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Football Ranked Fourth in Preseason Coaches Poll
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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan football team will open the 2005 season ranked fourth in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll, which was released today (Friday, Aug. 5). The two-time Big Ten champion Wolverines received 1,242 points in the coaches poll, and starts the season ranked in the top 10 of the coaches poll for the eighth straight season.

Two-time defending national champion Southern California earned 60 of the 62 first-place votes to open the season as the top-ranked team. The Trojans are followed by No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 in the top five.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with three top 10 teams. The Wolverines are the highest ranked Big Ten representative, followed in the poll by No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa. Purdue rounds out the conferences preseason recognition with a No. 16 ranking.

Michigan begins the season against Northern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Michigan Stadium. The game will be broadcast regionally by ABC Sports beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Following is the preseason top 25 coaches poll:

  School W-L*    Points   Prev
1.  Southern California (60)      13-0 1,547 1
2.  Texas (2) 11-1 1,405 4
3.  Tennessee 10-3 1,259 15
4.  MICHIGAN 9-3 1,242 12
5.  Oklahoma 12-1 1,223 3
6.  Louisiana State 9-3 1,109 16
7.  Virginia Tech 10-3 1,090 10
8.  Miami (Fla.) 9-3 1,080 11
9.  Ohio State 8-4 1,033 19
10.  Iowa 10-2 1,014 8
11.  Florida 7-5 910 25
12.  Florida State 9-3 879 14
13.  Georgia 10-2 838 6
14.  Louisville   11-1 758 7
15.  Auburn 13-0 723 2
16.  Purdue 7-5 616 NR
17.  Texas A&M 7-5 366 NR
18.  Arizona State 9-3 304 20
19.  Boise State 11-1 303 13
20.  California 10-2 293 9
21.  Texas Tech 8-4 247 17
22.  Boston College 9-3 237 21
23.  Virginia 8-4 210 23
24.  Alabama 6-6 194 NR
25.  Pittsburgh 8-4 193 NR

First-place votes in parentheses; * 2004 season final record


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