OU No. 7 in Preseason AP Top 25

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For the third consecutive year, Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide sit atop the Associated Press' Top-25 poll heading into the new season. Kansas State received 10 points (36th overall) and Iowa State eight points (37th). The AP's preseason top 25 poll is one of two preseason polls.

From Ohio State to Michigan to Penn State to Michigan State and Wisconsin, the conference is home to five teams who have legit aspirations of not only winning the conference championship but of making the College Football Playoff too. They received 42 of 61 first-place votes, including my own. Every other spot in the poll is filled by a major-conference program.

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.

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.




This marks the 19th straight year that OU has appeared in the preseason AP Top 25, which is the second longest current string behind Ohio State (30). The ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 followed with four.

The AP poll is a historic poll of record.

Every August, rankings releases are met with a popular refrain in response: that preseason polls don't matter.

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