OU No. 7 in Preseason AP Top 25

Doug Mendoza
August 21, 2018

UCF was ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll released Monday.

Clemson came in No. 2 in the poll, Georgia No.3, Wisconsin No. 4, and Ohio State at No. 5.

No surprise that defending champs Alabama ranked #1 receiving 42 first-place votes.

Saban has a decision to make at the QB position, as the Crimson Tide now have two studs on the roster; Tua Tagovailoa, who won the College Football Playoff championship game for Bama with a second-half comeback and overtime touchdown pass, and Jalen Hurts, who has led the Tide to the national title game in each of his two seasons as a starter. So far, they've ended the year in the Top 25 only twice.

Texas, which hasn't been ranked in the final AP poll since 2012, is No. 23 for the second consecutive season.

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The Crimson Tide has now been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll at least once in the last 11 seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the wire service's rankings.

- No. 9 Auburn, No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 14 MI and No. 25 LSU each lead the way with five games vs. other teams in the preseason top 25.

It marks the fourth time in eight seasons under coach Dana Holgorsen that the Mountaineers were ranked in the preseason.

Here's the full poll, from the AP. The team with the highest point total leads the rankings.

Alabama is making its sixth appearance at No. 1 in the AP's preseason poll.

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