State checks in at 20th in Preseason AP Top 25

State checks in at 20th in Preseason AP Top 25

Alabama tops the preseason AP rankings.

As anticipated, Alabama enters the season at No. 1.

The Crimson Tide received 52 of the 61 first-place votes.

It is also OU's highest preseason ranking under a first-year coach since beginning at No. 2 under Gomer Jones in the 1964 season.

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Alabama's streak of nine straight top-five preseason rankings is second only to Florida State, which had a run of 11 straight seasons starting in the top-five under former coach Bobby Bowden.

That game, of course, will happen in Atlanta, where the Alabama Crimson Tide will face off against the Florida State Seminoles in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Florida State's 2017 schedule features five opponents ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 1 Alabama in the season opener on September 2 at Atlanta's brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Southern California and defending national champion Clemson rounded out the top five.

Penn State is No. 6, Oklahoma is No. 7, Washington is No. 8, Wisconsin is No. 9 and Oklahoma State is No. 10. Other SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 include Auburn (12th), LSU (13th), Florida (17th), and Tennessee (25th).

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Miami is ranked just behind Florida at No. 18. MI 12. Auburn 13. They finished the season 8-5.

Here's a number Auburn fans can look at without protective eye wear: For the third time in head coach Gus Malzahn's five-year tenure on the Plains, Auburn will open the season as a top-15 team.

It's the third time that the Bedlam rivals will start the AP poll inside the top 10.

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