ESPN releases first college football power rankings

ESPN released its first college football power rankings this afternoon, with the SEC taking eight spots in the Top 25. The entire list is as follows, and not exactly what one would call surprising:

1. Ohio State
2. TCU
3. Auburn
4. Baylor
5. Alabama
6. Oregon
7. USC
8. Michigan State
9. Florida State
10. Georgia
11. UCLA
12. Notre Dame
13. Clemson
14. LSU
15. Ole Miss
16. Stanford
17. Arizona State
18. Arizona
19. Wisconsin
20. Georgia Tech
21. Oklahoma
22. Arkansas
23. Boise State
24. Tennessee
25. Texas A&M

No surprises at the top, as Ohio State is defending the national championship it won last season and has plenty of key players from the roster returning. The same can be said for TCU, who have quarterback Trevone Boykin, running back Aaron Green and receivers Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee returning for 2015 as well.

One of the surprises of the rankings is having Baylor ranked fourth, as star quarterback Bryce Petty is now part of the NFL and ESPN appears to have a lot of faith in junior Seth Russell. Moreover, Alabama is ranked fifth despite coach Nick Saban not having named a starting quarterback for 2015 yet.

Either way, these early rankings are only going to fuel early excitement for college football season, so fans should mark their calendars accordingly for when their teams play their first game.

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