One of the polls that will actually carry some weight with the College Football Playoff selection committee is the Associated Press Top 25.
The preseason edition of the AP Top 25 was released today, with Georgia coming in (once again) out of the top ten teams in the nation.
It would seem that the national media believes that the attrition on defense, injuries to key players, a new starting quarterback and a new defensive coordinator will keep a team as loaded with talent as the Bulldogs scuffling in the middle of the pack this season, tagging them with a No. 12 ranking.
This is pretty much where most of the preseason polls now have the Bulldogs, so it wasn’t surprising that the AP poll would fall in line.
The good thing for the Dawgs is that the poll rankings are not necessarily indicitive of which teams go to the playoffs at the end of the year. The committee’s job it to choose who they feel are the four best teams in the nation, so even if Georgia isn’t able to necessarily crack the top four by December, they aren’t automatically out of the playoff picture.
The AP voters of course put defending champion Florida State at the top of the list, followed by Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State to round out the top five teams.
There are three SEC teams in the Top 10 – Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina – and eight SEC teams overall in the top 25, with Missouri having the lowest ranking of any of the SEC teams at No. 24.