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AP Top 25 Preseason Poll: Ohio State is #1; eight SEC teams, five South Carolina Gamecocks opponents in poll

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The Gamecocks aren't in it, but they'll face a handful of teams that are.

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After winning the inaugural College Football Playoff, the Ohio State Buckeyes found themselves unsurprisingly at the top spot of the 2015 preseason AP top 25 poll, released this afternoon. A handful of SEC teams joined them in the poll, including Alabama (3), Auburn (6), Georgia (9), LSU (14), Ole Miss (17), Arkansas (18), Missouri (24) and Tennessee (25).

As for the South Carolina Gamecocks, the schedule sets up for them to make an appearance if they're able to take care of business. After Kentucky on September 12, three of the next four games are against ranked conference foes: at #9 Georgia on September 19, at #18 Missouri on October 3 and versus #14 LSU on October 10. (Circle those two latter games as ones that might be picked up by CBS depending on how each team is doing.) Other Gamecocks opponents in the poll: #25 Tennessee (November 7) and #12 Clemson (November 28).

Here's the full poll:

Ranking Team Points
1 Ohio State (61) 1,525
2 TCU 1,428
3 Alabama 1,322
4 Baylor 1,263
5 Michigan State 1,256
6 Auburn 1,192
7 Oregon 1,156
8 USC 1,085
9 Georgia 991
10 Florida State 959
11 Notre Dame 873
12 Clemson 862
13 UCLA 698
14 LSU 675
15 Arizona State 605
16 Georgia Tech 588
17 Mississippi 563
18 Arkansas 410
19 Oklahoma 394
20 Wisconsin 393
21 Stanford 347
22 Arizona 311
23 Boise State 240
24 Missouri 219
25 Tennessee 114