For the first time in program history, the Clemson Tigers are kicking off a new college football season at the top of the AP College Football Poll presented by Regions Bank after winning their second College Football Playoff National Championship title in three years.

The Alabama Crimson Tide, coming off a 44-16 loss to Clemson, is No. 2. Clemson received 52 first-place votes and Alabama received the other 10 from the media. Clemson snaps a record-tying string of three straight years in which Alabama was preseason No. 1.

The Georgia Bulldogs are No. 3, followed by the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners and No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Other Southeastern Conference schools in the Top 25 are LSU at No. 6. The Bayou Bengals return quarterback Joe Burrow and will feature a stable of running backs including true freshmen John Emery and Tyrion Price-Davis, and junior tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

The Florida Gators are No. 8 in the inaugural poll and will face off against the Miami Hurricanes this Saturday in Orlando.

The Texas A&M Aggies are No. 12 in the first poll of the season. The Aggies have one of the toughest schedules in college football because they will play the defending National Champion Clemson Tigers in Death Valley in Week Two. Texas A&M’s hopes rest squarely on the arm of third year starter Kellen Mond.

No. 16 Auburn faces No. 11 Oregon at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. It is the only Week 1 game with two ranked teams. The first regular-season Top 25 will be released Sept. 3, the Tuesday after Labor Day. The complete poll is listed below. Each poll will be released on Sundays during the regular season.

AP Preseason Top 25

RANK TEAM PREV CONFERENCE POINTS
1 Clemson 1 ACC 1,540
2 Alabama 2 SEC 1,496
3 Georgia 7 SEC 1,403
4 Oklahoma 4 Big 12 1,331
5 Ohio State 3 Big Ten 1,261
6 LSU 6 SEC 1,199
7 Michigan 14 Big Ten 1,164
8 Florida 7 SEC 1,054
9 Notre Dame 5 IA Independents 1,044
10 Texas 9 Big 12 1,005
11 Oregon Pac-12 860
12 Texas A&M 16 SEC 852
13 Washington 13 Pac-12 786
14 Utah Pac-12 772
15 Penn State 17 Big Ten 651
16 Auburn SEC 578
17 UCF 11 American Athletic 410
18 Michigan State Big Ten 377
19 Wisconsin Big Ten 370
20 Iowa 25 Big Ten 330
21 Iowa State Big 12 302
22 Syracuse 15 ACC 209
23 Washington State 10 Pac-12 200
24 Nebraska Big Ten 154
25 Stanford Pac-12 141

Others receiving votes: Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (FL) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1

Photo by: College Football Playoff Committee

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