Here's a new twist for Nebraska: For the first time in 13 years, the Cornhuskers will start the season as the No. 1 team.
Nebraska, looking for an unprecedented third straight national title, is the overwhelming No. 1 pick in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll.The Cornhuskers received 50 first-place votes for 1,644 points, easily outdistancing No. 2 Tennessee, which had seven first-place votes and 1,538 points.
No team has gone wire-to-wire ranked No. 1.
It also marks the first time in seven years a team from Florida was not atop the preseason rankings. Florida State was first in 1991, 1993 and 1995, while Miami was No. 1 in 1990 and 1992 and Florida No. 1 in 1994.
The Volunteers, led by quarterback Peyton Manning, lost only once last season, collapsing in the second half in a 62-37 loss to Florida.
Florida State, last year's preseason No. 1, is third with five first-place votes and 1,529 points.
Florida, unbeaten in '95 until humbled by Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, is No. 4 with one first-place vote and 1,490 points.
Colorado is fifth, its highest preseason ranking since it entered the 1972 season at No. 2. The Buffaloes, with three first-place votes, also were ranked fifth to start the 1990 season - the year they won the national title.
Notre Dame, with one first-place vote, is sixth, followed by Southern California, Texas, Ohio State and Syracuse.
Penn State is 11th, followed by Miami, Texas A&M, Michigan, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Northwestern, LSU, Arizona State, Kansas State, Iowa, Virginia, Kansas and Clemson.
Northwestern makes its first preseason poll appearance since occupying the 20th spot in 1971.
109 in Division I-A
There are 109 schools competing in Division I-A, including newcomers Alabama-Birmingham and Central Florida. Pacific has dropped football, and Boise State and Idaho are not officially recognized by the NCAA as Division I-A schools this season.