Questions still linger in SEC West after spring practices
The reputation of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division took a hit last season after its top five teams all lost their bowl games.
Now the division's seven teams - which account for five of the last eight national championships - are faced with a strange feeling following spring practice: Uncertainty about their place in college football's pecking order.
As usual, Alabama has a roster stocked with former five-star recruits. But there are many questions on offense, including an ongoing quarterback battle between Jake Coker and David Cornwell.
Two new defensive coordinators - Auburn's Will Muschamp and Texas A&M's John Chavis - will be watched closely next fall. Muschamp was Florida's head coach before being fired following last season while Chavis has had successful stints at LSU and Tennessee.