2013 College Football Rankings: No MAC Teams Ranked In Preseason AP Poll

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

The Northern Illinois Huskies were the only team to receive votes in the first AP Poll of the year, but failed to crack the Top 25.

The AP released its first Top 25 poll of the 2013 season Saturday morning. Not much is different from the initial 2013 Coaches Poll. The same 25 teams are all ranked, with many in the same spots on the list.

Unsurprisingly, no Mid-American Conference Teams made the Top 25. This time around though, only one team, Northern Illinois, even received votes. The Huskies technically come in ranked 34th, which is higher than their No. 38 ranking in the first 2013 USA Today Coaches Poll. Last season, NIU finished ranked No. 22 in the final AP Poll, after losing to Florida State in the BCS Orange Bowl. The Huskies' poor performance in the Orange Bowl, coupled with being a mid-major, made it unlikely they would crack the preseason Top 25.

They do return many of last season's weapons, including Heisman hopeful Jordan Lynch, the entire starting offensive line, and six starters on defense. If NIU can starts strong with, including wins on the road against two B1G teams, it's not unlikely they could crack the Top 25 by as early as mid-October.

Other MAC teams who received votes in the Coaches Poll (Ohio, 8; Kent State, 3; Toledo, 1) will have a much harder time cracking the AP Top 25. None of them received a vote in the preseason poll.

The full rankings are bellow, with vote totals:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 0-0 1,498 NR
2 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1,365 NR
3 Oregon 0-0 1,335 NR
4 Stanford 0-0 1,294 NR
5 Georgia (1) 0-0 1,249 NR
6 South Carolina 0-0 1,154 NR
7 Texas A&M 0-0 1,104 NR
8 Clemson 0-0 1,083 NR
9 Louisville 0-0 1,042 NR
10 Florida 0-0 894 NR
11 Florida State 0-0 845 NR
12 LSU 0-0 802 NR
13 Oklahoma State 0-0 755 NR
14 Notre Dame 0-0 748 NR
15 Texas 0-0 677 NR
16 Oklahoma 0-0 579 NR
17 Michigan 0-0 531 NR
18 Nebraska 0-0 382 NR
19 Boise State 0-0 328 NR
20 TCU 0-0 323 NR
21 UCLA 0-0 286 NR
22 Northwestern 0-0 199 NR
23 Wisconsin 0-0 185 NR
24 USC 0-0 134 NR
25 Oregon State 0-0 129 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami (FL) 85, Arizona State 53, Kansas State 43, Fresno State 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, Northern Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah State 8, Georgia Tech 6, North Carolina 3, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, Penn State 2, Brigham Young 1

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