Honestly, the only purpose of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll is to stir up pointless debates amongst fans. I mean, it’s sort of hard to truly assess where a team should be ranked without having actually seen them suit-up for a single game (unless you’re clairvoyant or something). That said…
When the AP poll was first released the other week, there was a lone vote giving Georgia the number one spot over two-time defending champion Alabama. The vote was evidently submitted by Glen Guilbeau, who explained his decision to AJC.com’s Chip Towers:
Georgia easily could have won it all last year and they return most of their offense and (Aaron) Murray from that team. And I think it’s good that they don’t return that defense. Sometimes it’s better when you don’t return players from a bad unit, you know? So I think that’s a good thing, too. And I just think it might be their turn. I think that’s what happens; sometimes it’s just a team’s turn.
While it’s undeniable that last year’s SEC championship game was a classic and that Georgia demonstrated they could go toe-to-toe with ‘Bama, I think you still have to give the nod to the defending champs. But hey, I’m just happy Oregon State cracked the the list at all.