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LSU sits at No. 1 in preseason USA Today Coaches' poll

The Tigers edge out defending national champion Alabama. Dave Miller

Print This August 02, 2012, 02:00 PM EST

LSU was voted as the No. 1 team in America in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll, which was released Thursday.

The Tigers picked up 18 first-place votes, which were two fewer than Alabama. But the defending national champion Crimson Tide fell four total points short of the top spot, as LSU collected 1,403 points in voting of the nation's coaches.

USC also had more first-place votes than LSU, netting 19 and coming in No. 3 in the initial poll.

Oklahoma, which received one first-place vote, is fourth. Oregon checks in at No. 5.

The SEC has five of the nation's top 10 teams and seven teams overall in the preseason poll. The Big 12 has six teams.

Here is the complete USA Today Coaches' poll:

Zach MettenbergerZach Mettenberger and the Tigers are the preseason No. 1 team in the USA Today Coaches' poll.

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. USC
4. Oklahoma
5. Oregon
6. Georgia
7. Florida State
8. Michigan
9. South Carolina
10. Arkansas
11. West Virginia
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan State
14. Clemson
15. Texas
16. Nebraska
17. TCU
18. Stanford
19. Oklahoma State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Kansas State
22. Boise State
23. Florida
24. Notre Dame
25. Auburn

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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