College football rankings: Preseason AP Poll led by No. 1 Clemson |

    for the first time in its history, clemson football is preseason no. 1 in the app survey. on Monday, the defending national champion tigers debuted in first place.

    alabama is no. 2, so it is the first time that the crimson tide is not the preseason ap no. 1 since 2015. But Alabama has ranked in the preseason top 5 every year since 2009. This week’s AP poll marks the 12th time Clemson has been No. 1, according to ten of those 12 don’t. 1 ranks have come since 2015.

    Reading: 2019 preseason college football rankings

    georgia, oklahoma and ohio state round out the top 5. the top 10 then continues with lsu at no. 6 followed by michigan, florida, notre dame, and texas.

    ap poll: preseason top 25



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    others who received votes: missouri 117; army 94; mississippi state 97; Miami 70; northwest 63; tcu 57; Virginia 44; boise state 38; Cincinnati 16; south carolina 15; Virginia Tech 12; ash state 8; utah state 8; Minnesota 7; memphis 6; appalachian state 5; west virginia 3; oklahoma state 3; arizona state 3; Arizona 1; Southern California 1.

    ohio state holds the record for most appearances in the preseason ap poll. This year marks the Buckeyes’ 66th time in the first-season poll, as they haven’t lost a spot in the preseason poll since 1988. Oklahoma ranks second with 61 appearances, though the former have the most preseason No. 1 is ranked 10 (most recently in 2003). the app first published a preseason poll in 1950.

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    last season, alabama ranked first in all but the last app survey. With Clemson defeating the Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, 44-16, the Tigers moved up to No. 1 and won his third national title.

    This is what the app survey looked like each week during the 2018 season:

    since the ap poll released a preseason ranking prior to the 1950 season, alabama has ranked first 118 times, best in the nation. ‘bama has made 83 such appearances since 2008 under nick saban.

    Follow our tracker of teams with the most weeks at no. 1 from 1950 to the 2019 preseason poll.

    here’s how the 2018 ap preseason top 25 finished last season. the team in bold improved their preseason ranking:

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