Sooners No. 7 in preseason AP poll, Cowboys unranked

Sooners No. 7 in preseason AP poll, Cowboys unranked

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.

Winners of five national championships under head coach Nick Saban since 2009, Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.

Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the initial poll, and perhaps surprisingly the Ohio State Buckeyes are not the top-ranked team in the conference.

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Alabama started last season as the nation's No. 1 team and ended it as the No. 1 team, so there was little surprise when the Associated Press unveiled its preseason top 25 on Monday afternoon: For the third straight season, the Crimson Tide stood atop the rankings. Taylor rushed for almost 2,000 yards in 2017, finding the end zone 13 times, and tied the FBS record for fastest to get to 1,000 yards on a season, doing it in seven games.

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. The ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 followed with four. It was the tenth consecutive year in which the Seminoles have opened the season ranked in the AP poll. The team with the highest point total leads the rankings.

In the video above, we will be going LIVE shorty, breaking down the AP Poll Preseason Top 25 that was just released! The second poll will be released ahead of Week 2. It was the highest preseason rank since the team opened at No. 6 in 2004. Boise State in 2007 was No. 24 in the preseason.

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