The introduction of the College Football Playoff two seasons ago has diminished the significance of Top 25 polls during the regular season, but that does not stop the fans from constantly debating over where their respective teams belong.
Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel has released a revised list of his (way too early) top 25 teams following the conclusion of spring practices. Seven SEC teams wound up in Mandel’s rankings.
Here is where those seven teams were ranked:
10. Ole Miss
25. Texas A&M
Didn’t see your favorite team? That may not be a bad thing.
Just last season, Florida reached the SEC championship game before falling to eventual national champion Alabama after the Gators were unranked in the preseason poll. In 2014, Mississippi State went from unranked all the way to No. 1 by Week 8.
If you think your team is ranked too low, you also may want to rethink your stance. If the Crimson Tide begins the season No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and repeat as champions, it would be just the third team in the poll’s modern era (1968-present) that a team wins the title after beginning the season No. 1, according to data from collegepollarchive.com.
Of course, a lot can change between now and the first slate of 2016 games in September, but history shows us that preseason rankings can be hit or miss. Now, with the College Football Playoff committee involved, its rankings are the only polls that really matter anyway.