August 1, 2008
Albany - One week after the Southeastern Conference media picked Georgia to finish second to Florida in the SEC Eastern Division, a panel of the college football's head coaches is picking the Bulldogs to win the national championship.
Georgia is ranked number one in the USA Today Coaches preseason poll.
The Bulldogs received 22 of the 61 first place votes to edge out Southern California for the top spot by eight points.
The Trojans had 14 first place votes as did Ohio State which is ranked third.
Oklahoma is fourth and the Sooners received three first place votes.
The Florida Gators got five first place votes and are ranked fifth and defending national champion LSU is sixth.
The Bayou Tigers also got had 14 first place votes.
Missouri, West Virginia, Clemson and Texas round out the top ten.
Auburn is 11th followed by Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Arizona State, BYU, Tennessee, Illinois and Oregon.
The final five in the preseason top 25 are South Florida, Penn State, Wake Forest, Michigan and Wake Forest.
Alabama, South Carolina and Florida state lead the list of schools who received votes but did not make the top 25.
Georgia Tech got just two points in the preseason coaches balloting.
Georgia earned the number one ranking with 16 starters back from a team that finished 11-2 in 2007 and was ranked third in the final USA Today Coaches poll and second in the final Associated Press college football poll.
It is the first time in school history Georgia has started the season ranked number one in the nation in a major preseason poll.
The previous highest preseason ranking was in 2004 when the Bulldogs were third in the Associated Press preseason poll and fourth in the USA Today coaches poll.
The only time Georgia has finished the season ranked number one in their national championship season in 1980.
The last time they were ranked number one was the final polls of the 1982 regular season.
Georgia finished the 1982 season fourth in the national polls after their Sugar Bowl loss to Penn State who won the national championship that year.
Georgia will start practice on Monday and open the season against Georgia Southern on August 30th at 12:30 p.m.
The Associated Press preseason college football poll will be released in two weeks.