Less than a month after winning its 16th national title, Alabama is No. 1 again.
ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach bumped the Crimson Tide to the top spot in the second version of his “Way-Too-Early Top 25” list.
Nick Saban’s squad is joined by five other SEC teams. Here’s an excerpt of Schlabach’s thoughts on those schools:
- Alabama (No. 1) [+1 spot] — “Junior college signee Charles Baldwin might be able to help on the offensive line right away, and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is the early favorite to replace Jake Coker at quarterback.”
- LSU (No. 6) [+1 spot] — “Stop me if you’ve heard this question before: Does LSU have a quarterback that is capable of consistently throwing the ball?”
- Tennessee (No. 12) [-1 spot] — “With nine starters coming back on offense and eight on defense, the Volunteers might be the favorites in the SEC East.”
- Ole Miss (No. 13) — “Perhaps it’s time to admit the Rebels can recruit very well — and they’re here to stay.”
- Georgia (No. 19) — “Three highly regarded prospects — No. 1 tight end Isaac Nauta, No. 1 pocket passer Jacob Eason and No. 8 defensive tackle Julian Rochester — have already enrolled in school.”
- Florida (No. 24) [previously unranked] — “After guiding Florida to an unexpected SEC East title, coach Jim McElwain’s first season with the Gators ended with a flop.”
There are still more than six months remaining until we get the first official Associated Press poll of 2016, but the early returns are favorable to the SEC.