SEC Football: Way-too-early 2015 Power Rankings

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Oct 4, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels receiver Laquon Treadwell (1) scores on a touchdown reception during the second half against Alabama Crimson Tide at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5: Ole Miss Rebels

2014 Finish: 9-4, 5-3 SEC, 3rd in SEC West
Key Losses: QB Bo Wallace, WR Vince Sanders, LB Deterrian Shackelford, LB Serderius Bryant, DB Senquez Golson, DB Cody Prewitt
2015 Recruiting Class: 17th in nation (16 commits)
2015 Prediction: 3rd in SEC West

The Rebels were every bit as good as advertised last season, but also every bit as bad. They have overcome their usual place as doormat in the Western Division, and have enough talent to keep Alabama and Auburn looking over their shoulder.

Losing Bo Wallace, warts and all, is going to be a big blow for this team. Despite his lack of focus at times, he was the leader of this offense, and he’ll be hard to replace. The Rebels will be getting some key players back from injury, none more important than WR Laquon Treadwell.

Defensively, this is still a top team, and could be even better than last year. If the QB position is resolved with some consistency, there’s no reason the Rebels can’t compete for a division crown.

Next: Tennessee