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Southeastern Conference dominates preseason AP Poll

08/18/2012 12:09 PM

05/16/2014 7:25 PM

Once again, the Southeastern Conference reigns supreme.

The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 poll was released Saturday morning, and wouldn't you know it, five SEC teams are ranked among the top ten teams in the nation.

Florida, which comes in at No. 23, joins Alabama (second), LSU (third), Georgia (six), South Carolina (ninth) and Arkansas (tenth) to give the SEC six teams represented in the poll for the third straight year. This also marks the sixth straight year the SEC has had a team ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the poll.

Two SEC newcomers, Texas A and Missouri, each received votes. Curiously, Texas A - which received five votes - had more than Missouri (three), despite the fact the Tigers have beaten the Aggies in College Stadium each of the last two years.

Regardless, the Tigers will have a chance to

earn their respect

on the field. The Tigers will face three of the poll's top ten teams this season in Georgia (Sept. 8), South Carolina (Sept. 22) and Alabama (Oct. 13), and will also face Florida (Nov. 3).

Anyway, here's the full poll:

Team (first place votes), 2011 record
1. Southern California (25), 10-2
2. Alabama (17) 12-1
3. Louisiana State (16) 13-1
4. Oklahoma (1)10-3
5. Oregon 12-2
6. Georgia 10-4
7. Florida State 9-4
8. Michigan (1) 11-2
9. South Carolina 11-2
10. Arkansas 11-2
11. West Virginia 10-3
12. Wisconsin 11-3
13. Michigan State 11-3
14. Clemson 10-4
15. Texas 8-5
16. Virginia Tech 11-3
17. Nebraska 9-4
18. Ohio State 6-7
19. Oklahoma State 12-1
20. Texas Christian 11-2
21. Stanford 11-2
22. Kansas State 10-3
23. Florida 7-6
24. Boise State 12-1

25. Louisville 7-6

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, Brigham Young 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A 5, Central Florida 4, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, North Carolina State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi State 1, Northern Illinois 1.

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