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Georgia, USC, & Clemson All in Top 10 of Preseason Poll

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Alabama is No. 1 in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll.

But a trio of schools from our region are close behind. Georgia is ranked 5th, South Carolina is 7th, and Clemson is 8th.

For the Gamecocks, this is their highest preseason ranking in school history. For the Tigers, this is their highest since 1988. 

The Crimson Tide was an overwhelming choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes. Ohio State was second and received three first-place votes. Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. 6 Texas A&M received the other first-place vote.
    
Half the top 10 is from the Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven national championships, including three in the last four years by Alabama.
    
South Carolina is No. 7 and Florida is No. 10. No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville round out the top 10. No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the top 25.
    
Notre Dame, which lost the BCS title game 42-14 to Alabama last season, is No. 11.

 

Rank  School (record)   Points

      1.    Alabama (13-1)    1545

      2.    Ohio State (12-0) 1427

      3.    Oregon (12-1)     1397

      4.    Stanford (12-2)   1262

      5.    Georgia (12-2)    1250

      6.    Texas A&M (11-2)  1215

      7.    South Carolina (11-2)   1136

      8.    Clemson (11-2)    1047

      9.    Louisville (11-2) 1010

      10.   Florida (11-2)    930

      11.   Notre Dame (12-1) 872

      12.   Florida State (12-2)    844

      13.   LSU (10-3)  797

      14.   Oklahoma State (8-5)    726

      15.   Texas (9-4) 622

      16.   Oklahoma (10-3)   620

      17.   Michigan (8-5)    589

      18.   Nebraska (10-4)   426

      19.   Boise State (11-2)      420

      20.   TCU (7-6)   400

      21.   UCLA (9-5)  202

      22.   Northwestern (10-3)     186

      23.   Wisconsin (8-6)   172

      24.   Southern California (7-6)     165

      25.   Oregon State (9-4)      135

 

   Others receiving votes: Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) (7-5) 101; Michigan State (7-6) 89; Baylor (8-5) 80; Virginia Tech (7-6) 65; Fresno State (9-4) 62; Arizona State (8-5) 51; Mississippi (7-6) 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young (8-5) 20; North Carolina (8-4) 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio (9-4) 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona (8-5) 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina (8-5) 3; Kent State (11-3) 3; Mississippi State (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 3; Central Florida (10-4) 2; Arkansas (4-8) 1; Arkansas State (10-3) 1; Rutgers (9-4) 1; Tennessee (5-7) 1; Toledo (9-4) 1.

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