FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will open the 2012 season ranked in the top 10 in both major polls.
The Razorbacks are ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press poll, which was released Saturday morning.
The ranking comes two weeks after Arkansas also was No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
The No. 10 ranking is Arkansas' highest in the preseason AP poll since 1980, when the Razorbacks were ranked No. 6. Arkansas didn't live up to preseason expectations that season, finishing 7-5 under former coach Lou Holtz.
Arkansas isn't consumed by it's current ranking, though.
"We have no control of what that ranking is," Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Friday. "We don't get to vote. But what we can do is take care of today's practice."
The Razorbacks are among five teams ranked in the top 10 of the poll, joining Alabama (No. 2), LSU (No. 3), Georgia (No. 6) and South Carolina (No. 9). It's the first time in the 62-year history of the preseason poll that five teams from the same conference were ranked in the top 10.
Florida, ranked No. 23, is also in the AP preseason poll.
Below is the complete top 25:
- Florida State
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- Michigan State
- Virginia Tech
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Kansas State
- Boise State