Saturday, August 16, 2008 (AP) -- The Georgia Bulldogs start the season ranked number one in the AP Top 25 college football poll.
The Bulldogs took 22 of the 65 first-place votes. Ranked second and with 21 first-place votes is Ohio State, the loser in the last two BCS title games. Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Florida round out the top five. Each of those schools also had at least four first-place votes.
Defending national champion LSU comes in at seventh, just behind Missouri. West Virginia, Clemson and Auburn finish out the top 10.
The SEC leads the way with six schools in the initial Top 25, one more than the five coming from the Big 12 conference.
If the Bulldogs are going to maintain their number-one ranking all season they'll have to earn it. They'll play the other five SEC schools who begin the year in the rankings, and also hit the road next month to play number-15 Arizona State.
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