AP Top 25: Sun Devils Left Out, But Still Receive Votes

D.J. Foster and the Sun Devils will try to break loose from the "Others Receiving Votes" category. - Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona State will have plenty of chances to prove voters wrong early in the season.

As diehard Sun Devil fans eagerly await Saturday morning's Camp Tontozona scrimmage, the Sun Devil football team awaited the release of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Though the fans traveling up to Camp T remain excited, the Sun Devil players might be disappointed after being left out of the first AP Top 25 poll of the season.

Arizona State received 53 votes, which means the Sun Devils received the 30th most votes of the 43 teams that received votes.

The Alabama Crimson Tide came in atop the preseason poll and were nearly a unanimous selection as Nick Saban's squad received 58 of the 60 first place votes. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with six teams ranked in the Top 25.

The Pac-12 Conference had five teams ranked in the Top 25 including two of the top four overall teams with No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Stanford.

The Sun Devils actually fared better in Saturday's AP Poll than they did in the USA Today Coaches' Poll released on August 1. Todd Graham's team received 51 votes in the Coaches' Poll, good enough for 32nd overall.

The AP Poll confirms Arizona State's strength of schedule, as the Sun Devils will face No. 23 Wisconsin, No. 4 Stanford, No. 24 USC and No. 14 Notre Dame in consecutive weeks. In total, six of Arizona State's 12 regular season opponents will start the season ranked while two others received votes in the first poll of the season.

The Associated Press Top 25

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 0-0 1,498 NR
2 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1,365 NR
3 Oregon 0-0 1,335 NR
4 Stanford 0-0 1,294 NR
5 Georgia (1) 0-0 1,249 NR
6 South Carolina 0-0 1,154 NR
7 Texas A&M 0-0 1,104 NR
8 Clemson 0-0 1,083 NR
9 Louisville 0-0 1,042 NR
10 Florida 0-0 894 NR
11 Florida State 0-0 845 NR
12 LSU 0-0 802 NR
13 Oklahoma State 0-0 755 NR
14 Notre Dame 0-0 748 NR
15 Texas 0-0 677 NR
16 Oklahoma 0-0 579 NR
17 Michigan 0-0 531 NR
18 Nebraska 0-0 382 NR
19 Boise State 0-0 328 NR
20 TCU 0-0 323 NR
21 UCLA 0-0 286 NR
22 Northwestern 0-0 199 NR
23 Wisconsin 0-0 185 NR
24 USC 0-0 134 NR
25 Oregon State 0-0 129 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami (FL) 85, Arizona State 53, Kansas State 43, Fresno State 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, Northern Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah State 8, Georgia Tech 6, North Carolina 3, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, Penn State 2, Brigham Young 1
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