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2011 College Football Rankings: West Virginia No. 24 In AP Poll

Geno Smith and company are the only Big East team in the top 25.

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Here are the AP's new preseason college football rankings. Oklahoma is tops, followed by Alabama, Oregon, LSU and Boise State. West Virginia is at No. 24, and is, unsurprisingly, the only Big East team represented, although Pitt received nine votes. Penn State narrowly missed the top 25, receiving 75 votes.

West Virginia plays LSU on September 24, and that's the Mountaineers' only matchup against a top 25 team. Pitt plays West Virginia and No. 16 Notre Dame. Penn State, as has been the norm recently, has the toughest schedule of any local team, playing Alabama, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 18 Ohio State.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Oklahoma (36) 0-0 1,464 NR
2 Alabama (17) 0-0 1,439 NR
3 Oregon (4) 0-0 1,330 NR
4 LSU (1) 0-0 1,286 NR
5 Boise State (2) 0-0 1,200 NR
6 Florida State 0-0 1,168 NR
7 Stanford 0-0 1,091 NR
8 Texas A&M 0-0 965 NR
9 Oklahoma State 0-0 955 NR
10 Nebraska 0-0 910 NR
11 Wisconsin 0-0 900 NR
12 South Carolina 0-0 848 NR
13 Virginia Tech 0-0 821 NR
14 TCU 0-0 690 NR
15 Arkansas 0-0 686 NR
16 Notre Dame 0-0 530 NR
17 Michigan State 0-0 519 NR
18 Ohio State 0-0 443 NR
19 Georgia 0-0 369 NR
20 Mississippi State 0-0 361 NR
21 Missouri 0-0 258 NR
22 Florida 0-0 228 NR
23 Auburn 0-0 219 NR
24 West Virginia 0-0 207 NR
25 USC 0-0 160 NR

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