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Associated Press ranks Kansas State No. 12 in preseason poll


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MANHATTAN, Kan. For the eighth time in the last nine years, Kansas State will open a season ranked in The Associated Press top 25.

 

Just days after being ranked No. 10 by Sports Illustrated in its preseason poll, the 65 voting members of the AP have ranked K-State No. 12 heading into the 2004 season.

 

The Wildcats, who debuted at No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll released July 30, have now opened in the top 15 of both major polls in four of the last five seasons. K-State’s highest preseason ranking by the AP was No. 6 in 1998.

 

Kansas State is one of four Big 12 teams to crack the AP top 25. Oklahoma, which received 11 first-place votes, is the highest ranked team at No. 2, followed by Texas at No. 7. Missouri is No. 18. Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M will all open the season just out of the top 25 as a total of seven conference members received votes in the poll.

 

Fresno State, K-State’s second opponent of the season, also received votes and sits just outside the top 25.

 

Coming off an 11-4 campaign and its first Big 12 Championship, Kansas State finished 2003 ranked No. 14 in final AP poll of the year after opening up at No. 7.

 

K-State kicks off its 109th season of college football on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 6:10 p.m. vs. Western Kentucky.

 

2004 Associated Press Preseason Poll

Rk  Team (Votes)    Points

 1. USC (48)        1,603

 2. Oklahoma (11)   1,529

 3. Georgia (5)     1,480

 4. LSU (1)         1,446

 5. Florida State   1,291

 6. Miami           1,287

 7. Texas           1,236

 8. Michigan        1,223

 9. Ohio State      1,005

10. West Virginia     937

11. Florida           836

12. Kansas State      763

13. California        744

14. Tennessee         658

15. Clemson           638

16. Virginia          627

17. Auburn            540

18. Missouri          525

19. Iowa              518

20. Utah              446

21. Wisconsin         328

22. Maryland          310

23. Oregon            200

24. Purdue            153

25. Minnesota         142

 

Others Receiving Votes

Louisville 125, Nebraska 112, N.C. State 76, Memphis 56, Boise State 47, TCU 39, Toledo 33, Oregon State 29, Washington State 24, Oklahoma State 13, Fresno State 13, Alabama 12, Hawaii 11, Boston College 7, Northern Illinois 7, Texas Tech 7, Virginia Tech 6, Southern Miss 6, Mississippi 6, Marshall 6, Georgia Tech 5, Miami (OHIO) 4, South Carolina 4, Texas A&M 3, Arkansas 3, Bowling Green 2, Connecticut 1, North Texas 1, Penn State 1, Notre Dame 1.

 

Kansas State’s Preseason Associated Press Poll Rankings (Since 1996)

1996   21st

1997   23rd

1998   6th

1999   20th

2000   8th

2001   13th

2002   NR

2003   7th

2004   12th