It seems just about everyone expects great things from the SEC this season.
Athlon Sports has released its full rankings of all 128 FBS teams for the 2016 season, and it’s loaded with SEC teams near the top. The conference claims four of the top 10 teams, six of the top 25 and 10 of the top 50.
Only Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Missouri and South Carolina are left outside the top 50, but no team falls lower than No. 63 (South Carolina).
Here is the full list of SEC representatives:
No. 1: Alabama
No. 7: Tennessee
No. 9: LSU
No. 10: Ole Miss
No. 16: Georgia
No. 20: Florida
No. 26: Arkansas
No. 28: Texas A&M
No. 35: Auburn
No. 41: Mississippi State
No. 56: Kentucky
No. 57: Vanderbilt
No. 62: Missouri
No. 63: South Carolina
While the SEC is well-represented, many of its early opponents also make appearances among the top teams.
Those teams include:
No. 2 Florida State (will meet Ole Miss on Sept. 5)
No. 4 Clemson (Auburn, Sept. 3)
No. 14 UCLA (Texas A&M, Sept. 3)
No. 17 TCU (Arkansas, Sept. 10)
No. 21 North Carolina (Georgia, Sept. 3)
No. 22 Southern California (Alabama, Sept. 3)
No. 29 Virginia Tech (Tennessee, Sept. 10)
No. 33 Wisconsin (LSU, Sept. 3)
No. 40 West Virginia (Missouri, Sept. 3)
All told, the first few weeks of the college football season should be very interesting.