Top SEC football storylines: Is the SEC more than Alabama & LSU?

Shae Peppler covers the top storylines heading into the 2012 SEC Football season. Here is a brief synopsis of the video report.

The LSU Tigers are without CB Tyrann Mathieu. The star cornerback was dismissed from the program for a violation of team and school policy.

Texas A&M and Missouri
The Texas A&M Aggies and Missouri Tigers join the SEC this season.

Three new coaches in the SEC
Kevin Sumlin begins his first season coaching the Texas A&M Aggies. Hugh Freeze leads Mississippi and John L. Smith takes the reins at Arkansas.

More than LSU and Alabama
Matt Hayes of the Sporting News shares his thoughts on how the SEC is more than just Alabama and LSU. Hayes believes South Carolina could win the SEC. Arkansas has enough to win the SEC. Perhaps even Georgia could contend for the SEC title.

Key Players for SEC 2012
Hayes starts with Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. Hayes said Lacy is a combination of Glen Coffee, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. “I am expecting him to have a huge season,” Hayes said.

LSU’s Zach Mettenberger will be a key player in the SEC, Hayes said. If Mettenberger is able to pass then it will bring an extra dimension to LSU’s already potent running attack.

South Carolina’s offensive and defensive lines are strong, Hayes said. This could make Marcus Lattimore a very big player this season, if the running back recovers from injury.

What do you think? Is the SEC as deep as some analysts believe? Can Georgia and South Carolina compete against the powers of the SEC West? Do you think Arkansas can compete against Alabama and LSU without Bobby Petrino coaching the team?