NCAA Football Preseason Rankings 2012: USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll Released

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NCAA Football Preseason Rankings 2012: USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll Released

The 2012 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll has been released—let the debate begin. 

As many expected, LSU tops the list as the No. 1-ranked team heading into the new season, while the defending BCS national champion, Alabama, comes in at No. 2. It was close at the top, though, as the Tigers only edged their rivals by four points.

The Top Five is rounded out by USC, Oklahoma and Oregon, respectively. The Trojans received 19 first-place votes, one more than LSU, but the SEC wins out over the Pac-12 in the end.

Boise State is the lowest one-loss team from a season ago at No. 22, while Georgia begins the new year ranked No. 6 despite dropping four games in 2011.

Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes are a notable program missing from the preseason Top 25, but there aren't too many snubs or surprises to discuss this summer.

 

2012 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll Top 25

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

 

Click here to see the recently released USA Today Preseason Poll.

 

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