AP Top 25: Sooners and Cowboys crack Top 10 in preseason rankings

2017 College Football preseason AP Poll

Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC and defending champion Clemson top the 25-school rankings.

Being able to finish anywhere in the Associated Press poll on the other hand has proved elusive for the Bulldogs the last two seasons.

No. 1 in the Coaches Poll when it was released was the Alabama Crimson Tide and that shouldn't change with the AP voters either.

The Gators are ranked No. 17 in the AP poll (media) that was released Monday, only a spot lower than the coaches poll that came out earlier this month ranking UF at No. 16.

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Since 2008, the year Georgia was the consensus preseason No. 1 team, the Bulldogs have finished lower than their preseason rank six out of nine years. The matchup features the highest-ranked teams in a season opener since the AP started a preseason poll in 1950.

Florida enters the 2017 season outside the preseason Top 10 for the sixth time in seven seasons since former head coach Urban Meyer left after the 2010 season.

For the third time in the past four seasons, Auburn (No. 12) is ranked in the Top 15 in the preseason poll. Five- and four-star talents line the roster and could lead to a return to the College Football Playoff after a two-year hiatus.

Alabama finished No. 2 in the final poll of the 2016 season after losing to Clemson. Yes, while Sep. 2 has the Week 1 games that everyone is talking about, there are five games being played on August 26, getting the 2017 college football season officially kicked off. The Bulldogs, of course, won the national championship that season. The Buckeyes earned 1,414 points, just ahead of the Seminoles' 1,396. Since 2008, only once has Alabama lost more than one game before bowl season.

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