It is our belief that it is never too early to look ahead to the upcoming Southeastern Conference football season. Apparently, we aren’t alone as SB Nation recently published the first S&P+ rankings for the 2019 college football season.
No surprise, Alabama and Georgia are found at the very top of the list but it may come as a surprise to some to see 10 Southeastern Conference teams rank in the top 25 — including Tennessee, which is coming off a 5-7 season, listed at No. 21.
If you are unfamiliar with the S&P+ rankings, they are devised via a computer program using a set of data only. These are not subjective rankings done by SBNation’s Bill Connelly, the creator of the rankings, they are the result of the data spit out by a computer.
This specific exercise was done by inputting four-year recruiting data, returning production data and recent historical data. The three factors are broken down into more detail over at SBNation if you want to read that information over.
If you just want to look at a table breaking it all down, here you go. Here is how every SEC program projects in the 2019 S&P+ preseason rankings now that we know which recruits have signed at each program across the country: