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Georgia debuts at No. 3 in first 2019 AP Poll

The first AP Poll of the college football season came out on Monday. And it seems that voters think pretty highly of the Bulldogs, as Georgia came in as the No. 3 ranked team in the nation.

The Bulldogs enter the 2019 season slotted only behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama. Those two teams played for the national title a season ago, with Clemson winning 44-16. Alabama took down Georgia in the SEC championship game, with the Crimson Tide winning by a score of 35-28.

Oklahoma came in at No. 4 followed by Ohio State at No. 5. Both those schools will have transfer quarterbacks leading the way. Oklahoma will be led by former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, while Ohio State has former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields to guide its offense.

Georgia was one of six ranked SEC teams in the poll. The other SEC teams to make the top 25 include LSU at No. 6, Florida at No. 8, Texas A&M at No. 12, Auburn coming in at No. 16. In addition to Florida, Texas A&M and Auburn, Georgia will also host the No. 9 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish this year. Georgia and Notre Dame will meet on Sept. 21. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff and will air on CBS.

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Georgia went 11-3 last season but ended the 2018 campaign on a two-game losing streak. After falling to Alabama in the SEC championship game, the Bulldogs lost to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Georgia ended last season ranked No. 7 in the final AP Poll.

The Bulldogs return a number of contributors from last year’s team, highlighted by quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift. In the first Coaches Poll, Georgia also came in ranked as the No. 3 team in the country.

The Bulldogs also brought in the nation’s No. 2 overall signing class, led by 5-star prospects Nolan Smith and George Pickens.

The 2019 season starts for Georgia on Aug. 31, when the Bulldogs visit the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

AP Poll Top 25: Preseason 2019 rankings

No. School Conference
1. Clemson ACC
2. Alabama SEC
3. Georgia SEC
4. Oklahoma Big 12
5. Ohio State Big Ten
6. LSU SEC
7. Michigan Big Ten
8. Florida SEC
9. Notre Dame Independent
10. Texas Big 12
11. Oregon PAC 12
12. Texas A&M SEC
13. Washington PAC 12
14. Utah PAC 12
15. Penn State Big Ten
16. Auburn SEC
17. UCF AAC
18. Michigan State Big Ten
19. Wisconsin Big Ten
20. Iowa Big Ten
21. Iowa State Big 12
22. Syracuse ACC
23. Washington State PAC 12
24. Nebraska Big Ten
25. Stanford PAC 12

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