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Football Team Ranked 14th In Preseason AP Poll
Aug. 5, 2000
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football team is ranked 14th in the preseason Associated Press poll, released Saturday.

The Boilermakers were No. 25 in the final 1999 poll with a 7-5 overall record, including a 28-25 overtime loss to Georgia in the Outback Bowl. They began the season at No. 23 and reached a high of No. 11 the week of Sept. 26.

Nebraska tops the preseason chart with 36 first-place votes and 1,732 points, just ahead of Florida State with 29 first-place votes and 1,720 points. Alabama checks in third.

Wisconsin is the top Big Ten Conference school at No. 4 with one first-place vote and 1,408 points. A total of seven Big Ten schools are among the top 25: Wisconsin, Michigan (No. 6), Purdue, Ohio State (No. 16), Illinois (No. 21), Penn State (No. 22) and Michigan State (No. 25).

Fourth-year Purdue head coach Joe Tiller officially welcomes his newcomers to campus Saturday, as well. The new Boilermakers will take part in their first two practices Sunday. The veterans report Tuesday, and the entire team will practice together for the first time Thursday.

Heisman Trophy candidate and senior quarterback Drew Brees will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Chicago White Sox-Oakland Athletics game Sunday afternoon at Comiskey Park.

Following is the complete AP poll:

No. School (1st votes) Record Pts. Final '99
1 Nebraska (36) 12-1 1,732 3
2 Florida St. (29) 12-0 1,720 1
3 Alabama (3) 10-3 1,570 8
4 Wisconsin (1) 10-2 1,408 4
5 Miami 9-4 1,392 15
6 Michigan 10-2 1,380 5
7 Texas (2) 9-5 1,297 21
8 Kansas St. 11-1 1,276 6
9 Florida 9-4 1,255 12
10 Georgia 8-4 1,226 16
11 Virginia Tech 11-1 1,044 2
12 Tennessee 9-3 940 9
13 Washington 7-5 816 NR
14 Purdue 7-5 751 25
15 Southern Cal 6-6 723 NR
16 Ohio St. 6-6 601 NR
17 Clemson 6-6 599 NR
18 Mississippi 8-4 541 22
19 Oklahoma 7-5 455 NR
20 TCU 8-4 404 NR
21 Illinois 8-4 361 24
22 Penn St. 10-3 359 11
23 Southern Miss. 9-3 224 14
24 Colorado 7-5 166 NR
25 Michigan St. 10-2 145 7
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