There are still more than six months until the 2018 college football season begins, but it’s not too early to begin looking at which teams will be the best when the new campaign starts.
On Monday, ESPN updated its “Way-too-early Top 25” rankings for 2018, and there was slight movement for some of the SEC teams on the list. Six teams from the conference were included, just as there were in the pre-Signing Day edition.
Alabama remained No. 2 behind Clemson, while Georgia moved up two spots to No. 3. Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU and South Carolina were also all once again ranked.
Here’s a look at each of those teams’ rankings (compared to the pre-Signing Day rankings), as well as the explanation for it:
- Alabama stayed at No. 2, despite not having the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for just the second time in the past eight years. The Crimson Tide may have had the No. 6 class, but enough top commits kept them in the same spot in these rankings.
- Georgia moved up to No. 3, and after the National Signing Day that the Bulldogs had, it’s easy to see why. They had the top recruiting class in the nation for the first time in school history.
- Auburn fell one spot to No. 14. The Tigers have a lot of positions on offense they’ll need to replace, but quarterback is not one of them, as Jarrett Stidham will be back.
- Mississippi State fell one spot to No. 20. The Bulldogs kept most of their recruiting class intact after Joe Moorhead replaced Dan Mullen as head coach.
- LSU remained at No. 23. The Tigers have many positions to replace, and they’ll have a new offense after assistant changes. Their recruiting class was ranked No. 14, the school’s worst ranking since 2002.
- South Carolina remained at No. 25. The Gamecocks built on the momentum of a surprisingly successful season by signing a top-20 recruiting class.