For what it is worth, here are some more PreSeason Rankings;
- Offensive Player of the Year: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas.
- Defensive Player of the Year: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama.
#3 South Carolina
Let's say the defense gives up 15 points per game, instead of 11.7 as it did last season. That means it is a top 10 defense, instead of the No. 2 unit in the country. Now let's say McElroy makes the logical progression from learning the position in his first year as a starter to dominating the SEC. Also assume that receiver Jones, who played while injured much of 2009, becomes half of the most lethal QB-WR combo in the country. Another good sign: 'Bama is a combined 72-8-3 in years after finishing No. 1 in the wire service era (since 1936). That includes repeats in '64-'65 and '78-'79. Must-see game: Oct. 2 vs. Florida.
#6 Mississippi State
McElroy watches Rhodes while 'Bama fights to stay on top