Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA TODAY NETWORK
ESPN writers Adam Rittenberg and Andrea Adelson picked new Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer and Florida coach Billy Napier as their coaches with the most to prove in 2024.

Here's what they had to say:

Kalen DeBoer, Alabama
DeBoer just took Washington to the national title game in only his second year -- two seasons after the team went 4-8 -- so this designation feels a bit unfair, but so are Alabama's expectations after Nick Saban's historic tenure. If the College Football Playoff remained at four teams, DeBoer could miss them during a transition year and be given somewhat of a pass. But Alabama expects to be part of the 12-team field every year, and if DeBoer falls short, the pressure and comparisons to Saban will reach nauseating levels in Tuscaloosa. -- Adam Rittenberg

Billy Napier, Florida
In two years with the Gators, Napier is 11-14 and has not come close to beating rival Georgia, which means Florida hasn't come close to challenging for the SEC East title. How much longer can that go on? Napier enters a crucial Year 3 with perhaps the most difficult schedule in the country, opening against rival Miami while also having to play Tennessee, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas in the SEC. He has to prove the program is headed in the right direction to have any shot at convincing the fan base he's the right coach for the job. -- Andrea Adelson
Did they get it right? Or who else would you include from the SEC?
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Jabontik2 months
They got it right
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NorthstarinLA2 months
Hope Napier goes a solid 6-6 making UF squirm on what to do. Also Bama going 8-4 would be great...the bama bandwagon would burn in the street...That would be a great year in the SEC
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