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Thursday, August 6, 1998
Updated: August 5, 6:13 PM ET
1999 ESPN/USA Today preseason poll

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TEAM (NO. 1 VOTES) '98 REC. POINTS COMMENT
1. Florida State (36) 11-2 1,447 Will Bowden get a national title and win No. 300 in the same season?
2. Tennessee (13) 13-0 1,369 Vols look to Tee it up with Jamal Lewis back from knee surgery
3. Arizona (2) 12-1 1,301 Double QB attack should scratch out UA's first Rose Bowl invite
4. Penn State (8) 9-3 1,267 Linebacker U. churning out another great class
5. Florida 10-2 1,113 Stability at QB will mean mobility up the polls
6. Nebraska 9-4 1,095 Newcombe's good knee bodes well for Solich's second season
7. Michigan 10-3 1,094 Carr looking to either Brady or Henson to drive Big Blue
8. Texas A&M 11-3 1,051 Dat's ticket was punched, but plenty of D still in College Station
9. Ohio State 11-1 1,024 What's new? NFLers leave, new studs arrive for John Cooper
10. Wisconsin 11-1 902 Dayne ready to bump Williams into second place on NCAA rushing list
11. Georgia Tech 10-2 748 Get to know Joe Hamilton ... before he beats your team
12. Miami (Fla.) 9-3 704 Defensive-minded 'Canes ready to cause quite a stir
13. Georgia 9-3 671 Quincy has plenty of good medicine for Bulldogs
14. Virginia Tech 9-3 626 Senior-dominated defensive line ready to smother opponents
15. UCLA 10-2 596 Loss of McNown might handicap Bruins
16. Texas 9-3 497 Post-Ricky offense in good hands with Major Applewhite
17. Colorado 8-4 470 Barnett should have Buffs boiling for grudge match at Washington
18. Notre Dame 9-3 422 Jackson's bad-luck injury kept Irish from bowling BCS-style
19. Kansas State 11-2 379 Collapsing 'Cats need to rebound quickly
20. Alabama 7-5 367 Alexander the Great. We've said it -- now we can retire the cliché
21. USC 8-5 360 Trojans could have Pac-10 in Palmer of their hands
22. Arkansas 9-3 325 These Hogs won't be rooting around the SEC unnoticed this year
23. Purdue 9-4 291 Brees ready to blow away Big Ten passing records
24. Virginia 9-3 191 Thomas Jones: normal name, exceptional game
25. Arizona State 5-6 167 Snyder wants results, not just expectations
Others receiving votes: Brigham Young (118), Syracuse (79), Mississippi State (75), Marshall (55), LSU (48), North Carolina (46), Air Force (35), Washington (35), Michigan State (33), Missouri (28), Texas Tech (20), Oregon (18), North Carolina State (17), Louisville (16), Southern Mississippi (15), Texas Christian (14), West Virginia (13), Clemson (10), Auburn (7), Miami (Ohio) (4), Mississippi (3), Oklahoma (3), Tulane (2), Wyoming (2), Duke (1), Fresno State (1)