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Clemson Football Makes History In Preseason Top 25 Poll

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney looks on sternly in front of his team ahead of an ACC college football game between Clemson football and Wake Forest.

WINSTON SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 06: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers waits to go onto the field ahead of quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 before their game at BB&T Field on October 6, 2018 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Associated Press preseason top 25 poll has been released and it's a historic one for the Clemson football program.

The Tigers are the preseason No. 1 team in the country for the first time in school history.

Clemson, following its national title blowout of Alabama, ranks No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll.

Dabo Swinney's team is the first preseason No. 1 first-timer since Georgia in 2008, as noted by the AP.

Clemson is the 23rd team to be preseason No. 1 and the first first-timer since Georgia in 2008. The Tigers will try to become the 12th team to start No. 1 and finish No. 1 since the preseason poll started in 1950. The last to do it was Alabama in 2017. Only two teams have gone wire-to-wire as No. 1: Florida State in 1999 and Southern California in 2004. Alabama has now been No. 2 to start the season nine times, matching Oklahoma for the most in AP poll history. Just as many teams (11) have started No. 2 and won the title as No. 1.

Clemson received 52 first-place votes, while Alabama received the other 10 No. 1 picks from the media that votes on the poll.

The Tigers are widely expected to win the ACC and return to the College Football Playoff, contending for another national title.

The full preseason AP Poll top 25 can be seen here.