Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Today, the new pre-season USA TODAY Sports Coaches’ Poll was released and it has LSU atop of the bunch, with Alabama and USC nipping at their heels.  Get ready for some football, folks. “We are fortunate to be at a place that allows you to compete for that (No. 1) spot,” LSU coach Les Miles told USA TODAY Sports in a statement. “We recognize that it (No. 1 ranking) is more of a reflection of a body of work and understand that right now, it’s a spot that we hold and not one that has been earned. It’s a position that we enjoy. Now we have to go out and play in order to keep it.” Aug. 2, 2012 — preseason poll Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Final 2011 rank 1. LSU (18) 13-1 1,403 2 2. Alabama (20) 12-1 1,399 1 3. Southern California (19) 10-2 1,388 NR 4. Oklahoma 10-3 1,276 15 5. Oregon 12-2 1,258 4 6. Georgia 10-4 1,061 20 7. Florida State 9-4 1,055 23 8. Michigan 11-2 1,0...
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