The AP Top 25 Poll

Why Clemson will fall short of the playoff

21 August, 2017

This marks the 18th straight year that OU has appeared in the preseason AP Top 25, which is the second longest current string behind Ohio State (29).

As anticipated, Alabama enters the season at No. 1. Auburn was 12th, LSU 13th, Georgia 15th, Florida 17th and Tennessee 25th.

See the complete poll and others to receive votes here. Ohio State was No. 2, edging No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs. 2 opening game since the preseason poll began in 1950. Wisconsin 10. Oklahoma State 11.

Southern California, which received two first-place votes, is No. 4.

The Sooners are one of five Big 12 teams in this year's preseason AP poll.

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Defending national champion Clemson is No. 5. Malzahn's team went 8-5 and lost the Outback Bowl in 2014 and went 7-6 and won the Birmingham Bowl in 2015.

Alabama is the only Southeastern Conference team in the top 10, but the SEC still leads the way with six teams in the Top 25. MI 12. Auburn 13.

The No. 15 ranking is pretty similar to past year, when the Bulldogs were No. 18 in the preseason AP poll, and no. 16 in the coaches poll. In 1989, the Sooners started at No. 15.

- 8.0 teams (80 percent total) that started the season ranked in the top 10 finished the season in the Top 25.

Here's a number Auburn fans can look at without protective eye wear: For the third time in head coach Gus Malzahn's five-year tenure on the Plains, Auburn will open the season as a top-15 team.

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