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AP Poll College Football 2011: How the Last 10 Preseason No. 1's Fared

David Fidler Correspondent IAugust 19, 2011

AP Poll College Football 2011: How the Last 10 Preseason No. 1's Fared

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    The 2011 preseason AP poll, which comes out this Saturday, is sure to have either the Oklahoma Sooners or the Alabama Crimson Tide at the top.

    This leaves one to wonder how the pollsters have done in the past. How many duds have they picked? How many times have they gotten it right?

    Is it a curse beginning the season at No. 1?

    After all, the teams that begin the season at the top of the polls are always of a select group of blue blood programs. In fact, every team that began the season at No. 1 over the last 10 years has been amongst the top 20 winningest programs of all time in terms of winning percentage.

    And when the teams in question start the year at No. 1, it means that nothing less than a bid to the national championship game will suffice.

    The following slideshow will look at the past 10 years of preseason AP polls, and who opened up at No. 1 on each of them. It will further look at how that team did during the season, as well as which team wound up on top.

2010: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State Buckeyes, Boise State Broncos, Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners.

     

    Final Record: 10-3.

     

    Final AP Ranking: 10.

     

    Bowl Berth: Capitol One Bowl.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): Auburn Tigers (22).

2009: Florida Gators

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    Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns.

     

    Final Record: 13-1.

     

    Final AP Ranking: Three.

     

    Bowl Berth: Sugar Bowl.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): Alabama Crimson Tide (5).

2008: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State Buckeyes, Southern Cal Trojans, Oklahoma Sooners, Florida Gators.

     

    Final Record: 10-3.

     

    Final AP Ranking: 13.

     

    Bowl Berth: Capitol One Bowl.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): Florida Gators (5), though, the Utah Utes (N/A) received 16 first-place votes in the AP poll, while the Southern Cal Trojans (3) received one.

2007: Southern California Trojans

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    Others Receiving Votes: LSU Tigers, West Virginia Mountaineers.

     

    Final Record: 11-2.

     

    Final AP Ranking: Three.

     

    Bowl Berth: Rose Bowl.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): LSU Tigers (2), though, the Georgia Bulldogs (13), USC Trojans and Kansas Jayhawks (N/A) all received first place votes in the AP poll.

2006: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Texas Longhorns, Auburn Tigers, West Virginia Mountaineers, Southern Cal Trojans.

     

    Final Record: 12-1.

     

    Final AP Ranking: Two.

     

    Bowl Berth: National championship game.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): Florida Gators (7).

2005: Southern California Trojans

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    Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns, Tennessee Volunteers, Louisville Cardinals.

     

    Final Record: 12-1.

     

    Final AP Ranking: Two.

     

    Bowl Berth: National championship game.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): Texas Longhorns (2).

2004: Southern California Trojans

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    Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers.

     

    Final Record: 13-0. However, USC had to vacate the title and the wins due to NCAA sanctions.

     

    Final AP Ranking: One.

     

    Bowl Berth: National championship game.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): USC Trojans (1). The Auburn Tigers (17) also went 13-0 and received three votes in the AP poll.  

     

    ***This was the final season that the AP poll allowed itself to be included in the BCS formula.***

2003: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State Buckeyes, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Auburn Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, Kansas State Wildcats.

     

    Final Record: 12-2.

     

    Final AP Ranking: Three.

     

    Bowl Berth: National championship game.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): LSU Tigers (14). However, the AP poll voted the USC Trojans (8) the national champions 48 votes to 17 for LSU.

2002: Miami (FL) Hurricanes

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    Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma Sooners, Florida State Seminoles, Texas Longhorns, Tennessee Volunteers.

     

    Final Record: 12-1.

     

    Final AP Ranking: Two.

     

    Bowl Berth: National Championship Game.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): Ohio State Buckeyes (13).

2001: Florida Gators

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    Others Receiving Votes: Miami (FL) Hurricanes*, Oklahoma Sooners, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Texas Longhorns.

     

    Final Record: 10-2.

     

    Final AP Ranking: Three.

     

    Bowl Berth: Orange Bowl.

     

    National Championship Game Winner (Preseason Ranking): Miami (FL) Hurricanes (2).

     

    *Miami (FL) received 33 first-place votes. Florida received 20.

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