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Preseason AP Top 25: Florida Gators are eighth

It’s the highest preseason ranking for UF since 2010.
The Florida Gators will start the season ranked. [ TIMES 2018 ]
The Florida Gators will start the season ranked. [ TIMES 2018 ]
Published Aug. 19, 2019|Updated Aug. 19, 2019

The expectations for Florida are as high as they’ve been since 2010. That’s the last time the Gators had a preseason ranking as high as they do this year; they open the season eighth in the AP Top 25, which was released Monday.

UCF is the only other state team to crack the list. The Knights are No. 17.

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Clemson is No. 1, followed by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State. Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies are No. 12, while Miami and Florida State’s first opponent (Boise State) were among those receiving votes. USF’s first opponent, Wisconsin, starts 19th.

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Florida State is unranked for the first time since 2008. Here’s the full poll:

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