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LSU voted No. 1 in coaches' poll

Updated: August 2, 2012, 3:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LSU picked up 18 first-place votes in the first USA Today coaches' poll -- two fewer than Alabama -- but the Tigers edged the Crimson Tide for the top spot in the preseason rankings.

LSU picked up 1,403 points in voting of the nation's coaches, edging defending national champion Alabama with 1,399.

USC also had more first-place votes than the Tigers -- 19 -- but is third in the initial poll with 1,388 points. Balloting was finished before the Trojans signed Silas Redd, ...

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