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Georgia Starts Season Ranked #13

Georgia one of six SEC teams ranked in AP Preseason Top 25 Georgia one of six SEC teams ranked in AP Preseason Top 25

(AP) - Southern California is the number-one team in The Associated Press preseason Top 25.

It's the third time in the past four years the Trojans will begin the college football season with the top ranking.

USC received 62 of 65 first-place votes from a nationwide media

panel and easily outdistanced number-two LSU.

The Tigers got two first-place votes. They haven't started a season this high since 1959, when they were preseason number-one.

Third-ranked West Virginia received the other first-place vote.

The Mountaineers have never been ranked higher in the preseason.

Texas and Michigan round out the top five and defending champion Florida is sixth.

The rest of the top 10 has Wisconsin seventh, followed by Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Louisville.

Ohio State was last year's preseason number-one but they start the 2007 season with the 11th ranking. California is 12th, followed by Georgia, UCLA and Tennessee.

Number 16 Rutgers is ranked in the preseason for the first time, as is 23rd-ranked Hawaii.

2007 AP Preseason Poll

Team Name and 2006 records

1. Southern Cal (62) 11-2

2. LSU (2) 11-2

3. West Virginia (1) 11-2

4. Texas 10-3

5. Michigan 11-2

6. Florida 13-1

7. Wisconsin 12-1

8. Oklahoma 11-3

9. Virginia Tech 10-3

10. Louisville 12-1

11. Ohio St. 12-1

12. California 10-3

13. Georgia 9-4

14. UCLA 7-6

15. Tennessee 9-4

16. Rutgers 11-2

17. Penn St. 9-4

18. Auburn 11-2

19. Florida St. 7-6

20. Nebraska 9-5

21. Arkansas 10-4

22. TCU 11-2

23. Hawaii 11-3

24. Boise St. 13-0

25. Texas A&M 9-4

Others receiving votes: Missouri 128, Georgia Tech 94, Boston College 75, Oregon 73, South Carolina 69, Miami 68, Alabama 66, Oregon St. 42, Wake Forest 40, South Florida 28, Arizona St. 17, BYU 14, Southern Miss. 12, Notre Dame 11, Virginia 7, Clemson 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Texas Tech 2, Houston 1, Kentucky 1, N.C. State 1, Purdue 1.

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