College Football Rankings 2011: How Many SEC Teams Will Be Preseason Top 10?
An SEC team has won the BCS National Championship five years in a row. With this said, it is pretty clear that the SEC has been the best conference in all of college football for some time now.
In 2011, this should be no different. The SEC has a chance to have four teams in the top 10 to start the season. However, they will most likely only have three teams.
Although these teams may not be the favorite to win it all, having three teams from one conference in the top 10 is pretty impressive.
Let's take a look at those three teams.
The Arkansas Razorbacks finished last season with a record of 10-3. However, these three loses all came against top 10 teams in Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State.
With a great season last year, the Arkansas Razorbacks should be rewarded by starting the season off being ranked in the top 10.
The Razorbacks will be without QB Ryan Mallett, but QB Tyler Wilson will be taking over, and he looks like another NFL prospect.
Wilson will have plenty of receivers to throw to, with pretty much everyone returning except for TE D.J. Williams. Top receiver Greg Childs will be back from a knee injury after missing the last five games of the season.
The Razorbacks should have no problem on offense, and they will have a good defense behind them with only three starters not returning.
With this said, they deserve to be ranked in the top 10 to start the 2011 season. Arkansas deserves to be ranked at least eighth in the nation. However, they could be placed at ninth or 10th in the nation.
Les Miles did not go to Michigan for a reason. The Tigers have been the most consistent team in the SEC for the past 10 seasons with 102 victories.
The LSU Tigers are bringing back eight starters on offense and seven starters on defense next year. QB Jordan Jefferson will be back; however, he will be challenged by Zach Mettenberger.
LSU has a chance to be really good next year. Although Alabama will most likely start the season ahead of LSU in the rankings, LSU may be the team to beat in the SEC.
Look for LSU to start the season off in the top 10 and stay there the whole entire season. The Tigers deserve to be ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.
Alabama Crimson Tide
The Alabama Crimson Tide are a lock for the top 10. Not to mention, they will most likely be ranked in the top five to start the 2011 season. They should be ranked anywhere from two to four.
Alabama will bring back 22 first-time starters from last year's team. RB Trent Richardson will lead the Alabama offense.
Alabama will need to find a new quarterback. However, A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims will battle for the quarterback position over the offseason.
The Crimson Tide are a very young and talented team and they will show this in the 2011 season.