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    Illinois Football Earns Ranking In Associated Press Preaseason Poll



    Aug. 6, 2000

    The University of Illinois football team has been selected 21st in the nation according to the Associated Press preseason poll and is one of seven Big Ten teams picked in the rankings which were released Saturday afternoon.

    The ranking is the first preseason top-25 recognition for the Illini since before the 1995 season when they were picked 24th. Turner's squad returns nine starters from an offense that scored more points in than any team in school history and four starters on the defensive side of the ball. With wins at Michigan and Ohio State last season, the Illini accomplished what no other team had done 49 years. The Illini will also enter the 2000 season riding a 63-21 routing of Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl last year.

    Nebraska gets the nod as the No. 1 preseason pick, followed by the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles. With seven teams in the top-25, the Big Ten leads all conferences with Wisconsin (4th), Michigan (6th), Purdue (14th), Ohio State (16th), Illinois (21st), Penn State (22nd) and Michigan State (25th) all represented. The Southeastern Conference has five teams in the top-25 along with the Big 12 as the second most represented conferences in the poll.

    Illinois opened preseason camp Sunday with the freshman class reporting to campus. The rookies will go through four practice sessions on Aug. 7-8 and will join the rest of the squad on Wednesday when the team reports to Camp Rantoul. Fan Appreciation Day is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium and is free to the public.



    2000 ASSOCIATED PRESS PRESEASON POLL

    NO.TEAM99 REC.VOTES'99 FINAL RANKING
    1Nebraska (36)12-1 1,732 3
    2Florida St (29)12-0 1,720 1
    3Alabama (3)10-3 1,570 8
    4Wisconsin (1)10-2 1,408 4
    5Miami Fla.9-4 1,392 15
    6Michigan10-2 1,380 5
    7Texas (2)9-5 1,297 21
    8Kansas St.(6)11-1 1,276 6
    9Florida9-4 1,255 12
    10Georgia8-4 1,226 16
    11Virginia Tech11-1 1,044 2
    12Tennessee9-39409
    13Washington7-5816NR
    14Purdue7-575125
    15USC6-6723NR
    16Ohio St.6-6601NR
    17Clemson6-6599NR
    18Mississippi8-454122
    19Oklahoma7-5455NR
    20TCU8-4404NR
    21ILLINOIS8-436124
    22Penn St.10-335911
    23So. Mississippi9-322414
    24Colorado7-5166NR
    25Michigan St.10-21457

    OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

    Texas A&M 139, UCLA 115, East Carolina 75, Oregon 63, Auburn 36, Colorado St 35, Mississippi St 34, Utah 33, Notre Dame 32, Virginia 26, Marshall 23, Arkansas 22, Georgia Tech 10, LSU 10, Syracuse 9, BYU 7, Minnesota 5, Boston College 3, Texas Tech 3, Toledo 3, Stanford 2, Arizona St 1, Oregon St 1.

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