Aug. 14, 1999
By RICHARD ROSENBLATT
AP Football Writer
Florida State finds itself in a familiar position – No. 1 in The Associated
Press preseason college football poll.
For the fifth time since 1988, coach Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles enter the
season as favorites to win the national championship. This year’s title game is
at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 4.
“It’s tough enough to win a national championship, but to be preseason No.
1 makes it doubly tough,” Bowden said. “We did it in ’93, but never before or
Tennessee, the defending champs who knocked off Florida State in the Fiesta
Bowl to complete a 13-0 season, is right behind at No. 2 in the poll.
Florida State, which won its only national title in 1993, also was a
preseason No. 1 in 1988, ’91, ’93 and ’95. The Seminoles have not started a
season ranked lower than fifth in the AP preseason poll since ’88.
“I don’t think I’m letting the cat out of the bag by saying winning a
national title is our goal this year and every year,” Bowden said. “Let’s get
Penn State is third, and Arizona fourth, but that should change in a hurry
after the teams meet in the Pigskin Classic on Aug. 28 in State College, Pa.
The Seminoles open the season the same day against Louisiana Tech.
Florida State received 48 first-place votes and 1,720 points from the 70
sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel.
Tennessee had 15 first-place votes and 1,643 points, with No. 3 Penn State
collecting four first-place votes and 1,582 points and No. 4 Arizona one
first-place vote and 1,537 points.
Florida is No. 5 with one first-place vote and 1,361 points.
Rounding out the Top 10 is No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 Michigan,
No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Wisconsin.
Georgia Tech is No. 11, followed by No. 12 Miami, No. 13 Virginia Tech (one
first-place vote), No. 14 Georgia, No. 15 Colorado, No. 16 UCLA, No. 17 Texas,
No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 19 Southern California and Alabama and Kansas State are
tied at No. 20.
Arkansas is No. 22, followed by No. 23 Purdue, No. 24 Virginia and No. 25
The top five teams in the USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll are identical to
those in the AP poll.
Florida schools have been ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll seven times
in the 1990s. Miami was No. 1 in 1990 and ’92, and Florida was No. 1 in ’94.
Four of the Top 10 teams are from the Big Ten Conference – Penn State,
Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Southeastern, Big Ten and Big 12
conferences each have five teams in the Top 25.
Teams that finished in last year’s final Top 25 but did not make the ’99
preseason poll are: Tulane (No. 7 in ’98), Air Force (No. 13), Missouri (No.
21), and Syracuse (No. 25).
Since 1950, eight teams were ranked No. 1 in the preseason and went on to
win the national title: Tennessee (1951), Michigan State (1952), Oklahoma
(1956, 1974, 1975, 1985), Alabama (1978), and Florida State (1993).
No team has gone wire-to-wire ranked No. 1, but two teams – Nebraska in 1983
and Florida State in 1993 – came close.
The ’83 Cornhuskers went 12-0 before losing to Miami 31-30 in the Orange
Bowl. The ’93 Seminoles were No. 1 for most of the season, lost to Notre Dame
but beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to claim the title.
The Bowl Championship Series, in its second season, will match the No. 1 and
No. 2 teams in the Sugar Bowl based on standings compiled from the AP media
poll and USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll, eight computer rankings,
strength-of-schedule and won-loss record.
The final AP poll will be released Jan. 5.
AP Preseason Top 25
By The Associated Press
The Top Twenty Five teams in The Associated Press preseason college football
poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 1998 records, total points based
on 25 points for a first place vote through one point for a 25th place vote and
ranking in the 1998 final poll:
Record Pts Pv 1. Florida St. (48) 11-2 1,720 3 2. Tennessee (15) 13-0 1,643 1 3. Penn St. (4) 9-3 1,582 17 4. Arizona (1) 12-1 1,537 4 5. Florida (1) 10-2 1,361 5 6. Nebraska 9-4 1,327 19 7. Texas A&M 11-3 1,314 11 8. Michigan 10-3 1,292 12 9. Ohio St. 11-1 1,160 2 10. Wisconsin 11-1 1,091 6 11. Georgia Tech 10-2 979 9 12. Miami 9-3 928 20 13. Virginia Tech (1) 9-3 896 23 14. Georgia 9-3 829 14 15. Colorado 8-4 636 - 16. UCLA 10-2 587 8 17. Texas 9-3 487 15 18. Notre Dame 9-3 463 22 19. Southern Cal 8-5 455 - 20. Alabama 7-5 445 - tie. Kansas St. 11-2 445 10 22. Arkansas 9-3 441 16 23. Purdue 9-4 370 24 24. Virginia 9-3 222 18 25. Arizona St. 5-6 108 -
Others receiving votes: BYU 93, Marshall 75, Mississippi St. 72, Michigan
St. 34, Air Force 25, Mississippi 23, Syracuse 23, Louisville 20, Wyoming 15,
LSU 13, Oklahoma St. 9, Missouri 7, North Carolina 6, Oregon 6, Southern Miss.
