College Football Rankings 2018: Preseason AP Top 25 Poll Released

The Associated Press has dropped its preseason rankings in the AP Top 25 poll ahead of the start of the upcoming season. The poll follows the Coaches Poll and FWAA-NFF Super 16 rankings with the Alabama Crimson Tide, the nation’s defending national champion, staying in the No. 1 spot.
The Associated Press rankings, however, carry more weight as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.
The 2018 college football schedule officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 25 with four games on the schedule — Duquesne vs. UMass, Prairie View vs. Rice, Hawaii vs. Colorado State, and Wyoming vs. New Mexico State. The action ramps up the following weekend, with several marquee matchups set to take place in primetime.
The complete AP Top 25 preseason poll can be seen below.

  1. Alabama (42)
  2. Clemson (18)
  3. Georgia
  4. Wisconsin (1)
  5. Ohio State
  6. Washington
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Miami
  9. Auburn
  10. Penn State
  11. Michigan State
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Stanford
  14. Michigan
  15. USC
  16. TCU
  17. West Virginia
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Florida State
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. UCF
  22. Boise State
  23. Texas
  24. Oregon
  25. LSU
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