Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

2017 preseason AP Poll unsurprising

2017 preseason AP Poll unsurprising

Alabama was an overwhelming choice for No. 1 and led a list of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll. The Seminoles will open their season September 2 against No. 1 Alabama in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC and defending champion Clemson top the 25-school rankings.

Ohio State is ranked second, receiving three first-place votes and 1,414 points.

That season, the first for West Virginia in the Big 12, the program started at No. 11 in both polls.

Moreover, of the 13 post-Holtz Notre Dame teams that were ranked in the preseason top 25, none of them finished higher than where they started - and 10 of them finished the season unranked entirely.

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason poll, the sixth time for the Tide overall and the fourth time under coach Nick Saban. They were 2 and 3 respectively in the Coaches Poll, however, the AP voters may give the Seminoles the nod at No. 2, making that Sep.

Florida State was also voted third in the USA Today Coaches Poll released on August 3. The Crimson Tide secured 52 first-place votes from the 59 media members that voted in the poll.

Other SEC teams ranked: No. 12 Auburn, No. 13 LSU and No. 25 Tennessee.

In the modern era of the game (since 1950), the highest-ranked season openers are a pair of 1-versus-4 matchups - No. 1 Oklahoma vs. The Clemson Tigers, who beat Alabama in last year's title game behind since-departed star quarterback Deshaun Watson, will open the campaign ranked fifth nationally. That is the longest such streak in AP Poll history.

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