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Georgia football debuts at No. 4 in season-opening AP Poll Top 25 rankings

The Georgia Bulldogs will be one of the top-ranked teams when the 2020 college football season gets underway in September, as Georgia came in ranked No. 4 in the first AP Poll of the 2020 season.

The poll did include teams that have already canceled their seasons, such as Ohio State, Oregon and Michigan. However, those teams will not be included in the AP Poll once the season gets underway. For Georgia, that date is Sept. 26, as the Bulldogs open against Arkansas.

The Bulldogs came in at No. 4 in the opening Coaches Poll, which came out earlier in August. The Bulldogs finished the 2019 season ranked as the No. 4 team in the country, behind LSU, Clemson and Ohio State.

The teams in front of Georgia were Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama, with the Oklahoma Sooners coming in at No. 5. Georgia and Alabama will play each other during the 2020 season, as the two teams are set to play in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Oct. 17.

Georgia was one of seven SEC teams ranked in the 2020 AP Poll, joining Alabama, No. 6 LSU, No. 8 Florida, No. 11 Auburn, No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 25 Tennessee in the rankings. Georgia plays Auburn on Oct. 3, Tennessee Oct. 10 and Florida on Nov. 7.

To this point, four FBS conferences have announced that they will not be playing this season, as the Big Ten, PAC-12, MAC and Mountain West have all postponed football until the spring season.

With no non-conference games on the schedule, Georgia and the SEC moved to a 10-game conference schedule for the 2020 season. Georgia did draw Arkansas and Mississippi State as the additional opponents on the schedule.

The Bulldogs are currently going through fall practices in preparation for the start of the 2020 season. Georgia will be breaking in a new offense this season, as Todd Monken is now the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, as he takes over for James Coley. The Bulldogs will also be looking for a quarterback replacement, with transfer Jamie Newman and JT Daniels expected to be the front-runners for the position.

“Talking to our offensive staff, those guys have given me good updates, and I’ve been able to see it first-hand when you go out on the field and see some good, young, talented players that have been able to go out and pick things up,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “That’s going to be the key to us. Who is the quarterback, who is able to lead the team, and what gives us the best chance to get the ball to the playmakers out in space.”

You can see the entire Preseason AP Top 25 poll below. The ACC starts play on Sept. 10 while Big 12 begins on Sept. 12. The SEC starts playing on Sept. 26.

AP Poll Top 25 2020 Preseason rankings

1. Clemson
2. Ohio State*
3. Alabama
4. Georgia
5. Oklahoma
6. LSU
7. Penn State*
8. Florida
9. Oregon*
10. Notre Dame
11. Auburn
12. Wisconsin*
13. Texas A&M
14. Texas
15. Oklahoma State
16. Michigan*
17. USC*
18. North Carolina
19. Minnesota*
20. Cincinnati
21. UCF
22. Utah*
23. Iowa State
24. Iowa*
25. Tennessee

*Team will not play in fall

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