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My preseason ESPN power rankings

8/16/2012

Fellow SEC blogger Chris Low went all transparent on everyone and showed off his preseason power rankings, so I only thought it was appropriate I release mine to the public as well.

Like Chris mentioned in his past post, we did our rankings (half asleep I might add) prior to Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal at LSU. While he says he probably would have moved USC up to the No. 1 spot ahead of LSU, I wouldn't have changed a thing. I've said it plenty of times that I think LSU is the best team in the country on paper and still has enough talent to make another title run in 2012.

There are some changes I'd make if I could get my ballot back, though. I'd take Notre Dame off and put Auburn on, and I'd put South Carolina a little higher. I'd also switch Arkansas and Florida State. If only I had a time machine. I'm sure I'll have plenty of opportunities to construct the perfect set of power rankings going forward.

Here's my ballot:

1. LSU

2. USC

3. Alabama

4. Oklahoma

5. Oregon

6. Georgia

7. Michigan State

8. South Carolina

9. Florida State

10. Arkansas

11. Michigan

12. West Virginia

13. Kansas State

14. Wisconsin

15. Stanford

16. TCU

17. Virginia Tech

18. Nebraska

19. Oklahoma State

20. Texas

21. Boise State

22. Ohio State

23. Clemson

24. Notre Dame

25. Florida