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Florida St. Voted No. 1 by AP, UPI

August 21, 1988|From Times Wire Services

Florida State, which last season narrowly missed its first national championship, Saturday was named the No. 1 college football team in the country in preseason polls released by the Associated Press and United Press International.

"It's a dangerous position but one we're flattered to be in," Coach Bobby Bowden said.

The AP has Nebraska second, then Oklahoma, Clemson, UCLA and USC.

UPI has Oklahoma No. 2, then Nebraska, Clemson, Miami, Texas A&M, Auburn, USC and UCLA.

Until this year, no Florida school had entered the season top-ranked.

Bowden, who will open his 12th season with Florida State on Sept. 3 at Miami, still regards the Hurricanes as the team to beat.

"To me, Miami is No. 1. They ended up No. 1 last year and nobody's beaten them yet," he said.

Only seven college teams ranked first in the AP's preseason poll since 1950 have finished at the top.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rk Team (1st) Rec. Pts '87 Rk 1 Florida St. (44) 11-1-0 1161 2 2 Nebraska (2) 10-2-0 952 6 3 Oklahoma (2) 11-1-0 946 3 4 Clemson (3) 10-2-0 966 12 5 UCLA (2) 10-2-0 818 9 6 USC (3) 8-4-0 775 18 7 Auburn 9-1-2 769 7 8 Miami, Fla. 12-0-0 747 1 9 Iowa (1) 10-3-0 736 16 10 Texas A&M 10-2-0 659 10 11 Michigan (1) 8-4-0 608 19 12 Georgia 9-3-0 449 13 13 Notre Dame (1) 8-4-0 359 17 14 Alabama 7-5-0 342 NR 15 Michigan St. 9-2-1 307 8 16 West Virginia 6-6-0 285 NR 17 Tennessee 10-2-1 250 14 18 LSU 10-1-1 249 5 19 South Carolina 8-4-0 216 15 20 Penn St. 8-4-0 211 NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Texas, 204; Washington, 142; Syracuse, 118; Oklahoma St., 106; Arkansas, 38; Ohio St., 37; BYU, 30; Indiana, Pittsburgh, 29; Arizona St., 21; Arizona, 19; Florida, 13; Oregon, 10; Boston College, 9; Texas Tech, 7; Maryland, TCU, Virginia, 4; North Carolina St., 3; Kent St., Minnesota, Texas El Paso, Tulane, Vanderbilt, 1.

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

Rk Team (1st) Rec. Pts '87 Rk 1 Florida St. (37) 11-1-0 713 2 2 Oklahoma (4) 11-1-0 607 3 3 Nebraska 10-2-0 552 6 4 Clemson 10-2-0 485 10 5 Miami, Fla. (4) 12-0-0 452 1 6 Tex. A&M (1) 10-2-0 391 9 7 Auburn 9-1-2 373 7 8 USC 8-4-0 348 17 9 UCLA (2) 10-2-0 338 11 10 Michigan (1) 8-4-0 309 18 11 Iowa 10-3-0 190 15 12 Notre Dame 8-4-0 183 NR 13 LSU 10-1-1 167 5 14 Georgia 9-3-0 140 14 15 Michigan St. 9-2-1 131 8 15 Penn St. 8-4-0 131 NR 17 Tennessee 10-2-1 104 13 18 South Carolina 8-4-0 70 15 19 Alabama 7-5-0 49 NR 20 Texas 7-5-0 46 19

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Arizona St., Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Florida, Indiana, Ohio St., Oklahoma St., Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Washington, West Virginia.

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