- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Four of the top seven teams in The Sporting News' preseason Top 25 poll are from the SEC, including two-time defending national champion Alabama at No. 1.
A surprise to some might be who's the second-highest SEC team in the poll. South Carolina is No. 3. The Gamecocks have finished in the top 10 each of the past two seasons.
Florida is No. 4, Texas A&M No. 7, Georgia No. 12, LSU No. 16 and Ole Miss No. 25.
Last season, five SEC teams finished in the top 10 of the final polls. In 2011, it was four teams.
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