SEC football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Bulldogs get better?

Here's a look at where the Mississippi State Bulldogs rank in the SEC football hierarchy after the closure of the spring portal.
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No team in the SEC lost more talent to the NFL this offseason than Texas. Will the Longhorns be able to reload and make another playoff run this fall? It might be possible if the cards fall just right.

Quinn Ewers still has to take another step forward and go from being a good QB to being elite. Last year, he improved his completion percentage by 11% but he was throwing to two bonafide NFL wide receivers who won't be there this fall. Can he make their replacements better or will he suffer without them? Adding Alabama transfer WR Isaiah Bond could be a huge help in that regard.

On defense, Texas lost two NFL defensive tackles. What's more, the Horns are counting on UTSA pass rusher Trey Moore to prove he has what it takes to dominate in the SEC. Texas has a lot of questions to answer but if all falls into place for Steve Sarkisian, he could find his way into the expanded playoff field.