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Alabama tops AP preseason Top 25

Alabama tops AP preseason Top 25 Alabama tops AP preseason Top 25
Jan Ortega | 22 August, 2016, 00:54

The Huskers, however, were among the "others receiving votes" crowd.

Defending national champion Alabama is the preseason No. 1, followed by Clemson and Oklahoma. Tennessee received votes spread from No. 2 to No. 23. LSU was ranked third overall in 2012.

- No. 2 Clemson has its best ranking in the preseason poll ever. The Tide return six starters on offense and five on defense, but must find replacements for quarterback Jake Coker, running back Derrick Henry, who was last year's Heisman Trophy victor, defensive linemen Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson, and linebackers Denzel Devall and Reggie Ragland, among others.

The Vols were also ranked No. 10 in the Preseason Amway Coaches Poll earlier this month. There has been a recent trend of AP top five preseason teams being successful, which is where the 'Noles will more than likely end up at to begin 2016.

And then, the Ducks will face North Division foes Washington State and Washington in consecutive weeks. That season the Huskies finished unranked at 7-6.

Ohio State, TCU and Baylor were ranked in the top four heading into last season, but all missed the College Football Playoff.

- No. 15 Houston is ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1991 (No. 12).

Tennessee is ranked ninth, MS 11th, Georgia 18th and Florida 25th, giving the impression that pollsters see greater balance between the SEC West and East than years past, with three teams from each division in the rankings. Tennessee and 1978 Alabama also were No. 1 in the final poll.

Finally, it's worth taking a quick glance underneath the poll to see who didn't have enough votes to make it.

- Oklahoma is making its 17 straight preseason poll appearance. Georgia is 18th in the poll, and Florida is 25th. So Alabama is clearly doomed this season. That's second on the all-time national list behind Ohio State's current streak of 49. Only Penn State (34) and Nebraska (33) had longer streaks.

Why is Alabama No. 1?

Oklahoma State is No. 21 in the poll. Coming in at No. 10 was Notre Dame with a little over 1,000 points.

Florida State and LSU, at Nos.

The season starts September 3 against Bowling Green, and we can hardly wait to get Buckeye football started back up.

The entire Top 25 can be found HERE. With 11 points, they were the equivalent of No. 37 in the polling of 61 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country.

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