Two Florida schools open season in AP Top 25, neither are FSU

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Associated Press unveiled their first Top 25 college football ranking for the 2019 football season and two schools from Florida are represented.

Neither of those teams is Florida State.

Florida (#8) and UCF (#17) are the only two teams from the Sunshine State to be represented in the AP's Preseason Top 25 poll, announced Monday.

Miami (70) also received votes.

2019 marks the first time since the 2008 campaign that the Seminoles have not started the season in the Preseason Top 25. FSU finished 9-4, won the Champs Sports Bowl and finished #21 in the country that year, in Bobby Bowden's second-to-last season as Noles' head coach.

The defending champion Clemson Tigers open the year at #1, followed by last years runners up Alabama and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Oklahoma and Ohio State round out the top five.

Syracuse (#22) is the lone other ACC school ranked. 'Cuse is ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 1998.

Aside from the Hurricanes, Virginia (44) and Virginia Tech (12) are the only ACC programs to receive votes.

FSU's Week 1 opponent, Boise State, received 38 votes.

The full Top 25 can be seen below.

1.) Clemson
2.) Alabama
3.) Georgia
4.) Oklahoma
5.) Ohio State
6.) LSU
7.) Michigan
8.) Florida
9.) Notre Dame
10.) Texas
11.) Oregon
12.) Texas A&M
13.) Washington
14.) Utah
15.) Penn State
16.) Auburn
17.) UCF
18.) Michigan State
19.) Wisconsin
20.) Iowa
21.) Iowa State
22.) Syracuse
23.) Washington State
24.) Nebraska
25.) Stanford

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