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Preseason AP Poll Out

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  The Florida Gators celebrate their 24-14 win against the Oklahoma Sooners during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2009

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:

1.Florida (58)14981
2.Texas (2)14244
6.Ohio State11139
7.Virginia Tech105415
9.Oklahoma State98916
10.Penn State9898
14.Boise State65911
15.Georgia Tech59322
18.Florida State30721
21.North Carolina261NR
23.Notre Dame225NR

*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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