Clemson ranked no. 2 in preseason CFB poll

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FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after their 23-17 win over Florida State in an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25. Clemson is No. 2. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 as the Crimson Tide attempts to win a fifth title in eight seasons.

Coach Nick Saban’s Tide received 33 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,469 points. No. 2 Clemson received 16 first-place votes and 1,443 points. It’s the first time since 1992 that Nos. 1 and 2 in the preseason rankings are the same as they were in the final poll of the previous season.

Oklahoma is No. 3 and has four first-place votes. No. 4 Florida State has five. No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Michigan all received one first-place vote.

Alabama is the preseason No. 1 for the fifth time overall (2013, 2010, 1978, 1966).Team (First Place Votes)     Points

  1. Alabama (33)       1469
  2. Clemson (16)       1443
  3. Oklahoma (4)       1352
  4. Florida St. (5)       1325
  5. LSU (1)                1269
  6. Ohio St. (1)          1224
  7. Michigan (1)         1147
  8. Stanford              1029
  9. Tennessee           1021
  10. Notre Dame         1006
  11. Mississippi           718
  12. Michigan St.         710
  13. TCU                    707
  14. Washington          651
  15. Houston              644
  16. UCLA                 496
  17. Iowa                   484
  18. Georgia              448
  19. Louisville            447
  20. Southern Cal       344
  21. Oklahoma St.      316
  22. North Carolina     283
  23. Baylor                280
  24. Oregon               218
  25. Florida                180

Others receiving votes: Miami 159, Texas A&M 81, Utah 74, Washington St. 68, Boise St. 49, San Diego St. 46, Wisconsin 42, Auburn 22, Pittsburgh 15, Arkansas 14, Texas 12, Nebraska 11, Navy 8, Northwestern 5, W. Kentucky 4, South Florida 2, Toledo 2.

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