With spring football wrapping up (Arkansas’ spring game on Saturday was the last of 14 in the SEC this year), many publications are revisiting and updating preseason their rankings.
Sporting News revealed its latest top 25, and six SEC teams make the cut. While only two are in the top 10, a total of five make the top 15. The preseason poll predicts a top-five showdown in Atlanta for Week 1 between Alabama and Florida State, but not quite the rankings some have predicted.
Here’s the full top 25:
3. Ohio State
4. Florida State
6. Penn State
16. Oklahoma State
17. Kansas State
20. West Virginia
21. Texas Longhorns
22. South Florida
23. Washington State
It’s no surprise to see Alabama on top with Nick Saban’s streak of No. 1 recruiting classes allowing UA to reload (as opposed to rebuild) every year. One of the biggest storylines this offseason is which team will be considered No. 2 in the SEC and most likely to change Alabama, either as a regular-season foe or in Atlanta.
Sporting News’ Bill Bender has Georgia as the second-highest SEC team, with the Bulldogs coming in at No. 10 (with Auburn, LSU and Florida not far behind). Here’s why he’s high on UGA:
Georgia’s spring game attendance was down a little bit, but the excitement level is up heading into Kirby Smart’s second season. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both returned to school and are healthy, and that’s good news for Jacob Eason heading into his second season. Of course, Eason is going to be pushed in fall camp by Jake Fromm. These are nice problems to have for a team poised to compete for the SEC East championship.
Bender offers explanations for all 25 rankings in the full article, available here.