Preseason AP Poll Out

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Preseason AP Poll Out
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The Associated Press debuted its preseason poll for the 2009 season today. Now, I cannot understand how you can rank outside maybe the Top Five before any team has even played a game, but at least it gives us something to talk about. 

Its not a surprise to me that Florida was pegged as the No. 1 team, but it may serve as a shock that they were voted there by the largest margin in history. Praise be to Tebow.  The entire 25 shapes out like this:

RankTeamPointsPrevious
1. Florida (58) 1498 1
2. Texas (2) 1424 4
3. Oklahoma 1370 5
4. USC 1313 3
5. Alabama 1156 6
6. Ohio State 1113 9
7. Virginia Tech 1054 15
8. Mississippi 1047 14
9. Oklahoma State 989 16
10. Penn State 989 8
11. LSU 914 NR
12. California 746 NR
13. Georgia 714 13
14. Boise State 659 11
15. Georgia Tech 593 22
16. Oregon 587 10
17. TCU 521 7
18. Florida State 307 21
19. Utah 289 2
20. BYU 267 25
21. North Carolina 261 NR
22. Iowa 229 20
23. Notre Dame 225 NR
24. Nebraska 207 NR
25. Kansas 134 NR

*Penn State and Oklahoma State are actually tied for ninth, but for listing purposes I’ve put them in alphabetical order.

Color me intrigued: Both at the fact that Ole Miss was ranked as high as eigth, and that Notre Dame was even ranked at all. I’m sorry, but a team that lost at home to Syracuse a few short months ago should not have any business cracking the Top 25. Besides, Ohio State, Penn State, and Iowa are the only Big Ten teams making an appearance in the rankings. Hopefully this will change by the end of the year and we can see as many as four or five teams dispersed throughout the rankings.

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