Alabama Tops 2017 AP Preseason Poll

Alabama Tops 2017 AP Preseason Poll

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years.

Florida State's 2017 schedule features five opponents ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 1 Alabama in the season opener on September 2 at Atlanta's brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

This marks the 25th straight week that Clemson is in that rare air of college football - ranked in the top five nationally. Florida State, which starts out at No. 3, gets its chance a week from Saturday.

Ohio State is No. 2 in the preseason poll for the eighth time, one behind Oklahoma for most times starting the season second.

The Bedlam rivals also shared top 10 rankings in 2009 (OU No. 3, OSU No. 9) and 2011 (OU No. 1, OSU No. 9). Florida State, USC and Clemson round out the Top 5.

They had reeled off 11 consecutive victories before riding into Auburn for the Iron Bowl and were tied at 28-28 when Nick Saban sent Adam Griffith on to try a 57-yard field goal, thinking the worst that could happen was he would miss and the game would go into overtime. Two other Lone Star state teams received votes in the preseason poll: Houston with 19 votes and Texas A&M with three.

Expect the polls to change after Week 1, when a number of top teams face each other. Florida State comes to Clemson on November 11.

The SEC leads the way with six teams in the poll, with No. 12 Auburn, No. 13 LSU, No. 15 Georgia, No. 17 Florida and No. 25 Tennessee following Alabama. USC is No. 4, Washington is No. 8, Stanford is No. 14 and Washington State is No. 24. Of course, the Crimson Tide were ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches Poll, but it would be different to play it out.

Given the fact that they are once again the sixth highest-ranked SEC team, it's pretty clear there's a solid consensus as to where they belong in the conference. USF, 20. Kansas State, 21. The Tigers beat Alabama in the final seconds of last season's national championship game. They went 10-3 that year and finished No. 10.

IU will face Penn State on September 30 in University Park, Pennsylvania, before IU enters its bye week.

K-State was one of five Big 12 teams to make it into the rankings and were the third best team in the conference on the rankings.

Wisconsin led the nation in scoring defense in 2015 by allowing 13.7 points per game, and the Badgers ranked fourth previous year with 15.6 points per game.

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