August 1, 2013 4:19:10 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University received three votes in the preseason USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll released Thursday morning.
The Southeastern Conference had the most teams in the poll as the University of Alabama got 58 of the 62 first-place votes among the Division 1 college football head coaches that have a vote this season.
Six SEC teams (Alabama 1, University of Georgia 5, Texas A&M University 6, University of South Carolina 7, University of Florida 10, Louisiana State University 13) were a part of the poll as five were ranked in the top 10.
Ohio State University was second in the poll after the Buckeyes were ineligible for the poll for an entire 2012 season that saw them finish a perfect 12-0. Under the policy of the American Football Coaches Association, schools who are under probation for major violations are not eligible to receive votes in the poll. The USA Today/Coaches poll does not formulate in the equation for the Bowl Championship Series rankings. The University of Oregon was ranked third followed by Stanford University and Georgia.
Mississippi State, who finished with 8-5 record after a 7-0 start to the season, was one of 28 schools to receive votes but not be ranked in the Top 25 poll. Other SEC schools to receive votes were the University of Mississippi (32 votes), Vanderbilt University (29 votes) and University of Arkansas (1 vote).
None of the three Mississippi coaches were given a vote this season by the AFCA.
MSU's season-opening opponent on Aug. 31 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Oklahoma State University, was ranked 14th the poll as the highest ranked team in the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys, led by head coach Mike Gundy, were projected to win the Big 12 by the members of the media earlier this month.
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