SEC football power rankings: Alabama football SEC West rivals
6. Texas A&M Aggies
Surprise, surprise. Another former Saban assistant coaching an SEC team. At least Jimbo Fisher has a national championship to his name outside of his work as an assistant coach. However, Fisher has not brought the success he had at Florida State with him to College Station.
To be fair to the Aggies, they have seen some devastating schedules. They’ve played Clemson out of conference during their dominant run, and they’ve been torn apart by other SEC West powerhouses over the years. College Station expects the Aggies to be in the top tier of teams, but they are simply not there yet.
5. LSU Tigers
It’s hard to gauge how good LSU will be next year. The Tigers are coming off of an undefeated season, but they are replacing almost every key piece on the team. Derek Stingley is the only star they have left, and it’s hard to know how they can rebuild in one season.
That being said, Ed Orgeron has proven that he’s one of the best head coaches in college football. He’s the undisputed man for the job, and that’s more than about half of the teams in the SEC can say. The defense will reload, and the offense will at least be sufficient.
There’s no replacing Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, or about half of the other pieces that LSU lost. I don’t like LSU’s odds to compete with Alabama football or the other top teams, but they will at least be a quality competitor in the SEC.