Florida is the AP's preseason No. 1 team -- by a wide margin, earning 58 of 60 1st-place votes. No. 2 Texas earned the other two top votes. No argument here if you pick Texas.
(Don't forget to weigh in on my BlogPoll ballot before I file it later today. I want your input!)
Still, I would like to know which two AP voters picked Texas -- actually, I'd like the AP to make all of their voters' ballots not just transparent, but easy to find in a database. That way, fans can judge biases and credibility of each individual voter.
Couple of other notable things from the poll:
*Oklahoma was No. 3, setting up a winner-take-all between Texas and Oklahoma -- as usual.
*Virginia Tech at No. 7, eh? Did AP voters look at summer preview magazines only and not notice that VT lost their starting RB?
*At No. 14, Boise State gets the highest preseason AP ranking for any non-BCS team in the BCS Era. What makes it amusing is that when Boise goes unbeaten, they'll finish higher than that.
*Aside from Boise, the late-teens continue to be the non-BCS ghetto -- TCU, Utah, BYU. Just like the coaches' poll (please stop arguing that the AP somehow is quantum leaps more insightful than the Coaches -- all poll groups are limited. I wonder what would happen if you told AP voters they couldn't use any preseason polls to create their ballots (Coaches Poll, preseason magazines, etc) -- they had to build it by themselves from scratch and original analysis. I wonder how many do that. Hell, I wonder how many BlogPollers do that. But, still, as you'd expect, I like the transparency and "biased integrity" of the BlogPoll over either the AP or the Coaches polls.)
*Notre Dame at No. 23 -- Ha! You know, I took some grief yesterday for not ranking ND on my BlogPoll ballot; the difference between the AP's No. 23 and my "non-ranked" is negligible.
*Either I or the AP is seriously wrong about Kansas.
*At No. 28, Pitt is the highest-ranked Big East team. I'll still take Cincy as the best in the league, and worthy of a peripheral Top 25 spot.
*I have Western Michigan in my Top 25 -- this year's MAC-could-go-unbeaten team (a la Ball State). They don't even have an "Also Receiving Vote" in the AP poll; Central Michigan has 7, which I presume you can attribute to the media loving Tim Tebow; CMU's Dan LeFevour is widely regarded as sort of a Tim Tebow Lite.
Finalizing my BlogPoll ballot this afternoon. Let me know if you have any other feedback!