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Blog: Georgia lands at No. 5 in AP preseason poll (with full poll)

The media who voted in the Associated Press preseason college football poll agree with the coaches that Georgia is a top-five team.

The Bulldogs landed at No. 5 in the AP poll released Saturday morning.

That’s the same ranking where the coaches put Georgia in the USA Today poll earlier this month.

“Rankings don’t really mean anything until you actually go out there and play,” senior defensive end Garrison Smith said earlier this month. “That’s when I’ll be happy – when the season goes on and we actually earn our ranking. That’s when it’s going to matter.”

Top-ranked Alabama got 58 of 60 first-place votes, but the Bulldogs landed one of the others as did No. 2 Ohio State. Oregon is third and Stanford is fourth. Glenn Guilbeau from Gannett Louisiana cast the lone first-place vote for Georgia. He had Alabama No. 2.

The Bulldogs, coming off a 12-2 season, have a rugged early season schedule to navigate with three teams ranked in the top 12 in the AP poll: No. 8 Clemson, No. 6 South Carolina and No. 12 LSU. The Bulldogs schedule also includes a game with No. 10 Florida.

Georgia began last season ranked No. 6 in the AP preseason poll and finished at No. 5.

Georgia is in the AP preseason top five for the first time since it was ranked No. 1 to start the 2008 season.

There are six SEC teams in the top 12. The other is No. 7 Texas A&M


The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 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 Pv
1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,498 1
2. Ohio St. (1) 12-0 1,365 3
3. Oregon 12-1 1,335 2
4. Stanford 12-2 1,294 7
5. Georgia (1) 12-2 1,249 t5
6. South Carolina 11-2 1,154 8
7. Texas A&M 11-2 1,104 t5
8. Clemson 11-2 1,083 11
9. Louisville 11-2 1,042 13
10. Florida 11-2 894 9
11. Florida St. 12-2 845 10
12. LSU 10-3 802 14
13. Oklahoma St. 8-5 755 NR
14. Notre Dame 12-1 748 4
15. Texas 9-4 677 19
16. Oklahoma 10-3 579 15
17. Michigan 8-5 531 24
18. Nebraska 10-4 382 25
19. Boise St. 11-2 328 18
20. TCU 7-6 323 NR
21. UCLA 9-5 286 NR
22. Northwestern 10-3 199 NR
23. Wisconsin 8-6 185 NR
24. Southern Cal 7-6 134 NR
25. Oregon St. 9-4 129 20

Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85, Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1.

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