WVU is one of five Big 12 teams in the preseason coaches top 25. Led by junior quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Cards' schedule is headlined by early season matchups against Purdue, Clemson and Florida State.
Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State were listed 1-2-3, respectively.
The remaining seven first-place votes went to defending national champion Clemson, but the Tigers will start 2017 at No. 5 overall. The Seminoles received four first-place votes. He will have a core of young talent on defense, including 10 returning starters and greater depth. Oklahoma was ranked No. 8 and Oklahoma State was No. 11, mirroring the Big 12 coaches poll that had the Sooners, Cowboys and Wildcats picked 1-2-3 in the conference. In addition to the Buckeyes, Penn State opens at No. 6, followed by No. 9 MI and No. 10 Wisconsin.
Coach Tom Herman gets the attention of players early with an intensity filled talk after warm-ups as the Texas Longhorns begin fall football practice at Frank Denius Fields on July 31, 2017, in Austin. Georgia is ranked 15th, and Tech ranked among those in the "also receiving votes" category (18th among those teams).