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Georgia is in top poll position

By Ralph D. Russo
Associated Press / August 17, 2008
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NEW YORK - By the time Georgia was done demolishing Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, it was apparent the Bulldogs were well on their way to being No. 1 - to start the 2008 season.

Seeking its first national championship in 28 years, Georgia is on top of the Associated Press preseason Top 25 football poll for the first time.

The Bulldogs received 22 first-place votes and 1,528 points from a panel of 65 media members in the poll released yesterday.

Ohio State, coming off a second consecutive loss in the national championship game but returning 20 starters, is No. 2. The Buckeyes received 21 first-place votes and 1,506 points.

No. 3 Southern Cal, which plays Ohio State in Los Angeles Sept. 13, received 12 first-place votes.

No. 4 Oklahoma had four first-place votes and No. 5 Florida received six first-place votes.

At No. 6, Missouri has its best preseason ranking. The Tigers ended last season No. 4, their best showing in a final poll.

Louisiana State will begin defense of its national championship ranked seventh.

West Virginia is eighth, Clemson is ninth, and No. 10 Auburn gives the Southeastern Conference four top-10 teams to start the season.

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