Ohio State, TCU lead preseason coaches’ poll


Ohio State Buckeyes (AP photo)

The SEC dominated the  preseason Coaches Poll with eight teams in the top 25, including  UGA at No. 9.

Leading the SEC contingency was Alabama at No. 3, followed by Auburn at No. 7. The two in-state rivals have combined to win four of the last six national championships.

The other SEC team in the top 10 was UGA at No. 9. The Bulldogs have Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Chubb, but will need to find a quarterback to make a run at the SEC East title.

Three teams from the mighty SEC West teams help round out the top-20 — LSU (No. 13), Ole Miss (No. 15) and Arkansas (No. 20). Then it’s No. 23 Missouri and No. 25 Tennessee.

But the SEC love doesn’t end there: Mississippi State and Texas A&M finished just outside of the Top 25 at No. 26 and No. 27. On an interesting side note, Georgia Southern finished with as many votes as Florida (2), because of course.

Maybe we should ask Rutgers’ head coach Kyle Flood his opinion on the list. On Thursday at the Big Ten Media Days, he did claim the Big Ten East was the best division in all of college football, right?

That’s certainly going out on a limb, especially considering the fact that only two of those schools – Ohio State and Michigan State – made the list.

Check out the full list below:

  1.      Ohio State
  2.      TCU
  3.      Alabama
  4.      Baylor
  5.      Oregon
  6.      Michigan State
  7.      Auburn
  8.      Florida State
  9.      Georgia
  10.  USC
  11.  Notre Dame
  12.  Clemson
  13.  LSU
  14.  UCLA
  15.  Ole Miss
  16.  Arizona State
  17.  Georgia Tech
  18.  Wisconsin
  19.  Oklahoma
  20.  Arkansas
  21.  Stanford
  22.  Arizona
  23.  Missouri
  24.  Boise State
  25.  Tennessee

By Chuck Kingsbury — Special for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

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