Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel thinks very highly of SEC teams as camp opens. In his updated Top 25 rankings, Mandel has six SEC schools ranked and three cracked the top 10.
Defending national champion Alabama comes in at No. 1, as it does in many preseason rankings. The Crimson Tide’s strong defense is what many believe will propel them to success again this season. The LSU Tigers and star running back Leonard Fournette are the next SEC representatives on the list at No. 4. The Volunteers, who many are expecting to have an impressive season, are the No. 9 team.
Ole Miss (No. 18), Texas A&M (No. 22) and Florida (No. 24) round out the top 25.