Why Missouri is SEC East favorite

Running back Russell Hansbrough leads the Tigers' strong ground game. Scott Clarke/ESPN Images

The SEC has had more than its share of surprises through Week 6, including Ole Miss pulling off the upset over Alabama, Mississippi State becoming a top-5 program and South Carolina having more conference losses by the first weekend in October than it had in the entire 2013 season.

This amazing turn of events has made this a campaign to remember, but it's also masked another potentially surprising development in the SEC East.

The Missouri Tigers are the defending division champions, but the loss of 13 starters made this team a long shot to defend its title.

That underdog status has now changed.