Marshall Debuts at #19 in AP Top 25 Poll

The Marshall Thundering Herd literally hit the ground running today. Marshal debuted in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll at the #19 spot, the highest preseason ranking bestowed upon the Herd ever.

"There are some fantastic things happening here and I want to savor it and keep pushing the envelope because I don't think we have reached our potential yet," said Marshall football coach Bob Pruett upon hearing where Marshall was ranked by the AP.
"All of the preseason accolades we have received and continue to receive are an honor to me, this program and to this University."

Marshall finished the 2001 season at the #26 spot in the AP poll.
Here's the entire AP Top 25 poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2001 records, total points based on 25 points for a first place vote through one point for a 25th place vote and 2001 final ranking:
1. Miami (27) 12-0 1,746 1
2. Oklahoma (21) 11-2 1,732 6
3. Florida St. (10) 8-4 1,683 15
4. Texas (13) 11-2 1,682 5
5. Tennessee (3) 11-2 1,601 4
6. Florida 10-2 1,313 3
7. Colorado 10-3 1,291 9
8. Georgia 8-4 1,179 22
9. Washington 8-4 1,133 19
10. Nebraska 11-2 1,131 8
11. Washington St. 10-2 1,096 10
12. Michigan 8-4 1,061 20
13. Ohio St. 7-5 1,029 -
14. LSU 10-3 832 7
15. Oregon 11-1 736 2
16. Virginia Tech 8-4 583 18
17. Louisville 11-2 574 17
18. Michigan St. 7-5 468 -
19. Marshall 11-2 433 -
20. Southern Cal 6-6 420 -21. Maryland 10-2 318 11
22. South Carolina 9-3 268 13
23. Texas A&M 8-4 247 -
24. Penn St. 5-6 221 -
25. Wisconsin 5-7 193 -

Others receiving votes: Kansas St. 171, N.C. State 154, Auburn 131, Boston College 108, Alabama 106, UCLA 59, Oregon St. 52, Illinois 51, Arkansas 50, Georgia Tech 47, Clemson 29, Southern Miss. 27, Purdue 24, Texas Tech 18, BYU 10, Utah 10, Mississippi 9, Colorado St. 6, Boise St. 4, Syracuse 4, Notre Dame 3, Fresno St. 2, North Carolina 2, Toledo 2, Middle Tennessee 1.


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