So, the AP Top 25 is out, and so are all kinds of interesting little stats and tidbits. For instance, the number one team in the AP Top 25 has finished no higher than seventh in the final poll over the last four years.
Speaking of Florida State, they are number one in the AP preseason poll for the sixth time, and the first since 1999. How did they fare in 1999? They won the National Championship.
Baylor is the highest ranked Texas team, and in the preseason top 25 for the first time since 1986. None of their players were even born in 1986! Their tenth place ranking is the highest in the preseason since 1957.
The Pac 12 sets a conference record with six teams in the preseason AP Poll. The SEC ties their record with eight. They nearly had nine. Florida came in at number 27.
Michigan State’s ranking at eighth is the highest in a preseason poll since 1967.
There is only one team from the state of Florida in the top 25 for the first time since 1983. How did that turn out? Miami won the National Title. Florida finished sixth. Florida State claimed the 25th slot.
Auburn will face seven teams in the preseason top 25, the most of any ranked school. Ohio State plays just one.
Central Florida did not crack the Top 25, but they checked in at number 26 for the highest preseason rank in school history.
Missouri was the only team included in the AP Poll that was not in the coaches poll. Number 7-17 were identical in both polls. Is there finally some solidarity?
We know that preseason polls mean nothing. After all, Auburn started at 64th last year, but it is still fun to pull some stats out of!