Ole Miss

First Coaches Poll of 2016 season released

By PATRICK OCHS

pochs@sunherald.com

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 Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly stands in a shower of confetti after the All State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly stands in a shower of confetti after the All State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. SUN HERALD

Depending on your allegiances, there were limited surprises atop the first USA Today Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday morning.

Alabama starts the year at No. 1, edging out Clemson by 61 points.

Ole Miss was the highest-ranked Mississippi school at No. 12.

Mississippi State received 19 points, good enough for 36th, while Southern Miss was shut out.

The SEC had members littered throughout the ranking: No. 6 LSU, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 16 Georgia and No. 25 Florida. Texas A&M, Arkansas and Auburn also received votes.

Perhaps the most surprising vote of note was Tennessee's lone first-place vote. Alabama racked up 55, with Clemson claiming seven. Florida State, ranked fourth, also earned one first-place vote.

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