Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Start at the Top; Meyer Humbled by Record Margin in Preseason Poll

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Start at the Top; Meyer Humbled by Record Margin in Preseason Poll

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida is No. 1 again -- this time with an exclamation point.

UF was the nation's top team in the Associated Press Top 25 released Saturday and owned that spot by the largest percentage in the poll's 59-year history. The Gators received 58 of a possible 60 first-place votes (97.6 percent), which eclipsed the previous record for highest percentage of first place votes.

Southern California held the record with 95.7 percent in 2001.

Texas, Oklahoma, Southern California and Alabama rounded out the top five. The Longhorns received the other two first-place votes. Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss were Nos. 6-8. Oklahoma State and Penn State tied for ninth.

Georgia was 14th and Florida State was 18th.

UF coach Urban Meyer usually downplays preseason polls, but he did admit that he likes being No. 1 because it obviously means the program is in great shape.

"I heard someone say, 'I hope we're never ranked No. 1,'" Meyer said. "I hope we're ranked No. 1 every year for the next 10. I'll take it right now. That means we're really good and we've got really good players. That's obviously not going to happen because of recruiting and who's going to leave early and all that.

"We don't really pay much attention to it but if someone asks me would you rather be 114 or No. 1, I'll take No. 1 because that means you have really, really good players."

He did admit that record for largest percentage of first-place votes was special, though.

"Humbling," Meyer said. "Everything else is overrated. That means nothing. That won't be discussed. I don't want to act like we don't appreciate that. We do."

Much like when the Gators were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today coaches' poll released on Aug. 7, the players are downplaying having the top spot.

"Nobody's talking about our rankings right now," sophomore safety Will Hill said. "All we're focused on is us and being prepared for the first game, second game, third game."

This is the third time in school history the Gators have been the preseason No. …

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