Group of Five preseason power rankings have Central Florida and Army leading way

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The preseason Amway Coaches Poll is out. USA TODAY’s Paul Myerberg breaks down the biggest college football story lines from the top 25.
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After ranking each of the Power Five conferences from its best team through its worst, USA TODAY Sports is getting ready for college football by evaluating the best of the best in the Group of Five.

It’s a landscape recently dominated by Central Florida, which has claimed back-to-back New Year’s Six bowl berths and lost just once across the past two seasons.

At least three Group of Five teams have a case for the preseason Top 25, with the Knights joined by Army and Boise State. The preseason front-runner in the Sun Belt, Appalachian State, likewise could notch double-digit wins under new coach Eli Drinkwitz.

(Each team is followed by projected regular-season record. The number in parenthesis represents the team’s place in USA TODAY Sports’ summer rankings of the Bowl Subdivision.)

1. Central Florida: 10-2 (No. 14)

The Knights get the benefit of the doubt despite losing another quarterback, Darriel Mack Jr., to what might be a season-ending injury. McKenzie Milton is already expected to miss all of 2019 with a serious…

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