UCF ranked No. 21 in preseason AP top 25 poll

Sherman Parsons
August 21, 2018

The rankings are set by listing the teams' point totals from highest to lowest.

This also represents the 60th time that Oklahoma has appeared in the preseason AP poll, second most behind Ohio State (65 times). Clemson was ranked No. 2 earning 18 first-place votes, while Georgia, Wisconsin and Ohio State rounded out the top five.

The Southeastern Conference leads the way with six teams in the Top 25.

For the third consecutive year, Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide sit atop the Associated Press' Top-25 poll heading into the new season.

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The AP poll is a historic poll of record. OU's all-time average preseason AP rank is 6.7, best in the nation (Michigan is second at 7.4). The Crimson Tide are coming off of a 13-1 season that ended with a national title. The Wolverines' schedule is particularly nightmarish, with Notre Dame to open the season plus four games against top 11 teams.

Oklahoma, which is No. 5 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, was the preseason pick to win the Big 12 Conference by the media and boasts seven players on the 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Team.

While OSU opens at No. 5, it is the Wisconsin Badgers one spot ahead of them who take the top spot among B1G teams.

- Mississippi State enters the season at No. 18, its highest preseason ranking since entering the 1981 season at No. 14.

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