Wolverines Eighth in the Preseason AP Football Poll
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After ranking seventh in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll announced last week, the 1999 University of Michigan football team received a preseason No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press Poll announced Saturday afternoon (Aug. 14). This is the second consecutive year that the Wolverines will begin the season listed in the top 10 in both major national polls.

Four of the top 10 teams in the country are from the Big Ten Conference, led by Penn State at No. 3. The Wolverines follow at No. 8, with Ohio State and Wisconsin rounding out the top 10 at the ninth and 10th spots, respectively. The top five consists of preseason No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Tennessee, Penn State, No. 4 Arizona and No. 5 Florida.

The Wolverines will face five schools listed in the Associated Press preseason top 25 rankings. Beside Penn State (Nov. 13), Ohio State (Nov. 20) and Wisconsin (Sept. 25), Michigan opens the season against No. 18 Notre Dame (Sept. 4) and hosts No. 23 Purdue in its homecoming game (Oct. 2). The Big Ten, Southeastern and Big 12 conferences each have five teams in the top 25.

Michigan will begin its 120th season against Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 4, in Michigan Stadium (3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC). This will be the 12th consecutive time that the Wolverines will enter the game ranked in the top 10 nationally by the Associated Press and the 16th time in the last 19 games that both squads enter the matchup ranked in the AP top 25.

Following are the top 25 teams in the Associated Press preseason college football poll (first-place votes in parentheses):

  Team Record Points Prev
1. Florida State (48) 11-2 1,720 3
2. Tennessee (15) 13-0 1,643 1
3. Penn State (4) 9-3 1,582 17
4. Arizona (1) 12-1 1,537 4
5. Florida (1) 10-2 1,361 5
6. Nebraska 9-4 1,327 19
7. Texas A&M 11-3 1,314 11
8. MICHIGAN 10-3 1,292 12
9. Ohio State 11-1 1,160 2
10. Wisconsin 11-1 1,091 6
11. Georgia Tech 10-2 979 9
12. Miami (Fla.) 9-3 928 20
13. Virginia Tech (1) 9-3 896 23
14. Georgia 9-3 829 14
15. Colorado 804 636 --
16. UCLA 10-2 587 8
17. Texas 9-3 487 15
18. Notre Dame 9-3 463 22
19. Southern California 8-5 455 --
20. Alabama 7-5 445 --
  Kansas State 11-2 445 10
22. Arkansas 9-3 441 16
23. Purdue 9-4 370 24
24. Virginia 9-3 222 18
25. Arizona State 5-6 108 --

Others Receiving Votes: Brigham Young 93, Marshall 75, Mississippi State 72, Michigan State 34, Air Force 25, Mississippi 23, Syracuse 23, Louisville 20, Wyoming 15, Louisiana State 13, Oklahoma State 9, Missouri 7, North Carolina 6, Oregon 6, Southern Mississippi 2, Washington 2, Miami (Ohio) 1, North Carolina State 1, Texas Christian 1, Texas Tech 1, Utah 1, Western Michigan 1, West Virginia 1.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423


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