9 SEC teams ranked in Phil Steele’s preseason top 40

Who needs a preseason top 25 when you can rank the top 40?

College football analyst Phil Steele’s magazine hit the shelves recently, and it’s essentially the encyclopedia of your football needs. I encourage you to pick one up.

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Anyway, Steele ranked the preseason top 40 teams, and nine SEC teams were included. Four SEC teams were also included in the top 10, with Alabama pacing the conference at No. 2 in the country. Do you think Steele has faith in Jacob Coker? Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina are all top 10 teams, according to Steele.

Steele also says Mizzou is the country’s 41st best team and one that just ‘missed the cut’.

Look at Florida squeaking in at No. 24! Here’s a look at Steele’s preseason top 40:

1. Florida State
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. Oklahoma
5. UCLA
6. Oregon
7. Georgia
8. Baylor
9. Auburn
10. South Carolina
11. Michigan State
12. USC
13. Wisconsin
14. TCU
15. LSU
16. Ole Miss
17. Notre Dame
18. UNC
19. Marshall
20. Stanford
21. UCF
22. Boise State
23. Clemson
24. Florida
25. Texas
26. Louisville
27. Northwestern
28. Washington
29. Virginia Tech
30. Michigan
31. Houston
32. Iowa
33. Nebraska
34. Mississippi State
35. Maryland
36. Oregon State
37. Miami
38. BYU
39. Texas A&M
40. Cincinnati

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