in the SEC and nationally -- if they figure out the road. Cooper Neill/Getty Images

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The SEC finished the nonconference portion of their schedule with a bang, as South Carolina used its stingy defense to take down the highly ranked and high-octane offense of Iowa State. The focus shifts to conference play, and while the top team isn't a difficult choice, the conference's improved depth and the questions that remain on the Florida Gators make the battles over the next nine weeks interesting.

1. Kentucky Wildcats

No question the Wildcats (13-0) remain the toast of not only the conference, but the nation. I believe they will end the conference at 18-0 just as Florida did a season ago.

2. Arkansas Razorbacks