ATHENS — Georgia ended last season on top of the college football world, but the Bulldogs opened ranked No. 3 in the first USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll released on Monday.
Defending SEC Champion Alabama was the overwhelming pick at No. 1, garnering 54 first-place votes, while Big Ten juggernaut Ohio State came in at No. 2.
Georgia actually had more first-place votes than the Buckeyes (6-5) but was still No. 3, while Clemson and Notre Dame rounded out the Top 5.
Texas, ranked No. 18, was curiously the only other program to receive a first-place vote.
Coach Kirby Smart has brought unprecedented expectations to Georgia football, as this marks the fifth-straight season the Bulldogs are a preseaosn Top 5 team.
UGA is also riding a streak of five-straight finishes ranked in the Top 7.
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