No surprise: Many of the most talented rosters in college football can be found within the SEC.
On Wednesday, CBS Sports’ Chip Patterson published a post that ranked the top rosters in the sport for 2018. It features a glimpse of programs’ recruiting success throughout the last five years as a baseline. A five-year average of the 247Sports composite was used to determine college football’s most talented teams after the most recent National Signing Day.
You can view the complete rankings here, but we’ve included a screenshot of the top 11 teams below. As you can see, there’s a strong SEC presence within the group, with six programs from the conference represented: Alabama (first), Georgia (third), LSU (sixth), Auburn (seventh), Tennessee (10th) and Texas A&M (11th).
Not bad, right?
Of course, talent only goes so far when determining a team’s success during a season. So many other factors play a role in the final result. Things like coaching, injuries and even luck (or lack thereof) help shape a program’s record.
Still, it’s hard to compete for conference and national titles without elite talent. Yes, it was no mistake that Alabama and Georgia rose as two of the country’s best when they met in the national title game in January. The road to a national championship begins on the recruiting trail.
We’ll see if all the SEC teams listed above can live up to the talent on their respective rosters in 2018. But the conference isn’t lacking squads boasting elite skill.
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