You’ve got to give credit to ESPN. They have their beatwriters making new lists day after day. In fact, ESPN should just change their moniker to “LIST.”
Their shows are all list-based. Their stories are all list-based. They are the listingest listers I’ve ever seen.
And here’s their latest: Pre-Spring Power Rankings.
I mean, how dopey an exercise is this? Florida doesn’t even have a defensive coordinator right now. Several teams in the conference have to find new quarterbacks. Alabama, Low’s number one team, has to replace nine of eleven starters on defense. Florida, his number two team, by Low’s own admission, lost more talent than any other SEC team, yet winning 10 games “isn’t out of the question”. Hunh? Auburn’s getting ready to ride Cam Newton’s arm into greatness. Hey, that worked out really well for Brent Schaeffer. The list goes on (Low’s still got that mancrush on Bobby Petrino going).
Bottom line: it’s waaaay too early to be trying to establish a conference pecking order. It’s little more than a time waster, at best.
Mark Bradley, on the other hand, thinks it’s all good. I rest my case.