ATHENS — It’s a consensus: Everybody thinks Georgia is going to be a Top 10 team this year.
The Bulldogs, who ended last year as the nation’s No. 9-ranked team, will open 2015 with a No. 9 ranking, according to the writers and broadcasters who vote in The Associated Press poll. The preseason rankings were released Sunday afternoon.
Georgia was also ranked in No. 9 in the Amway/USA Today Coaches preseason poll released in late July. the Bulldogs are one of eight SEC teams in this year’s AP preseason poll. They join No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 14 LSU, No. 17 Ole Miss, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 24 Missouri and No. 25 Tennessee.
Defending national champion Ohio State was picked No. 1, as it also was in the coaches’ poll.
The Bulldogs, who were 10-3 last year, return 15 starters and three specialists from that team. However, they continue to search for a starting quarterback to succeed Hutson Mason. Georgia opens this season on Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe and plays Vanderbilt in Nashville in the SEC opener the following week.
AP PRESEASON TOP 25
- Ohio State
- Michigan St.
- Southern Cal
- Notre Dame
- Arizona St.
- Georgia Tech
- Ole Miss
- Boise State