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Would be surprised if a team other than Florida is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll due out in mid-August.

Most preseason magazines worth a darn have the Gators No. 1.

The Sporting News preseason annual, always a keeper, has UF at No. 1, followed by Texas, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Oregon, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.

Athlon’s college football Web site has its own countdown, with its preseason top pick due out Thursday. Guess who No. 1 is?

Athlon’s list from No. 2 to No. 10: Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.

~ Arnold Feliciano