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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 5: Wide receiver Calvin Ridley #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against defensive back Quincy Wilson #6 of the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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SEC announces coaches’ all-conference teams

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The SEC announced its coaches’ All-SEC selections on Thursday and, as you can imagine, these teams would be near impossible to beat on a field. Obviously, they’re stacked with the best players from college football’s most competitive conference. But they’d be extra-impossible to beat because the offense would take the field with 12 players on each side of the ball.

Some leagues name 15 or more players to their all-league teams, though, so the SEC isn’t the worst offender on the block. But, still, come on.

Anyway, here’s the first team:

First Team Offense
QB – Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
RB – Leonard Fournette, LSU
RB – Nick Chubb, Georgia
WR – Calvin Ridley, Alabama
WR – Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
TE – O.J. Howard, Alabama
C – Ethan Pocic, LSU
OL – Cam Robinson, Alabama
OL – Dan Skipper, Arkansas
OL – Greg Pyke, Georgia
OL – Alex Kozan, Auburn
AP – Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

First Team Defense
DL – Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DL – Jonathan Allen, Alabama
DL – Derek Barnett, Tennessee
DL – Carl Lawson, Auburn
LB – Reuben Foster, Alabama
LB – Kendell Beckwith, LSU
LB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee
LB – Jarrad Davis, Florida
DB – Eddie Jackson, Alabama
DB – Jalen Tabor, Florida
DB – Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
DB – Tre’Davious White, LSU

Specialists
PK – Daniel Carlson, Auburn
P – J.K. Scott, Alabama
RS – Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
RS – Evan Berry, Tennessee

The coaches’ selections speak to the power imbalance in the conference; 20 of the 28 first-team slots (71 percent) went to West Division players. Of the eight East players chosen, half hail from Tennessee. Alabama comprised a quarter of the team with seven selections, followed by LSU and Texas A&M matching Tennessee’s four — although A&M’s selections were really just Myles Garrett plus Christian Kirk in three separate positions.

The SEC’s season begins a week from tonight when Tennessee hosts Appalachian State (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network) and South Carolina visits Vanderbilt (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Alabama to enter 2016 season as AP’s No. 1; Clemson, Oklahoma 2-3

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The first of one of the many polls that doesn’t make a spit bit of difference has been released!  Woohoo?!?

Sunday morning, less than a week before the 2016 season officially kicks off, the Associated Press unveiled a preseason Top 25 poll that has a decidedly 2015 College Football Playoffs feel to it.  Defending national champion Alabama has claimed the AP’s top spot, followed by national runner-up Clemson at No. 2 and semifinalist Oklahoma at No. 3.

The other 2015 playoff participant, Michigan State, will start the season at 12th.

Before we get on to the remainder of the poll, a word of warning to the Tide.

And, while we’re here, a word of warning for the Sooners as well.

Florida State and LSU, at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, round out the Top Five.  Ohio State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 7), Stanford (No. 8), Tennessee (No. 9) and Notre Dame (No. 10) finish up the initial Top 10.

A total of seven teams received first-place votes.  Alabama led the way with 33, followed by Clemson (16), Florida State (5), Oklahoma (4) and one each for LSU, Ohio State and Michigan.

Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee and Notre Dame were the only teams listed on all 61 ballots.

The SEC leads all conferences with six teams, followed by the Pac-12’s five.  The ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten have four each.  The AAC’s Houston, at No. 15, is the only representative from a Group of Five conference.

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Badgers grant WR Krenwick Sanders release to transfer

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 01: Quentin Gause #50 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights tackles Krenwick Sanders #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the fourth quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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Krenwick Sanders was a one-time verbal commitment to Georgia before signing with Wisconsin.  Now, UGA, if they so desire, can have another crack at the wide receiver.

247Sports.com has reported that, following a conversation with Paul Chryst Saturday, Sanders has decided to transfer out of the UW football program.  The receiver was granted a release from his scholarship; what if any restrictions were attached to the release are not known.

The Wisconsin State-Journal writes that Sanders “was one of two scholarship players who did not make the Badgers’ 105-man fall camp roster.”

Sanders was a three-star 2015 UW signee, rated as the No. 63 receievr in the country and the No. 33 player at any position in the state of Georgia.  In addition to UW and UGA, Sanders held offers from, among others, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

As a true freshman, Sanders played in seven games last season.  He caught one pass for 10 yards.

Ex-UGA QB Jacob Park wins Iowa State backup job by injury default

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There was a fairly decent chance that Jacob Park would’ve landed on the No. 2 quarterback spot on Iowa State’s depth chart anyway.  Thanks to an injury, he’s wrapped that job up.

Head coach Matt Campbell confirmed this past week that Zeb Noland sustained an unspecified knee injury that will sideline him for the entire 2016 season.  Noland suffered the injury in a non-contact drill during a Thursday practice, leading to speculation that the true freshman tore an ACL.

Noland and Park had been battling to be the backup to starter Joel Lanning.

We look forward to having him back,” Campbell said. “He should be full strength by the time we start spring practice.

“It’s just one of those things that’s part of football and fortunately we’ve got depth at that position. Zeb was really playing well for us and doing some great things, but it’ll give him a chance to kind of sit back now and really take some time to study. The silver lining in all of this is he’ll come back, he’ll be 110 percent when he comes back and it’ll be nothing that has longterm effects on Zeb and his performance going forward, so that’s huge for us.”

Noland was a three-star 2016 signee.  He enrolled early at ISU and participated in spring practice.

Park, meanwhile, is a transfer from Georgia by way of the junior college ranks who will man the backup job after a season away from the sport.  Park did not play football in 2015, instead focusing on academics at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC.

In mid-June of 2015, it was confirmed that Park would be transferring from Georgia.  Two weeks later, he visited Alabama, although nothing ever came of that interest.  247Sports also reports that park had conversations with Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech before opting for ISU.

A four-star member of UGA’s 2014 recruiting class, Park was rated as the No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of South Carolina; and the No. 229 player overall according to Rivals.com.  Park worked mainly with the scout team during his only season with the Bulldogs.

With Noland sidelined, the No. 3 spot will likely fall to Kyle Kempt.  Kempt began his collegiate career at Oregon State before going the JUCO route.

Ivy League, ultimately, to be new home for ex-UGA QB Nick Robinson

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In May, Nick Robinson, buried on Georgia’s quarterback depth chart, decided to leave Athens for an undetermined elsewhere.  Three months later, he knows where he’ll ultimately end up.

On Twitter late this past week, Robinson announced that he has verbally committed to play his football for Penn.  That commitment to the Ivy League school won’t take effect until 2017, however.

For the 2016 season, Robinson plans to play at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Robinson was a three-star 2015 prospect who walked on at UGA. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then threw for 49 yards and a touchdown in this year’s spring game.

That did little to help his standing on the depth chart as he exited spring as the No. 4 quarterback behind Jacob Eason, Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey.