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Athlon Sports Releases Preseason College Football Top 25

A closeup of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action against the Citadel Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

We still have the entire summer to go before the 2019 college football season kicks off. The preseason rankings continue to roll in from various outlets.

This week, famed preseason magazine Athlon Sports unveiled its rankings. They put together a detailed Top 25, along with predictions for the major conference winners.

The top two programs, per Athlon, look very familiar. This year, it has Alabama coming in at No. 1, followed by Clemson.

Athlon has the Crimson Tide once again winning the SEC, followed by another national title for Nick Saban.

Projected SEC East champion Georgia comes in third, followed by Michigan, which Athlon has edging out Ohio State. The Buckeyes come in at No. 5.

Athlon takes Alabama over Clemson, in part due to college football history proving how hard it is to go back-to-back.

From the Top 25, on the Crimson Tide and Clemson:

Although Clemson is one of the favorites to win it all in 2019, history isn't on their side. Only one team (Alabama) has won back-to-back national titles since the start of the BCS era. But with Lawrence and a talented cast of playmakers in place on offense, along with a standout defense, the Tigers have all of the necessary pieces to reverse that trend.

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The last image of Alabama in the 2018 college football season was a blowout loss at the hands of Clemson in the national championship. Defeats like the one the Crimson Tide suffered in Santa Clara simply don't happen under coach Nick Saban's watch. But after another offseason of coaching changes, Alabama is poised for another run at the national championship – the sixth during Saban's tenure.

Here is the Top 25 list:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Michigan
  5. Ohio State
  6. Oklahoma
  7. LSU
  8. Florida
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Texas
  12. Washington
  13. Utah
  14. Penn State
  15. Oregon
  16. Michigan State
  17. Nebraska
  18. Iowa
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Auburn
  21. Syracuse
  22. UCF
  23. Mizzou
  24. Iowa State
  25. Virginia

For the full write-ups, head over to Athlon Sports.