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Thursday August 2, 2012 Gators ranked 23rd in USA Today Sports Coaches' Preseason Poll; SEC takes 5 of top 10 spots

Updated: 12:52pm, August 2

The Gators are one of seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the USA Today Sports Coaches’ Preseason Poll, which was released on Thursday afternoon.

USA Today poll

The Gators, coming off a 7-6 season in Will Muschamp’s first year in Gainesville, check in at No. 23. The SEC dominates the top of the poll with LSU ranked No. 1, defending national champion Alabama No. 2, Georgia No. 6, South Carolina ninth and Arkansas at No. 10.

Auburn is the league’s final team ranked at No. 25.

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LSU edged Alabama for the top spot despite the Crimson Tide receiving 20 of a possible 59 first-place votes. LSU received 18 first-place votes and USC, ranked No. 3, received 19. Oklahoma and Florida State each received on first-place vote.

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