Seven SEC teams in SI.com’s way-too-early top 25 rankings for 2013

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SDS already released the never-too-early rankings for 2013, and Sports Illustrated just released theirs, too. All preseason rankings are magnificently wrong and will change during the offseason depending on how long we think about how wrong they really are.

For example, most talking heads, including me, had USC and Arkansas ranked in at least the top five in the early predictions for 2012. Those were, um, yeah, way off.

Here is SI’s top 25 for ’13:

1. Alabama
2. Texas A&M
3. Stanford
4. Oregon
5. Ohio State
6. Notre Dame
7. Louisville
8. South Carolina
9. Florida
10. Clemson
11. Georgia
12. Michigan
13. Oklahoma
14. LSU
15. TCU
16. Florida State
17. Texas
18. Boise State
19. Kansas State
20. Baylor
21. Northwestern
22. Nebraska
23. Vanderbilt
24. UCLA
25. Northern Illinois

Everyone get ready for Ohio State to run the Big Ten, prompting everyone to think they are at least the #2 team in the country, because it’s coming. In no way do I think OSU is a top five team just because they have an exceptional quarterback. Even Urban Meyer will tell you the difference between his undefeated Buckeyes and a good defensive team like South Carolina. The weak Big Ten schedule should get hammered by strength of schedule rankings from the always-joyous BCS.

Photo Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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