NBCSports.com's preseason Top 25
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Defending national champion Florida tops the USA Today preseason football coaches’ poll, receiving 53 of 59 first-place votes.
Texas was second in the poll released Friday, followed by Oklahoma, Southern California, Alabama, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Penn State, LSU and Mississippi.
Texas had four first-place votes, and Oklahoma and Southern California each had one.
The Associated Press preseason Top 25 will be released Saturday, Aug. 22.
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Since 2002, USC has finished in the top 4 in every final AP poll. No other school has finished in the top 12 every year. In fact, USC, Ohio St., Oklahoma and Texas are the only schools to end each of the last seven seasons in the Top 25.
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