Peach State Sports Blog

SEC preseason football power poll

1. Auburn: Yes, the Tigers have a new quarterback (Jeremy Johnson), but they also have a new defensive coordinator in Will Muschamp, and that’s a huge positive for this program.

2. Alabama: The Crimson Tide made it into the inaugural College Football Playoff, but they have a lot of new faces. They also still have head coach Nick Saban.

3. Missouri: The Tigers have won the East Division the past two years, so they take the division’s top spot entering the season until someone knocks them off.

4. Georgia: If the Bulldogs get steady play from their starting quarterback -- whoever that is -- they can be the ones to knock off the Tigers. If not, it could be a long season.

5. Texas A&M: The Aggies are being overlooked, but they made the best coaching move of the offseason in hiring John Chavis as their defensive coordinator.

6. Tennessee: Butch Jones’ team has been the sexy pick in the preseason to take the next step, but the Vols are still really young.

7. Mississippi: The Rebels have won seven, eight and nine games in Hugh Freeze’s first three seasons.

8. Mississippi State: Dan Mullen’s team won 10 games in 2014, but it also was blown out in the Orange Bowl by Georgia Tech.

9. LSU: If Texas A&M getting Chavis was the best coaching move, the Tigers replacing him with Kevin Steele was the worst.

10. South Carolina: For the second straight year, the Gamecocks have a new quarterback, but their real concern last year was their defense.

11. Arkansas: The Razorbacks could be improved over last season, but it’s going to be hard for them to climb the ladder in the West Division.

12. Florida: Jim McElwain has a strong offensive background, but he’s going to need all of that experience to fix the mess that is the Gators’ offense in his first season.

13. Kentucky: The Wildcats improved from two wins in 2013 to five last year. It’s going to be difficult for them to do much better than that this season.

14. Vanderbilt: The Commodores dropped from back-to-back nine-win seasons under James Franklin to three wins in Derek Mason’s first season. The prospects aren’t high for 2015.