Defending national champion Alabama was a near unanimous choice atop the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll garnering 55 of 59 possible first place votes. The other four went to Ohio State, which is No. 2 in the newspaper’s ranking.
Florida is third, followed by Texas, which lost to Alabama in the BCS title game in January.
Boise State will begin the season ranked No. 5. The Broncos, like Alabama, finished last season 14-0. They beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.
This is the highest that Boise State has been in the pre-season rankings, and they have a great chance to once again run the table this season and finish unbeaten.
If they do, it will be difficult for voters to leapfrog a lower ranked team ahead of them,
Virginia Tech was sixth, followed by TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa to round out the top 10.
Nos. 11-15 are Oregon, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Pittsburgh. They were followed by LSU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Arkansas and Florida State, which will be without Bobby Bowden as coach for the first time in 35 years.
The Nittany Lions, picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten this season, will face the near unanimous No. 1 Alabama week two in Tuscaloosa. Penn State will be the first team in history to face three BCS winners from the previous season in Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa.
Here are the full rankings
2. Ohio Sta
5. Boise State
6. Virginia Tech
14. Penn State
17. Georgia Tech
18. North Carolina
20. Florida State
22. Oregon State
24. West Virginia
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