Kentucky plays three teams in top 25 of coaches' poll

July 31, 2014 

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UK running back Ryan Timmons picked up yardage after a reception in the fourth quarter. The University of Kentucky Football team hosted the University of Tennessee, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. Photo by Jonathan Palmer

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  • COACHES' POLL

    USA Today released its college football preseason Amway Coaches Poll on Thursday. Teams are listed with last season's record, points received and first-place votes:

    1. Florida State 14-0 1,543 56

    2. Alabama 11-2 1,455 0

    3. Oklahoma 11-2 1,382 3

    4. Oregon 11-2 1,314 1

    5. Auburn 12-2 1,271 0

    6. Ohio State 12-2 1,267 1

    7. UCLA 10-3 1,085 0

    8. Michigan State 13-1 1,050 0

    9. South Carolina 11-2 1,009 1

    10. Baylor 11-2 965 0

    11. Stanford 11-3 955 0

    12. Georgia 8-5 905 0

    13. LSU 10-3 833 0

    14. Wisconsin 9-4 654 0

    15. USC 10-4 627 0

    16. Clemson 11-2 535 0

    17. Notre Dame 9-4 509 0

    18. Arizona State 10-4 358 0

    19. Mississippi 8-5 346 0

    20. Texas A&M 9-4 266 0

    21. Kansas State 8-5 257 0

    22. Nebraska 9-4 228 0

    23. North Carolina 7-6 175 0

    24. Texas 8-5 143 0

    25. Washington 9-4 142 0

    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, Georgia Tech 2, Houston 2, Arkansas 1, Arizona 1, Northern Illinois 1.

If you believe in college football polls, Kentucky will have a slightly easier time in Coach Mark Stoops' second season than it faced a year ago.

USA Today released its college football preseason coaches' poll for 2014 on Thursday, and the Top 25 includes three opponents on Kentucky's schedule for this season.

The Wildcats will host No. 9 South Carolina on Oct. 4, visit No. 13 LSU on Oct. 18 and play No. 12 Georgia on UK's Senior Day on Nov. 8.

Last season, the Wildcats faced five teams in the preseason coaches' poll — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisville and South Carolina — all of whom were ranked in the top 10.

That's not to say Kentucky's 2014 schedule isn't plenty tough. Four schools received mention from the coaches in the poll's "Others Receiving Votes" segment.

Missouri and Florida just missed the Top 25 as Nos. 26 and 27. Mississippi State is No. 29. Louisville is No. 36.

Defending national champion Florida State received 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 spot in the preseason poll.

Three Southeastern Conference teams made the top 10 in No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn and No. 9 South Carolina.

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