Aug. 7, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - Sports Illustrated has tabbed the Oregon State University football team as its preseason No. 1 in its annual College Football Preview publication, debuting this week (Aug. 6).

Oregon State was joined by fellow conference members Oregon (No. 8), Washington (No. 16), and UCLA (No. 23) in the poll.

'It's nice to have our program recognized, it shows people around the country are taking notice of what we have accomplished,' Beaver Head Coach Dennis Erickson said. 'However, the only thing I'm thinking about is our season opener at Fresno State.'

Sports Illustrated was one of two publications to select OSU in its Top-10 preseason rankings, joining the No. 8 selection by Street & Smith's.

Sports Illustrated Top-25 Preseason Poll

1. Oregon State2. Florida3. Miami4. Texas5. Oklahoma6. Florida State7. Oregon8. Nebraska9. Tennessee10. Virginia Tech11. Georgia Tech12. Northwestern13. LSU14. Michigan15. Kansas State16. Washington17. Wisconsin18. Notre Dame19. South Carolina20. Clemson21. Texas A&M22. Mississippi State23. UCLA24. East Carolina25. UNLV
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