It's that time of year again. ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach has revised his early Top 25 for the 2011 season now that spring practices have concluded and fans from all around are weighing in.
Schlabach has seven SEC teams ranked -- the most of any conference -- in his revised rankings. All seven teams made Schlabach's post-signing day Top 25, but so did Auburn. This time around, the Tigers fell out of the rankings and were replaced by Georgia at No. 17.
Alabama stayed at No. 2, LSU moved down a spot to No. 5 and Arkansas remained at No. 11.
South Carolina and Florida slid down in the rankings. South Carolina dropped from 15th to 19th.The Gamecocks certainly have the talent to compete for an SEC title, but the uncertainty at quarterback could hold them back. Senior Stephen Garcia was indefinitely suspended from the team this spring and there's still no word if he will return or not. That will leave Conner Shaw in charge of the offense. He's got the talent, but he's inexperienced.
As for Florida, the Gators fell from 20th to 24th. The loss of All-SEC cornerback Janoris Jenkins and the multiple unknowns on offense were the reasons for Florida's decent.
Mississippi State stays put at No. 25. The Bulldogs should have an exciting offense to put on display this fall, but will they be able to keep up with the likes of Alabama, LSU and Arkansas?
Schlabach also labeled Arkansas and South Carolina as potential BCS title dark horses for this fall. Arkansas has the offensive talent to frustrate just about every defense it faces and the defense is much improved. But road games at Alabama and LSU are a concern. If the Razorbacks can upset Alabama early this fall, the season finale in Baton Rouge could potentially be for the SEC West title.