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Top 25: Coaches favor Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — The nation’s college football coaches have voted Georgia as the team to beat this season.

For the first time in school history, Georgia was No. 1 in the USA Today/coaches preseason poll announced Friday.

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 will be released on Aug. 16.

Georgia’s previous highest preseason ranking in a major poll was No. 2 by the AP in 1942.

Coach Mark Richt said in the era of the Bowl Championship Series rankings, this poll carries more significance “since it’s one-third of the formula to decide who plays in the national championship game.”

The coaches ranked Cal, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida, and LSU, Missouri, West Virginia, Clemson, and Texas behind Georgia.

USA TODAY TOP 25 POLL

The Top 25 teams in the USA Today college football coaches preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2007 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and final ranking:

............................. Record .... Pts .... Pvs

  • 1. Georgia (22) 11-2 .... 1,438 .... 3
  • 2. Southern Cal (14) 11-2 .... 1,430 .... 2
  • 3. Ohio State (14) 11-2 .... 1,392 .... 4
  • 4. Oklahoma (3) 11-3 .... 1,329 .... 8
  • 5. Florida (5) 9-4 .... 1,293 .... 16
  • 6. LSU (3) 12-2 .... 1,163 .... 1
  • 7. Missouri 12-2 .... 1,143 .... 5
  • 8. West Virginia 11-2 .... 1,008 .... 6
  • 9. Clemson 9-4 .... 999 .... 22
  • 10. Texas 10-3 .... 979 .... 10
  • 11. Auburn 9-4 .... 888 .... t14
  • 12. Wisconsin 9-4 .... 747 .... 21
  • 13. Kansas 12-1 .... 714 .... 7
  • 14. Texas Tech 9-4 .... 644 .... 23
  • 15. Virginia Tech 11-3 .... 568 .... 9
  • 16. Arizona State 10-3 .... 560 .... 13
  • 17. Brigham Young 11-2 .... 547 .... t14
  • 18. Tennessee 10-4 .... 506 .... 12
  • 19. Illinois 9-4 .... 422 .... 18
  • 20. Oregon 9-4 .... 399 .... 24
  • 21. South Florida 9-4 .... 350 .... NR
  • 22. Penn State 9-4 .... 313 .... 25
  • 23. Wake Forest 9-4 .... 203 .... NR
  • 24. Michigan 9-4 .... 112 .... 19
  • 25. Fresno State 9-4 .... 91 .... NR

Others Receiving Votes: Alabama 83, South Carolina 64, Utah 60,Rutgers 53, Florida State 53, Boston College47, California 41, Pittsburgh 34, BoiseState 25, Oregon State 23, Nebraska 17,Cincinnati 13, Virginia 12, Connecticut 9,Michigan State 9, Mississippi State 6, Kentucky5, Notre Dame 5, TCU 5, Maryland 4,Texas A&M 3, UCLA 3, North Carolina 3,Louisville 2, Georgia Tech 2, UCF 2, Tulsa 1,Oklahoma State 1, Arizona 1, Colorado 1.

Note: The Associated Press will release its preseason poll on Aug. 16

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