Michigan Ranked 12th in Preseason AP Football Poll
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A little over a week after listing 10th in the coaches poll, the 2001 University of Michigan football team checked in at No. 12 in the preseason Associated Press national rankings released Saturday (Aug. 11). The Wolverines begin their 122nd season of gridiron action as the top-ranked team in the Big Ten Conference.

Florida tops both the coaches and media polls, with the AP top five consisting of No. 2 Miami (Fla.), No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4, Nebraska and No. 5 Texas. In addition to Michigan, the Big Ten has No. 16 Northwestern, No. 22 Wisconsin and No. 23 Ohio State represented in the AP poll.

The Wolverines open their 75th season of football action at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, against Miami (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN Regional Television. Following the game, Michigan travels to Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash., for a 3:30 p.m. EDT kickoff Sept. 8 against preseason No. 15 Washington on ABC Sports.

Following is the preseason AP Top 25:

  School     W-L*    Points     Prev
1.  Florida (20) 10-3 1,716 10
2.  Miami (Fla.) (33) 11-1 1,700 2
3.  Oklahoma (10) 13-0 1,588 1
4.  Nebraska (4) 10-2 1,525 8
5.  Texas (5) 9-3 1,461 12
6.  Florida State 11-2 1,441 5
7.  Oregon 10-2 1,354 7
8.  Tennessee 8-4 1,344 NR
9.  Virginia Tech 11-1 1,169 6
10.  Georgia Tech 9-3 919 17
11.  Oregon State 11-1 974 4
12.  Michigan 9-3 919 11
13.  Kansas State 11-3 902 9
14.  Louisiana State 8-4 763 22
15.  Washington 11-1 683 3
16.  Northwestern 8-4 667 NR
17.  UCLA 6-6 639 NR
18.  Notre Dame 9-3 599 15
19.  Clemson 9-3 569 16
20.  Mississippi State 8-4 521 24
21.  South Carolina 8-4 350 19
22.  Wisconsin 9-4 237 23
23.  Ohio State 8-4 181 NR
24.  Colorado State 10-2 179 14
25.  Alabama 3-8 136 NR

First-place votes in parentheses; * 2000 season final record

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423


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