2, Washington 2, Miami, Ohio 1, N.C. State 1, TCU 1, Texas Tech 1, Utah 1,
Western Michigan 1, West Virginia 1.
AP Poll Board
By The Associated Press
List of voters in the 1999 Associated Press college football poll:
John Adams, Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel, Nate Allen, Morning News of
Northwest Arkansas, Andy Bagnato, Chicago Tribune, Lee Barfknecht, Omaha (Neb.)
World-Herald, Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sammy Batten,
Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer-Times, Steve Batterson, Quad City (Iowa) Times,
Bill Benner, Indianapolis Star, Mac Bentley, Daily Oklahoman, Joe Biddle,
Todd Blackledge, ABC, Mark Blaudschun, Boston Globe, Kirk Bohls, Austin
(Texas) American-Statesman, Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic, Andy Boogaard,
Fresno (Calif.) Bee, Meri-Jo Borzilleri, Colorado Springs Gazette, Jimmy Burch,
Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, Frank Burlison, Orange County (Calif.)
Register, Ron Christ, Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot, John Clay, Lexington (Ky.)
Jim Cnockaert, Ann Arbor (Mich.) News, Bill Coats, St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Chuck Cooperstein, WBAP Radio, Irving, Texas, Mark Craig, Minneapolis
Star-Tribune, Jake Curtis, San Francisco Chronicle, Barker Davis, Washington
Times, Stephen Dodge, Idaho Statesman, Jack Ebling, Lansing State (Mich.)
Journal, Chris Errington, Clarksburg (W.Va.) Exponent and Telegram, Chris
Jeff Gravley, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, N.C., Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News,
Ron Gullberg, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.)
Tribune, Craig Harper, Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera, Chris Harry, Orlando
(Fla.) Sentinel, Andrew Hartsock, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, Brooks Hatch,
Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times, Joseph Hawk, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bruce
Hooley, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Mike Knobler, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Bill Kwon, Honolulu
Star-Bulletin, George Lehner, WTVN-AM, Columbus, Ohio, Paul Letlow, The
News-Star of Monroe, La., Gary Long, Miami Herald, Tom Luicci, The Star-Ledger,
Newark, N.J., Ivan Maisel, Sports Illustrated, Grant Martin, Anniston (Ala.)
Star, Neal McCready, Mobile (Ala.) Register, Andrew Miller, The Post and
Courier, Charleston, S.C.
Brad Moore, Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune, Dave Moormann, The Town Talk of
Alexandria, La., Jack Moss, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette, Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin
State Journal, Dan O’Kane, Tulsa (Okla.) World, Ralph Paulk, Akron (Ohio)
Beacon Journal, Gene Phelps, NorthEast Mississippi Daily Journal, Steve
Phillips, High Point (N.C.) Enterprise, Scott Rabalais, The Advocate of Baton
Rouge, La., Dave Rahme, Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard.
John Sleeper, Everett (Wash.) Herald, Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mike Sorensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Mark Tupper, Decatur (Ill.) Herald
& Review, Tad Walch, Provo (Utah) Daily Herald, Dick Weiss, New York Daily
News, Jeff White, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, Jerry Wizig, Houston
Chronicle, Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News, Dave Woolford, The Toledo (Ohio)
College FB Poll Glance
By The Associated Press
AP Preseason No. 1
By The Associated Press
The No. 1 ranked team in the annual Associated Press preseason college
football poll. The preseason poll was started in 1950 (x-denotes eventual
1950-Notre Dame 1951-Tennessee-x 1952-Michigan State-x 1953-Notre Dame 1954-Notre Dame 1955-UCLA 1956-Oklahoma-x 1957-Oklahoma 1958-Ohio State 1959-Louisiana State 1960-Syracuse 1961-Iowa 1962-Ohio State 1963-Southern Cal 1964-Mississippi 1965-Nebraska 1966-Alabama 1967-Notre Dame 1968-Purdue 1969-Ohio State 1970-Ohio State 1971-Notre Dame 1972-Nebraska 1973-Southern Cal 1974-Oklahoma-x 1975-Oklahoma-x 1976-Nebraska 1977-Oklahoma 1978-Alabama-x 1979-Southern Cal 1980-Ohio State 1981-Michigan 1982-Pittsburgh 1983-Nebraska 1984-Auburn 1985-Oklahoma-x 1986-Oklahoma 1987-Oklahoma 1988-Florida State 1989-Michigan 1990-Miami 1991-Florida State 1992-Miami 1993-Florida State-x 1994-Florida 1995-Florida State 1996-Nebraska 1997-Penn State 1998-Ohio State 1999-Florida State