TideFans.com’s preseason top 25 and SEC rankings

Projected 2016 SEC standings

SEC East     SEC West  
Team Overall SEC   Team Overall SEC
1. Tennessee 10-2 6-2 1. Alabama 11-1 7-1
2. Georgia 9-3 5-3 2. LSU 10-2 6-2
3. Florida 8-4 5-3 3. Ole Miss 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 A&M 8-4 4-4
7. Vanderbilt 3-9 0-8 7. Mississippi State 7-5 3-5

 

Preseason Top 25 
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. Florida State Quietly, the Seminoles have underachieved since winning it all in 2013.
7. Tennessee By far the SEC East’s best on paper, Butch Jones needs to prove himself as a field general.
8. Notre Dame 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. Michigan 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. Louisville 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. Michigan St. How the Spartans bounce back from playoff disaster will tell the tale early.
18. Ole Miss Rebels may have lost a little too much up front to hang with the contending teams.
19. Baylor Bears are one negative news story away from being declared a complete disaster area in 2016.
20. Texas A&M Aggies seem to be coming around to what’s important to winning in the SEC: Talent on defense.
21. Florida Not enough talent, not enough QB acumen to believe Gators will be more than an also-ran.
22. Washington Huskies appear to be the best of the second-line PAC-12 teams in 2016.
23. Oregon Systems and speed are catching up to the Ducks. Can they innovate once more?
24. Washington 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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