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Florida State No. 1 in AP Preseason Poll

Aug. 14, 1999


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
it on!”

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
Arizona State.

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,
Nashville Tennessean.

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
Fowler, ESPN.

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

  • FOUNDER – Alan J. Gould, sports editor of The Associated Press.
  • FIRST POLL – Oct. 19, 1936.
  • VOTERS – College football writers and broadcasters whose publications, TV
    and radio stations are members of The AP.

  • POINTS – A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote is worth
    24, etc.

  • SCHOOLS ELIGIBLE – All NCAA Division I-A teams (114 teams for 1999). Teams
    on NCAA probation are eligible for ranking.

  • VOTING BREAKDOWN – By state. (1 or 2 schools – 1 voter, 3 or 4 schools – 2
    voters, 5 or 6 schools – 3 voters, 7 or 8 schools – 4 voters, 9 or 10 schools –
    5 voters)

  • PRESEASON TIDBITS – Of the 50 previous preseason No. 1 teams, only eight
    have won the national championship. The last team was Florida State in 1993 …
    Only six of the last 50 national champions were unranked in the preseason poll.
    The last team was Brigham Young in 1984 … Twenty-one teams have been ranked
    No. 1 in the preseason poll. Florida State is No. 1 for the fifth time.
    Oklahoma has been No. 1 eight times.

    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
    national champion):

         1950-Notre Dame
         1952-Michigan State-x
         1953-Notre Dame
         1954-Notre Dame
         1958-Ohio State
         1959-Louisiana State
         1962-Ohio State
         1963-Southern Cal
         1967-Notre Dame
         1969-Ohio State
         1970-Ohio State
         1971-Notre Dame
         1973-Southern Cal
         1979-Southern Cal
         1980-Ohio State
         1988-Florida State
         1991-Florida State
         1993-Florida State-x
         1995-Florida State
         1997-Penn State
         1998-Ohio State
         1999-Florida State
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