My colleague at ESPN.com, Mark Schlabach, has five SEC teams in his revised Top 25 heading into spring practice.
He has Alabama No. 1, Florida No. 10, Arkansas No. 15, LSU No. 16 and Georgia No. 19.
We're pretty close with our top four SEC teams. The only difference is that I had LSU No. 3 in my SEC power rankings and Arkansas No. 4, but I thought long and hard about putting the Hogs No. 3. I just want to see that defense improve for myself before I hype them too much.
Where Mark and I differ is on Georgia. I had both Auburn and South Carolina ahead of Georgia in my SEC power rankings.
I agree that the Bulldogs should be very good on offense if one of those quarterbacks emerges. But offense hasn't been the Bulldogs' problem the last two years. It's been stopping people.
The reality is that it gets pretty hazy when you start trying to sort out the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh best teams in the SEC for 2010. They all have their weaknesses, but you could also make a case for any team in that group rising up and establishing itself as a solid No. 3 behind Alabama and Florida.
The East race, in particular, should be interesting. Georgia has to play at South Carolina. But the Gamecocks have to play at Florida. Speaking of the Gators, Alabama comes on their schedule in 2010. Florida travels to Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2 and then returns home that next weekend to face LSU.
South Carolina has to play Auburn and Alabama in back-to-back games, but gets a bye week between those contests. The Gamecocks play at Auburn on Sept. 25 and then take on the Crimson Tide at home two weeks later on Oct. 9.
Georgia avoids both Alabama and LSU next season. Mississippi State comes onto the Bulldogs' schedule, a Sept. 25 game in Starkville.