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2015 College Football Rankings: Illinois unranked in preseason coaches' poll

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Illinois received seven points!

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois will begin the 2015 college football season unranked, at least in the eyes of the coaches who vote in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. The Illini received seven points in the poll, which was released Thursday, good for 14th in the "others receiving votes" category.

Ohio State takes the No. 1 spot with 62 first-place votes, while Michigan State (No. 6) and Wisconsin (No. 18) are other Big Ten schools to make the top 25. Nebraska received 27 votes, tied for seventh with Louisville, and Minnesota (25) and Penn State (20) also earned votes. Maryland and Michigan each received one vote. Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue and Rutgers did not receive a vote.

The Illini will play both Wisconsin (Oct. 24, Week 7) and Ohio State (Nov. 14, Week 10) at home.

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 NR
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 NR
10 USC 9-4 1014 NR
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 NR
12 Clemson 10-3 838 NR
13 LSU 8-5 727 NR
14 UCLA 10-3 697 NR
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 NR
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 NR
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 NR
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 NR
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 NR
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 NR
21 Stanford 8-5 365 NR
22 Arizona 10-4 299 NR
23 Missouri 11-3 229 NR
24 Boise State 12-2 190 NR
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 NR

Others Receiving Votes

Mississippi State 164; Texas A&M 149; Oklahoma State 89; Virginia Tech 70; Utah 40; Kansas State 37; Louisville 27; Nebraska 27; Minnesota 25; Penn State 20; South Carolina 18; Miami (Fla.) 16; Texas 8; Illinois 7; Duke 6; Air Force 5; Louisiana Tech 5; Marshall 4; Utah State 4; West Virginia 3; North Carolina State 3; Brigham Young 3; Florida 2; Georgia Southern 2; North Carolina 2; Maryland 1; Michigan 1; Kentucky 1; Central Florida 1; Cincinnati 1; Washington 1.