If you’re looking for a handy place to compare the preseason rankings of high-profile publications, Athlon Sports put that together this past week.
Athlon included its rankings with Lindy’s, Sporting News, ESPN and Phil Steele, and Alabama is ranked either first or second in each of the five publications.
LSU is the next-highest ranked SEC team (Phil Steele had the Tigers at No. 4), and four of the publications had the Tigers in their top 10. Three of annuals included Tennessee in the top 10. All five the publications have the Volunteers winning the SEC East, and four of the five have Alabama winning the West.
Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida and Texas A&M also received some top 25 votes, though ESPN was the only one of the five not to include the Rebels in its top 25. ESPN was also the only publication to include the Aggies in its top 25, and Athlon was the only outlet to believe in the Gators.