USC, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon comprised the top 5, with all but Oregon receiving first-place votes. Florida State, Michigan (which received a first-place vote), South Carolina and Arkansas round out the top 10, giving the SEC five of the top 10. Florida (No. 23) was the other SEC team to make the top 25.
Quarterback Aaron Murray highlights 15 returning starters in 2012 after finishing 2011 10-4 with a loss in the Outback Bowl.