ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach published his version of the post-spring top 25 teams, and seven SEC teams made the ranking.
Alabama checked in at No. 2, while Auburn ranked No. 4. Georgia and South Carolina checked in on the top 10 at No. 8 and No. 10 respectively. LSU, Texas A&M and Florida were all ranked in the top 20.
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Here’s how Schlabach’s ranking looked:
6. Michigan State
7. Ohio State
10. South Carolina
14. Texas A&M
17. Notre Dame
21. Texas Tech
23. Kansas State
- Despite Auburn being the reigning SEC Champion, Schlabach think Alabama is the team to beat in 2014 – and he’s not alone. Several project the Tide to be the team to beat. Nonetheless, the SEC West will probably go through the Iron Bowl again.
- I, too, think LSU is a top 15-caliber team, but Texas A&M probably shouldn’t be, and Florida isn’t top 20-caliber…yet.
- I would drop Texas A&M and Florida out of the top 25, purely based on seeing what’s returning and the deficiencies each team possessed, and I would add in Missouri and Ole Miss, two quality teams with plenty of talent.
- The Aggies lose the most firepower from any of the teams with Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans, not to mention the defense was downright unwatchable at times. How much will they improve? That’s the big question. Talent and depth are gaining, but there are too many losses and questions for the Aggies to open a top 25 team.
- Florida could garner some top 25 love from others, but it will have to be earned for me, as I’m not quick to say the Gators’ offensive scheme change makes them a top 25 team. But I do think the Gators will have the SEC’s biggest turnaround.
What say you?
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