The AP analyzed the last 10 seasons of polls (2007-16), comparing the preseason rankings with the final Top 25. Georgia was preseason No. 1 in 2008 and finished 13th; Florida won the national title that season.
For the second time in the last four years, Kansas State was ranked in the Preseason Associated Press Top 25 as the Wildcats are 20th in the preseason survey released Monday.
Alabama opens the season September 2 against third-ranked Florida State in Atlanta. Penn State has the record at 34 from 1968-2002. Oklahoma 8. Washington 9.
- No. 24 Washington State is ranked in preseason for fifth time.
The last time an SEC team other than the Tide was preseason No. 1 was Florida in 2009; the Gators went 13-1 and finished third.
Auburn is one of six SEC teams ranked in the poll, trailing only top-ranked Alabama, and is scheduled to play four teams ranked in the top 25, including Alabama and No. 5 Clemson. Florida 18. Miami 19.
The ranking is the Seminoles' highest in the preseason since opening the 2014 season No. 1 and marks the sixth time in eight seasons under head coach Jimbo Fisher the Seminoles are ranked in the top-10 of the AP's preseason poll with three of those seasons beginning as a top-five team. Auburn is No. 12 and LSU is right behind at 13. In 1989, the Sooners started at No. 15. Those teams finished an average of 6.34 places (higher or lower) from where they were ranked in the preseason.
The perception is Georgia is the team to beat in the SEC East thanks to a defense that lost only one starter, returns senior tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. has a second-year starting quarterback in Jacob Eason and the nation's No. 3 recruiting class.
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