SEC preseason power rankings: Alabama the best of the best conference but has company at top

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The preseason Amway Coaches Poll is out. USA TODAY’s Paul Myerberg breaks down the biggest college football story lines from the top 25.
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To get ready for the upcoming season, USA TODAY Sports is ranking each of the Power Five leagues from its best team through its worst. Up next: the Southeastern Conference.

Alabama is the undisputed favorite, to little surprise. The Tide aim to take back the national championship while breaking in new coordinators on offense and defense for the third year in a row. Not that Nick Saban’s program will miss a beat.

As always, the SEC is loaded with contenders for the College Football Playoff. There’s Georgia knocking on the door. LSU has the pieces of a great offense, which we’ve heard before. Florida, Texas A&M and Auburn are locks for the Top 25.

It’s the strongest league in the Bowl Subdivision. Whether that translates into another title depends on how the SEC’s best matches up with, well, Clemson.

(Each team is followed by projected regular-season record. Number in parenthesis represents the team’s place in USA TODAY Sports’ summer rankings of the Bowl Subdivision.)

1. Alabama: 12-0 (No. 2)

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