FSU Ranked Third In Preseason AP Poll

by Garry Watts August 22, 2017, 0:21
FSU Ranked Third In Preseason AP Poll

The Crimson Tide was also named the nation's No. 1 team in the USA Today's Amway Coaches Poll released August 3.

Ohio State is ranked second, receiving three first-place votes and 1,414 points.

The two highest-ranked SEC teams in the preseason poll are No. 1 Alabama and No. 12 Auburn.

UF finished 14th in last season's final AP poll after defeating Iowa 30-3 in the Outback Bowl to finish 9-4.

That's the same ranking Georgia landed in the coaches' preseason poll that came out earlier this month.

Washington State, Boise State's opponent in week two, checked in at No. 24 in the preseason AP poll. In fact, the previous three times the Crimson Tide opened the year at No. 1, it finished 10th in 2010, seventh in 2013, and second last season, respectively.

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West Virginia also will see a number of other ranked programs on its schedule with No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Kansas State and No. 23 Texas.

A top 5 national ranking to begin 2017 comes as no surprise for Florida State.

The coaches and the media vary only slightly on where Florida belongs nationally heading into the 2017 college football season. The Clemson Tigers, who beat Alabama in last year's title game behind since-departed star quarterback Deshaun Watson, will open the campaign ranked fifth nationally.

No. 13 LSU is ranked in the preseason poll for the 17th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak among SEC teams.

The toughest games for the Wildcats in 2017 are against Oklahoma at home in Manhattan and on the road against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.


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