Big Ten places five teams in top 15 of AP preseason poll

Doug Mendoza
August 21, 2018

We've got all 25 teams listed below in order, with the number of first-place votes for each team is listed. In an unsurprising twist, Alabama and Clemson top the poll with the vast majority of first-place votes, with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide narrowly snatching the top spot away from Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. According to ESPN, the preseason AP poll started in 1950 and since then only Oklahoma from 1985-87 had started #1 in three straight years until now.

This also represents the 60th time that Oklahoma has appeared in the preseason AP poll, second most behind Ohio State (65 times). Every other spot in the poll is filled by a major-conference program.

UCF cracked last season's top 25 on October 1 following the team's 38-10 win over Maryland.

Teams ranked in the AP poll on Alabama's schedule include No. 9 Auburn, No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 25 LSU.

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This marks the 19th straight year that OU has appeared in the preseason AP Top 25, which is the second longest current string behind Ohio State (30). Penn State plays all four ranked Big Ten teams. It was the highest preseason rank since the team opened at No. 6 in 2004.

The Nittany Lions are one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10, with Ohio State coming in at No. 5 and Wisconsin at No. 4.

Oklahoma opens the season September 1 at home against Florida Atlantic.

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