AP preseason Poll: Georgia is No. 5

semerson@macon.comAugust 17, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia starts this season where it ended the last one.

The preseason Associated Press poll was released on Saturday, and the Bulldogs came in at No. 5, where they were in the final poll after last season.

Interestingly, Georgia received one first-place vote, along with Ohio State. The other 58 went to two-time defending national champion Alabama.

Alabama came in at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford.

Georgia's first two opponents are also in the top 10: Clemson is No. 8, and South Carolina is No. 6.

This is Georgia's highest AP preseason ranking since 2008, when it was No. 1 overall. Last year the Bulldogs started off at No. 6.

The poll:

Rank. Team ............. Last year's record ... Pts. ...... Last year's final rank
1. Alabama (58) ............. 13-1 .................... 1,498..... 1
2. Ohio St. (1)................. 12-0 .................... 1,365..... 3
3. Oregon ..................... 12-1 .................... 1,335..... 2 4-1
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 4-2
11. Florida St. ................. 12-2 .................... 845...... 10
12. LSU .......................... 10-3 .................... 802.......14 3-3
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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Individual votes

- Georgia's lone first-place vote came by Glenn Guilbeau, an LSU beat writer for Gannett newspapers in Louisiana. His ballot had Alabama second, but left Clemson, South Carolina and LSU out of the top 10.

- Six other voters had Georgia second.

- Among national writers, Chris Fowler of ESPN had Georgia fourth, Andy Staples of SI.com voted Georgia 12th, and Charles Davis (the former Tennessee defensive back) of FOX Sports had Georgia sixth.

- Staples, who it should be pointed out enjoys the food in Athens, was one of just three voters who had Georgia outside the top 10. The others were Doug Lesmerisis of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer (11th) and Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune (12th).

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