I like TA&M at #1; they were the best team in the country at the end of this year. Manzel is ridiculously good and Sumlin is an outstanding HC.
Does the SEC get every benefit of doubt there is - yes. ESPN is their biggest ally and that is not going to change. Of course, with the money the SEC makes, even Ole Mi$$ boosters won’t have to pay recruits to come play. As a Clemson guy, it doesn’t much matter ranking-wise as we open with UGA and close with USC so we have our destiny laid out in front of us.
I will be interested to see a very talent Oregon team play without Kelly running the offense. Stamford is very big, tough team that resembles Bama/LSU. I like Louisville to keep improving and TCU to be better than anticipated. I could see both those teams making a run if a few things fall in place. Something about Florida just doesn’t hit me as a national contender.