The State of Florida dominated the top spots in the first poll of the 2001 college football season. Florida, Miami, and Florida State all found their way into the top five spots in the nation.
The Big 12 conference also fared well, with three of the teams from that conference ranked in the top six positions.
Of the ACC schools, Florida State was ranked number five, while Georgia Tech (#13) and Clemson (#18) made it into the debut poll of the season.
Last year, the preseason poll was a reliable indicator of the teams that would finish in the top twenty-five. Twenty-one of the twenty-five teams ranked in the beginning of the season also made the final poll.
Below is a comparison of the 2000 Pre-Season and Final Polls. Four teams not ranked in the initial poll were ranked at the end of the season: Georgia (#17), Texas Christian (#18), Auburn (#20), and Iowa State (#23). The four teams that dropped from the final poll were: UCLA (#15), LSU (#17), Ohio State (#21), and Alabama (#25).
Taking the biggest tumble was Tennessee, who began the year ranked #7 and limped to the finish line at #25.