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Florida's Poll Position: Gators unranked in 2014 preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll

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Did you expect anything else?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 season begins with the debut of Amway's sponsorship of the USA TODAY Coaches Poll — and with Florida out of the top 25 in the first college football preseason poll of 2014.

The Gators, coming off their first losing season since 1979, are the second team in the also receiving votes section of the presason poll, tallying 122 votes from SIDs coaches who have faith that Florida will not be as bad as it was during its injury-plagued 2013. Only Missouri, with 128 votes, received more votes and missed the top 25

Florida's foes, on the other hand, got plenty of love. Defending national champion Florida State begins the year at No. 1, 2012 national champion Alabama is No. 2, and Florida will play at both of those teams in 2014. SEC East co-favorite South Carolina checks in at No. 9 despite losing Jadeveon Clowney and Connor Shaw, SEC East co-favorite Georgia is No. 12 despite losing Aaron Murray, and LSU is No. 13 despite losing Zach Mettenberger. No other Florida opponents are ranked — yet — but that quintet of opponents in the top 15 is likely more than any other team in the country can boast.

Strength of schedule, clearly, will not be a worry for Florida this year.

And as for being unranked: It doesn't matter. Florida began the 2012 season on the low side of the top 25 in polls, and still managed to play football well as the fall progressed.

Mostly, I'm just glad Florida didn't receive exactly 48 votes. That would've been annoying.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Florida State Seminoles 14-0 1543 56 NR
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-2 1455 NR
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-2 1382 3 NR
4 Oregon Ducks 11-2 1314 1 NR
5 Auburn Tigers 12-2 1271 NR
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-2 1267 1 NR
7 UCLA Bruins 10-3 1085 NR
8 Michigan State Spartans 13-1 1050 NR
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 1009 1 NR
10 Baylor Bears 11-2 965 NR
11 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 955 NR
12 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 905 NR
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 833 NR
14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 654 NR
15 USC Trojans 10-4 627 NR
16 Clemson Tigers 11-2 535 NR
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 509 NR
18 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-4 358 NR
19 Mississippi Rebels 8-5 346 NR
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 266 NR
21 Kansas State Wildcats 8-5 257 NR
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 228 NR
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 175 NR
24 Texas Longhorns 8-5 143 NR
25 Washington Huskies 9-4 142 NR
Others Receiving Votes:
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.