SEC spring meetings are underway, and it’s almost the official turning of the page from spring practice, with SEC Media Days right around the corner in July.
Sporting News ranked the top 25 teams in college football, and surprises exist at the top. It’s not FSU; it’s not Alabama; rather, Oklahoma and Oregon sit atop the publisher’s preseason top 25. You can check out the entire ranking and reasoning here.
Eight SEC teams are listed as preseason top 25 programs, with Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina being three in the top 10. LSU and Georgia fall in the top 15, and Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Florida round out the top 25 for the conference.
Here’s a look at Sporting News’ preseason top 25:
9. Ohio State
10. South Carolina
12. Michigan State
13. Arizona State
14. Notre Dame
18. Texas A&M
20. Ole Miss
24. North Carolina
Lead college football writer Matt Hayes has been known to take a stand on topics in the past, and he’s doing it again by leading the charge for the Oklahoma Sooners to be the preseason favorites, led by returning quarterback Trevor Knight, who helped thump Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Georgia is too low for me at No. 15 overall; UGA has top 10 talent, and Texas A&M continues to get top 20 love, even ranked higher than Ole Miss, which has one of the best rosters in college football.