SEC Football: Power Ranking Teams by Best Returning Players

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SEC Football: Power Ranking Teams by Best Returning Players
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With all the talent leaving the SEC this offseason, predicting next year seems as daunting a task as ever.

The time for NFL declarations is over, leaving several programs looking to fill holes they didn’t realize they would have to fill. Finding remarkably talented players still shouldn’t be tough, though. Players like Georgia tailback Todd Gurley, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, South Carolina tailback Mike Davis and Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham show that declarations of demise are premature.

The West seems destined to be brutally tough in 2014, as it has been several times in recent seasons. Alabama and Auburn could battle it out at the top of the division again this season, just as they do on this list.

National signing day is exactly a week away, and it will give numerous programs the infusion of talent they need. These SEC power rankings, however, do not take incoming players into account. This list uses only the players who were on campus in 2013 and return next season—not incoming freshmen, junior college transfers or graduate school transfers.

Here is a rundown of the SEC’s top teams by returning players.

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