Four SEC teams in top 25

Four SEC football teams are listed among the post-spring top 25 compiled by Ivan Maisel of Although Tennessee isn't one of them, the Vols are among seven programs described as "Also receiving consideration."

Maisel ranks Auburn No. 9, Florida No. 12, LSU No. 13 and Georgia No. 22. Here's what he had to say about each of the SEC programs:

9. Auburn Tigers

I like this team. There's a lot of experience on both sides of the ball and a favorable schedule. But the SEC has too much depth to expect a BCS championship game contender.

12. Florida Gators

Higher than I expected, because there's more coming back than I realized. But Chris Leak looks like a spotted tiger in this offense, and no running back has stepped up.

13. LSU Tigers

Lower than I expected, because both lines have to be rebuilt, and because of road games at Auburn, Florida and Tennessee. There's sure a lot of talent on offense, though.

22. Georgia Bulldogs

The SEC East is as tough as ever, and the Bulldogs have less coming back than the rest of the Top 25. Can Joe Tereshinski III run the offense well enough early enough?

Maisel's top five consists of 1. Ohio State, 2. Oklahoma, 3. West Virginia, 4. Texas and 5. Florida State. To view his entire list, go to and click on "Ivan Maisel's post-spring top 25."

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