FSU leads four state teams in the AP preseason Top 25 poll

Aaron Brown
August 22, 2017

As for the teams right behind Alabama, that could be a toss up between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Alabama's Week 1 opponent in Atlanta, the Florida State Seminoles.

The other three state teams line up from No. 17-19.

West Virginia landed one spot behind its season opening opponent Virginia Tech in the AP Poll, making it a matchup of top 25 programs that will be played in primetime September 3 at Fed-Ex Field.

The Associated Press began its college football poll on October 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. It's 12 spots higher than than where they finished last season, at No. 24. This is the 10th time in the past 11 seasons that the SEC has had at least six ranked teams in the preseason. The Mountaineers finished last season ranked No. 18 after a 10-3 campaign.

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For the third time in the past four seasons, Auburn (No. 12) is ranked in the Top 15 in the preseason poll. You have to go back to Pat Dye in the 1980s to find the last time they were ranked in the Top 15 three times in a four-season stretch.

This will be the 82nd year a collection of over 60 sportswriters, broadcasters and assembled media from around the country will submit a weekly list of who they feel are the best 25 teams in college football.

Leading the AP preseason survey is - not surprisingly - Alabama. But none of those teams won the national title. The Mountaineers wrapped up their final season in the Big East Conference with a 70-33 win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl. So here's one more for Alabama.

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