Spring football is over, and Sports Illustrated is the latest outlet to chime in with a new Top 25.
On Thursday, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Johnson published a post-spring Top 25, and there were plenty of changes after its way-too-early rankings ran in January. Alabama is the new No. 1 after being slotted at No. 2 in the early rankings. Surprisingly, Georgia fell from No. 1 to No. 8. Auburn dropped from No. 5 to No. 16, and Mississippi State moved into the Top 25 at No. 17.
LSU (No. 14), South Carolina (No. 21) and Texas A&M (No. 25) aren’t included in the post-spring Top 25 after making appearances in the early version.
Click here to see the entire post-spring Top 25. Likely, there won’t be many disagreements about placing Alabama at No. 1. The Crimson Tide must figure out a quarterback competition featuring Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. But there’s ample talent in Tuscaloosa these days.
Meanwhile, the placement of Georgia at No. 8 provides some pause. Yes, the Bulldogs lost some notable talent, particularly linebacker Roquan Smith and running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. But Georgia returns quarterback Jake Fromm, and freshman Justin Fields offers potential behind center after entering Athens as a 5-star prospect. There’s little to suggest that Georgia shouldn’t be considered among the country’s five best teams after making a run to the National Championship Game against Alabama last season.
Obviously, each post-spring Top 25 is subjective. Soon, teams will prove their worth on the field. But these early rankings provide welcomed fodder to get us through a slow time of year.