USA Today has released their pre-season coaches poll, and - not surprisingly - Georgia is ranked #1.
And deservedly so. With the way UGA finished the 2007 season - eight straight wins and an absolute pummeling of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl - the case was made (once again) for (at minimum) a +1 National Championship scenario.
I'm a little surprised to see the Tide atop the "others receiving votes" pile. While I was certain we'd show up in that classification, I rather expected us to be mid-pack. As it stands, we're 8 points behind #25 Fresno State.
Clemson, it should be noted, is ranked 9th. A win in Atlanta would do a hell of a lot to set the tone for the season, instilling much-needed confidence in the slew of young players we'll be fielding as the year progresses.
The team representing that cow college on the other side of the state comes in at #11, and our neighbors to the north appear in the #18 slot.
All in all, the SEC places five teams in the top 25, and a total of nine in the top 55 (including the "others").