Georgia is ranked No. 12 in the preseason coaches poll, released on Thursday.
The Bulldogs did not make the preseason top 10 for the first time since 2011, when they were unranked to start the season. But this does mark a return to the rankings, as they were unranked to finish last season, when they finished 8-5.
Georgia's first two opponents also made the top 20: Clemson is No. 16, while South Carolina is No. 9.
Last season Georgia was No. 5 in both the coaches and AP polls, and Georgia was No. 6 in both preseason polls in 2012.
There were seven SEC teams ranked in the poll, but only two of them were from the East. Last year's division champion, Missouri, received the most votes of teams left out of the rankings. Florida also received some votes.
The SEC West, on the other hand, is loaded, as evidenced by Texas A&M being No. 20 in the national poll, after being picked to finish sixth in the division in the SEC media days poll.
Alabama is No. 2, Auburn is No. 5, LSU comes in one spot behind Georgia, and Ole Miss is No. 19.
The Associated Press poll is due to be released on Aug. 17. This year both major polls do not officially figure into deciding who's in the national title game, as the BCS has been replaced by a four-team playoff, to be decided by a selection committee. The AP has not been involved since it asked to be out of the formula for the 2005 season. The coaches poll joins it this year in essentially just being for fun, though it's doubtless the rankings will seep into the minds of at least some selection committee members.