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2015 Preseason Amway Coaches Poll: Eight SEC teams in top 25 and WAIT THE GAMECOCKS GOT VOTES

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The fact that we're talking about this is a sign that football is indeed around the corner.

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A sure sign of football season being around the corner? The preseason Amway Coaches Poll being released. See below, and then scroll below that for observations:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 NR
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 NR
10 USC 9-4 1014 NR
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 NR
12 Clemson 10-3 838 NR
13 LSU 8-5 727 NR
14 UCLA 10-3 697 NR
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 NR
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 NR
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 NR
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 NR
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 NR
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 NR
21 Stanford 8-5 365 NR
22 Arizona 10-4 299 NR
23 Missouri 11-3 229 NR
24 Boise State 12-2 190 NR
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 NR

--Eight SEC teams (Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mizzou and Tennessee) are in the poll. Four of those teams are on the Gamecocks' schedule this year: the Dawgs between the hedges on September 19, back-to-back against the Tigers (at Mizzou on October 3 and versus LSU on October 10) and at the Vols on November 7. Speaking of the Vols, looks like the coaches are buying what Butch Jones and company are selling.

--CLARIFICATION: The USC that is in tenth IS NOT South Carolina. That is Southern Cal, clear on the other side of the country.

--The door's open for the Gamecocks to make some noise early. IF and only if they take care of business against North Carolina in Charlotte on September 3 and get revenge on Kentucky on September 12, a win in Athens could get them into the top 25.

--The team from the Upstate region of South Carolina is twelfth, which could set up beautifully for a win-and-get-into-the-playoffs scenario for the Tigers at Williams-Brice on November 28. That is, of course, unless Clemson gets smoked by some inferior team long before that.

--The Gamecocks got eighteen votes. THE GAMECOCKS RECEIVED VOTES. ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST.