MIAMI, FL Sporting Alert — Four Florida teams were included in the Associated Press College Football preseason poll, which was released on Monday.
Florida State, Florida, Miami and the University of South Florida (USF) are the ball clubs listed among the teams in the AP Top 25 preseason poll.
Sitting highest on the list at No. 3 is Florida State, which moved five-places up from the No. 8 slot it held in the postseason rankings at the end of the last term.
The Seminoles received four No. 1 votes and 1,396 points to head into the opening games of the season behind top ranked Alabama, which collected 52 first-place votes and Ohio State (3).
Florida State will open its 2017 schedule on Sept. 2 at Atlanta’s brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium against the Crimson Tide, who are the college football early favorites, and will also play five opponents ranked in the preseason poll.
No. 17 Florida is the second highest ranked team from the Sunshine state, listed in the AP top 25 preseason poll.
The Gators collected 624 points, but slipped three spots from the No. 14 place they ranked at the end of the last season.
Florida will open the new campaign against No. 11 Michigan on Sept. 2.
The next two Florida teams in the Associated Press College Football preseason poll are Miami, at No. 18 and USF, at No. 19.
In the final AP rankings of 2016, the Hurricanes were No. 20, so they moved two places up the rankings.
Miami opens the season at home on Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman.
Meanwhile, USF, which gets his season going at San Jose State on August 26, checked in at the same position it finished in the final AP rankings for 2016.
Associated Press College Football Preseason Poll
1. Alabama, 2. Ohio State, 3. Florida State, 4. Southern California, 5. Clemson, 6. Penn State, 7. Oklahoma, 8. Washington, 9. Wisconsin, 10, Oklahoma State, 11. Michigan, 12. Auburn, 13. LSU, 14. Stanford, 15. Georgia, 6. Louisville, 17. Florida, 18. Miami, 19. USF, 20. Kansas State, 21. Virginia Tech, 22. West Virginia, 23. Texas, 24. Washington State, 25. Tennessee.