Mississippi State football ranked No. 20 in preseason poll

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

The USA Today preseason coaches poll came out this morning, and MSU checks in at No. 20. The Bulldogs finished the 2010 season ranked 17th in this poll.

Oklahoma is No. 1, but check this out: Eight SEC teams are ranked, including five of the six Western Division teams. Defending BCS champ Auburn is ranked 19th.

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USA Today Preseason Top 25 Poll

The USA Today preseason Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2010 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and 2010 final ranking:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Oklahoma (42) 12-2 1454 6
2. Alabama (13) 10-3 1414 11
3. Oregon (2) 12-1 1309 3
4. LSU (2) 11-2 1296 8
5. Florida State 10-4 1116 16
6. Stanford 12-1 1101 4
7. Boise State 12-1 1065 7
8. Oklahoma State 11-2 933 10
9. Texas A&M 9-4 885 21
10. Wisconsin 11-2 829 8
11. Nebraska 10-4 814 19
12. South Carolina 9-5 779 22
13. Virginia Tech 11-3 767 15
14. Arkansas 10-3 750 12
15. TCU 13-0 687 2
16. Ohio State 12-1 631 5
17. Michigan State 11-2 536 14
18. Notre Dame 8-5 440 —
19. Auburn 14-0 329 1
20. Mississippi State 9-4 301 17
21. Missouri 10-3 266 18
22. Georgia 6-7 260 —
23. Florida 8-5 240 —
24. Texas 5-7 162 —
25. Penn State 7-6 161 —

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 158, West Virginia 149, Utah 50, Miami 49, Iowa 41, Northwestern 30, Arizona 28, UCF 22, Michigan 19, Air Force 15, North Carolina 14, Houston 13, South Florida 9, Hawaii 8, Clemson 7, Tennessee 7, Southern Miss. 6, BYU 5, N.C. State 4, Northern Illinois 4, Oregon State 4, Pittsburgh 3, Washington 3, Georgia Tech 1, Nevada 1.