Fresh off a national championship, Alabama claimed the top spot in ESPN’s football future power rankings. The Crimson Tide heads a group of seven SEC schools to make the top 25 in the sites’ “projection of a program’s strength over the next three years.”
The site lists head coach Nick Saban hanging around as one of the main reasons for the high rank. The next closest SEC school was LSU at No. 6.
SEC rivals Florida and Georgia come in back-to-back at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. Tennessee is another two spots back at No. 14. Auburn comes in at No. 18, and Ole Miss rounds out the group with a No. 20 ranking.
The rankings list a “high category” and a “low category” for each school in the rankings. While Alabama’s coaching was considered a high category for the Tide, the same couldn’t be said for LSU, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee or Auburn. Each school had coaching listed as a low category. The path to a title was the low category for both Alabama and Ole Miss.