The 2015 preseason AP poll was released Sunday afternoon and the Top 25 list featured some pretty crazy statistics. Ohio State was voted in as a unanimous number one overall team, which is the first time the preseason poll had a unanimous team at number one in its history.
The SEC again dominated by getting in eight teams to start the season.
There was one stat in particular that had nothing to do with the teams on the list, but rather the teams that didn’t make the list. According to Jon Solomon of CBS, there were five big name teams left off the list for the first time in the history of the preseason AP poll.
To say that all five of these teams had a fairly disappointing season in 2014 would be an understatement.
Michigan had a losing season for the first time in forty years. Texas and Penn State both barely made a bowl game, with only the latter winning theirs. Florida wasn’t able to live up to the hype. And Nebraska was mediocre for the third straight season.
It’s no surprise that none of these teams didn’t make the preseason Top 25, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if one or two of these teams slide into Week 2’s rankings.
Not having one of these five perennial powerhouses make it into the preseason rankings is pretty surprising, but I guess it’s just a sign of the times.
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