2012 College Football Rankings: LSU, Alabama Top Coaches' Top 25

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers pose with The Coaches' Trophy during the Allstate BCS Championship Press Conference on January 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The 2012 preseason Coaches' Poll is out, yielding the first Top 25 of the year that actually affects things. We're so close to football!

The USA Today Coaches' Poll will matter in college football for only two more seasons. After that, it'll no longer play a role in determining which teams make which postseason, as the entire BCS formula will more or less be replaced by a selection committee. Pretty happy thought, huh?


RELATED: The latest preseason BlogPoll Top 25, featuring LSU over USC. || SB Nation Studios' Top 25 Video Countdown


However, for the time being it still plays into the BCS, and is thus the most important poll, disregarding the obvious reasons (IT'S A COACHES POLL) why it shouldn't be. Still, its release signifies we're even closer to the season than we thought we were, so let the warm vibes continue.

To some surprise, USC is ranked behind both LSU and Alabama to start the year, despite entering the year with quite a bit of preseason No. 1 talk. The rest of it is SEC-heavy as well, with half the top 10 coming from the SEC.

The complete Coaches' Poll Top 25 heading into the 2012 season:

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Final 2011 rank
1. LSU (18) 13-1 1,403 2
2. Alabama (20) 12-1 1,399 1
3. Southern California (19) 10-2 1,388 NR
4. Oklahoma 10-3 1,276 15
5. Oregon 12-2 1,258 4
6. Georgia 10-4 1,061 20
7. Florida State 9-4 1,055 23
8. Michigan 11-2 1,023 9
9. South Carolina 11-2 981 8
10. Arkansas 11-2 948 5
11. West Virginia 10-3 833 18
12. Wisconsin 11-3 743 11
13. Michigan State 11-3 717 10
14. Clemson 10-4 598 22
15. Texas 8-5 549 NR
16. Nebraska 9-4 501 24
17. TCU 11-2 499 13
18. Stanford 11-2 497 7
19. Oklahoma State 12-1 476 3
20. Virginia Tech 11-3 461 17
21. Kansas State 10-3 398 16
22. Boise State 12-1 271 6
23. Florida 7-6 250 NR
24. Notre Dame 8-5 166 NR
25. Auburn 8-5 66 NR

Others receiving votes (with 2011 records)
Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.

While we’re here, let’s watch some of the many fine college football videos from SB Nation’s YouTube channel:

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