Previews 2018: Preseason Top 25/SEC Standings

Projected 2018 SEC standings

SEC East SEC West
Team Overall SEC Team Overall SEC
1. 12-0 8-0 1. Alabama 12-0 8-0
2. South Carolina 8-4 5-3 2. Mississippi State 10-2 6-2
3. Florida 7-5 4-4 3. Auburn 9-3 5-3
4. Missouri 7-5 3-5 4. Ole Miss 8-4 4-4
5. Kentucky 7-5 3-5 5. Texas A&M 7-5 4-4
6. Vanderbilt 5-7 2-6 6. LSU 5-7 2-6
7. Tennessee 6-6 2-6 7. Arkansas 3-9 0-8
Preseason Top 25
1. Razor-close between Clemson and Bama, but more veterans on CU’s defense makes the difference
2. Alabama Everything seems to set up for a title defense, but Tide plays better when it has something to prove
3. If defense can rebound to mid-2017 form, weak schedule could send ‘Canes to Final 4
4. Georgia It looks again like the SEC will have two teams in the Final 4.
5. Ohio State Buckeyes are probably better than this, but off-field distractions could weigh heavily
6. Washington The talent is there, but Huskies have to get past their tendency to lay one or two eggs each year
7. Oklahoma Lots of talent lost, but OU will still have a top offense and play in the weakest P5 league
8. Mississippi St. Bulldogs could be SEC’s surprise team if it can manage a coaching transition. Talent is there.
9. Michigan Offense has to click, or Wolverines will fall short again – and Jim Harbaugh will feel the heat.
10. Wisconsin Offense returns almost completely intact, but the D is a full rebuild. Schedule not kind, either.
11. Auburn It really all comes down to the offensive line, and whether Malzahn’s trickery has run its course.
12. Michigan St. Schedule sets up perfectly as Spartans hope offense can get in gear after 2017’s failures.
13. Notre Dame Defense will carry the Irish as far as they’ll go, given tough schedule and QB issues
14. Virginia Tech Fuente is a rising star in the coaching ranks, and he has a good mix of talent and leadership back.
15. Boise State Basically a one-game season, with Oklahoma State the only contender on the schedule.
16. Stanford Defense took an unexpected step back in 2017; fixing that would make Cardinal a PAC-12 fave.
17. Penn State Solid leadership and a good foundation, but graduation was unkind to the roster. Rebuilding year.
18. Florida State The raw talent is undeniably there, but 2017 was a disaster and the defense is young.
19. South Carolina A 10-win season is in reach if Will Muschamp can continue to develop as a head coach.
20. Southern Cal Basically all comes down to the quality of the quarterback position – or lack thereof.
21. Oklahoma St. Never seem to get much preseason respect, but they’re always hanging around in the end.
22. Oregon Is Mario Cristobal the answer? A veteran roster will help soothe the transition back to open O.
23. Iowa Good offensive core, manageable schedule mean Hawkeyes should post a decent season.
24. Utah Utes would be higher if the schedule was kinder. Offense needs to get in sync as well.
25. Ole Miss Rebels should score points if nothing else. But the program is in a decline nonetheless.

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