3 SEC teams land in Top 8 of new preseason S&P+ rankings

With all the talk about how the SEC is now “Alabama and then everyone else,” a newly released set of rankings may give some SEC fans some ammunition to fight back against that narrative.

SBNation’s Bill Connelly has developed quite the following for his S&P+ rankings, which weigh five factors of college football to determine the best college football teams. And the formula is quite favorable for SEC teams.

According to an updated version of the S&P+ rankings released on Thursday, which accounts for offseason additions and departures, three SEC teams rank in the Top 8. Alabama is the No. 1 team, LSU is No. 4 and Auburn is No. 8. The addition of QB Jarrett Stidham boosted the Tigers past Penn State in the updated rankings.

2017 S&P+ rankings: Preseason Top 10

Florida was the fourth SEC team on the updated list, which ranks all 130 teams, at No. 15.

The definition of S&P+, per Football Outsiders, is as follows:

The S&P+ Ratings are a college football ratings system derived from the play-by-play and drive data of all 800+ of a season’s FBS college football games (and 140,000+ plays).

The components for S&P+ reflect opponent-adjusted components of four of what Bill Connelly has deemed the Five Factors of college football: efficiency, explosiveness, field position, and finishing drives. (A fifth factor, turnovers, is informed marginally by sack rates, the only quality-based statistic that has a consistent relationship with turnover margins.)

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