The first AP Poll of the 2016 season has been released and the SEC is well represented.
Six SEC teams are part of the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll, the most for any single conference.
Alabama came in at No. 1. Joining the Crimson Tide in the top 10 are LSU at No. 5 and Tennessee at No. 9. Ole Miss came in at No. 11 while Georgia will start the season at No. 18. Florida comes in at No. 25.
Alabama last entered a season ranked No. 1 by the AP in 2013.
|No. 1 Alabama||SEC|
|No. 2 Clemson||ACC|
|No. 3 Oklahoma||Big 12|
|No. 4 Florida State||ACC|
|No. 5 LSU||SEC|
|No. 6 Ohio State||Big 10|
|No. 7 Michigan||Big 10|
|No. 8 Stanford||Pac 12|
|No. 9 Tennessee||SEC|
|No. 10 Notre Dame||Independent|
|No. 11 Ole Miss||SEC|
|No. 12 Michigan State||Big 10|
|No. 13 TCU||Big 12|
|No. 14 Washington||Pac 12|
|No. 15 Houston||American|
|No. 16 UCLA||Pac 12|
|No. 17 Iowa||Big 10|
|No. 18 Georgia||SEC|
|No. 19 Louisville||ACC|
|No. 20 USC||Pac 12|
|No. 21 Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|No. 22 North Carolina||ACC|
|No. 23 Baylor||Big 12|
|No. 24 Oregon||Pac 12|
|No. 25 Florida||SEC|
Alabama won the national championship last season. The Crimson Tide must replace Derrick Henry on offense, but they return several key contributors such as wide receiver Calvin Ridley and linebacker Tim Williams.
LSU is next among the six SEC teams in the poll. The Tigers finished last year 9-3 and ranked No. 16 in the final AP Poll. LSU brings back running back Leonard Fournette, who rushed for 1,953 yards last year. The Tigers also brought Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
Tennessee came in at the No. 9 spot in the poll. The Volunteers ended last season at No. 22, but the team brings back the bulk of its defense, as well as quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Tennessee also won its last six games of the 2015-16 season.
Just below the Volunteers are the Ole Miss Rebels at No. 11. The Rebels won the Sugar Bowl last year but lost Laquon Treadwell, Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil to the NFL Draft. Ole Miss does bring quarterback Chad Kelly, who led the SEC in passing last year. The Rebels open the season against the No. 4 ranked Florida State Seminoles in Orlando.
The Georgia Bulldogs come in at No. 18. The Bulldogs went 10-3 last year but finished the season unranked. Georgia brought in new head coach Kirby Smart from Alabama. He will be replacing Mark Richt, who is now the head coach at Miami.
Florida came in at No. 25. The Gators ended last season with three straight losses, but all of those losses were to teams who start the season in the top 10. Florida named Luke Del Rio its starting quarterback earlier this week.
Texas A&M and Auburn landed in the also receiving votes category.