Pre-Season USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Pol Released

Aug. 2, 2002

Associated Press - Miami, college football's defending national champion, was voted No. 1 inthe USA Today/ESPN coaches preseason poll released Thursday.

The Associated Press media preseason poll will be released Aug. 10.

The Hurricanes, who completed a 12-0 season with a 37-14 win over Nebraskain the Rose Bowl, easily outdistanced No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Oklahoma invoting by 61 head coaches.

Miami had 34 first-place votes and 1,444 points. Texas (11-2) had ninefirst-place votes and 1,399 points, edging Big 12 rival Oklahoma (11-2) bytwo points. The Sooners had 11 first-place votes and 1,397 points.

Rounding out the top 10: Florida State, Tennessee, Colorado, Florida,Nebraska, Washington and Michigan.

The top 25 teams in the preseason USA Today-ESPN college football poll, withfirst-place votes in parentheses, final 2001 records, total points based on25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote andlast ranking:

                        Record  Pts Pvs 1. Miami (Fla.) (34)     12-0 1,444  1 2. Texas (9)             11-2 1,399  5 3. Oklahoma (11)         11-2 1,397  6 4. Florida State (7)      8-4 1,357 15 5. Tennessee             11-2 1,255  4 6. Colorado              10-3 1,010  9 6. Florida               10-2   972  3 8. Nebraska              11-2   951  7 9. Washington             8-4   914 1910. Michigan               8-4   894 2011. Georgia                8-4   858 2512. Ohio State             7-5   761  -13. LSU                   10-3   749  814. Washington State      10-2   748 1115. Oregon                11-1   663  216. Virginia Tech          8-4   550 1817. Louisville            11-2   378 1618. Michigan State         7-5   371  -18. Southern California    6-6   349  -20. Maryland              10-2   315 1021. Marshall              11-2   280 2122. South Carolina         9-3   213 1323. Wisconsin              5-7   210  -24. Penn State             5-6   206  -25. N.C. State             7-5   174  -

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 158, Auburn 150, UCLA 114, Kansas State110, Boston College 85, Brigham Young 84, Georgia Tech 70, Syracuse 66,Illinois 55, Oregon State 54, Clemson 46, Purdue 45, Utah 44, Fresno State42, Mississippi 41, Arkansas 40, Colorado State 39, Southern Mississippi 23,Iowa State 22, Stanford 21, Notre Dame 18, Hawaii 14, Arizona 12, Iowa 11,Texas Tech 11, Boise State 7, Pittsburgh 7, North Carolina 4, Toledo 4,Virginia 3, Minnesota 2, West Virginia 2, Louisiana Tech 1, UNLV 1, WakeForest 1.

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