LSU sets the pace with a No. 2 ranking, trailing Southern Cal and ahead of West Virginia, Texas and Michigan. The Gators will begin defense of their national title from the six spot with Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Louisville rounding out the top ten. Georgia takes the No. 13 spot with Tennessee at 15, Auburn 18 and Arkansas checking in at 21. The six SEC teams in the top-25 lead all conferences with the Big Ten and Big-12 each having four teams ranked.
Florida State will open the season ranked No. 19 despite tough times in Tallahassee in recent years. That means Florida will face FIVE of the top-20 teams. That's more than anyone else will have to go up against. It puts into perspective the need to have two or three home wins you can count on, doesn't it.