Alabama becomes just the second program to ever be ranked No. 1 in three straight AP preseason polls.
Alabama is No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll for the third consecutive year with 1,505 points. Kansas State and Iowa State also received votes from the Big 12. We've got all 25 teams listed below in order, with the number of first-place votes for each team is listed.
- No. 9 Auburn, No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 14 MI and No. 25 LSU each lead the way with five games vs. other teams in the preseason top 25.
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The Knights were ranked No. 23 in the preseason coaches' poll released earlier this month.
The Crimson Tide has now been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll at least once in the last 11 seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the wire service's rankings. Ohio State was ranked fifth.
No. 2 Clemson received 18 first-place votes.
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The Top 25 is determined by voter rankings for college football's best teams.
UCF has appeared in the AP Top 25 poll 22 previous times. It was the highest preseason rank since the team opened at No. 6 in 2004.
Oklahoma opens the season September 1 at home against Florida Atlantic. The team with the highest point total leads the rankings.
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Saban has a decision to make at the QB position, as the Crimson Tide now have two studs on the roster; Tua Tagovailoa, who won the College Football Playoff championship game for Bama with a second-half comeback and overtime touchdown pass, and Jalen Hurts, who has led the Tide to the national title game in each of his two seasons as a starter. The Big Ten is next with five teams while the Big 12 and ACC each had four.