8. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
Freeze has put the Rebels back on the map. He's won 15 games in two seasons in Oxford. He's won a pair of bowl games and appears to be a top-notch recruiter. His teams haven't been easy outs against Alabama and Texas A&M. He already has a signature win, coming against Texas last season.
Minus losing last season's Egg Bowl, there's a lot of momentum at Ole Miss and Freeze can continue to move up the coaching ranks within the conference.
7. Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Pinkel is entering his 14th season at Mizzou. Longevity has always been in Pinkel's mold. He spent 10 seasons as Toledo's head coach before taking over at Missouri.
Pinkel replaced his former Kent State teammate, Nick Saban, at Toledo when Saban left to become Bill Belichick's defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns.
Pinkel guided Toledo to an 11-0-1 record in 1995, 10-1 in 2000 and defeated Penn State and then took over the reins in Columbia. He guided Mizzou to its first AP No. 1 ranking in 2007, the Big 12 championship game and ended the Tigers' 24-game losing streak to Nebraska in 2003.
It may seem like a bit of a history lesson in Pinkel's description, but the current Missouri coach has a solid background in which he looks to build off last season's SEC Eastern Division championship.