TideFans.com’s preseason top 25 and SEC rankings

Projected 2016 standings

Team Overall SEC   Team Overall SEC
1. 10-2 6-2 1. Alabama 11-1 7-1
2. Georgia 9-3 5-3 2. LSU 10-2 6-2
3. 8-4 5-3 3. 8-4 5-3
4. Kentucky 6-6 3-5 4. Auburn 7-5 4-4
5. South Carolina 6-6 3-5 5. Arkansas 7-5 4-4
6. Missouri 4-8 1-7 6. Texas 8-4 4-4
7. Vanderbilt 3-9 0-8 7. State 7-5 3-5


1. Ohio State Buckeyes were a disappointment in 2015, but are hungry to rebound.
2. Oklahoma Stoops faces high expectations as Sooners are widely expected to make playoffs.
3. Alabama One of these years, the SEC gauntlet will catch up to Tide. QB issues may mean it happens now.
4. Clemson Tigers proved they belonged in 2015; can they take the next step?
5. LSU Questions at LB and lack of offensive cohesiveness could get in the way.
6. State Quietly, the Seminoles have underachieved since winning it all in 2013.
7. By far the ’s best on paper, needs to prove himself as a field general.
8. Schedule sets up well with only 2 challenging games away from South Bend.
9. Stanford Cardinal will ride McCaffery as far as he can take them.
10. Talent level is turning around for Wolverines; a big step up in rankings is expected.
11. Houston Only 2 challengers on the schedule for the Cougars, who may get a Big 12 invite soon.
12. Cardinals have surprisingly tough road, too tough to be considered a playoff threat.
13. USC Talent all over the place but an unproven coaching staff will need to assert itself quickly.
14. Georgia All focus is on Kirby Smart, but Bulldogs have a host of holes to fill.
15. Oklahoma St. Cowboys have a high ceiling but something always seems to derail this train.
16. TCU Patterson’s resume commands respect, but Horned Frogs always seem to be two players short.
17. St. How the Spartans bounce back from playoff disaster will tell the tale early.
18. Rebels may have lost a little too much up front to hang with the contending teams.
19. Baylor are one negative news story away from being declared a complete disaster area in 2016.
20. Texas Aggies seem to be coming around to what’s important to winning in the SEC: Talent on defense.
21. Not enough talent, not enough QB acumen to believe Gators will be more than an also-ran.
22. appear to be the best of the second-line PAC-12 teams in 2016.
23. Systems and speed are catching up to the Ducks. Can they innovate once more?
24. St. Cougars were quietly a success story in 2015. Now it’s time to take the next step.
25. Wisconsin Badgers aren’t fancy, but always seem to be hanging around late in the season.

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