For the first time ever, the Georgia Bulldogs begin the year ranked atop the AP's Top 25 college football poll.
The Bulldogs return 16 starters to a team that finished last season second in the rankings. They collected 22 of the 65 first-place votes in the poll. Second-ranked Ohio State had 21 first-place votes. Southern Cal Oklahoma, and Florida round out the top five. Each of those schools had at least four first-place votes.
Defending national champion L-S-U starts the year ranked seventh, just behind Missouri. West Virginia, Clemson and Auburn finish out the top 10.
Six of the top 25 schools play in the SEC and a seventh, South Carolina, missed the top 25 by just a point.