SEC Leads with 6 Teams in Coaches Poll, 5 in Top 10
The Southeastern Conference, home of the last seven BCS national champions, again dominates the first Coaches Poll, with six teams in the top 25 and five of the top 10 teams. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Florida are in the top 10. LSU is the final SEC team in the rankings.
Alabama, the back-to-back defending champions, is the top-ranked team. The Crimson Tide return quarterback A.J. McCarron, running back T.J. Yeldon, who is projected to be a top ten pick in two years, as is returning true sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper. C.J. Moseley anchors Alabama's defense, which may be better than last year's. Alabama's offensive line will have to gel before Alabama travels to College Station to face Texas A&M on September 14.
LSU is the only team not in the top 10 but may emerge as the greatest threat to Alabama. Les Miles's team is at no. 13. Alabama plays LSU on November 9.
Texas A&M, which upset Alabama last year the week after Alabama won a come-from-behind victory at Death Valley against LSU and had been battered, is at no. 6. The Aggies return Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who has been a one-man reality show since his Heisman win.
South Carolina, with All-World Jadeveon Clowney on the defensive line, is at no. 7.
Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the SEC title game in the final seconds, and returns quarterback Aaron Murray, is at no. 5.
Florida a team as enigmatic as it is talented and athletic, is at no. 10.
The Pac-12, with Stanford at no. 4 and Oregon at no. 3, have two teams in the top four.
Here is the breakdown by conference: SEC (6) Big Ten (5) Pac-12 (5) Big 12 (4) ACC (2).