The SEC has always been the most-dominant conference in all of college football as they have won all but two of the last 10 national championships. They certainly should be the conversation again this year as there are some pretty good teams in the conference this year.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the defending national champions and the top team in the country right now, while the LSU Tigers should be very good with a large number of defensive starters returning. The Georgia Bulldogs should also be one of the top teams out of the SEC East.
The SEC will be represented in the College Football Playoff this year, but the only question is who will be there. Here are the top five power rankings for the SEC in Week 1 of the 2016 college football season.
5. Ole Miss
The Ole Miss Rebels must overcome some offseason turmoil as they were launched into a full scale investigation by the NCAA. However, this should still be one of the best teams in the SEC and there is no doubt they will have a big year.
They have a tough match-up against the Florida State Seminoles to open the season and they will likely come out 0-1. However, quarterback Chad Kelly is the best in the conference and he should give any team a run for their money.
The Tennessee Volunteers come into the season as the odds-on favorite in the SEC East. As they should with players like quarterback Josh Dobbs, running back Jalen Hurd, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and cornerback Cam Sutton.
However, they opened the season Thursday night and looked awful on the offensive line against Appalachian State. They went to overtime with the Sun Belt squad and just barely eked out a 20-13 victory.
Georgia is going into their season-opener with senior Greyson Lambert under center against North Carolina. This could be big for the team as he went 10-2 last year and it gives Jacob Eason a chance to sit on the bench and learn from a veteran while getting accustomed to the SEC.
Star running back Nick Chubb also returns from a serious knee injury which ended his season a year ago. Their defense is pretty talented too with players like Dominick Sanders on the field.
Dave Aranda is going to be huge for the LSU Tigers’ defense this year and he will meet up with his old Wisconsin team to open the season. With players like Tre’Davious White and Davon Godchaux, there is plenty of reason for excitement.
Offensively, Brandon Harris seems to be settling in behind center and his receivers should be electric for him. Oh, and there is this guy named Leonard Fournette, who I hear is pretty good.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the defending national champions and the top team in the country. They should be able to compete for another national title this year and it will ride on their defense, now led by Jeremy Pruitt, once again.
Eddie Jackson and Jonathan Allen both return while linebacker Reuben Foster and freshmen Mack Wilson and Ben Davis should make a big impact. On the offense, Calvin Ridley is a star while Bo Scarbrough has a lot of potential, but the quarterback position is still very unclear, like the last few seasons.