Alabama

2011 record: 12-1 (8-1 in Southeastern Conference, second in SEC Western Division)

The Buzz: Alabama lost a lot of talent from last year's national championship team, but coach Nick Saban and his staff have no trouble reloading the roster with fresh playmakers. AJ McCarron took a huge step forward with his play in the BCS Championship Game. The line is solid. Expect the Tide to be competing for SEC and BCS titles this season.

Arkansas

2011 results: 11-2 (6-2 in Southeastern Conference, third in SEC Western Division)

The Buzz: How will the players and coaches respond to the loss of former coach Bobby Petrino, who was forced to resign? John L. Smith's hiring provided some stability. Tyler Wilson could be the key to the team achieving its goal of competing for the SEC title. His performance last season earned him early Heisman Trophy hype.

Auburn

2011 results: 8-5 (4-4 in Southeastern Conference, fourth in SEC Western Division)

The Buzz: Auburn returns seven offensive starters, nine defensive starters, its starting kicker and its starting punter. Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen will bring strong leadership to the offense, while linebacker Daren Bates is back after leading the team in tackles. Running back Onterio McCalebb could be a go-to runner for the Tigers.

Florida

2011 results: 7-6 (3-5 in SEC, third in East Division)

The Buzz: Florida is poised to make a big leap in coach Will Muschamp's second year if it can get settled at the quarterback position. Sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are similar and the competition is tight, so Muschamp says he'll use both. Settling the quarterback debate could go a long way to improve an offense that has been one of the worst in the SEC for two seasons.

Georgia

2011 record: 10-4 (7-1 in Southeastern Conference, first in SEC Eastern Division)

The Buzz: Georgia's potent defense and talented offensive playmakers should help the program make another trip to the SEC championship game. However, the Bulldogs will need new starters on the offensive line to step up in a big way to surpass last season's success.

Kentucky

2011 record: 5-7 (2-6 in SEC, fifth in SEC Eastern Division)

The Buzz: Kentucky ranked among the bottom three in the SEC in nearly every major statistical category on offense and defense last year. With a schedule that includes trips to Florida, Arkansas and Missouri, don't expect this to be the year when the Wildcats get out of the SEC basement.

LSU