Originally posted on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 8/2/12

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 1,023 9 9. South Carolina 11-2 981 8 10. Arkansas 11-2 948 5 11. West Virginia 10-3 833 18 12. Wisconsin 11-3 743 11 13. Michigan State 11-3 717 10 14. Clemson 10-4 598 22 15. Texas 8-5 549 NR 16. Nebraska 9-4 501 24 17. TCU 11-2 499 13 18. Stanford 11-2 497 7 19. Oklahoma State 12-1 476 3 20. Virginia Tech 11-3 461 17 21. Kansas State 10-3 398 16 22. Boise State 12-1 271 6 23. Florida 7-6 250 NR 24. Notre Dame 8-5 166 NR 25. Auburn 8-5 66 NR

Others receiving votes (with 2011 records)
Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.

 

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