Previews 2017: Top 25 and projected SEC standings

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Projected 2017 SEC standings

     
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. A&M 8-4 5-3
4. South Carolina 7-5 4-4 4. State 7-5 4-4
5. Kentucky 6-6 3-5 5. LSU 8-4 4-4
6. Vanderbilt 5-7 1-7 6. Ole Miss 8-4 4-4
7. Missouri 3-9 0-8 7. Arkansas 4-8 1-7
Preseason Top 25
1. Ohio Roster, schedule set up perfectly for veteran Buckeyes to make a title run
2. Alabama Once again, the biggest challenges will come in conference title game, playoffs
3. Georgia Is there room in the playoffs for two SEC schools? Bulldogs run the table, it could happen
4. Opening-week game against Alabama could foreshadow a rematch
5. Clemson Probably too many losses for title defense, but are just reloading now
6. Someone has to step up as Option B in the Big Ten; Badgers could be a darkhorse
7. Washington Glamour pick because of QB Browning, but Huskies lost a lot to the
8. USC Now that the 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. Auburn If Tigers’ QB situation is fixed, the sky is the limit in a crucial year for this staff
11. Penn Probably not ready for prime time yet, but getting there quickly under Franklin
12. Oklahoma 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. Wolverines aren’t catching anyone by surprise this year, but fans adamant a title is imminent
15. Louisville High-flying Cardinals could sneak up this list with an upset or two
16. Notre Dame Time to put up or shut up for Brian Kelly; QB issues abound but schedule is manageable
17. Stanford Probably a step-back year for the Cardinal, but they’ll be a tough out for all
18. A&M Aggies need just a touch of defensive improvement to be decent; more than that, they may contend
19. LSU Not where the Tiger faithful are hoping to land, but 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. Oregon 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. West Virginia Looking for a pure darkhorse? Take the Mountaineers, who are expecting offensive resurgence
25. Inexperience has the Gators under the radar; talent is still there to finish higher than this

 

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