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2015 Preseason Coaches' Poll Features Eight SEC Teams

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It was not far off from being ten total.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason Coaches' Poll is out, and the SEC is a major presence throughout:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 NR
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 NR
10 USC 9-4 1014 NR
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 NR
12 Clemson 10-3 838 NR
13 LSU 8-5 727 NR
14 UCLA 10-3 697 NR
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 NR
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 NR
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 NR
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 NR
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 NR
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 NR
21 Stanford 8-5 365 NR
22 Arizona 10-4 299 NR
23 Missouri 11-3 229 NR
24 Boise State 12-2 190 NR
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 NR

The conference has eight teams in, with three of them coming in the top ten. The West put five in with Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, and Arkansas, while the East provides three of them with Georgia, Missouri, and Tennessee. The first two teams out of the poll in the Also Receiving Votes category are the other two West teams. Mississippi State is at hypothetical No. 26, while Texas A&M is one spot after hypothetical No. 27.

Strangely, every East team but Vandy got at least one vote. I haven't looked at the voters to know if, say, Mark Stoops might be the guy who put UK at No. 25 on a ballot, but coaches have been known to vote for friends or future opponents.

The conference came close to getting ten teams in to the ranking here, which shows that at least among the coaches, there is no lack of respect for the league in 2015.