Spring practices are underway at the FBS level, but it’ll still be several months until the preseason AP Poll for the 2021 season is officially released.

However, college football guru Phil Steele has seen enough to make his projections for what the AP Poll top 10 will look like.

In his projections, he has 3 SEC teams making the top 10. It’s important to note that this is not how he’d rank the teams. Rather, these are his predictions for what the AP Poll will look like when it is released:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Notre Dame
  8. North Carolina
  9. Iowa State
  10. Cincinnati

Obviously, there are plenty of familiar faces in that top 10, especially in the top 5. Steele notes that his top 10 projections have been perfect each of the last 3 years, so this is a pretty good predictor of how things will go.

Now, we’ll just have to wait and see if Steele goes 4 for his last 4.