No Reason for Big Heads

Now, maybe we can all get on with it. The AP poll of sportswriters and broadcasters have ranked the Irish No. 18. That's about in line with other polls. There also is more evidence that maybe the Irish schedule isn't as tough as advertised. The only Irish opponents ranked in the Top 25 are Nebraska (4) and Tennessee (8).

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August 12, 2001

 Irish Have No Reason For Big Heads

 By The IrishEyes.Com NewsService

College football writers added their voice to the pre-season punditry with publication of the AP preseason Top 25 poll.

 There were no surprises as far as the Irish were concerned. They were ranked No. 18—two slots below where the coaches and several other polls had ranked them.

We at IrishEyes.Com don't think it's a big deal. Bob Davie's squad will just have to go out and prove to the world how good it is, or isn't.

 Nebraska (No. 4) and Tennessee (No. 8) are the only Irish opponents ranked in the Top 10 or ahead of Notre Dame. No other Irish opponents made it into the Top 25. Purdue is 26, Southern Cal is 29, Pittsburgh is 31, Texas A&M is ranked No. 34.

 The only other Notre Dame opponent in the Top 50 is Stanford at 43. Lou Holtz' Gamecocks were 21st.

 A twist to the AP poll is that while Florida is ranked No. 1, Miami received more first place votes than the Gators. In voting by 72 sportswriters and broadcasters, Miami received 33 first place votes and 1.700 points and Florida drew 20 first-place votes and 1,716 points. Votes decline in value from 25 points for first place to one point for 25th place.

Here's the poll: Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, Michigan, Kansas State, LSU, Washington, Northwestern, UCLA, Notre Dame, Clemson, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Colorado State, Alabama. --30— Top Stories