Florida football received votes but unranked in 2018 preseason Coaches Poll top 25

By Adam Silverstein
August 2, 2018
Florida football received votes but unranked in 2018 preseason Coaches Poll top 25
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The preseason edition of the Coaches Poll was released Thursday, and the Florida Gators will begin the 2018 season unranked despite receiving a significant number of votes in the top 25 rankings.

Florida placed 27th overall, one spot being SEC East rival South Carolina, with 135 votes, just 33 shy of placing in the poll. This marks the first time since 2015 and just the third time since USA Today took over the Coaches Poll in 1991 that the Gators will begin the season unranked. The other time that occurred was in 2014.

Florida opened the 2017 season ranked No. 16 in the Coaches Poll but finished the year outside of the top 25.

The five SEC programs in the preseason poll are ranked as follows: Alabama (1), Georgia (4), Auburn (10), Mississippi State (18) and LSU (24). Gators’ rivals Miami (8) and Florida State (19) also begin the season in the top 25. UF will face four preseason top 25 teams in UGA, MSU, LSU and FSU.

1. Alabama (61)
2. Clemson (3)
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Georgia
5. Oklahoma
6. Washington
7. Wisconsin
8. Miami
9. Penn State
10. Auburn
11. Notre Dame
12. Michigan State
13. Stanford
14. Michigan
15. USC
16. TCU
17. Virginia Tech
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida State
20. West Virginia
21. Texas
22. Boise State
23. UCF
24. LSU
25. Oklahoma State

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