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AP preseason Top 25

The Top 25 teams in the Associated Press expanded preseason 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, ranking in previous poll, 1998 record vs. Top 25 teams at time of game, 1998 record of opponents played and extra points:

Record Pts Pv T25 Rec.

1. Florida St. (48) 11-2 1,720 3 5-0 95-48

2. Tennessee (15) 13-0 1,643 1 6-0 82-58

3. Penn St. (4) 9-3 1,582 17 1-3 76-54

4. Arizona (1) 12-1 1,537 4 3-0 68-69

5. Florida (1) 10-2 1,361 5 3-2 68-50

6. Nebraska 9-4 1,327 19 2-3 88-54

7. Texas A&M 11-3 1,314 11 3-3 95-58

8. Michigan 10-3 1,292 12 3-3 78-61

9. Ohio St. 11-1 1,160 2 5-0 76-55

10. Wisconsin 11-1 1,091 6 2-1 67-61

11. Georgia Tech 10-2 979 9 4-1 70-57

12. Miami 9-3 928 20 2-2 65-52

13. Va. Tech (1) 9-3 896 23 1-1 64-62

14. Georgia 9-3 829 14 2-3 71-56

15. Colorado 8-4 636 _ 2-2 69-59

16. UCLA 10-2 587 8 3-1 80-49

17. Texas 9-3 487 15 3-2 76-55

18. Notre Dame 9-3 463 22 1-1 64-64

19. Southern Cal 8-5 455 _ 1-3 83-57

20. Alabama 7-5 445 _ 0-2 82-50

tie. Kansas St. 11-2 445 10 3-1 73-57

22. Arkansas 9-3 441 16 1-2 66-64

23. Purdue 9-4 370 24 1-3 82-57

24. Virginia 9-3 222 18 2-3 70-58

25. Arizona St. 5-6 108 _ 0-5 65-55

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.

Extra Points

1. Florida St. (48) Fifth time preseason No. 1

2. Tennessee (15) Defending national champ

3. Penn St. (4) Thompson will start at QB

4. Arizona (1) Highest preseason rank ever

5. Florida (1) Relying on youthful defense

6. Nebraska Bobby Newcombe is the QB

7. Texas A&M Big Easy on Aggies' minds

8. Michigan Seeks sixth Big Ten title in 90s

9. Ohio St. Who will succeed Germaine?

10. Wisconsin Dayne must avoid injuries

11. Georgia Tech Led by All-ACC QB Hamilton

12. Miami 17 starters return

13. Va. Tech (1) Redshirt freshman to start at QB

14. Georgia Quincy Carter leads Dawgs

15. Colorado It's Year 1 for Gary Barnett

16. UCLA Expect more shootouts in '99

17. Texas Defense needs to carry load

18. Notre Dame Three tough road games

19. Southern Cal 16 starters return

20. Alabama DuBose disciplined

tie. Kansas St. Lost 8 offensive starters

22. Arkansas Offensive line is the key

23. Purdue QB Brees is Heisman favorite

24. Virginia Ellis replaces Brooks at QB

25. Arizona St. Redmond is Heisman hopeful

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.

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