Clemson ranked No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25
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The Associated Press released its annual preseason Top 25, and the defending national champion Clemson Tigers will enter the season ranked No. 1, just ahead of the team they beat in the title game, Alabama.

Georgia comes in at the No. 3 slot, with Oklahoma and Ohio State rounding out the first rankings of the 2019 season.

Rank School 2018 Record 2018 Final Rank
1 Clemson 15-0 1
2 Alabama 14-1 2
3 Georgia 11-3 7
4 Oklahoma 12-2 4
5 Ohio State 13-1 3
6 LSU 10-3 6
7 Michigan 10-3 14
8 Florida 10-3 7
9 Notre Dame 12-1 5
10 Texas 10-4 9
11 Oregon 9-4 N/R
12 Texas A&M 9-4 16
13 Washington 10-4 13
14 Utah 9-5 N/R
15 Penn State 9-4 17
16 Auburn 8-5 N/R
17 UCF 12-1 11
18 Michigan State 7-6 N/R
19 Wisconsin 8-5 N/R
20 Iowa 9-4 25
21 Iowa State 8-5 N/R
22 Syracuse 10-3 15
23 Washington State 11-2 10
24 Nebraska 4-8 N/R
25 Stanford 9-4 N/R

Clemson, which is the preseason No. 1 for the first time in history, received 52 first-place votes while Alabama earned the remaining 10.

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