LSU Debuts at No. 5 in Preseason Coaches Poll
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Can you smell it? Nope, it’s not a Kentucky Fried Chicken Yule Log. It’s the 2020 college football season creeping closer. And even though we’ll be wearing our COVID-19 masks (do it), charcoal grills, stale light beer and “pigskins” need busted out as fall approaches.

The onset of football season bring with it shamelessly bold predictions and preseason rankings. Though they’ll change dramatically between now and December’s final College Football Playoff rankings, it’s never too early to dive in, dissect and get mad about where our team is in August.

There are 65 college football coaches who make up the Amway Board of Coaches and cast votes throughout the regular season. For 2020, they include NCAA stalwarts like Syracuse’s Dino Babers, FIU’s Butch Davis, Nebraska’s Scott Frost, USC’s Clay Helton, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, TCU’s Gary Patterson, Ohio’s Frank Solich and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham.

Usual suspects like Nick Saban (Alabama), Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Ed Orgeron (LSU) also make up the board of head coaches.

To determine the rankings, a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second is worth 24, and so on.

Here is the preseason coaches poll released August 6, 2020:

USA Today Sports Preseason Amway Coaches Poll

1. Clemson Tigers

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2. Ohio State Buckeyes

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3. Alabama Crimson Tide

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4. Georgia Bulldogs

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5. LSU Tigers

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6. Oklahoma Sooners

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7. Penn State Nittany Lions

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8. Florida Gators

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9. Oregon Ducks

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10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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11. Auburn Tigers

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12. Wisconsin Badgers

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13. Texas A&M Aggies

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14. Texas Longhorns

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15. Michigan Wolverines

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16. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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17. USC Trojans

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18. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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19. North Carolina Tar Heels

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20. Utah Utes

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21. UCF Knights

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22. Cincinnati Bearcats

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23. Iowa Hawkeyes

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24. Virginia Tech Hokies

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25. Iowa State Cyclones

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Others Receiving Votes

Tennessee 111; Boise State 111; Arizona State 88; Kentucky 73; Memphis 71; Baylor 66; Washington 65; Louisville 62; Miami 58; Appalachian State 31; Navy 17; Virginia 13; Air Force 12; Mississippi State 9; Texas Christian 7; Washington State 6; Tulane 5; California 5; UL Lafayette 3; Southern Methodist 3; Nebraska 3; Stanford 2; Pittsburgh 1; Kansas State 1; Indiana 1; Duke 1


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John Duffley About the author:
John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for and A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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