August 17, 2013 1:26:37 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University failed to receive any votes in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll released Saturday morning.
It is the first time in three years, MSU has failed to register a single vote in the AP Top 25.
The Southeastern Conference had the most teams in the poll as the two-time defending national champion University of Alabama received 58 of the 60 first-place votes among the media selected to vote in this year's poll. Ohio State University and the University of Georgia also received first place votes.
Six SEC teams (Alabama 1, Georgia 5, University of South Carolina 6, Texas A&M University 7, University of Florida 10, Louisiana State University 12) were a part of the poll as five were ranked in the top 10.
Ohio State, University of Oregon, Stanford University and Georgia rounded out the top five of the AP poll.
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 AP 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 was also second in the coaches 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.
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 USA Today/Coaches poll. Other SEC schools to receive votes in AP poll were were Vanderbilt University (19 points), University of Mississippi (11 points).
MSU's season-opening opponent on Aug. 31 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Oklahoma State University, was ranked 13th 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 last month.
All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.
4. Out and About for the week of December 21, 2014 ENTERTAINMENT