The offseason of college football normally means that fans enjoy the opportunity for summer vacations and firing up the grill with neighbors and friends. It also means that the college football season is just around the corner.

Most of the teams around the Southeastern Conference kickoff the 2019 season on August 31 except for Florida who takes on Miami in Orlando on August 24.

During Thursday's edition of The Gary Harris Show, The Late Kick host Josh Pate provided his observations on SEC football for 2019 beginning with his opinion of the conference's depth.

"It's a very deep and I think in some cases, an overlooked aspect of this conference is how deep it is." Pate said.

After back-to-back trips to the SEC Championship Game and Jake Fromm returning for his junior season, it would appear that Georgia should be a heavy favorite to return to Atlanta in early December, but Pate thinks that is not a guarantee.

"I'm not sold on this idea that the (SEC) East is just this one-horse race that Georgia's going to run away with and have things locked up by early November." Pate said.

According to The Late Kick host, Missouri has an opportunity to surprise people this season.

"I think Missouri is probably the biggest sleeper team in this conference and maybe one of the biggest sleeper teams in the country not because their roster compares but because they've got about as favorable a schedule as you'll see. They catch Georgia coming off a bye while Georgia is coming off the Florida game. They just have a lot of unique aspects to their schedule. They do a heck of a job developing talent there. Barry Odom always has a product whose total is greater than the sum of its individual parts."

In his preview of the 2019 season, check out what Pate had to say about Alabama's upcoming campaign, LSU being a player in the College Football Playoff chase whether Gus Malzahn will make it to the 2020 season.

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