Can we please stop with the SEC lovefest? CBS Sports has already released its 2014 preseason top 25 football teams, and I’m shocked – shocked – that five of the first 11 spots are held by SEC teams. All together, a total of eight SEC teams made the list.
Granted, the SEC is strong, and may have the best middle class of any conference, but it’s hard to justify such lofty positions. Alabama, which lost two games, and was manhandled by Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, is ranked second, despite losing all-everything quarterback AJ McCarron and certain first-round draft pick C.J. Mosley. LSU finished 9-3, and is losing at least four underclassmen to the draft; and that doesn’t count quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is also gone. Best of all? Texas A&M, which finished 8-4 and barely escaping a bowl loss to Duke with Johnny Football, is now #15 without him.
I wouldn’t be complaining so much if the analysis went beyond ‘They lost a lot of important players but they are still great.’
I will give writer Jerry Hinnen some credit – he put UCLA into the top 10, and kept Wisconsin in the top 20, which shows he did do some actual thinking.
My top 25? Not yet.