AP Poll Released

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators are preparing to make a run at their third national title in four seasons, but the defending champs have already made some history.
Florida is No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 released Saturday, followed by Texas, Oklahoma, Southern California and Alabama.
The Gators, however, are in a class by themselves -- the most overwhelming preseason No. 1 in the history of the AP poll, which goes back to 1950.
Florida received 58 of the 60 first-place votes, or 96.7 percent. Texas got the other first-place votes.
The previous highest percentage of first-place votes in the AP preseason poll was 95.4 percent for Southern Cal in 2007. The Trojans failed to win the title that year.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Fans have been speculating where Mississippi will be ranked going into the season.
Turns out The Associated Press voters are high on the Rebels, ranking them No. 8.
It's the first time Ole Miss has appeared in the preseason since 2000, when they started the season 18th. And it's the highest preseason ranking for the Rebels since they started fifth in 1970.
Coach Houston Nutt repeated a familiar mantra when he heard of the ranking. He says the Rebels need to ignore the high expectations and "keep our blinders on."
Ole Miss is the third of five ranked Southeastern Conference teams. Florida is No. 1, Alabama is fifth, LSU is 11th and Georgia is No. 13.
The Rebels open the season Sept. 6 at Memphis.


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