published Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Seven SEC teams in USA Today preseason top 25

The USA Today's college football coaches' poll was released Thursday morning, and defending national champion Florida State was voted No. 1.

Alabama was pegged No. 2 and in-state and SEC West rival Auburn was NO. 5 in the annual voting by selected college football coaches from around the country. It is believed to be the first time Auburn and Alabama have started the same season ranked in the top five of coaches poll.

Half of the 14 teams in the SEC cracked the top 25 with South Carolina (No. 9), Georgia (12), LSU (13), Ole Miss (19) and Texas A&M (21) making the poll.

The only three SEC teams not named on any of the ballots were Vandy, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Here's the complete poll (first-place votes in parenthesis):

1) FSU (56)

2) Alabama

3) Oklahoma (3)

4) Oregon (1)

5) Auburn

6) Ohio State (1)

7) UCLA

8) Michigan State

9) South Carolina (1)

10) Baylor

11) Stanford

12) Georgia

13) LSU

14) Wisconsin

15) USC

16) Clemson

17) Notre Dame

18) Arizona State

19) Ole Miss

20) Texas A&M

21) Kansas State

22) Nebraska

23) UNC

24) Texas

25) Washington

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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