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
|2||Ohio State (1)||0-0||1,365||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|