Last season the Georgia Bulldogs finished the season unranked in the Associated Press poll. But they’ll go into this season checking in at No. 18 in the AP’s esteemed preseason Top 25.
After an interesting 2015 that saw the awkward exit of tenured head coach Mark Richt and the hiring of new head coach Kirby Smart, UGA feels like they have something to prove. Especially with the return of fan favorite, Nick Chubb.
This will be Georgia’s lowest AP preseason ranking since it checked in at No. 19 in 2011. Going into last season, they were No. 9, but dropped out of the poll altogether on October 12 after back-to-back losses to Alabama and Tennessee.
The AP rankings, which began back in 1936, are voted on by a panel of 61 national sportswriters and broadcasters.
In the coaches’ poll which came out earlier this month, Georgia ranked No. 16.
Coming into the 2016 college football season, there are six SEC teams in the AP poll led by No. 1 Alabama, which received 33 first-place votes. Bama is followed by No. 9 Tennessee, No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 22 North Carolina and No. 25 Florida.