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How many Florida schools cracked the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll?

The preseason USA Today Amway Coaches Poll was announced Thursday with college football games looming in the next few weeks.

Last year’s national champion and runner-up, Clemson and Alabama, were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

Florida, which finished No. 6 in last year’s final coaches’ poll, was ranked No. 8.

The only other state school to grab a Top 25 preseason ranking was UCF. The Knights, who lost their first game in two seasons with the Fiesta Bowl loss to LSU, are tied for 17th with Wisconsin.

Miami and Florida State picked up votes, but not enough to crack the Top 25. The Hurricanes garnered 94 votes, while the Seminoles had four votes.

The No. 25 team, Northwestern, had 161 votes.

The Big Ten led the rankings with seven teams in the Top 25. The SEC had six, while the Pac-12 had five.

Here’s the full list:

1Clemson0-016195911/1
2Alabama0-01566622/2
3Georgia0-01447033/3
4Oklahoma0-01415044/4
5Ohio State0-01368055/5
6Louisiana State0-01218066/6
7Michigan0-01155077/7
8Florida0-01103088/8
9Notre Dame0-01100099/9
10Texas0-0103801010/10
11Texas A&M0-089301111/11
12Washington0-083401212/12
13Oregon0-078701313/13
14Penn State0-069901414/14
15Utah0-064201515/15
16Auburn0-060601616/16
17Wisconsin0-043601717/17
17Central Florida0-043601717/17
19Iowa0-034301919/19
20Michigan State0-031302020/20
21Washington State0-027402121/21
22Syracuse0-022702222/22
23Stanford0-020002323/23
24Iowa State0-016902424/24
25Northwestern0-016102525/25

Nebraska 152; Boise State 118; Mississippi State 111; Miami 94; Army 91; Kentucky 79; Virginia Tech 64; Texas Christian 63; Southern California 47; Utah State 32; Fresno State 32; Virginia 30; Cincinnati 25; West Virginia 24; Memphis 24; Oklahoma State 20; South Carolina 15; NC State 12; Duke 10; Boston College 5; Florida State 4; Baylor 4; Appalachian State 4; North Texas 3; Houston 3; UCLA 2; Temple 2; Arizona State 2; Troy 1; Tennessee 1; Mississippi 1; Minnesota 1.

Sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and pro sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He’s won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for the McClatchy East Region real-time team.
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