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The Preseason AP Top 25 Poll Has Been Released, Clemson Is No. 1

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks on before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

With college football season set to start this coming Saturday, the Associated Press has finally released its preseason top 25 rankings. The Clemson Tigers, as expected, will start the 2019 campaign as the No. 1 team in the country.

Clemson is followed by last year's runner-up Alabama and another SEC team - the Georgia Bulldogs. Oklahoma, another participant in last year's College Football Playoff, comes in at No. 4.

Ohio State checks in at No. 5 - the highest-ranked Big Ten team. LSU, Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas round out the top 10.

The highest-ranked Pac-12 team is Oregon, which comes in at No. 11. The Ducks are expected to be a contender for the College Football Playoff this year.

Here are the full top 25 rankings, via the Associated Press:

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

The first few teams out of the poll include Missouri, Army, Mississippi State, Miami and Northwestern.

All in all, the poll includes six teams from the SEC, seven teams from the Big Ten, two teams from the ACC, three teams from the Big 12 and five teams from the Pac-12.