Auburn is the best team in the SEC heading into the 2015 season, according to Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 25.

SI’s rankings feature eight teams from the SEC, highlighted by the Tigers and Alabama (No. 5) inside the Top 10. Georgia comes in at No. 11 and Ole Miss at 13.

Two-time defending Eastern Division champion Mizzou, Arkansas, LSU and Mississippi State are others from the SEC featured in the 20-25 range.

Tennessee, believed by most to be the East’s second-best team behind the Bulldogs, isn’t ranked. Texas A&M is the only Western Division squad not mentioned.

SI’s preseason Top 25

  1. Ohio State
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Alabama
  6. Baylor
  7. Michigan State
  8. USC
  9. Florida State
  10. Oregon
  11. Georgia
  12. Clemson
  13. Ole Miss
  14. UCLA
  15. Arizona
  16. Boise State
  17. Arizona State
  18. Stanford
  19. Georgia Tech
  20. Mizzou
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Arkansas
  23. LSU
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Mississippi State