Florida will open the college football season Aug. 24 against Miami in Orlando ranked No. 8 in the Amway’s Coaches Poll.
The Gators, coming off a 10-3 record in head coach Dan Mullen’s first season, finished No. 6 in the coaches rankings last season.
The preseason Associated Press Top 25 college football poll will be released Aug. 19. The Gators finished No. 7 last year in the AP poll.
College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings come out Nov. 5.
It’s the first time the Gators open inside the Top 10 since the 2013 season when they were ranked 10th in the AP and Coaches Poll. Meanwhile, eighth is the highest the Gators have ranked in any preseason poll since 2010.
Clemson was ranked No. 1 in Thursday’s poll, with Alabama No. 2, Georgia No. 3, followed by Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, UF, Notre Dame and Texas rounding out the Top 10.
Florida is one of six SEC teams and the only Power 5 school in the state of Florida in the preseason poll. The Gators are scheduled to take on three teams in the preseason poll this season; No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 LSU and No. 16 Auburn.
Miami and Florida State are in the receiving-votes category. UCF is No. 17.
The Crimson Tide have ranked in the top three of every preseason Coaches Poll going back to the 2010 season. In four of the previous five times Alabama didn’t open No. 1, it ended up winning the national title.
It’s the third time in four seasons that Alabama and Clemson hold the top two spots in the preseason Coaches Poll. But this year marks the first time it’s the Tigers and not ‘Bama at No. 1.
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Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska 152, Boise State 118, Mississippi State 111, Miami 94, Army 91, Kentucky 79, Virginia Tech 64, TCU 63, Southern Cal 47, Utah State 32, Fresno State 32, Virginia 30, Cincinnati 25, West Virginia 24, Memphis 24, Oklahoma State 20, South Carolina 15, N.C. State 12, Duke 10, Boston College 5, Appalachian State 4, Baylor 4, Florida State 4, Houston 3, North Texas 3, UCLA 2, Temple 2, Arizona State 2, Minnesota 1, Mississippi 1, Tennessee 1, Troy 1.