Predicting the AP Top 25 poll

Preseason college football rankings are all almost here as the start of the season is a few weeks away.

Clemson is the defending national champion after beating Alabama, 35-31, in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. But the Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the Coaches Poll and will likely start No. 1 in the AP Poll, which will be released Monday, Aug. 21.

Here’s how Land of 10 projects the first AP Top 25 poll for the 2017 season:

College Football rankings: Projecting the preseason AP Top 25 poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Florida State
  4. USC
  5. Clemson
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Washington
  8. Penn State
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Auburn
  11. Michigan
  12. LSU
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Stanford
  15. Florida
  16. Louisville
  17. Georgia
  18. Miami (Fla.)
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Kansas State
  21. Texas
  22. South Florida
  23. Tennessee
  24. Utah
  25. Washington State

For reference, here’s the final AP Top 25 from last season.

College Football Rankings: Coaches Poll Preseason Top 25

Here’s how the coaches voted in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll, which was revealed Thursday, August 3. Alabama got the No. 1 ranking by picking up 49 first-place votes. Defending champion Clemson got seven No. 1 votes but is only No. 5.

RankTeamRecord (last year)PointsFinal rank last year
1Alabama (49 No. 1 votes)14-116032
2Ohio State (5)11-215126
3Florida State (4)10-314348
4USC10-314155
5Clemson (7)14-113671
6Penn State11-312577
7Washington12-212454
8Oklahoma11-212373
9Michigan10-395910
10Wisconsin11-39369
11Oklahoma State10-391211
12LSU8-483414
13Auburn8-581922
14Stanford10-373212
15Georgia8-5701NR
16Florida9-468113
17Louisville9-467620
18Miami (Fla.)9-447223
19Kansas State9-4339NR
20West Virginia10-331917
21South Florida11-224719
22Virginia Tech10-423516
23Texas5-7193NR
24Tennessee9-415524
25Utah9-410921

Other receiving votes: Washington State 99, Colorado 72, TCU 58, Boise State 49, Notre Dame 49, Texas A&M 46, Pittsburgh 45, North Carolina State 39, Oregon 37,…

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