The preseason consensus is fairly well set, and it appears that everyone expects Alabama and Florida to be the top two teams in the conference. No surprises there.
Where there is conflict is in who is next. LSU settled uneasily into the spot last year as the only team other than the top two to finish above .500 in league play (and hit nine wins, for that matter). The candidates up this year appear to be near-unanimous SEC East runner up pick Georgia and a trio of teams from the West: LSU again with trendy picks Arkansas and Auburn.