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USA Today Coaches Poll Has LSU as Preseason College Football #1

Today, the new pre-season USA TODAY Sports Coaches’ Poll was released and it has LSU atop of the bunch, with Alabama and USC nipping at their heels.  Get ready for some football, folks.

“We are fortunate to be at a place that allows you to compete for that (No. 1) spot,” LSU coach Les Miles told USA TODAY Sports in a statement. “We recognize that it (No. 1 ranking) is more of a reflection of a body of work and understand that right now, it’s a spot that we hold and not one that has been earned. It’s a position that we enjoy. Now we have to go out and play in order to keep it.”

Aug. 2, 2012 — preseason poll
Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Final 2011 rank
1.
LSU (18)
13-1
1,403
2
2.
Alabama (20)
12-1
1,399
1
3.
10-2
1,388
NR
4.
Oklahoma
10-3
1,276
15
5.
Oregon
12-2
1,258
4
6.
10-4
1,061
20
7.
Florida State
9-4
1,055
23
8.
Michigan
11-2
1,023
9
9.
11-2
981
8
10.
11-2
948
5
11.
10-3
833
18
12.
Wisconsin
11-3
743
11
13.
11-3
717
10
14.
Clemson
10-4
598
22
15.
Texas
8-5
549
NR
16.
Nebraska
9-4
501
24
17.
TCU
11-2
499
13
18.
Stanford
11-2
497
7
19.
Oklahoma State
12-1
476
3
20.
Virginia Tech
11-3
461
17
21.
Kansas State
10-3
398
16
22.
Boise State
12-1
271
6
23.
Florida
7-6
250
NR
24.
Notre Dame
8-5
166
NR
25.
Auburn
8-5
66
NR

Others receiving votes (with 2011 records)
Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.

 

Story via USA Today