1 in AP poll; FSU at No. 3 and Auburn No. 12

Aug 21, 2017, 20:28
1 in AP poll; FSU at No. 3 and Auburn No. 12

As anticipated, Alabama enters the season at No. 1.

The Tigers will face three of those teams this season - LSU on October 14, Georgia on November 11 and Alabama on November 25 - as well as defending national champion and No. 5-ranked Clemson at Memorial Stadium on November 9.

Additionally, of its 59 appearances in the AP preseason poll, 41 have seen OU ranked seventh or higher. Many think they are capable of contending with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for a Big 12 championship.

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The Sooners are one of five Big 12 teams in this year's preseason AP poll. Southern California and defending national champion Clemson rounded out the top five.

Meanwhile, Ohio State - which is ranked second - is making its 29th consecutive appearance in the preseason poll. The AP released its preseason top 25 Monday morning and OU is ranked No. 7. Oklahoma 8. Washington 9. Other SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 include Auburn (12th), LSU (13th), Florida (17th), and Tennessee (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. Auburn is No. 12 and LSU is right behind at 13.

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Alabama was an overwhelming choice for No. 1 and led a list of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll. In 1989, the Sooners started at No. 15.

This is the second straight year and fourth time in the last eight years that Alabama will open the season with the AP's No. 1 ranking, which isn't necessarily a positive sign.

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