Gators Biggest AP Preseason No. 1 Ever

Florida opens the season at No. 1 in both polls, with the Associated Press joining the coaches in having the Gators at the top. They received 58 of the 60 possible votes, with the only two dissenters selecting Texas for the top spot. It's the biggest percentage of votes (96.7) for any team as the initial top choice in the history of the poll.

Florida becomes the first defending champ to begin the next season as the top team since USC in 2005.

It's the third time the Gators have begun the year as AP's No. 1 (1994 and 2001 were the others.) They did not win the national title in either season, which is not unusual. Just ten AP preseason No. 1 teams have actually won the title in the 58 years they've been conducting the poll. Just two teams, FSU in 1999 and USC in 2004, have gone wire to wire to win it.

Unlike the coaches poll, AP ballots are made public so fans will know which two voters opted not to put Florida first. The AP site with the identities of this years voters has not been updated at the time of this writing, but four ballots are typically assigned among media members in the state of Texas each year.

The media and coaches poll results are similar, with the first seven teams in exactly the same order, but there are some differences for SEC squads. Ole Miss was 10th in the coaches poll but the AP has them at eight. LSU gets less love from the media, being put at 11 instead of the ninth spot they had in the coaches poll. As a result, the SEC has only three top ten teams in the AP, but five in the top thirteen for both polls.

The polls agreed on 24 of 25 teams, with the biggest ranking difference being BYU at 20 in AP after coming in 24th with the coaches. Kansas made the AP at 25, while Oregon State got that spot with the coaches. Every SEC program except Kentucky and Miss State was mentioned on at least one ballot.


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