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‘Noles Ranked Preseason No. 5 in USA Today Poll

Aug. 4, 2011





TALLAHASSEE, Fla.. – For the first time since 2002, Florida State will open the season in the top five as the Seminoles were ranked No. 5 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll released late Thursday morning.


“I’m excited about it,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I know expectations are high this year and we embrace those. It’s great to see that the country is seeing Florida State’s program is heading in the right direction and getting back to the top. But, we also realize that these preseason rankings don’t win you a championship. We have to go out there and live up to them. We have to embrace them. I’d much rather start up high than start down low.”


Florida State enters the preseason behind top-ranked Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon and LSU. FSU’s No. 5 ranking is the highest since the 2002 season when the `Noles started the season ranked No. 4. It’s the seventh time since 1997 that FSU has opened its season ranked in the top five in the coaches’ poll. The highest preseason ranking during that time wasNo.1 in 1999 when the Seminoles went on to win their second National Championship and finished undefeated at 12-0.


FSU was preseason No. 2 in 1998 and 2000, No. 4 in 1997 and 2002 and No. 5 in 2001.


The Seminoles open the season against Louisiana-Monroe on September 3 and FSU football tickets are available for that and five other games on Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Fans can buy a six-game pack that includes all home games except for the sold-out Oklahoma game.

Aug. 4, 2011 – preseason poll
Rank
Team (first-place
votes)
2010 record
Points
Final 2010 ranking
1.
12-2
1,454
6
2.
Alabama
(13)
10-3
1,414
11
3.
Oregon
(2)
12-1
1,309
3
4.
LSU
(2)
11-2
1,296
8t
5.
10-4
1,116
16
6.
12-1
1,101
4
7.
12-1
1,065
7
8.
11-2
933
10
9.
Texas
A&M
9-4
885
21
10.
11-2
829
8t
11.
Nebraska
10-4
814
19
12.
9-5
779
22
13.
11-3
767
15
14.
10-3
750
12
15.
13-0
687
2
16.
12-1
631
5
17.
Michigan
State
11-2
536
14
18.
Notre
Dame
8-5
440
NR
19.
14-0
329
1
20.
9-4
301
17
21.
Missouri
10-3
266
18
22.
Georgia
6-7
260
NR
23.
8-5
240
NR
24.
Texas
5-7
162
NR
25.
Penn
State
7-6
161
NR
 
Others receiving votes
Arizona State (6-6) 158;
West Virginia (9-4) 149; Utah (10-3) 50; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 49; Iowa (8-5)
41; Northwestern (7-6) 30; Arizona (7-6) 28; Central Florida (11-3) 22;
Michigan (7-6) 19; Air Force (9-4) 15; North Carolina (8-5) 14; Houston
(5-7) 13; South Florida (8-5) 9; Hawaii (10-4) 8; Clemson (6-7) 7; Tennessee
(6-7) 7; Southern Miss (8-5) 6; Brigham Young (7-6) 5; North Carolina State
(9-4) 4; Northern Illinois (11-3) 4; Oregon State (5-7) 4; Pittsburgh (8-5)
3; Washington (7-6) 3; Georgia Tech (6-7) 1; Nevada (13-1) 1.


The USA TODAY Board of Coaches is made up of 59 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision
schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association.
The board for the 2011 season: Gary Andersen, Utah State; David Bailiff,
Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Toledo; Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe;
Bret Bielema, Wisconsin; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force;
Gene Chizik, Auburn; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dave Clawson, Bowling
Green; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Sonny Dykes,
Louisiana Tech; Jon Embree, Colorado; Larry Fedora, Southern Miss; James
Franklin, Vanderbilt; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.), Jim Grobe, Wake Forest;
Pat Hill, Fresno State; Brady Hoke, Michigan; John “Doc” Holliday,
Marshall; Skip Holtz, South Florida; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette;
Rob Ianello, Akron; Pete Lembo, Ball State; Mike London, Virginia; Rocky
Long, San Diego State; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Mike MacIntyre, San
Jose State; Doug Marrone, Syracuse; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young;
Les Miles, LSU; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Tom O’Brien, N.C. State; Bo Pelini,
Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Larry Porter,
Memphis; Jeff Quinn, Buffalo; Paul Rhoads, Iowa State; Mark Richt, Georgia;
Mike Riley, Oregon State; Nick Saban, Alabama; Greg Schiano, Rutgers;
David Shaw, Stanford; Frank Solich, Ohio; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina;
Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Charlie Strong,
Louisville; Kevin Sumlin, Houston; Jeff Tedford, California; Bob Toledo,
Tulane; Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Kevin Wilson,
Indiana; Paul Wulff, Washington State; Ron Zook, Illinois.

Because it is serving an NCAA-imposed bowl ban, Southern California
is not eligible to receive votes this season under AFCA policy.

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