Sooners earn top five ranking in both polls

It's official. The 2000 National Champions will begin their title defense at No. 3, according to the first official preaseason polls released last week by the Associated Press and College Football Coaches Association.

The Florida Gators will begin the 2001 season as the top ranked team in the nation according to both polls, despite receiving less first place votes than Miami in the Associated Press poll.

Miami is the consensus No. 2 team in both polls followed by Oklahoma at No. 3, and Nebraska at No. 4. Texas rounds out the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 5 while Florida State replaces the Longhorns as the fifth-ranked team according to the Coaches poll.

Oklahoma was the third highest team to receive first place votes in both polls, getting 10 first place votes in the AP poll and eight in the coaches poll.

"That's fine with us. As I said many times before it doesn't matter where we start," commented Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops about his Sooners top five ranking in both polls.

"Being ranked No. 3 does show that they have a lot of respect for us. Last year they started us No. 20 and we proved to be a little better than that."

Florida garnered 20 overall first-place votes in the AP poll and 25 in the Coaches Poll to Miami's 33 first-place votes in the AP poll and 15 in the Coaches Poll.

In addition to Oklahoma, three other Big 12 conference foes earned preseason top 25 honors in both polls including Nebraska at No. 4 in both polls, Texas at No. 5 and No. 6 and Kansas State at No. 11 and No. 13 respectively.

The Sooners are set begin their title defense on Aug. 25 in the Hispanic College Fund Classic against North Carolina in Norman. The Tar Heels received one vote in the Coaches Top 25 poll.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Florida (20)
2. Miami Fla (33)
3. Oklahoma (10)
4. Nebraska (4)
5. Texas
6. Florida St
7. Oregon
8. Tennessee
9. Virginia Tech
10. Georgia Tech
11. Oregon St
12. Michigan
13. Kansas St
14. LSU
15. Washington
16. Northwestern
17. UCLA
18. Notre Dame
19. Clemson
20. Mississippi St
21. South Carolina
22. Wisconsin
23. Ohio St
24. Colorado St
25. Alabama

* First place votes in parentheses

Others Receiving Votes:
Purdue 127, Colorado 105, Georgia 84, Southern Cal 74, East Carolina 65, Pittsburgh 62, Louisville 53, Michigan St. 32, Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 22, Illinois 21, Marshall 12, Mississippi 12, UNLV 12, Southern Miss. 10, Penn St. 9, Auburn 8, Stanford 8, TCU 7, Fresno St. 6, Iowa St. 5, Kansas 5, N.C. State 3, W. Michigan 2, West Virginia 2, Arizona St. 1, Indiana 1, Syracuse 1, Toledo 1.

Coaches' Top 25

1. Florida (25)
2. Miami Fla (15)
3. Oklahoma (8)
4. Nebraska (6)
5. Florida St (1)
6. Texas (2)
7. Tennessee (1)
8. Oregon (1)
9. Virginia Tech
10. Michigan (1)
11. Kansas St
12. Oregon St
13. Georgia Tech
14. Washington
15. UCLA
16. Notre Dame
17. LSU
18. Clemson
19. Mississippi St
20. Northwestern
21. Ohio St.
22. South Carolina
23. Wisconsin
24. Colorado St
25. Alabama

* First place votes in parentheses

Others Receiving Votes:
Purdue 120, Georgia 109, Auburn 93, Colorado 92, East Carolina 59, Louisville 51, Texas A&M 47, Pittsburgh 42, USC 41, North Carolina St. 39, Penn St. 31, TCU 27, Stanford 26, Marshall 23, Southern Mississippi 19, Fresno St. 15, Brigham Young 14, Nev Las Vegas 12, Michigan St. 11, Minnesota 9, Illinois 8, Arkansas 7, Iowa St. 7, Mississippi 7, Toledo 7, Texas El Paso 4, Texas Tech 3, West Virginia 3, Western Michigan 2, Air Force 1, Duke 1, North Carolina 1, Syracuse 1.

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