The AP Preseason Top 25 Poll Is Out


However, McMurphy also pointed out that only two of the previous 14 preseason No. 1 teams - Southern Cal in 2004 and Alabama last season - ended up as the national champion.

In 2005, Miami started as No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll, and finished 9-3 with an AP ranking of No. 17 and coaches poll ranking of No. 18.

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll has been released.

Alabama and Clemson are seen by many as the top two teams in the country and most preseason polls (and projection systems) fall in line with that thinking.

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The Sooners, who are coming off a third straight Big 12 title and a second College Football Playoff appearance in the last three years, accumulated 1,173 points in the poll.

Reigning national champ Alabama tops the poll. Kansas State received 10 points (36th overall) and Iowa State eight points (37th). Wisconsin received the lone remaining first-place vote.

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. The Big Ten is next with five teams while the Big 12 and ACC each had four.

A day shy of two weeks before the Hurricanes' blockbuster season opener September 2 against LSU, the AP's ranking cemented UM as a top-10 preseason team in both major polls for the first time since 2005.