Preseason AP poll: Georgia ranked same place as coaches poll

Preseason AP poll: Georgia ranked same place as coaches poll”

Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC and defending champion Clemson top the 25-school rankings. This season's playoff start January 1, with national semifinals at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

FSU will begin the 2017 campaign ranked No. 3, behind Alabama and Ohio State in the preseason AP Poll.

Coach Nick Saban's program has become the surest thing in sports these days. Since 2008, only once has Alabama lost more than one game before bowl season. It will be the fourth top-five season-opening matchup, following No. 1 Pittsburgh against No. 5 North Carolina in 1982, No. 1 Nebraska against No. 4 Penn State in 1983 and No. 1 Oklahoma against No. 4 UCLA in 1986.

Kansas State will enter the football season as a ranked team for the first time since 2014.

LSU has not finished better than its preseason AP ranking since 2011, a five-year stretch that saw the Tigers finish the season no better than No. 13.

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Auburn was ranked No. 12. Auburn is 12th, Florida is 17th, and Tennessee is 25th.

With Miami at No. 18 and South Florida at No. 19, the state of Florida has four teams ranked in the preseason poll for the first time. In 1989, the Sooners started at No. 15.

This is the ninth consecutive season the Tide has been ranked in the preseason top five, the second-longest streak since the preseason poll started in 1950. They finished the season 8-5.

Alabama was an overwhelming choice for No. 1 and led a list of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll.

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