Previews 2017: Top 25 and projected SEC standings

Projected 2017 SEC standings

SEC East   SEC West  
Team Overall SEC Team Overall SEC
1. Georgia 11-1 7-1 1. Alabama 12-0 8-0
2. Florida 7-5 5-3 2. Auburn 9-3 6-2
3. Tennessee 8-4 4-4 3. Texas A&M 8-4 5-3
4. South Carolina 7-5 4-4 4. 7-5 4-4
5. Kentucky 6-6 3-5 5. LSU 8-4 4-4
6. Vanderbilt 5-7 1-7 6. 8-4 4-4
7. Missouri 3-9 0-8 7. Arkansas 4-8 1-7
Preseason Top 25
1. Roster, schedule set up perfectly for veteran Buckeyes to make a title run
2. Once again, the biggest challenges will come in conference title game, playoffs
3. Is there room in the playoffs for two SEC schools? Bulldogs run the table, it could happen
4. State Opening-week game against Alabama could foreshadow a playoff rematch
5. Probably too many losses for title defense, but Tigers are just reloading now
6. Someone has to step up as Option B in the Big Ten; Badgers could be a darkhorse
7. Glamour pick because of QB Browning, but Huskies lost a lot to the NFL
8. USC Now that the Trojans have their QB, will that be enough to make up for rebuilding offense?
9. UCLA Bruins could be the surprise team of the PAC-12 if defense can jell quickly
10. If Tigers’ QB situation is fixed, the sky is the limit in a crucial year for this staff
11. Probably not ready for prime time yet, but getting there quickly under Franklin
12. St. Ability to put up a gaudy record thanks to a friendly schedule, could make the playoffs
13. Oklahoma Untimely retirement of Bob Stoops probably kills the Sooners’ title momentum
14. Michigan aren’t catching anyone by surprise this year, but fans adamant a title is imminent
15. High-flying Cardinals could sneak up this list with an upset or two
16. Time to put up or shut up for Brian Kelly; QB issues abound but schedule is manageable
17. Probably a step-back year for the Cardinal, but they’ll be a tough out for all opponents
18. Texas A&M Aggies need just a touch of defensive improvement to be decent; more than that, they may contend
19. Not where the Tiger faithful are hoping to land, but Tigers have worst QB situation in the SEC
20. Ole Miss The NCAA is in town, yes. But this team still has talent aplenty and is tough on both LOS
21. Ducks are a bit of yesterday’s news, but they can’t continue to be outright bad. Right … right?
22. Tennessee Expectations are high in Knoxville but too many questions abound on offense to challenge
23. Washington St. Cougars are well-coached even though usually outmanned
24. Looking for a pure darkhorse? Take the Mountaineers, who are expecting offensive resurgence
25. Florida Inexperience has the Gators under the radar; talent is still there to finish higher than this

 

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