Georgia ranked same place as coaches poll — Preseason AP poll

21 August, 2017, 20:26 | Author: Nora May
  • Nick Saban is the only current coach in the SEC to win a national title.		 Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As anticipated, Alabama enters the season at No. 1.

The Tigers begin the season No. 13 in the Associated Press to 25 released on Monday, one spot lower than their No. 12 ranking in the USA Today/coaches poll published earlier this month. The last preseason No. 1 to win the national championship was USC in 2004. The Crimson Tide secured 52 first-place votes from the 59 media members that voted in the poll.

Three of Georgia's 2017 opponents are ranked in the preseason poll.

In the modern era of the game (since 1950), the highest-ranked season openers are a pair of 1-versus-4 matchups - No. 1 Oklahoma vs.

Southern California, which received two first-place votes, is No. 4.

The one bit of bad news for Alabama? But none of those teams won the national title. Wisconsin 10. Oklahoma State 11. Only Penn State (34) and Nebraska (33) had longer streaks in history.

- No. 8 Washington has its best preseason ranking since it was No. 4 in 1997.

Nick Saban doesn't have much use for preseason rankings.

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South Florida is No. 19 under first-year head coach Charlie Strong.

This also represents the 59th time that Oklahoma has appeared in the preseason AP poll, second most behind Ohio State (64 times). The last time was 2002 when the Cougars were No. 11.

Auburn was ranked No. 12.

Miami is ranked just behind Florida at No. 18.

Or at least that's the preseason consensus. The voters take an educated guess and then go where results take them. The AP analyzed the last 10 seasons of polls (2007-16), comparing the preseason rankings with the final Top 25. In 1989, the Sooners started at No. 15.

Alabama was an overwhelming choice for No. 1 and led a list of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll.

Florida opens its season ranked No. 17.

- 1.9 teams that started the season unranked finished ranked in the top 10.

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