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Four weeks from today college football officially begins.
And with the beginning of August comes the preseason coaches poll.
And it looks a lot like the end of the 2012 poll.
There are five SEC schools in the top ten.
As you can see below, there are no real surprises.
2. Ohio State
6. Texas A&M
7. South Carolina
11. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
14. Oklahoma State
19. Boise State
25. Oregon State
If you’re interested in conference breakdowns, the SEC has six in the top 13.
The Big Ten has five teams, but just one team in the top 16.
The Pac 12 has five teams, just two in the top 20.
The Big 12 has four teams, the highest ranked of which is 14. Bob Stoops says it’s better to be mediocre than top-heavy.
The ACC has just two teams, though both are ranked in the top 12.
The toughest schedule in the nation for a first year coach — and maybe any coach? How about Butch Jones at Tennessee, the Vols play five of the preseason top ten in the country, three on the road, including at Bama and at Oregon, before October is even finished.