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The Valdosta State Blazers are kicking off the 2013 season where they left off in 2012: atop the polls.
The Blazers are ranked number one in the initial American Football Coaches' Association poll released Monday.
VSU, fresh off the 2012 national title, received 26 of 32 possible first place votes.
This is the third time in the history of the poll the Blazers are the preseason number one team.
Behind the Blazers at number two is Minnesota State-Mankato, who the Blazers beat in last year's national semifinals.
The Winston-Salem State Rams, who lost to VSU in the 2012 national championship game, come in at number five.
Valdosta State opens their 2013 season September 7 against Fort Valley State in Macon.
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