Georgia ranked 18th in 2016 preseason AP Poll
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Georgia ranked 18th in 2016 preseason AP Poll

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Georgia’s position in the rankings to open the season has been announced.

The Bulldogs will enter the 2016 season ranked 18th nationally as they head into the season opener on September 3 against North Carolina. The ranking serves as Georgia’s lowest since 2011, in which they finished 10-4 that season.

Georgia joins five other SEC teams in the AP poll, with Alabama as the top-ranked team nationally, LSU ranked fifth nationally, Tennessee ranked ninth, Ole Miss ranked eleventh, and Florida rounding out the poll at 25.

Georgia will face four teams which were ranked to begin the 2016 campaign. Tennessee (9), Ole Miss (11), Florida (25), and North Carolina, the Bulldogs opponent in the opener, who is ranked 22nd in the preseason poll.

The AP poll is officially used by the majority of media outlets until the College Football Playoff rankings are released later in the season. Earlier this month, Georgia was ranked 16th in the Amway Coaches Poll, however that metric is less widely used.

2016 Preseason AP Poll

1. Alabama (33)
2. Clemson (16)
3. Oklahoma (4)
4. Florida State (5)
5. LSU (1)
6. Ohio State (1)
7. Michigan (1)
8. Stanford
9. Tennessee
10. Notre Dame
11. Ole Miss
12. Michigan State
13. TCU
14. Washington
15. Houston
16. UCLA
17. Iowa
18. Georgia
19. Louisville
20. USC
21. Oklahoma State
22. North Carolina
23. Baylor
24. Oregon
25. Florida


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