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West Virginia knocking on the door to a top 15 ranking in the AP Top 25 preseason poll

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The Mountaineers will enter the season with a very respectable ranking and will have immediate opportunities to move up the poll.

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The Associated Press just released their pre-season Top 25 poll, and the West Virginia Mountaineers will start the season out ranked No. 17 in the country. The poll mostly falls in line with what the Amway Coaches poll indicated earlier this month, with West Virginia and the Virginia Tech Hokies swapping spots.

West Virginia is again the third ranked Big 12 team, behind the Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Frogs. The Mountaineers will have plenty of opportunities to move up the poll as the season advances with two key Power 5 opponents scheduled before conference play begins.

The AP Top 25 poll is voted on by a panel of 61 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country, all of whom have an extensive background covering college football.

2018 Preseason AP Poll

Ranking Team 2017 Record Points Previous Ranking
Ranking Team 2017 Record Points Previous Ranking
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 13-1 1505 (42) 1
2 Clemson Tigers 12-2 1476 (18) 4
3 Georgia Bulldogs 13-2 1350 2
4 Wisconsin Badgers 13-1 1271 (1) 7
5 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-2 1256 6
6 Washington Huskies 10-3 1215 16
7 Oklahoma Sooners 12-2 1173 6
8 Miami Hurricanes 10-3 1027 13
9 Auburn Tigers 10-4 1013 10
10 Penn State Nittany Lions 11-2 1012 8
11 Michigan State Spartans 10-3 877 15
12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-3 804 11
13 Stanford Cardinal 9-5 778 20
14 Michigan Wolverines 8-5 773 NR
15 USC Trojans 11-3 543 12
16 TCU Horned Frogs 11-3 533 9
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 7-6 511 NR
18 Mississippi State Bulldogs 9-4 450 19
19 Florida State Seminoles 7-6 384 NR
20 Virginia Tech Hokies 9-4 351 24
21 UCF Golden Knights 13-0 312 6
22 Boise State Broncos 11-3 292 22
23 Texas Longhorns 7-6 216 NR
24 Oregon Ducks 7-6 148 NR
25 LSU Tigers 9-4 106 NR