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LSU, Alabama 1 & 2 in Preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll

Posted by Robby Donoho | August 02, 2012 / 01:20pm | College Sports, Local Sports
(WCBI/ESPN) -- LSU picked up 18 first-place votes in the first USA Today coaches' poll -- two fewer than Alabama -- but the Tigers edged the Crimson Tide for the top spot in the preseason rankings.

LSU picked up 1,403 points in voting of the nation's coaches, edging defending national champion Alabama with 1,399.

USC also had more first-place votes than the Tigers -- 19 -- but is third in the initial poll with 1,388 points. Balloting was finished before the Trojans signed Silas Redd, the transfer from Penn State.

It is the second time since 1998 that teams that met in the previous season's title game are the top two teams in the preseason poll.

Oklahoma, with one first place vote, is fourth in the preseason poll, followed by Oregon, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina, and Arkansas.

The SEC, which has won the last six BCS championship games, has five of the nation's top 10 teams and seven teams in the preseason poll. The Big 12 has six teams, but only one in the top 10.

USA Today Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. LSU (18)
2. ALABAMA (20)
3. USC (19)
4. Oklahoma (1)
5. Oregon
6. Georgia
7. Florida State
8. Michigan
9. South Carolina
10. Arkansas

11. West Virginia
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan State
14. Clemson
15. Texas
16. Nebraska
17. TCU
18. Stanford
19. Oklahoma State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Kansas State
22. Boise State
23. Florida
24. Notre Dame
25. Auburn
Others Receiving Votes: Washington 64, Louisville 46, Georgia Tech 35, Cincinnati 32, Texas A&M 28, Baylor 23, MISSISSIPPI STATE 21, South Florida 12, NC State 11, Louisiana Tech 10, BYU 10, Virginia 9, Houston 7, SOUTHERN MISS 6, Rutgers 5, UCF 5, Tennessee 3, Missouri 3, FIU 3, Northern Illinois 2, Texas Tech 1

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